Posts Tagged ‘Insanity’

In this final week I’ve decided to post our progress during this time after we have completed the program. Anna has threatened to do a guest post but we’ll see about that. Our schedules this week are hectic with the holiday and work. Happy Turkeyday!

Today was another recovery day, ergo CCB. I personally don’t appreciate too much down time so I substituted CCB for Cardio Power and Resistance, which is from the first round of Insanity. I must say that I enjoyed the shorter workout even though I pushed it further than I had during the first times around. revisiting the older workouts gives a good sense of just how much progress that I’ve made and I must say that I’m happy with the results. As I’ve been whining about in my past posts, The Insanity program would have not been so monotonous had they mixed up the workouts a bit more. This is just such an example.

Anna had another photo assignment so I had to do this one all by my lonesome and to mix it up even more I did it in the afternoon when I got home from work as opposed to our normal 9:30 AM time. I think that perhaps mixing up the time when I do my exercises would help with breaking the tedium. I also found that I had more stamina, having had more food in my system, and that I perspired more which I think is always a good thing.

I’ll have to say that on down days (rest days) when I don’t workout, I walk around in a bit of a daze. It’s only when the blood gets moving that my head seems to clear up. Could it be that I’m experiencing some sort of workout hangover?

The best part about this recovery day was that Anna and I got to workout together. She seems to think that her new status is that of coach and proceeded to tell me everything that I was doing wrong, which as it turned out was quite a lot. I was half-assing it all.

I don’t know how else to describe how I feel other than to say that if the workout doesn’t push me and make me sweat, I lose interest. MR is essentially a lot of repetitive yoga moves which trundle along and don’t really get going until the last 10 minutes of the 55 minute routine. So for 45 minutes it was ho-hum, twiddle thumbs and acting like a jackass until Anna was pissed enough to begin telling me what to do. I personally find my antics quite funny, but apparently she doesn’t. Not today anyway.

All because I was ‘interrupting’ workout.

Marriage, it’s all fun and games until the yoga starts.

Another day without Anna, since she had a photo assignment. As I’ve said before, I like this one because it’s so short (45 min, 60 with CA).

We have about 10 days left of Insanity and one thing that Anna and I keep talking about is what we plan on doing after we’re finished. Doing this every morning and feeling so good, noticing the difference in our every day lives, means that we will need to continue on with something that helps to maintain this level of fitness. I plan on making a hybrid routine and Anna wants to do Insanity every other day.

It really is a lifestyle change.

Strangely enough, I did this one without Anna once again. It wasn’t too bad this time and it was over before I knew it.

 

Yesterday was a rest day, which was nice, but meant that today’s workout would be coming off of that period of rest and would be that much more difficult considering that we had to do two (workouts, that is).

Two weeks ago we did the same routine: Fit Test and MIC. At that time we wore ourselves out during the FT and had little to no energy left to complete the MIC, so decided to throw in the towel 30 minutes into MIC (itself a 55 minute workout). We just didn’t have enough gas. Knowing this, today we set out to not only excel at the FT (if we could) but to save enough energy to complete the entire MIC, which we did.
The FT is something that if you look at only the progress that you have made from the last time you did the test, you might get depressed. But if you look at the first test you took and compare it to now, you’ll see some improvement. Making progress is a good thing and seeing it on paper (as well as feeling it) helps. You want to improve over your last time but there is only so much room for improvement once you get into the realm of reps vs. time allotted.
Each FT exercise (8 total), be it Power Jumps or Push-Up Jacks is 1 minute long. Except for the one exercise that counts each individual limb movement as a rep (Low Plank Oblique) or the one that counts 4 revolutions as one rep (Globe Jumps) you begin to max out at around 60 reps per minute. It’s just the way things go. Sure with some exercises you won’t come anywhere near 60 reps (see again, Globe Jumps or Suicide Jumps) but soon it all begins to feel a little futile. Especially since when you finish the FT you have the MIC to do.

We did well enough and managed to finish them both. With only mild collapsing on the floor.

That said, we still yelled and threw things at the TV.

Note: If you plan on throwing a dog, make sure that you don’t pick it up by the pointy end.

We’ve reached the point in the program where we can opt to switch out the exercise for one of the deluxe set disks (if you purchased the deluxe set, it comes with 3 extra disks). In this case it was CCB a rather tame recovery exercise or MIST. We chose MIST for simple fact that it was new.

Disappointment soon followed.

It seems that when BeachBody formatted the DVD for this particular exercise that they didn’t check it post production. It begins in the middle of the routine and then jumps around willy-nilly between exercises. You can’t even try to do any of them because Shaun T will be explaining how to do one exercise and then it will jump to a different one. And the times are off and not at all linear. If you are considering buying the deluxe set you may want to reconsider as it may not work out for you (pun intended)

Have yet to check the other two disks. Also emailed BB to let them know.

So we ended up doing CCB which at this point was like doing a long warm up and almost put me to sleep. I did sweat a little but not much. I suppose that was better than eating a pillowcase full of Big Macs but only slightly. At least I would have had something soft and cheesy upon which to rest my head.

This routine is turning out to be the easiest one of the new exercises (even though there are no breaks) because it is the shortest, at 45 minutes. Still it is a butt kicker especially the alternating plank push-ups. Shaun T is a maniac. I bet that even his poo have abs.

Thankfully this one sped right along today. I decided against doing CA because it was nearing the time that I had to be at work and still needed to shower, eat and get dressed. Yeah, yeah, excuses, excuses. I really didn’t miss it, but I could see why it was added. After doing MCC I felt like I needed to keep going. Though Anna soldiered on.

Here’s to starting earlier tomorrow.

Me saysa yousa doosa good, Ani!

 

A recovery day. Yay?

Well, it is power yoga I suppose and although the respite from the normal routine(s) is welcomed, I am only so bendy!

Also in certain poses (what Shaun T calls a twisting sideways lunge is actually a twisting warrior pose, if i remember correctly) I can see the little bit of the flab that I still need to lose hanging off my lower abdominal region like a goiter. I poke at it and it reminds me of pudding.

I think one of the girls in this video keeps staring at me, I hope that she knows that I’m married.

I did this one solo today because Anna had a photo assignment that saw her leaving the house at 8am. Not having her pitter-pattering feet, pounding out an off-beat rhythm next to me, made the workout seem extra long.

It helps to have someone to workout with, if not for motivation than at least to break the monotony of it all. Sure you can always watch the people on the screen but honestly their smug faces as they tear through the exercises only irritates me more.

I can feel the effects of the exercises when I wake up. My core is sore and my feet hurt. None of this is getting easier, but now I have more than one ab so things are looking up. Maybe by the end of it all I’ll have three?

Shudder to think.