In 2010 I committed myself to doing the 60-day Insanity program. Each week I would post my experiences on my Facebook page. I’ve decided to move these posts over to this blog! Here’s my post from week 1!
Okay, so I debated and debated & finally decided that I did have time to offer up a few Facebook notes on my experience doing the Insanity workout. I figure it’ll be a fun way to track my progress AND the more people who know what’s going on the more likely I am to complete this beast! So, if you’re interested, here goes!
It’s Saturday, March 6th, 2010 and I’ve just completed Week One of Insanity. If you know me, you already know that I’m pretty fit and ever since law school have been pretty committed to working out regularly. So why Insanity, you might ask? Well, ironically enough, I blame Equinox. It was the start of 2010 and my Equinox at 50th & Broadway was FULL to the brim with people and their “lose weight” New Year’s resolutions. After spending more time fighting for a spin bike than I’d care to admit, I decided workout videos at home might be my best bet until those people eventually gave up & Equinox cleared out (lmao). So I started out with Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (which I HIGHLY recommend) to get accustomed to the whole workout video thing. (If you have questions about doing Jillian or want to plug Jillian on this note, feel free!) Once I finished the 30days I wanted a bigger challenge, so I decided on Insanity. I chose Insanity over other advanced workout videos (like P90X) because it’s big on cardio interval training, which I think is the best way to blast off fat. And as you know, summer is just around the corner & the spectre of the bikini awaits!
So I dropped the $100+ (yeah, I know) on the Insanity program and took the plunge.
So far, Insanity has been the toughest workout system I’ve ever done. Each day is a different set of cardio-based exercises that push you to the point (and sometimes past the point) of exhaustion. Shaun T, is the exercise coach and he’s NOT playin’ games. Personally, I liked how the workouts are led by Shaun, he really does a good job of pointing out the keys to workout success: (1) proper form, (2) stretching, (3) warming up/cooling down and (4) getting your heart rate up by really pushing yourself. Each workout basically includes a series of high intensity cardio drills- suicide drills (yeah, like the ones you run on a basketball court), squats, push-ups, mountain climbers (those are basically planks where you bring your knees in) and numerous plyometric exercises. I’ve got knee issues, so I really try to focus on form and not pushing my knees too much if I feel like I need a break. Shaun is big on using your core as well- keeping your core tight on every exercise and using your core to lift your lower body are a big part of his routines.
So yeah, the workout is NO JOKE.
I spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday barely able to move from soreness (my colleagues can attest to this lol). Thankfully, I sit at my desk most of the day at work so that was okay! 😉 Thursday was a Cardio Recovery day (praise Jesus) and then it was high intensity cardio again on Friday and today. The program also gives you a dietary regimen too: it helps you figure out how many calories you need to maintain/lose/gain weight, gives you sample meals to eat each day and offers general suggestions (drink water!) on how to meet your diet goals.
So, thus far, I’m really loving the Insanity program. I’ve taken my measurements (again, progress based just on weight is so passé) and I’m hoping to be happy with my results. Hope you’ll stay tuned! (Onto the Week 2 Review!)