Monday, 27 August 2012

Update on Insanity and stuff

So sorry for my lack of posts.

I finished week one and week 2 (YAY!). I even added extra work outs during week 2.

If I'm honest, week 2 was harder than the first week. I believe it was due to the fact that I knew what was coming and I really had to commit to something that wasn't new and shiny.

But I felt accomplished, even if I was a pool of sweat laying on the floor.

Well This wee is week 3. HOWEVER, I have been so sick I could hardly breath. I looked up Shaun T.s recommendation on this, and he says if you are ill, to please take it easy and get back to the work out when you are 100%. Case in point, today I am still sick but feeling better. I felt like a fatty for taking three days off due to a sever sinus infection (which are no fun). I tried to do pure cardio, got not even ten minutes into it before I was coughing so hard I almost threw up.

I might have set myself back in becoming healthy. So please take Shaun Ts advice and TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! If you can't breath standing still, there is no way you can during the craziness that is Insanity.

I also wanted to another update:

I got a job!


That is another reason for the lack of posts. Again I am sorry, I will start up again as soon as I am 100%. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Day 3: Recovery what?

Well, I was looking forward to today? You know why? Because I was told I was only going to be doing a 30 minute, low intensity Cardio Recovery.

With a cover like this..


Someone lied to me! Yes, it is true I wasn't jumping all over the place and it is the lowest intensity workout in Insanity. However, I had to hold the pose longer than humanly possible.

What do I mean by that?

Full body butt lifts

I mean that by slowing down the movements, and focusing on the resistance of your own body, that you are working harder. I still was covered in sweat by the end of this 49 minute workout with few breaks (usually just going into child's pose to help stretch out).

Side Obliques

Every pose, works your core as you keep it engaged through out the each set. Lifting your leg up while in plank works your side obliques. You are working every target area and doing it slowly. Which can be painful when you just want to lay down after four days of high pace Insanity.

This turned into torture.

 You do each set on each side, going from 16, to 8 to 4 to 2 sets each. I am definitely feeling it today. And up tomorrow? Pure Cardio! Wish me luck =)

Day 2 and HRM

I know I didn't post yesterday, however I did do my second (or third if you count the fit test, I'm not) day of Insanity®.

I never thought I would say this, however, if I had to do one more squat yesterday I was going to go down swinging (at the person making me do them)! I believe yesterdays Cardio Power and Resistance was easier than the Ploy Cardio Circuit.

That being said, V push ups, traveling push ups and power jacks are not my best friend.

 V push ups

I have learned how uncoordinated I am.Though I had TONS of energy left over yesterday, so we (the family) went for a walk!

After day 2, shirt is soaked!

 I finally received my new heart rate monitor! YAY! I does have a chest strap, so I am hoping it is more accurate and I can get a good grasp on how much I am burning while working out. You can find different formulas, Livestrong offers this:

Women use the following formula: Calories Burned = [(Age x 0.074) -- (Weight x 0.05741) + (Heart Rate x 0.4472) -- 20.4022] x Time / 4.184.

It is also a good idea to keep a check on your heart rate during high intensity work outs.

Today's agenda: Cardio Recovery. BRING IT! I am ready =)

Sunday, 12 August 2012


Well, It is official, I am insane. Yes, you heard me right, so much so that I have started the 60 day program of Insanity®.

If you haven't heard of Insanity®, or have been living under a rock for the past few years, here is a
run down. (click link).

I am going to be tracking my progress. I have taken my before picture and I am hoping for positive results. I love the concept of "you get as much out of it as you put into it".


Meaning, if you slack off or don't try your hardest, you won't get the results. I know how to push myself to the brink. I love the feeling of accomplishment and lets face it, I love being covered in sweat!And oh boy, did I sweat!

Finished Day 1 

Today I started the first round. I did the fit test which tracks your progress (should get easier the longer you do the program).  Your first work out is called Ploymetric Cardio Circuit, or Hell.

 Which ever you wish to call it. About half way through, you get to this amazing basketball circuit. Sounds fun right? Well. How would you like to squat then jump up like you are shooting a basketball? then go into actual squat jumps; THEN go down, do four push ups, stay in plank, run it out for 8, jump your feet to your chest, stand up and do it all over and over and over again?

Yep, now do 3 sets of those! If you are so inclined to, watch during the water break when the amazing Shaun T. says "One more set!", you can see a girl mouth the F bomb. My feelings exactly.

I have never sweat so hard, my muscles where shaking, as he worked every muscle in my body. And you know what is sad?

I'm looking forward to the torture tomorrow!