Honesty is the Best Policy!

Insanity: The Asylum is not just hard, it’s quite frankly insane! And time consuming! I honestly did that program for two days before I gave up and went back to my all time favorite workout regimen, T25. I’m not just a single mother of two (which would make my schedule crazy enough) but I’m also a college student, which means I have little to no time for self-improvement. Which is why I can’t stick with these programs that have 45-90 minute workouts every single day. I need something that will allow me to get in and get fit without compromising those precious few hours while my children are at school (and I’m not).

Since I was trying to push myself, I started on the first week of T25 Beta, which is kind of like the intermediate level (gamma would be the advanced). I am happy to report that after that first week I was down 5 pounds and lost 2 inches around my waist (which is my target area), so it wasn’t a complete bust!  Here’s what the Beta calendar consists of:

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I didn’t do the doubles option, I chose to do the core cardio on Saturday instead. To be honest this is the workout regimen for me, I’ve lost the desire to try out other programs. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it! However, if you haven’t found the program that works best for you I would highly recommend trying out a few before you financially commit to one. Here’s some additional blogs that might be worth checking out if you’re still wanting an outsiders opinion

Entering the Asylum!

This week I wanted to start on Insanity: The Asylum. This is an extreme high-intensity workout program that is marketed towards athletes. Here is a little summary of the workouts they introduce in this program

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This program has it’s own version of the Fit Test that I completed last week with the original Insanity program

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The workouts are segmented into 5 day chunks. The scheduled week of workouts for the first 5 days is as follows:

  • Monday – Speed and Agility
  • Tuesday – Strength
  • Wednesday – Back to Core
  • Thursday – Vertical Plyo (that sounds fun…)
  • Friday – Rest Day (Yay!)

This program also requires a lot more equipment, such as a varied set of dumbbells, a speed rope (jump rope) and an agility ladder. Most of which I already have, except for the ladder. I’ll have to check my local sporting goods store and see if I can obtain one of those (I thought about just making the outline on my floor with some duct tape but I’m not sure how well that would work).

Since this is going to be the hardest program I have attempted so far I’m going to stick with it for more than just 1 week before going onto the bigger and badder Vol. 2 version. So next week I’ll add my Fit Test results and some measurements to see what kind of improvement I’ve gotten through these programs.

If you’re looking for another fitness blog, or just general health related information, The BeachBody Blog is a great resource with a lot of awesome tips and topics! Feel free to check it out!

The Road To Change

Lately I’ve been finding myself in a pretty deep rut with this fitness journey. I’ve been following a healthy meal plan and getting in different workouts but the results just aren’t there. I realized that it is time to step out of my workout comfort zone and start on a program that will really push me. I’m not happy about it but the road to change is rarely (if ever) an easy one. Although, once you get past the anxiety and fear of pushing yourself to new heights, the outcome is usually worth all of the pain and then some.

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So, for the next three weeks I will be embarking on a journey that I like to call The Insanity Series. This morning I did the fit test for the original Insanity  fittest A  fittest B

I will be making my way through the first week of workouts for that program, which looks like this:

  • Monday – Fit Test
  • Tuesday – Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Wednesday – Cardio Power & Resistance
  • Thursday – Cardio Recovery
  • Friday – Pure Cardio
  • Saturday – Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Sunday – die… uhm, I mean rest…

Then next week I will begin with another fit test but I will be moving on to the first week of Insanity: The Asylum (so not excited for that) and I’ll finish out the third week by trudging through the beginning week of Insanity: The Asylum Vol. 2…… Wish me luck!

If you are still on the fence about starting an at home workout regimen my friend Crystal is an amazing BeachBody Coach. She is incredibly helpful and would love to answer any questions or concerns you have. Her website is http://www.teambeachbody.com/CRYSD13 and she also has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CrystalDaviesHealthFitness

Shake it Move it!

This week I was working through Sean T’s Hip Hop abs. This is a fun, heart pumping, sweat inducing dance workout regimen. I feel like it was much less intense compared with the other workout programs I’ve been trying and it was great to change things up a bit! You can tell right away that this is an older program (with a bit of a 90’s vibe) just by comparison of the trainers; Sean T looks so young! I feel like this workout was before he really solidified himself as an extreme workout-generating machine. Here’s the breakdown of workouts and the calendar to follow along with

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These workouts start out really basic and allow you to work your way up to the advanced dance moves, which was REALLY nice for me. Here’s a little clip from the fat burning cardio segment

Just to harp a little more on the benefits of Beachbody’s On Demand, I was able to access more than just the workouts for this program. There’s a section for downloading the calendar, the quick start guide, nutrition guide and so much more! If you haven’t already at least checked it out, I would strongly encourage you to do so! Again, you can find all the information about the On Demand program here: http://club.teambeachbody.com/