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Insanity Week One Review

Friday, February 03, 2012

I have had the Insanity program for about a year now and would add in some of the workouts to my regular cardio routine. But just over a week ago, I decided to follow the program to the letter. I'm not quite sure why I decided to either, it just kind of popped into my head!

I started on a Thursday not a Monday so I have found myself getting a bit confused with the calendar that came with the program, so I transferred all the workouts onto my own calandar and solved that problem! But you start off with a plyo circuit- nothing like starting off with a BANG!

I have done plyo plenty... I love it for torching calories and getting my heart rate up, so plyo work was nothing new to me. But I wasn't prepared for the pain in my calves. I'm not sure what part of the plyp work caused the calf pain, but all I know is that immediately following my first workout, I could feel it in my calves. And the next day I felt it even more, and by day three I could hardly walk. I felt like I had big baseballs in my calves! OUCH!!! Climbing the stairs in my house was excruciating, but I kept on...

By day 6, my calves were much better and now they feel just fine. I am on day 8 now. Day 6 was supposed to be a rest day, but I did the Upper Body Stength Training workout instead. I am used to weight training and I feel like I still need to get that in. It was a great workout and I plan to incorporate it into the rotation 3-4 times a week.

Now earlier I stated that I was following the program to the letter, but that's not exactly true. I find that the workouts are a little short. I am used to working out 60+ minutes a day, so doing only 30-40 minutes just feels wrong. I know that it's HIIT training and that it burns more calories and all that, but still, I just can't only do 30 minutes. So often I will do the warmup which is about 11 minutes. Then I will back it up and do the warmup again so already I am 22 minutes in. Then I will do the stretching and then do the workout. Sometimes I even do the workout again too if it's a really short one. Like today's for example: Today's workout is the Pure Cardio. 11 minute warmup, 7-8 minutes of stretching and then 15 minutes of straight intervals- 15 different moves for 1 minute each straight through no rest. So what I do wiht this one is do the warmup twice for a total of 22 minutes and then do the workout twice for a total of 30 minutes. Then I track 50 minutes of high impact aerobics in my tracker here on Spark.

I am not weighing daily, or even weekly, so I can't tell you if I have lost weight in week one or not, but what I can tell you is that I am feeling great. My clothes are a tad looser- nothing dramatic. But I feel STRONGER already! Like yesterday, for example, one of the moves in the workout was moving push-up planks. I can't do a "real" push-up to save my life. I always have to go down on my knees. So usually I just modify this move and do a walking plank and eliminate the push-up. But halfway through the interval, I noticed I was adding a half push-up without even realizing it!!! That is HUGE for me! Needless to say, I was pretty happy about that!

So far I am pleased with my progress. I want to try to blog each week about the program and how it's going. I want to do this as much for me as for other Sparkers. I think it will be nice to re-read all these blogs at the end of the 9 weeks and see how I feel I progressed!

So until next week... Dig Deeper! :)
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