The online fitness community is really encouraging and helpful when you are looking for some motivation and inspiration. I've tried different classes because Twitter buddies have recommended them. I bought a HRM because I'd only seen rave reviews and how they helped improve workouts. Thing is, that fitness community also makes me think I am doing something wrong sometimes, especially when I see people posting photos on Instagram of their workouts where they're killing it. We are talking 600-800 calories with descriptions like "arms and back day" or "bootcamp." Yet, when I am wearing my HRM I am lucky if I reach 400 calories. How is that possible?
Since I started using a HRM my goal has been to try to spend about 50% in fitness and fat burning mode during my workouts, especially when I am lifting weights. Even when I am with my trainer our workouts leave me in the high 300-range, and there are days when I see spots.
When I see those 800 calorie images I just want to message them and say "how long are you working out," "what are you doing differently," "what can I do aside from running a half marathon to burn that many calories?" They HAVE to be working out for like two hours right?
Maybe I am just not pushing myself hard enough during my workouts, but I am breathless and my heart rate is up to 175 at times. Sure it comes down quickly, but isn't that the indication that I am super fit?
So for those of you who are regularly knocking out 600-800 calorie workouts, what are you doing?