If you joined me here last week, you saw that I started Insanity!
You can go back and read the post, to see what I thought about the first week!
Since Insanity is a 60 day program, and honestly the first at-home workout program that I am taking seriously, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly update. This way, you can follow my Insanity journey, and see if it's right for you.
For those of you who haven't looked into Insanity seriously, it is a DVD bundle. I believe there are 12 DVD's each containing a workout on them. Month 1 the workouts you do are called things like: Pure Cardio, Cardio Recovery, Plyometric Cardio Circuit .... etc etc. These workouts are about 40 minutes long.
Between month 1 and month 2, there is a " recovery week". This whole week you do, a workout called Core Cardio and Balance.
Month 2 starts the "max" workouts. From what I've heard, month two feels like you are starting all over again on day 1 because it is so intense. These workouts are about 50-60 Minutes.
If you want to see the full 60 day Insanity workout calendar... click here <---
SO.... here's how I'm feeling after 14 days of Insanity:
The workouts have gotten easier for me. Days 1 and 2, I was suckin' wind... but now it's a challenge, just not so much a struggle. "Cardio Recovery" -- is my least favorite day of all. It's basically a stretch workout, which I understand some people might be thanking the lord for, if this is their first time doing an intense workout program.. .BUT, for me, it feels like an 'off day' and Insanity already gives you 1 full day of rest. So.. that's my only complaint.
On the other hand, after talking to a friend who is also doing Insanity we are both having trouble burning more than 350 calories per workout. I use a HR monitor and always make sure that I track how many calories burned, and surprisingly I have yet to break 400. By no means do I slack during these workouts. I give it my all. So for me, Insanity is GREAT -- but I need more of a workout than just that.
In addition to Insanity, I am running around 20 miles a week. I try to make sure I burn 500 calories a day (or more) during exercise.
I have yet to hear from a single person who has completed Insanity and said "this hasn't worked for me". Every single review, or person I have talked to has had amazing results -- this is why I'm sticking with it!
Here are some motivation before and after's that I have seen floating around the internet:
The last review... Vanessa, Is the most motivating to me. We have the same start weight, same start body fat %, and very similar measurements. I'm hoping that if I keep it up, I'll end up shredded like her! (;
Note on the Insanity Meal Plan: Insanity comes with a pretty awesome meal plan. It suggests 5 meals a day, with the calorie counts depending on your goals. Less calories for weight loss, a moderate amount for maintenance, more calories for weight (muscle) gain. I chose to use bits and pieces of the meal plan, but the biggest diet changes I have made are : NO dairy, and NO added sugars. Thats right, I cut out dairy entirely. Almost everything I eat is non-processed. There are a few exceptions, but I use Jillian Michael's rule: If it doesn't come from the ground, or have a mother -- don't eat it.
I also count calories. I count every single calorie actually. Even if it is mustard on a Subway, sub-- it is accounted for. I can go into further detail at a later date about my current meal plan, but for now you get the gist!