Sloth to Swole

The story of a real transformation

Category: Insanity (Page 1 of 3)

I love the Cardio Abs video from Insanity.  I always felt like that was the best ab workout I’ve ever had.  So instead of doing Legs during this “split”, I decided to do an Abs Day.  I fast forward through the “cardio” portion of the video, and go straight to the C-Position Abs routine.  It’s a lot of holding position, and turning to work your oblique muscles.  Then there’s a set of plank exercises too.  It’s awesome, only takes about 10 minutes, and I feel really good afterward.

At this point, I’m really not sure what to do.  I was really excited today to get back to my Insanity Training.  Well… to be honest, I was really excited yesterday too, but I was invited to a going away party for a friend of mine at Barcode and it was half priced bottles of wine :P.  So, needless to say I had to push off my glorious return until today.

Anyway, It’s been a while since I’ve done an Insanity video – I took off most of last week because of my ankle/leg so that I would be good for my 5K (which I crushed if you didn’t know!).  I’ve been itching to get back to my videos and continuing reaching for my awesome potential.

… That was until about halfway through my video today.  I had done my warmup, stretch, three full cycles of suicides, power squats, mountain climbers, and ski downs.  When we started, I felt really good.  My new shoes are super comfortable – feet weren’t hurting or anything.  However, my left leg started to hurt a lot – and not a good burn kind of hurt.  I pushed through for a little bit, but then I had to quit.

I felt really bad – both mentally and physically, though my pride hurt more than my leg to be honest.  I’m trying to decide what to do from here.  I really shouldn’t continue with Insanity, but I don’t want to just break like I did before, because then my bad habits come back.

So my glorious return to Insanity may turn in to a longer hiatus from the workout.  I’m thinking of doing some cycling instead and adding in cardio abs for a little bit.  Anyway, I’m up for some opinions if anyone has them.  And don’t worry… I may be down, but I’m not out!  Thanks!

It’s incredible to me that I’ve been able to push myself though these past two weeks.  I’ve always had really good self-determination – I’m able to push myself pretty well.  But it’s really been just as much of an emotional hardship as a physical one.  I really am thankful for all of you who have been keeping up with me and checking in to make sure I’m keeping up with this.

Two weeks ago, I did my first ever Fit Test for Insanity.  Looking back at that post, I was concerned about two things – finishing my final exam and finishing week one.  Well I’ve done both, so now what?  What am I working towards?

I think my next two goals are the following – Finish my 5K on Saturday with a respectable time, and finish my first ever full month of Insanity!  I think those are some really good goals to have right now!

Oh and if you’re curious about my Fit Test – whether I improved or not – you can check out my Progress page.

P.S. You’re G** damn right my numbers improved!

I’m happy to announce that my scale was very nice to me this morning.  I weighed in 1.7lbs less than last week, coming in at 180.3 lbs!  I’m pretty happy with this – again, my goal isn’t based on weight.  It’s based on other things like getting rid of my belly fat and toning up.  But losing 1.7lbs certainly makes me happy.

What’s cool about my Withings scale is that it attempts to calculate your Fat Mass % and Body Mass Index.  I had to look in to how the Fat Mass % piece works because it didn’t really make sense how they could possibly do that.  Apparently the scale uses a harmless electric current into your feet and measures the resistance.  Since fatty tissue is not a conductor, the resistance is in proportion to your body’s lean mass.  It’s pretty interesting how they do it!  Anyway, it’s really cool to see that, though my Net weight loss was 1.7 lbs, my Fat Mass decreased 2.4 lbs total (but I gained weight in muscle *flex*).

Definitely a successful week.  I feel really good, and I think I’m looking a lot better to!  Tonight is my second fit-test and I’m really interested to see how my numbers go up (and they will).

Today’s workout was pretty tough.  Not only was it a Pure Cardio day, but also a Cardio Abs day – in total, that’s about an hour of Insanity.  I tried doing them back to back (Pure Cardio first, then Abs) but I’m not sure if that was the best idea.  I was really beat by the end of the Pure Cardio video that it was tough for me to push through on the Abs video, but I did, so I’ll continue with that for the next few weeks.

I am really looking forward to having tomorrow off!  I’ve been pushing pretty hard since last Thursday, so it’ll be a nice day of rest (though I will probably use most of the day to clean the apartment, I think.  It’s a mess in here!

One of the important things about working out, especially during Insanity, is knowing your body and knowing your limits. You shouldn’t stretch yourself too far – you can really injure yourself with these videos if you push yourself too far. Insanity is really a marathon – you have to keep up with 60 days worth of this craziness!

Today was my Cardio Power and Resistance workout. Last night, I didn’t get much sleep, and today at work, I was so busy that I didn’t eat as well as I should (only had a bowl of yogurt and walnuts and a sandwich). So by the time I started my workout, I definitely did not have the energy for it. I did the video, and pushed through most of it, but by the end I was feeling dizzy and a bit light headed. So with about 10 minutes left in the video, I stopped. I might have been able to push through those last few minutes, but I didn’t want to risk it – I have 5 more weeks of this stuff anyway!

I think in life, this is an important policy, too – know yourself, or as the misquoted words of Shakespeare suggest, “This above all: To thine own self be true.” There will always be people that will try to get in your way, try to stop you. But really, the only person that can stop you is you!

I have never been more excited for an Insanity workout than I was tonight.  After yesterday – after feeling so defeated and down – I just had to push through it.  Today was another Cardio Recovery, and man, did I need it!  I love the Recovery video – it’s all about stretching, control, and balance.  I always feel so good afterwards.  It’s certainly not easy, per se; it still has its struggles.  But after all of the deep muscle work, I just feel so loose and warm.

And I’ll have you know, I dominated that workout.  I was able to go through all the squat/lunge and pulse exercises, all the plank and tabletop exercises, and even all the balance stuff.  I pushed through and felt like I accomplished something today.

I think it’s okay to feel down every so often.  You just can’t stay down.  Acknowledge that you have an off day, then come back and kick tomorrow in the head!

I have this image in my head of someone somewhere reading this blog and thinking to themselves “Hell, I can do that!” and feeling very encouraged by this blog – maybe it won’t get them working out or doing Insanity, but they connect somehow and their life is different because of it.  Sure that may be a crazy dream, especially when I’m not even sure if anyone is out there.  In any case, I want to be as real as possible with you.

Today, for the first time, I felt absolutely defeated.  To be clear, the workouts have always kicked my ass, but this is the first time that I felt like the workout won – that I wasn’t strong enough, wasn’t fast enough, wasn’t good enough.  Oddly enough, during the Plyo Circuit, I noticed a lot of progress – I was doing more suicides, more basketball drills, more level 1 drills.  But by the end of the video, I had had it – I was done; not in a tired way, but in an exhausted way, in an “I’m not getting up from this” sort of way.

But it was more than just the workout – all the stressors of life just hit me at once.  All of that work that I had been putting in to my masters program, everything going on at work, what little personal life I have; it all just hit me today.

Look, here’s my point (and unfortunately, I have to go to rehearsal so I can’t expand on this now) – this isn’t just fun and game.  I’ve pushed myself hard, and I will continue to push myself because I want better than what I have and I deserve it – I fucking deserve it. 

So I got home today after a long day of work and decided to get my workout in before dinner (plus I need to get some shopping done). So I got changed, got excited, then checked the schedule…

… What? Pure Cardio? AGAIN? Damnit!!

To be honest, this was probably the first day I thought “what the hell am I doing? Why am I putting myself through this?”

But I pushed myself – I want better! And that’s what I got. I noticed that I was able to do an entire minute’s worth of suicide drills without stopping! It’s going to be a looonnng week – especially because I’m particularly looking forward to Friday :).

Insanity Day 8: No Bueno

Yeah… Icing the ankles after my Insanity workout tonight. I think I over extended myself yesterday. After my church gig, I spent a few hours walking around Old Town Alexandria, then did abs and Plyo when I got home from my church service. This morning, when I woke up, I noticed my ankles felt sore.

I pushed through my Cardio Resistance, but my ankles felt hella sore afterward. So yeah, icing those bad boys! Still got in a great sweat tonight!

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