Monthly Archives: August 2012

Insanity Day 4 – Cardio Recovery

The name of the game during this workout is “breathe.”  Sure it’s important in all of the Insanity workouts, but in this one in particular, because you are holding the same position for extended periods of time, like Yoga, it’s easy to forget or to hold it so you can convince yourself it makes you magically more flexible, but in reality, it just forces you to exert yourself even more than you would have had you just remembered what your body wants to do naturally, which is brethe


Just wrapped it up.  It feels like an extended session of stretching.  The tempo is turned down big time on this workout, compared to the others.  But your heart rate does elevate and you can make an argument for some brief moments of cardio-exercises, snuck in there by Shaun T.

It lasts about 32 minutes.  Feels longer.  And leaves your quads burning.  Enjoy!


It probably didn’t help that I performed a heavy lifting session this morning; but I’m going hard and loving it.


I say if you get to the gym at 5AM and it’s closed, you still get to count your workout.  Or get a cookie.  Or a donut.  Or both.

Who’s with me!?
*Sigh* So much for getting it in early.

My gym has a fairly liberal 24 hour policy coming off the weekend…

I guess they can’t all be good runs

Man, what an abysmal run I had today.

Set out to do between 10 and 14; punked out at 7.

The heat is unreal- terrible for running.  Should have gotten up much earlier to do this.

Is it the new diet?  Was it the heat?  Was it the 2 glasses of wine last night?

Time will tell I suppose.

Not going to be too down about it, what’s the point?  They all won’t end up the way you want, I guess.

NYC Marathon in less than 3 months.  BOOM!

Insanity Day 5 – Pure Cardio

That’s the name- Pure Cardio.

“Is anyone else nervous about what’s about to happen,” Shaun T says during the 9 minute warm-up (something to that affect).

By the end of the 9 minutes- you think you’re sweating a lot.  By the end of this workout, you KNOW what sweating a lot means. 

This workout is non-stop.  You get a 2 minute break after the warm-up and then the next 25 minutes is you moving through a ton of different cardio-exercises.

I skip the stretching at the end- I’ll cool down on the couch as I pour the top of sweat over this keyboard that might short circuit it.

Man, this workout was fun.  It’s a lot of fun but a lot of work too.

I put a lot into it, but really concentrated on form and breathing.

Breathing right and steady during the workouts is important- it can really break you if you’re not doing it right, so definitely make that a centerpiece of your workout.  Centerpiece?  Err- let’s just blame my vernacular on Insanity.

Hope everyone is having fun out there!


Maybe I’m Schitzophrenic

I needed to get a heavy lifting session in.  OK, does anyone “need” to?

I’ve been waking up, err, having my alarm go off, at 6AM each morning.  I usually get out of bed circa 6:20- today was no different.

Then I sat on the couch.  Then it was 6:30AM.

“I should really go,” I thought.

Then it was 6:40.

“You know, what?  By now it’s probably packed there.  It’ll take 10 minutes to drive to the gym, and 10 minutes to drive back by default.  That’s 20 minutes right there and without touching a weight.”

Then it was 6:45.

“You know what, I’m not going to go.  I want to leave for my office no later than 8AM.  If I leave any later it’s just a whole piece of s*it traffic farm out there.  I’m not going.  It’s not a big deal, right?  I can come home and do an Insanity workout.  I’ll do two.  And I got tomorrow, so I’ll just go tomorrow.  OK- that’s it.”

Then it was 6:52.

“You know what?  I’m dressed for the gym already.  Eff this.  I’m going.  I’m going- shit it’s 6:52.  Eff.  OK, I’m going.”

Took me 5 minutes to get there.  There was no one but one other guy in the weight room.  I was at work 20 minutes early.

Just got home.  Going to fire up an Insanity DVD and then do laundry.  Wild night.