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:
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.
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 times 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.