Insanity Update

I’ve had a few people ask if I’m still doing Insanity. I’m not still doing it, but am doing it again. I am currently in the second month of workouts, on day 45. I honestly don’t feel like it is doing that much for me this time around, but I am sure I am getting stronger. I haven’t really lost any weight this time, but I haven’t gained any either. My face and neck look slightly slimmer than they did last fall (IMO). I certainly don’t have nice cut abs like the Insanity team though.

I want to share a few thoughts since people have asked me about the workout.

~ No, it’s not easy, but it probably isn’t the toughest thing out there either. I’ve heard the comment, “I wouldn’t be able to make myself do it.” Well, if you really want to work out and get in shape, you will do it. Just like I have and am. I don’t think everyone has to work out (though some kind of exercise is good for you), but don’t tell me you can’t do it.

~I was doing different workout videos prior to beginning Insanity for the first time. I didn’t have much, if any, soreness. However, people I know who started it after doing nothing or just jogging everyday were terribly sore. So, if you do get sore after the first few workouts keep pushing through. After about day 5 you’ll start to feel better.

~To me the first month is hard, but it isn’t so bad that you want to quit. I still take a few little breaks (like 5 seconds here and there) to breathe. I feel like this is not that big a deal since the Insanity team has to take breaks too. Just do what you can of as many of the exercises. You’ll get stronger and better as you go on. Never skip the warm up or the stretching. Just like Shaun T says, “It’s the most important part of the workout.”

~The recovery week is easy peasy after the first month. Seriously, I love the Core Cardio and balance workout. When I’m not doing the whole plan, I still do that workout a lot. I really, really, do like it.

~The second month is killer. I thought that before and I think it now. When I’m doing those workouts I do want to quit. I want to turn it off. I skip way more of the exercises than I should, because I want to lay down on the floor and die. Seriously, each exercise isn’t bad by itself, but over and over and for a whole hour is not fun. If you are just starting out and you are not in good shape at all or are pretty overweight, I would totally do the first month, then the recovery week and then the first month again to get in better shape before trying the second month. Just a thought. I am still jiggly around the middle and it’s hard enough for me.

~My favorite workouts in the set are: Core Cardio & Balance, Pure Cardio, Cardio Abs, and Max Interval Plyo (since I should have one in the second month…)

~After doing Insanity 2 and 1/2 times now when I try to do another workout I feel like I’m not doing anything. Everything seems easy after this. If anyone has any suggestions of a different hard DVD workout that doesn’t require a bunch of equipment, I’d like to hear them.

I do feel better about myself when I am working out and I know I am stronger. Even if I don’t have the nice abs, I feel like getting them is a possibility. Plus, I know that this is good for me. If it was hurting me or if I couldn’t breathe or if I had some problem while doing the workouts I would discontinue, but since I don’t I know it is “only making me better.” If you want to do it, you’ll do it and if you don’t, you won’t. That’s all there is to it. :)

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