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Insanity Workout

Introduction

It's a new year, and like most people, I've been reviewing various aspects of my life.
One aspect being my health and my appearance.

There's no escaping the fact that I'm getting fatter in my increasing years. I wouldn't describe myself as obese just yet, but according to one online BMI calculator, I'm overweight.
Over the past several years I've been watching my gut gradually increase...I blame my missus for making me nice food, and the fridge for always being stocked with beer!
Clearly, if I continue on this road of eating and no exercise, I'm gonna be obese...and I absolutely don't want that.

In my twenties I was a fairly fit individual. I would cycle to work most days and generally I had more of an active lifestyle. This did wonders for keeping the fat at bay.
I'd like to get back to that fitness level.
Cycling is not possible, so I'm left with exercise at home.
After reviewing various home exercise regimes, I've decided to go with The Insanity Workout.

The claim is that Insanity will reduce your various body dimensions by turning fat into muscle. You might not necessarily lose weight, but you should get fitter and slimmer.
By all accounts it's a very intensive keep fit program, consisting of lots of cardio exercise to get the heart rate up and the lungs working.
It doesn't claim to be easy, but it does claim to work (if you put the effort in!).

I hope to keep up with Insanity for the full 60 days and I will diary it here for anyone who might be interested.

The end goal being that I lose 2-3 inches from my waist and gain inches (from muscle) across my chest, arms and legs.

7th January 2013 - Day 1

The time is 7PM. I do my exercises in the evening because I don't have time in the morning. I had my tea approx 1.5 hours ago, so food should be half way digested by now.
I've put the DVD into the player and hit play.
I must say I'm quite excited about starting this and my motivation & determination is huge. I really hope I can maintain this frame of mind throughout.
Today is the 'Fit Test'.

I guess the Fit Test is all about creating a day one benchmark, and then having something to compare to over the following weeks.

I'm doing the exercises in my front room.
I'm bare foot and carpet. I have a fairly big living room, so I've got plenty of space to jump around in. The only thing I have to be careful of is the light on the ceiling as I'm swinging my arms around.

The fit test consist of stretches to warm up - then straight into eight tests.

The test was pretty hard and I was sweating heavily by the end of it.
One saving grace is it's pretty short.

Results =
Switch Kicks 63
Power Jacks 41
Power Knees 63
Power Jumps 12
Globe Jumps 8
Suicide Jumps 7
Push Up Jacks 11
Low Plank Oblique 27

8th January 2013 - Day 2

Today is 'Plyometric Cardio Circuit'.
Wow! This is hard. This workout lasts about 40 mins and contains a lot of work.
I was sweating heavily by about the 5th minute in.
My motivation is pretty high though, so I gave it my all and only stopped for a breather a couple of times.

I felt great at the end though - A real sense of achievement.

I bought myself a tub of Peanut Butter today - I'm going to have a tablespoon full after every workout. It's high in Protein so should be good for recovery.

9th January 2013 - Day 3

Today is 'Cardio Power and Resistance'.
Wow! This is hard. This workout lasts about 40 mins and contains a lot of work.
I was sweating heavily by about the 5th minute in.
My motivation is pretty high though, so I gave it my all and only stopped for a breather a couple of times.

I felt great at the end though - A real sense of achievement.

I bought myself a tub of Peanut Butter today - I'm going to have a tablespoon full after every workout. It's high in Protein so should be good for recovery.

10th January 2013 - Day 4

Today is the 'Cardio Recovery'.

I did the Cardio Recovery for about 5 minutes and pretty quickly decided it was boring. It's boring because it's very slow paced and doesn't contain much in the way of strenuous exercise. I've decied to myself that I want to work hard everyday, so I've decided to replace the Cardio Recovery routine with a 'Fit Test'. I chose the Fit Test because it's short, so does give some kind of ease up.

Results = (in brackets is my last score)

Switch Kicks 72 (63)
Power Jacks 41 (41)
Power Knees 71 (63)
Power Jumps 21 (12)
Globe Jumps 14 (8)
Suicide Jumps 12 (7)
Push Up Jacks 15 (11)
Low Plank Oblique 36 (27)

As you can see, I'm already improving just 4 days in.

I also decided to record some of my vital stats. Like most people doing Insanity, I'm not too concerned about losing weight, but I do want to lose some inches..and hopefully gain some in areas.

Waist 39" (I'm measuring this across my stomach as opposed to hips)
Biceps 13" (I'm measuring this when tense)
Thigh 21.5"
Calf 14"
Chest 42"

11th January 2013 - Day 5

Today is 'Pure Cardio'

Again...Wow!
This is a tough one. I'm still debating whether it's tougher than 'Cardio Power and Resistance'.
It's the fact that Pure Cardio has about 15 minutes in the middle where there are no breaks...it's just Pure (clue's in the title) mega workout.
I did have to take one or two breaks...but my fellow athletes on TV also took some breaks, so I didn't feel too bad.

13th January 2013 - Day 7

Today is a rest day. I can sit back, chill out and let my body do some repairs.
I can't rest on my laurels though...so my diet is still strict.

I've also decided that I'm going to do some exercises on this day. No cardio though, just push-ups.
As I'm trying to bulk up my chest & shoulders, and taking into consideration that Insanity doesn't really do any heavy chest/shoulders work, it makes sense to do something.

Push-Ups managed = 21

I've ordered a Heart Monitor today. Hopefully should be with me by the end of the week. This will give me a much better idea of how many calories I'm burning per exercise. Watch this space...



Comments

Alvaro - 05/03/2013 16:44:21
Well once a week is Well once a week is a good start. I pushed the sricsubbe button. Sheesh!I want to exercise again. Hey what do you think of granola? As long as its not raining. I can do a little something something. I can join the parks dept gym they have an indoor track on Varick. The ideas are coming together. I will let you know when I do it.

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