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Old 07-01-12, 04:34 PM   #1
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question Commuting 10.75 one way + insanity workout

Do you all think it is possible to do insanity workouts and bike commuting to work? To work is 10.75 miles one way and usually home is a little longer since i like to play some.

Should I do the insanity workouts in the morning before I go or when i get home?

or would riding in 95-100 degrees be enough of a workout?

Would riding 22 miles a couple days a week be as effective for weight loss and general shape.

What do you think?
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You're not going to see much benefit from just 44 miles a week. The internet and your local library has a wealth of info on nutrition and training for free- why on Earth would you pay for some DVD series that just regurgitates that info?

To answer your main question- try it out for yourself and see how you like it. If you believe it's working for you, that's great.
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I really think that time, not intensity or energy, will be your determining factor. If you have a family, riding 22 miles a day, plus spending a good amount of time working out (not sure exactly what an insanity workout is, but guessing something like P90x to some degree). If you have the time, you should be fine. If you are pressed for time already, see if you can eliminate something. If not, then you may not be able to do both.

22 miles a day is a nice workout, but it would depend on how often you ride. 2x/ week probably not enough. 4x/week is a pretty good workout.
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How hilly is the route ?
Do you plan on going all out on the commute rides ?
What are your fitness goals ? Loose fat ? Gain muscle ? Just keep up where you are ? Get more lean ?

I haven't seen insanity workouts, but I have p90x, and I used to commute 16 mile one way. Upper body days weren't a problem. It gets tricky with legs days and commute thrown in the mix. Most important is, what are your goals ? If you plan on gaining mass, a 22 miler will take a bit out of you. If your goal is to loose, go for it. It is all good Just make sure you don't overtrain or hurt yourself. Especially the joints in legs.

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You're not going to see much benefit from just 44 miles a week.
Bull****. Riding that 3-4 times a week is a good amount of exercise that will burn a decent chunk of calories. If you are currently maintaining your weight, and you dont start eating more, you will start losing weight.

I would know, I lost a good ten pounds over a summer biking to my workplace which was half your distance.
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Bull****. Riding that 3-4 times a week is a good amount of exercise that will burn a decent chunk of calories. If you are currently maintaining your weight, and you dont start eating more, you will start losing weight.

I would know, I lost a good ten pounds over a summer biking to my workplace which was half your distance.
OP was wondering if there would be any benefit derived from riding 22 miles r/t twice a week, which apparently is the current weekly commuter mileage.
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You're not going to see much benefit from just 44 miles a week. The internet and your local library has a wealth of info on nutrition and training for free- why on Earth would you pay for some DVD series that just regurgitates that info?

To answer your main question- try it out for yourself and see how you like it. If you believe it's working for you, that's great.
a couple responses to clarify some things.
1. I am hoping to ride 2-3 days a week if not more
2. I did not pay for the dvds. I was given the dvds.
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I understand (from a co-worker) that the Insanity workout can be tough on the knees.

I've found weight loss to connected with nutrition. I ride for fitness.
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OP was wondering if there would be any benefit derived from riding 22 miles r/t twice a week, which apparently is the current weekly commuter mileage.
It is 22 miles round trip. My goal is to ride 2-3 times a week. If family plans after work would allow it. I think that I just would not have enough time to do both as MK313 said. I have ridden a couple days in a row and my legs start to feel really tired. I also ride pretty hard (avg 14.4 and one time 15.3 one way.) It is a little more down hill to work and uphill from work.

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Bull****. Riding that 3-4 times a week is a good amount of exercise that will burn a decent chunk of calories. If you are currently maintaining your weight, and you dont start eating more, you will start losing weight.

I would know, I lost a good ten pounds over a summer biking to my workplace which was half your distance.
I am currently maintaining my weight but would love to drop another 10lbs if possible. I have lost 30 since October of 2010. I am really in the best shape of my life. I think I might just commit to riding a little more. It burns more calories than Insanity (made by same ppl who make p90X) It is jumping around in the living room doing push ups and such. I just want to make sure that my upper body stays strong too.

I have inspired two other people at work to think about riding their bikes to work. I think that would be pretty awesome to see happen too.
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Since you're wanting to do 2-3x a week, maybe consider driving in on Mondays with a week's worth of work clothes and food, then ride T-Th unencumbered (so you can really hammer on the ride home), and then drive on Friday to pick up laundry and any dishes. Kinda depends on your work environment....
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Old 07-02-12, 05:59 AM   #11
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I ride 20miles for a commute to work and do not find it will allow me to lose weight without following some sort of monitoring of my food intake. That being said I am able to eat a good amount of food and not gain by riding 20miles daily. I ride at least 3 times weekly with 5 days being a good week. My ride is a hilly up and down the whole way. I do not see why you can not do the workouts when you get home if you are up to it. I find riding my bike gives me more energy than I have ever had. I also find I sleep much better at night.

About general shape and riding I found that after riding for a few months I was in better shape than after having been in the gym four days a week alternating between the ellipitical machine and spin class. One day due to bad weather I went to the gym and found that the ellipitical machine was much easier than it had been previously when I was not riding.
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I would probably do it BEFORE you go to work.. a heavy workout after 20 miles of riding will get you pretty burnt out if you ask me.

as for those people who ride 20 miles rt each day and can't lose weight, just what are you eating?

I don't do insanity, but i typically swim for 1 hour or run for 10km and trying to do either of those after commuting is difficult - time and nutrition wise (hit a wall thats hard to plan for between trying to be alert at work, playing with kids, hanging out with wife and having normal meal times..)
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There is no shower at work, so I take it easy on the ride in, and do my workout ride after. I try, and usually succeed, in doing my 5mile AM-10mile PM commute five days a week, and 20-50 miles Saturday or Sunday with a rest day.
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I got a similar setup you have OP.

I ride 5 miles to work then 11 miles home, my wife drops me off halfway in the morning, then I do Insanity at home.

Kicks my @$$ but I do it. In week 2 of the 2nd month. My knees hurt but I have been using KT Tape and that seems to help. I ride 4 days a week usually.

I have not lost weight but have certainly lost inches and gained a TON of stamina. Just ran my first 5K on Saturday. Would not have dreamed of that 6 months ago.
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Old 07-04-12, 01:05 PM   #15
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well riding to work on my commuter has been put on hold. The wheel STILL rubs the fender supports. [thought it was fixed when Performance Bike mechanic "trued" my wheel last time I was there] I am so tired of this bike. I think I am going to try to take it back to Performance and go to another shop and maybe get something else.
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Anything is possible. As long as you have motivation and energy , then go for it and do it. Personally I am car free, I commute everyday, work at a physically demanding job, run errands, do shopping on my bike and I also lift heavy weights 3 times per week and do some other excercises. Nutrition and rest is very important with my high energy active lifestyle. I'd say give it a try and see how it goes.
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Last year I got 10 weeks into P90x before I jacked my back up. *For me*, commuting and doing P90x six days a week was too much of a time commitment.

Ultimately I decided that I would rather commute 40 miles a week and get in 30-50 miles in additional road cycling than do the workout.

I'm in the camp that riding 40 miles a week will benefit you...not as much as insanity but it will still be of benefit. Most likely 1200-1600 calories a week.
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