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Limited databaes sabrown69 — Feb 10, 2019 09:21PM PST

Why isn't the strength training exercise database more extensive? None of my exercises were part of the database, so I have no idea of the approximate calorie burn.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Feb 11, 2019 08:46AM PST

Hi there,

There are always some exercises that vary for each individual, making the calories burned difficult to calculate accurately. We like to research each exercise before adding it to our database, making sure we have the most precise formula. This formula is based on an average.

If you know roughly how many calories you are burning with a device like a heart rate monitor or activity tracker, you can override the calories burned field by tapping directly on it and then put in your information. You can also add a new exercise yourself, just go to “cardiovascular” and then “create new exercise.” Your estimate will be added to your personal database, and not the main database.

If you don’t want to use a heart rate monitor or similar device, you can make a rough estimate. This won’t be as accurate as an activity tracker. To do this, you can try substituting another exercise already in our database.

If you are interested in an activity tracker, you may want to look into our third party integrations. Several of our integrations offer solutions for monitoring your calorie burn over the course of the day and can update your MyFitnessPal calorie goals based on this data.

On the site, you can find out more about our integrations at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/apps.

All the best,
Bruce
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