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what's your experience after using a bodybugg? do you think it's worth it?

Thu. Jan 17, 9:23pm

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I just ordered one....

it gets here tomorrow. I'll post back and let you know what I think.

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 9:29 PM

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I'll be getting one as soon as my dietician completes the training material (it's a load of crap - just a way for the company to charge more fees). The science behind it is solid and has been around for quite a few years.

I want to get one because my job is physical, but I can't tell how physical in terms of calorie burn. I also don't trust cardio machine read-outs except the treadmill.

And guess what? All of us BodyBuggers can definitively add real numbers to the old threads about how many calories sex burns!

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 9:35 PM

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We need a team!

I'm all for a bodybugger team when we all get one! It'll be fun to compare notes on how many calories we burn doing all kinds of different activies!

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 11:22 PM

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We do need a team. Who wants to start one :)

Friday, January 18, 2008, 6:55 AM

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Team is "Bodybugg - Bodybuggers Unite!"

I've created the team!

Friday, January 18, 2008, 7:45 AM

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I had never heard of these and was very interested so I went online to look it up. I WAS interested until I saw the price!!! $479?!??!? OMG!
It is a great concept but I can't afford that! It basically tells you anytime of day how many calories your burning as well as the calories you ate and it also tells you how many more calories are left in your "budget" for the day and whether you need to burn more or not. Great concept but that price! UGH!

Friday, January 18, 2008, 9:30 AM

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Yeah, if you have that much money to be spending on counting calories, you should probably be doing something more philanthropic. Karma is a bitch.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 10:03 AM

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they are MUCH cheaper on ebay....

Friday, January 18, 2008, 11:20 AM

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Yup got mine from e-bay....

It's a tool. A tool that I think is worth the money - just like other people may think it's worth the money to spend on a nutritionist or personal trainer. I personally can benefit from this particular tool.

I'm looking forward to it telling things like....

-When my body has adjusted to my workouts and I should change things up a bit....

-My true calorie burn vs. depending on exercise machines that don't take all factors into consideration. Many Bodybugg users find they don't burn as many calories on the machines as they thought they did.

-Also - what activites burn the most calories.

-It will drive me to get up and move to meet my daily burn goal if I haven't met it yet and it's approaching the end of the day.

-Most importantly - keep me at the proper balance for calories in vs. calories out without burning too much and compromising hard-earned muscle and compromising my metabolism.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 11:31 AM

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Hey, stop justifying your spending habits to the jealous piece of snot who thinks that a consumer gadget (that costs 1/4 of the FDA-approved medical device that does the same job) is extravagant.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 12:11 PM

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Can I ask how much it was on E-bay? By the way i'm the poster that went online to research it and IF you were speaking about me, I am NOT a snob! I was simply thown back by the cost!

Friday, January 18, 2008, 1:10 PM

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No - it was directed at the philianthropy/karma poster.

The reason they cost so much new is that the package includes 2 consultations with one of their certified coaches, most likely because it's really easy to misinterpret or misuse the information you get from it.

If you buy it second-hand, make sure you get all the pieces you want. Here's the breakdown, based on the $479 price for New:

The arm band and the USB download thing goes for about $210.

Then there's the wristband read-out which is optional (so you can see the numbers throughout the day instead of just when you download to the computer). That's about $100.

Then there's the 3-month initial subscription to the online software that you download to ($50, but 12 months is $100 so it's not so bad in the longer-term).

Then the remaining $120 is for the coaching - which is NOT optional when you buy it new. This is where your main saving is.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 1:49 PM

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Maybe you'd be a happier person who wouldn't need to resort to name-calling if you did something a little more spiritually fulfilling with the money you are blessed to have.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 2:06 PM

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why is everyone on peer trainer such an asshole?

Friday, January 18, 2008, 2:50 PM

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i'm the OP

back to the question at hand and pretending the bodybugg is affordable for everyone...

IF you have a bodybugg, do you like it and is it working for you?

Friday, January 18, 2008, 3:01 PM

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I invite you to join the team I just started and "lurk" to watch my postings and daily journal as I use mine. I post on a daily basis and you can watch me as I hopefully get it to work for me!!!

The team is called "Bodybugg - Bodybuggers Unite!" if you do a search on "bodybugg" in the team section I'm sure the team will pop up.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 3:24 PM

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i'm the OP (again)

thank you 3:24! you're a great help!

Friday, January 18, 2008, 3:35 PM

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Name-calling? But if someone really is a snotball and continues to prove themselves to be so, isn't that merely stating the obvious?
But perhaps you're right, 2:06, there are some better names out there for people who think that spiritual fulfillment can be bought. I'm just too busy spending my money on overpriced luxuries to list them all.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 4:04 PM

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My gym rents out Bodybuggs. I'm sure other gyms do to. Then you don't have to make the huge purchase and you can use it for a month or so to see how much you burn on average. I haven't rented one. When I take a class at the gym there are usually a few people in the class wearing a bodybugg. When the class is over sometimes they tell everyone how many calories they burned so that everyone else can get a rough idea.

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 12:45 AM

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You belong to 24-hour Fitness, don't you? The BodyBugg is put out by Apex, which is the same company. I might approach them for a rental too, since I'm just not sure I can envision wearing this thing every day, 23.5 hours a day (only because you can't wear it in the shower), for an extended period of time.

As for buying one second hand, they're sneaky - you still have to cough up $199 for your online software subscription and those dumbass mandatory phone coaching sessions. However, it looks like the whole shebang can still be picked up on eBay for $385 rather than $479, and that's significant.

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 2:06 PM

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i watched the video on their website.

i just wouldn't want to where all the time. even when you sleep?

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 7:52 PM

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It depends on what your reason for using it is. It can show, within an 8% error range, how many calories you use in the course of your day - with or without work, with or without working out, with 6 or 8 hours of sleep, etc. It takes the guesswork out of the readouts on cardio machines, online activity calculators, etc. Even if you get your BMR tested, you're relying on an occupational factor to estimate what you use in the course of a day.

Apparently one of the "fun" things is to see the metabolic effect of different kinds of workouts. For example, we've all read how HIIT and circuit training fire up your metabolism by XX% for X number of hours afterwards when you're at rest. I, for one, hate these types of workouts...but if I see that I'm using 110 cals/hr sitting on my butt watching TV the next day instead of the 80 that I've learned is my usual couch potato burn, that would be motivating to me.

The big downside, I've been told by my RD, is that if your Bugg says you used 17,500 calories this week (2500/day) and you record an intake of 10,500 calories (1500/day), creating a 7000 calorie deficit, a lot of people get really upset and pissed if they don't see a 2 lb loss on the scale.

It is recommended that you wear the Bugg consistently for the first two weeks and make all your own food to minimize calorie counting errors.

As for sleeping...I'd sleep with it on in the beginning to learn what my average is and what makes it vary (time of day I work out, type of workout, size/time of dinner, etc) and then use those numbers for an accurate estimate after that. I guess you'd also have to think about whether or not this is something you'd be able/allowed to wear at work...otherwise it really is a pretty expensive way to find out how many calories you burn at the gym.

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 11:59 PM

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you think i wouldn't be able to wear it to work? well, i guess so. i bet you couldn't wear it if you worked for a chain restaurant. i don't suppose it is included as 'flair' ;)

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 10:51 PM

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...or is it 'flare'?

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 10:53 PM

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i am not sure how you guys do 'Link", so...

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 10:54 PM

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whoa! you can embed youtube!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 10:56 PM

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so fun! but it cut off right before the best part of her "expressing herself". ;o)

Monday, January 21, 2008, 1:03 PM

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i was wondering, does it have to be worn around the arm? can it be worn around the ankle or calf like a scram bracelet where it can be hidden?

Monday, January 21, 2008, 1:05 PM

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It doesn't have to be worn all the time - if you have to dress in a cocktail dress or something by all means take it off! There's a way to manually log what you were doing during the time the system detected it was "off arm". Obviously, it won't be as accurate but at least there's a way to still add in calories while it was off your arm.

They did research and found that the most accurate place to be worn was on the arm. The sensors and formulas are all based on ibeing worn on the arm.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 5:44 PM

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wouldn't a heart rate monitor do something similar?

You know the one you put around your chest (just under the breast)?

These are much cheaper

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 7:11 PM

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Your heartrate is not an accurate indicator of calories burned - check the instruction book or online info for a margin of error, you'll find it's huge if they list it, but more likely there will just be a lot of disclaimers.

Body temp changes and oxygen output - not pulse - translate to metabolic rate, and the BodyBugg sensors pick these up.

Sunday, February 17, 2008, 11:50 PM

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if you have a memebership with 24hour fitness check with the trainers too, they are selling body bugs and I dont recall them being in the $400s

Monday, February 18, 2008, 4:44 PM

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They are - if you've seen a lower price, that's probably for a rental or for the unit without the wrist readout, which goes for $80-100 less.

Monday, February 18, 2008, 8:54 PM

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