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Insanity workout review. What now?

I finally gave up on the Insanity workout a few days into month two (day 45 ish).

Why did I give up? Lack of enthusiasm, boredom with the repetitiveness of the exercises and lack of will power. I ended up getting a day out of sync and never caught back up.

Does Insanity work? Yes, the difference in look and fitness by the end of month one was very noticeable.

What am I doing now? Well, I’m back playing ice hockey – as a forward rather than a goalie – and am about to start a 5 day routine.

Day 1 – Back and chest

Day 2 – Cardio (Insanity workout pure cardio) or 30 minute run

Day 3 – Legs

Day 4 – Rest – (6-a-side football on the night)

Day 5 – Shoulders and Arms

Day 6 – Rest (Hockey training)

Day 7 – Rest

See here for the workouts.

In addition to this I’m taking part in the 30 day squat challenge to build up my legs to help with skating stamina.

Insanity Workout – Day 36

Insanity WorkoutInsanity Workout day 36 is now complete. The routine for today was the fit test and Max Cardio Circuit.

 

So how did I do? 

Well, it’s working, my score for all but one exercises was improved after Month 1 and the recovery week.

My score for Push-Up Jacks was 3 worse than last time mainly due to me spending a lot of that minute trying not to throw up.

The overall number of reps rose by 49.

Here are the results.

Exercise Fit test 1 Fit test 2 Fit test 3
Switch Kicks  90  108  139
Power Jacks  45  60  61
Power Knees  65  93  98
Power Jumps  25  37  42
Globe Jumps  6  8  10
Suicide Jumps  13  16  18
Push-Up Jacks  20  30  27
Low Plank Obliques  52  64  70
Total reps  316  416  465

Globe jumps are still 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 decent improvement, let’s hope that in a fortnight the results have improved once more!

I couldn’t face Max Cardio Circuit straight after the Fit test so have put it off until day 37, on which I’ll do both the Max Cardio Circuit and the Max Plyo routine in order to catch up.

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.