Thursday, August 16, 2012
Cardio Recovery - YAY! Now I know I've said in the past that this day is not much of a recovery (because even though there's not cardio, there is strength training), but today it really felt like a recovery. I focused on feeling my muscles working and did everything slow and controlled. I think this is the first time that I feel empowered by this workout. Now I get it! It only took me what, 12 weeks???? I'm happy that I feel good, relaxed, and strong (and not wiped out). I'm ready for tomorrow!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Today's workout was Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. Although I was able to get through both videos, I really got my heart rate high during the cardio portion. I haven't had my heart rate go that high since the first few weeks on Insanity in Round One. I can only think that because I had to do a lot of manual labor yesterday at work, maybe my body was a bit tired. I don't know. I'm just glad I got through everything ok.
I also realized that this time around, the program seems to go a lot faster. Maybe because I know what to expect and know I did it before, I'm not so overwhelmed. The first time through was very hard for me mentally and physically. I hadn't worked out in a long time and felt the exercises were just beyond me sometimes. Now that I'm doing it a second time, there is none of that hesitation. I've been able to do everything without having to stop. It's really incredible how your body accepts the challenge and rises to meet it.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Plyometric Cardio Circuit was up today. I had so much to do at work today (and was so stressed out about it) that I almost skipped working out in the morning. Fortunately, I knew my friends were going to show up bright and early, and I didn't want to let them (or maybe myself?) down. I am so glad I went. I felt less stressed and almost relaxed when I finished. I felt really strong, too, like I could accomplish anything. Of course, when I got home from work this evening, I was so pooped, I knew that there was no way I'd be able to do anything let alone Insanity. I must have known in the back of mind that if I didn't do it first thing, I wasn't going to do it at all. Accountability saved me today.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Fit Test today. I improved across the board except for Power Jumps and Suicide Jumps. I went down a few in each of those categories. I didn't have my previous results with me when I took the test this morning. I just did my best in the amount of time given. It's great to know I'm improving mostly, but also disappointing to know I didn't do as well as last time with those two moves. My question is this:
Should we have the results from the previous test with us when taking the new test so that we know how we can improve and try to reach that goal or should we not have those results and make it a true test to see where you are that day regardless of what you've done on the past?
I think if I had had those results, I would have maybe pushed myself to at least get the same number. Maybe, though, my form is improving and the quality of the exercise is so much better that I have improved and it's quality not quantity that's important.
What do you think?
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Today was Cardio Power & Abs - the end of the second week as tomorrow (Day 14) is a rest day. Whew! This second time around Insanity is going a lot quicker. I guess last time I was unsure I could actually complete the program, but now that I know that I can, I'm not so worried and can just relax and do the work. It's still a tough workout, but I see that my form is so much better and my breathing is so much better. To be able to get through each day without having to take a break is so different from last time. Also, I can do so many more of each exercise and do them better. I know I keep writing about that, but I don't think the first time through I thought this could ever happen - or at least not this quickly.
I feel so much stronger that when I saw a new program that will be coming out in the Fall (I think) called Combat, my excitement perked up. Maybe I can do that next! I know I wouldn't have even uttered that two months ago, but here I am contemplating the next step of another high energy cardio workout program. Wow! Of course I'll want to get to my goal body weight before I start a new routine. If I have to, if this round doesn't do it, I'll do a third round of Insanity first. (I want to be able to say that I got in shape exclusively through Insanity.) But then, look out Combat - here I come!!
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