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October 24, 2010 5:55 PM
I am just on day 4 of Insanity and I was wondering what the burn is like with the cardio recovery dvd? I understand that it is a recovery day and I probably didn't burn as many calories doing this workout rather than one of the other insanity workouts, but holy smokes it was still really hard! I don't think that my legs stopped shaking the entire time!
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October 24, 2010 5:58 PM
When keeping track of Insanity, I count all work outs as Aerobics High Impact. After all that is what it is.....
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October 24, 2010 6:04 PM
Welcome to Insanity!!! I bought a heart rate monitor with a chest strap before I started and I found it worked well for me because the intensity each person works out at is different so even if I gave you a number it wouldn't necessarily reflect what you burned. One of the popular brands is polar. I use a timex and you can get them at fitness stores, brand name stores and even online.
October 24, 2010 6:08 PM
Thanks for your replies! I have been tracking the last 3 days as high impact aerobics so that covers that. I am hoping to get a HRM for Christmas so I guess for the time being I am just really watching my caloric intake and guesstimating about my workouts...
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October 24, 2010 6:26 PM
I take my heart rate while doing Insanity then approximate my average heart rate. Then I plug it into this calculator. It is not 100% accurate, but it might help give you a better guess. Hope it helps!


http://www.triathlontrainingblog.com/calculators/calories-burned-calculator-based-on-average-heart-rate/

Make sure you take her advice and put in 35 vo/max instead of leaving it blank. This gave me a much more comparable result with the HRM I now use.
Edited by ErrataCorrige On October 24, 2010 6:28 PM
June 22, 2011 10:12 AM
Do not think that the heart rate is an accurate guide for the recovery workouts. Most heart rate monitors that calculate calories are a) approximate (unless they ask for your weight and measure distance) b) are meant for aerobic work. The cardio recovery is a workout, but it feels more like a combination of yoga/pilates than true aerobics. My HRM monitor says I burned 352 cal over 30 minutes, which is about what I'd do in a 2.5-3 mile run. I don't think that's right, esp since MyFitness shows Yoga and Pilates at about 132 calories for the same duration. My guess is that it's somewhere inbetween. But with my avg heartrate at 108, I am hard pressed to call that aerobic activity, so I can't rely on the HRM.

A more thorough explanation is here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_experts.asp?q=75
Edited by rkcrawf On June 22, 2011 10:14 AM
January 5, 2012 4:57 PM
Great info. thanks for asking the question. Congratulations on the wieght loss.
March 22, 2012 12:59 PM
I need to also know how many calories you burn on Insanity Cardio Recovery . If you find out, please let me know!
July 24, 2012 3:39 PM
As others were saying, you have an individualized calorie burn. I did cardio recovery today with a heart rate monitor on that converts into calories. The workout is pretty hard for me (squat & lung holds)- my max heart rate was 150 (although shortlived) and ave hr was 114. According to my monitor, I burned 208 cal. I am female, 32, 5'5 & weigh 154. This is my 18th day of insanity and never worked out prior.
July 24, 2012 3:44 PM
Use a HRM. I usually burnt 200 less on the cardio recovery days. Wait 'till you get to MAX recovery. I dreaded that one more than MAX plyo haha
September 18, 2012 9:34 PM
I just did the cardio recovery today and I'm glad you asked this question here! I was wondering the same thing:-) thanks! I would also be interested to find out how insanity worked out for you along with keeping track of calories with my fitness pal......
September 20, 2012 9:11 AM
Just finished the Cardio Recovery for the first time, and I was also wondering how many calories I burnt during it. I sweat like crazy! It was awesome!
September 26, 2012 10:59 PM
did cardi recovery yesterday and hrm says 285 cals
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November 21, 2012 6:55 AM
QUOTE:

As others were saying, you have an individualized calorie burn. I did cardio recovery today with a heart rate monitor on that converts into calories. The workout is pretty hard for me (squat & lung holds)- my max heart rate was 150 (although shortlived) and ave hr was 114. According to my monitor, I burned 208 cal. I am female, 32, 5'5 & weigh 154. This is my 18th day of insanity and never worked out prior.


I have similar values with female, 29, 5'5" and 130lb. I burnt 186 calories according to my Garmin Forerunner 405CX with average HR 121bpm (not sure what my max is but it definitely went above 150bpm). This was my 4th day of Insanity. So if anyone else is the same height and between 130lb-150lb then these two values (186 and 208 calories) might be a good guesstimate for you to use.
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January 19, 2013 2:44 PM
do you put in recovery (max/cardio) as high impact or yoga stretch?
I'm not quite up to getting a heartrate monitor, but I would like a fair approximate of what I do... and I feel like listing it as high impact aerobics is cheating somehow.
Also, anyone know if for the other days, do we put in the full length of the vid, or is it better to cut out the stretch times (say for max plyo, should it be listed as 55min or say 50)?
January 19, 2013 2:46 PM
Just get a HRM. Yes, price is expensive but it's helped me out a lot. Over estimating calorie burn for a long time w/o one. I'm 165lbs., 5'4 tall, 30 year old female and I burn a little over 200 (if I'm lucky on cardio recovery).
January 19, 2013 4:09 PM
I'm only in week 2 now of Insanity, but during week 1 with cardio recovery I burned about 150 according to my polar. I'm a 35 year old female, 147 lbs, 5'6.
February 28, 2013 2:02 AM
i have just done day four literally 5 mins ago and OMG ma muscles are aching, so surprising. i found this day harder then the first three days. Not sure about everyones else but i feel like i should do something as i know the calorie burn in cardio recovery is not that high.
February 28, 2013 2:05 AM
http://www.everydayhealth.com/food-fitness/exercise-activity/calories-burned-conditioning-exercises

Try that.
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February 28, 2013 6:49 AM
Just had a look, what a great website. thanks
February 28, 2013 7:00 AM
QUOTE:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/food-fitness/exercise-activity/calories-burned-conditioning-exercises

Try that.


looks like a useful site!

I also completed Cardio Recovery today--it was still a lot of hard work!
July 5, 2013 2:30 AM
Way to go. Keep up the great work. I restarted insanity recently after a 5 week break. It's like day one again. LOL
This fitness pal is great. Best of luck with insanity.
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July 11, 2013 5:19 AM
Just finished Cardio Recovery from Insanity, my Polar ft40 says I burned 333 cals. Average 132 bpm. Max 153 bpm.
I recommend drinking some carbs after every insanity workout, I drink Carbonox from olimp. Before the workout I drink Xplode from pro-nutrition.
Edited by iDrix On July 11, 2013 5:22 AM
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July 11, 2013 2:44 PM
I am in week 2, My heart rate monitor said I burned 245 calories.
March 31, 2014 11:59 AM
Great post, I'm starting insanity at. My gym, 60" minute classes? Crazy!
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