Insanity Week 4 Review

Ahh, the fourth week of Insanity!  At the end of this day I’ll have made it through 28 days — basically half of it and next week is the “rest week” before going into the truly insane workouts… or that is what I hear.

Monday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Well, today was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit I was going to do on Saturday but didn’t happen.  I should have worn my heart rate monitor to see what sort of calories I burned.. oh well; maybe next time I’m at the track I’ll do that.  Now, onto the workout.  I burned 811 calories, had an average heart rate of 161bpm and a maximum of 191bpm.  Not too shabby I think. Combine that with all the moving I had to do before the workout and the walking of the dog I probably had a decent workout today.  Tomorrow I’ll do Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs.  I’m going to double up on Thursday since the Cardio Recovery should feel really good after another Plyometric Cardio Circuit workout.

Tuesday: Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

Ahh, Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs.. the killer routines.  These two workouts took about an hour to complete today and I burned a good 925 calories with an average heart rate of 155bpm and a max heart rate of 184bpm.  I did them less than an hour after dinner and only a few minutes after giving the puppy dog his exercise for the day.  If it had been about an hour after giving the puppy his exercise I think I would have been able to push through it harder since I normally do my exercise then walk the puppy.  However, it wasn’t that way today.  Tomorrow is Cardio Power and Resistance which I think I should be able to feel good about knocking out before giving the puppy his exercise.

Wednesday: Cardio Power and Resistance

I don’t think I pushed myself as hard as I could have today.  I was a little sore from all of the exercise yesterday, but as they say, no pain no gain.  I pushed through it all and burned 620 calories with an average heart rate of 154bpm and a maximum of 179bpm.  I suppose I’m also becoming a bit more conscious about my heart rate than I was earlier.  I don’t want to hurt myself in some terrible way by having my heart beating above its maximum heart rate for any extended amount of time.  I still feel I got a heck of a workout but I would have been happier if I could have burned up 700 or so calories instead of the 620 I burned during the workout — that is what tomorrow is for: Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Cardio Recovery.  I’m feeling I should burn a little over 1000 calories tomorrow.  As to which one I do first, I don’t know… it depends on if I get up early enough to squeeze a workout in before work or not.

Thursday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Cardio Recovery (ended up skipping CR)

I decided today would be the best day to double up on the exercises because the Cardio Recovery routine is pretty mellow compared to everything else I’ve been doing so far.  I started the Plyometric Cardio Circuit and got a call just after the warm up stretching to go eat with some friends, so I decided I’d take their offer and go eat with them; but, for those that are interested, the first 1/3 of the workout, I had 302 calories burned, an average heart rate of 151bpm and 182bpm max heart rate (and this was just for the warm up and stretching).  After I got back from eating and giving the puppy a walk I gave myself a quick warm up and stretching and hopped back into the work out where I had left off.  For the remainder of the work out I burned 448 calories and had an average heart rate of 166bpm and a max heart rate of 193 bpm.  So one work out and a total calorie burn of 750 calories I don’t think is bad at all.  Now to have a little rest and then attack the Cardio Recovery workout later tonight (I think this is a great way to burn off  the tasty food and beer from Nuernberg Brauhaus).

Well, I ended up taking my own advice from last week and didn’t do the Cardio Recovery exercise routine at all.  I feel sort of bad not doing it, but at the same time, if I didn’t feel I was getting anything from it, it was probably ok to skip it this time.  I did like it because it was a little lower impact than everything else; so I’ll do my best not to skip it next time it shows up.  In the second month it might be much more important since the intensity is supposed to be much, much higher for the other five days of working out.

Friday: Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

So I did a straight through run of Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs and it was rough!  I burned 921 calories with an average heart rate of 155bpm and a maximum heart rate of 187bpm.  The last C-sit exercise was kicking my butt today.  I could barely do three of them.  Don’t have much else to say except gotta walk the dog as well.. I’ll see how many calories that burns since I’ve still got the trusty heart rate monitor on.  And I’ve found out walking the dog for 23 minutes right after the work out while my heart rate is still elevated nets me 282 calories burned with an average heart rate of 130bpm and a maximum heart rate of 148bpm.  Making my daily total of calories burned through work out and walking 1203 calories.  Now should I make up for missing Cardio Recovery later on tonight?

Saturday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Well, after a rather adventurous morning and early afternoon excursions I got time to do the workout.  I managed to burn 708 calories with an average heart rate of 158bpm and a maximum of 185bpm.  I’m finding it a lot hard to hit my max heart rate of 189bpm so I think I’m getting in a bit better shape than I’ve been in in a long time.  I’m looking forward to the rest week and doing the Core Cardio and Balance routine.  I’m almost tempted to add the Cardio Abs workout to what I do today, but that probably isn’t a good idea to hit the same muscle group that hard two days in a row… maybe Sunday.

General Week Four Thoughts

Now, my general thoughts for the week that don’t really fall into any of the daily logs.

  • I know this is getting old, but, damn.. you’ll sweat a lot (not alot)
  • Cardio Abs doesn’t get much easier but being familiar with the exercises helps a lot
  • I think doubling up on the Cardio Recovery is the day to double up if you have to.. or you can just extend it another day.  But I’m sticking to the schedule I made up initially, dang it!
  • Heart Rate Monitor is a must!
  • I’m glad next week is the rest week.  It is definitely feeling like time for a break / rest from the intensity.

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