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Emma Brown
Nutritionist

Janet Aylott
Nutritionist

Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

What calories does the strider burn?

Hi, I cannot find any info on calories burnt with the strider in my gym it is the type with no handles, any advice please? Dee

A.

Our expert says...

Hi Dee,

For using a strider machine your approximate calorie usage for an hour’s activity would be in the range of 264-303 calories. Due to the smooth, supported, non-impact action of the legs and the exclusion of arms, the calories burned are generally lower than that of using a treadmill or X-trainer. However, because the legs consist of a large combination of muscle groups the calorie figure is reasonable.

Where on this range your specific calorie figure is will depend on the following factors:

-Your exercise experience - if you are relatively new to exercise or to using the strider then your calorie expenditure will be more towards the higher end of the calorie range then if you have been using it every day for months and months. This is because the body can cheat and can become more efficient if we give it the same demands over a long period of time without variety.

- The intensity level of the exercise session based against your own fitness level (the harder you work, the higher the calorie expenditure).

- The quality of your technique - try to ensure you use both your core muscles and lower body within the movement. Force yourself to stay strict by keeping your abdominal muscles switched on, your shoulders back and your chest up. The better the quality of technique the higher the calories burned.

Hope this helps,

Kelly

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