8.02.2012

Insanity: Week 1 {The Good, Bad & Ugly}

So.

I have survived seven days of the Insanity workouts so far.

Seven. 

I took one rest day, but the calendar gives you one, so I'm still on track. I did skip the Fit Test. Sue me. I can pretty much tell where my strengths and weaknesses are (hello, push ups, I'm talking 'bout you) starting out and will just keep track mentally of my progress (when you take the Fit Test that's your workout for the day and I'd rather do a full/real workout).

Here's what I think one week in...

The Good
*Each workout is in the neighborhood of 40 minutes, so they're not super long and don't eat up too much of your time.

*You don't need any equipment except for workout clothes, good shoes and maybe a mat. You use your own body for resistance.

*You rotate through 4 different workouts for the first 30 days, take a recovery week and then start new workouts the second 30 days so your body never gets too comfortable with what you're doing (to help avoid plateaus).

*It's definitely challenging but doable (with a few modifications, going at your own pace and taking a few more rests in between each circuit).

*The stretch segments at the beginning and end of each workout are really good, he doesn't scrimp on stretching so that's good.

*Shaun T is motivating and reminds you often to go at your own pace (when he's not yelling at you to go FASTER and dig DEEPER) and not to sacrifice form or safety.

*It's all cardio all the time, baby.

The Bad
*Most of the workouts are very high impact, and there aren't low impact options demonstrated (just FYI).

*It's tough y'all, like really, really tough.

The Ugly
*You do NOT want to know how much I sweat doing these workouts.

*Shaun T refers to himself in the third person a lot. This bugs Marathon Bird.

Overall, I like it. And I kind of hate it. As you do.

I'm excited to be trying something new, to challenge myself and to see myself gradually improving.

But I am not gonna lie, Insanity is hard core.

Just for kicks, here's a little vlog I made to prove I'm really doing this.

Pure Cardio has the regular warm-up (7 moves repeated for three segments, each one getting faster), stretch followed by 15 minutes of straight high impact crazy cardio--no breaks--and then the cool down. 

Yeah.

I hit pause a lot.

But I'll keep pressing play too.

6 comments:

  1. Rock star! I would like to try Insanity I think, even though it looks a little scary. I need to change things up in my routine. Except running--need more running, but first need less heat.

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  2. Ahhh! So proud of you, girlfriend. 7 days! That is not easy!

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  3. aahhhh yeah!!! almost makes me want to stalk where you live (i'm in texas too) so that i can have a workout buddy!!! i seriously love shaun t and insanity! i can't wait to get my hands on the asylum!!!! you go girl!!!!

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  4. way to go! I saw Shaun T do a mini workout on Dr Oz. I gave it a try. way too much jumping. I think I did it two days and my knees were in such bad shape. I would love to try insanity but cannot take all the jumping.

    sounds like you are doing great! keep pressing play!

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  5. way to go! I saw Shaun T do a mini workout on Dr Oz. I gave it a try. way too much jumping. I think I did it two days and my knees were in such bad shape. I would love to try insanity but cannot take all the jumping.

    sounds like you are doing great! keep pressing play!

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  6. Congratulations on starting INSANITY! I have finished INSANITY & INSANITY: The Asylum -- If you are interested in combining INSANITY with a marathon or half marathon training plan I would love to help you! Let me know I have free training plans.
    -Jim
    insanemarathon.com

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