Without a doubt my strongest workout. I felt on fire during the warm-up, despite This week having been rough physically.
“you’ll never step into the same body of water, twice.” is an Asian proverb, and you never wake up in the same body, either. Today was definitely a reminder of how true it is.
Even though it was my strongest, the level 2 drills are still an ass kicker. I guess they always will be. Its interval training and you push yourself to do as many as you can with right form in the allotted time- so whether your pushing yourself to do 5 or 50 your still pushing yourself.
One thing I want to highlight is the importance of just not getting discouraged- I think it would be really easy to do that following this program, because it’s really tough at some points to get up and keep going. But just because your down during one exercise doesnt mean you won’t be up for the next one.
If I give up, theres no one else in the room so the only one losing out is myself. I’d rather lay on the floor and listen to the DVD than shut it off and watch tv.
But today was without a doubt my strongest workout. So that’s good. Hope everyone us having a good weekend.
Today is a double DVD day, Pure Cardio and Cardio abs. My floor work with the abs, not crunches though, was significantly stronger than when I started the Insanity program, however when I was going through Pure Cardio I was hurting.
I think being a 6 day a week program, Insanity is taxing on the body. It really is a workout- whether it’s great or not- I’ll wait for day 61 to throw down the gauntlet along with my opinion. Either way, I’m in it and committed, and I do enjoy it for the most part.
But like I said, man it’s taxing- I felt like I had 10 pounds on my back when I was going through the exercises today. When I jumped for the power jacks- a squat postion up into a jumping jack, and back down again- it felt like my arm bone was going to disconnect from my shoulder- not so much in a pain-ful way. Hard to explain; it was rough, but I powered through.
Almonds, cashews and the like suck. Yeah they are Plan-A approved and good for low carb dieters, but they’re really high in calories- and for just a snack, at least for me, they do nothing to fill me up. Plus they’re really expensive to be left so unsatisfied.
I know LC’ers say you don’t have to count calories, but I’m not really convinced on that issue- I think it’s being stuck in that “anti-calorie” mindset that keeps LC’ers from going from good to great to God-like in the gym. At some point, you do have to count calories, at least I believe so.
Today is the pure cardio DVD and cardio abs DVD. It lasts about 50 minutes total between the two workouts.
Pure cardio is really intense; it’s non stop an obviously designed to bring your heart rate up for 12 minutes, then down for 30 seconds, then back up again, repeat.
Some of the exercises are brutal, and others not so brutal. What I learned today, or at least realized, was that even if you’re dragging during something like the level 2 drills- which feel like an eternity- don’t think that you’ll be out of commission for the rest of the DVD.
The next exercise may be (and in this case is) push-up jacks. Where you’re in a push up position, and when you go down your legs go out and then back in when you go up. I banged out those a lot easier than the level 2 drills- so it’s a good thing I didn’t say “f*€k this” and then shut off the tv before I got up o them- not that I would have ever done that anyway 😉
The cardio abs is a combination of exercises on the floor and standing- targeting the oblique and core. It lasts about 15 minutes- total, the two DVDs are 53 minutes and are the longest workout I’ve done as part of the Insanity training.
A friend of mine bought Insanity the other day on my recommendation- I hope he likes it.
“Why do I do this? Because I want to look gooooooood!!!”. Shaun T says as hes going through the exercises of the pure cardio routine on day 9/60 of Insanity.
That’s why I’m here too, Shaun T; glad to hear we’re on the same page. I’m not stuck in a yoga class hearing about the instructors life time of discovery and drug store Hinduism or everyday drones.
This workout was no effing joke. It is tough! It’s 38 minutes and it is non-stop- the other workouts have breaks built in but pure cardio is pretty intense; after the warmups am the stretching it’s 20+ minutes of aerobic cardio that gets the heart pumping, the blood flowing, and me on the ground trying to push myself up off the floor on minute 16.
I’m loving this; my girlfriend swears I’m looking more trim- I don’t see it but I’m comparing week 1 and 2 photos and I kinda see it, but I’m here for the type of results where there’s no doubt- all in due time; day 9/60s over- can’t wait for tomorrow!
Just wrapped up the workout- woo! I love this thing- it’s so fucking tough and a lot of fun to get reduced to a weak little bitch.
What I really love about insanity I that it’s all up to you- you hav returning you need right in font of you- noequipment- just your boy weight to serve as resistance, the limits of your flexibility and the drive you bring to each workout.
No one holds you back and no one but yourself pushes you forward, I dot know what could be better.
I hope it delivers the results it promises because I’m following the plan to the letter so I’ll know for sure if it’s bullshit or not. Woo!
After I went through the workout I headed to a state park for a summer run series that I am apart of, and ran some of my fastest miles. I felt so loose out on the course, but ready to collapse at the end. I think that was a combination of the heat though.
My diet has really been on point. I drink maybe 2 alcohol drinks a week.
Plyometric circuit- 42 minutes
I talk to myself; “yeah baby! Dig! Where’s the energy?!” These are some of the things I say to myself as I go through this workout- I wouldve been louder if I didn’t think I’d wake my girlfriends roommate.
This was the second time I went through this workout- it’s actually the one you do on day 2 as well- i thought it might be easier but nope- in fact it felt tougher- the bottoms of my feet were on fire- i don’t know if they were tight I don’t know if they were worn- all I know is they hurt.
Lauren thinks I might need orthotics- I think she just wants me to need them because she does…
Then she thought it might be the shoes; I’m training with Brooks running shoes; I might get cross trainers.
Either way, the best part is I’m done for the day and week :). I’m off tomorrow (Sunday at the time of this writing) and get back into it on Monday.