After completing Insanity, I decided to complete a hybrid of P90X and Insanity. I am in my second week and couldn’t be happier with my decision. Anyone who has done both of these programs knows they are very challenging, but in very different ways. While doing the first month of Insanity, I missed the resistance training offered by P90X and believe it or not, I missed Tony. By the second month, my mind accepted the ultimate goal of Insanity is building cardio and the core and ShaunT was growing on me. Can you believe that guy’s abs? They just don’t seem real.
The first week of the hybrid was kind of a shock to my body. I had no idea taking the time off from P90X for Insanity meant my body would revolt. Day 1 was Chest and Back. I didn’t miss a beat with push-ups. Fortunately, Insanity has plenty of exercises that involve push-ups. The first time I ever did P90X, I could barely do one standard push-up. I had to do push-ups from my knees instead. Now, I can do 30. Declined pushups before? One very ugly pushup. Now? I can do 15. I cannot say the same thing for pull ups. I seem to have regressed with these. I was disappointed I couldn’t do what I did prior to Insanity. I paid dearly and was extremely sore the next two days. Doing Cardio Plyo that next day seemed like a cruel joke. I could hardly lift my arms above my shoulders and every small jolt to my body reminded me of my regression. Legs and Back left me with the same feeling, but I expected to be sore afterwards. I don’t know about you, but every time I have done Legs and Back I expect to walk for two days like I’m a very old person who has a load in her pants.
Here is where the best of both come into play. If you’ve done Insanity, the idea of doing P90X Plyometrics or Kenpo might not seem as challenging to you anymore. Having the confidence to raise the level of intensity by combining the cardio of Insanity with the weight training of P90X appears to be a fitness marriage made in heaven, doesn’t it? Now that I am in the second week of the hybrid, my body feels like it has adjusted well. I’ve even thrown in a little running a few days a week. Where is my husband in all of this? Well that is for another blog!