“You Gotta Stay In There” (Day 61: Max Interval Plyo)

max interval plyoDuring the third time through the first circuit in Max Interval Plyo, Shaun T says “You gotta stay in there.” I think this applies not just to the circuit but the program. You just have to stick it out. In the last set of level three drills, he says “My shoulders are burning.” Mine were too. I’m glad I didn’t try to double up with the previous day and think I got more out of Max Plyo saving it for this day. I also finally did all of the side pushups. I wasn’t able to go down as far as they do, but it was an improvement over not being able to do them at all.

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“We’re Gonna Rock It Today”(Day 57: Max Interval Plyo)

Day 57’s Max Interval Plyo is the first day of the last week of Insanity and in the beginning Shaun T says “We’re gonna rock it today.” While I usually like this workout, I had to force myself to do it. I should probably go back to working out earlier in the day because the longer I wait the harder it is to talk myself into it, but I got it done.

At the end of the workout, Shaun T says “I’m sure today you did better than you did last week.” I definitely did. I was finally able to do the Power Push Up, albeit slowly. I also finally did the level 3 drills through all three sets. I also got some of the side push ups in but they were still a struggle. After I finished Max Interval Circuit, someone in my challenge group posted a video to inspire everyone. I decided to put it on and see how many chin ups I could do during it. I got through 12. While I did take breaks between some of them it was more than I’ve gotten in one attempt previously. I’ll include the video below in case anyone would like to use it to push themselves a bit further also.

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“Pain Is Temporary…”(Day 51: Max Interval Plyo)

max interval plyoMy quads were a little more sore than normal before doing Day 51’s Max Interval Plyo, but I got through the workout without a problem. Well, I should say without the quads being a problem. My right knee did hurt a little during the first and third set of squat jumps. I just tried to make sure my knees were not over my toes and that I was landing softly. I still could not do the side push ups, so I just held myself in the up position. Even doing that, I was only able to make it about halfway through that exercise.

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“This Is Where, If You Push Yourself, You’re Gonna See The Results” (Day 45: Max Interval Plyo)

max interval plyoDuring Max Interval Plyo, Shaun T says, “This is where, if you push yourself, you’re gonna see the results.” While I was seeing results before, I have started to see more. My love handles are *almost* gone and my abs are starting to come back. When I took the Bring It! fit test I found out I’ve lost 3 inches on my waist. I’m pretty sure I’ve lost an inch or so on my thighs as well, so I look forward to seeing the final results.

I’ve also improved a little in the work outs. In the Power Push Ups, Shaun says that if you can’t fully do them to stay in the regular push up until you’re strong enough. That’s what I had to do before. This time I was able to do the Power Push Ups the first time. The next sets I did every other as a Power Push Up and the others as regular ones. During the Level 3 drills which are 16 pushups and 16 floor sprints I managed to do the whole first set of push ups and half of the second ones. The only problem I still had was the side push ups but that’s just another thing to work on improving.

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“You’re Gonna Be In It Today” (Day 41: Max Interval Plyo)

max interval plyoIn the beginning of Max Interval Plyo, Shaun T says, “You’re gonna be in it today.” I did my best to be. I was very tired and kind of bored in the warmup but pushed myself through it. Once again Shaun T had some uncanny timing in his cues as he was saying “get your hands off your knees” as I put them there for a quick rest during the first circuit.

I had read about and starting paying more attention proper pushups are actually more on the toes while sometimes I have been more on the ball of my foot. So I try to make sure that I am in the correct position even if it takes longer to get there and pushups are much easier now that I am doing them more correctly more consistently. I still had to do regular pushups rather than the power pushups and couldn’t’ get all of the second set in the Level 3 Drills.

I think I waited too long between meals because I was hungry and weak throughout the workout, especially from the end of the second circuit onward. I could not do the side pushups so I worked on just holding the initial position. It worked on eht left side, but on the right I my feet slipped too much.

I heard my husband in the hall and stopped for a few minutes. He was doing pull ups and had me do a  few with his assistance. I thought he was doing a lot of it because I was pretty tired and weak feeling but he insisted it was mostly my work and even just having someone lightly touching can trick your mind and make it easier to do. After that I went back and finished the rest of the workout.

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Falling Behind for the First Time (Day 37: Max Interval Plyo)

max interval plyoDay 37 was the first time I fell behind for this round of Insanity. I made it just over two weeks longer without missing a day than last year. I originally planned to work out in the evening. But I tried my husband’s Syntha protein powder I hadn’t had before. It’s by the same company that makes the Tru Mass I have had so I figured it would be about the same. For some reason this one didn’t agree with me and I ended up with stubborn indigestion. By about 2am I finally gave up on the idea it might subside in time to work out and decided to go to bed. I did Day 37 the following day.

Max Interval Plyo starts off with the same warmup as Max Interval Circuit and stretching. The first interval is three sets of Switch Jumps, Squat Pushups, Wide In & Out Abs, and Power Jumps. The second time through the Switch Jumps my right knee hurt. I stretched and tried to do another jump and land more softly. It still hurt, so I skipped those. I was able to do them again in the third set but went slow. After the third time through we went right into one legged V pushups on each side for one set.

The next interval was Pogo, Power Push Ups, Globe Twists, and Level 3 Push Ups. I had trouble keeping up with the push ups so during the second set of Power Push Ups I tried using some stands. They slid on the floor so during the Level 3 Push Ups I used my husband’s Perfect Push Ups which worked a lot better. After that we did Power Lunges/Hop Squats.

Then we did Side Push Ups, Kick Stand Touch the Floor, 8 Power Knees, Diamond Jumps, and Balance Pushups. I could not hold myself up enough for the Side Pushups and had to modify them a bit. Overall it wasn’t a bad day and I enjoyed it a little more than Max Interval Circuit.

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“This is Why It’s Called Insanity” (Day 36: Fit Test Three & Max Interval Circuit)

max interval circuit and fit testDay 36 was the first day of Month 2. In the morning I had to leave much earlier than I usually get up for a doctor’s appointment and didn’t get back til several hours later. I originally had planned to do Insanity when I got back but I decided to rest. I kept putting it off til I finally decided to do the Fit Test late at night. I told my husband I’d get the test done but try to be quiet during the workout if he was going to bed. He said not to worry about it as I wouldn’t wake him up. So I got started.

My Fit Test Results:
Switch Kicks-86 kicks
Power Jacks-52
Power Knees-70
Power Jumps-37
Globe Jumps-8
Suicide Jumps-16
Push up Jacks-24
Low Plank Obliques-60

Usually I count the reps on Switch Kicks, which consist of two kicks, and this time I counted the individual kicks. That kind of threw me off and I ended up with six less kicks than last time. On the upside, this irritated me enough that I pushed harder on the Power Jacks and got six more than last time. I got three more of the Power Knees. I also noticed on the Power Knees I have been keeping the leg that comes up further back than Tania was so I’m sure that’s contributing to me getting much less than she does. By the time I got to Power Jumps I was starting to get out of breath but I managed to beat last time by one. Unfortunately the Globe Jumps I was down by a whole set (four jumps). I managed the same amount of Suicide Jumps. I had acid reflux as I got down for the Low Plank Obliques and managed to be down by four on them. Overall while it wasn’t a terrible test, I am somewhat disappointed by the slide back in the areas I did not do as well on. But I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised as tired as I was.

The calendar has the Fit Test and Max Interval Circuit one after the other on the same day, but whether one is really supposed to do them back to back I don’t know. I was not able to. I waited about an hour in between which put me starting the workout on about 22 hours without sleep. I managed to push through it but it was very draining and I think next time I will give myself a longer gap between the test and workout.

The warmup changes for Max Interval Circuit. Now it’s Jogging, Jumping Jacks with Arms Up, 1-2-3’s, Jump Rope Side to Side, High Knees with Arms Out, Switch Kicks, Hit the Floor, and Side to Side Floor Hops. This is repeated three times with increasing speed. I kept up with most of the first time and then started falling behind. After the warmup is still a stretch with slight variations. Then we got down to the circuits.

The first one was Pedal/Power Lunges, 2 sets of Ski Abs, Push Up Jacks, In and Out Abs, and Oblique Pushups, then Power Strike, and Frog Jumps. This whole circuit was repeated three times with breaks between. On the last set before we could break we did Football Runs and Cross Jacks. The Football Runs involved turning in a circle and were sort of dizzying.

The next interval was 4 High Hook, 4 Low Hook, 4 High Jump, High Knees with Twist, High/Low Jab with Squat and Floor Switch Kicks which was also three times. During the second round of 4 High Jumps he says to only do the jumps if you can. This was just as well because I wasn’t getting very high at that point due to exhaustion and while my husband had said he wouldn’t be bothered I still didn’t want to jump too loud. I also didn’t have the strength to pick myself up too high for the Floor Switch Kicks and started doing the kicks without the little “jump”. Fortunately during the kicks he said we don’t have to jump for the whole time. On the third time, we had 1-2-3 jabs across one time and then the break.

The last interval was Side Suicide Jumps, Squat Hook, Full Body Drill (Running, Moving Pushup, Wide Floor Sprints) and Plank Punches, also three times. Toward the end Shaun T said “You’re probably completely exhausted.” Ya think? But as he also said, “This is why they call it Insanity.”

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