Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Insanity Days 5 - 10 this is B Flo coming to you with the latest update on her insanity training. Promise I'll refrain from talking about myself in the third person.

Anyways, so I've made it through day 10. Big victory. Especially because I found out some people at work (namely my boss and coworker started a bet about how long I would last). Don't worry, it was all done in good humor, and honestly, they bet I would last 2 weeks and 1 week, 4 days, respectively. Which is longer than I would have bet on myself...anyways, here's a recap.

For Days 1 - 4 refer to my previous blog. To summarize though: I thought I was dead on multiple occasions...

Day 5: Pure Cardio

So today was called 'Pure Cardio', and not going to lie...I was a little nervous. Since I don't really do Cardio. I mean, to be fair, I don't really do "working out" either. Anyways, Day 5 the sore-ness actually decreased. I think this is the tipping point in any workout regiment. Day 5 you actually start to get less sore. You can probably take this as a medical fact. Regarding the 'Pure Cardio' - it was probably the most intense workout I've done (with Insanity, and I'm pretty sure since High School). In the video even Shaun T said he was nervous about what was going to happen! When the instructor of the video says know that you're basically fucked.

Day 6: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

So this was basically a repeat of Tuesday's fun-ness. Surprisingly, I think it went a little easier than Day 2. Definitely didn't leave me as sore the next day. The hardest part of the workout today was that I was ridiculously hung over, so I had to push my workout back til like 4ish...but I made it work, and was pretty proud. The hardest part is really planning your life around your workout. Like I have to think about what I'm doing each day and make sure that I'm either allotting enough time for workout, or prioritizing the workout over other things. Honestly, TV has taken the biggest hit (as I'm watching tonight's revenge...).

Day 7: Rest

Best. Day. Of. The. Workout. Just Kidding, but not really. After six intense days, I really needed to just relax and not worry about my workout for the day.

Day 8: Cardio & Power Resistance

While this is a really tough workout, I actually have grown to enjoy it. If there's one thing I've realized it's that I'm not nearly as strong as I thought. I think going into this workout I always knew that I was not in shape, but oh man I wasn't nearly as strong as I thought. So this Cardio Power & resistance was pretty helpful on strengthening your core, arms and legs. Definitely will be helpful in making sure I'm toned.

Day 9: Pure Cardio

Another round of Pure Cardio...It's not my favorite. It's basically 15 minutes of straight cardio...It's rough, but I actually think it worked out better than the first time. I was definitely able to push myself further than in week one. Despite the fact that it sucked, it was great feeling like my workout was actually helping me improve. Maybe one day i'll actually be able to get through this exercise...

Day 10: Plyometric Cardio Circuit, also known as the day Hell Froze Over

So today was a very interesting day...Let me back up to Day 9. While I was talking to someone at work, I kept saying how worried I was that there was going to be a Wednesday where I wasn't going to be able to do my workout. You see, Wednesdays I usually work pretty late, and I've got trivia at 8:30, and don't get home until about there doesn't really leave too much time to workout.

So, they suggested that I work out in the morning. I actually may have laughed in her face. If you know me, you know that there are two things I don't do: work out and wake up early. But then thinking about it, I realized that I was already doing one of those things. So why not try for the next one? I guess I don't really know what's come over me. I'm starting to think that I need to start getting shit done. I *could* wake up early and work out, I just didn't want to. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? I believe Kelly Clarkson said that first. I can't take all the credit.

Anyways, I realized I wasn't really doing anything substantial after 10pm on Tuesday...why not just go to bed, and wake up early the next day? The only reason I had was because I didn't want to. That's not a good reason. So I decided to do it. Then, craziness happened...I actually did it! Like I woke up at 6am, got ready, worked out, showered, got breakfast and went to work! I'm pretty sure I just confirmed the coming apocalypse. Sorry, guys...

Anyways, tomorrow is Cardio Recovery! Looking forward to it!

Until the next time...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Insanity Days 1 - 4

So I decided to start blogging. There are a couple of reasons. Partly because 140 characters wasn't enough. (that was a twitter reference, btw). Partly because I enjoy writing, so I figure this will be fun.

Finally, i recently started insanity. The workout plan. And me. (If you know me, you know how crazy that is). It's day four and i'm more sore than i've ever been in my life. I realized that I want to document this stuff. Also my life (although now, it basically revolves around this workout plan).
But anyways, here's a recap.

Also, Here's the total workout plan. (Left)

Reasoning behind Insanity: well...there are a couple reasons behind my decision to do this insanity program. Obviously I'm insane, but aren't we all? But really, for a while now, I've been thinking: "Wow Brittany (I often refer to myself in the third person when I talk to myself), you are really out of shape. You should work out." So I tell myself...I'll work out tonight. Then I get home and I start watching TV and then I watch more TV, and then I have to go to bed. Then I wake up the next day and repeat. But getting in shape is something that's really important to me. If/when Zombies attack, I need to be sure that I'm in my physical peak. And, frankly, I'm just not there yet.

I leave for Cabo May 12th, and have been thinking that I really need to get my ass in shape. I call it, "Operation Cabo Body". About a week or so ago, my family was talking about these insanity workouts and how they are crazy. Also, how I could never do it. But also how they're supposed to get you in shape in 60 days. I saw some before and after pictures and figured my before isn't nearly as bad as some of these people, so I bet I'd see results by the time I left for Cabo. So, that's my goal. I feel like I'm the kind of person that really needs to go all out or just not do anything at all. I am. Doing these insanity workouts, and telling people that I'm doing them so that I'm kinda forced to follow through on this. Also, I need to prove my mother wrong.

Day One: The Fit Test.

SHOCKER: I found out I'm not fit. They had us do a bunch of "fit tests" and see how many of each thing we could do. It was ridiculous. I was dying within the first few minutes...At certain points, I had to physically stop. Luckily, Shaun T's legal team makes him tell us that we can stop and take a rest if we need to. So I did. I'm also pretty sure i was doing every exercise wrong. So Day One. Found out I'm a failure. Also literally thought I was going throw up at the end.

Day Two: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Basically the most intense workout I had ever had. (Until possibly Day 3...). So many drills...Basically, from what I've gathered, the point of insanity is to literally work out to the point of insanity, usually about 3 minutes, then take a break, then go at it again. Luckily, the whole thing (including pre and post stretches) takes about 42 minutes. Which actually is pretty nice. It's about 35 minutes of hell. But I'm hoping totally worthless. Anyways, by the end of this workout I was on the ground again, and even though I didn't need to throw up, I was shaking uncontrollably.

Day Three: Cardio Power and Resistance

Okay so Wearing heels to work on Day Two and Three was a terrible decision. I was basically a hot mess. Even before workout three started. Anyways, if these workouts have taught me anything so far, it's that not only am I not in shape, but physically I'm not as strong as I thought I was, and I'm just as flexible as I thought I was (which, by the way, is NOT AT ALL flexible). There were actually some exercises where I actually was literally not flexible enough to complete them. Also, my legs and arms were giving out. I'm really hoping that I get my shit together by next week.

Day Four: Cardio Recovery

I'm not going to lie, I was really looking forward to today. I was like, this is going to be great. I'm going to get to recover. I totally mistook the "cardio recovery" for muscle recovery. It was definitely cardio recovery, I wasn't panting or anything, but my muscles did not get a break. There was lots of stretching...and lunges. My legs gave out again. This is definitely something I'll need to work on. There were also a lot of yoga moves, which, given my terrible flexibility, was not terribly fun for me.

Anyways, super excited for Day Five. The tough thing about all of this is that I've got to make sure that I don't go anywhere over the weekend, and that I've got enough time after work every day to do this workout. Well, Sunday is the day off (luckily), so I've got two more days to go. Then rinse and repeat.

Until next time...

Also, this was very fun. I think I'll continue.