Insanity Workout

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16/02/2013 at 00:11
Anything strenuous is on hold for the foreseeable, might be able to start swimming next week. Waiting to see what physio says.
18/02/2013 at 18:47

OMFG! just in case you were in any doubt i thought i would comment on the first day of month 2. Fitness test + max interval training. Hardcore is the word, i saw some small improvement on 3 exercises, 3 stayed the same and 2 were 1 or 2 reps worse. Then i started the max circuit. Relentless for an hour, yes thats right a whole hour. I was soaking wet, couldn't breath towards the end and the strength in my legs and arms became non existent. This next month is going to be hard, especially mentally knowing tat i've got to come home after work to do this.

 On the plus side my day 30 pictures looked great compared to my day 1 and my measurements were an improvement. Keep up the good work guys i'm sure it will be worth it.

JLB3 hope the physio has good news

Edited: 18/02/2013 at 21:07
21/02/2013 at 10:06

lol I was expecting a poat from you along these lines when I looked at the MAX workouts.  Fantastic that you have seen great results in the first 30 days, have you been able to keep it up?

Worst of the back pain and mobility issues have been sorted, but I only have permission to swim\cycle at the moment.  Don't know when or even if I will contemplate Insanity again.  I'll have to see how it goes.  Physio has me doing horrible hamstring stretches at the moment using door-frame, I fear them almost as much as I feared Insanity workouts!

21/02/2013 at 11:42

I hope you get back to where you want to be. I've been keeping insanity up okay, the workouts are longer and the max cardio yesterday was just crazy, there are no breaks after the initial warm up, so it's just non-stop until the cooldown which is a longtime. Month 2 is like starting week 1 again, i'm aching in places i didn't know i had but hopefully that means it's working. 

I would say that month 2 may we worse on your back than month 1, some of the new exercises are really hardwork and high impact (diamond jumps)  this coupled with been more fatigued means that you may be more likely to injury. 

22/02/2013 at 03:29

Hope you can get back into it at some point JLB3. Iran a half marathon last week - it's my second one, the first was in November. I ran it 12 minutesfaster than last time so really pleased. i think the Insanity has really helped with the running especially because I think I kind of sacrificed some of the running training for Insanity!

I'm just doing recovery week - not sure Shaun T knows what recovery means because this workout hurts more than the others! I'm quite enjoying it though. Start the max workouts from Monday. MrA keep it up and well done on your progress - I'm looking forward to taking measurements - I don't seem to have really lost weight but I feel thinner so hopefully the measurements will show progress rather than the scales.

22/02/2013 at 06:23
Just signed up after reading this entire thread, it's really inspiring stuff. I first started insanity last summer and didnt really get beyond the second week. I have restarted the program and am now approaching the end of week1.
It's strange but my mind blanked out how hard the workouts can be and especially the muscle soreness, sore calves are my bane.

I'm hoping to keep posting and reading everyone's updates to keep motivated.
22/02/2013 at 11:10

I hope you get good results Sam!

MM - I found the muscle soreness to be at it's worst on about day 3\4, after that I think they start getting used to the punishment.  Keep at it!

22/02/2013 at 18:40

Well done Sam, glad to hear that you think the insanity helped your running, i'm running plymouth half marathon in april and i'm hoping to improve my time as well.

MM i agree with JLB3,  i felt exactly the same the first week but you will get better throughout month 1. If you need motivation, i finish month 2 week 1 tomorrow and i'm really seeing results in performance and in the mirror now, as previously posted though i am sticking to a clean diet to maximise the effect of the training.

02/03/2013 at 17:52

month 2 week 2 done. I'm not going to lie, these sessions are really compounding on my body now, every workout seems harder than the previous. I always feel fatigued when i start the following days workout. i'm just trying to get through it now with as much effort that i can put in to still maximise results. 2 weeks to go!

I also purchased a HRM monitor and my HR is always in th 75-95% range during the max workouts

Edited: 02/03/2013 at 18:42
02/03/2013 at 19:28
I did the fitness test for the first time today.

Switch kicks - 49
Power jacks - 40
Power knees - 75
Power jumps - 21
Globe jumps - 9
Suicide jumps - 9
Push up jacks - 7
Low plank oblique - 49

I thought I was going to puke during the cool down and had to lie down for 20 minutes! Going to start the first workout on Monday I think so I can do tomorrows long run. I'm slightly concerned about all the jumping though - I live in a tenement flat!!
02/03/2013 at 20:05

welcome to the insane gang! keep us posted

04/03/2013 at 22:31
Okay, day 1 is done. It was tough and I did have to stop more than I'd have liked but overall it wasn't quite as impossible as I'd expected. Or rather, I didn't almost throw up this time!!

And my downstairs neighbour must hate me now!
05/03/2013 at 11:37

Well done helterskelter, it's all gone a bit quiet on here, i dont know if people have stopped doing it or are just not posting?

1st week is the hardest part of month 1, it gets easier then until month 2 starts.

I've got 11 more workouts to go then i'm finshed

05/03/2013 at 16:37

How is everyone doing? Started the max intervals and find them really hard, By the last set comes round, I can only manage a couple. Had really good results in the fit test- amazing difference from the first time.

05/03/2013 at 17:37
Have you just started month 2 then Samantha?

11 more workouts Mr A - that's amazing! How have you found the overall experience?

Also how are people finding it combined with running. I'm currently following a schedule for a half but I'm wondering if I should cut out either the speed work or keep the quality sessions and cut the recovery runs. 5 runs a week plus 6 insanity sessions might be the end of me! What have you all been doing running wise while following the program?
05/03/2013 at 18:22

Sam, glad your still with us, i agree the max sessions are really hard, i'm on week 3 of month 2 now and i just seem to be getting to grips with them, i had a real lull on week 2, i just felt fatigued all the time but this week seems better Sam how did you do on your half marathon?

Helterskelter, i've found the experience enjoyable but the mental committment is the hardest part especially after a hard day at work. I have seen good results though! I haven't done any other training except insanity, i think it would have just been counter productive especially in month 2. I'm running plymouth half in april and i know that i'm fitter from insanity but it will be nice to start running again and hopefully smash some pb's.

08/03/2013 at 11:57

Hi - not posted for a while but have been bashing on with the workouts.  Completed month 1 (did a 6 week cycle in fact instead of 4 as my core was so weak at the beginning)   but Ive found moving onto month 2 is just too difficult at the moment. I can only just do 10 press ups now so going onto the side ones nearly left me with a disabled arm ! 

 I dont want to risk injuring myself as the whole idea was to enhance my running so Im going to continue with month 1 and drop in the odd month 2 workout as a continuing regular workout.  

I have seen a fantastic improvement in my core strength so Im happy I'm getting my monies worth.. Good luck to you die hards on Month 2 - I might finish it somtime towards the end of the year  !

08/03/2013 at 18:12

Glad your seeing an improvement MM. Month 2 is hard and you are making a sensible choice to build up on month 1 until you are ready.  After completing the 60 days i'm going to try and maintain by doing 1 to 2 workouts a week+running again.  I will post my final results a week on monday when i finish.

08/03/2013 at 22:37

Been reading this thread and this looks bit too insane for me, but checked on ebay and someone is selling brand new ones for £45 inc postage, seems like a good deal? Just if anyone else is interested.

10/03/2013 at 05:39

Half marathon went well - I've only run one before which was in November and I managed to do this one in 17 minutes less so quite happy. I think the iNsanity really helped, I felt much fitter doing it this time.

I've kind of lapsed in my Insanity the last week though - I'm working 2 weeks with no day off and my son's been ill so had no sleep either the last 4 days. Not sure what to do - I'd just fininshed week one of the max so I might just start week 1 again. Either that or go back to the other, easier workouts until I feel a bit less worn down. Either way, need to start again tomorrow!!

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