Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 19/60: Still Workin' Hard. Still Pushing Play.

Insanity Workouts:
Day 19: Cardio Power & Resistance
Day 18: Cardio Recovery
Day 17: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
Day 16: Plyo Circuit
Day 15: Fit Test

Wow, time sure flies when you're sweating your buns off.  

One thing hasn't changed since last week: this stuff is hard.   One of my favorite moments is when Shaun T. asks one of his (unbelievably fit) students how they are feeling during the workout and she replies, "I feel like sh*t!"  You don't get that kind of candor in most programs.  Love it.

There is just an incredible adrenaline rush which keeps you going.  Shaun T. has a very motivating style that helps a lot.  Afterwards, it always feels like an accomplishment.  Totally worth it.   That's what makes you hit the play button, even when you know it is going to be work.

Naturally when you are putting so much energy into something, you want to see results.  Whereas P90 & P90X only do a "check-in" every 60 days, Insanity has one every 15 days.  I like this.

The other difference is that Insanity is more focused on fitness improvement vs. weight and inches.    One reason for this may be that you have to be in reasonable physical condition to even begin to do the Insanity program. 

That said, I still get on the scale and do measurements.  I can't help myself.  Not surprisingly though, I didn't see a big difference on just day 15.  (When I did P90X, I actually gained two lbs in the first two weeks.)   

My advice here if you also can't help yourself from being focused on such metrics: just hang in there no matter what the scale says.  Don't get discouraged.  Keep going!

On the flip side, I was really happy to see fairly dramatic improvement in my Fit Test results.  The Fit Test involves doing as many reps as possible within one minute for each of eight different exercises. This week I was able to do anywhere from 10% to 65% more than I did on day one depending on the exercise.  My form was better as well.

So, if you're tempted to blow the Fit Tests off -- don't. 

The other "ah ha" I wanted to share is that you will want to get a sticky yoga mat for Cardio Recovery.  I used one for the first time this week and it made a big difference in my stability and form.

Hope that helps!  Keep digging deep!

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