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July 2, 2012 8:17 AM
I've been doing the Insanity workouts and am on my second month. Today I did "Max Cardio Conditioning". My heart rate monitor said:

Duration: 48 minutes
Average HR: 160
Max HR: 189

Age: 27
Weight: 152

I use an online calculator of which I put my age, weight, duration and average HR. It gave me 745 calories burned.

Anyone know if that's correct? Seems really high.

What is everyone else's average heart rate when they do the insanity workouts?
July 2, 2012 8:39 AM
I am currently in month 2 of Insanity as well. I unfortunatly do not have a hrm so I am in search of similar workout calories burned. I know I kick my own butt during these workouts time to invest in a hrm.
July 2, 2012 8:41 AM
QUOTE:

I've been doing the Insanity workouts and am on my second month. Today I did "Max Cardio Conditioning". My heart rate monitor said:

Duration: 48 minutes
Average HR: 160
Max HR: 189

Age: 27
Weight: 152

I use an online calculator of which I put my age, weight, duration and average HR. It gave me 745 calories burned.

Anyone know if that's correct? Seems really high.

What is everyone else's average heart rate when they do the insanity workouts?


that could definitely be correct.. You do burn alot of calories with the insanity workouts
July 2, 2012 8:47 AM
I just completed the Fit test today and my HRM told me 170 calories for 20 mins..i am 32, for your age and duration, I believe this is correct
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July 2, 2012 8:51 AM
That seems like too much. I know I am a female, but I did that work-out this morning and according to my HRM I burned 493 calories. I am 29, 5'6", and 150 lbs. I would say maybe at the most 600?
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July 2, 2012 8:54 AM
QUOTE:

I've been doing the Insanity workouts and am on my second month. Today I did "Max Cardio Conditioning". My heart rate monitor said:

Duration: 48 minutes
Average HR: 160
Max HR: 189

Age: 27
Weight: 152

I use an online calculator of which I put my age, weight, duration and average HR. It gave me 745 calories burned.

Anyone know if that's correct? Seems really high.

What is everyone else's average heart rate when they do the insanity workouts?


It does seem a little high; however, only you know how hard you were working. I just finished my first round of Insanity and I understand how challenging it can be -- but I also understand that it's completely up to you and the effort you put in it. So, realistically, on a scale of 1 - 10, where would you put yourself in terms of effort?
July 2, 2012 8:54 AM
it seems pretty close to correct. I do crossfit and my roommate does too and he is a guy and he burns a significant amount higher of calories then I do - close to almost 500 more.
July 2, 2012 8:55 AM
I burned 432 the other day and I am 5' and 100 pounds.
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July 2, 2012 8:55 AM
insanity and p90x both woop as where it comes to cal burning so whats wrong with your hrm? if you have all the readings?huh

and you age and weight your heart rate REALLY got that high...??? sounds a bit high!! ohwell
Edited by trud72 On July 2, 2012 8:57 AM
July 2, 2012 8:57 AM
That sounds about right to me. Hubby can burn close to 1000 doing an Insanity workout.
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July 2, 2012 9:00 AM
http://www.braydenwm.com/calburn.htm <<< I used this before I got my HRM, and it is fairly accurate (I just input my info from today's run, and it was over by 17 calories for 29 minutes, so pretty accurate).

Maybe skim 100 calories off of the # and go with that?
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July 2, 2012 9:01 AM
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insanity and p90x both woop as where it comes to cal burning so whats wrong with your hrm? if you have all the readings?huh

and you age and weight your heart rate REALLY got that high...??? sounds a bit high!! ohwell


Many of my workouts are an average HR of 160 (or higher) and I'm a 36 YO female... I think that HR is probably quite right.
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July 2, 2012 9:02 AM
I push pretty hard. I'd say at least this morning I was an 8 on a scale of 1-10. I only rest occasionally for about 5-10 seconds. When I do the workouts my average heart rate stays in the range of 140-160.
Edited by natemp21 On July 2, 2012 9:04 AM
July 2, 2012 9:04 AM
I think it's right. I usually burn 800-900, but it's been as high as 1000 and as low as 550 depending on the routine and my exertion level. I'd just go with it.
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July 2, 2012 9:08 AM
I'm 161 lb, 27 years old.

Here are some stats of a similar workout to Insanity for me:
Average HR: 154
Maximum HR: 175
Length: 59 min
Length in Zone: 38 min
Calories burned 592

Insanity Pure Cardio:
Average HR: 144
Maximum HR: 165
Length: 38 min
Length in Zone : 28 min
Calories 344

Your numbers sound about right maybe a tad high, but I'm wondering doesn't your HRM give you calories burned?
Edited by onikonor On July 2, 2012 9:12 AM
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July 2, 2012 9:17 AM
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I'm 161 lb, 27 years old.

Here are some stats of a similar workout to Insanity for me:
Average HR: 154
Maximum HR: 175
Length: 59 min
Length in Zone: 38 min
Calories burned 592

Insanity Pure Cardio:
Average HR: 144
Maximum HR: 165
Length: 38 min
Length in Zone : 28 min
Calories 344

Your numbers sound about right maybe a tad high, but I'm wondering doesn't your HRM give you calories burned?


My heart rate monitor gives me calories burned but it's about 60-80 calories higher what the online calculators tell me. Also I am using the Timex T5G971 HRM.
July 2, 2012 9:53 AM
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My heart rate monitor gives me calories burned but it's about 60-80 calories higher what the online calculators tell me. Also I am using the Timex T5G971 HRM.


I would go with your HRM since it seems reasonable. Wash the strap frequently to ensure accurate reading.
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July 2, 2012 11:06 AM
I am on day 50 of Insanity, my Polar HRM says that i burn between 850-950 calories when i do Max Cardio Conditioning.

From what i have read about any HRM it is never going to be 100% accurate when it calculates calories burned, it is supposed to be used as something to keep track of.

Accurate or not, I dont think I would want to do any workout without my HRM. I love that thing. Tracking something is better than nothing.
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July 2, 2012 11:10 AM
Sounds about right to me.
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July 2, 2012 11:11 AM
it seems normal if you put in the intensity. I have had low numbers and high numbers. If your working hard then it seems normal. I figured when I do insanity, i burn 600-900 per video. I'm 5-9 199lbs. My highest heart rate is 185, then i slow down. I attempt to keep my heart rate in the 160-170 for the burn except for warm up and cool down.

Nothing is 100% accurate. It is based on a scientific/ mathimatical equations. The online calculators can't track how hard you work of the conditions you worked out in. the HRM, can only tell what it is programmed to do. It takes your heard rate.
Edited by Gordie580 On July 2, 2012 11:16 AM
July 2, 2012 11:12 AM
All that jumping and high intensity that should be correct
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July 2, 2012 11:12 AM
That sound way over... when I was doing Insanity I always had high burns.. I'm a little bigger then you, but for max Cardio I'd burn over 900 cals..
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July 2, 2012 11:12 AM
I am copying and pasting a comment from one of my freinds with links to his blog on this subject (hopefully he doesnt mind):

"10 cals per minute is the upper level, but it's a bit more complicated than that. I wrote about it here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/UponThisRock/view/i-don-t-think-you-burned-that-much-252676

Read more about heart rate monitors here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/UponThisRock/view/much-ado-about-heart-rate-263994"

He was telling me that 10 cals per minute would be about as much as I could count a reallly strenous workout and I just did the math on yours and it is a little less than 16 cals per minute.

anyway hope this helps

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Edited by hope516 On July 2, 2012 11:12 AM
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July 5, 2012 12:06 AM
Can anyone recommend a great heart monitor for me to use? I've never used one before and there seems to be so many out in the market i'm not sure which one is accurate and easy to use:(
July 5, 2012 12:13 AM
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That seems like too much. I know I am a female, but I did that work-out this morning and according to my HRM I burned 493 calories. I am 29, 5'6", and 150 lbs. I would say maybe at the most 600?


I wholeheartedly agree. I'm doing P90X and the max I burn is 550ish. I just did Plyo which is VERY similar to Insanity and I only burned 559. I'm 28 and 5'2".
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