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.