Insanity Workout Weeks 4 and 5

Back to our regularly scheduled check ins: Insanity Workout Weeks 4 and 5. As I mentioned, work has been providing the real insanity in my life. IRL, I’m a Creative Director at an ad agency, so last week I was on 5-day TV shoot in Williamsburg, VA. While I was prepping for the shoot, I subbed in some Insanity Fast and Furious workouts for the prescribed Week 4 workouts. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Last week, Week 5, was a Recovery Week – five consecutive days of Core Cardio and Balance performed in a hotel room. 

Yawn.

Don’t get me wrong, I savored every second of these stretch sessions. And I really didn’t have time to do much more. But I’ve gotten used to collapsing after (and often, during) my workouts. A routine that I could get through without stopping? That didn’t make me wring out my ponytail or cause my boyfriend to mentally review the steps to CPR? It seemed too easy.

I actually missed the challenge. When people say they’re addicted to Insanity Workouts, this must be what they mean. I craved my daily “hurt so good” humbling from Shaun T. I was jonesing for the sting of sweat in my eyes and that drowning feeling you get trying to gulp water and air at the same time.

The only hard thing about last week was on Thursday, when I had to do my workout first thing in the morning. As I said in my Insanity Workout Week 3 Check In, homegirl doesn’t like to jump, jump jump around before 10:30 a.m. So yeah, that was hard.

Today, however, I started Month 2. All the workouts now have the word “Max” in front of them and I have to say, I don’t like the sound of that. Today, I did Max Interval Circuit and Shaun T was back to his old tricks. Every inch of me feels like it’s made of lead. One calf is refusing to cooperate with the rest of my body. I thought I was going to have to cut myself out of my sports bra.

It’s good to be back.

Last month, Cardio Power and Resistance was the only workout I came close to “mastering.” And I use that term loosely. Max Interval Circuit reminds me of that one. If Month 1’s plyo workout was any indication, I’m dreading Max Interval Plyo tomorrow. But I did well today. Really well. I got through the warm up and the first set of 3 intervals without stopping. I was a little wobbly during the second set of intervals and pretty much fell apart during the third. But all in all, I’m proud of my progress.

And my progress isn’t just wishful thinking. I’ve improved in almost every category of my fit test. Previous weeks in parenthesis.

Switch kicks: (110)
 (120) 130

Power Jacks: (35) (45) 51

Power Knees: (70) (90) 90

Power Jumps: (10)
 (20) 35

Globe Jumps: (8)
 (10)
 12

Suicide Jumps: (10)
 (15) 18

Push-up Jacks: (10)
 (20) 28

Low plank oblique: (25) (30) 35

So how are you doing with your workouts lately? What were your Insanity Workout Weeks 4 and 5 like? Have you been pushing yourself with some new challenge? I’d love to hear about it!

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