Insanity workout

(299 Posts)
VitoCorleone Tue 04-Jun-13 20:50:42

Is anyone doing this/done it?

Done my fit test yesterday and done pretty shite

Done the first circuit today, fooking hell, couldnt even manage half of it! I thought id finished the circuit, was feeling pretty chuffed, then i realised that was just the warm up! Jeez

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 09:17:00

I think my friend offered to lend me this - is this the 10 DVD thing? It was about £100 and she hasn't even used disc one

will TRY sometime this week, thanks for reminder and good luck with the rest of the program

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 12:02:01

Yea about 10 discs.

Seriously you have to be very fit to do this, its HARD, im more used to The Shred which is pretty tame in comparison.

Try it and let me know how you do!

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 12:25:42

ok I have sent a prompt, am quite looking forward to the pain and the thirst grin

am not v fit but the only thing I have ever really really struggled with was a HIITS class and all but three of the hardcore athletes were utterly fucked about ten minutes in too - it was the speed and the impossibility of some of the moves (like, you know when you are bouncing in a plank pose, swinging legs to the left and back to centre and then to the right? It was incredibly stupidly speeded up WITHOUT THE MIDDLE BOUNCE motherfucker) after that I hurt myself very easily running grrrrr

please tell me is not an hour of doing that for thirty seconds with only ten seconds of recovery? confused

frissonpink Wed 05-Jun-13 12:28:47

I tired it and gave up.

I'm now doing 30 Day Shred instead..which is easy compared to Insanity!!!

CoolStoryBro Wed 05-Jun-13 12:31:57

If Insanity is too hard, try P90X which is also a multi DVD workout. It's really good if you keep at it.

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 12:36:26

I did the p90 workouts for a while, no DVDs, it was just a weight lifting routine I think that varied day by day? There was a sort of more cardio version too called p90 lean?

Shred was disappointing, spin is more fun and worthwhile, but I do love that Jillian smile

anyway insanity coming tonight, I wonder if I will die?

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 12:42:17

oh FIRM EXPRESS that was the one I preferred when I couldn't wouldn't whatever get to the gym every day

does anyone want it? You need a multi-region player I think

CoolStoryBro Wed 05-Jun-13 12:57:20

Mitchum, my P90X is 12 DVDs and a mixture of routines. I'm in the US though so wonder if they're two different things.

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 13:00:01

oh no it's the same thing, someone sent me the routines and omitted to mention the DVDs

helpful grin

I was obsessed with weights for a while, do you still train in the same way?

CoolStoryBro Wed 05-Jun-13 13:11:11

Well I'm back using it at the moment because its swimsuit season. It's my late Spring workout of choice!!

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 14:02:38

I think its more like 3 minutes intensity followed by 30 second water/rest break. The warm up is like 20 minutes or so itself, absolute killer. I couldnt even keep up with the stetching, its fucking hard. But im determined to do the full 60 days.

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 14:05:45

yay summer is coming!

ok insanity is here, friend is even photocopying the calendar and fit test thing - NO WAY am I going to be able to keep count of anything except the suicide jumps, I can only count up to about 8 before my mind loses the will

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 14:12:15

Ive wrote down my results from the fit test, very hard to keep count, especially the power knees.

My results where

switch kicks - 72
Power jacks - 26
Power knees - 58
Power jumps - 30
Globe jumps - 5
Suicide jumps - 9
Push up jacks - 11
Plank obliques - 34

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 15:01:04

oh I was just about to ask about results

am going to share mine then argh

(there were problems with push up jacks when I didn't realise I was moving forward along the floor until my head smashed into a speaker - excuses excuses!)

Ok so
switch kicks 94
power jacks 47
power knees 96
power jumps 39
globe jumps 10
suicide jumps 12
push up jacks 21
low plank oblique 37

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 15:04:35

I had to get someone to count out loud for me while I did it in my bra, pants and trainers blush

just looking at the food plan that comes with, are you following that too?

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 15:12:49

No im not following to food stuff, but i am on MyFitnessPal and calorie counting.

You done good on the fit test!

And i do mine in pants and bra too grin

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 15:19:07

thank you thank you

<takes a bow>

you have nooooo idea what to aim for at first do you? I was just trying NOT to knock the lights out again (low ceiling), but when the woman and the other man recorded their current and starting numbers I thought I must be in the range - some things we didn't know how to count either and I had to repeat like globe jumps (motherFUCKER!)

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 15:20:09

I'm on myfitnesspal - does it reveal all top secret private info if you buddy up with someone?

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 17:05:36

If you add somebody on MFP they can see your photos (if you have any on there) updates like what exercise you've been doing and how many cals it burned and if you're food diary is open that too

If you want to add me my user name on there is KayleighRebecca25

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 17:18:17

grrrrr I can't work out how to add people unless they are FB friends or in my phone book and even then it won't because of iOS privacy settings confused if I pm you my name could you add me?

I really really really really really want to try the first workout, but have already re-labelled the whole insanity calendar and should save my energy for horse stuff tonight - oh how long is each session by the way, is it an hour? Half an hour?

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 17:21:09

Its about an hour. About 20mins of that it warm up, plus about 10mins of stretching. I was trying not to look at the time when it was on grin

Yes PM me your name and i will add you.

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 17:33:24

ah thank you - just trying to plan day tomorrow, that is quite a big extra chunk of time so I'm glad I asked!

I will pm you, thank you so so much for posting about insanity, I think I'm going to love it (even the bits where I collapse in a pool of sweat groaning 'motherfucker'). Stopped smoking a few days ago and there is a lot of irritability to channel!

how did you know whether the first fit test is 'good' or not? I assumed it was just a way of tracking progress but are there specific goals to aim for?

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 18:24:22

Oh well done on not smoking! I still smoke but im trying to cut down, its a fucking hard habit to break, i'll get there one day.

With the fit test i think the only goal is to re-do it every 2 weeks and try and beat your previous scores. But i think your results sounded good, you done more than me anyway! But yeah just tracking progress really

Mitchy1nge Wed 05-Jun-13 20:55:01

I have already put on about 50 stone since I stopped smoking a few days ago - insanity has to help shock

I'll try the eating plan too, it looks similar to the P90x and lean regimes . Can you see my eating habits? eeep

VitoCorleone Wed 05-Jun-13 21:25:07

I cant view your food diary, only if you change your settings to make it public. Some people do some dont. I can only see your exercises as it comes up on my news feed. My diary isnt that great, yesterday i had 2 double cheeseburgers from McDonalds for my dinner grin i cant give up McDonalds or smoking!

Second workout done, much better than the first i think, managed to push through!

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 10:47:35


I love him smile (except when he says 'inhale in' hmm)

yeah I think the more of any exercise you do the easier it all becomes pretty much? The HIITS class that killed me was definitely inspired by the level 1 drills, or whatever worst versions are to come, thirty minutes of those but in triple tempo and some difficult moves - I think I know what we have to look forward to shock

I love that you are a day ahead, hope you don't go mysteriously silent because there's a review on amazon saying 'my husband dropped dead, literally, doing this' !

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 10:58:58

oops somehow the following went on wrong thread

I think you can see my terrible habits now, I can never or very rarely be bothered to log vegetables, fruit, olive oil, water etc

want even more friends on there now, it's fascinating reading other people's diet and exercise habits!

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 13:33:38

I love him too! Especially when he shouts "you ready? Lets GOOOO!" grin

Well i certainly hope i dont drop dead confused i will be on this thread every day, make sure you try to too! Just booked me hols, going to Spain in October so i need to look hot and ripped in a bikini by then!

Theres a thread on Mumsnet, think its in the weight loss section, for MFP, go over and ask people to add you, most of the people on my friend list are mumsnetters

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 15:01:40

Ok I'll look for MFP people thanks (please please please let them not judge me!)

how was today's session? Do they get more demanding or just different? Thank god you are still with us!

I really felt the effects from this morning when attempting doing Pilates mat work, especially my fucking abs, ow confused and my one main yoga class is tonight

anyway hope I stick with insanity until the end, usually get bored and move on to something else blush 60 days is AGES to do something every day - although I would do yoga and Pilates and spin every day if I could organise it

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 15:19:44

I havent done todays yet, i do it after ive put the kids to bed - no distractions grin

I dont even know what workouts im suppposed to do each day, i dont have the calendar, so i dont know if you do them randomly or not confused

My legs have been really aching today after last nights session, me and the kids went for a long walk this morning and my legs where so sore.

Ive been thinking of doing some classes at the gym, is spinning really hard? It looks it but i think i want to try it, and boxing too grin

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 15:35:45

ah when I get home I will share the calendar with you, but so far I think you work in order through the cardboard thing - do you have the cardboard thing? Looks like it works up from high to 'max' intensity intervals?

oh holy fuck it is SCHOOL already

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 16:08:20

No i dont have any cardboard thing, i only have the discs. You'll have to let me know, i was just going to go through each one each night but after last nights its cardio recovery week on my dvd? So that cant be right

Ive already entered my workout into MFP thats so i make sure i do it grin

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 16:35:49

yeah I think that sounds right? I don't think it is a restful sort of recovery though!

ok soooo here's the first month

Week 1

Day 1 fit test
Day 2 plyometric cardio circuit (I am here!)
Day 3 cardio power and resistance (you?)
Day 4 cardio recovery
Day 5 pure cardio
Day 6 plyometric cardio circuit
Day 7 -

Week 2

Day 1 cardio power and resistance
Day 2 pure cardio
Day 3 plyometric cardio circuit
Day 4 cardio recovery
Day 5 cardio power and resistance
Day 6 pure cardio and cardio abs
Day 7 -

Week 3

Day 2 plyometric cardio circuit
Day 3 pure cardio and cardio abs
Day 4 cardio recovery
Day 5 cardio power and resistance
Day 6 plyometric cardio circuit
Day 7 -

Week 4

Day 1 pure cardio nd cardio abs
Day 2 cardio power and resistance
Day 3 plyometric cardio circuit
Day 4 cardio recovery
Day 5 pure cardio and cardio abs
Day 6 plyo cardio circuit
Day 7 -

then it's Recovery Week before month 2:

core cardio and balance, each day for six days

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 17:13:26

sorry forgot about spin - it is great, you will love it, how could anyone not! I work much harder for 45-60 mins in that class than I do anywhere else in the gym and don't know anyone who has tried spin and not liked it? The only thing is to get some padded shorts because the bikes hurt! And you definitely need a sweat towel and water.

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 18:27:13

Thank you, so i should be on cardio recovery tonight then.

Ive noticed a lot of people on MFP do spin and burn shit loads of calories, so i might try it, does it not absolutley kill your legs though?

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 18:50:36

yeah at times, esp the uphill bits and the instructor says 'add two gears' when am already pedalling through wet cement then 'increase to 85' and in my head (hope is in my head anyway) am screaming 'NOOOOO FUCK OFF' but I still do it and am always 'please don't end please don't end' in the last bit before cool down blush

like everything though, you work as hard as you want/can - the gears are only a guide, find your own base and go from there

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 18:55:45

Cool, think im going to give it a go. The Leisure centre near me has all sorts of classes, they have Hatton Academy Boxing which im thinking of doing too. Plus aqua aerobics.

Im just writing down my Insanity routine now then once the kids are in bed will be doing my workout

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 20:10:59

Cardio recovery done. Very good, lots of stretching and squats. Didnt even break a sweat though grin

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 21:53:25

ah well done, so you are two days ahead of me not one? Really am shit at counting!

can you believe that nobody else on the whole of MN is doing insanity at the moment? They MUST be out there they must!

your leisure centre sounds great, I think you should set yourself a challenge to try one new class every week grin

notyummy Thu 06-Jun-13 22:04:52

I have done it (last year.) However I have developed a serious back problem and needed an operation. My GP said he has seen a few people coming in with back issues quoting the DVD so please be careful! Oh- I wasn't exactly a fitness novice so that wasn't the issue. (Ex military, lots of circuit training, running etc, healthy weight, low body fat blah blah.)

I am sure you will be fine but make sure you engage your abs properly in any of this burpee, press up and plank things....

Calamansi Thu 06-Jun-13 22:11:16

I'm a huge insanity fan, it gets amazing results and puts me in a great mood, stick with it, it's so worth itgrin

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 22:48:55

Yeah i started monday so today is my day 4, cardio recovery, i thought you where just a day behind me too?

I really should try a class a week, sounds like a good challange, will have to look into it

Oh no, the back problems dont sound good confused

Theycallmestacy Thu 06-Jun-13 23:09:41

Insanity was my New Year Resolution, like all NYR it was broke by feb. I used to feel like crying/vomiting during it.

Reading this thread has spurred me on to give it another go. I quit the cigs twelve months ago and have gone up two dress sizes.

VitoCorleone Thu 06-Jun-13 23:29:17

Do it Theycallmestacey!!

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 23:52:58

Oh no poor you notyummy, are you better now? it sounds terrible, what actually happened? Am scared of even minor injuries and have some weird lower ab strain/imaginary hernia blush so am extra extra extra careful but so far have found it paced perfectly - if it gets much faster I will just work in my own time

hi calamansi smile did/do you also do the asylum? Tell us about these amazing results!

come on then theycallmestacey, I bet you can drop two dress sizes in 60 days (if you want to, maybe you don't need to?)

Mitchy1nge Thu 06-Jun-13 23:59:57

yep am definitely day 2, only did the fit test yesterday (oh god what a long way to go, bet I have to go away at some point - what do you do, miss those days?) so cardio power/resistance tomorrow after SPIN

then I might need a nap grin

KatoPotato Fri 07-Jun-13 00:08:49

I wish I could afford it! I really fancy it!

notyummy Fri 07-Jun-13 07:50:05

I will be better Mitchy but had a badly praised disc at the bottom of my spine and required a discectomy. Couldn't sit, drive etc because of the sciatica it was causing. Haven't been able to run or do any circuit training since Feb and won't be able to restart until Aug. Grim. Surgeon struggled to say exactly what caused it. Being overweight and not exercising are risk factors and I am the opposite of either- plus i have strong back and abs muscles. Apparently being tall doesn't help (am 5ft 10) and needing to sit for much of the day (long commute and sitting at desk.) I have done my own research and its not unusual even in fit people and some types of exercise really don't seem to help according to the Internet. Poor form in exercises that put strain on the back (hence my warning about engaging abs on burpees, planks, press ups etc) and also curling up for sit ups repeatedly is not great at all.

Mitchy1nge Fri 07-Jun-13 08:53:26

argh it sounds horrible, hope it is at least not painful now? Can you do any exercise at all? August isn't far away smile I will definitely heed your warning, I do enough yoga, Pilates, horse riding etc for a strong core so I can skip those bits or go slower - he does say refuse to sacrifice form but I can't check while watching TV and struggling to keep up!

a friend (he is very tall) might need a back op, he was just 'running through' an injury and now some days he can't walk - he does ultra marathons and is so active, it's having an awful effect on him mentally

notyummy Fri 07-Jun-13 09:07:45

prolapsed not praised

notyummy Fri 07-Jun-13 09:15:32

I can do some exercise- walking!! It's getting a bit boring, but at least it is something. Am using MBTs to make it more challenging and doing 5 miles a day. In addition I am doing Callenetics, which is a real blast from the past/80s exercise phenomenon. It is similar to Pilates and seems too gentle to work, but it does and seems to have helped with maintaining muscle tone. I am also scouring the health and fitness boards on Pinterest to find stuff I can do that doesn't involve running, jumping, weights, cycling, cross training or sit ups. That's quite a long list...

Anyway, enough of me. Enjoy Insanity people, just heed the warning grin. And if anyone doesn't want to spend loads on Insanity, but wants a bastard hard challenge strength wise, I can thoroughly recommend Bob Harpers Super Strength DVD. He is such an engaging trainer, and it is fab to see that there is a lady in it who is right up there with the men strength wise.

Mitchy1nge Fri 07-Jun-13 10:22:40

ah Callanetics, is that the USAF thing? Pre 80s I think, I remember people doing it in the 70s (I think) is quite a hardcore muscle thing?

Mitchy1nge Fri 07-Jun-13 10:25:43

am thinking of calisthenics sorry

haha, I was puzzled cos is definitely full of sit ups and stuff

Lizzylou Fri 07-Jun-13 10:33:39

I did a few weeks of Insanity a few months back. I loved it, could certainly see an increase in fitness. Thing is, in this weather I like to exercise outdoors so have been running instead and cannot fit in both (work, life etc).
Come the darker evenings I will be dusting off my DVDs grin

How are you not all just covered in sweat? I don't think my front room carpet could cope with me doing it in this heat!

VitoCorleone Fri 07-Jun-13 11:36:16

Oh i definatley get sweaty! I have a towel with me and wipe myself down at each rest time.

I also walk alot now the weather is nice, i drive down to the beach with the kids in the morning and walk along the coast

Mitchy1nge Fri 07-Jun-13 18:01:06

if I didn't have time for outdoor and indoor stuff, outdoor would win

in fact v nearly sacrificed insanity for ages of Really Hard Work outside but thought can NOT start skipping these workouts on day three! And yes to sweat, have already showered twice (after spin, then gardening) now my hair is dripping

it was tough today, think I'm a morning person, loving it though!

Lizzylou Fri 07-Jun-13 18:29:53

Oh I loved it and found it very addictive, but couldn't fit running and Insanity in. So Insanity is my Winter workout I think. Could not hack it in this heat.
You'll all be ripped and megafit come September when I restart!

VitoCorleone Fri 07-Jun-13 19:18:08

I hate the plyometric cardio circuit, i just cant manage it, once ive done the warm-up ir ready to collapse sad i'll keep trying but i really hate it!

notyummy Fri 07-Jun-13 19:40:04
Mitchy1nge Fri 07-Jun-13 21:01:27

oh wow look, there are loads of Callanetics things!

are you doing it from a proper retro VHS video tape? grin I just spent AGES reading the reviews while eating chips dipped in ranch dressing, argh, am So Hungry today. Bet it's Insanity's fault!

Vito, did you ever find the pure cardio? I haven't got it either (sorry if we already had this conversation) but think it might be max cardio?

notyummy Fri 07-Jun-13 21:11:36

I have a book- and actually having just been on Amazon to find that link, I have just ordered a DVD!

Mitchy1nge Fri 07-Jun-13 22:32:15

I just ordered one too, am so suggestible - looked at all of them but got the original. Wonder if it really is better than Pilates?

notyummy Fri 07-Jun-13 22:35:57

Well I have done Pilates and seen more of a difference with this. I have clear line of abs on either side of my stomach from the side bend exercises. DH was well impressed.

Mitchy1nge Fri 07-Jun-13 22:49:06

I have vertical lines, one on each side and a middle one, but am not sure exactly what caused them - think it's probably horse riding? Only recently got more obsessed with yoga and sometimes a bit of Pilates (mat work mainly) because running was making me stiff. Love running but value my flexibility and strength much more. Hopefully will have time to try Callanetics when it arrives on Monday.

(it's so good to have somewhere to go on and on and on about exercising smile)

notyummy Fri 07-Jun-13 22:55:54

I like the callenetics because once you have learned them, you can literally do them anywhere, and therefore fit them in as well as other exercise. I started doing them when I was still running and doing circuit training, but could just do them in the evening as well whilst watching TV!

Mitchy1nge Sat 08-Jun-13 11:16:06

oh that sounds good, I can't do that with yoga because ? no idea how to link poses unless am following a routine, also it is a more mindful sort of thing isn't it!

so far insanity is putting me in a great mood, I love love love Shaun t (although disappointed that he didn't take his shirt off today sad)

vito today you will have finished the first week already! shock how do you feel? Fitter? Stronger? In agony?

officelady Sat 08-Jun-13 18:22:01

Hello fellow insanity lovers! This is my Very First mumsnet post so please be gentle with me ...
I started on Day 1 of insanity last Monday and all I can say is thank f*ck it's rest day tomorrow!
I had worked my way through most of Jillian Michaels' DVDs and wanted a new challenge, I bought Insanity after reading that crazy review on Amazon from a woman claiming to be the widow of an insanity victim. Bonkers!
So far I am loving Shaun T (especially when he takes off his top) and my fave workout so far has been cardio recovery. The plyometric one gives me serious calf-ache for several hours, I detest the warm-up and the level 1 drills make me want to cry! Pure Cardio should be renamed Relentless Torture in my opinion, although thankfully it's just one long circuit which is good because I was nearly dead by the end.
I'm not intending to lose any weight during the 60 days (it's actually 63 days - yikes) but I am logging my food consumption in MFP and I have given up alcohol just to add to the fun.
So - one week down, 8 to go. We will all be olympic quality goddesses by the end of this!!

VitoCorleone Sat 08-Jun-13 20:37:29

Hi all

well supposed to be my last day this week but i didnt manage to do it this morning and its carnival day here so been out all day, so ive classed today as my rest day and will carry on tomorrow. No never found pure cardio, but will have a look for max cardio and do that tomorrow since ive missed it

officelady Sat 08-Jun-13 21:17:42

In my set of DVDs the Pure Cardio is on a DVD together with another workout, Cardio Abs I think. Max Cardio is from the second batch of workouts (week 5 and beyond) - I daren't look at them yet, you're a braver woman than me!

Mitchy1nge Sun 09-Jun-13 08:34:02

ooooh hello officelady, welcome! Thanks, I didn't realise they were two separate things on one disc.

woke up in a friend's house this morning, desperate to get home and do today's workout but am watching the insanity infomercial while I wait for him to wake up (I don't have these channels so have never seen it before) it's making me want to buy it even though someone has already lent it to me

notyummy Sun 09-Jun-13 08:54:34

My DH claims that Shaun T's abs are 'unnatural' and look like 'a row of baby new potatoes' . grin

Lizzylou Sun 09-Jun-13 11:32:54

I think shaun t's abs look like plasticine grin
Pure cardio is my killer, I quite like the plyometric one confused

Mitchy1nge Sun 09-Jun-13 12:01:03

I can take or leave the abs, in fact his physique is not my favourite sort but there is something about him. I just want him inside me. Not much to ask is it?

Argh it was hard today - pure cardio and cardio abs - but considering it is called insanity it's all incredibly sensible isn't it grin they are really careful to show you people working at different speeds, taking I scheduled water breaks, collapsing for a few seconds then resuming the moves.

I think I might like this even more than spin shock

Mitchy1nge Sun 09-Jun-13 12:05:48

sorry, people taking unscheduled water breaks - the eating plan is bizarrely sane too, just real food , all food groups, as you like but little and often

plyometrics tomorrow and then I have a day off (handy cos am skiing that day I think) so it will be one week down and only seven or eight to go!

VitoCorleone Sun 09-Jun-13 17:22:59

Did you find pure cardio then Mitchy ?

Well i had my rest day yesterday, my abs where really aching, was lying down in the garden and they hurt every time i got up. Seem ok today though.

Will be back on it tonight once kids are in bed.

Mitchy1nge Sun 09-Jun-13 17:47:52

yeah it's on Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs - have you got that one?

poor you with all your achy bits, have got a few too - mainly back of my right thigh and that hip, is really stiff but on plus side it makes me make time for yoga and stretch everything out

we have nearly done a whole week! You definitely have smile am going to buy this from my friend (for about £30!) it's too stressful worrying about scratching the DVDs and getting splodges on the recipe book etc - maybe I can copy the one you are missing?

Mitchy1nge Sun 09-Jun-13 17:49:43

you could have another rest day and start week two tomorrow, or is that cheating?

VitoCorleone Sun 09-Jun-13 19:01:58

I think im going to just start week 2 tomorrow. I really havent got the energy tonight now, so tomorrow we will be on the same day? Or will there still be a days differance?

£30 is a good deal! May aswell buy them if your friend isnt gonna use them. Pure cardio definatley not on any of my dvds, if you could make me a copy that would be great smile i have cardio abs but pure cardio is just not on there, cant find it anywhere.

Mitchy1nge Sun 09-Jun-13 19:53:49

umm tomorrow is my day 6 I think, I was thinking of skipping and starting week 2 on Monday though because the calendar works that way and I'm easily confused!

someone already wants to have a go at copying the discs so is just one extra for them to do - will let you know how he gets on, if it works I'll post it to you

officelady Mon 10-Jun-13 07:03:29

I'm into Week 2 - I have to match up my days to the days on the calendar or I would totally lose track so I hope you are all starting week 2 today as well!
I have done my Day 8 - cardio power and resistance. Definitely easier than the first time I tried it, but still pretty crap to be honest! I can just about keep up with them on the first circuit but I really don't feel like my speed is anywhere near to theirs once they start speeding up on the second/third circuits. And that thing in the middle where Shaun curls into a ball and does tricep dips - OWCHY! I will be interested to see if I have actually made progress when I re-do the fit test next week.
But on a positive note - I feel EPIC when I have finished my workout. Like I can conquer the world! (once I've got my breath back grin)

Peace out!

Mitchy1nge Mon 10-Jun-13 09:20:31

haha I know what you mean, by the end it pushes all the happy buttons in my head and it feels like being on ecstasy aMAYzing

but during it there are quite a few times when I think 'fuck I'm doing one push up to every three of theirs' blush but it's ok, it's our workout isn't it, we push ourselves as hard as we can be bothered

ok will start week 2 in a minute, cardio power and resistance and if I'm really full of beans I might do the plyo cardio circuit so I don't like I've missed a whole day

Mitchy1nge Mon 10-Jun-13 11:30:50

there is NO COFFEE shock so medal for me getting through cardio power and resistance please - berocca is not exactly the same as half a mug of espresso - I was struggling partway through the warm up, when the pace picks up yet so somehow by the end I didn't want it to stop! I like that one.

How are you feeling today vito? have you tried a recovery drink? Some people swear by chocolate milk, doesn't have to be one of those dodgy £overpriced things

Mitchy1nge Mon 10-Jun-13 11:45:09

am skipping through my Callanetics DVD and what the fuck shock the leotards and tights! I am that granny at the back with bad hips in the fetching emerald number grin

once I get over the time travel weirdness of it I'll give it a go

Mitchy1nge Mon 10-Jun-13 11:56:38

aaarrgghh that man is doing pliés in SOCKS on a shiny wooden floor, it's like a death trap! How come no ballet shoes for him? shock

what do you use for a barre notyummy? I started a thread about this recently actually

notyummy Mon 10-Jun-13 12:03:32

My DVD hasn't arrive yet- am well jel of you and the 80s extravaganza grin. I have been using a book, and for a bar, depending on where I am in the house I either use the back of dining room chair or edge of bookshelf. I sometimes pause and do some exercises whilst out on daily walk, and in that case I use one of the bars of a 5 bar gate!

Mitchy1nge Mon 10-Jun-13 12:25:26

oiii no, am not doing it outside! Not in my very revealing leotard, tights and ballet slippers! What's with the full sole anyway? How can they flex their feet?

Reastie Mon 10-Jun-13 14:46:53

Marking place. I'm seriously tempted to try insanity but don't know if I'm, erm, insane enough! Am currently doing xtrain fit which I'm loving and is giving some amazing results 3 months in but another month or so and I'll need to try something else. Would really recommend it as a less insane insanity but still great results if you stick at it.

confused at the idea of suicide jumps.

Is insanity really impossible?

VitoCorleone Mon 10-Jun-13 14:53:01

Im feeling ok today Mitchy havent done my workout yet will do that later, week 2 today! I thought about doing 2 workouts so that i hadnt missed one but i think it would actually kill me.

I had McDonalds for dinner today so need to burn that off grin

Mitchy1nge Mon 10-Jun-13 23:41:07

insanity is NOT impossible, i really think anyone could do it if I can. I absolutely love it!

Hope you enjoyed it today vito, I drew the line at one bout of insanity a day too!

Mitchy1nge Tue 11-Jun-13 09:10:52


why is pure cardio so CHALLENGING

VitoCorleone Tue 11-Jun-13 22:13:32

God im really struggling to stay motivated at the minute, i know it will be worth it but im finding it sooo hard sad

VitoCorleone Tue 11-Jun-13 22:14:45

The fact im a heavy smoker probably doesnt help, but fucking hell these workouts absolutley kill me!

officelady Wed 12-Jun-13 06:55:53

My workout this morning was NOT pretty! I am used to having 2 (or 3, or 4) rest days per week so working out 6 days a week is killing me!!
I took lots of unscheduled water breaks. But I did it. And tomorrow is cardio recovery which is fine because it involves a lot of standing still which I am very good at!

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Jun-13 09:08:28

there you two are! We are nearly halfway through the first month! shock we should reward ourselves as we go along! Well done officelady

vito, is there any way you can do it in the morning? it might be easier when you're not tired at the other end of the day. This could just be me though. Or if you are really really struggling you could tell yourself you only have to do the warm up - it is much better than not doing anything - but you probably will want to finish the rest but you don't have to. It's still an achievement. Are there any bits in particular you hate? It's better to skip the moves you don't like, they are only in little 30 second bouts? and do the rest than give up on project insanity as a whole! Soon it will be a habit, anyway, especially if it is more or less the same time each day. Although mine will be later tonight argh. Maybe you need a system where you do a deal with yourself, if you at least do the warm up you can have ? whatever treat you fancy? And listen to Shaun he KNOWS, he is always saying REST IF YOU NEED TO. You can do this.

Do you take a vitamin supplement? Wonder if you need a bit more support. I'm eating so much more since starting this. confused I don't know why an extra 40 minutes a day is such a physical demand but it's intense isn't it!

VitoCorleone Wed 12-Jun-13 09:09:43

Ive finally got pure cardio, somebody has loaned me it so will be doing that later for the first time

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Jun-13 12:35:19

think that's the one where 'motherfucker motherFUCKER' all the way through blush but I do feel good at the end! Good luck (to me too) confused

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Jun-13 12:44:17

oh I've got plyometric circuit today confused according to wall chart

I suppose the main thing is to make it very different every day so lots of variety and it stays interesting?

VitoCorleone Wed 12-Jun-13 19:45:53

Pure cardio DONE. Should have been plyometric but this was my first chance to do pure cardio, it was ok, better than plyo any day of the week grin can you tell i hate plyometric?

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Jun-13 21:52:47

brilliant, well done

I LOVE plyometric, it's perfect for me, all that leaping about but am not a fan of pure cardio

cardio recovery tomorrow, it's a day off isn't it? grin

wonder how officelady is and whether notyummy is getting stuck in to her Callanetics

VitoCorleone Thu 13-Jun-13 07:44:21

I think my favourite so far is cardio power and resistance, i like pure cardio but had to take a lot of breaks.

notyummy Thu 13-Jun-13 08:31:40

Still callenetics here although DVD still not arrived. I dream of the day that I am cleared by the doc for vigorous activity like Insanity again. Keep going all- you can do it!

VitoCorleone Thu 13-Jun-13 10:02:58

Just seen the infomercial for Insanity, its re-motivated me to just get on and DIG DEEP.

Theres a slo-mo shot of Shaun T doing a push up, dripping with sweat - wow, made me go all funny grin

Mitchy1nge Thu 13-Jun-13 11:13:28

cardio recovery irritated me to DEATH this morning

am addicted to the bouncier ones I think blush

VitoCorleone Thu 13-Jun-13 12:09:43

Im thinking of doing Pure Cardio again tonight then do Cardio Recovery after it. Just because ive been slacking this week so want to catch up.

officelady Thu 13-Jun-13 20:37:20

Hello everyone, I'm glad to see we are all still persevering with this!
I'm sticking religiously to my calendar so today was cardio recovery, I enjoyed the feeling of not being out of breath but by god those squat and lunge holds go on for ever and ever! I was decidedly wobbly of leg afterwards!!
I'm looking forward to Sunday - I'm going to weigh & measure myself to see if I've changed shape or weight.

Mitchy1nge Thu 13-Jun-13 20:44:21

that hold and pulse is a fucker isn't it

I forgot about insanity since this morning, it's making me eat three times as much as usual hmm

officelady Fri 14-Jun-13 07:04:16

My appetite has increased too, but I've just gone with it - we must be burning shitloads of calories!
Did Cardio Power & Resistance this morning, I decided to try extra hard and gave myself a stitch during the warmup! Hahaha!
I forgot to add yesterday, I did the cardio recovery DVD with the music off, for a lot of the moves I wasn't looking at the TV screen and it was lovely listening to Shaun doing his heavy breathing and saying in... out ... in .... out ... etc. #pervert

officelady Sun 16-Jun-13 11:42:31

I'm talking to myself on here but anyway I had to share my exciting news - I have measured myself this morning and I have lost an inch off my waist, hips and each thigh. This pleases me greatly!
Rest day today - 2 weeks completed, 7 to go.

notyummy Sun 16-Jun-13 16:25:42

Brilliant results officelady.

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Jun-13 16:58:56

that is great, well done! I didn't think to take measurements

out of sync with the calendar, exercising at home is fucking difficult with constant interruptions and my mood is all over the place confused

VitoCorleone Mon 17-Jun-13 12:59:32

I took 'before' pictures and wrote down my measurements so i can compare when im finished.

Officelady thats great!! Well done you!

Fit test today!!

officelady Tue 18-Jun-13 06:34:37

How was your fit test, vitocorleone? Mine was okay, still horrifically hard though! I did better on all the moves, some more so than others! I was determined to beat my first fit test results so I did nearly die afterwards.
Onwards and upwards - I have done my plyo circuit for today, not looking forward to tomorrow because it's Pure Cardio AND Cardio Abs. If I don't manage to get up early enough I might have to do one before work and one after. At the moment my alarm goes off at 5am and I leap* into my sports bra and trainers, I'm not getting up any earlier than 5 o'clock! I'm usually home from work by 4.30pm so I could squeeze another session in before I have to get the dinner on. 4.30pm is usually my time for a cuppa and a biscuit though so I'd rather get it out of the way before work if possible. We shall see!

*by leap, I mean struggle in a bleary-eyed fashion

officelady Tue 18-Jun-13 06:37:22

I forgot to add - *Mitchy1nge - don't lose heart - just jump back in on whatever day the calendar says. We are still doing the same selection of workouts for the next 2 weeks so plenty of time to get back into it smile

Mitchy1nge Tue 18-Jun-13 12:56:45

thanks smile am keeping up more or less although couldn't do the fit test yesterday, too many people around , but today's pcc is easily my favourite - just as am really starting to struggle he starts the jabs and it's all over and I want to do it again

I think I'm getting fatter though confused

Mitchy1nge Tue 18-Jun-13 13:01:23

forgot, am going away on Saturday for 3 nights - would you take the DVDs and attempt them in what is probably a very small hotel room?

Mitchy1nge Tue 18-Jun-13 14:05:27

wow I have lost 1.2 kg since I last logged my weight with MFP

so am just feeling fatter is not actual fat

is a worse thing though, the imaginary stuff isn't it?

notyummy Tue 18-Jun-13 17:52:49

I would take the DVDs and do them. I have various workouts ripped and on my iPhone so when I travel with work or for leisure I can do them in the room if there is no gym and/or I don't feel safe to go out running.

Mitchy1nge Wed 19-Jun-13 12:42:20

ok, will see if can rip them - did try but was having an easily defeated by technology day

if not think there is a gym in the hotel although really don't want to miss Monday and Tuesday

pure cardio AND cardio abs today my insanity friends grin

officelady Wed 19-Jun-13 17:19:54

Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs .... why, God, why?
Nearly an hour of pure torture. And just when you think you are having a nice rest with the Abs, he pulls out his C sit position and those evil, EVIL leg raise things. It's like my body says to me "that's not normal. In fact it's not even legal. Not doing it."
But I survived!

Mitchy1nge Thu 20-Jun-13 09:28:27

I hate the fact that I've done cardio abs four times so far when actually only had to do it twice - every pure cardio day, have only just noticed that you don't always have to do that bit


it's not even nice

officelady Thu 20-Jun-13 17:56:26

Oh hahaha Mitchy! That is exactly why I study my calendar intensely before each session, I don't think I could cope with doing any extra exercise!
I swear that all this physical activity is affecting my brain, I forgot the name of a work colleague earlier, she reckons I've got shaken baby syndrome from all the Insanity jumping around!

Mitchy1nge Thu 20-Jun-13 20:48:56

it's making me LIVE on tacos

seriously, breakfast tacos, baked tacos, beef tacos, bean and cheese tacos, beef and bean, beef bean and cheese, I even want fish tacos confused

the Elite Nutrition Plan has failed

Mitchy1nge Thu 20-Jun-13 21:40:34

am gutted there is no taco cabana in Paris that I can find

there must be a tamale house though?

TheBakeryQueen Sat 22-Jun-13 12:57:01

Hello, can I join your thread please? I saw the insanity ad & decided to fork out for the DVDs, reviews are amazing!

I did the fit test yesterday & did ok.

Just did the PCC and my calf muscles feel stiff.

It's been a good 18mths since I've done any exercise so I'm a bit rusty.

I'm going to try & roughly follow the diet plan too- it seems pretty healthy.

Those of you who have been doing it a couple of weeks, do you think it's getting easier?

officelady Sat 22-Jun-13 19:47:20

Welcome BakeryQueen! We need some more victims so come on in and join the insanity!!
I would love to tell you that it's getting easier (I'm 3 weeks in) but that would be a lie - I am definitely improving and taking less rest breaks during workouts but I'm nowhere near Shaun's level yet. My calves ached after my first plyo workout but they don't anymore, so something must be working!!
Let me know how the diet plan goes, I would like to try it but I'm a bit disorganised at the moment with stuff at work & home making it hard to plan properly. I have just made a commitment to cut out alcohol and takeaways as a start.

TheBakeryQueen Sun 23-Jun-13 12:28:07

Thanks officeladysmile

Good to hear the aches might lessen. I can't keep up either but he keeps saying to go at your own pace so I do on certain exercises.

Hate globe jumps already! And I'm pretty weak when it comes to push ups so I just do my best.

I just did cardio power & resistance and it was much more enjoyable than PCC.

I like it so far, I can feel aches all over so it must be doing something!

The diet is going ok, I'm not following it rigidly but am aiming for the 5 meals a day, small amounts of healthy carbs (whole grain rice, bagels etc, porridge etc) and lots of lean protein (tuna, chicken etc) and am adding salad, veg & fruit.

Slightly boring but I don't feel hungry so it's got to be a good thing.

I'm planning on a glass of wine & some kind of treat on the off day though. (And going out Friday night so will drink & eat whatever then!)

I'm doing it for toning & fitness rather than weight loss though I could stand to lose a few post baby pounds.

Reastie Sun 23-Jun-13 18:24:44

OK, I've lurked and posted once on this thread already. Was talking to a friend who has done insanity earlier this year and she has been saying how amazing it is. Have been watching those funny videos people post of themselves doing the insanity workouts is it me or is that a bit strange and think it's going to be hard but I might manage it. I'm hovering over the buy button on amazon but it's so much money.....shall I buy?

Reastie Sun 23-Jun-13 18:26:33

Oh, and to add - do you need anything else in addition to the insanity box set (resistance bands etc)? I have weights up to 5kg but that's it. Oh, and said friend said the man behind insanity is releasing a new dvd soon which is similar but workouts only 30 minutes long...maybe I can hold out for that....

Mitchy1nge Sun 23-Jun-13 20:35:40

no it's just your own body and that's one of the things I most like about it

do it do it

I was just showing my abs to friends who haven't seen me for a while, as you do (they were asking about insanity after seeing the calendar and fit tests on the wall, I don't usually get my podge out for them to admire) anyway one is a physio and she was naming various other visible defined muscles/muscle groups that she liked the look of especially my delts (shoulders? Arms?) and only 3 weeks in (have skipped a couple too)

CatOfTheDay Mon 24-Jun-13 00:21:53

Hi, just popping in to cheer everybody on - it's a great workout! I did it for a few weeks last year and really enjoyed it once I got through the initial pain!

I stopped as I just didn't have enough time, but still run and go to the gym.

I did it downstairs and DP said that when he was upstairs it sounded like I was having very loud energetic sex with Shaun T what with all the panting! grin

Might have to dig out the DVDs after reading this thread to see if I can still manage it (although my legs just refused to do some of the things they were meant to, in the Cardio Abs one I seem to remember...)

Dig Deeper!!

TheBakeryQueen Mon 24-Jun-13 09:05:32

Yes go on reastie! You won't regret it. In comparison to a gym membership it's cheap, that's what I told myself anyway.

I'm only 4 days in so no noticeable differences yet but have to say its very motivating.

I would love abs.

TheBakeryQueen Mon 24-Jun-13 09:07:49

Mitchy1nge, were you quite toned before you started?

I'm slim, but soft all over & just flabby really. My ds3 is 9mths old & I've only just stopped breastfeeding & I was literally starving & shovelling crap down my gob for 9mths! Hence needing this insanity workout.

Mitchy1nge Mon 24-Jun-13 12:26:33

I think the abs have probably been there for a while but am not toned (I never really know what this means, it's body fat low enough to show muscles isn't it?) have got too much body fat generally

smoked a lot over the weekend and this is v incompatible with pure cardio and cardio abs sad

Reastie Mon 24-Jun-13 16:23:10

It's in my basket but not ordered yet. How fit/slim are you all? I wouldn't class myself as fit at all but I do a couple of weights workouts and a cardio workout a week minimum (or aim to...). I'm also a size 16 and very wobbly (I've lost over 5 1/2 stone in the past year or so so much wobblyness to tone up). Don't know if I'll be able to keep up. Do they give you options for your fitness level or is it all or nothing?

Mitchy1nge Mon 24-Jun-13 16:55:12

It's kind of all or nothing but you can get through it feebly - you will see when you watch the workouts, people working at varying intensities taking breaks etc although no specific modifications are offered - the more you do it the easier it gets I think? Although I was rubbish today

I'm not very fit, unless you compare me with someone who never does any exercise - my habits have changed since insanity but before I would go to the gym pretty much every day and do quite a lot of cardio, also spin class once twice maybe three times a week, and run with a friend now and then, have got horses so do them every day, and then I try to do yoga every day or at least one or two classes a week oh and was skiing (dry slope) so it does all look a bit active but am not very proficient at any of these things

Mitchy1nge Mon 24-Jun-13 16:56:43

amazingly well done with your weight loss so far smile

Reastie Mon 24-Jun-13 17:10:09

Mitch you realise you sound like you are actually incredibly fit the amount of things you do/did!

officelady Mon 24-Jun-13 17:14:42

I barely exercised at all until about 10 months ago, I was not overweight but had no muscle definition and hated my bum & thighs which were heading south & spreading since I turned 40. To start with I found exercising really hard work and could never keep up with the DVDs (I started with Jillian Michaels 30 day shred). But you will feel your fitness levels improve really quickly if you stick at it. And I absolutely love the post-workout feeling of knackered euphoria!
Here's a question for y'all (as Shaun would say): if you can't keep up with him, do you try to match his speed but take more breaks; or keep going but at a slower pace? I think I am leaning towards slower pace but don't seem to be getting any quicker so I might try going for speed instead. Although there is No Way I am ever going to be able to do jumping jacks at Shaun's speed at the end of the warm-up - his arms are a blur!!

Mitchy1nge Mon 24-Jun-13 17:14:54

is the fit test available online? You could do that and check your results, I don't know what they are supposed to be but maybe somewhere someone knows?

It's a lot of money isn't it if you are not going to do it every day

Mitchy1nge Mon 24-Jun-13 17:25:02

oh I missed two posts

and missed the bits where am sitting around for hours eating tacos and smoking - can't believe have started smoking again sad - so I dunno, am fit compared to someone who doesn't do any exercise but am not a Super Fit Person at the gym or anywhere else, but yeah I was used to exercising every day so that must help

not sure about speed, if it is push ups or anything where am scared of hurting myself I just aim for form but the leaping around ones I go for speed - when they are combined I go for form

Mitchy1nge Mon 24-Jun-13 17:36:50

if not, after warming up, you could try the fit test without the DVD? It's one minute per exercise, you go as fast as you can to do as many in that minute as possible:

switch kicks, power jacks, power knees, power jumps, globe jumps (motherFUCKERS), suicide jumps (burpees), push up jacks and low plank obliques

can prob find examples of them on YouTube

unless you really can't manage even a few of each I don't see why you can't start where ever you are now and build up? I've seen those YouTube vids of really fat people doing insanity too, some are incredibly inspirational!

but warm up thoroughly before the fit test!

Reastie Mon 24-Jun-13 18:35:08

OK, have looked up all those exercises. I can't do push up jacks at all but the others I could give a good go. Just got to check the bank balance. I want to do this grin

TheBakeryQueen Mon 24-Jun-13 19:57:46

Reastie I would go for it honestly! Our can just do it at your own pace, I'd say try and keep up but choose form over speed.

I find the DVDs really motivating.

Mitchy1inge, you sound fit! Do you think you'll try & quit smoking again?

TheBakeryQueen Mon 24-Jun-13 20:10:14

Oh & did cardio recovery today & it was lovely in comparison to the cardio stuff.

Couldn't quite finish the lunge dips but nearly there.

EMUZ Tue 25-Jun-13 04:53:36

notyummy are you still on this thread? And if so can I pester you with back questions?! grin

officelady Tue 25-Jun-13 06:35:53

Just finished my workout de jour - and looking at my calendar it was my last session of Cardio Power & Resistance - can't believe it! I haven't been brave enough to view any of the DVD's for week 5 onwards, I fear they will be longer/harder/impossible!
I tried really extra hard today and decided that my workout level has moved from 'shameful' to 'borderline awesome'. I barely had any unscheduled water breaks and my form was pretty good throughout. Something is working!! At the beginning I could only do about 4 push-ups before crumpling in a heap but I kept going for the full 30 seconds on every circuit today. I will have biceps like Popeye!

Reastie Tue 25-Jun-13 07:08:08

wow officelady - how long have you been doing it for now? <still contemplating buying...>

Reastie Tue 25-Jun-13 07:54:00

OK, I've only gone and ordered it hope I don't regret this so I guess I shall be joining you all if you'll have me

TheBakeryQueen Tue 25-Jun-13 09:56:19

Officelady, that sounds impressive. Hope my push ups improve too, they're my weak point.

Go reastie! grin

TheBakeryQueen Tue 25-Jun-13 09:57:04

Pure cardio today. Dreading it shock

notyummy Tue 25-Jun-13 10:55:33

Yes EMUZ still on the thread! Pester away.

Doing my callenetics DVD, which is quite hard work. Have to miss out a few bits due to strain on back, but can do 3/4 of it. Resumed my press ups cautiously and delighted to find that after 4,months away from press ups I can still manage 40 at one go. Seeing surgeon on Monday and will pester him with questions about returning to exercise, although realistically I think returning to slightly lower impact strength training first might be sensible rather than jumping straight in with Insanity!

Keep going everyone- some great results!

EMUZ Tue 25-Jun-13 12:18:08

Oh thank you will try to keep it short. Am not v old (late twenties) and had sciatica pretty much constantly for 18 months. GP keeps referring me back to physio and won't give me MRI
I have neuro? Symptoms weakness in right leg. Back went totally last month and had to ring amb for gas & air. Sorry that was long! Just wondering how you got diagnosed?

notyummy Tue 25-Jun-13 16:44:39

I think I was lucky in that my physio ( to whom I was referred to by GP) referred my straight away for an MRI and then having reviewed the results, sent me to see a surgeon. I hd an appt with a surgeon less than a week after the MRI (I e I had a date- the date itself was 2 months after the MRI. ) I think they often try and stall for time because apparently something like 90% of cases resolve in around 6 weeks without further intervention than physio. I had already been seeing a physio privately for 3 months before I went to see the GP and symptoms were getting worse. I would go back to GP and be firm that symptoms are worsening; outline the amount of time and emphasis the effect on your leg, which can cause long term issues.

EMUZ Tue 25-Jun-13 16:51:09

Hopefully the physio will refer me. The pain shifted and went to all my lower back when it went I couldn't weight bear at all or move without screaming
Doctor doesn't seem to get how much exercise I do as I'm overweight not convinced he believes me but weights are my drug!

Reastie Tue 25-Jun-13 18:11:29

EMUZ when I had an MRI on my back I was referred by an osteopath on NHS - could you try that route or are they keeping you with the physio? Sounds like it's not right.

EMUZ Tue 25-Jun-13 18:50:52

Previously I've had physio via work, physio via GP, chiropractor privately and sports massage. Doctor is referring me again to physio so that's this week. I'm terrified to let anyone touch me after it went completely
At the moment I can exercise, just concentrating on really engaging core and tensing glutes, but it's a niggling pain
The problem is I horse ride (and compete) and I could do with knowing if I come off if there is something I have damaged already that I could worsen
Because no trauma started it they won't MRI... But 4 years ago I did the splits down a manhole (one leg in and one leg out) and I can't count how many times I've fallen off horses grin
Plus I've a history of breaking both ankles by doing absolutely nothing, family history of osteoporosis and my dad has 2 slipped discs and 2 fractured vertebrae..

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Jun-13 10:40:10

ouch at all of that shock good luck!

and good luck reastie, hope it arrives soon

where are you vito? Are you ok?

cannot believe is final week of month 1 already, feel more rubbish at it than when I started

TheBakeryQueen Wed 26-Jun-13 14:04:16

Well done for persevering for a mth though!

I've got PCC again tonight, so far I think that was the hardest workout for me. I've nearly done the first week. Rest day tomorrow.

Bits are aching that have never before ached!

When I carry my 9mth old on my hip it hurts.

When I get up out of bed my abs hurt.

It's gotta be doing something.

I've lost weight too, in 5 days.

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Jun-13 14:16:36

I love pcc, was feeling a bit sad that there is only one more day of it on saturday before recovery week confused

just watching 'core cardio and balance' (while I eat a massive bean and cheese burrito) to see what recovery week will be like, it looks fun so far

Reastie Wed 26-Jun-13 14:28:11

Well, it's arrived today. Once big brown box with comparably small filling inside it. Just reading the blurb and feeling very scared about the workout - he makes it sound so extreme confused .

TheBakeryQueen Wed 26-Jun-13 14:44:21

Excited for you reastie grin When are you starting?

Mitchy, does recovery look like it sounds? Easier?

I liked the cardio recovery.

Reastie Wed 26-Jun-13 14:49:50

Fit test tomorrow. Might do workout one tomorrow too. I assume the fit test isn't an actual workout in itself and I can follow it with a workout????

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Jun-13 15:02:58

it will feel like a workout, there's a warm up stretches etc - look at the calendar, it treats it like one!

I dunno, it's not as sort of yoga-y as month one recovery, seems slowish to watch but I think it will probably be quite tough

I want to get back on their eating regimen and off my elite greasy Mexican nutrition plan - there's plenty of guacamole at least!

Reastie Wed 26-Jun-13 15:06:53

OK, fit test it is on its own tomorrow then. Will report back with my likely shameful results.

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Jun-13 15:11:52

I cancelled my gym membership shock

have been virtually every day for fucking ages, but since starting insanity the only thing I show up for is spin (and yoga) - yoga can do at home and at other better classes, I will miss spin but am angry frustrated about the booking system there anyway, not sure the monthly subs are justified when there are not that many spin classes a week?

so will mourn my beloved spin for a while and maybe find a pay as you go place somewhere or get a solo running habit - but insanity must be good, nothing usually gets between me and my gym

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Jun-13 15:21:10

Good luck reastie, don't be scared, there is a lot of hype but really it's incredibly sensible and Shaun will tell you constantly to rest if you need to, go at your own pace etc - every little segment is, what, 30 seconds? You might struggle with some moves but you don't lose heart because it moves so quickly to something else

TheBakeryQueen Wed 26-Jun-13 17:03:17

I know someone has already said it but the people in the video take unscheduled breaks too & look knackered at points & that helps!

Good luck reastie.

Reastie Thu 27-Jun-13 07:49:08

Gah, cold coming on today and feeling rubbish today. Considering backing down from the fit test until the week end but might do it on the basis I'm not up to full speed. Typical! Even more typical is I'm outside all day tomorrow teaching outdoor cooking with rain forecasted and a cold. Can't wait hmm . thanks for all the good luck think I'll need it

mitch wow, must be good if you're cancelling your gym membership. I'm doing the same thing today actually. Have been doing workout DVDs for 3 months now to see if I can cope without the gym and I can smile

Reastie Thu 27-Jun-13 09:44:07

OK <wipes brow> just finished fit test. Here are the results:

switch kicks 114 (assuming each kick is 1, if it's 1 kick on each foot being 1 then it's 57 - does anyone know how to count this?)
power jacks 38
power knees 69
power jumps 25
globe jumps 7
suicide jumps 15
push up jacks 10
low plank oblique 39

Mitchy1nge Thu 27-Jun-13 09:55:26

Poor you! If you wait until Monday it might be easier to keep track of the calendar? Am not trying to put you off obviously! But you will probably be fighting fit by then too?

Cardio recovery aka what's-the-fucking-point today

is weird not going to the gym, I don't know if I will last long without one - it's somewhere to go and not be interrupted, and there's lots of people around and a nice atmosphere of all different sizes and shapes and fitness levels all working on their own goals

but is also, I don't know, maybe £500 ish a year? that could help pay for a whole secondhand saddle which we urgently need

I might go for a very small run today and see what harm a few days of smoking did

Mitchy1nge Thu 27-Jun-13 09:59:45

god I spent so long typing that bilge I missed your post! Well done! If you look at the fold out fit test thing it tells you how to count, so a switch kick rep = two kicks

we didn't notice this and I had to repeat globe jumps because my counting partner got it wrong angry

but well done! Do you feel amazing?

EMUZ Thu 27-Jun-13 10:03:59

Well I went to physio today and seem to have hit jackpot with a fab NHS physio. Apparently my core is weak, my sacroiliac and piriformis muscles are tight which is causing the back pain. I have tape on my back and been banned from any exercise for a week shock

Reastie Thu 27-Jun-13 10:15:29

mitch I feel unfit! I didn't do everything quite as perfectly as he explained (but then neither did the fit people behind him) so feel a bit like I'm cheating! I got really out of breath and sweated alot at the time but feel like I could go out on a run OK let's not kid myself, jog right now grin . I'm working long hours tomorrow angry so day 2 will take place on Saturday. I've just written my cancellation letter to my gym just now. It'll save me £900 a year shock

EMUZ glad you've got a good physio now, hope it gets sorted and you're back quickly.

Mitchy1nge Thu 27-Jun-13 10:46:25

yeah yeah when I say run I probably mean jog, maybe even walk and jog, am so grumpy I need to chill the fuck out somehow and that should be quite relaxing?

poor emuz, what else does physio plan to do?

Mitchy1nge Thu 27-Jun-13 13:34:35

that didn't last v long, am going to look at a gym this pm confused

EMUZ Thu 27-Jun-13 13:40:15

Given me some core strengthening stuff and I'm back next week smile

Mitchy1nge Thu 27-Jun-13 23:17:28

oh tell us about your core strengthening stuff?

Dunno why but my abs hurt today and think it's cardio abs again tomorrow? I feel not 100% ready for month two, if it is too difficult I suppose I could repeat a week or two of the first cycle? Is anyone else a bit trepidatious?

on the other hand I am so so so happy about joining a new gym that has all sorts of exciting and new (to me) stuff like TRX suspension training and battling ropes and other whole body stuff that I don't think I'd feel quite as interested in if it hadn't been for Insanity

EMUZ Fri 28-Jun-13 00:28:06

Just very basic stuff. He called it stripping it back to basics so my core supports my back
Basic hip bridge, and the other one is all on fours with a hollow back, then tighten my core without losing the hollow. Ten reps four times a day

Reastie Fri 28-Jun-13 06:36:34

mitch so you're joining the other gym then? grin

Mitchy1nge Fri 28-Jun-13 10:14:31

yeah, haha, so much for saving money blush

in my defence though I didn't know it would have all NEW STUFF that could have been made for ME - I also really liked the owner and within a few minutes was obvious that he is very very good at helping people define their own individual goals rather than the usual one size fits all stuff you get from gyms, do you know what I mean? So it felt like somewhere that would help me achieve various of my ambitions - like be the strongest and fastest person in the whole world ever. He must have a great sales patter grin it means in theory can do spin every day although in real life classes are hardly ever at helpful times

anyway insaniacs, how has this week been? Pure cardio has NOT got easier for me so am reserving the right to repeat month one if month two is too hard. And am NOT doing cardio abs it fucking hurts, added 20 mins of vira flow to my morning yoga instead smile which is not even slightly the same thing

TheBakeryQueen Fri 28-Jun-13 13:12:42

On my 8th day, just did cardio & resistance (something like that) & actually enjoyed it.

Weirdly, my push ups are improving, never thought I'd say that but guess most routines have them in somewhere so doing that bit every day has helped.

Also lost 4lbs.

I'm amazed its working already!

REALLY enjoyed the day off yesterday smile

TheBakeryQueen Fri 28-Jun-13 13:16:01

I've got 3 dcs, 5, 3 and 9mths, and am a single parent. Boys pretty much always with me, was getting fed up of not being able to go for a regular run & being flabby.

Feel so much better already.

Mitchy1nge Fri 28-Jun-13 18:09:58

smile it's great isn't it? I feel bad for my friend spending so much and not even doing the fit test - but she is happy with her £50 and I am thrilled (so far) but wondering how crazy/expensive it would be to have a personal trainer go through the max circuits with me, a few times, or even the first cycle just to make sure am working correctly and consistently? Some days I'm buzzing all day from it, other days I struggle to complete the workout and feel tired and hungry for the rest of the day

was thinking a trainer could also help with recipes and adaptations to the nutrition plan? I like eating that way but it's a lot of time preparing meals and you have to be really organised and it's too tempting to skip them confused

is this a stupid idea?

TheBakeryQueen Fri 28-Jun-13 18:36:49

No it's not a stupid idea at all. But just an idea, could you film yourself & watch it back to check your own form?

Also, food wise, I'm the laziest cook ever but find this diet fairly easy. Could you bulk cook some wholegrain rice to last a few days, same with chicken/turkey and just throw the meals together as & when?

I stocked up on mixed salad, veg, rice, whole grain wraps etc. I spice it up with nandos peri peri sauce. I go for small whole grain carb portions, as much salad & veg as I like, lots of lean protein. I don't follow his meal plan exactly, just follow general idea behind it.

Worst thing about it is it's boring! But all the protein must be filling as I'm losing my, usually quite big, appetite.

And yeah it's great so far!

TheBakeryQueen Fri 28-Jun-13 18:42:03

I like the breakfast of 1/2 whole grain bagel, toasted, with full fat Philadelphia (thinly spread), some ham, and tomatoes.

Often just have a massive pile of salad with pieces of chicken & nandos sauce too, 1/2 whole grain wrap. Again, boring, but edible!

Mitchy1nge Fri 28-Jun-13 22:01:28

that does not sound as boring as my day of yogurt and berries x 3 plus a can of tuna and a breakfast taco confused good idea about filming although aaaarrrrgggggh if it somehow ended up on FB aaaaarrrgggghhh I could watch and delete immediately! Good idea to plan ahead and prepare in bulk, thanks, I actually hadn't thought of that - is usually something simple that makes a big difference isn't it?

is not as if I can afford a personal trainer anyway really, although must be saving loads by not smoking? and had a session today and he offered me a freebie if I lend him my insanity discs smile I just need to keep core recovery or whatever it is called for every day next week

where and how are our other insaniacs, especially op, vito?

officelady Sat 29-Jun-13 07:46:32

Here I am, checking in at the end of week 4. I found this week quite hard going, but that might just be general tiredness from work and stuff. My workout this morning was loads better after an early night last night.
Mitchy I would LOVE a personal trainer, if I ever get rich I am totally getting one. I do have 2 virtual workout buddies that I chat with using WhatsApp, we video ourselves sometimes and see if we are doing the moves correctly. Stuff like squats and planks mainly. None of us actually know anything about fitness though, but it is good for motivation! I am loving your ambition to be the strongest and fastest person in the world ever. My own ambition is just to have a body like Jessica Ennis, maybe I should aim a bit higher? grin
Bakeryqueen you are doing well with the food plan - I have eaten a total load of crap this week including 7, yes 7, Krispy Kreme donuts. I will get my food planning book out of the box and try much harder this week! I'm not sure I will be able to do 5 small meals a day but I'm sure I could tweak it and have 3 meals & 2 snacks and no donuts
Anyway, I've rambled on long enough - I'm going to watch the Core Cardio & Balance DVD in prep for Monday x

Mitchy1nge Sat 29-Jun-13 08:11:07

morning officelady! Well done! Jessica Ennis probably has posters everywhere of YOU for inspiration smile

Can you believe the first thirty days are over shock (for you, I'm just about to do my beloved plyo circuit for final time sad) sorry this week has been tougher but then SO SO GLAD it is not just me! I sort of globally ache. Also have a cold.

wonder how rich you have to be to benefit from a personal trainer, think 'mine' is only about £30 an hour but maybe just checking in every other week would help me be more consistent or even once a month? Do people do that?

Mitchy1nge Sat 29-Jun-13 09:49:00

ok. Wow, we made it halfway. Am only just getting halfway good at the plyometric one too confused but getting excited about month 2

anyone else thinking about starting the asylum next?

Reastie Sat 29-Jun-13 15:29:43

Wow, can't believe people are already up to month two! I did plyometric workout for first time today <wipes away sweat pile>. Is it normal to only manage about 2/3 of it max?! That was sweat making and the abs in outs I could barely do any of.

Mitchy1nge Sat 29-Jun-13 15:53:00

you could try holding the plank instead? I skipped or substituted loads of things for the abs ones because I hurt myself, v low abs, just before starting insanity - I do slow push ups, elephant press, v press or have an extra water break! Today I did it all though - MEDAL

personally I think 2/3 of one workout is better than no workout! And it is SIX times a week. My absolute best is probably only 80% of what they do on the screen but as Shaun says first you get stronger then you can get faster!

Reastie Sat 29-Jun-13 18:17:06

Good advice Mitchy. I'll try the plank next time. I did about 3 (all I could manage) and then collapsed in a heap on the floor trying to regain my breath for the rest of the time on those blush . I found the push ups way too fast for me too so might do 2 slower ones rather than 4 quick. I've got cardio power and resistance tomorrow - anyone tell me what to expect from that one? How does it differ to plyometrics (so I know what to prepare myself for)?

<passes mitchy a gold medal and takes hat off for doing it all today>

Mitchy1nge Sun 30-Jun-13 11:17:02

have done cardio power and resistance at least four times, maybe five? and can't even remember what happens in it- I know it's one I like (as opposed to pure cardio) but think I was WTF the first time! I dunno, go at your own pace? Good luck!

Oh my goodness Recovery Week, am so excited about the next phase! Am using this week to really get on top of my eating, planning and preparing ahead. Ordered the asylum for after that, and then I think there are calendars combining the two longer term. Am hoping the nutrition plan will be helpful too.

Happy Sunday Insaniacs smile

Reastie Sun 30-Jun-13 13:11:47

What do the recovery week workouts involve mitchy ? Are they still really hard? Well, did power and resistance today, I've noticed the exercises I already have been doing as part of my previous workouts I find quite easily managable, it's the new stuff I find impossible, so hopefully by the end it will be easier <crosses fingers>. Found it hard but OK, but I couldn't do those funny tricep dips and when they stuck one leg in the air to do them I laughed as there was no way I can manage that! I just did tricep dips using a chair. Did it first thing as I knew weather would hot up and I'd get too hot later for it.

Mitchy1nge Sun 30-Jun-13 14:09:18

oh well done, yeah they definitely do get easier (although I must fluctuate a lot because some days I really struggle and others I'm more 'look at me GO! I'm amazing!' haha)

it's the same workout every day for recovery week, looks a bit more energetic than the cardio recovery of weeks 1-4 but still loads of balancing and stretching - have you had cardio recovery yet?

officelady Sun 30-Jun-13 14:56:43

Ah .... sweet, sweet Sunday - rest day for me!
reastie I struggled with the tricep dips to start with but finally managed to get through them all (including leg-in-the-air torture) by the end of week 4. I have to say I am getting some lovely definition in my arm muscles and shoulders which I've never had before. Looking forward to a week of "recovery" then it's onto the next level - yikes!

Reastie Sun 30-Jun-13 18:33:46

Meant to ask - are any of you on MFP? If so, how do you input insanity? I've just been putting 40 minutes of circuits but would be interested to know what you did.

office wow to you managing the leg in the air torture, it's nice inspiration to help me on my way that you've managed it.

mitchy it's my cardio recovery tomorrow.

officelady Sun 30-Jun-13 19:46:21

I always log Insanity as "aerobics, high impact". However I also use MapMyRun to log workouts and it has all the insanity workouts in the menu. The calories don't quite match up (MFP logs them lower). But I do like MFP for my daily food diary, stops me going overboard with snack and treats !

Mitchy1nge Sun 30-Jun-13 20:07:34

I got someone to help me guesstimate my burn using his garmin thing and just made new exercises for each DVD then assumed it would be the same each time - which is stupid because sometimes I work Really Hard and other times quite feebly. It's (for me) really a bit pointless trying to establish whether I've burned 270 or 343 cals or 400 or only 192 in 40 minutes because it's so imprecise BUT I want a log of my activity so I do use MFP sometimes (add me if you like, am MitchyInge). It makes me want to eat properly at least!

officelady Mon 01-Jul-13 06:30:53

Mitchy are you also on your recovery week now? I just did my first attempt at Core Cardio & Balance and it is lovely and quite gentle all the way through, a big focus on moving slow but with good form, until right near the end when I thought it was going to be some gentle stretching and stuff but oh no, no siree, there is a section called Hip Flexor Burner and Shoulder Burner which is utterly diabolical! I felt like my leg was actually going to fall off at one point. And in fact I did have to stop half way through for a rest because I literally could not pick my foot up off the floor, even though it was still attached to my leg. So good luck with that!

Reastie Mon 01-Jul-13 07:20:00

office great descriptions of that workout there grin

mitchy I saw you on a thread yesterday maybe a month or so old about a high intensity interval training class you did. Just wondering how that compares in difficulty to insanity?

I feel like I'm pushing myself and dripping with sweat and can't do much more the ones I've done but also I've been holding back a teeny bit as I've never done them before and so don't know what to expect/what will come next. Next week I'm going to really push myself grin

Mitchy1nge Mon 01-Jul-13 08:26:17

shock yikes thanks officelady shock I got up at 5.30 to do it but seem to have been hanging out laundry and wiping things ever since. Just as well!

Reastie that HIITS class was many times harder than insanity - take ski abs for example, there was no touching the floor between the left and right. So where we would go straight back, then up to the left, straight back then up to the right in that class you bring your feet up to the left and somehow swing them up to the right without letting them touch the ground in between - does that make sense? That is the bit that stayed in my mind, it was such an impossibly difficult move. And it was a lot lot faster than insanity (so far, I think month two might be like that class) and hardly anyone could do it, whereas I think anyone who really really wanted to could get through an insanity session.

Mitchy1nge Mon 01-Jul-13 08:31:51

I don't think they are normally like that, probably more like the shred or insanity

stowsettler Mon 01-Jul-13 11:09:49

Hello, just spotted this thread and thought I'd join in :-) I did start Insanity this time last year then promptly discovered I was pregnant hmm.

2 weeks into Insanity now and I've just done the fit test for the second time. Quite a big improvement! Except on suicide jumps, which I loathe! Has anyone completed the Insanity workout and moved on to something else? I'm tempted by P90X but I gather you need more equipment?

Mitchy1nge Mon 01-Jul-13 12:18:56

hip flexor burner oh my god what the FUCK etc that was so horrible angry but didn't find the shoulder thing in plié too bad by comparison - I don't think it was 'lovely and quite gentle all the way through' up to that point either, are you insane? grin it was nice though overall, nice to keep up with everyone else for a change!

I'm worried that month two is going to be severely too hard and I will die of self loathing for not being up to it! But I could repeat month one, worst possible outcome? Apart from dying obviously. That wouldn't be good.

Reastie Mon 01-Jul-13 12:24:07

mitch you can always try the first month 2 workout and if it's that bad go back to month one. Can't imagine doing anything harder confused

Hello stow how old is your DC now?

My scales have broken so have bought a fancy pants body fat pair, looking forward to it arriving tomorrow grin [saddo]

Mitchy1nge Mon 01-Jul-13 12:29:21

Hi stowsettler smile what a terrifying side effect of insanity first time, please god don't let that happen to me especially as I am a bit old for it

you can get all the p90 workouts online (they are everywhere and various offshoots) and do them in the gym, I didn't even know it was originally a home workout thing until this thread. Unless you prefer doing stuff at home? I think you need a pull up bar thing, it would probably pull my whole house down shock

ASYLUM CAME TODAY - that's what I'm doing next, the nutrition guidance is so much simpler, I wasted hours of my life yesterday (or nearly an hour) trying to organise my meals for a few days

and if I survive that there is a sort of hybrid asylum/insanity calendar so it just goes on and on and on

Mitchy1nge Mon 01-Jul-13 12:38:38

Hi reastie, that is a bit exciting grin - what are the new scales like? I HATE mine, I weigh myself every day (which is reassuring because fluctuations used to scare me but now I can plot a trend on MFP) and no matter how I shift my weight, where I put them in the house, the reading won't deviate each time. They are bit bit and miss with the body fat readings though which is what I really wanted them for. Sometimes it just won't do it. Grrrr

Reastie Mon 01-Jul-13 12:40:13

these are the scales mitchy will let you know how they go when they arrive but they look very similar to the ones my gym have

Mitchy1nge Mon 01-Jul-13 13:28:06

they look amazing, look at all those glowing reviews!

am sneakily previewing the asylum shock might need a lie down

stowsettler Mon 01-Jul-13 16:50:05

Cheers Mitchy, will check out p90 online. Happy enough to go to the gym (and as I'm a member it'd be good to make a bit more use of it) but tbh it's easier to do stuff at home with Madam to see to. Am back at work next month, which will probably make things even harder sad

officelady Tue 02-Jul-13 06:38:24

Morning fellow insanians! Good to see we have another victim participant, welcome stowsettler!
I showed my friend the first insanity DVD last night and she immediately pointed out that the introductory music is very similar to the Casualty theme tune grin Love the irony!
I did Core Cardio again this morning, and I revise my earlier statement that it was nice and gentle. I was clearly delirious after the hideous hip burning shoulder agony segment. Although I was very proud that I kept going all the way through today, and one of the gym dudes dropped out loads of times, I kept seeing him bent over and pulling faces while I was still in the zone. Go me!
I have decided to start naming the gym dudes in the background, so far I have got "patterned hair man", "bandana guy", "heart rate monitor" and "curly locks mad grin". I'll let you work out which ones they are.

stowsettler Tue 02-Jul-13 10:07:19

Thanks ladies! reastie DD is now 4 months old. She thinks my jumping around in front of the TV is hilarious.
Did Plyometric Cardio Circuit this morning at 6am. I really must be insane. I found the in-out abs harder than ever this morning (I particularly hate those) but there's no doubt my cardio fitness is way, way higher than it was 3 weeks ago.
officelady well done you! What is this Core Cardio of which you speak? Does your gym run Insanity classes? confused

Mitchy1nge Tue 02-Jul-13 14:31:34

core cardio is the one you do every day in recovery week

it was nice to put 'names' to some of the participants - heart rate monitor is not very flexible is he?

from the first few minutes (literally, the first transition from switch to mummy kicks) my limbs were LEADEN - I abandoned it until later and it was easier but have never had that before confused maybe am just knackered?

combat class and a run tonight so I'd better snap out of it, on the plus side the asylum nutrition plan aka eat every ten minutes is going well

going to be about a million stone sad

Reastie Tue 02-Jul-13 18:40:17

stow my DD is 2 and when I do my exercise DVDs she starts jumping around and when I finish she likes to high five me and say 'good job Mummy' grin

Did the cardio one today for first time <faints>. Man, that was hard work!

Love the names to people, yes to heart rate monitor man. The pretty lady who's always at the front I think they call her 'the machine'.

mitchy asylum eat plan is eat every 10 minutes? DO expand love the sound of that

My new scales arrived today. I love them. They do weight, body fat, BMI, visceral fat (I think that's the name), BMR, and muscle %.

stowsettler Tue 02-Jul-13 18:42:54

Crikey. I was looking forward to the 'recovery' week. Maybe not eh.

Ah I see what you mean, the Insanitisers, as I call them. That Tania really does my head in, she's far too fit and perfect.

And you won't be a million stone, think of all those calories you must be metabolising smile

stowsettler Wed 03-Jul-13 19:19:00

Ugh, pure cardio and cardio abs this morning, I have to admit I struggled. Thankfully it's just cardio recovery tomorrow, I need the rest.

officelady Wed 03-Jul-13 20:10:04

I loved Cardio Recovery - it's like a day off! Tania "the machine" aka "lady whoops a lot" gets right on my tits. She never seems to need a break! WTF is that about?!
This morning I suffered with leaden legs during the mummy kicks. I hate mummy kicks - they are the absolute worst bit of Core Cardio. Well, mummy kicks and switch kicks. And hip flexor burners. And the shoulder killers at the end. Apart from that it's all good haha!
Mitchy I am well impressed that you are doing additional exercise - no wonder your appetite is big. I am constantly starving but trying to eat healthily & drink plenty of water. I am typing this whilst drinking a large glass of wine by the way!

Reastie Thu 04-Jul-13 07:19:19

Good grief mitchy I just googled the asylum shock if insanity looks insane that looks utterly impossible. I could never do that!

I'm doing plyometric (or whatever it's called) today.

stow yes Tania is far too perfect and pretty for me. I just envy too much when they show her

Mitchy1nge Thu 04-Jul-13 10:16:18

I decided not to do insanity yesterday shock did a sort of mini workout at the gym, warmed up, weights/RIP60, tiny bit of cardio and later walked round some fields looking for running routes.

My knees KILL. I don't know if I have been doing insanity too aggressively enthusiastically or if it's from running as well as jumping but yesterday I woke up all 'let's go downstairs and make breakfast before insanity' and my knees were 'fuck that shit' and they meant the stairs let alone insanity shock googled various of my knee related symptoms and it seems this is just what happens if you are thousands of years old and super-morbidly obese hmm

so I don't know, they are a bit better today, I will prioritise insanity and running because they are my favourites and not do any classes - but only run twice a week off road, maybe walk run and I might skip the Weds workout of insanity shock am sure I will still benefit from a reduced version! Feel a bit sorry for myself though because was having such a lovely time with it all and have lost 3.4kg in total!

Reastie Thu 04-Jul-13 11:24:22

mitchy I'd bet it might be too much exercise wearing down the knee?? I've heard regular aerobic classes in the long term can be bad for you as there's too much stress on certain joints leading to problems in the long term. Hope you manage to get back on it and wow at losing 3.4kg from it

I did the pyrometrics (or pyrotechnics as I call it wink ) , hard work as ever...please tell me this will get easier?!

stowsettler Thu 04-Jul-13 12:14:50

Reastie grin at your DD, I'm hoping such early exposure to high-intensity exercise will ensure my own DD doesn't have the weight issues her mother has!! Oh and in answer to your question, no I don't think it EVER gets easier!

Mitchy your knees will definitely have issues with running AND insanity. I suspect the gym may not be such an issue (depending on what you do there of course). You should avoid running on hard ground of course, and perhaps even lay off it for a bit. Big CONGRATS on losing so much weight with it - you inspire me!

Mitchy1nge Thu 04-Jul-13 13:29:22

thanks you lot smile

I sort of managed it, working sort of larghissimo really really slowly and no jumps (kept moving though) although all the bits I hate of core recovery were unaffected by my knee pain and I could manage grrrrr

feel bit less sorry for myself now anyway but not sure about running tonight confused

yztj Thu 04-Jul-13 14:06:54

I am so glad to have found this thread. I started Insanity and I am on now day 5. I was searching Mumsnet for other mums who had previously done Insanity but expected all the threads to be old. So I am really happy to have found this one where you are all doing it right now smile.
I am finding it a real challenge as I was not doing any real exercise prior to this. I told myself that if it was too hard I would stop and try something a bit easier but I really enjoy it so will keep going.
I was just wondering at what time of day you all do your workouts?

stowsettler Thu 04-Jul-13 14:18:56

Hi yztj - I am a relative newbie to the thread too, so pleased I found other nutters who subject themselves to Insanity.

I try to do my workouts as early as possible. When I'm not working I get up at 6am to do them before DD wakes up, or I do them after feeding DD and walking DDogs. When I am working I still try to get up early, otherwise I do them AS SOON as I get home - no sitting down or I would just never get round to it!

Well done for keeping going - it is an extreme exercise programme mind, so don't stress yourself if you struggle. I took 3 weeks to do the first 2 weeks (with a bit of other stuff thrown in), but suddenly this week it's clicked.

Reastie Thu 04-Jul-13 16:18:47

Hi yztj I think I'm on day 5 or 6 too so we're right at the same point grin . I do mine when I can but in the day not the evening - I can't manage in the evening as I'm too shattered and my body has nothing left to give. I have a 2yo dd though so can't easily do it with her around so have to beg my DM/Dsis to look after her so I can do it (they only live down the road) so it's whenever they are able to have her. I prefer getting it done an hour after breakfast as it's done then and I don't have it hanging over me to do later.

Btw I really struggle with it too and have alot more breaks than thy do on the DVD.

Reastie Thu 04-Jul-13 16:23:57

Look at me sounding like I do it all the time blush . I should have added before I started this I did another dvd workout programme called x train fit which was alot easier but I think helped my fitness get to the point of at least attempting insanity.

yztj Thu 04-Jul-13 16:39:49

I have been doing them around 7ish. 6am is very impressively early, stowsettler! I then have time to have a shower and sort out the kids before I take my son to school. I had had the Dvds for a few wks but only started them because my son saw the infomercial and called me to watch it. We did the fitness test together (my son who is 6 scored better than me!!!). My daughter who is 2 1/2 enjoyed joining in the 1st day but now she says mummy what u doing and then wants to watch ben & holly!
Today is the 1st day I haven't felt like a zombie all day but thats because I was on the Dukan diet (had lost stone on it b4 xmas but since then lost nothing as think my body adapted to it). Low carb and insanity do not mix at all. I have now changed by diet to include some nice quality carbs and eating little and often and feel much better today. Still aching alot though ;)
And yes Reastie I cannot keep up with them either and have a lot of breaks too. Worry if i overdo it I won't be able to get out the house and do the school run!!!

stowsettler Thu 04-Jul-13 18:14:31

7ish is pretty impressive mind. The only reason I do it at 6am is because it's the only time during the day I know I will have completely to myself. I almost enjoy that part of it now. I should hasten to add that I'm almost always in bed before 8.30pm. The only time I'm not is when I'm having a drink blush

Reastie Sat 06-Jul-13 13:12:46

Did the power one today. Really hate the jumps! What are your favourite/worst moves? I actually quite like the sprinting and punching bits but hate most of the jumps as they are so hard.

stow glad to know I'm not the only early to bed person here - I'm also usually in bed by 8:30. My family just laugh at me about it blush

yztj how are you getting along?

yztj Sat 06-Jul-13 14:21:48

Today was the rest day - woo hoo! So treated myself to a glass or 2 of wine last night smile
Been so hot today and been nice to have a day when I'm not aching somewhere.
I agree that the sprinting & punches are good and I really go for it at those bits. Do not like press ups or their insane version of them where u travel at the same time sad

yztj Sat 06-Jul-13 14:27:06

Been reading up about how many calories I need to eat & worked out should be around the 2000 mark. Downloaded an ap called my fitness pal where u log calories eaten & u can even scan barcodes to accurately show what you've eaten.
Do any of u count calories?

Reastie Sat 06-Jul-13 15:40:26

Yztj I'm on my fitness pal - friend me if you like - I'm reastie1 . It's a fab site. I use it from my laptop as I don't have a smart phone (my phone is an old fashioned brick of a phone!) and it's really useful to see what things add up to and sometimes I think I'm being quite good but it's amazing how much it adds up! Since joining mfp I've lost over 5 1/2 stone but not just down to it IYKWIM, but it's really helped. It gives me around 1500 kcals a day not that I always manage it

We are having a kitchen fitted from Monday (well, building work too, it'll take about a month) so have set up our new makeshift kitchen diner in the playroom confused . Microwave ready meal anyone?!

Mitchy1nge Sun 07-Jul-13 12:55:12

happy Sunday everyone - day off smile I had yesterday off too, my knees are absolutely thrilled that they get to go brown peacefully in the sun instead of being tortured

have been thinking about month two and my running (and riding and rip60 and weights) and agree with my running guru friend that I need to prioritise something confused and view the other things as supporting that

Reastie Sun 07-Jul-13 12:59:32

Think that makes alot of sense mitchy . What will you prioritise do you think?

I had pure cardio this morning, it's a killer isn't it! I moaned the whole way through and took alot of breaks but feel fab now. I'm I think 9 days in and although I haven't lost a single pound yet I'm sure I've started to tone a little bit from it.

Btw, when I have to do 'pure cardio and abs' does that mean I do the whole pure cardio workout and then the whole abs workout or just the abs one on its own? If I do both do I need to do both warm ups/cool downs and just do one at the very beginning and one at the very end?

officelady Mon 08-Jul-13 06:39:06

Reastie I think you are supposed to do both Pure Cardio and the Abs workout one after the other, I sometimes did both warm-ups & cool-downs but if I was short on time I just skipped the cooldown at the end of pure cardio and fast forwarded past the warm up on the abs. Abs is short though, only about 15 mins or so.
I am on week 6 - yikes, how did that happen? I was supposed to do Fit Test and Max Interval Circuit this morning but couldn't get up early enough so just did the Fit Test. Here are my results - the first number is my Week 1 Day 1 result and the figs in bold are from this morning..
Switch Kicks: 46/60
Power Jacks: 51/56
Power Knees: 70/94
Power Jumps: 35/44
Globe Jumps: 9/11
Suicide Jumps: 14/20
Push-Up Jacks: 20/34
Low Plank Oblique: 20/36
I have really noticed that my upper body strength has improved. Not so much the legs, I hate hate HATE switch kicks and Globe jumps. And I felt really really sick after I finished, had to get dh to bring me an emergency cup of tea!!
Not sure what to do tomorrow - stick to the calendar and do Max Interval Plyo, or do the workout I missed from this morning. Decisions, decisions ...

Reastie Mon 08-Jul-13 07:19:19

office wow that improvement you've done it amazing, well done. How are the second month workouts? I'm dreading them as month one are hard enough!

I've got pyrotechnics ( wink ) again this morning but alas no one can help me with DD so not sure how much of it I'll get done.

Mitchy1nge Mon 08-Jul-13 09:34:01

Oh that's incredible officelady! It must be so satisfying to see it written down like that. I think I'd follow the calendar, in month one I once or twice attempted to double up but is a bit intense doing two in a day. Won't try that again!

I haven't completed another fit test since the first, a whole load of people came round when I was halfway through the last one shock

anyway am going to focus on the running, want to do a 10k in autumn, still do insanity but try not to jump around too much - it is incredibly tough on your knees isn't it! So I will modify it somehow, have been doing that as and when anything doesn't feel right anyway. All I need to do now is get my discs back, only have the core recovery one, only did that four times instead of six.

stowsettler Mon 08-Jul-13 19:37:53

Congrats officelady, those stats are great!
I have now had 3 days off the Insanity, hoping to get back on it tomorrow.
I did go to the gym today, and it was bliss, working out in the aircon! Actually I may stick to the gym until it cools down a bit.
I was quite impressed with how I did at the gym, though. When I started back exercising after having DD the instructor gave me a load of rock-hard sessions to work through, I did one of the hardest this morning and found it much, much easier than a month ago. In fact I'm quite inspired to go and do another session.

Mitchy1nge Tue 09-Jul-13 10:33:36

oh god max interval plyo you are too hard on my knees, and my left wrist

am good at handstands and handstand push-ups but I can't turn that wrist very easily especially with my body weigh resting on it

that was just the warm up though, I think/hope will have time this pm to try again confused hope officelady has survived it

Reastie Tue 09-Jul-13 11:20:10

handstand push ups?! What are they?! they sound impossible confused

Mitchy1nge Tue 09-Jul-13 15:21:53

I am addicted to them, was always doing handstands at the gym when one of the instructors said 'try doing a push up' and I'm pretty good at them - might explain the 'delts' actually!

but if I'm outside on concrete I use a wall so I can put my feet against it just in case I collapse and lose all my teeth


Mitchy1nge Tue 09-Jul-13 15:43:11

"Handstand pushups require significant strength, and also balance and control if performed free-standing." Oh yeah that's me grin I wish I was a bit more balanced and controlled!

Reastie Tue 09-Jul-13 16:19:05

wowsers mitchy you are truly super fit. I'd struggle to even do a handstand tbh blush

Mitchy1nge Tue 09-Jul-13 16:31:14

I'm not I'm really not, I've got that sort of balance and strength (probably from completing the BAGA gymnastic awards as a child! and general horse stuff?) but for overall fitness there is a long way to go.

I can't do max plyo at the moment sad my left wrist hurts, my left knee hurts. I feel a bit unhappy but let's see what max cardio brings tomorrow! I can run without pain so it's definitely insanity.

officelady Tue 09-Jul-13 18:49:55

I didn't do Max Plyo today, I did Max Interval Circuit which is what I missed yesterday. The DVD was still in the player and it was 5am so I couldn't be arsed with finding a different DVD even though the box was right next to the telly
It's so LONG and ENERGETIC and HOT. Thought my face might actually melt off by the end. I've never seen so much sweat come off a human before. I liked lots of the punching stuff. Not so much the sideways suicide jumps, I had to go slow otherwise I would have done myself a mischief!!
Tomorrow I'm back on the calendar and will do Max Cardio.
I am really impressed with your handstand prowess Mitchy! I haven't got the balance, I need to find a wall to lean against, I'm going to give a handstand push-up a go. I fear I will be able to go down but not back up - my arms are puny twigs!!

Mitchy1nge Tue 09-Jul-13 20:44:20

argh max interval circuit sounds utterly horrific - I was up at 5 too thinking it would be cooler, not that I got far enough to feel any heat, just pain. Have you got a fan?

terrified that I have lost my mojo for insanity altogether, my idea of exercise today has been foam rolling myself all over the floor instead but will tape up my knee and try max cardio tomorrow morning

Reastie Wed 10-Jul-13 12:24:32

mitchy how did max cardio go? Did you manage it OK?

office the max workouts sound impossible to me confused

Well, yet again no one to look after DD <sigh>. I've managed most days so far but knew I wouldn't manage insanity today with her around so went out for a jog in the garden with her instead. Did some sprinting and jogging and lunges with DD running around me thinking it was all a game. Tbh I feel like I've cheated as I probably only did the equivalent of the warm up and cool down on insanity but it's better than nothing I guess...

Mitchy1nge Wed 10-Jul-13 13:11:45

argh how annoying but even if you only do insanity 3x a week that's still 12 tough workouts a month!

I got about halfway and thought FUCK THIS SHIT when I saw there was still almost half an hour to go blush better than yesterday and I think the knee stuff is mostly in my mind but ugh. Am not sure.

stowsettler Wed 10-Jul-13 17:03:01

Oooh Mitchy that doesn't sound good, if your knee is bad maybe you should cut yourself some slack and give it a rest for a bit - especially in this heat, when it takes so much willpower to get going in the first place.

I got back on it yesterday, and today was Pure Cardio + Cardio Abs. Gotta say, it didn't feel too bad (even though I had to stop loads). I'm into the final week of Month 1 now so I'm somewhat dreading Month 2.

yztj Wed 10-Jul-13 20:48:57

Reastie with my dd who is 2 1/2 I let her watch her programmes on the tv & I do my workout using our portable DVD player. My son gets to play on the I pad so he's v happy! I then usually get to work up a sweat without being interrupted by requests for drinks, snacks etc. Could u not play the DVD on your laptop?
On the other hand it is lovely that u had a fun game running around with her. Since starting insanity I have more energy all day which means I can do more activities with my kids smile

Reastie Wed 10-Jul-13 21:07:31

yztj you'd think she'd sit quietly watching a DVD, but no, if I'm doing exercises she has to be right next to me getting in my way and getting bored after 5 minutes and insisting I play with her (or tries jumping/hugging me when I'm in awkward stretches). She's lovely and I appreciate her enthusiasm to join in but I just need 40 minutes to myself!

mitchy just do what you can and don't push yourself too much.

stow I know, I don't know how I'll cope with month 2 either!

Hoping for the power workout tomorrow <crosses fingers>

yztj Wed 10-Jul-13 21:12:45

Going on holiday in 2 wks so won't be d

yztj Wed 10-Jul-13 21:39:34

Going on holiday in 2 wks so won't be doing mth 2 for quite a while. Reastie I will be v interested to hear how u get on & stow too smile & how many inches u lose too!!!

Reastie Thu 11-Jul-13 07:26:33

I'm going on hol on sat but taking insanity with me - hoping there will be no excuses not to do it every day as DH will be able to look after DD wink . Loads of organising and packing to do today - our house is in a state of chaos as building work being done and no kitchen at the minute so everything takes ages.

stowsettler Thu 11-Jul-13 11:06:15

Hah, Reastie, me too! Just 3 days away but I'm packing those DVDs. Good luck with the packing.

stowsettler Fri 12-Jul-13 09:31:46

Yay, got up and did Cardio Power & Resistance at 6am. I'm in work all day today so very relieved to have already done it - I had an impromptu day off yesterday because it was so hot when I got home! Feeling bloody good at the mo - obviously, with 3 days away coming up, all this is going to change wink

Mitchy1nge Fri 12-Jul-13 09:37:01

well done! I went for my run just before 6 but my body was all 'fuck OFF I am technically ASLEEP, we can walk as fast as you like but no running' I wonder if it would prefer one of the insanity workouts instead? It doesn't seem to miss then yet grin

stowsettler Fri 12-Jul-13 11:11:58

Good work for getting up though Mitchy! You have the application if not the will!!

Reastie Fri 12-Jul-13 16:20:48

Just popping on to say off on hols tomorrow. Used today as my day off for the week (although really I have another workout to go until I get there...)

stow 6am?! that's seriously impressive, hope the feel good lasted all day.

stowsettler Fri 12-Jul-13 22:18:42

Have fun Reastie I suspect 6am, and Plyometric Cardio Circuit will pass me by tomorrow (bit pissed)!!

Mitchy1nge Sun 14-Jul-13 12:39:59

have a great holiday reastie smile

where is everyone else? I'm restarting month one of insanity tomorrow - maybe alternate with running days so three of each, easy on the jumping?

mynameisslimshady Sun 14-Jul-13 12:44:25

Hi everyone.

Can I join the thread please. I am starting tomorrow, I tried a couple of months back, got 4 weeks in and gave up.

I am determined to stick it out this time although my very unsupportive dh reckons I'll never manage.

I need a daily kick up the bum if possible grin

Mitchy1nge Sun 14-Jul-13 13:31:15

ah hello! Did you give up during recovery week? I'm thinking about training for a 10k so my excuse was to prioritise that, something was mutilating my knees and it doesn't seem to be the running (although is barely 12k a week) - anyway am doing insanity a bit less aggressively this time. Did you do week five or try any of the week six and onward workouts?

mynameisslimshady Sun 14-Jul-13 13:38:10

I didn't try week 5 at all, I saw 'recovery week' and took it a bit too literally, I skipped one day then didn't think it would matter if I skipped another, then told myself I'd start month 2 next week and got out of the habit.

I found I was so much fitter after about week 3 so I really wish I carried on.

I'm not going to weigh myself but I will take measurements again and hopefully stick at it this time.

Mitchy1nge Sun 14-Jul-13 13:48:22

you can do it!

I am quite excited about starting again, I love what it has done so far (a few kg of blubber gone and some lovely muscles showing instead) but I am really all or nothing so just need to moderate myself a bit.

it is a bit warm for it at the moment though confused

mynameisslimshady Sun 14-Jul-13 13:52:40

I can't believe you are going for it a second time (or have you done it more than once).

I reckon I have a couple of stone to lose really, but I just want to tone up and feel fitter more than anything else.

Do you find it better doing the dvds in the morning or night?

Mitchy1nge Sun 14-Jul-13 14:14:43

toning up usually means losing fat and or building muscle doesn't it? (I think, always get confused about that)

no I only got a day or two into month two and hit a massive mental block, what I really want is to get through it and do the asylum which is in my house and patiently waiting for me to finish insanity!

mornings definitely, I'm half dead by the evening, I can walk/jog/ride but not cope with insanity at that time - how about you?

mynameisslimshady Sun 14-Jul-13 14:56:55

I'd be happy to either lose fat or build muscle I'm abit like a jelly atm grin

I find mornings easier really, dh is here to look after my youngest dd, but he sits and laughs at me which is pretty offputting, he works afternoons/evenings but by then the rest of the kids are home from school and are just as bad with the laughing.

Do you follow the diet plan too?

Mitchy1nge Sun 14-Jul-13 17:04:47

I'm sort of loosely following the one that came with the asylum, it's similar but (for me) easier to understand - it means eating constantly (every two hours) which is harder than it sounds shock are you on MFP?

why does he watch you and laugh, is he fat? He could make himself useful elsewhere surely? Or help you count the fit test? I could cope with an audience who correct my form or join in but not if they going to be twats

yztj Sun 14-Jul-13 17:47:32

I always do insanity first thing in the morning b4 the school run. It sort of sets me up for the day. Any later & i'd find excuses not to do it!
I try to follow the mealplan but to the letter.

Sorry meant to say not to the letter. MFP has helped with calorie counting. I Try to include complex carbs & protein in each meal.
My DH has weight to lose too. He is doing a wigerd hybrid of slim fast & not eating diet. He has lost 1/2 stone whereas my scales have not moved. I can c & feel muscle but wish I had taken photos before I started so I could c if any progress has been made. Taking measurement is such a gd idea.
DH walks in & makes comments about my thighs getting big like beyonces & my calfs r enormous but I just ignore him & know that if I carry on I will get the body I want & deserve.
It took a long time to get this size so it won't disappear in 3 wks!!

mynameisslimshady Sun 14-Jul-13 18:17:27

He quite recently changed jobs so he does very physical work and lost a load of weight without really trying. I'm still suffering the after effects of having 4 children and working nightshifts so my metabolism has gone to pot and I am too afraid to go to the gym. He finds it funny that I have to make a huge effort and he more or less strolled into work and lost a load of weight. I think he prefers me 'bigger' so he isn't being very encouraging really.

I don't think I am massively overweight really, I'm about a 14/16 probably more towards a 16 atm, but I am pretty unfit and always find some excuse to put it all off another day. I'd like to get to a size 12 (well I would like to be a 10 but realistically I think a 12 should be my aim).

I have got the MFP app downloaded but I haven't really looked at it yet. I might actually get up at half five in the morning and get it done before the rest of the household wake up. Will probably be easier than trying to get a free 45 mins during the day.

Is eating every 2 hours to sort your metabolism out?

Reastie Sun 14-Jul-13 18:22:46

hello, greetings from my holiday grin and hello myname .

angry at all of these 'D' Hs making comments/heckling. I got my DH to do the fit test with me this morning grin . He's pretty good about not making comments but I put on alot of weight during pg/bfing (over 5 stone blush ) and he pretty much physically ignored me, which led to a vicious cycle of me hating myself/needing some confidence/feeling worse about myself/not caring as I looked so awful and so eating. I'm finally back and infact lower than my immediate pre preg weight <cheers> but I'd like to be a healthy BMI (have got just under a stone to get there) and want to get fitter that was really dull wasn't it .

yztj take photos now, quick! That way you can compare now to the end of the 60 days. And don't let DH get you down, slow off is the best way to make it stay off IMO.

myname I'd like to see your DH give insanity a go - bet he wouldn't be laughing then wink

Having a fab holiday but not so great on the diet front......

Reastie Sun 14-Jul-13 18:23:56

xpost - myname if you want to friend me on MFP Im reastie1

mynameisslimshady Sun 14-Jul-13 19:27:27

Thanks, I have just had a look and I don't know how to add people using usernames, I can only see how to do it from phone or facebook, mine is stayawayfromkfc if anyone would like to add me.

I'm going to take the dreaded photos and do my measurements later on tonight before I start tomorrow.

yztj Sun 14-Jul-13 19:40:03

Reastie r u on holiday here or overseas? If u r in the uk u have got fab weather smile
I just took photos on my iPhone which was quite depressing but u r right to do it now. Better late than never.

Quick question for the veteran insanity ladies about ab workouts in the c sit position. When I do them After a while my lower back aches. I did watch a v short q&a video with Shaun t who explained how to get in the correct position so I think my form is correct as at the beginning I feel my abs working but after a while my lower back aches. Could it be because the muscles in my back r v weak? I know my core is v weak. It's getting stronger I'm sure since starting insanity as b4 my tummy always stuck out as I never held my abs in at all. Should I carry on & just take breaks as and when & hope my back gets stronger ?

Reastie Sun 14-Jul-13 20:10:54

yztj I'm on hol in UK, weather has been fab smile Hope you get some help with c sit thing - I did the abs workout for first time yesterday and could barely manage half of it blush

Mitchy1nge Sun 14-Jul-13 20:30:59

those lower back muscles ARE your core aren't they, or big part of it? It goes round you, like a belt? I found that hurt at the front most but never really know if I'm doing it properly and it feels like ages since I did it now (can't be more than a week or two?)

mynameis I think the idea of the five tiny meals a day is to keep blood sugar up for exercising and to keep hunger/cravings away? Am not sure but it suits me when I'm organised (which am not this weekend)

Mitchy1nge Sun 14-Jul-13 20:55:05

I might have imagined the bit about the muscles wrapping round you?

officelady Tue 16-Jul-13 07:00:48

Morning fellow insanians! Good to see that we have fresh blood new people on the thread - welcome all!
I did a similar thing to you slimshady and took recovery week a bit too literally - only managed 3 out of the 6 workouts then the following week I only did 1, yes 1 session of the max workouts blush
BUT!!! I shall not beat myself up because I am BACK IN THE ZONE BABY! I have meal planned and shopped for a week's worth of healthy food using the Elite Nutrition book and I restarted the workouts yesterday. So far have only done Max Cardio Conditioning and Max Interval Circuit. Can I just say that it is far too hot for sideways suicide jumps! In fact it is far too hot for any sort of exercise - so I am getting up at 5am and straight into my sports bra and trainers and doing an early morning workout before the day begins.
I "only" have 2 and a half weeks left to make it to the finish line. I have decided that my reward will be to take the rest of August off and eat, drink and be merry! Looking forward to it already ...

stowsettler Tue 16-Jul-13 17:57:21

Hi everyone, back from 3 days away. I took my Insanity DVDs with me and...didn't even open the case! Not going to do it tomorrow either because I have a spa day. Hoping I'll be up to it on Thursday after work.

But then...straight back on it. Nearing the end of Month 1 (it's taken nearly 6 weeks mind, what with days off / other exercise) and then it's Month 2. Yikes.

Mitchy1nge Tue 16-Jul-13 20:39:09

yay all back in the zone smile

except me, am just running a few more miles each week instead

Reastie Wed 17-Jul-13 18:38:17

Go office you sound in the zone indeed.

stow <friendly kick up the bum> just make sure you do get back on it. I'm getting towards the end of week 3 and feeling very confused about month 2 - can it get any harder?!

mitchy how's the knee?

Did cardio and abs today. It's too hot for this though, I'm actually getting worse at the workouts rather than better and I'm trying to blame it on the heat confused . Got recovery day tomorrow though thank goodness.

Spent all morning at the beach (we're still on holiday) what fab weather, will be sad to go home on Friday.

Mitchy1nge Thu 18-Jul-13 12:46:39

hi reastie, what lovely holiday weather for you! My knee is happy thanks smile it doesn't like me running down hill (it should be easier, but no) but otherwise it much prefers running to insanity

I miss the all-day mood boost I was getting each morning though sad

officelady Thu 18-Jul-13 19:51:56

Bad news about the knee Mitchy, I would love to enjoy running but I'm just naturally shit at it! Also I have a weird thing about exercising in public, I won't go to a gym but I can leap around in my living room with my curtains drawn hmm
I love my post-exercise glow of smugness. It's a great mood lifter!

Reastie Fri 19-Jul-13 19:37:50

office grin to your closet exercise habits

mitchy glad knee is OK.

I was due to do a workout today but the heat got to me (and exhaustion - been up since 4am). It's soooooo hot. Hoping to get back on it tomorrow as that's 2 days off, I'm thinking maybe a more realistic attitude to take is 4 - 5 workouts a week not 6.

CrossWords Sat 20-Jul-13 22:43:56

Can i join? On day 4 and today was cardio recovery which was lovely compared to plyometric circuit thing and drills ... Am starving and eating all the time - worried am cancelling out the workouts by how much food im getting through!! Have loved tae bo and jillian in the past but this is a whole new level of pain ....

officelady Sun 21-Jul-13 11:20:11

Hello and welcome, CrossWords! Always good to see a new face on the thread grin
I'm also suffering from feeling starving all the time - I tried really hard this week and used the Elite Nutrition book but then I got a text for 50% off at Dominos so I demolished 3/4 of a large pizza for my tea last night blush
Anyway, long story short, I have put on a pound this week. Am still only 7st 9 so nothing to freak out about (I'm only 5ft tall so about a size 8 on a good day). I'd like to level out at 7st 7lbs, just need to get a grip on my appetite!!
I did my fit test again today and really went for it, got some good improvements in my scores!
Only 2 weeks left for me to complete the 60 days - I'm sure I can burn off 2lbs if I stay away from the pizza confused

Mitchy1nge Tue 23-Jul-13 15:28:29

Only two weeks! You have to do it for those of us dropping out along the way, all our hopes are pinned upon YOU officelady. No pressure though. How is everyone else doing?

my weight has been fluctuating insanely, a kg or more either way day by day, mainly because it is very difficult to eat 3oz of lean protein on a bed of wilted spinal with a teaspoon of flax seed oil when you're out at restaurants or parties or whatever. I'm still sort of trying to follow the Asylum plan, the elite nutrition one was more difficult to understand and interpret and adapt I think.

I miss insanity and I'm not even running as much as I thought, only nine miles all week last week, please let my energy come back soon sad

Mitchy1nge Tue 23-Jul-13 15:29:09

wilted SPINACH


Reastie Tue 23-Jul-13 18:29:57

mitchy hope you get your groove back soon. Is it hot where you are? I'm really struggling with the heat. I did the warm up for the power workout yesterday (yes, just the warm up blush ) and had to give up as I was too hot. I did a little jog and some toning bits outside (cooler out there than inside) afterwards but feel a bit cheaty. Hopefully will manage a workout tomorrow but this heat is making it really hard for me.

Hi cross how have you been doing past couple of days?

Office that's alot of pressure on your shoulders there from mitchy grin

It's odd re: weight loss. Have consistently lost about a pound a week for over a year but since starting insanity have lost 1 lb in about 4 weeks. Keep telling myself it must be muscle! hmm

officelady Tue 23-Jul-13 20:12:30

I have given up with the Elite Nutrition - too much wilted spinal for my liking! Back on Hairy Dieters instead and lots of chocolate.
It has been so hot that I have been getting up at 4.30 to do my workouts. I know that is bonkers but my dh is working away at the moment so I can please myself and go to bed at 9 if I feel like it! It's still too hot - I have to towel myself down during the 30 sec breaks. And I'm basically exercising in bra and pants. What an attractive image that is! I finally feel like I've got the hang of push-ups. It's only taken me 2 months!
I really feel like I'm almost there - only 10 workouts left grin

Reastie Wed 24-Jul-13 10:22:51

Did pyrotechnics workout today grin . Think it's my favourite of all of them so far (when I say favourite, it's more a case of best of a tough bunch!) but I still lie on the floor in a sweat puddle alot when shaun is telling me to dig deeper confused . Am now on to week 4 from next workout but it's taken me alot longer to get to week 4 than 4 weeks as I've been struggling with childcare/heat to get them done. Then it's recovery grin

Office 4:30??????? That's dedication! How do the max workouts compare to the first month? Are they the same but longer or are they tougher throughout?

officelady Wed 24-Jul-13 14:17:06

Reastie the max workouts are longer AND harder - apart from Max Recovery which seems to be a similar level. The workouts are all about an hour long. Actually they don't seem massively longer once you get going, but a lot of the moves are even more intense. For example, you might do a section of High Knees, but you have to also keep your arms straight up in the air the whole time. And there are sideways suicide jumps which are a killer! And many more truly torturous moves but I won't spoil the surprise for you wink
Anyway you'll have a lovely "rest" week of Core Cardio in between so you can recover a bit!

Reastie Mon 29-Jul-13 07:43:04

Longer and harder confused .

Well, I've been doing some home workouts in the garden past few days (bit like insanity light - doing similar moves but also incorporating jogging/running) and am quite enjoying it and definitely am faster thanks to the insanity I've done so far. It's easier to do this in the morning with DD as she enjoys joining in and running with me whereas I can't do insanity with her. Think I'll stick with that this week as I can't get any childcare all week then back on insanity next week. How is everyone doing?

alphamalesPOV Sat 11-Jan-14 19:45:54

Do it, do it, do it - if only for the first month - then head off to a gym to begin phase two - it is an awesome cardio development/fat burner/muscle building program.

Jayne75 Sun 12-Jan-14 19:30:53

Yes! I started on 30th December and am on rest day today. Starting week 3 tomorrow. Anyone else?

ParenthoodJourney Sun 12-Jan-14 19:40:45

I did it in the summer. Had a Caribbean holiday to motivate me and means my DP did it together everything night.

You need motivation and dedication, it is hard. But after the first two weeks of getting into it if you miss a day you will feel awful! It is addictive. I looked the best I ever have since DS after doing it. Was worth it. However, keep it up as I let it all go down the pan after holiday. Now doing jillian Michaels.

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