“Insanity All the Way!” (Day 6: Plyometric Cardio Circuit)

The sixth day was a repeat of the Plyometric Cardio Circuit from day two, so I won’t detail the whole workout. During one of the high knees exercises in the warm up, Shaun T said “Insanity all the way!” and it definitely was.

While I almost always worked out at night my first time attempting Insanity, this time I have been working out during the day. But we had things to do during the day and went over to a friends that evening, so this was the first time for this attempt that I exercised at night. Because we have parquet floors that echo when I run or jump and I didn’t want to disturb anyone, I used a yoga mat throughout the workout. It made it a little harder to do some of the moves, but it was much quieter.

During one of the butt kick warmup sessions, Shaun T said if you get tired  to take a long deep breath and let it out. I do find that to be helpful while exercising, and often it’s only concentrating on breathing that gets me through some of the harder stretches to hold. My left side started hurting during the warmup, but it subsided during the stretching.

Impact of water in a water-surface

Water never looks so good as during Insanity.

Throughout the workout, nearly every time I stopped to catch my breath or grab water was right about the time Shaun T would say some version of “Keep going!” the first of which was where he said “Eight seconds. I’m checking the clock for you!”

For the Level 1 drills (4 push ups, floor sprints, jump up, and back down), I once again hit pause as the push ups started so I could do them all. I did regular push ups for the first time through the circuit. Then I did them modified for the rest.

During the in and out abs, Shaun T asked Chris, who runs marathons, how Insanity compares. He says “Oh…my…god” as he keeps pushing through the exercise. I concur. I have never been much of a fan of running although I ran cross country and track in junior high. I don’t remember running 6 to 8 miles a day ever feeling like as much work as doing 30 minutes of Insanity.

But it’s definitely satisfying when you finish a day. When I finished, my face was so red I looked like I had gotten a sun burn, and I was so sweaty I looked like I had been in the shower I badly needed. It’s not the most attractive look in the world, but at least it’s evidence I put in work. There would be a much-needed day of rest, and then it would be on to Week 2.

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