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October 12, 2010 10:24 AM
I did the fit test today and i am pretty sure that i burned calories. Man that wasn't a joke! The fit test itself is insane!

Anyway, does anybody know where i can find out how many cals you burn from Insanity? Its not in the database
October 12, 2010 10:29 AM
I do the insanity workouts and use my HRM. The fit test I usually burn around 200 calories and the workouts usually between 350 and 400. Insanse Cardio sometimes closer to 450.

It really depends on a lot of things. I got my HRM for $80.00 at Scheels and it was the best investment I've made towards fitness so far.
October 12, 2010 10:31 AM
im doing the insanity program too, tough huh?!? but it varies so much from person to person that you can really only be accurate with a heart rate monitor. i looked on youtube though and found someone who had a HRM doing insanity and she tells you how much she burned after each disc, she didn't have it for the fit test though.

thats the link for the cardio one that she did.

i don't have a HRM yet so I kind of just have to guess :(
October 12, 2010 10:32 AM
I have done the Insanity, and it is difficult to find the amount of calorie burn. However, according to the information packet, with the cardio power dvd, you can burn up to 1000 cal in that workout! If you make it through. If you think the fit test was hard, wait until you do the others!!!! Now that is totally insane. I love it though. I have taken a break from it for a while, and I am afraid to start again. That is how insane it is. You will love it, but it is a legitimate killer!!!! Have fun!!!
October 12, 2010 10:34 AM
Another good tool (though somewhat expensive) is the bodybugg. I love mine! It gives you a precise number of calories burned....that's how I've calculated almost all of what I've burned doing beachbody workouts! They are no joke!
October 12, 2010 10:34 AM
I got my HRM at walmart for about $35. The work out is crazy. You might want to get one because everyones reading will be different. I usually burn 550-750 cal per work out, except on the recovery workout I usually burn 300-400.
October 12, 2010 10:41 AM

I got my HRM at walmart for about $35. The work out is crazy. You might want to get one because everyones reading will be different. I usually burn 550-750 cal per work out, except on the recovery workout I usually burn 300-400.

Completely agree. You need to get an HRM because even when you do the same fitness test again you won't burn the same amount of calories because your intensity may increase. Each workout will be different so your best bet is to invest in an HRM. I have one with a chest strap which I think gives the most accurate reading.
I'm close to the end of the 2nd month of Insanity and it's a fantastic workout. You will sweat like crazy, be sore for days but feel great!!! There's also an insanity thread called "Insane Chicks" you might want to check out. Good luck.
October 12, 2010 10:42 AM
Is the heart rate monitor the one you strap to your arm?
October 12, 2010 10:47 AM

Is the heart rate monitor the one you strap to your arm?

I have a chest strap and it felt tight at first but I'm used to it now and it works very well with the watch. It gives me an accurate account of my heart rate during the workout so I can see if I'm hitting my target heart rate zone throughout the workout. Shaun T will even advise when you should take a look at your watch and check your heart rate throughout each workout.
October 12, 2010 11:01 AM
the thing you see that people have on their arm (if you are thinking of the upper arm, and not the wrist) is most likely the Bodybugg.
Heart rate monitors usually look like watches and some come w/ chest straps (more accurate, if you ask me) and some are just the watch itself.

For most of the Beachbody products like Insanity, P90X, Turbo Fire, really are better off investing (even if just a small investment like 35-40) in a heart rate monitor. Everyone IS so different in what they burn that generic estimates are often not anywhere near close for that kind of HIIT training.

good job on the fit test. That IS killer, but it's a great program if you stick with it!
October 12, 2010 3:13 PM
I bought a Sportline heart rate monitor from Wal-mart for $30, it tracks your calories as you workout. Make sure you get that feature. First month of Insanity I burned 500-700 calories per workout. With the longer workouts in the second month I burned 700 to 980 calories. However, everyone is different from weight, age, and physical ability.
October 25, 2010 9:20 AM
Bump. I'm an insanity grad but as I return to it occasionally I wonder if it's worth it. I nearly kill myself, my heart rate is at 80-90%, and I burn 250-300 cals. Granted I am petite, but I could do an hour on the elliptical at moderate intensity and earn 500 calories without feeling as though I'm about to vomit. Is the afterburn really favorable enough to justify the strain on my joints? According to articles on hiit, the after burn may be minimal...

Maybe I'm just trying to talk my way out of doing it today laugh
October 25, 2010 9:40 AM
Everyone is different (as others have mentioned) and calorie burn is based on variables (Age/Current Weight, etc.)
I definitely recommend getting a HRM WITH chest strap, as you'll get the most accurate calorie burn.
I believe Timex makes a reasonably priced one, Polar is more pricey but I love mine.

Fundamentally, I can't do any workout entitled Insanity, I think I'm too mellow for that.
However, I am doing a hyrid of chalean extreme & turbo fire (low impact version with a serious calorie burn).
The only way I'm comfortable eating my calories burned, is because I have a HRM.
April 14, 2011 11:55 AM
I am on day 16 of Insanity. I have to admit, it is very very hard. but, when you get into the workouts they are over before you know it. I lost 8 lbs in the first week. I know it's prob a bunch of water weight but still....8Lbs!!!
July 16, 2011 5:42 AM
I just finished day 6 of Insanity workout.

My HR monitor (Ciclo CP10L) shows that I burned 1000 kcal for Plyometric Cardio Circuit
I am a male, 42, 194 lbs, 5'6", and most of my exercise is around 174-182 bpm. My max HR I saw on the monitor is 184.

Could it be right that I burned 1000 kcal for 43 minutes, considering my body profile?

July 16, 2011 8:53 AM
July 21, 2011 5:55 PM
I just did Insanity plyometric cardio circuit and burned 650 calories. Again, it does depend on how intense you do it. I pretty much do it all out now with no stopping.
September 7, 2011 9:46 AM
hi guys, ive just started doing insanity, oh my days its tough.!.. i enjoy it tho, ive just done the second workout and i had to stop a few times, im 47 5ft 4in and weigh 140 pounds and my hrm said that i burned 400 calories..
hope this helps.
January 27, 2012 12:59 PM
are you happy with your results from insanity??
February 14, 2012 10:07 AM
Is there an app for an android phone that will track the HRM and count calories while doing the Insanity workout?
February 14, 2012 10:09 AM
on amazon you can get the Polar HRM for a decent price and I love mine. It is accurate too. Easy to set up and only around 40 bux.
February 14, 2012 3:15 PM
I´ve been doing Insanity for 16 days (have not missed a single workout and REALLY pushed through my limits), I´m a male 5´9, 38 y/o, 224 lb.

during this 2 weeks and a half my HRM have showed very consistent results and are the following:

Fit test: 500 cals.
Cardio Recovery: 400 cals.
Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Pure Cardio, Cardio Power & Resistance: 800 cals, each.
Pure Cardio+Cardio Abs: 1100 cals.
Rest day: 0 cal, lol

Of course calories burned depend on individuals, but those are my results.

By the way, I haven´t lost lot of weight (only 2 pounds) but I feel much more stronger, core is tight, 1 inch less in my belly, sexy legs lol.
February 14, 2012 3:31 PM
Insanity Core Cardio 63 minutes 555 Cal
Plyometric Cardio 72 minutes 852 Cal
Cardio Power Resistance 60 minutes 649 Cal
Cardio Recovery 58 minutes 500 Cal
Pure Cardio & Abs 61 minutes 696 Cal
Max Interval Circuit 79 minutes 919 Cal
Max Interval Plyo 72 minutes 870 Cal
Max Cardio Cond. & Abs 93 minutes 1034 Cal
Max Recovery 65 minutes 537 Cal

These were all taken with an HRM. As you can see when you get into the second half of Insanity (called Max) the calorie burns go way up. It's cool to compare these with other people's results. I weighed 264 to 250 on my first round of Insanity. About to do my second round.

TO EVERYONE DOING INSANITY: Keep going no matter how much you have to stop and rest. I can assure that if you stick with it, you will be pleased at the end of the 60 days. Also, the second half of Insanity IS tougher than the first but you will get used to the longer workouts. I thought I'd be bored going back to the start after my first round but the first 30 day's workouts are just as tough. Starting my second round this week after too long of a delay. Good luck to you all!!!
Edited by pauljsolie On February 14, 2012 3:36 PM
February 27, 2012 4:05 PM
interesting thread. i tried insanity before but i only got through week 3. it was so tough considering i was also teaching other fitness classes. at the time i wasn't logging on mfp. my question is about how you all are entering the calories burned since it varies depending on how hard you're working out and the specific workout your'e doing and how you progress even with doing the same workout later in the program.
February 27, 2012 4:23 PM
I just came in to recommend that you get a HRM that has the chest strap. Makes ALL the difference in terms of your true burn. I have a Polar FT7 and will never again rely on anecdotal info to determine how many calories I burn.


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