How many calories do you burn in an insanity workout?

You might have heard about the home workout called insanity that promises great body in just 60 days. Is this possible? How many calories do you think this workout burns every session?

Insanity workout claims to burn 1000 calories per workout. Is that what you really are burning?

However, this is not the case for all those who did the program. There are other people who follow insanity for 60 days and recorded 200 to 600 calories burned per workout. 

We checked the details of this workout to find out. So, if you want to try this workout read on.

What is insanity?

Insanity workout is a high-intensity workout created by a celebrity trainer Shaun T. Created under Beachbody fitness company, they managed to create a 60-day weight loss program that will help people lose weight fast. 

The 60-day program will include high-intensity exercises that you need to follow plus its own diet plan and recovery drinks. This program promises that you’ll look better and achieve your desired body in just 60 days. 

Insanity workout doesn’t need any type of equipment or gym subscription. It’s in the form of a DVD that you can follow in the comfort of your home.

The workout will rely only on your body weight for resistance. It’s also based on a fitness method called “max interval training” that will give you exercises at an intense pace for a short period of time with short breaks. 

How does it work?

Insanity workout is an exercise routine that will give you a series of moderate moves combined with high-intensity moves. The workout will give you a series of high-intensity exercises with only short breaks in between enough for you to get a grasp of air and then go back into the workout. 

Basically, it’s a high-intensity workout with a prolonged period of maximum intensity effort. Each exercise that is at maximum activity will last 3-5 minutes followed by 30 seconds of rest. 

Since this is considered as a Max Interval Training due to its setup, the idea is to increase your aerobic fitness level while you burn fat. The workout includes 10 exercises, 1 routine a day. 

Each routine will take 30 to 60 minutes to complete. You’ll be doing this for 6 days a week until you’re done with the 60-day program. 

How do I know the intensity of my workout?

Low: You could sing while doing your Insanity workout

Mid: You could talk while doing your Insanity workout

High: You are out of breath and could not talk while doing your Insanity workout

How many calories do you burn in an insanity workout? 

Insanity workout claims to burn 1000 calories per workout. Is that what you really are burning?

However, this is not the case for all those who did the program. There are other people who follow insanity for 60 days and recorded 200 to 600 calories burned per workout. 

Everyone is different when it comes to burning calories. There are factors you need to consider like your weight, sex, age, how hard you work, how long the workout is and what are the workout you did. To get an accurate measurement of the calories that you are burning per workout you can invest in a Heart Rate monitor. 

However, if you don’t have a heart rate monitor the Insanity calorie calculator estimates the calories burned based on average metabolic rates per intensity. 

What Are the Insanity Workouts? 

Month 1

  • Dig Deeper and Fit Test – an introduction and brief Insanity workout review plus guidance on how to take the fit test (40 minutes)
  • Plyometric Cardio Circuit – an explosive cardio workout (40 minutes)
  • Pure Cardio – a cardio workout (40 minutes)
  • Cardio Power and Resistance – a cardio workout (40 minutes)
  • Cardio Recovery – a slightly lower intensity workout (35 minutes)
  • Cardio Abs – a cardio workout with a greater emphasis on core & abs (40 minutes)
  • Core Cardio and Balance – a cardio workout with a greater emphasis on balance (40 minutes)

Month 2

  • Max Interval Circuit – a higher intensity cardio/circuit training(60 minutes)
  • Max Cardio Conditioning – higher intensity cardio (55 minutes)
  • Max Interval Plyometrics – a higher intensity cardio/explosive muscle workout (55 minutes)
  • Max Recovery – a slightly lower intensity workout (50 minutes)

Plyometrics are explosive exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power.

Exercises

Double Diamonds

Trains the shoulders, abs, glutes, and thighs

  • Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart
  • Squat until thighs are almost parallel to the floor
  • Jump touching the hands together above the head with elbows bent as you tap your heels
  • Forming a diamond shape with your body in the air
  • Land (ensuring you bend the knees and “cushion” your landing)
  • Repeat as fast as possible for 1 minute

Stance Jacks

Trains the shoulders, abs, obliques, glutes, and thighs

  • Stand with feet together, arms raised to chest level (with elbows out and fingertips touching)
  • Jumping into a wide squat stance
  • Push the hips back as you reach your left hand toward the right foot with the right arm extended behind you for balance
  • Jump back to the start
  • Repeat on the opposite side
  • Repeat as fast as possible for 1 minute

Hit The Floor

Trains the abs, glutes, and thighs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and arms down
  • Crouch, placing the right hand on the floor near a left “instep” with the left hand behind for balance
  • Jump, reaching arms overhead, to land in a crouch position with the left hand now bear your right “instep”
  • You essentially land in a “mirror” opposite of the initial position
  • Repeat as fast as possible for 1 minute

Power Jump

Trains the abs, glutes, and thighs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and arms down
  • Squat while extending your arms behind you
  • Jump bringing the knees towards your chest as you touch hands to thighs
  • Land (bend the knees and “cushion” your landing)
  • Repeat as fast as possible for 1 minute

The Heisman

Trains the arms, abs, shoulders, glutes, and thighs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart
  • Elbows bent, arms close to the body
  • Hop on the left foot, bringing the right knee toward the chest
  • Drive the left arm forward and right arm back like a sprinter
  • Quickly hop onto the right foot, reversing the motion
  • Repeat as fast as possible for 1 minute

Switch Kicks

Trains the triceps, back, abs shoulders, glutes, and thighs

  • Sit with knees bent, feet flat, palms behind you and fingertips pointing towards your heels
  • Keeping the hands and feet planted, raise hips off the floor and alternate kicking in the air
  • Left and right leg as quickly as possible
  • Repeat as fast as possible for 1 minute

 

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