Leg Day Lovin’

Today was leg day and it just might be becoming my favourite day!  I was able to get new personal bests in my stiff leg deadlift, leg extension, and leg curl.  My routine included:

  • Smith Machine Squat – 95 x 12, 105 x 12, 115 x 12, 125 x 12
  • Stiff Leg Deadlift – 75 x 12, 85 x 12, 95 x 8
  • Leg Extension (machine) – 90 x 10 (twice), 70 x 12
  • Leg Curl (machine) – 80 x 10 (twice), 90 x 10
  • Barbell Standing Calf Raise – 45 x 20 (3 times)

This time I made sure to include a brief warmup and cool down to hopefully minimize DOMS later on.  I started with a 1000m erg that took 4:15 and ended with 5 minutes on the ARC trainer and a 5 minute stretch.  

Oh, and another one of my coworkers got a gym membership today to join in on the lunchtime workouts.  I guess the endorphins are contagious 🙂 Once again I recovered with a vanilla vega protein shake.  

My plan is to run hills tomorrow on my lunch break and then depending on how I’m feeling maybe hit up the gym after work for a little arm and ab session.  We shall see.  I will post more later! 

I’ve Found Where Insanity Gets Its Name From…

Oh. My. Goodness.

This morning’s workout called for Pure Cardio. Now if you’ve been reading along with my journey you would remember that I skipped the first Pure Cardio workout and substituted in a long run. So, this morning was my first time attempting this workout.

I now know the true meaning of an INSANITY workout. This workout is CRAZY! It’s not necessarily the moves that make it more difficult (although the jump from level 1, an activity that combines 4 push-ups with floor sprints, to level 2, same as level 1 but with 8 push-ups, was a lot harder), but the intensity and lack of breaks. Yeah, you heard me. Shaun T, once the warm-up is finished, gives NO time for a water break. It is constant HIIT moves for 22 or so minutes!

This workout had me sweating, panting, cursing, grunting, and occasionally screaming. I am happy to report that I made it through and only took two brief pauses in working out (for 20 or so seconds each). I will admit that when Shaun T called for the level 2 moves, I stuck with level 1. But hey, everyone has their weaknesses and one of mine happens to be push-ups.

I performed this workout in the morning before work. Once again I had no time waking up and the warm-up got rid of any groggy feelings. I did do this workout before I had breakfast, which means I was in a fasted state. I think it’s best to do these workouts on an empty stomach otherwise I’m sure I would have made a mess on the floor, if you know what I mean.

Overall, I’m happy that I’ve found the workouts to be intense. That’s what it’s all about right, train insane or remain the same. And as for results, I weighed-in and took my new measurements this morning! Check out my progress (yes, after only 1 week I have a change in my stats!!) on the “measurements” tab at the top of the page.If ya’ll have any questions, feel free to comment or email me through the “contact me” tab located alongside “measurements” at the top. That’s all for now!

Week 2 Begins

I am happy to announce that I have officially made it through my first week of INSANITY!

In retrospect, it was not all that terrible and I may have enjoyed myself (even if the feeling was fleeting).  It was definitely a good thing that I was held accountable by my twitter followers and this blog as there were a couple times (namely Friday) that I had zero motivation to turn on my DVD and sweat my heart out.

If you’re unfamiliar with how INSANITY goes, it is 6 days working out with one day of rest.  Every two weeks it calls for the Fit Test to benchmark progress.  The whole program is two months with one week of recovery in between.

Today was my INSANITY rest day and boy did I enjoy it.  I still went for a morning run, travelling 5km in just over 25 minutes.  

This week, now that I’m more familiar with the moves, I’m going to give everything I have so that by the time next week rolls around I will hopefully see marked improvement when I take my Fit Test 2. 

As for measurements, I will be taking those every Wednesday.

I hope y’all enjoyed my blogging thus far and continue to read on as I continue my journey.

Day 6

Whew! I just finished Plyometric Cardio Circuit and let me tell you, my body is glistening in sweat!

I have great news and that is that I can already see improvements!  My squats are getting quicker and for the level 1 drill I could actually continuously do the moves (including push-ups WITHOUT my knees on the ground!!).  I was struggling once again with the “ski abs” and the “in and outs.”  By the time the last time doing those moves I knew that my form was failing so instead I held a plank for 60s.  Hopefully as the days progress I can get stronger in those moves!

Another bonus is that I am starting to enjoy the workouts.  I find Shaun T motivating and the moves are challenging so I definitely feel I am getting a workout in.  I find that the longer I stick with something, the more routine it becomes, and mentally the work becomes easier.  Let’s hope this trend continues.

Now I am headed to a 60 minute yoga practice.  This is one of the easier classes of the week so I really want to use this time to stretch out my hard worked muscles and unwind a little bit. 

Namaste y’all