Fitbits are the latest fitness craze and we are on board with this one! We see our clients working it just a little bit harder at the barre with the added motivation of the little strap around your wrist measuring heart rate, calories burnt, steps taken and active minutes. But what does this all mean relative to your barre class? Today on the blog we are talking all things Fitbit and how you can sync it with your MindBody Connect account to see what is really going on in your barre classes.
Heart rate: If you have a charge HR you are probably obsessed with the heart rate feature and seeing the rise and fall during each class. Both your resting and active heart rate is dependent on age, sex, activity level and overall heath; therefore, they are a little different for every person. If you want a rough estimate of where your own target heart rate should be around, Live Strong has a great calculator on their website. Because your barre fit class is not centered on high-impact cardio series, but cardio components are included in every class, your heart rate will stay in the fat-burning zone for the majority of your class. In this zone you are building an aerobic base and burning calories from fat. In the cardio zone, your exercise will typically be higher intensity/ higher impact so that your heart rate is also higher. In this zone your body is burning carbohydrates. So regardless of the name, your body will be burning calories (and continue to burn calories after) the entirety of your barre class. Did you know that the BBS barre method is one of few that incorporates a cardio component into almost every class, now you know why!
Calories: Heart rate monitors and calorie counting devices typically report a range from 300-600 calories burnt in a 60 minute barre class. This will always be dependent on the choreography of the class, the intensity of the cardio and the individual energy that you put into your class. Barre is also unique in the sense that because it is mostly anaerobic, your body continues to burn up to 100 calories after your class is complete. You can read all about the “afterburn effect” in this article by Dr. Christopher Scott here!
Because your Fitbit is not pre-programmed to pick up on barre classes make sure to set the workout at the start of your class so that it is synced to your phone after completion. We also love the new feature of MindBody Connect that allows you to sync your Fitbit information with you MBC account. If you haven’t set that up yet, click here to find out how!