I had been waiting for this day for almost four months. I was invited through Facebook to an event at the Peoria Civic Center to workout with ShaunT from Insanity
back in early August and without hesitation, clicked on Attend
! A few days prior to the date I thought I should take a look at the agenda to prepare myself. Lo and behold there were two one hour workouts scheduled. What? Two? I thought, “Okay, I can handle that. I cannot imagine ShaunT would make us work extremely hard in both, right?” Those of you who have attended his live workouts know the answer to that already. If this picture doesn’t tell you all you need to know, then I don’t know what to tell you. I wish I would have had my HRM because I’m sure I burned over 1400 calories.
I was fortunate to bring three changes of clothing to the event because I needed them all. I saved a lot of people from dealing with my sweaty body in between workouts. Most of his workout was from his Asylum DVD. It will now be my next workout after I complete P90X2. There were some great moves and those that have done Asylum said it was even better than Insanity. How can that be? I love Insanity. In between the two workouts we had lunch, listened to the magnificent MJ Durkin, and ShuanT held a sessiontaking questions about nutrition. Here are the main points:
- Everyone is a little different. What works for you may not work for others. It’s a matter of tweaking your intake that gives you maximum energy and satisfies your hunger throughout the day. Those tweaks need to be healthy ones, by the way.
- This brings me to the next point. Don’t deprive yourself of the one thing you love but isn’t good for you. It’s okay to have in moderation. If you completely eliminate it, you are likely going to relapse at some point big time!
- ShaunT recommends loading up on breakfast with your carbs and tapering off during the rest of the day. I think many of us don’t allow enough calories for our morning meal.
- If you want to build muscle, you must increase your protein.
- Finally, the most noticeable issue with those of us who workout hard is…drum roll….Not enough calories. This is usually the number one cause of hitting a plateau or constantly being hungry all day. Take the time to calculate your calories on a consistent basis and log your intake. You want to make sure you are meeting those needs. Remember, you NEVER want to be below 500 calories of your calculation. Your body will hoard the ones you intake and decrease your metabolism.
I enjoyed the second workout ShuanT put together because it involved group work. Sometimes you need variety to break up the intensity. The torture was at the end when ShaunT put us through 5 minutes of abdominal hell. If you ever have the opportunity to go to a Beachbody event, I strongly recommend it. I haven’t worked out with Chalene Johnson or Tony Horton, but I am sure it would be just as exciting.
Saturday I completed the last fit test for Insanity. I was extremely happy with the results. Here they are:
1. Switch Kicks +27
2. Power Jacks +24
3. Power Knees +50
4. Power Jumps +31
5. Global Jumps +4
6. Suicide Jumps +5
7. Push-up Jacks +11
8. Low Plank Oblique +40
Looking at the numbers, I had some fairly significant improvements in 60 days. As for the measurements, I lost an inch off both my waist and hips and reduced my body fat by 1.5%. More importantly, my conditioning is so much better now. As a matter of fact, I decided to take a quick two mile run today in our hilly neighborhood and I felt terrific. It’s not a long distance, but considering I haven’t done a run in well over two years, I was happy. I’m positive I could have done more, but it is a recovery week after all!
Here are the before and after pics:
Just for the record, that before pic was taken right before the first workout. The Deer in the headlights look? It possible I was little frightened about what was to come. I have to say I was happy I completed P90X and Plus prior to Insanity. Even though they are two very different programs, the strength I gained with P90X and Plus made some of the exercises easier. Push-up jacks without P90X? That would have been ugly. I can’t wait to get my INSANITY SHIRT!
I planned on providing updates on my experience with Insanity, but for some reason time has gotten away from me. We have survived over 7 weeks of the program and we’re still alive to talk about it. As you might have read, my husband Greg and I are doing this together. We began working out together during my second round of P90X Plus. Greg was reluctant to workout with me prior, but he had a change of heart. If you didn’t read about our experience, this article will give you a glimpse.
I get the feeling Greg doesn’t quite have the same enthusiasm as I do when it comes to Insanity. I can understand that. It’s freaking hard! This puts him so outside his comfort zone; much farther than Plus ever did. He has rarely missed a workout when home with me. When he has had to travel for work, that hasn’t been the case. He’s also paid dearly for it when he comes back home and jumps back into it. I have to give him a lot of credit for sticking it out, even when I know he would much rather watch a little TV. There are days he gets up very early for work, but he still takes the time to DIG DEEP in the late evening!
I, on the other hand, cannot wait to push play. I willingly punish my body and feel amazing when I am done. There is one thing I have become painfully aware of since I started doing P90X, Plus and Insanity though. I’m not proud of it, but I’m very intolerant during workouts. My kids learned this quickly during my first round of P90X. Don’t ask me a question. Don’t try to strike up a conversation with me. Don’t join me towards the end of my workout, do 25 push ups with your butt in the air and say it’s easy. It’s not going to end well. So while I really do like having a companion working out with me, there are some downfalls because of my intolerance. Greg is quiet when he works out. The only time he really says anything is when he is complaining about some pain in his body or he is tired. Again, I understand. Have I said it’s freaking hard?
As a member of team sports growing up, I’m used to encouragement along with the complaining. I like to have someone push me by challenging me during the workout. That is one of the great things that I’ve observed between my heavy breathing with Insanity. They come along side and pick each other up with encouraging words and challenges. I’ve done some of that with Greg, but I’m not sure he sees it the same way I do. Maybe I should chalk it up to one of those things he doesn’t tolerate well during workouts.
Blog by Steve Edwards:
Someone commented on my Asylum hybrid training posts that they’d like to see a schedule with a program that is already available, so here’s a hybrid training system primer. I’ve been creating training programs for pretty much my entire life—well, ok, that’s an exaggeration. I was eleven when I made my first training program after watching the Munich Olympics.
Anyways, if you dig through this blog, the Beachbody Message Boards, or Birthdaychallenge.com you’ll see training program examples for all sorts of targeted events. I’ve made these with pretty much every program we’ve sold, from Slim in 6 to Turbo Fire to Power Half Hour to Ho Ala ke Kino (this will test your Beachbody knowledge). But to start here are a few more formal articles I’ve written about how to create a training program suited to your individual needs.
Creating Hybrid Programs
Insanity and The X
Customing P90X Part VII: Triathlon
pic: from brad schilt’s birthday challenge
Article source: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/03/hybrid-training-programs.html