Insanity Week 6 Review

Here we are the start of the second month of Insanity and where it supposedly gets really, really hard.

Monday: Fit Test and Max Interval Circuit

Here is my review of Max Interval Circuit before I realized why I was feeling so crappy on the July 4th weekend:

Umm, wow.  Max Interval Circuit definitely upped the hardness of the workouts.  I burned 1033 calories with an average heart rate of 163bpm and a maximum heart rate of 184bpm.  I had to take breaks at the end of a few of the circuits cause I was completely burned out.  However, a short break and I was able to push through it again.  I’m sure I’ll start feeling better about these workouts the more I do them.  So for the first time doing these, I think my results are fairly good.  Oh, and the warm up routines in this are what some of the circuits were in the first month.. so yeah, its hard.

The July 4th weekend I’d been feeling completely run down and I was amazed I was able to knock out the workout on Monday.  Today I had so much stuff going on that when I was done with all of it, I didn’t even have enough energy to do the workout.  This is the same sort of feeling I got when I was coming off the honeymoon phase of being diabetic the first time and it appears to be happening again.  So I’m going to watch my blood sugars very closely the rest of this week and see if it is the case and I’ll have to start wearing the OmniPod and being a full-blown diabetic again.  If it is the case, I have to say it was a nice run with another honeymoon phase.

And here it is now:

As I said before, it is hard, I burned 1111 calories with an average heart rate of 164bpm and a maximum heart rate of  186bpm.  I didn’t feel as powerful and into it as I was on that Monday, but I think it is due to the two weeks off recovering and getting everything inline.  I’m sure as I get back into the swing of things it’ll become easier even if the workouts still kick my butt.

I’m skipping the Fit Test this week since I don’t think it’ll do me any good since I’ve had the two week layoff.

Tuesday: Max Interval Plyo

This one is tough just like Max Interval Circuit.  He loves push-ups of all types, I counted about 4 different types of push-ups and all of them hurt!  I survived though, so it obviously wasn’t too bad.  I forgot to start up my heart rate monitor until 2/3s of the way into the warm up, so I can only assume I burned about 300 or so (which is what I normally burn in the first 2/3s of the warm up — which brings my calorie burned count to ~1100 calories, with an average heart rate of 154bpm and a maximum heart rate of 184bpm.  I’m sure I’ll think of something more to say about the workout, but right now, I’m pretty dang tired.. until tomorrow.

Wednesday: Max Cardio Conditioning

Max Cario Conditioning is insane, they don’t have any breaks and there are no sets once you’re past the warm-up and stretches.  I was doing really well until about 15 minutes left when it felt like all the energy had drained out of my body.  There is no way this should have happened so I pulled out the trusty blood glucose tester and found out my blood sugar reading was 67 mg/dL (it should be ~100 mg/dL).  Needless to say, I had to stop and find some sugary goodness right away.  A few handfuls of M&Ms later and I was feeling a bit perkier but it wasn’t enough to let me finish the workout.  I got about 3 minutes until the cool down stretching and had to call it quits.  I still managed to burn 660 calories with an average heart rate of 145bpm and a maximum heart rate of  178bpm.  I’m going to have to play with my insulin pump and probably shut it off completely when I’m doing any sort of strenuous workout to hopefully prevent something this severe from happening again.  Also, more carbs the better, since I’m obviously blowing through them with these workouts.

Thursday: Max Recovery

They should just call this one Max Yoga.  I burned 725 calories with an average heart rate of 126bpm and a maximum heart rate of 180bpm.  Overall this was one of the harder workouts since all the poses had to be held for a long time and it really started to burn the more the position was held.  What bothers me the most about this workout was at the end Shaun T said “This was Cardio Recovery” and I’m damn sure I pressed “Max Recovery” on the title menu… have I been doing the recoveries in the wrong order?

Friday: Max Interval Circuit

This was a late night routine, I didn’t get the chance to do this one until close to 9pm.. which is when I prefer to start winding down for the night and reading (yes, my Friday night was lame this week).  I did get in a good 3+ mile bike ride with my dog, Einstein, before my workout, so I was coming in pre-warmed up.  However, I always do the workouts straight through and this time was no different.  I manager 1215 calories burned with an average heart rate of 158bpm and a maximum heart rate of 182bpm.  I’m getting the hang of the workouts again, but at the same time, I’m glad I’m on the last month because the workouts are getting really repetitive.

Saturday: Max Interval Plyo

Unlike yesterday with its late workout, this one was nice and early.  I burned 1126 calories with an average heart rate of 152bpm and a maximum of 181bpm.  It wasn’t as bad the second time around.  I think the more I’m familiar with it, the easier it will be to get more out of the routines.  Afterward, I worked (with some help) on my 911 creating a front splitter and installing the headers and exhaust system.

General Week Six Thoughts

I don’t have much to say other than if you’re a type I diabetic, keep track of your blood sugars through out the workouts.  When your blood sugar goes low, you’ll know it and it takes a while to recover from the low blood sugar (longer than the workout in my case).

  • Get a heart rate monitor
  • If you’re diabetic have your blood glucose tester close by
    • Drink Gatorade and not water.. the sugar helps
  • I can see why this is a 60 day thing and not 90, it starts to get really repetitive.. but it does work.  When I start up on P90x I might substitute in some of the Insanity plyo and cardio workouts instead of the P90x ones… but I’ll give P90x’s a shot before I switch it up.

6 thoughts on “Insanity Week 6 Review

  1. Today was my first of week six. This workout was so hard I felt like throwing up. I had previously did p90x for 2 years. I had great results with p90x but wanted a change. I am 40 with 4 kids. I sweat like crazy with insanity and I am hoping to get toned with it but I am not sold yet. I plan on definitely sticking to it but p90x gives faster results for me.

  2. I’ve found the cardio in Insanity to be more to my liking than the cardio in P90X. It’s good there are two to choose from.. different strokes for different folks.

  3. Hey, love this and I love reading your posts! Just a quick question, how did you calculate the calories you were burning in each workout. I’m always mystified as to how it’s done.

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