Insanity Workout

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17/10/2011 at 09:47
I read a sort of blog on here of a guy who completed the insanity workout and i have decided to do my own, in case anyone wants to do it together or plans on doing so in the future...


My name is Ged and i am 32. I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. The heaviest i got to was just shy of 19 stone in my mid twenties. i decided enough was enough and started jogging, first of all a hundred metres killed me, then it improved until i got to a mile.

from here i got fitter and lost weight, done a first half marathon and got 2hrs 2mins. a second 1hr 50m a third and final 1hr 47m.

last week i completed the liverpool marathon in 4hrs 29 and decided my distance running days were over.

i am still just over 16stone and know my food choices are the primary reason. I have always blamed alcohol for my weight. a simple example would be go out saturday night, have 12-15 pints of lager, a kebab on the way home and then miss sunday football with a big head. oh thanks mum a full english, may as well go and have a few more pints and watch the live footy, etc etc!!

whilst i was marathon training i cut out all alcohol and genuinely wanted to get to race day 15 stone. i never lost any weight because i ate greedy amounts of chocolate and rubbish. i am now slightly annoyed with myself!

so speaking to a chum who lost two stone, he used an iphone app called myfitnesspal to log his food and exercise calories, i have decided to do the same.

Starting today i am doing the insanity workout for the next 60 days and cutting calories to 1750 (before exercise) as this app says. My aim is to get in the 14s for the first time since school. 14 stone 13 will be ok for xmas!!

i will update this as much as i can and will happily chat to other people doing it, done it or wanting to do it.

My waist is 39
my chest is 42
my weight is 16-4

lets see how i get on....

17/10/2011 at 09:52
Just started day one fit test...i found it tough...

my results were
switchh kicks 80
power jacks 44
power knees 80
power jumps 31
globe jumps 8
suicide jumps 14
push up jacks 24
low plank oblique 53

the jumps were the hardest as i am not very explosive and didnt want to wake the neighbours. also i worry as there is no trainer in the room if my form slips no one will correct it. will i stick out a DVD for 60 days? i dont know, but i got a massive sweat on and a good buzz off it so lets see.

also followed it with a myprotein whey flavourless drink with water. yuk...first ever try at that gear. like coffeemate and water together.
17/10/2011 at 21:06
GED, the most effective weight loss program I have ever found is running combined with a sensible diet. I know everyone is different but you could shift a couple of stone by Xmas by getting serious about the quality of each run you do. You can keep the DVD going as well but keep the miles up. Good luck.
18/10/2011 at 11:08
Hi kev, thanks mate...i do agree with that. the problem for me at the moment after 3 full years of distance running to get up to marathon and half standard, i am a bit fed up with it for now.

this insanity never cost me nothing so if i give it a go and dont like it i can always fall back on running. one thing i am going to implement more is hill sprint training. there is a route in liverpool called everton valley where local boxers do work and i have done that a few times. i am going to try at least 1-2 of them a week.

most importantly for me it is diet though, i am aware of that. i also find that the hardest part.
18/10/2011 at 11:11
i have just done the first proper program called "plyometric cardio circuit", jesus it was tough. even the warm up was intense. lots of obvious cardio based drills and a few american sports specific ones which being an english fella i had to watch twice. hardest part for me was the up, down four press ups, knee sprints up again, in one go haha. was slipping on my own sweat!!

anyway day one proper done, disgusting shake downed and off to work!
18/10/2011 at 18:09

Hi Gedgino,

I have just bought the Insanity workout.  I know 2 people who have completed the program, both with very impressive results.  

Good Luck

19/10/2011 at 10:35
MB come here for your pains then haha!!

just done the Cardio power and resistance one...didnt really feel like doing it to be honest, feel achey all over and no exaggeration my arse is like a whole rugby team have battered me! pains in places i didnt know i had. ouch...

anyway i done it, it was hard as seems to be the common theme, i was slipping in my own sweat again and used two of my mrs towels in the end...she will kill me for that. i do struggle with jumps and find them hard, probably because of my weight but its done!!

went to my normal circuit training last night too, so that has probably not helped. i had planned insanity today, fri and sat with two hill sprints thurs and fri. but i may leave the runs until this arse ache goes!

had a sneaky weigh in and seem to have lost 4lbs, and have still been eating well,but i will limit my weigh ins to one a week and slowly but surely hope i get there.

i dont think i have ever done anything that makes me sweat so much.
20/10/2011 at 17:17
todays little nugget of doom was "cardio recovery", so far the easiest one i must say...just stretches and light lunges and squats for about half an hour...quite glad really as i am coming down with a cold so i can relax now (until pure cardio tomorrow!)
20/10/2011 at 18:44
Well done Gedgino, hope it gives you everything you want.
20/10/2011 at 18:51
Gedgino: keep up the good work.
20/10/2011 at 19:33
hahaha thanks folks!!!

i know my biggest need is to sort my diet out and so far so good....that'll change tomorrow as i am on the pop, but if i have no chippy on the way home and then straight into good habits saturday should be ok.
21/10/2011 at 17:38
today i done "pure cardio", god it was a hard one, done it first thing in the morning before hunting for stone roses tickets....i found a few times where i was stopping earlier than usual...whether that was the difficulty of it or losing a bit of motivation i dont know. funnily enough, i am starting to feel more strong now and hopefully soon SEE some changes!

off on the ale now...NO KEBAB!!!
23/10/2011 at 12:49
well i am annoyed with meself and need to have a strong cane across me own fat arse....went out friday and as stated above, no kebab...but had a giant pork pie with the lager and then a giant beef and cashew nut fried rice later on. got up yesterday to do me insanity, couldnt be arsed, had fish and chips for dinner (no breakfast), steak and jacket for tea. couldnt sleep so ended up munching on a pot noodle at 3am watching the tele!!

in pure anger i done a 5 miler this morning and been moaning to me mrs about the ale knocking me sideways and then this gluttonous gene kicks in.

what upsets me most is ive tried really hard and probably back at square one, which wouldnt usually bother me but because im in total agony its not worth it.

i am off the alcohol till my brother in laws babys christening in two weeks and then probably till around xmas so hopefully now i can have a good crack at it. i am a day behind as today should be rest as per schedule. i may do it later tonight before bed to remain (sort of) on track.

anyway no point crying over spilt milk, just wanted to vent a little of my spleen! save me birds ears haaa!!
23/10/2011 at 12:56

gedgino: oh dear. Alcohol and serious training never go together well.

Always next week though. Hope things go better.

23/10/2011 at 13:07
thanks solent!
24/10/2011 at 12:33
Got up this morning and back to the first CD. plyometric cardio circuit. god its tougher than i remember! got a weigh in on wednesday and ill redo my measurements. prob not too much of a drop with a bad weekend, but im sticking right at it. i felt quick running yesterday, but that was probably anger!!!
24/10/2011 at 15:59
gedgino wrote (see)
today i done "pure cardio", god it was a hard one, done it first thing in the morning before hunting for stone roses tickets....i found a few times where i was stopping earlier than usual...whether that was the difficulty of it or losing a bit of motivation i dont know. funnily enough, i am starting to feel more strong now and hopefully soon SEE some changes! off on the ale now...NO KEBAB!!!
Actually, believe it or not, kebabs aren't that bad as all the fat drips off.  Just so long as you don't eat one every day, I can see no harm.
24/10/2011 at 16:19


I'm an insanity graduate. I'm on my second round of insanity and i can honestly say that i've never looked back! 80 switch kicks for a first time is VERY impressive.

Regarding Whey Protein drinks - use skimmed milk/soya milk instead of water - it tastes like milkshake if you do.... i use the myprotein ones. Regarding your diet - I'd make sure that you're writing down everything. For the crazy insanity workouts you really need to refuel your body within an hour of finishing and making sure that whatever you do it - your body is getting enough fuel on board. There were several days where i nearly fainted because i didnt eat enough.

The thing about the insanity workout is to keep with it. You'll be hurting for the first couple of days but after that - you'll be on great guns. One of the biggest bits of advice is to make sure that you're doing the moves correctly. The worst thing to do would be to put out your bank by doing the plank wrong

I workout in the kitchen or outside to avoid waking the neighbours with my jumping - it seems to work pretty well!

Good luck!

24/10/2011 at 16:25
Emilybug thats great to here...thanks.

i am sorta used to the protein now... i fill a pint of water with it and then breathe in, knock it back in one like a rugby boy on a night out with a pint and then its gone!!

i genuinely do try and do the moves properly too, i go to normal circuit training twice a week so know some of the moves, but not all of them so that has helped.

it is ridiculous though the amount i sweat off it, so i know its working. my arse especially has nevef hurt more.

what is the second month like? does it get much harder? why are you doing it again?
24/10/2011 at 16:31

Hiya gedgino,

Yeah, it's one of the biggest issues I have with insanity - getting the moves right. When i get tired and worn out - i'll slouch or not do the moves properly so it's one of my biggest flaws!

I'm normally left drowning in a pool of sweat! It makes me feel like i'm really working!

The MAX sessions are INSANE. I LOVED them and would only do the second month if i could . It's a lot of hard work and you're on the sessions for an hour... it's literally insane. I found I had so much energy after doing it - it really made me so energetic! I kept a daily diary too on the insanity thread - it made me "keep at it".

I'm doing it again because I enjoyed it and really loved the results. I was thinking about P90X and some of the others but in the end - insanity is something that i can do wherever I am and I dont need anything else.

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