Finished Insanity Workout Program

I’ve finished the Insanity Workout.  Does that make me officially insane now?  Maybe a little.  It was definitely insanely hard!  I feel great having completed this workout.  I can also see the results – I’ve gone down 2 belt sizes and went from 226 lbs down to 208 lbs.

Sadly though, the 208 lbs that I reached after finishing the first week of month 2 didn’t last.  That was my all-time low, but after that first week of month 2 I started gaining weight.  I’m currently sitting at 211.5 lbs.  I have to say, seeing my weight go up was a little discouraging.  I was really hoping to get down to 200 lbs.  That was too much to ask I guess.  I don’t really know why I started putting on weight.  I’m hoping it was muscle mass contributing to the weight.  I maintained the same eating habits throughout the workouts.  Except for 1 weekend at week 3 of month 2.  It was a long weekend and we went camping.  There was a lot of wine, burgers and chocolate!

Regardless, I am definitely happy with the results.  Now I just have to decide what I’m going to do next.  It’s currently a toss up between these 2 programs.

I know I said I’d stay away from high impact workouts from now on, which is what the Asylum workout is, but it’s only one month long and it looks awesome! Then again, Rushfit is supposed to be amazing too! It’s supposed to be like Insanity on steroids without the high-impact madness.

Before I can start either of these 2 programs I’ll have to get some equipment. Rushfit requires dumbells, and Asylum comes with bands and a ladder. In the mean time I’ll be doing some Tabata workouts just to hopefully maintain my current fitness level. Of course, I still have decide which one I want to do.

I’d love to hear some other opinions so please don’t be afraid to leave a comment.

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1 Week of Insanity Left!

Only 1 week left and then I will have completed the Insanity Workout Delux Edition.  The delux edition basically switches out Cardio Abs for Insane Abs as well as Core Cardio and Balance with Max Interval Sports Training.  It does make it harder, but it’s not too crazy.

I can definitely say that I’m glad that I’ll be done soon.  I think my high impact workout days might be over.  I haven’t injured my knees during these exercises but, since my knees have always been a little sensitive, I’ve been “insanely” careful during these workouts.  I’ve taken extra care to always keep my knees behind my toes and to land softly during the jumps – and there is a lot of jumping.  It’s not always easy because being careful actually requires more energy.  Still, I think you should always be extremely careful with your knees.  The problem is that with such intense and exhausting workouts you can sometimes drop your guard and use bad form for just a second or two.  Unfortunately, that’s all it takes to damage your knee.

Another reason I’ll be glad that it’s over is that I seem to have hit a plateau.   I was 208 lbs after week 1 of month 2, then I slowly went up for a week until I hit 211.5 lbs.  I’m back down to 208 lbs, but it was definitely disheartening to start going up in weight.  It actually seemed to make  the workouts even harder :-)  I had to get my wife, Erika, to come down and push me just to keep my motivation levels up while I was doing the workouts!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still extremely happy with the results.  Plus, I feel great!  It’s just that I think my body needs a change.  If you are currently doing the Insanity Program keep at it, and good luck!

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I Almost Quit!

I thought I was going to quit a couple of times this week.  The workouts in month 2 are very insane.  Not, just your regular amount of insanity.  To make things even hard I recently started a contract where I have to commute to and from an office in downtown Calgary – I normally work from.  This eats up 1 1/2 hours per day – a half hour in the morning and an hour after work.  The commute seems to wipe me out so much, that I don’t feel like working out at all when I get home.

During 2 of these brutal workouts while I was extremely tired I almost threw in the towel.  I had 20 minutes left in the 55 minute workout and I was just barely able to complete the exercises, even with a lowered amount of intensity.  I did manage to make it, but I like I said, I lowered my intensity.  I wasn’t jumping as high, and sometimes not at all, but at least I made it.  That’s a win for me as far as I’m concerned.  I think it’s better to get through the exercises at a lower pace compared to stopping in the middle.

Anyway, I just wanted to say, “this stuff is hard!”  I’ve got less than 3 weeks left and then I think I’ll move on to something that is lower impact.

To anyone who is taking on Insanity, I say keep at it and good luck!

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Done Week 1 of Month 2!

I survived the first week of month 2.  So that means I’ve only got 3 full weeks left!!  I’m pretty excited and the results are still awesome.  I weighed in at 208 lbs this morning.  That’s 18 lbs down from 226 lbs in 6 weeks!

I’m exhausted right now so it’s off to bed for me.

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I Missed a Day!

Yesterday I missed a day!  I felt horrible because I really wanted to do this thing completely, from day 1 to day 63.  It was supposed to be my Max Cardio Conditioning workout and today is supposed to be my Max Recovery day.  I decided to do the Max Cardio Conditioning today instead and skip the recovery, since by not doing anything yesterday it was kind of a recovery anyway.

These Month-2 workouts are definitely a lot harder than the first month’s workouts.  So far so good though.  I seem to recall having a lot of trouble in the first week of month 1 as well.  I’m hoping it’ll be the same thing in month 2; i.e. I’ll feel a whole lot better once I’ve completed the first week of month 2.

Anyway, here goes!!

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Insanity Workout – First Day of Month 2. Ouch!

Now that was insane!  I went through the recovery week after month 1 and that was quite easy, the recovery week I mean.  I guess that was the goal.  It did get a little boring though because it was the same workout 6 days in a row.  Anyway, that’s over and today I did Max Interval Circuit – the first day of month 2 (last month).  That was a crazy hard workout.  At least it was for an old guy like me.  For the first time I actually started second guessing myself, but I managed to make it through.  Although, I couldn’t maintain the pace they kept in the video.

I’m hoping that the fact that I did the fitness test just before the workout had something to do with my fatigue.  that, and the fact that I ate way too much for supper.  We’ll see in the next workout.  Just to be safe though, I think I’m going to take my protein shake before and after my workout for that little extra boost.

Here we go!

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Fight the Burn With Baking Soda!

These Insanity Workouts have definitely been hard, and I get quite the muscle burn during some of the exercises in some of the workouts.  I took to the web to try to find a way to combat that, and I was surprised to find that baking soda and water can really make a difference.  The original article I read, which I can no longer find, mentioned 300 mg in a glass of water while working out – unless I completely misread that.  This is what I’ve been doing and I have noticed a difference.  Even if it’s just the placebo effect, it’s still positive and that’s all I need.

I’ve come across other articles that say more like 300 mg per kg of body weight, such as this one: baking-soda-may-beat-muscle-burn.  For me that would that would work out as follows:  I’m 213 lbs, which is roughly 97 kg X 300 mg = 29.1 grams!  That sounds like a lot.  Another article suggested 200 mg per kg of body weight: q-a-using-bicarbonate-to-buffer-lactic-acid-in-athletes-2.  That works out to 19.4 grams, and that still seems like a lot of baking soda to me – a table spoon is about 15 grams.  I think I’ll stick to my 300 mg per glass of water.

Potential Side Effects

  • It can cause diarrhea for some people.
  • Bad for blood pressure – 20 grams of baking soda contains about 5 grams of salt.

Muscle Pain After Workout

It’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)  It’s normal after a new or very hard workout, and it’s basically microscopic tears in your muscle fibers.  Unfortunately, baking soda won’t help with this.

Muscle Pain During Workout

Lactic acid is a by-product when the muscles use carbohydrates to create energy for exercise. Lactic acid then breaks down into hydrogen ions and lactate, and it’s the hydrogen ions that cause the pain.

How Baking Soda Fights Muscle Burn

Baking soda and water create an alkaline solution that helps buffer the acidity level within the blood and muscles. Reduced acidity means a balanced blood pH level, which in turn means no more muscle burn.

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