The Microsoft Band Helped Me Reach My Goal of a 2400 Calorie Hoop Rock Workout Then Crush it With 2500 Calories Two Weeks Later
It took me six months from the time I systematically started trying to increase my calorie burn by adding hand weights to my Hoop Rock workouts before I gained the strength and stamina to be able to burn 2400 calories in a single two hour workout and burn over 2000 calories three days in a row. Then two weeks later I crushed it with 2500.
As you can see below on the graph for January 31st, the Very Hard heart rate zone range starts at 172, which is considerably higher than the 160 it started at on January 1st; this tells me that in the process of increasing efficiency in burning calories I gained in fitness, the real goal. Calorie burn is just a way to measure progress along the way.
I found after I added hand weights my rate went down initially, then trended up as my fitness increased (I hoped), but fluctuating as the mix of light and heavy weights varied from workout to workout, so I was unsure whether my plan was working.
Now that I hit my goal of 2400 calories along with three days of 2000+ calorie workouts and two weeks later hit 2500 calories I’m satisfied my plan has worked.
I intend to continue following the pattern of making my workouts more demanding then monitoring my progress in gaining fitness through my calorie burn rate. I should be able to burn calories at an increased (and increasing) rate consistently for the foreseeable future. Four day weekend coming up, my first chance to try and match or better my three-peat of 2000+ calories.
At 68 it’s more important than ever that I don’t let down, and as much as possible improve in fitness – I dreaded 50 so much, but as it turns out I’m in the best shape of my life 18 years afterwards. But what I expected to start happening at 50 has to start sooner or later. I pick later.
Speaking of being old – I just realized I used hand weights in the past because I saw the videos on my own blog. But I stopped long ago (past living memory apparently) and only recently made them a regular part of Hoop Rock.
I intend to do more posts about the Microsoft Band and Hoop Rock.