During the Diamond Jumps in Max Cardio, Shaun T says, “Let’s get it!” That was my intention for the workout It would be my final time doing and Cardio Abs and the last workout day before the final fit test. It was a relief to finally be at the end, but I like that workout so I will kind of miss it. I will probably do it again on occasion. My favorite part was probably that I managed 80 power knees on the left side (which is the side used in the fit test) in 30 seconds, which is more than I had been making in the fit test in a minute. Ideally I wanted to keep up that pace so I would have 160 kicks in the test, but even as much as I got done during the workout would be an improvement.
Max Cardio Circuit comes before Cardio Abs on the calendar, but when I put the DVD in, it started up with Cardio Abs, so I decided to do it first. So I wouldn’t have to mess with putting the mat away, I didn’t use it. It made some of the seated moves slightly uncomfortable but wasn’t too bad. The last couple exercises were a little easier to get through than they are when the workout comes after Max Cardio.
When I started Max Cardio, it seemed easier than usual at first, perhaps because I’d already had a bit of a warmup. However, my abs kind of hurt as I went on and I think I should have stuck with the original order. During the workout, Shaun T says, “Dig deeper. That’s what it’s about.” I have definitely had to do so. My legs, especially my knees, have felt more tired recently. I’m not sure what’s causing it but I’ve just tried to push through it.
While it’s easy to ignore some things when you’ve seen a video several times, I noticed again and appreciate in Max Interval Circuit that Shaun T tells you why you’re doing the things you’re doing. For example, Diamond Jumps work the legs, abs, and shoulders. The Attack works the triceps, abs, and quads. Over the River Hops work the calf, quads, and abs. It’s nice to know even some of the ‘easier’ moves are doing something for me.
In Max Cardio Conditioning, Shaun T says, “What’s about to happen to your body is completely insane.” And he’s right. In ways I think this is one of the hardest workouts because it doesn’t have many scheduled breaks, but I think it’s also my favorite because I like the variety of the. If you dislike something, you only have to do it for that minute and go on. There’s no dreading coming back to doing it another two times.
Day 47 was the first time Max Cardio Conditioning was paired with Cardio Abs. I was so sweaty during Max Cardio Conditioning that I was slipping on the floor trying to do the moves (although I’m sure the already-somewhat-slippery parquet floors didn’t help). If sweat is fat crying, my fat was in a deep depression by the end.
I don’t know if the high plank/low plank pulses in Cardio Abs would be as hard if they were at the beginning instead of the end, but toward the end of them my abs were even quivering. I’ve heard it said that if you still look good after a work out, you didn’t train hard enough. While I don’t ordinarily like to post pics I don’t think I look good in I’ll make an exception for one of the hardest workouts I’ve had in awhile that left my face nearly matching my towel.
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.
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 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.
Day 13 was another round of Pure Cardio and the first time it was paired with Cardio Abs. My husband and I had gone to Mannheim that day, so I did the workout at night and used a yoga mat to reduce noise. As usual, Pure Cardio was tough but nothing I couldn’t handle. I did skip everything but scissor runs which I skipped due to the mat. During the workout Shaun T said, “I’m not trying to hurt you, just trying to make you better.” He definitely is. In the last couple days my husband has noticed more definition in my triceps and I have noticed my calf muscles getting bigger.
After Pure Cardio, I was dripping sweat. Usually that would be a successful end to a workout, but I had to go in to Cardio Abs. This workout did utilize a yoga mat for part of it, but one doesn’t necessarily have to use one. I didn’t the first time I started Insanity as I was on carpet. If you’re not, I recommend it. The workout starts with a warmup which consists of jogging, high knees with the arms up, high knees with twisting, “jump rope”, and tuck jumps followed by a water break. Even though I was already “warmed up” from Pure Cardio I didn’t skip this because it was different movements all designed to work the abs.
This was followed by wide tuck jumps. Then we got into the C-sit position and did twists, A-frame twists, A frame twists with the knee up, and holding the C-sit position. Then there was a break for water. During the water break Shaun T said “No sit ups or crunches. Be happy about that.” I actually don’t mind sit ups or crunches, but Shaun T’s workout seems more effective. I would have to do crunches for longer than I had to do Shaun T’s workout to feel like I got the same results.
After the break, we did single leg raises followed by a break. Then we did raises with both legs. This was followed by work in the high plank position alternating the knees, then doing it faster. Then we did low plank alternating knees. The final exercises was alternating pulses in low plank and high plank. This was followed by a brief set of cool down stretches mostly consisting of child’s pose, cobra, and some back and oblique stretches. Next time it will be time to find out how much I’ve improved in two weeks of Insanity with the second Fit Test.