Month 1’s last workout is the same as the first regular workout of the month, the Plyometric Cardio Circuit. This time, when Shaun T said “One more set of this craziness, ya’ll. Let’s push” it would be the last set for this round of Insanity. Unfortunately, while I had hoped this would be a day to push and see how far I improved, I think I did worse than the first day. I had a headache and didn’t feel well before I started and every move made it worse.
I felt so lethargic throughout the workout, as if I were being held back by a tether. The push ups I had been doing normally I was down on my knees for and couldn’t even make myself do the floor sprints. I just stayed down and did modified push ups. I’m normally okay with the ski abs and in and out abs, but I was so slow I only got in about a half-dozen each set. This might be the one day where I really should have given it a rest and skipped but I’m glad I didn’t. I had to adjust to do less than I usually would, but at least I did it. Unlike last year, I completed Month 1 without skipping a single workout.
Day 26 was the last day of Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. I noticed that I’m getting more flexible in the leg stretches, which is good. Unfortunately, I still struggled with the Level 2 drills and modified most of the push ups. I also still chuckled during the mountain climbers when Shaun T asks the girl how she feels. She says “I wanna leave” and he asks “Are you feelin’ insane yet?” then catches on and says “You wanna leave? Go sit down.” It’s funny how little quotes like that are still amusing even when I’ve done the workout a few times. Toward the end he says something like “As a fitness professional sometimes I’m like ‘Why do I do the things that I do?'” and answers “’cause I wanna look good.” Don’t we all? At least those of us who keep pushing through Insanity know we’re earning that end result.
While the Cardio Recovery is, as Shaun T says, “a day of the crazy Insanity”, it has its difficulties. I skipped the usual hold on the squat and the low lunge hold and pulse to spare my knees. This time I also had trouble with the quad strengtheners. My knees started to hurt holding myself up, so on each side about halfway through I put my knee down and did them that way. I usually keep my dogs out of the room for their safety but my husband was sleeping and I didn’t want our min pin scratching at the bedroom door, so I kept him with me. He stayed pretty quiet although during some of the poses that need to be held he got on my mat and looked up at me. He looked so cute I had to pause to get a picture.
On Day 24 last year I had gone to Georgia to see my boyfriend (who is now my husband) and forgot to pack my athletic shoes. I decided since it was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit and not, say, Pure Cardio, it might be okay to try barefoot. I used to do karate barefoot. Why not this?
As you can guess, that was a mistake. While I still worked up a sweat and in ways it was worth not skipping the day, things like the ski down were not feeling that great on the ankles and I overall didn’t feel like I was doing as much as I could have.
I don’t have much to say about Day 24 this year except that I wasn’t feeling that great beforehand, but I made myself push through. I started feeling a little better after the stretches and by the end I was glad I hadn’t skipped.
During the second time through the second circuit of Cardio Power and Resistance, Shaun T said, “You’ve got one more time, ya’ll. One more.” It’s cool to know that this time, it was really the last time (unless I do Insanity again). After this week, there’s a Recovery Week and then it’s all new workouts.
Last year after Day 22, I found excuses to skip for about a week before I finally did this workout. This time, I went right into it. I’ve had plenty of things that could have become excuses, but I found ways around them and did it anyway.
Day 22 was hard to get in. I ate in the late morning and started working on Beachbody Coach training. (I’ll post more on how I became an Independent Beachbody Coach later.) After a few hours, I was about to eat when my husband wanted to go out for a bit. So we did. We finally ate when we got back, but I didn’t eat much. I went back to working. By the time I was done, it was close to time for a live webinar with the CEO of Beachbody (which was recorded and is available at the link). So, I decided to eat a little again and do the workout after the webinar. Since that happened around midnight in my time zone, that technically meant doing the workout the ‘next day’ but since I was still up and it was still Monday in the eastern time zone, I think it counts.
After the webinar I pushed myself to do the workout. Since it was so late at night and I didn’t want to wake my husband, I went with doing everything on my yoga mat as well as trying to land softly to be quieter. In ways I felt like I didn’t get to work as hard, but I did get to practice the often repeated instruction to “land softly”. I still worked up a sweat so I know I still got something out of doing the workout, even with the adjustment. I did everything in the Pure Cardio, but in the Cardio Abs I did skip the tuck jumps and wide tuck jumps because there wasn’t really a way to do it without too much making noise. I’m still gad I did it and didn’t let it having gotten too late be an excuse, but I could have done better if I’d scheduled my time accordingly.
I did not eat enough food during the day and it made the workout a bit harder. I am doing well with writing down what I eat but have slacked on copying some of the calories and I know just from the amount of food even if I had the calories added up they would not be enough. So, my goal by the end of the Week 4 is to get some kind of system down where I can keep better track (paper obviously isn’t cutting it) and have foods available that are healthy yet enough calories to give me a boost.
Anyhow, during the power squats Shaun T said “I’m checking the clock for you!” I was glad for it, because it helped to be able to just focus and know how long I had to push without looking at the clock. I also still got enjoyment out of being able to keep up with the Level 1 drills. It’s nice to be able to feel the improvement. I was so tired at the end of the workout, especially due to starting with less energy but I pushed through. I appreciated the camera angles this time at the end because Shaun T places his hand such that you can pretend you’re hitting it and they show Chris’s hands moving in line with the screen for the attack so you can match the movements. Once again, it kept my mind off what I had left to get through so I could just get through it.
During Cardio Power and Resistance Shaun T says “You are pushing through this.” Pushing through has gotten easier to the more times I’ve done the workouts because I know the moves and am getting stronger with them. On the other hand, the workout itself is harder because I am able to do more repetitions of each.
The tricep dips were killer this time due to that but I know they’re working. I’m still working on keeping up when eight push ups are required but I can at least keep up for the four, which took me a few days less to do than last year. After this day there’s just one more day before the end of Week 3. Last year, Week 4 was where I started skipping workouts and ultimately the last set of workouts I did, so I’m looking forward to pushing through this year and finishing the program.
Day 18 was Thursday which means it was Cardio Recovery, the only workout during Month 1 that falls on the same day each week. This was the first time, however, that it came after Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs, so the rest felt earned. I started off the workout sore, which subsided, but I didn’t feel well throughout so it was nice to know there wasn’t any jumping around coming, and that it would be over in about 30 minutes.
Once again, I did the slow squats but my knees starting to hurt during the hold, so I stopped doing that while Shaun T talked. I also did the slow lunges but skipped the hold and pulses due to my husband’s recommendation to skip them. I feel bad skipping what amounts to about three exercises but I’m trying to get fit, not get hurt so I had to adjust. Overall, I got a good workout despite it being a break from Cardio, and exercise and all the deep breathing helped me feel better by the end.
I was a little more tired than usual during the warmup on Day 17’s Pure Cardio but I felt more energized after the stretching. During the stretch, I noticed I am getting more flexible and also that my calf muscles are developing. It’s nice to see some visible progress.
As I mentioned in the post about Day 16, I finally managed to do the four push ups in the Level 1 drills without having to pause and at the correct pace. So, I decided to see how I would do for Level 2 drills (with 8 push ups) without pausing for this day. I didn’t quite keep up and ran about two push ups behind, but it’s an improvement.
During the power knees, right before the mountain climbers Shaun T said “We’re gonna have to push, ya’ll” and push I did. While Pure Cardio is exhausting without set breaks it always helps to know I just have to get through each exercise for one time period and then it’s on to another. For the most part, it went the same as previous times although I think I’m improving how much I can actually do.
Sometime the scissor runs are a little awkward to do on carpet or the parquet floors we have. This time I tried them on the yoga mat and they were a lot easier so I’ll probably just get it out every workout and use it on the exercises it helps with and move it aside on the ones that are harder with it (unless it’s late at night in which case I usually just suck it up and use the mat so I don’t disturb people).
I paused at power jacks to see why my dogs were kicking up a fuss and then resumed. I didn’t even realize that was all I had left to get through until it was time for the stretch. Of course, that wasn’t the end because I still had to do Cardio Abs. While much of it hurt, I know it did me good, and it really didn’t make the workout seem that much longer. Plus it would be followed by a well-earned Cardio Recovery.