“You Got One More, Ya’ll. One More.” (Day 23: Cardio Power and Resistance)

cardio power and resistanceDuring 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.

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“You Are Pushing Through This” (Day 19: Cardio Power and Resistance)

cardio power and resistanceDuring 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.



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“Unless You Puke Faint or Die, Keep Going” (Day 12: Cardio Power and Resistance)

cardio power and resistanceDay 12 happened to be my birthday, and I was sore and felt nauseated, all reasons I did not particularly want to do my workout for the day. But I’m committed to not skipping day if I can help it, and I was only mildly not feeling well, so I decided to do it. I had seen a picture earlier in the day with what I later found out to be a Jillian Michaels quote: “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going”. I told myself that before the workout and a few times during.

When the workout started Shaun T said “You are pushing through this. You are pushing, pushing, pushing.” I thought this was apt for the day. I did push through but I went a lot slower and get less repetitions done than normal, and I started feeling worse during the workout. But I hadn’t puked, fainted, or died, so I took rests when needed and got back into it. While lately I have been pausing the DVD so I can do regular push ups, I did them all modified except the last set of the 8 hop squats/ 8 push ups where I decided to finish strong.

I think this may be the first time that I have ever done Insanity and felt worse afterward. Generally even if I have a headache or mildly don’t feel well I feel better after getting my workout in. Feeling worse subsided though and overall I was glad I got it done.

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“Come On, Ya’ll. Let’s Goooo!” (Day 8: Cardio Power and Resistance)

The seventh day was a Sunday which was a rest day, so I don’t have much to say about it except that it was great to have a little break from the Insanity. But, before I go into Day 8 I wanted to touch on something I wrote about in the offline journal I kept last time I did Insanity. On my first day of rest last time, my husband and I had started watching Lost. I copied down a quote that seemed relevant to my fitness journey, and does again:

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Moths and a cocoon

In the episode “The Moth,” John Locke says, “This moth is just about to emerge. It is in there right now, struggling. It’s dragging its way through the thick hide of the cocoon. Now, I could help it, take my knife, gently widen the opening, and the moth would be free. But it would be too weak to survive. Its struggle is nature’s way of strengthening it.”

While my Insanity journey is self-imposed rather than something I would have come into naturally, it is something I need to do on my own. It is by continuing rather than taking the easy way out that I will develop and maintain strength and emerge from this process in a better position. It’s not an easy thing to do, but in struggling, I am transforming from someone not in shape to someone who is, from someone somewhat physically weak to someone stronger. My transformation and how I emerge from this process is all in my control.

The next day of that process was Day 8, another round of Cardio Power and Resistance. Near the beginning, Shaun T said “We’re going through a few exercises right now until you’re dripping.” Whether the “few” just referred to the warmup or was a liberal interpretation of the word to apply to the whole workout, he was right. My hair was already wet during the warmup and more so by the time I finished.

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I wonder if tricep dips are any more fun in a tree.

When Shaun T asked the girl how she feels during the one-legged tricep dips and she indicated “feeling shitty” I had to agree again. The ball tricep workout that followed seemed even harder than last time. I don’t know if I’m getting the position exactly right but it’s hard to tell considering even the girl who is used as the example of doing it correctly looked to be struggling.

Once again, the moving push ups were a challenge. The first time through I did a few moving push ups, then went to stationary ones. The next two timesĀ  I did all modified push ups. At the end of the last circuit, I did a child’s pose stretch to help my shoulders.

Another slight challenge was the globe jumps. Something about bending down and coming up was not working for me, and my breakfast threatened to make a reappearance. I found that taking a deep breath on the part with the arms up and letting it out as I moved them toward the floor seemed to help.

Before the second run-through of the circuit that starts with hurdle jumps, Shaun T shouted “Come on, ya’ll. Let’s gooo!” I find the high energy he displays to be motivating. Immediately after this the music picked up as well, so it wasn’t hard to get back into it. I don’t think I have mentioned the music before, but each DVD gives you the option to play the workout with the music on or off. I have always chosen to use it because it changes with the workout and always seems to go along with it (slower for stretching, faster for cardio, etc).

Also motivating was that, once again, he ended up saying something just as I would stop to rest. This time, it was during the last few seconds of the floor sprints where he says “Get those last three seconds in.” Well, if it’s only three seconds… Thankfully it was followed by WATER! I am not usually one to drink plain water by itself, but I always want to during and after Insanity.

The same thing happened on the 8 squats/8 push ups. I paused each time a set was about to start so I could get the 8 push ups in. I did 8 regular ones, and it was a struggle, so for the next 8 I went to modified push ups. I probably would have stayed on modified except that he said “Finish strong. Let’s go!,” so I finished strong and hit another 8 regular push ups.

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“You Can Frickin’ Do It. So Work.”(Day 3: Cardio Power and Resistance)

cardio power and resistanceDay three, Cardio Power and Resistance, started off with a slightly different warm up than the Plyometric Cardio Circuit. The warmup circuit was: jog, power jacks, log jumps, 1-2-3 Heismans, butt kicks, high knees, and vertical jumps. The circuit was repeated three times with increasing speed. Then we did some stretching.

The first workout circuit was power jumps, belt kicks, hit the floor and V-push ups. It was repeated three times with breaks between. The first time, Shaun T instructed to keep his pace. The second and third time we were supposed to do as many as we could do in the allotted time for each exercise.

One thing I like about Insanity is that Shaun T tells the participants why he’s asking them to do certain exercises. For example, he pointed out that belt kicks work the abs, and V-pushups help you get ripped shoulders. I also like that he is motivating. During the belt kicks, he asked Ariel how she was and said to the audience, “She’s a little tired. You should be too. But she’s still working it, and you can frickin’ do it. So work.”

After the last set, we went immediately into tricep dips. Then, tricep dips with one leg up, on each side. During the first set of the one-leg tricep dips, Shaun T asked one of the girls how she felt, and she said “I feel like shit.” I have gone through this workout a few times, and I always think “me too” because that’s right about the time it starts to hurt, and I still have one more leg to go. After the tricep workout, we got a water break.

Then it was time for the ball tricep workout. This is one of my least favorite workouts because it’s a somewhat awkward position to get into and to work from. During the workout he asked Ariel to tell the people at home to keep going. She squeaks out “Keep going,” like it’s the hardest words to get out, and I can’t blame her. After that, there was another water break. During the break Shaun T stressed the importance of drinking water. I didn’t have to be told twice. I was already almost to the halfway point on my water.

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Push ups are not among my strengths.

The next circuit was hurdle jumps, globe jumps, moving push ups, and floor sprints, repeated three times with increasing speed. Push-ups are one of my weaknesses, so moving push ups are hard to keep up with. I started off doing modified push ups instead. The second round I started with the moving push ups, then did regular ones, then went to modified. The third time, I stuck with modified.

The last exercise is 8 hop squats and 8 push ups. I did regular push ups this time, but I did not manage to make all 8. I hate having to either do modified push ups or shorten the number to make the count. Since push ups are such a big part of the program and they are one of my weakest exercises, I will probably start working on them separately in addition to Insanity, although I’ll probably wait until I’ve completed this first week.

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