Okay, the GOOD news is that I'm stronger and my cardio is most definitely improving. Case in point... I can actually do a few "man" pushups now... it's tough, but I can do them. Also, when I was watching the Golden Globe awards last week, Halle Berry walked out on the stage looking like one million bucks! Scratch that, TWO MILLION! I got up off the couch at that very moment, laced up my sneakers, and jogged on the treadmill for an hour. Not a hard jog, but I wasn't walking. For a complete hour. Got in 5 miles... and I could never jog that long without stopping before I started Insanity.
Right now, I'm dealing with a little knee problem... my left knee is feeling a little tender when I do some moves. So I adjust when those moves come up, and I wear a knee brace. I will probably end up going to the doctor as soon as I figure out who I need to go see. I don't want to knock it out of whack & then be sidelined. That would be a really awful thing ever for me -- not being able to work out.
Insanity is tough. Really, really, REALLY tough. The first month consists of alternating through 4 different workouts.
1. Plyometric Cardio Circuit: Blast fat off your body with explosive cardio intervals (40 minutes)
2. Pure Cardio: Intense and extreme cardio all the way -- no rest! (40 minutes)
3. Cardio Power & Resistance: Get strong and lean with MAX intensity intervals of strength resistance, sports drills and plyometrics, all without weights (40 minutes) This one is my favorite so far.
4. Cardio Recovery: lots of stretching and yoga... strength moves -- once a week to give your body a "break"... (35 minutes)
Each workout is about 10 minutes of warmup... which really isn't warming up - it feels like a full on workout. Then 6-7 minutes of stretching, where I'm sweating like a dog already... then the bulk of the workout is usually 15-20 minutes long depending on which one you're doing. Finally the stretch/cooldown. It really is out of control. Here is sweaty me after Insanity Day 19...
I took my fit test again at the beginning of the third week. I made a little improvement, which is all I'm looking to do. The first number is the beginning number... the second is the 2 week fit test number:
Switch Kicks: 44 - 46
Power Jacks: 37 - 45
Power Knees: 74 - 81
Power Jumps: 21 - 26
Globe Jumps: 8 - 9
Suicide Jumps: 13 - 16
Push-Up Jacks: 9 - 12
Low Plank Oblique: 39 - 45
I'm still pushing and hanging in there! By the time I finish the 60 days, my kitchen should be all done. I will do it again after that!!!