Insanity Workout

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23/05/2012 at 23:50

Vil - LISTEN TO THE PHYSIO - Resist the temptation of gunning it. I have been there with IT band syndrome and it knocked me outa the game for nearly a year BUT with treatment and the correct exercises I made a fantastic recovery and moreso - I far exceeded my original standard.

I am presently at work after completing the 10 k this evening. Wow, the humidity drew even more fluid from me. I went out with 1.5ltr in water camel packand and took nearly all of it back on. Despite it being a 55 min 10k, I was feeling real fit with great cardio, able to pick up speed when necessary to push my mates along. I had a slight twinge in the right quad from the Insanity workout. Tomorrow I will be up at 12 noon and look to get the next installment in during the afternoon. I can't wait till you start so I can follow and encourage (also anyone else looking to start soon).

24/05/2012 at 16:34

Really didn't feel in the mood today for this. I put it down to the fact I have been on nights and the weather is so warm. My mood lightened when I realised that it was Cardio Recovery today and this is much less physical, much less sweaty but none the less quite intense on the mussels. I kept the heart monitor on all the same. Remember that I was on a run yesterday and my legs were already slightly achey.

After the stretch warm up it was then into the deep mussel work. I just can't keep the form for as long as ST wants! My legs go into lava meltdown! I have to straighten up and shake out before going back down into the deep held squat. I hope that with continued practice and work, I will be able to manage what the "machines" are doing on the DVD. Despite this, I felt the efforts for the work I did, and a little sweat was brought on. I must admit that my ballance is improving and I quite enjoy the "wax on, wax off" state of mind I go into during the held poses.

It's cardio power & resistance tomorrow - and it's gunna be another hot day. Even though it's a day off, I might find myself some graft to do, so it might well be a late afternoon workout. I've just had a look at month 2  and the word MAX features in all but 3 days. OH GOD.

25/05/2012 at 15:31

Had a belly of curry and beer last night. Went to bed about 1am (owing to being on nights this week - body clock out of kilter). I got up at 10am, and I had jobs around the house that needed doing. I will be honest, I wasn't looking forward to the workout session. As it was, I had to knuckle down. To begin with I started slow, not wanting to knacker myself out too early. I had some initial foot arch pain but this eased off. I kept my own pace and built up the speed as I got more into it. I didn't sweat as much as I have before and I think this might be down to dehydration from the beer! I found it easier than sessions before and this has given me confidence that I am building cardio and getting fitter HOWEVER, it's all preparation for the build up of workload soon to come.

26/05/2012 at 12:32

Good afternoon

Well started my first run today just over a mile and a half but after nearly two months of no running it felt hard but  I really enjoyed it . the Calf felt good and had no reaction after.

So after getting a few jobs out the way i decided to do the fit test today and start the first work out on Monday.

the Results could have done better but two months inactivity and the interlocking mats I brought started slipping around the floor on some of the moves but hey ho next time I will put some weights in some of the corners and one corner wedge under the sofa leg

switch kicks 72

power jacks 42

power knees 85

power jumps 40

globe jumps 4

suicide jumps 11

push up jacks 15

low plank oblique 45

That was hard sweated buckets drank plenty can't wait for Monday it can only get harder.

Hope your enjoying the weather . time for a bath then out to get some sun for me.


27/05/2012 at 00:40

Had a shit nights sleep last night - pacing the house and reading till 4am! Me and my strange brain! Even so, I got up at 10am and did some chores then hit the program at about 12 noon. It was another hot day and in the area I do the workout there is a skylite which at that time had the sun directly above it. Heat heat heat. A reoccuring theme is my angst at the impending start of the program. It's not fear as such, more an intrepidation. I know what's coming, so I don't quite understand it.

The warm up is the same and I pace myself. I have a few tweaks of pain in the calfs and arches but I plough on. I am sweating quite some when it comes to the end of the warm up and the start of the stretches. I am finding that I can hold the stretches for longer and engage them deeper too.

It's now onto the program propper. I have learnt to restrain myself on the first rep as I know that the pace gets quicker for the 2nd and 3rd. I am dripping like a tap now and it's then that I really notice Chris - this is the white bloke who stands at the rear left (as you look at the TV) in a grey vest top. He's the bloke you have for the Fit Tests. He looks like death warmed up. He has masive bags under his eyes and he looks like he's having a hard time of it. When S.T engages him, you can see him push into another gear just cos he knows the camera is on him. I can relate to Chris!

I have to admit that come the last exercises of the 2nd reps and then again in the "plank-knees-to-outside of elbows" ski thingy, of the 3rd rep I am blowing outa my arse. I am done in. I don't remember being like this before, or as bad as this, before. I can only put it down to the effort that I put in for reps 1 and 2 and the warm up.

Despite all this, when I conclude I feel great. I am soaking wet, having gulped all my water, and I am puffing. I quickly make up my recovery drink and down that double time. I think I might make up my drink before and keep it in the fridge just to make it cooler.

Come the evening I feel great. I am looking forward to a rest day - but it might not be a TRUE rest day cos some of the lads wana do an evening run!!

I have had some guests round for dinner this evening, Terry and Ed. Both these guys have good fitness and have said that they'll start insanity MONDAY, so expect them to pipe up and join in this thread. VALISGONZOZEN you are no not alone on your journery from the start. You are the Fit Test ahead, they are Fit Test Monday. Lads - I am here for the duration, and together we can do it.

27/05/2012 at 07:39


A little stiff in the thighs and hamstrings but to be expected after previously mentioned in activity.  This when I woke up this morning I actually wanted to start today i will allow the thighs to recover though,  I agree with you that when you finish despite being tired out of breath and sweating like a pig you feel great.

I don't know if this will help you during the work outs I but i always put a few drops of elete in my water even though after all exercise i have a recovery drink , its a good way of keeping your electrolytes balanced especially as its that bit hotter and with this work out you sweat buckets anyway.

you can call us Valis by the way,it saves all that typing 

have a good day see you and your boys tomorrow.

Edited: 27/05/2012 at 07:39
28/05/2012 at 14:17

Sunday - a rest day - I didn't do a run - Nahhh! I did a cardio cricuit session!! Why oh why?

Four of us went to the local park. I set up the 20m bleep test (shuttle run). Did this as our warm up. Got to level 10.2

Then did circuits. Six work stations, 1 minute at each, 2 circuits.

1) press ups, sit ups, burpees - 5 of each, keep going

2) weighted box squats

3) log leaps over a raised bar

4) log carry hill sprints

5) weighted basket carry shuttle run

6) standing kness jumps

Then did 2 length of football field fartlec sprints

Then ended with twice round two football pitches jogging doing random physical jerks. Good session.

28/05/2012 at 15:10

Monday. M1W4D1. Another shit nights sleep. Got up and visited an older couple that won my auction of 10 one hour training session. This was very easy for me, HOWEVER I knew that I had the Insanity Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs to do before going to work this afternoon.

It was SO VERY hot again. I had a slight back twinge but nothing else. Steady through the warm up and during the first stretch session my pores opened up and I was dripping wet. Again, I kept good form rather than trying to keep up with ST.

This workout is a solid block and it really pulls the effort form you. I skipped the warm up for the ABS workout as I was running late for work, so I went straight into the "c"sit position. No worries with form here, so I seem to have naided the correct form but WOW does it hurt the abs. I find miself okay at the start, puffing away but all of a sudden the pain rips through the abs and I have to stop. I get right back into it and again the pain kicks in. I hope that I can keep pace with the "machines" on the DVD evenyually.

I did put my recovery drink in the fridge before hand and it was nice and cold at the end. I do love it (mixing a little semi skimmed milk into it). I had to dash round like a mad thing to shoot off to work.

Tomorrow I won't be in such a rush, so i will get into it around 11am. I hope to get a better nights sleep tonight.

My workmates should be doing the fit test tonight, and VAL - you should be updating your first plyo workout. I look forward to your updates.


28/05/2012 at 19:55
Week 1 Fit Test

Buckets of Sweat

Switch Kick 120

Power Squat 58

Power Knee 79

Power Jump 56

Globe Jump 10

Suicide Jump 17

Push Up Jack 32

Low Plank Oblique 58

Hanging out of my hoop! Medic required for this callsign.

I expect to smash this in two weeks.

28/05/2012 at 20:15

GREAt 1st FIT TEST scores Ed. Smashed mine> I look forward to your 2nd lot. We wait now for VAL and Terry to put on their days results and findings.

29/05/2012 at 14:22

M1W4D2 = I am loosing energy - I can't find the hidden Kryptonite! My sleeping pattern has gone to rat shit. I awoke this morning feeling pooped already. I scoffed a banana, did a quick errand then set up for Cardio Power & Resistance. As I hadn't washed my kit from yesterday I decided to do it barefoot today.

Started off at a sedate pace, planning to give it the big'en later. It was 25c in the workout area and it wasn't too soon till I was soaking. Found the floor sprints most difficult. I think this might be for a couple of reasons. 1)Placement of this exercise in amongst others that load the arms and abs, 2)Having done Cardio Abs yesterday. I ramped up the pace and ended strong. I am dreading Plyo tomorrow but I hope I get a good nights sleep to recover.

barefoot = slight foot pain in the right ball but otherwise okay.

Edited: 29/05/2012 at 14:23
29/05/2012 at 16:51

loving this thread, didn't really know much about it before but guys keep going with the posts and well done on what sounds like a brutal programme

29/05/2012 at 21:54
Barefoot training as well.

Cardio Plyometric Circuit today

I have not sweat so much since fighting in the desert years ago!

I drank about 5 litres of water during the program.

Feel really good now though.

Keep it up Henstooth we all have lows and we need them so we know what the
highs are. But skipping the warm up can be dangerous, don't risk injury when you've got this far. You still have hurdles to cross and mountains to climb.

30/05/2012 at 09:26

Good morning

Hi Ed ,HT and Claire 

Well  I did not start on Monday as I intended Sunday felt a little stiff in quads but to be expected after the injury lay off .I went over to my mother to do the yearly cleaning of the fish pond . Got up Monday and my lower calf / Achilles was very tender and sore all that bending down and carrying buckets of water was a little too much so . If calf settles down I might trying a mile on Friday /Saturday then put a couple of weeks running together before starting Insanity.

A bit peed off at the moment I brought Insanity just before my calf went and I have been staring at the box for the last month but patience is a good discipline to learn

Will still post here and keep up with your progression .

Keep it up  good luck I be there soon

30/05/2012 at 10:32
Power Cardio

sweating buckets again

barefoot again, can feel my feet and legs strengthening as a result.

needed a cold shower to stop sweating and cool my core down

hanging out.

Hey V, Start when you feel right

It's there to improve your fitness or get you fit

you don't have to be fit at the start, they take care of that.

Thanks for the support from everybody on this thread those working out and everyone supporting it.

Try it, I feel great.
30/05/2012 at 11:41

M1W4D3 Plyometric Cardio Circuit. 27c in the work area!

Had a much better night sleep last night HOWEVER I feel that the novelty has worn off. It's not that I'm dreading it, it's more a sence of exhaustion before I start. That said I feel GREAT afterwards! Perplexing.

Warm up okay but got some pain in the front of my right knee, and against my normal policy, I applied ibuprofen gel to the area which dulled the pain so I could get back into the groove. It's all the knee bending I think. Will have to nurse them through.

Sweated buckets again and not long into the main training both my calfs were killing. I had to flex them out - perhaps this was because I was barefoot for the last two sessions? Don't know - either way, both calfs are rock solid.

Level 1 drills take it outa me, especially the floor sprints (as I said before). I had to stop a couple of times but on the last circuit of them I gave it my all.

ED - as for the skipping warm up - that was only between Pure Cardio and the Abs workout combined, which follow on from each other, and I figured that as I had just warmed down from the Pure Cardio, (and 'cos I was running late) I'd move past the small warm up for the Abs, and just get straight into them. I totally except, that when starting and ending a single batch of exercise - the warm up and down are ESSENTIAL. Thanks for the concern though.

VAL - listen to your body. Insanity will always be there. You would never forgive yourself if you insisted on starting, hurt yourself and had to stop and wait LONGER for the recovery. There is no doubt in my mind that once someone starts on the course they HAVE to have a +ve mental attitude and a burning desire to complete it. If you go in with an injury, and HAVE TO STOP, that does major damage to the mental side of things and I suspect it would have an impact on your attitude the next time. Take advice from physio and come in 100%.

CWTH - nice to have you with us and thanks for the support.

Edited: 30/05/2012 at 13:56
31/05/2012 at 10:49
Cardio Recovery

barefoot as always (calves and feet feel strong)

long hold on stretches, lots of much needed (for me) core stability work.

Hot shower and only 1 pint of water consumed.

Still feel good.
31/05/2012 at 10:50
Still can't touch my toes! Never been able to do this and I've always been fit.
31/05/2012 at 15:50

Right, I have ordered the dvd set (scary).

I am pretty fit but having read all of your posts am sure that I might change my mind once I start this. I'm hoping it arrives before the long weekend so I can get going whilst I have a couple of days off.

What advice would you offer for the first few days?

31/05/2012 at 16:36

CWTH. Welcome to the gang. If you are pretty fit then this will be just right for you. You will, like me, THINK about stopping (even consider perhaps missing a day here and there) BUT, if you prepare mentally - you will have the strength of mind to persevere.

For prep, before you get the DVD set - Get looking at your next couple of weeks and make sure, that in this vital time, you can not only start, BUT ALSO have no real "diversions" that could encourage you to "stumble" at that time.

Next - start stretching. Limber up. Prepare mentally to comit to task. What I did was to have an objective and REASON in mind. Essentially I wanted to make sure I was in top form for the 3 Peaks Challenge in July. I also wanted to LOOK GOOD as I am fighting the Mid Life Crisis and in August I will be on the beaches in Spain with my family!

When you have the DVD - The first day is the fit test. Do ONLY WHAT YOU WOULD DO NORMALLY in effort. Don't try and keep up with THE MACHINES on the DVD. Go at your own pace and that will be the measure of your fitness at that time and certainly will be something you WILL improve on. Get some recovery drink in stock. I didn't give this much attention (thinking it was a bit "weight lifter-ish") and I regret that because for the first couple of days I was in loads of pain from the mussel exertion. Once I started taking the protein / dextrose mix I was blown away with the difference in how I felt the next day, and this lifted my spirits and enthusiasm for the next workout.

To prepare myself for the next day, mentally, I had a quick sneek peak at the next days workout, so that I was aware of the type of exercise and therefore not phased. This settled my nerves and I soon found that after the warm ups and stretches, I was ready for the work. At the start I tried to keep up with ST and his machines, but I have since gone at my own pace, built up in effort and rested when I needed to.

My last post does evidence how I have since "dipped" in pre exercise enthusiasm, but also has evidenced how I still have that "post exercise" high and satisfaction from completing it and am another day further.

PMA - Positive Mental Attitude

WAYP - Work At Your Pace

RD - Recovery Drink


I will be here for the duration, as will others. I know Ed started Monday as has another friend, Terry. Maybe there will be someone starting with you.

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