Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Week 1 INSANITY Report


Sorry, that phrase is stuck in my head this week as I've finished up the first week of INSANITY with Shaun T. This is the first program I've done with Shaun T and I have to say I'm starting to become a fan. "Hip Hop" abs never really sounded appealing to me because a.) I don't like Hip Hop, and b.) I don't dance.

However, I've been really happy with INSANITY. The program on day 1 started with the Fit Test. Day 2 was Plyometric Cardio, which as you can tell from Monica's previous post tore us both up. The rest of the week has gone with a nice flow. However, everything has Cardio in the title. This is a program designed to shred you. If you've been struggling with those last 5 lbs like I have, I'm reasonably sure that this program will give you an amazing opportunity to get out the chisel and show off the abs.

The one thing about this program that has me totally pumped is that the cast isn't perfect. In most workout videos, its obvious that they went through the workout 2 or 3 times, and edited together a seamless workout where no one misses a beat. I remember seeing one workout program on Fit TV where the camera cut between two angles of someone doing some bicep curls. In one angle she had a 10lb weight, the other angle she had a 15lb weight. It was hilarious.

Well, you don't get that in INSANITY. It's obvious that the cast in the video were giving their all and leaving it out on the floor. Sometimes, they don't have enough, just like you will at home. It's refreshing to see someone in a fitness video, face down on the floor, pounding the floor in frustration that they can't get in another rep. Shaun T will come over and if he sees that someones form is in the crapper, he'll kick them out and tell them to go get some water and come back. To me, this shows me a genuine workout that really does the trick.

Week 2 starts today with some Cardio Power and Resistance. I'll be there ready to go. Can't wait to crank out some push-up jacks!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Day 2 Ouch!

When I walked in the door today after a busy day at work, John was walking down the stairs. "Did you just finish your workout?" I asked him. He had on workout shorts, no shirt and was drenched in sweat with a towel over his shoulders. "No, I've been done for a half hour" he answered. "Really? You look beat!" I replied. "I don't know, maybe it's been fifteen minutes..."

John, I now understand. After he answered my question he continued to tell me how killer this workout was going to be. When he was done, he decided maybe he shouldn't have said anything. I don't know what look I had on my face, but I am sure it was close to sheer fear.

So when I started the video an hour later, I was prepared for anything. Day 2 is called Plyometric Cardio Circuit. It's plyometrics the entire way through the workout using circuits to keep you moving from one action to the next. Even the warm-up is a circuit. So you begin by doing a move at a reasonable pace, such as high kicks. Then you do the next move also at a reasonable pace. Once you have done all of the moves you begin again...but you go faster!

The music is great, Shaun T is very motivating...and the best part? These people are not actors (not that any of the Beachbody programs use actors), but these people are sweating, cursing under their breath and shouting out in pain! I know its tough...take a break if you need can do it! Then the camera pans around the room towards the end of the workout showing close-ups of these people...and they are smiling! I kid you not, I smiled right back at them!

This is going to be hard and painful, but man is it going to be AWESOME!

INSANITY Has started

Been a while since I've posted. I know, crazy. I simply was burned out on working out. I realized how little time I was spending with friends, I wasn't enjoying the summer, so I basically took a couple weeks off.

Well, time's up.

Monica and I started INSANITY yesterday. The fit test is tough. I'm wondering what the heck I got myself into.

I'll be blogging throughout INSANITY. Come back for updates.