In Review - Insanity Day 2

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So you've always wanted to know what happens when you go insane, huh? Well, you sweat a lot, your breathing becomes labored, the walls start closing in on...wait. Scratch that last part!

After much prodding from my guy Dave, I embarked on what is probably one of the most challenging cardio workouts that I've EVER done--PERIOD. Shaun T's Insanity Plyo Circuit was a monster from the start. I'm so used to warming up and stretching first before going right into the workout, but Shaun T was about to show me why he calls it Insanity.

Generally, when a workout DVD starts playing for me, I groove to the music a little bit to just get myself mentally prepared to do the workout. I grooved a few seconds too long because when Shaun was ready to GO he was MOVING and I got left behind. But I kept pushing. Keep moving. Kept UP with Shaun T and the folks.

Kids, I didn't know my legs could move that fast. Honestly, there were times that my arms and legs were moving so fast that I was sure that I'd been possessed by some powerful masochist workout demon spirit! I won't lie--there were times that I had to push pause and let my heart rate come down to a safer range. There were times that I said, "Oh my God, I HATE YOU SHAUN T!" There were times when a few four letter words flew Shaun T's direction--heck, MORE than a few times!

I wanted to give up SO many times after starting this workout. 20 minutes in, I was ready to say, "Screw it! I'm done!" But some sick, twisted part of me enjoyed basking in the throws of pleasurable pain. Something inside said, "Larry, PUSH!!!! PUSH!!! DON'T SIT DOWN!!! YOU WANT A MORE TONED BODY? YOU WANT A BODY LIKE SHAUN'S?!!! YOU AIN'T GONNA GET IT BY SITTING DOWN ON THE BED AND RESTING!!!! GET UP AND MOVE YOUR AZZ!!!!!" Talk about encouraging yourself and being your own personal trainer, huh?

By far, the most challenging moves were the Level 1 Drills and the Ski abs. For level one, he takes you to plank, down for 4 fast push-ups, back to plank for some core work, then up like your coming out of a burpee, then back down again and again and again...I'm sure I'm probably still doing them right now! That's how many there are! Yes, I collapsed on the floor! But I yelled at myself, "Get your weak azz up and GO, GO, GO!!!!!!!" And strangely enough, that WORKED! Self-motivation is KEY!

All in all, Insanity gave me possibly the best cardio workout I've had in a long time, and that's saying a lot because I've been on some pretty extreme programs here for a long time. I'm a guy who hates cardio, but I actually enjoyed this because you didn't have TIME to worry about how many minutes of the workout you had just had time to GO and breathe! Insanity--it's definitely not for everyone, but I know I'll be one of the first in line to add what's sure to be an AWESOME workout regimen to my library come July! ...That's what happens when you go insane...

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1 Response to "In Review - Insanity Day 2"

  1. Coach81 Says:
  2. Wow.. just finished this one this morning! OMG!!! I thought about your blog when I was trying to do Level ones... Geez.. what a workout! But I made it through... I survived!!!