Day 3: A Not So Recovering Recovery

Today was tough.  Not necessarily physically, but mentally.  I was not into this workout tonight nor did I ever get into it.

The first problem  came from the fact that after work I was so beat that I took a nap… until 9 o’clock at night.  Probably not my smartest move but I didn’t even think about setting an alarm when I went to bed because who naps for 5 hours?  All I know is that when I woke up, I was dehydrated, groggy, and hungry.  Not a good mix of feelings to bring with you into a workout.

The second problem came from the misconceptions I had about this Cardio Recovery workout.  Before going into a workout, I like to know what I’m facing.  Mentally it allows myself to prepare for what’s to come.  Well, today that backfired.  I read some reviews (more than 1) that said this recovery workout was primarily composed of basic yoga moves and only ran 33 minutes in length.  I’m not sure what workout they’re using but it certainly wasn’t the same one I did!  My workout ran over 50 minutes (including warm-up & cool down) and included a lot more than the basic yoga move; since when are pulsing squats incorporated in a yoga flow? My point exactly!

Overall, once I grasped the fact that the workout was going to be close to an hour and it would make me work a little, it went okay.  I always incorporate cardio into my workout warm-ups no matter if I’m doing weights or yoga, so it was a bit different not to start my workout with my heartbeat gurgling in my throat.  I did sweat a little but no where near the level I normally do, maybe 10% of the sweat the other INSANITY workouts brought on.  As for the recover part, I know understand why its specifically cardio recovery and not just recovery; your heartbeat may not get a break from the cardio zone but your muscles have no chance to recover.  I found a lot of power & resistance moves in this workout and in INANITY fashion, a large focus on your core.

I am glad that I did the workout (now that I’m on the other side of it) and honestly don’t think I would have completed it tonight if I didn’t have my twitter followers holding me accountable and this review to write.  

A big thank you to all who have taken the time to read this and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or thoughts!


Insanely yours, livefitandfree


I found out later that the workout I did was actually Max Recovery and not Cardio Recovery. See Correction: