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6/14/11 1:21 PM
Hey Everyone,

I just bought Insanity and am looking forward to starting the program. After browsing these forums, it is truly remarkable the progress you have made, I hope to enjoy the same benefits!

Unfortunately, due to a variety of injuries from Rugby (3 ankle surgeries, jaw/nose surgery, knee surgery) I've put on a fair amount of weight over the past two years since I stoped playing rugby/addressed my broken body (I went from a cut 230 with a 36 inch waist to flabby 270 with a 42 inch waist) emoticon However, I've seen how many of you women have bounced back right after Pregnancy (amazing!) and gotten into great shape, so I'm hoping I can do the same

I still have a solid muscular foundation from lifting my upper body, but my question is, how high impact are the exercises? I've been cleared by my Surgeon to exercise again (last surgery was in Feb. on my ankle), but I'm a bit concerned about injuries. I have two lace-up braces for my ankles, so I'll definately wear those under my shoes.

Basically, my question is: are the exercises modifiable for someone with injuries? Can you make your own variations on the toughest exercises? Has anyone slowed the workouts down (taken longer than 63 days) to recover/Ice my body?!

I'll post preliminary pictures once I figure out my new digital camera (I am incredibly embarassed with my weight gain... I've formed stretch marks while recovering/gaining weight which has never happened to me!

Thanks in advance!
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RE: Injuries
6/14/11 3:37 PM as a reply to srf820.
Srf, this program is very tough and has a lot of intensity to it. There are a lot of jumps and a lot of moves that could aggravate your ankle. I am not saying that you cannot do it, but there may have to be a lot of modifying on your part. I am not sure exactly how bad the ankle is, or if your supports/brace make it hurt a lot less. This is said to be the hardest workout on DVD and I believe it. If you give it your best every day you will see INSANE results. Wish I could help more, but it is really up to you if you want to try it. Your mind is in the right place to get in shape!

Sorry I could not be of more help here. =(

Shack
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6/14/11 10:10 PM as a reply to srf820.
Sorry I can't give you a good answer. My situation is that I have serious flat feet and my ankles and arch are always inflamed due to this. What I am doing right now is I do an extra warm-up and stretch (20 min) around my ankles and calf before I started Insanity. So far so good. I also have ankle supports and right shoes for my arch. I don't know how serious the injury you have. But I think a little extra stretch before Insanity to loose up all the soft tissues might help a little.
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6/15/11 12:53 AM as a reply to srf820.
srf820: I agree with Shack, the core of this program involves a lot of umps, so the heart rate goes up, modifying that, will in turn lower number of calories burnt,. I would suggest you try another program. But, you can still do this one, and check that the anckle doesn't suffer as much, pin point at to which level you feel discomforand if you don't feel like you are getting much of a workout, try another program ok. We want you to succeed without getting injured. Blessings.

Small
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6/15/11 12:28 PM as a reply to Smallville.
Thanks,

I am a first year Medical Resident (so I can also thank school for a lot of the weight gain!) and have access to care if need be, but I just can't afford to get injured again as I'm on my feet much of the day.

Seeing as I've already ordered the videos, I'll give it a shot and call it quits if it's too much. I appreciate the feedback and hopefully can push myself and stick with the program without too much discomfort. If need be, I can go back to traditional weightlifting and the boring Elliptical emoticon and forgo what seems to be an amazing program.
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6/15/11 2:10 PM as a reply to srf820.
srf820: As a coach, I can tell you that you have 30 days risk free, you can send it back and get full refund, the order P90X, which from what I hear and read, you would like it better. Let me know what you think!

Small
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11/14/12 8:05 AM as a reply to Smallville.
hey ! i have a question. im pretty fit and run ,yoga, bike, yatta yatta, i started insanity and im on my fourth week and my ankles are REALLY starting to hurt! is this normal? is this something i should just push through or should i take a few days off? it hurts when i try and rotate my ankle and i went running yesterday and on mile 3 it started hurting. i just dont know if i should rest or continue
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RE: Injuries
11/14/12 2:23 PM as a reply to sassypants86.
I am not a coach or medical professional so everything I saw should be taken with a grain of salt.

Having said that, soreness is good, pain is bad. Working through muscle stiffness/soreness is one thing, "pushing through" joint pain is another animal entirely. Provided that you haven't seriously injured a muscle, the stiffness and soreness is a result of the muscle being slightly swollen (long discussion of the muscle building process omitted). The increased blood flow during a workout helps ease this swelling, which is why our stiff muscles loosen up during a workout.

Joint pain may indicate ligament, cartilage, and/or tendon damage, in which case "working through" the pain is just going to aggravate the injury. See this article for some suggestions on reducing the impact of the Insanity workout (or any high impact workout). If the pain persists see a doctor.

Cheers,
Keith
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