Insanity – Day 27 – Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

April 19, 2010

Today is the day, thats right, today is the day that I get all the way through Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs without taking any extra breaks.   That was the plan, and I was damn sure sticking with it.

As usual, the warm-up and stretching sections were no problem, but I needed a plan to get through the workout section.  And that plan was to switch the order of the excercises when I got to Level 2 drills.   When the Level 2 drills started, I did Frog Jumps instead, and then when the DVD started into the Frog Jumps, I did Level 2 drills instead.  I was able to push through and finish all 15 excercises without a break while matching Shaun T and the kids intensity level.  (no I am not talking about the intensity level of the skinny little crack ho who says  “I wanna leave”) 

I could not believe that I actually made it through, but once I got down to the last 3 excercises, I said there is no damn way I am getting this close and stopping now.   So I pushed through and then collapsed in a heap on the floor.   Of course once the cool down stretch was finished, I put int he cardio abs DVD and told myself that I would get through that little slice of hell without stopping as well.

Much like Tania the hot little cupcake, I failed miserably in the two leg in and up section.  I had to take some breaks cause that is just CRAZY hard.  I managed to do all the other excercises without stopping.   I am finally getting to the point where I can push through all the way on each day.  Of course that must mean it is time to change it up.  Next week starts “Recovery Week” and 5 days of Core Cardio and Balance.  Then the real workouts begin with MAX everything.   I hope I can make it through those by the end of day 60.

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Insanity – Day 22 – Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

April 12, 2010

This is becoming the one Insanity workout that I don’t like to do.   It is not so much that I dislike the Pure Cardio, or even the Cardio Abs….  It is doing one right after the other that grinds me.   One of the things I really like about Insanity is that it takes far less than a hour to complete.  But doing these 2 workouts back to back takes about an hour.  

Well I was able to trick the body into getting past Frog Jumps by swapping the order with Level 2 Drills.   I did the Frog Jumps while Shaun was doing Level 2 drills, then did the Level 2 Drills while they were all Frog Hopping.    That was the key!!   I was able to get all the way through to the Suicide Jumps without taking a break.  (I only took a 10 second break in the Suicide jumps)   Not sure if it was all mental or something physical, but by switching the 2 excercises order, I was able to get farther into the workout before needing a break.

Cardio Abs:  This went much better today than it had the previous 2 times.  Maybe my body is getting used to the excercises.  I know that seemed to be the case with the Ab-Ripper X stuff in P90X.  After a while I just turned into a robot doing the routine because we did it so often.   Based on the schedule for Insanity, I see Cardio Abs on the list only 5 more times.  Once more before the Recovery Week, and then 4 more times during the MAX sessions.   I CANNOT imagine doing this after doing a MAX insanity session.


Insanity – Day 17 – Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

April 7, 2010

Ok, who in their right fricking mind attempts to do 17 minutes of cardio abs immediately after having their ass handed to them in Pure Cardio…. Me that is who.   What a bunch of horseshit that ended up being.   I’d like to kick Shaun T right in his T-Bag for coming up with that idea. 

First the Pure Cardio was once again, pure hell.  I get to Frog Jumps and then shit the bed every time.  I figured out why, because the excercise right BEFORE Frog Jumps is Level 2 drills.   Down, 8 Push-Ups, 8 Run in place in the plank postion, bring feet to hands, jump up reaching for the sky.  Then back down and do it all again.   I always manage to get through the Level 2 drills, but I get so damn gassed, that the Frog Jumps seem hard.   So next time I do this workout, when the Level 2 drills show up, I am doing Froggy Jumps during that minute, then doing the Level 2 drills while Shaun and crew are Frog Jumping their asses across the screen.

Another thing, I completely drench a t-shirt as well as a towel with sweat while doing this workout.   I usually get to the Frog Jump level before I notice that I am roasting to death in a completely soaked T-shirt.  I strip it off during my 10 to 15 second break and usually continue on til the end.  Maybe next time I will do the workout shirtless.  Pretty scary thought, good thing there are no mirrors in my basement.

Last but not least, what in the flying fuchstein is Shaun thinking by making me do Cardio abs right after Pure Cardio.  Sure we get a 4 and a half minute cool down at the end of Pure Cardio, followed by the minute to switch out DVD’s.  Then it is right into Cardio Abs.  Start jumping up and down like a damn Mexican jumping bean.  Then it is on the C sit position,  (Shaun says there are no sit-ups or crunches in this workout)  well who gives a crap.  The C-Sit position hurts the living hell out of my lower back.   But I press on anyways.  Me and Tonia both give out during the 2 legged in and up excercise and she has Shaun fondling her the whole time. (but still quits anyways)  

Enough ranting…. Cardio Recovery is tomorrow.  (Or as I like to call it, douse your thighs in gasoline and light a match workout)


Insanity – Day 18 – Redux of Day 17

March 25, 2010

With an extra day of rest, the swelling in the knee was gone, so time to take on Pure Cardio.   I have noticed that the first time through the warm up section when you are just taking it easy, that my legs really hurt at that point.  Must be the warming up process, cause by the time the second round of warm ups is underway, the pain disappears.  By the time the third round of warm-up gets there, I have a light sweat going and no pain anywhere. 

My goal was to get PAST frog jumps (9th minute) without having to stop for any extra breaks.  Well once again, I noticed that as I got closer to Frog Jumps I was starting to get a little tired.  Once the Frog Jumps arrived, I just forced myself to keep going, despite the ache in my calfs.   That was a long minute, but I got through it and figured I would need a rest in the next excercise…  Nope, Kept going.  I actually made it all the way to the last segment (push-up jacks) before I needed to take an extra rest.   I would do 5 push-up jacks, then rest for 10 seconds, then 5 more etc… until that final minute was done.   Wooo Hooo

The extra day of rest for the knee really made a difference.  I think I can finish out the week with Cardio Recovery and Cardio Power and Resistance before heading out to Colorado for a ski vacation.  Looking on Livestrong, alpine skiing burns some serious calories between 400 and 450 per hour.   Hopefully that will be a good substitute for the Insanity and I will pick back up where I left off when I get back in a week.


Insanity – Day 13 – Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

March 22, 2010

Today was the third time through Pure Cardio and it actually seemed a little less like Pure Hell this time.   I continue to have swelling in my knee that really keeps me from being able to do these DVD’s pain free.   Once again I made it all the way til Frog Jumps before I had to take an break.  About 15 seconds of sucking wind and I was able to get back into it.  From there I was pretty much good to go through the finish.   I was a little concerned about having to go from Pure Cardio straight into Cardio Abs. 

Seeing that this was the first time I had to do the Cardio Abs DVD, here is a little review of what it contains:

Looking at the bottom of the screen you see 17 minutes.  OK not bad, that is the same as Ab-Ripper X and basically you know that the pain will be over shortly.  It starts with a real brief warm-up. Basically 1 round of the warm-up that you do in Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  This was probably not needed today as I was already drenched in sweat from Pure Cardio, but I did it anyways.   A 30 second break and you get right into it. 

Twisting High Knees, followed by Jump Rope, then into Power Jumps (Jump Knee Tucks in P90X) and finally Wide Power Jumps. (Basically Power Jumps with your legs spread out wider.  Each of these lasts 30 seconds and the intensity is marched up higher and higher through each excercise.

A 30 second break and it is on to the C-Sit position.  Basically sitting on your ass, with your back  laid back a little bit and your feet out in front of you with your knees bent.   Here is what you go through from this position.

  • Twists (like a real slow Mason Twists from P90X, with feet on the floor)
  • Twists with Knee In/Outs & Up/Downs (same as before, but with alternating knee in/outs and raises)
  • A-Frame Ab Twists (add in your arms held out straight)
  • A-Frame Ab Twists with Knee In/Outs (same as before, but lift up your knee between the arms each rep)
  • C-Sit Hold (stay in C-Sit position for 30 seconds)
  • Single Leg Raises (pull knee straight in, then extend leg out, then raise leg up, then bring it down)
  • Double Leg Raises (same as before, but using both legs at the same time)
  • Single Leg Raises and Double Leg Raises are fricking hard to do.  Even that little cupcake Tania can’t do the damn things even with Shaun T drooling all over her. 

    But you are not done yet…. there is still 6 minutes of heaven to go!!!

    Now we move on to the Plank Position part of the Abs workout, 30 seconds each excercise.

  • From push-up position, pull one knee up to the side and to your shoulder.  Alternate sides.  Slow 1st set, then fast. 
  • Do the same thing again, but from a low plank position resting on your forearms, slow first set then a fast set.
  • Alternate between high planks and low planks.  Do 8 hip tucks, contracting your core while shifting your pelvis and hips toward the ground.   These look like your humping the invisible woman from up high, then down low. 
  • Thats it, you have finished Cardio Abs.  I would have to say it is about on par with Ab-Ripper X as far as intensity.  It did not hurt my lower back as much as Ab-Ripper does, so I would have to say I prefer it to Ab-Ripper, plus you don’t have to listen to that dipshit Tony Horton running his yap. 

    Rest day tomorrow then the fit test.


    Insanity – Day 9 – Pure Cardio

    March 16, 2010

    Pure Hell revisited was the workout today.  This time I took it a little easier during the warm up and felt much better once the actual workout started.   My form was better and was thinking that maybe I would make it through the entire workout without having to stop.  NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!!!  Once again I got all the way to the Frog Jumps (9 Minutes in) before I had to take a 20 second break.   DAMN!!   I sucked it up and started up again with the Power Knees and stayed in it all the way til the Suicide Jumps (next to last thing) and I ended up needing another break during those.  

    Holy shit that is one hard workout.. I hope I can get through the entire thing at some point during the first 30 days.   I am sure that I could if I went slower than Shaun and his buddies, but I am at least trying to match their intensity.  (if you notice, most of them are not able to make it all the way through without a break either)

    Tomorrow is Plyo Cardio Circuit, hopefully I can get through that thing all the way on the third try.  We shall see.


    Insanity – Day 5 – Pure Hell… I mean Cardio

    March 12, 2010

    What else can I say, Pure Cardio is quite frankly, pure hell.   It has the same 10 minute or so warm-up as the Plyo DVD.  Then it heads into some stretching. Shaun T gives a little speech about how this is gonna be a tough workout and he is worried that maybe I will keel over and die while doing it.  Well, he was right.  I think I did die and visited hell for 15 minutes during this DVD.

    The actual workout is ONLY 15 minutes.  How hard can it be?  Fricking Hard!!  You basically have 15 moves that you do for 1 minute each at MAX speed, with ZERO, NADDA, NONE, ZIP, ZILCH breaks in between each.   Listed below are the moves that you are supposed to perform, but by the time the ninth one (frog jumps) showed up, I was needing to take breaks for the final 20 seconds on the remaining 6.

  • Suicide Drills 
  • Switch Kicks
  • Wide Football Sprints
  • Stance Jacks
  • Pedals 
  • Hooks & Jump Rope
  • Power Jacks 
  • Level 2 Drills
  • Frog Jumps 
  • Power Knees
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Ski Down
  • Scissor Runs 
  • Suicide Jumps
  • Push-Up Jacks
  • Now looking in the background, you will see plenty of Shauns minions dropping like fly’s as well, so don’t feel to bad if you cannot keep up with them.  In fact he walks around and tells several people to take a break or go get a drink.   You will also notice some guys just go crazy fast while the camera is on them, but then later you see them in the background barely moving or crawling on the floor looking for a safe spot to barf. 

    These workouts are taking a toll on my knees as they feel slightly swollen about an hour after the workouts.  I have been wearing my new cross trainer shoes but I think I might try doing the second week in bare feet.  I did the P90X Plyo in bare feet and my knees felt much better when I did.

    Back to Plyo Cardio Circuit next.  I want to see if I actually improve from the first time.