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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.

Insanity Workout – Day 9

Insanity WorkoutDay 9 of the Insanity Workout – Pure Cardio – is now complete. It didn’t seem as bad this time around – but I was still sweating buckets by the end of it.

This is the second time I’ve done Pure Cardio, the first was on day 5. Thinking back, I probably found it a little easier going as I hadn’t played football the night before.

I was much more motivated to do the workout this morning compared to yesterday – I’m putting that down to it being a Monday morning thing.

Tomorrow will introduce a new routine, ‘Cardio Circuit’ so I’m looking forward to that, and a little change from what’s now become the norm.

Shaun T’s latest workout, T25, has just been released. I wonder how T25 compares to Insanity – I think that may be next up once / if I complete Insanity.

Bring on Day 10 and the Cardio Circuit.

See how I got on with day 10, and the confusion which entailed.

Insanity Workout – Day 8

Insanity WorkoutI’ve completed day 8 of the Insanity Workout today – today’s routine was the Cardio Power & Resistance Workout (which we’ve done once before – see day 3).

I struggled today – I had no motivation or energy, whether that’s down to a poor night’s sleep, a day off yesterday or just because it’s a Monday morning I’m not sure. But hopefully tomorrow will be a lot better.

Having said that – I nailed the moving push ups today – I couldn’t get my head around them the first time I tried them. I’m also managing more push ups / upper body workout reps than I was in the first few days so it looks like I’m improving.

Busy day at work, an early night and then get into day 9 tomorrow.

Find out what happened on day 9.

Insanity Workout – Day 6

Insanity WorkoutI have now completed day 6, ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’, of the Insanity Workout.

I did better this time, the 2nd time doing the ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’, than I did the first time round (back on day 2). Tomorrow, day 7, is a rest day.

Although the Insanity Workout has been very, very hard work (I’ve never sweated so much) I’ve enjoyed every second of it so far and can already see some changes – especially to my thigh muscles.

My body no longer aches / stiffens up as it did the first few days – and I believe my cardio has improved already – judging by how I felt on Thursday night playing football.

Looking forward to a day off tomorrow – possibly with some pool and a round of golf, and then getting back into the insanity with the ‘Cardio Power and Resistance’ routine on Day 8.

Bring on the rest day!

Insanity Workout – Day 5

Insanity WorkoutI’ve made it through day 5 of the Insanity Workout. Day 5 was ‘Pure Cardio’.

The Pure Cardio routine consists of a 5 minute warm up (which was tiring enough) followed by the usual 5 minute stretching routine. Then 15 minutes of cardio with no breaks with exercises such as Heismans, 123s, suicides, frog jumps and more. This was followed by a 5 minute cool down / stretch period.

What did I make of it? Put it this way – I actually celebrated when I got the end of the 15 minutes cardio.

It was very hard work, as always, and I was dripping with sweat afterwards. I was still out of breath an hour after finishing the workout (though this head cold wasn’t helping) and it took even longer for me to cool down.

Looking forward to day 6 tomorrow and then a rest on day 7. Some people would sa you’re crazy to do this workout. I’d say it’s Insanity!

Bring on Day 6 and the Plyometric Cardio Circuit which we have done before on day 2.

Find out how I did on day 6.

Insanity Workout – Day 4

Insanity WorkoutDay 4 of the Insanity Workout now complete.

Today was ‘Cardio’ recovery. This didn’t include any cardio. It was mainly comprised of stretching, balance and slow strength exercises. Still get a decent sweat on!

I do struggle with this type of workout and prefer the cardio – but that is maily due to my lack of flexibility – which of course will improve in line with the more stretching I do

I play football tonight so we’ll see if my cardio has improved any yet – even after only 4 days. Cardio recovery falling on football day seems like a blessing as I won’t be too tired for football but I may not be saying that after ‘Pure Cardio’ tomorrow morning.

Bring on ‘Pure Cardio’ tomorrow! Looking forward to it!

Find out how I did on Day 5.

Insanity Workout – Day 3

Insanity WorkoutToday I completed day 3 of the Insanity Workout.

My body seems to be getting used to it – I’m a lot less sore / stiff today compared to yesterday. Hopefully this continues after tomorrow’s session – ‘Cardio Recovery’ – especially seeing as I am playing football tomorrow night.

I managed fewer rests this morning compared to yesterday but I can’t for the life of me do moving push ups. I substituted in standard push ups instead.

My goal isn’t to lose weight but I have lost a few lbs so far and my thigh muscles are a little more defined – after just 3 days!

Day 3 saw more upper body exercises thrown into the mix – the upper body is my weakest point.

Hopefully I manage to shift this cold – my nose hasn’t stopped running all day – hopefully it won’t affect my progress!

Looking forward to tomorrow – Cardio Recovery – bring it on!

See how I coped with Day 4.


Insanity Workout – Day 2

Insanity WorkoutI completed day 2 of the Insanity workout this morning and I’m still alive to tell the tale.

I’m a little disappointed with myself after this morning’s workout as I feel I could’ve taken a few less rests. But now that I know what to expect from a proper workout (i.e. not the fit test – not that the fit test isn’t a good workout) I’m positive I’ll do better tomorrow and will definitely push myself harder.

I’ll be getting myself a heart rate monitor tonight so will be able to keep track of how hard I’m working – but one thing is for sure, I’ve not sweated this much in years. In fact I barely sweated this much while wearing a few stones worth of ice hockey goalie equipment.

I think the cool down / stretching after each session could last a little longer as it seems to fly by and I now have some stiff and aching muscles – I think a hot bath afterwards may help a little too. I seem to be ok throughout the day if I keep moving – but since I have a desk job, that just isn’t possible so I quickly stiffen up.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s session: Cardio Power and Resistance.

According to the Insanity website Cardio Power and Resistance will build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves.

Bring it on!

See how I got on on day 3.

Insanity Workout – Day 1

Insanity WorkoutAs mentioned in my last blog post “Insanity Workout – The Prequel” I’ve decided to commit to the Insanity Workout.

Day 1 of the Insanity Workout is the Fit Test. The Fit Test is comprised of a series of 8 exercises of which you do as many reps in a minute as you can for each exercise, with a minute or so break in between each exercise.

My results were as follows:

Switch Kicks: 90
Power jacks: 45
Power knees: 63
Power jumps: 25 – (I had to take my first breather during power jumps)
Globe jumps: 6
Suicide jumps: 13
Pushup jacks: 20
Low plank obliques: 52

Giving a total of 314 reps, an overall improvement of 43 reps when compared to yesterdays trial run.

However, I don’t think I can put this improvement down to the program just yet – it’s probably more due to not having eaten a Thai green curry an hour or so beforehand.

I’ll be taking a ‘progress pic’ one a week so will upload the first weeks results on day 7 compare to a ‘before’ pic from today.

How am I feeling? I did the workout at 7am this morning other than some tired legs, I don’t feel too bad. In fact I’m looking forward to day 2! Bring on the ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’ – whatever that may be.

See how I managed day 2.