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My 1,000 Calorie Workout

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I’ve been using Beachbody workouts for almost 5 years now and I have used them every way imaginable.  I’ve followed the programs by the book, created my own hybrids, used someone else’s hybrids, used them to lose weight and used them to gain weight.  This however is something new.  I call it my 1,ooo calorie workout.  The great thing is you can use any of the Beachbody workouts you want from P90X to Insanity or Chlean Extreme to Turbo Fire.  I toss out the workout sheets (not literally, LOL), strap on the heart rate monitor and start working out.  The goal is simple, I keep working out until I have burned 1,000 calories.

At the end the workout I chose I will check my heart rate monitor to see how many calories I have burned, usually its anywhere between 500 to 700 calories.  Once that has been determined I will either start the workout over until I reach 1,000 calories or I will pop in a different workout and use it until I reach the 1,000 calorie mark.  Just the other day I decided I wanted to mix this into my cardio day.  I used Insanity: Pure Cardio and by the end of the workout I had burned approximately 700 calories in 38 minutes.  Now from here you can put in another workout DVD or simply start over.  I decided to start over.  After completing the warm-up again I went through the workout and picked the exercises I wanted to do until I was able to hit the 1,000 calorie mark.

By using the 1,000 calorie goal I found that I worked harder and pushed myself harder to see how fast I could reach the 1,000 calorie goal.  It definitely gave me new motivation to push even harder.

When Should You Use This Workout:

1.) When you are looking for variety – If you’re like me and have used every hybrid you can think of with the workouts you own, then this would be a great chance of pace to add to any cardio day.  You can do like I did and skip through certain exercises, you can do a shorter workout twice or grab a couple of workouts and start moving.  As Tony says, “Variety is the spice of fitness” and this workout is flexible and allows for tons of variety.

2.) When you want to jump start your metabolism – Mixing up workouts and trying things out of order is a great way to freshen up an old workout, plus it helps kick start your metabolism, assuming your following a nutritional diet as well.  There is nothing magic about 1,000 calories buts its a great goal to have to finish off a great workout.

3.) If you are looking for better ways to incorporate the workouts that you have – If you’re tired of the same routines over and over, then try something different with the workouts you got.  Do a workout that starts with a 1/2 of plyometrics and end it with 1 round of Chest and Back or start with the short versions of Insanity and finish with Insanity’s upper body workout.  Be creative and keep and eye on your heart rate monitor.

When should you NOT use this workout:

1.) As an excuse for pigging out the day before – Just because you’re going to workout and burn 1,000 calories is no excuse for stuffing your face with junk in hopes of burning it off in 1 workout.  It doen’t work like that, remember it takes 2 to 3 workouts to burn off 1 cheat meal!!!

2.) If you are starting a workout program for the first time – This is not a workout to start a program with.  My suggestion is that you wait until you have become comfortable with the workouts before you decide to complete a 1,000 calorie workout.

The Bottom Line:

If you’re looking to breath new life into some old workouts, I believe that the 1,000 calorie workout is for you.  Try mixing it up and doing something different and unusual once in a while.  If you’re really feeling lucky why stop at 1,000 calories, maybe 1,200 or 1,500, just be safe, use a heart rate monitor to monitor your calorie burn.


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