Insanity Week 5: Fit Test, Heart Monitor, & Holy Max Cardio Pain

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

So, I was feeling pretty darn good after recovery week.  So nice and relaxing; it did not prepare me for what was about to happen: Week 5.  On the first day was the fit test.

Fit test 3 (day 36) results:

Switch Kicks-93

Power Jacks-33

Power Knees- 55

Power Jumps- 17 (decrease)

Globe Jumps- 6

Suicide Jumps- 10

Push-Up Jacks- 12 (decrease)

Low Plank Oblique- 33

I blame myself for the 2 decreases.  I usually look at the previous results so that I can push myself to do better but on those two I just didn’t look and was pretty disappointed because I think I could have pushed myself harder to beat my last score.  So when the fit test was done, I was like “what?  they want me to do a whole other workout now?  What the fuck?!”  I’m already exhausted from the fit test and I put in Max Interval Circuit.  Now, that is just mean, Shaun T. Mean!  Another 60 minutes!  Huh?  Wha?  Seriously?!  Ok, let’s do this!  It also so happens that this was my 2nd day wearing my brand new super groovy Polar heart monitor.  On my 1st day, I burned 345 calories in a 40 minute workout. Below are results for day 2.

Heart Monitor Results (4/19/13): My ideal heart rate is 121-158.  Workout duration: 1:23:54.  Calories burned: 771 (that’s right bitches).  Average heart rate: 148.  Max heart rate: 167.  In zone: 1:03:58

That night I was in pain.  The next morning, more pain.  That shit was hard.  It was like take month 1 and adding a new element to every move.  It was grueling and the time extension was I think the worst part.  I had to skip 4/20/13 because I was just too exhausted and in too much pain.  I vowed that today (4/21) I would do 2 workouts.  1 in the am and 1 in the pm.  I totally kicked cardio butt today.  Woke up, did my Max Interval Plyo and burned 480 calories, then just finished (5:30pm) Max Cardio conditioning and burned another 407 calories!

I also broke out into hives on my neck, but that is a totally different blog topic.

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Insanity: I ❤ Recovery Week

April 16, 2013 § 2 Comments

Recovery week so far has been awesome.  I’m seriously in love with recovery week.  I love the workout and really strengthening the core.  You really feel like you are doing something positive to your body.  I also like that you are not supposed to over do it.  It lets me relax a little.

I totally cheat during the shoulder burner things at the end.  By the end of the “flapping” of the arms I’m ready to collapse, so I sit (still in plie) at the very edge of my short couch, so I’m basically in the same position, but I’ve got something holding me up.  I know, I know, but I still feel my core working while doing the exercises to the end and my goal is to get rid of the couch.

As far as weight loss goes, nothing more.  Some people would probably be like, “what?  how is that humanly possible to be at the end of week 4 and not have lost more than 5 lbs?”  Unfortunately, this is my life.  It’s nearly impossible for me to lose weight AT ALL.  I’m the gal who went on the HCG diet and gained weight…seriously!  I know I’m losing inches, though, and that is very important.  My favorite jeans I shrunk in the wash a month ago finally fit again!  I can totally see a difference in my torso and according to the measuring tape, I’ve lost about 1.75″ in the thighs- which is HUGE!

Anyways, I’m still happy, still going and already starting to plan which Beachbody program I want to do next.

Insanity, 4th Week: The Difference

April 9, 2013 § 2 Comments

So now I am motivated more than ever. After a horrifying dress shopping adventure with my friend, reality really hit home. That being said, I got on the scale today and another pound GONE! Yes, 5lbs altogether off my body and 1 inch all around! I couldn’t be happier. It’s not a lot, I know, but it’s something. The scale is going down instead of up. Anything positive helps so much. I don’t think I’ve seen the scale go down in almost a year! So, now I can’t wait to get home today and do more power squats, suicides and mountain climbers. Bring it on!

Insanity Day 15: Fit Test Results

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve now made it a full two weeks on Insanity.  While I’m not about to publish my measurements for the world to see, I will post my day 1 vs. day 15 fit test results.

Please note I have been a little sick for a couple days so I’m pretty happy I got through this at all.

Move                      Fit Test 1      Fit Test 2

Switch Kicks           26                42

Power Jacks           25                29

Power Knees          29                45

Power Jumps         20                 22

Globe Jumps          3                   5

Suicide Jumps        4                  6

PushUp Jacks         8                  14

Low Plank Oblique  21                25

I’m just happy the numbers went up!

Insanity Day 7: 1 Down, 8 To Go

March 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

I did it!  6 days of torture and today I rest.  I think I’ve earned it.  I’ve survived.  I’m feeling pretty darn good.  I think I can do 8 more weeks like this.  Yesterday I realized, though, I really need new sneakers…OR I need new feet, because my feet are KILLING me during the workouts.  I read on the Insanity community boards that a lot of people have this same issue.  Of course, lots of people with the same issue, but not a lot of people with a good solution.  Some people said that they do the workout barefoot.  Unfortunately, my pain does not stop when I’m barefoot.  This used to happen to me every time I did Bikram as well (and I was barefoot).  Bad bad foot cramps is what it feels like.  It’s pretty horrible.  It’s worse when doing the stretching parts; don’t ask me why.  Anyhow, my V.I.P. Zappos delivery should arrive any second now with a brand spanking new pair of super cool sneakers and gel inserts for more cushioning.  We’ll see if that helps.  Course I won’t know today cause it’s my day off!

Insanity, Day 2…Now I Get It!

March 16, 2013 § 1 Comment

Today was day 2 of the insanity workout.  I decided not to do it first thing in the morning, mostly because I woke up a little late and wanted to take H to the new children’s museum.  I was a good girl, though.  Oatmeal for breakfast and not much else until after the workout…except for that Starbucks scone.  I almost forgot about that…oops!

So now I understand the workout.  I’m not sure if this Shaun T. ripped off my former boxing teacher or if my boxing teacher ripped him off but either way, it’s basically the same workout.  The difference was I was only doing boxing once a week but for 1.5 hours.  Shaun T. has me going for broke 6 days a week, 45 minutes a pop.  I could handle my boxing class.  It was hard but guess what?  I saw results.  And that was only doing it once a week.  I can only imagine the results I will see from doing Insanity 6 days a week.  Now I’m excited.  For the record, though, I’m not sure what my body will feel like each day.  It’s only day 2 and I’m in so much pain from head to toe.  My feet are so crampy during the workout.  They kill!  Plus I just realized while looking down that I really lean on the outside of my feet while exercising.  It’s pretty bad.  Ok.  Day 2 done.  Steak tonight with the hubbie.  I love me some steak : )

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