For those you who haven't spent hours watching the infomercial on the Insanity workout, here's a little bit about it. It's a 60 day exercise program made up of 10 DVDs which you alternate through out your 2 months. There is no special equipment required - just room enough to move. The fitness instructor is Sean T, who sometimes talks about himself in the third person, which is off-putting, but otherwise he's ok - not as annoying as some instructors. The system also includes a diet plan and a (disturbingly difficult) formula to calculate your caloric needs while on this program. Surprisingly you must eat A LOT. 5 times a day, meals of around 300 calories (depending on your caloric needs) per meal. Seriously, it's a lot to try and eat in one day. In the first 4 weeks, you do 5 of the DVDs and in the second half of your 60 days, you do the other 5.
So day 1 of the Insanity tour is your Fit Test. This is a series of 8 exercises you do for 1 minute each and you count the number of times you can do the move *with correct form*. You do this every 2 weeks or so to show your progress. The first time I did it, I was dying afterwards. Dripping sweat head-to-toe, out of breath, but pleased with my results. I was better than the guy but worse than the girl in the video. So I figured I was average. Warm up, cool down, exercises and water breaks all said added up to right around 30 minutes. I could handle that!
Well, then day 2 came. Cardio Power & Resistance. It killed me. It was 40 minutes of fast moving, barely enough time to catch your breath, HARD exercises. I finished it, but I can't say I did it well.
Day 3 was Plyometrics Cardio Circuit, which is like interval training. Only harder. And insane. My friend didn't give me this DVD, so I used Plyo disc from the month 2 set. OMG HARD! 55 minutes of crazy hard jumping and squatting and more jumping...I was dead and had to keel over and stop the DVD with 20 minutes left to go.
Day 4 I was dead. Dead tired. I had no energy and was a walking zombie. But I am nothing if not determined. I was supposed to do Cardio Recovery, but the DVD labeled that actually played Cardio Power & Resistance and I was damned if I was doing that again! I put in the Pure Cardio DVD (day 5's plan of action) and managed to rock it out. It was very hard - no breaks here! - but I did my best and, as Sean T. says, "dug deeper". I also managed to give myself shin splints.
Days 5, 6, and 7, I took off to rest my shins, which screamed in pain every time I took a step.
Day 8, I was back into the swing of things and suddenly, the Plyo DVD wasn't so hard and I made it all the way through.
So here I am, Day 17 and I completed my fit test for the second time last night. I am amazed at the increase in my stamina and strength, so clearly this is working. I haven't lost weight (at all) but that is totally my fault. I mean, hello! Memorial Day weekend BBQs! A girl only has so much will power.
I still have moments (ok, days) when I wonder why I'm doing this. I keep my upcoming Costa Rica trip firmly in mind, but also the fact that, if nothing else, we learned in Legally Blonde that people who exercise don't kill their husbands. They just don't.