On Monday, I started an extreme home fitness program called Insanity. As I’ll share, even the Insanity Fit Test is really intense!
As you may know, I’ve been road cycling for 7+ years, done off-season core/yoga workouts, eat healthy and do what I can to stay fit and healthy with my family.
However, my body has adapted to all my workouts to the point that I haven’t felt “pushed” in some time.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been battling with burnout when it comes to riding.
Once excited to ride, I began to push the snooze button more times than not, while a lack of desire to ride hard and no specific cycling goals lead to my burnout.
Time for a Change
The highlight of each workout is that you are constantly challenged by doing aerobic and anaerobic intervals. The goal is to burn 1,000 calories each session. You read that right.
My goal before getting Insanity has been to change up my normal routine, add muscle and sculpt my body for the summer months.
My Insanity Experience So Far
As of today, I’m four days into Insanity and I’m feeling these workouts from my head to my toes.
Each morning, I’m getting up at 5:10 am to get in my workout before the kids wake up. Alisa is waking up with me, but she is doing the Brazil Butt Lift program from Beachbody.
I’m out in the garage pushing as hard as I can while she is in our living room. It’s been great as the two of us are encouraging each other each morning. She’s even mentioned that my grunting and yelling lets her know that I’m alive. We’re not early morning people, and having Alisa getting up helps me to get moving.
Before I started Insanity, I mentally prepared myself for what I was starting. I wanted to have the best results that I could so I took pictures (see below), weighed myself, took my body fat percentage, resting heart rate and body measurements.
Since getting my Insanity 60-Day Total-Body Conditioning Program package in the mail, I have been reading the material and following the nutritional plan to the best of my abilities.
I take my weight first thing in the morning upon waking and using the bathroom. This is the first time that I have weighed myself in 6 months. I don’t look at the scale often, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got on.
- Day 1: 161.4 lbs
Percent Body Fat
To get my percent body fat I used the Slim Guide Skinfold Caliper to measure four locations on my body: front of arm, back of arm, under shoulder blade and waist. I then plugged my readings for each location into an online calculator for my body fat percentage. Please note that the male calculator is first and then the female calculator is below.
- Day 1: 11.48%
Resting Heart Rate
This was done after waking, laying down in my bed, and before exerting myself.
- Day 1: 48
After completing all of this, it was time for the Insanity fitness test.
Insanity Fitness Test
On Day One, there is an Insanity Fitness Test you take so you know where you are starting and can see your progress every 2 weeks. By the end of 60 days, I will have taken the fitness test 5 times.
Before jumping into my first fitness test, I watched the Fit Test DVD the night before to see what I was going to be required to do.
While I watched, I was enamored by the two individuals doing the fitness test. Shawn T, our personal trainer for Insanity, was showing them and me what exercises we would be doing. What shocked me was that the two individuals were working so hard that they were stopping for breaks.
I liked this! It showed me that these weren’t some super stars, but normal folks like me.
There were a few times when watching the Fit Test DVD that I was groaning at what I was going to be doing. I would pause the DVD and grab Alisa so she could see. She would just smile and give encouraging words.
This past Monday morning, bright and early, I was in my garage sweating, grunting, laying it all out there.
It hurt so bad that I thought I was going to throw up. I later had to lay on my bathroom floor for about 10 minutes before dry heaving. I’m glad I didn’t have anything in my stomach!
The cool thing was that even though I pushed that hard and paid for it, I was proud of myself.
My Insanity Fitness Test #1 results are below with a short description of what each move entailed. These are each done for 60 seconds for as many reps as possible.
This requires 2 kicks to equal 1 rep. Each leg is kicked in front of you with the goal to get your foot above your waist.
- Day 1: 60
Similar to jumping jacks, but instead of keeping your legs straight when your arms come down you instead come into a squat position.
- Day 1: 44
Starting with your hands over your head and your left leg behind you, raise your leg as you lower your hands to your knee. Do this as fast as you can.
- Day 1: 88
Get into a squat position and jump before landing softly back on the ground.
- Day 1: 35
This required 4 jumps to equal 1 rep. Jump right, jump back, jump left, jump forward. That’s 1 rep and make sure to get your arms moving with each jump, too.
- Day 1: 9
Squat, push-up position, squat, and jump. The key with this one is to make sure you don’t kink your back when going into the push-up position.
- Day 1: 13
This is similar to a normal push-up, but when you go down your legs go out similar to a jumping jack.
- Day 1: 21
Low Plank Oblique
Get into a plank position with elbows on the floor and hands clasped. Then bring your left leg forward and to the side. Repeat with your right leg.
- Day 1: 45
The first few workouts have pushed me to my limit many times already. My legs, lungs, arms, and for that matter my whole body, is burning during the workouts.
I’m sweating more than I ever have when it comes to an at-home fitness program. The best part is that I’m loving it!
Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyo and sweat-inducing cardio.
There were times when I could barley get my feet off the ground. Short break and back to it was what Shaun T advises, and that is what I had to do. One thing I dig is that those who are doing the same workout as you are hurting just as much. Be ready for your entire body to be sore after this workout.
Cardio Power & Resistance. Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves.
Getting up after the Plyometric Cardio Circuit was tough. My leg muscles didn’t want to move at all. Luckily, there is a great warm-up before each workout. The warm-up got me limbered up and ready for the work ahead. There was lots of leg work during this workout, but the V push-ups, walking push-ups, and triceps dips pushed my upper body, too.
Cardio Recovery. Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you’re ready for the next round.
Yeah right! This is recovery Insanity style which isn’t the way I think of a recovery. It was good to ease up on the intensity as I get ready for another week of Insanity.
Are you ready to jump on board with me?
I’ll be honest – Insanity isn’t for everyone. However, I’m a big believer in at-home workouts, and I do believe that you can benefit from the right program.
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Enjoy and I look forward to Cranking It together!