Watts, METs and Calories
METs/Watts provide a more accurate way to show progress because they take into account the intensity it takes to complete an activity. Measuring by distance or steps does not provide a complete profile. By using a combination of average METs/Watts and total distance, your clients can accurately measure progress.
Watt: A measurement of power created during an activity.
“The absolute meter-kilogram-second unit of power equal to the work done at the rate of one joule per second or to the power produced by a current of one ampere across a potential difference of one volt : 1⁄746 horsepower.” -Webster Dictionary
MET: Amount of energy used during an activity, dependent upon an accurate weight input.
“A unit of measure of the rate at which the body expends energy that is based on the energy expenditure while sitting at rest and is equal to 3.5 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute—called also metabolic equivalent.” -Webster Dictionary
Calories: A measure of energy expenditure.
“A unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body.” – Webster Dictionary
- T4 Recumbent Cross Trainer User Manual
- T4r Watts METs and Calories Specifications
- T4 Recumbent Cross Trainer Specifications
- T5 / T5XR Recumbent Cross Trainer Specifications
How to Use
When finished with a workout, simply press the average button on your NuStep machine and record your average MET/Watt number. Work on improving your average during each workout on a NuStep recumbent cross trainer.
The equations used to calculate caloric expenditure, METs and Watts on the NuStep are available here.
METs Activity Chart
|Bicycling >20 MPH
|Running up stairs
|Bicycling 16-19 MPH
|Running 6.0 MPH
|Running < 5 MPH
|Walking 2 MPH
NuStep T4r MET range: 2-24 METs
NuStep T5 / T5XR / T5XRW MET range: 1-27 METs
|1 Horse Power
NuStep T4r Watt range: 5-800 Watts
NuStep T5 / T5XR / T5XRW Watt range: 5-1400 Watts