Okay, fit test three done yesterday and it's good to see improvements (but doing a whole hour of a brand new intense workout massively wiped me out!)
Switch kicks - (87) (108) 124
Power Jacks - (45) (54) 54
Power knees - (66) (85) 100
Power Jumps - (34) (31) 46
Globe jumps - (10) (11) 12
Suicide jumps - (17) (20) 21
Push up jacks - (16) (20) 23
Plank Obliques - (32) (54) 70
Max Interval Circuit and Max Interval Plyo really are insane. But biggest problem is that Shaun T seems to have a new backing band! I panicked when Tanya wasn't in Max Interval Circuit but thankfully she returned for the Plyo!
Thanks Mark. Really impressive results for you too! I have no idea how you're combining this with other training... I've managed a couple of runs but adding in boot camps would be the end of me I think.
Insane Rob, I do Insanity before work everyday at 6am. It's always hard to crawl out of bed a bit earlier but it's definitely worth it. I find that it really improves my mood throughout the day (the weather might be helping with that!) and I feel more energized. There have been a couple of days when I haven't managed it but like Samantha I find it a lot harder to be motivated... after a long day at work it feels a bit more like another task to be completed. So total recommendation for an early start from me!
Well done on the Plymouth Half Marathon Mr Average! This thread really is inspiring!
I wouldn't worry about missing a day Mark, so long as you get back on it straight away. Some advice that crops up time and again on the web seems to be that even if you're really not up to doing the workout on a particular day, you should just press play and watch it as it helps motivate you and get you back on it the following day.
Anyway, it was Day 5 for me this morning and I have a bit of a confession to make.... Days 1 - 4 had been hard. Really hard. Probably the hardest workout I've ever done. But after all my research on Insanity before starting, all the people saying how insane it really is, how it's almost impossible, how they thought they were going to pass out / puke / drop dead etc.... I didn't find it as hard as I had expected. Just to repeat: it was probably the hardest exercise I've ever done but it felt manageable. I even got to thinking I was a bit of a machine myself....
I realise now that is because I had not yet done "Pure Cardio".
Wow! That was tough! My calves were still feeling very sore when I woke up but much better than the previous two mornings and I'm still waking up feeling very motivated. The warm-up started as usual and I really tried to concentrate on form and speed. I was feeling very good about my performance but it also seemed that the warm-up was more tiring than previous days. Probably just because I'm doing it faster I thought.
By the time I got to the stretches I was feeling happy because I am definitely regaining some flexibility. I can just about manage the deep lunges now and can almost get my palms to the floor during full stretches (although I still have a ridiculous amount of trouble standing on one leg!) But by the end of the stretches I was dripping in sweat. What was going on?
And then I heard the words that struck fear into my very soul. Shaun T said "I'm feeling really nervous about this routine." The guy is a phenomenon and he was feeling nervous?
Well, he had every right to feel nervous. It was punishing. 20 mins of pure cardio with no breaks. One after the other after the other. The "machines" started dropping out to catch brief illicit breaks (although not, I noted, the lovely Tanya... she stuck through it all the way) and then Shaun T started to go a bit crazy. First referring to himself in the third person, "Wooh! Shaun T is tired, y'all" and then forgetting the names of exercises "Next we're gonna do... I don't know... Just copy me". Finally declaring "This s*!t is BANANAS" and dropping to the floor.
I had to stop for a few 15 second breaks and took some of the exercises sonsiderably slower than Shaun T. Also really struggled with the push-ups as I'm a bit of a feeb when it comes to upper body strength.
That said, even though it was incredibly hard, I probably enjoyed it more than any other so far. It was certainly the most varied with different exercises and i actually felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of it - odd though it sounds - comparable with completing my first half-marathon back in 2007.