Strength training only burns 110 calories?

According to my fitness pal strength training/weight lifting only burns 110 calories in a 45/50 minute session? Is this accurate? I usually perform 8-9 exercises with 4 sets of 8 reps on days I’m lifting heavy and 12 reps if I’m lifting moderately heavy. If I’m only burning 110 calories that seems like all of my hard work during my gym session is worth nothing.
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  • Keto_Vampire
    Keto_Vampire Posts: 1,679 Member
    In the long run, building muscle will increase BMR very slightly.
    In the short term, cardio > weight lifting (even if supersetting non-stop) in terms of sheer time spent doing each.
  • sardelsa
    sardelsa Posts: 9,826 Member
    edited August 2018
    pbryd wrote: »
    It makes me wonder why people cycle their carbs on training and non training days,

    You burn more calories doing the weekly shop at the supermarket.

    Perhaps they should cycle their carbs on shopping and non shopping days. ;)

    For me it's not about calories but the carbs. I feel and perform better with more carbs on my lifting days especially around my workouts.

    Also with 4 leg days a week I need those extra cals ;)
  • flowerhorsey
    flowerhorsey Posts: 154 Member
    I log weight training in "map my fitness", sinc it with mfp; it gives me many more calories (I wanna say around 400per hour) than mfp. I eat them all back most days and I have yet to gain weight, yet I'm recomping so this is what I'm going for.
  • Tic78
    Tic78 Posts: 232 Member
    I do a heavy superset/circuit based routine just now and for an hour my Fitbit is saying 450-538 calories burnt. I pretty much don’t stop so my heart rate is always in my fat burning zone. Obviously Fitbit figures could be a lot of *kitten* but I didn’t realise calorie burn for traditional lifting was so low.

  • BNY721
    BNY721 Posts: 125 Member
    Strength training definitely isn’t for the calorie burn...but covers all the other benefits already mentioned. Stick with it! :)
  • hesn92
    hesn92 Posts: 5,964 Member
    The purpose of strength training is not to burn calories
  • AuthorNinja
    AuthorNinja Posts: 69 Member
    For my stats, I only burn 55 calories in the 25 minutes i strength train. That's enough to cover my coffee creamer lol. But like others have said, it's not done for calorie burning. Personally I love the ache and exhaustion after a strength workout. I follow up with running, but I prioritize doing strength first.
  • collectingblues
    collectingblues Posts: 2,540 Member
    Cardio is for calories, strength training is for function and form.

    (I mean, yes, training for a specific sport gives you cardio function and form, but you get what I'm saying.)
  • Spitspot81
    Spitspot81 Posts: 208 Member
    Yep my calorie burn, according to my fit bit is approx 70-80 Cals for 45 mins. Doesn’t even cover my pre workout banana 😂. But I do it because I enjoy lifting and trust that the process will get me to my goals
  • moogie_fit
    moogie_fit Posts: 278 Member
    I log weight training in "map my fitness", sinc it with mfp; it gives me many more calories (I wanna say around 400per hour) than mfp. I eat them all back most days and I have yet to gain weight, yet I'm recomping so this is what I'm going for.

    Samsung health does the same
  • LiftHeavyThings27105
    LiftHeavyThings27105 Posts: 2,104 Member
    moogie_fit wrote: »
    I log weight training in "map my fitness", sinc it with mfp; it gives me many more calories (I wanna say around 400per hour) than mfp. I eat them all back most days and I have yet to gain weight, yet I'm recomping so this is what I'm going for.

    Samsung health does the same

    @moogie_fit - You saw that pic, too? (referencing something that @Keto_Vampire posted....microwave....not sure if you saw it so this might make ABSOLUTELY no sense...).
  • Larissa_NY
    Larissa_NY Posts: 495 Member
    If you're lifting heavy, I honestly don't think the MFP "you burned X calories so you have Y remaining" approach is all that useful. It's too hard to estimate what your level of effort was. If none of your lifts are close to body weight you won't burn that many, but moving ten or twenty thousand pounds of weight in an hour or so at the gym imposes some costs on your body.

    I use the TDEE method and a Charge HR; my outcomes are body measurements and progression in my lifts. Is my weight doing what it ought to do? Are my lifts squashing me halfway through my warmup sets? I look at that sort of thing and adjust my intake accordingly.
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 40,888 Member
    According to my fitness pal strength training/weight lifting only burns 110 calories in a 45/50 minute session? Is this accurate? I usually perform 8-9 exercises with 4 sets of 8 reps on days I’m lifting heavy and 12 reps if I’m lifting moderately heavy. If I’m only burning 110 calories that seems like all of my hard work during my gym session is worth nothing.

    Sounds about right...I get around 160 or so. Exercise and lifting is for more than just burning calories...regular exercise results in better aesthetics and is huge where overall health is concerned. If you're just exercising for calorie burns, you're missing the boat.

    Cardio is going to give you a higher calorie burn and is good for your cardiovascular health. Lifting doesn't burn as many calories, but it preserves and builds muscle mass and keeps your bones strong and healthy and allows you to do other daily things that could otherwise prove difficult.
  • jaciejaciexoxo
    jaciejaciexoxo Posts: 49 Member
    According to my fitness pal strength training/weight lifting only burns 110 calories in a 45/50 minute session? Is this accurate? I usually perform 8-9 exercises with 4 sets of 8 reps on days I’m lifting heavy and 12 reps if I’m lifting moderately heavy. If I’m only burning 110 calories that seems like all of my hard work during my gym session is worth nothing.

    It's not for nothing. Think about it, the more muscle mass you obtain the more calories you burn naturally without effort.
  • deputy_randolph
    deputy_randolph Posts: 941 Member
    I burn about 300 for 2 hours of powerlifting. If I get a little "fat," I cut back on calories a little and/or add in a little cardio. It works like magic (it's not magic)...

    Lifting is for gainz not calories.