Insanity Week 3 Review

And now, week 3 of Insanity! I’m pushing the two workouts I missed into Monday (some people might say this is bad for you, but I say, a few hours rest in between workouts and I’ll be ready for another). So I’ll find out how that works out…

Monday: Cardio Power and Resistance

The first workout on Monday for me is the Cardio Power and Resistance, I burned 711 calories and had an average heart rate of 166bpm. I’m liking Insanity because it pretty much burns off 700+ calories in a 40 minute workout; I don’t think you can get much more efficient than that. Up next is Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs.

Tuesday: Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs, and Fit Test

Well, my goal of doing Cardio Power and Resistance, Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs, and the Fit Test all in one day didn’t pan out. So, I pushed the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs to today. And holy cow, I burned 979 calories in the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs work out with an average heart rate of 162bpm. The Cardio Abs routine is meant to be done right after the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. In fact, I’d almost skip the cool down stretches of Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs and jump straight into Cardio Abs since it only has a few minute warm up.

I’m aiming to complete the Fit Test later today once I’ve gotten an hour or two of rest. Is it possible for me to burn 2000 calories in a single day from exercising? Am I certifiably insane in attempting this? I think the answer could be yes. But, here are the results from my fit test:

Exercise Count #1 Count #2
Switch Kicks 62 63
Squat Jacks 46 46
Power Knees 59 80
Power Jumps 21 32
Globe Jumps 7 11
Suicide Jumps 9 15
Push Up Jacks 5 20
Low Plank Obliques 30 38

And of course, according to the trusty Polar, 432 calories burned and an average heart rate of 159bpm. All-in-all not a bad workout day. Didn’t get the 2k calories burned, but I guess there is always later on in the Insanity weeks to find out what I can do. Tomorrow can I do two workout routines again and survive? I’m thinking Plyometric Cardio Circuit when I get up and Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs in the afternoon or after dinner. Then I’ll be back on schedule and can do it at the recommended pace again.

Wednesday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit, and Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

In the morning I did the Plyometric Cardio Circuit which I’m thinking I’m not going to do many more exercise routines when I just get up in the morning. I don’t think I push it near as hard as I can and probably need some food in me to be ready to push it more. I burned 687 calories which is a little lower than what I’m normally able to burn. Also, my average heart rate was 157bpm as opposed to the 160s I’m normally able to sustain later in the day. Now I’m debating if I should try the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs this afternoon or evening or push it off until tomorrow.

Ok, well, I decided I’d push through one more and get myself caught up with the exercise routines. I burned 892 calories with an average heart rate of 155bpm doing Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. I really think that I won’t double up on the routines anymore because I don’t think I’m fully getting everything out of them by doing two a day. However, exercising really does make me feel good afterward; so its a trade off. All-in-all close to 1600 calories burned in a single day is damn good.

Thursday: Cardio Recovery

Cardio Recovery was damn nice after all of the hard ones I’ve been doing. I burned a total of 430 calories and had an average heart rate of 137 bpm with a maximum of 167. It obviously doesn’t push your cardio like the other ones, but it pushes you to become more flexible while still working your core muscles. It is basically yoga and I could see if you did this about an hour you would really be drenched in sweat. This workout is only 38 minutes total and i still ended up sweating during it. Tomorrow is Cardio Power and Resistance a big workout to knock all the fat off of me, then on Saturday once again, the old friend Plyometric Cardio Circuit — after a day long class at the race track. I should be burning calories all day on Saturday.

Friday: Cardio Power and Resistance

Well, I forgot to turn on my heart rate monitor until after I was done with the warm up.  I thought for sure I had but I didn’t, so the heart rate monitor said 670 calories burned post warm-up and I’m going to assume a little over 700 calories total, with an average heart rate of 165bpm and a max heart rate of 185bpm.  Sometimes it feels like the 40 minute work outs aren’t enough — like I get my second wind right after the ending of the exercises and the start of the cool down stretches.  I might regret saying this in the coming month when it supposedly gets really hard, but, until then….

Saturday is a full day class at The Driveway and I won’t be home until after 5pm and probably dang tired.  I’ll still try and do the Plyometric Cardio Circuit on Saturday since I really want to stick to the routine and I’d feel bad if I pushed it off to Sunday.  So here’s to eating well tonight with friends and getting ready for a full day tomorrow.

Saturday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

As much as I want to do this routine today it isn’t going to happen.  I spent the day out at The Driveway in their first L4 class.  I think I sweated away a good 5+ lbs during the day and I’m just spending tonight recovering and perhaps even tomorrow as well.  So I’m pushing the Plyometric Cardio Routine to Monday by which time my body will have fully recovered.

General Week Three Thoughts

  • Doubling up on exercises to catch up was kinda stupid. I think I would have been better off not doing the Fit Test and the Cardio Recovery Routines since they are to track progress and give the body a mid-week rest respectively.
  • I’m sweating more with the longer workout (Pure Cardio + Cardio Abs)
  • A heart rate monitor is a big plus. It lets you see how hard you worked (quantifiably) with both the heart rate monitor and the calories burned counter.
  • Cardio Abs is the first routine that really made my core muscles burn.
  • I was noticing that I wasn’t getting near the heart rate in the morning as I was in the afternoon.. turns out its better to work out in the afternoon or evening according to this article.
  • Globe jumps freaking hurt when you’re on the last set of them and you’re trying really hard to do them as quickly as possible.  Actually, let me rephrase that, by the last set every exercise hurts and you want to stop; but you can’t, you gotta keep going.

4 thoughts on “Insanity Week 3 Review

  1. How do you figure out how many calories are burned doing globe jumps if you do not have a heart monitor please? I appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you, Heather

  2. Heather,
    I’m afraid I can’t help you there; I’m trying to find batteries for my heart rate monitor right now so I can’t really give you a ballpark.

  3. I find if I do Pure Cardio in the morning then do the Cardio Abs later that day I do a much better job doing the exercises correctly. Just something I find that works for me.

  4. Keith,
    I’ve come to that conclusion myself. I find myself splitting up the normal routine and the abs routines as of late. Of course, I’m now doing more real jogging and running than I ever did with Insanity.

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