Monthly Archives: July 2013

Insanity Workout – Day 18

Insanity WorkoutI’ve completed Day 18 of the Insanity Workout. (Just!) The hangover from last night’s barbecue didn’t help, neither did the pain in my shoulder / neck. Don’t know where that came from but it made things a little difficult – at least it was Cardio Recovery day.

No blog post yesterday, but yesterday was Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs – it went well even though I had a sever lack of energy. Not sure I need to post daily – since I doubt many people read the posts and I always seem to say the same thing… “Day x completed, struggled today, tomorrow is y, bring it on!”

Football tonight and then tomorrow’s workout will be Cardio Power & Resistance.

Bring it on!

Insanity Workout – Day 16

Insanity WorkoutInsanity Workout – Day 16 is now over with. Today was the ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’ routine. I struggled today (do I say that every day?) – didn’t feel like I had any energy.

I can’t say I’d noticed a difference in my body but I’ve just put yesterdays progress pic up against the pic from day 1 and you can see a big difference. It’s nice to know the hard work is paying off both via visuals and by test results and just generally feeling fitter.

If you’re yet to see the progress pic and read about my latest fit test results then see day 15, otherwise the latest progress pic can be seen below.

day15-compare

Tomorrow is ‘Pure Cardio’ followed by ‘Cardio Abs’… Bring it on!

Insanity Workout – Day 15

Insanity WorkoutInsanity Workout day 15 is now complete. The routine for today was the fit test.

This is the second time (third actually as I did the fit test on day 0 to see if I liked the Insanity Workout).

Read about Day 1 and the first fit test.

Recap

The fit test is performed every 2 weeks to measure improvement and consists of doing 8 exercises for 1 minute each, performing as many reps as possible in that time with a minute to minute and a half break in between exercises.

So how did I do? 

Well, it’s working, my score for each of the 8 exercises was improved after only 14 days of Insanity. Some scores improved by 25%, and the overall number of reps rose by 100.

Here are the results.

Exercise Fit test 1 Fit test 2
Switch Kicks  90  108
Power Jacks  45  60
Power Knees  65  93
Power Jumps  25  37
Globe Jumps  6  8
Suicide Jumps  13  16
Push-Up Jacks  20  30
Low Plank Obliques  52  64
Total reps  316  416

Globe jumps are my nemesis, although the 2 extra globe jumps may not look like much improvement, 1 rep = 4 jumps, so to do 8 more jumps is a fairly decent improvement.

Overall, a great improvement, let’s hope that in a fortnight the results have improved once more!

I’ll hopefully get a day 15 progress pic to post tonight so we can see how I compare to my starting point.

And here is the progress pic.

progress-day15And compared to day 1 – there is a definite improvement.

day15-compare

Read about day 16

Insanity Workout – Day 13

Insanity WorkoutI’ve now completed day 13 of the Insanity Workout. This was the first dual routine – two workouts were scheduled for today, ‘Pure Cardio’ and ‘Cardio Abs’. I decided I’d do them both in one go, rather than spreading them out over the day.

I have to say, it’s not the right weather for doing these workouts – it’s far too hot! I was absolutely dripping with sweat by the end of ‘Pure Cardio’, nevermind after ‘Cardio Abs’.

Today was the first time the ‘Cardio Abs’ routine has been scheduled – it’s only 20 minutes (ish) long, but it’s very hard work – my abs (and lower back) we’re burning!

Looking forward to a rest day, and round of golf tomorrow, and getting straight back into the insanity on Monday with the fit test! We’ll see how much my fitness has improved – as I sure feel like I have gotten fitter and stronger.

 

Insanity Workout – Day 12

Insanity WorkoutI’m through day 12 of the Insanity Workout. Today’s routine was ‘Cardio Power and Resistance’ which we did at the start of week 2 and once in week 1. Friday’s workout is always a little more difficult than the rest of the week due to having played football the night before.

But I can definitely say that just 11 days has improved my cardio – I feel fitter, ran more at football and I’m even more confident in myself now.

Tomorrow see’s the first ‘dual’ day. ‘Power Cardio’ and ‘Cardio abs’ are scheduled for day 13 – before day 14, the rest day.

I’m not sure whether I should do ‘Power Cardio’ on the morning, and ‘Cardio abs’ later on in the day, or if I should do them in one session – I’ll probably go for the latter.

Bring it on!

See how day 13 went.

Insanity Workout – Day 11

Insanity WorkoutDay 11 of the Insanity Workout is now done. Today’s routine was ‘Cardio Recovery’. We did this back on day 5, and it is scheduled once a week for the first 4 weeks.

Cardio recovery involves absolutely no cardio, lots of stretching, balance and slow muscle work. Slow squats, pulses and planks.

I’m not keen on this routine, purely because I’m not flexible and don’t really like stretching, so I struggle with it. Though of course, sticking with it, will improve my flexibility.

Bring on Day 12 – ‘Cardio Power & Resistance’ tomorrow and football tonight!

See how day 12 went.

Insanity Workout – Cardio Circuit

WorkoutsA quick post which will hopefully help anyone who had the same problem finding the ‘Cardio Circuit’ routine for Day 10 of the Insanity Workout.

The bundled schedule / calendar actually has a typo, the routine for day 10 should read ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’.

See how I got on with Day 10 of the Insanity Workout, doing the ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’ for the third time.

Insanity Workout – Day 10

Insanity WorkoutDay 10 of the Insanity Workout is now complete – after a little confusion at the start.

As I said in yesterday’s post I was looking forward to a new routine called ‘Cardio Circuit’… well there is no ‘Cardio Circuit’ disc. It turns out that the schedule is labelled wrong and a quick google search told me that it should read ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’.

The ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’ was the routine on day 2 and day 6. My favourite part of this workout is the ‘Level 1 Drills’, especially the last part of the drills which is in and out abs and how Shaun T builds up into a crescendo along with the others on the dvd shouting to get through it.

I enjoyed today’s routine – it helped rid the slight hangover from last night’s barbecue.

Looking forward to tomorrow and ‘Cardio Recovery’ followed by 6-a-side football on the evening.

See how day 11 went.