Insanity – Round 1 – Day 8 & 9

Day 8: Cardio Power and Resistance
Day 9: Pure Cardio

It doesn’t seem to get any easier the second time around. I really am liking Cardio Power and Resistance. I was amazed at how high I was jumping with my knees up. I was starting to look like Shaun T. in the marketing still shots. Pure Cardio, on the other hand, is a tough ride. I lasted longer this time before I had to take a quick 10 second break, but 20 minutes of varied cardio is tough. It is nothing like running, where you repeat the stride. Mixing it up definitely gets the heart rate up.

On a side note, I am really starting to feel sore in the abdominal area. That is a good thing. When I started Insanity, I was a little disappointed to find out that the targeted ab work was limited to one day a week. I am used to doing double ARX with P90X and really was hoping to get more definition. But, the truth is, all of the high knees and power jumps are working your abs way harder than a bunch of sit ups and leg lifts. Insanity is a core-based program. It will work your abs CONSTANTLY. I am already seeing and feeling a change.


Insanity – Round 1 – Day 7

Day 7: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Tonight was a late workout. I started around 8:00 p.m. EST. I was hoping that Plyometrics might be easier the second time around…. It wasn’t! I was out of breath and hunched over on the mat by the end of the workout. The amount of sweat pouring off my body made it look like I had just gotten out of a swimming pool.

The way my schedule works out (Wed. break day), I will have another round of Plyometrics Cardio Circuit to fight through tomorrow. Today just wasn’t enough…

The coolest thing about Insanity so far, is that you can see and feel the results pretty much instantly. By the end of the workout, you are soaked with sweat, and you muscles are inflamed and on fire. You feel rock solid for the next 24 hours until you get to do it all over. If you are already in shape (made it through a round of P90X), give Insanity a try… It is the next challenge. You won’t regret it.

Insanity – Round 1 – Day 6

Day 6: Pure Cardio

Holy crap…  This workout starts out with the normal warm up. It is three sets of cardio moves, getting faster with each set. It lasts for about 10 minutes and is a workout by itself. Then we move into stretches. Finally a break, but that was over before I knew it. THEN…. HERE COMES THE INSANITY!

Pure Cardio was about 20 minutes of non-stop (NO BREAKS) cardio and power moves that left me begging for mercy. This was by far, the hardest Insanity workout so far. Luckily, I am only in the first two weeks, so I didn’t have to follow up this beast of a workout with cardio abs. That is saved for week three.

I keep asking myself, can it get any worse? The answer is yes! Just wait until month two when the workouts get longer and harder… This program really does push you right up to your limits. It pushes you through that mental roadblock and challenges you to hold on for the ride.

I give Insanity a 10 out of 10 so far!

Insanity – Round 1 -Day 5

Day 5: Cardio Recovery

Cardio Recovery is exactly what it says. Absolutely no cardio in this workout. It is mostly a run through of yoga moves and balance poses. There is a lot of deep tissue stretching and a good amount of uncomfortable squats. Although it was nice to take a break from the cardio, this workout is nothing like Stretch X. I was still dripping sweat by the time that it was over. Oh… And Warrior Three is back! I thought I was done with that one for a while, but of course it has to pop up in Insanity.

Insanity – Round 1 – Day 4

Day 4: Cardio Power & Resistance

I went into today’s workout ready for the worst. For the past two days the muscles behind my knees have been sore, and my feet have felt like they could fall at any moment. But I was ready and I pushed play.

To my surprise, there was some visible progress. I made it through the warm up without feeling like I was ready to die, and caught my breath during the stretches. Then it hit… the cardio was intense, but there where a few familiar moves. The power part of the workout included V shoulder press push ups, side to side push ups, and tricep dips. Of course all of these moves are done at an insane pace and are included within a cardio interval circuit. I was glad to hear Shaun T announce, 1 more round people! As the last round (so I thought) came to an end, we rested for 30 seconds. Then came a minute or two of sprints, following by push ups. Over and over. When the countdown hit 0, I collapsed face down on my mat. We were finally done. A few stretches and a shower later, I am feeling good.

The best part of Insanity so far is that you walk away with the feeling that you accomplished the impossible, after each and every workout. That is a good feeling… I can’t wait to see the results after 60 days.

By the way, here are my starting numbers:
Weight: 171.8 lbs
Body Fat: 10.5%

Insanity – Round 1 – Day 3

Day 3: Rest Day (Statistics Lecture)

Today is an automatic rest day. I have a four hour statistics lecture after a nine hour day of work. I will maintain the normal weekly schedule by working out on Sundays.

I would take Insanity over statistics any day, if I had a choice. Trust me…

Insanity Review – Round 1 – Day 2

Day 2: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

I have heard the rumors… “Insanity’s warm up feels like a workout themselves,” and, “P90X Plyometrics feels like a day off when compared to Insanity’s easiest workout.” So I knew today’s workout was going to be a challenge. But I had no clue how hard this program really was. Ladies and gentleman, I can already give you my review :

Insanity makes P90X workouts feel like kindergarten nap time, with chocolate milk, a blanket, and lights out.

I was completely out of breath after yesterday’s fit test (25 minutes, with 1 minute on/off intervals.) Today’s workout was 40 minutes of nonstop action (3 minutes on, 30 seconds off.) It started with a warmup that lasts three minutes, then you immediately repeat it with higher intensity, just when you feel like you are going to die, you repeat it with even greater intensity. It got a little hazy after that, but I can tell you that all of the interval circuits repeat three times. By the end of each 30 second break I was able to bring my heart rate down to 175, just in time to repeat what I just did with higher intensity.

I fell to my elbows a few times to catch my breath, but so did the people in the video. I did my best to jump back into the action ASAP and tried my hardest to keep up. I would give myself about a 80% score fore keeping up. Before I knew it, the workout was over. I have never seen so much sweat in my life… The puddles in the market are no joke. I probably lost at least a pound in water weight.

I have also come to the conclusion that Shaun T is a robot. There is no way that a human can do the Insanity workouts while directing/training/motivating a group of people.

Overall, I am impressed and look forward to tomorrow. Insanity is a HUGE challenge. It is exactly was I needed to get to the next step. I hate, I love it, and I need more!

Tip of the day: I would strongly recommend that anyone interested in Insanity, complete a round of P90X first. It is a great beginners program and will get you prepared. I would have probably died if I tried to jump right into Insanity. I am being 100% serious when I say that.