Since I posted about going through Insanity yesterday, I had a few people ask me about the experience. Last fall, I was tracking my progress on Tumblr, but since I’m hanging out on WordPress these days, I thought I would post a summary of my experience.
INSANITY (the DVD-based workout program by BeachBody). It’s been 6 days straight of intense cardio. Doing such an intense program with my wife has been amazing! She’s been incredibly motivating.
My saving grace this week was the “recovery day” on Thursday where Shaun T hammers you on squats and lunges to give your lungs a break.
The bad… I stumbled down the stairs on Friday.
The good… I could breathe on Friday.
It’s all about choices
Today is our day off. Game on again tomorrow!
Today was “Day 36” of my INSANITY journey…
- it was hard
- they shouldn’t have stacked the Fit Test with the Max Interval Circuit
- the 2nd series of workouts are much more difficult and longer than the first
- my body is slowly getting stronger
- my diet continues to improve to keep the pace
- my first skipped workouts were last week during my Recovery Week…life just got in the way
- doing it by myself is difficult
More to come including pics and Fit Test results…
Alright, I haven’t given an INSANITY update in awhile. It’s been going pretty well. Had some tough days and some midnight workouts during the holidays to stay on track, but overall it’s been a successful journey so far.
My strength and endurance have increased substantially and my recovery times have drastically decreased. Fortunately, I’ve been able to maintain my weight and even gain a few pounds by consistently drinking my protein shakes and eating multiple meals every day with healthy snacks in between.
My diet has been one of the most significant results of INSANITY. In order to finish the workouts, I can’t eat junk… so, I’ve all but weaned myself off of soda, fast food, and desserts altogether. I still enjoy them, but it is rare; and my only food dependancies at this point are a lot of healthy calories so I don’t start losing weight.
From a workout stats perspective, here are the results of my first 4 Fit Tests (one every 2 weeks)…
1. Switch Kicks – 56/63/60/64
2. Power Jacks – 47/58/62/63
3. Power Knees – 85/100/106/113
4. Power Jumps – 33/40/42/43
5. Globe Jumps – 8/11/12/11
6. Suicide Jumps – 14/17/18/19
7. Pushup Jacks – 20/27/30/33
8. Low Plank Obliques – 46/54/60/64
I’ve been showing pretty consistent improvement and I only have one test left at the end of the program!
My next update, pending any physical disasters, will be complete with final results and before/after pics.
Embrace the journey,
Week 9 – Done!
Here are the Before and After pics from my journey with INSANITY…
I could go on and on about my experience, but suffice it to say for now that it was more challenging than I expected and more rewarding than I could have imagined. I won’t be doing it again anytime soon, but I will be adding a few of the exercises to my regular regimen.
I have a developed a newfound passion for health and nutrition that has changed the way I eat, drink, sleep, and live. Those habits, along with my increased confidence that I can conquer the seemingly impossible, are the greatest gifts that INSANITY gave me.
Now that I’ve taken a week off to let my body recover, I’m ready to start my next journey.
More to come…