Insanity: Calories Burned

I am a big fan of the Beachbody Insanity series of workouts. In fact, you can read my Insanity Review, Asylum Volume 1 Review, and Asylum Volume 2 Review. Since I track my food and workouts (including calories consumed and burned), I figured out the calories I would burn during the Insanity workouts.

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First, I calculated the total minutes of actual exertion during each workout. I excluded all stretches, the time Shaun T spends talking, and water breaks. Then, I divided those minutes into moderate vs. intense activity. I did this based on each exercise (e.g. moving push-ups are intense while some of the warm-ups are moderate). I assigned 11 calories to the moderate exercises and 15 to the intense. These numbers are congruent with a heart rate monitor I own.

The numbers below are my estimates based on the above formula for a 150 pound person (average, but also me) confirmed by a heart rate monitor. The actual Insanity products estimate up to 1000 calories for a workout (they have to mean the long ones).

Remember, each person has a different metabolism and the higher your body weight, the more you will burn. However, these numbers should give you a rough idea of the number of Insanity calories burned.

Also, studies show that cardiovascular exercise continues to burn calories after a workout by giving a temporary metabolic boost. That is not reflected in these numbers, but it’s still good to know that your overall numbers throughout the entire day may be much higher!

Below are the calories burned for Insanity and Insanity the Asylum Volume 1 and 2. Remember, “workout time” reflects my calculation of actual exertion.

insanity workoutInsanity Calories Burned

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Workout Time: 28 minutes
Calories Burned: 388

Cardio Power and Resistance

Workout Time: 26 minutes
Calories Burned: 358

Pure Cardio

Workout Time: 25 minutes
Calories Burned: 343

Cardio Abs

Workout Time: 11 minutes
Calories Burned: 149

Max Interval

Workout Time: 46  minutes
Calories Burned: 658

Max Plyo

Workout Time: 43 minutes
Calories Burned: 613

Max Cardio

Workout Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 508

Insane Abs

Workout Time: 22 minutes
Calories Burned: 266

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Insanity Asylum Volume 1

Speed and Agility

Workout Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 532

Vertical Plyo (yes, it is pretty much the same as S and A)

Workout Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 532


Workout Time: 35 minutes
Calories Burned: 516

Game Day

Workout Time: 48 minutes
Calories Burned: 692


Workout Time: 11 minutes
Calories Burned: 165

Back to Core

Workout Time: 34 minutes
Calories Burned: 419

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Upper Elite

Workout Time:  38 minutes
Calories Burned: 562

Power Legs

Workout Time:33 minutes
Calories Burned: 483


Workout Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 528

Back and Six Pack

Workout Time:  24 minutes
Calories Burned: 348


Workout Time:  32 minutes
Calories Burned: 472

Ab Shredder

Workout Time:  15 minutes
Calories Burned: 225

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I hope you found these numbers helpful. If you’re thinking of purchasing any of these products, please check out our review links at the top of the page for more info (or click the direct order links). I can tell you here that the workouts are intense and shred fat while building muscle. Now you have a general idea of the Insanity calories burned. So get burning!

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  1. I’m sorry but your methodology isn’t great. A better way is just to where a heart rate monitor. The stretching and cooldown should be included in the calorie tally, since your heart rate is still up during those times, although it’s not as high. To give you an example, I wore my heart rate monitor doing Insanity Pure Cardio and burned about 460 calories (male, 170 lbs.). You had only about 360 in your calculation.

  2. Thank you so much!
    I’m 5’4″ and 148lb. I need to lose 20lb, so I’m out of shape. But, my hrm is showing values close to yours for calories burned every time. I burn 300-400 calories per workout for the first month of insanity completing all exercises without extra breaks. I could only find reports of calory burn twice mine. But, I go all out, and have no more to push myself.

    I felt really discouraged and lost motivation. This shows me thst I’m not doing anything wrong, and I just need to keep going.

  3. I have burned 701 calories with speed and agility (Asylum volume 1).

  4. I think your estimates were pretty accurate.I’m a six eight 240 pound male, so the number of calories I burn per workout is obviously going to be more than the average person.


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