OK, it’s official and down in the books, Melinda and I have both completed one week of Insanity! For those of you who don’t know, we decided to take on the Insanity challenge to spice up our workouts and take our fitness to the next level. To be honest, I thought that the workouts would be similar to something like that of Interval X Plus or maybe even One on One Cardio Intervals, but I was wrong. No, these workouts are MUCH harder and require tremendous ability to really push yourself! I’ve been wearing a heart rate monitor, and there was one time it read 191, which I really didn’t think was possible, but apparently it is. My average hear rate for just about every workout has been right around 175, and if you don’t know what that means, it means that I’m really busting my rear! Also, I estimate that I’m burning somewhere between 800-1000 calories per workout. Below is my Insanity review of the workouts for the first week.
The Insanity workouts that we have done so far are Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Pure Cardio, Cardio Power and Resistance, and Cardio Recovery. The first 3 that I mentioned are brutal! The crazy thing about these workouts is that the warm-up is like a little workout in itself. There hasn’t been a time that I am literally dripping sweat by the end of the warm-up! Once you get done “warming up,” you stretch, which consists of many Yoga moves. Once you’re done stretching, you jump into the workout. Plyo Cardio Circuit and Cardio Power and Resistance are similar in that you go through circuits. You repeat each set of exercises 3 times, and each time you increase the intensity. Don’t be fooled, though, because the first set is not to be taken lightly! The first set is pretty fast, making the last set completely Insane, which I guess fits perfectly. By the time you finish the workout, if you don’t have a constant flow of sweat dripping from your face, then you did something wrong. My clothes are completely drenched by the time I finish, and it’s near impossible to even take my shirt off!
Pure Cardio is a little different than the first 2 in that there are no breaks and it’s not a circuit. You do non-stop exercises, and they all are different. Plus, this workout really seems to make my legs burn like crazy! The last workout, Cardio Recovery, is just that, a recovery day, which is much needed, especially after the two circuit workouts I mentioned above. I compare it to the P90X Yoga, but a shortened version of it, along with some added moves.
All in all, I absolutely love the program. The only thing that I wish there was more of was resistance workouts, but I’m going to be adding in a day or two of lifting just to make sure I don’t lose any mass. However, I don’t feel like I’ve lost any yet, which is a good thing. If you’re looking to a program to really test you and help you lose that last bit of body fat, then you have to try Insanity!
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