Worked today, got all of my shakes in (so far). Felt horrible most of the day… not like I was getting sick, just no energy, a little gross, a little out of it.
Let’s talk about the V-Burn. I suck… it was both fun and humiliating. There was definitely some cheating on my part. I have big time problems with lunges… and the fact that my right thigh is almost 2" larger than my left, owing to me favoring my left (the one I broke years ago). Certain portions of the movement are very difficult. Excuses, excuses. I did as many lunges as I could in the beginning (like 3), then finished with split squats(?). Those are the ones where you do most of the lunge movement with your feet planted, right? Anyway, that is what I did. Other forms of cheating: I couldn’t get all of the push ups, so I ended up finishing sets on my knees. Pike push ups are tough the day after deadlifts and shoulder presses… not that they are easy anyway. Again, excuses.
Total time… a very underwhelming 30:52.
My wife did the workout with me… her total time 18:15.
My wife was logging her workout in some program that calculates total calories burned… it said she burned 150 calories. I was rather surprised and thought there was no way that could be right… I knew it was way harder than 150 calories worth. Now, I don’t expect this program to be perfect, or even half-way accurate, but adjusting for my time and weight, it said that I burned 480 calories. I was panting and sweating like a dog. That, I believe. It took me a minute to put this all together.
Because of my size, all 290-ish pounds of me, I burned more than three times as many calories as she did! Furthermore, I doubt the fact that I am moving 6’6", as compared to her 5’2", around is taken into account. Who knows. You would think I would have realized this in physics… Work = Force x Distance. Force = Mass x Acceleration. It is directly proportional. I weigh nearly 2.5 times what she does, it will take me 2.5 times as much energy… add in the extra distance with the long levers… etc.
B.S. aside, what does it all mean? No wonder we feel better when we have less fat… it takes WAY less work to do anything! God am I glad I am on this diet.
I sometimes have problems with lunges too:( but I do the best I can. I wore my heart rate monitor when I did my v-challenge over the weekend and I only burned about 140 calories. I guess it really does depend on heart rate, and weight etc, etc… There is no shame in dropping to your knees to finish that many pushups!!! We aren’t in the military:) Good job at finishing it, that is the important part after all. I’m glad I’m on this diet too, not having to plan and cook my meals for a month is actually flipping awesome!!!
keep up the good work and your wife kicks ass, for doing the workouts with you!!