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Day 26--is this normal?
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Day 26--is this normal?
11/2/12 6:21 PM
I'm new here. Just completed day 26. I thought I was in pretty good shape. I'm an avid fencer and weightlifter, former swimmer and water polo player, and generally one of the most athletic "over school age" people I know. I chose to do Insanity because I'm much better and motivating myself to do heavy upper body exercises than lower body, cardio, etc, that might help me lose that layer of fat that masks my muscle definition. That and plyometrics is generally considered great conditioning for fencers.

Well, as I said, I thought I was in good shape. I haven't missed a workout. My fit test shows some improvement. But by the last 10 or 11 minutes of every video, you start to lose me. Until then, I keep up, don't really take unscheduled breaks, etc. But toward the end, I find myself having to throw a break in here and there. I'm pretty sure I'm working hard enough as I need to keep mopping up the pools of sweat during break time to prevent my hands or feet slipping in them. Not to mention that when I take a break, my heart monitor usually reads about 158 or 159. Is this loss of momentum toward the end normal? Will it prevent me from keeping up in month 2? I guess that's my major concern as I'm going into recovery week soon.
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
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11/2/12 6:33 PM as a reply to Lucretius6.
Luc - I did 2 rounds of P90X, thought I was in the best shape of my life, then did Insanity. Insanity is all about Cardio endurance. There was not a single disc I did without taking a break. And at the end of month 1 whn I was getting close to not needing a break (although I still needed it),BAM came month 2 and it was like starting over. My Insanity mantra, pay no attention to the people on your screen, they have 6-pack abs and 6% body fat and need breaks, just do YOUR best, take the breaks when you need them (and you will), modify any moves you have to and just push play every day. You'll be in great shape at the end with most likely the best cardio endurance of your life. I’ve got an awesome group of people doing Insanity and we’d love to have you join us for support, motivation, inspiration, information and friendship. Check us out here:


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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/2/12 8:54 PM as a reply to Lucretius6.
Lucretius6:
But toward the end, I find myself having to throw a break in here and there.

I am new here as well (and grossly out of shape), but I would think that is normal. You'll notice that all the cast members take breaks, and long before the last ten minutes. So the fact that you can make it that far likely puts your in the 90th percentile or better! You might try loading up on a few more calories before the workouts so you're not running out of gas.
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/2/12 10:15 PM as a reply to Slapstick.
I would say it's not normal. What is not normal about it is that you last all the way to the last 10 minutes. Superhuman I would say.

Other than that, I echo exactly what CoachLarryM says.
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/3/12 5:40 PM as a reply to Lucretius6.
Thanks all for the answers. I was worried that it bodes ill for my second month, but I feel much better now. The one that really gets me is the two workouts in a day, heh. I'm able to do most of the c-sit things, but when it gets to both legs moving together, my heels just repeatedly bounce off the floor, lol. It's very humbling to be told to do something and be at a point where you have to say "I'm telling my muscles to do that, but they just won't." emoticon

Thinking on that, I always wondered, are you supposed to take a break between those workouts? I always just press skip back to the main menu when one ends, and start another.
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/3/12 7:26 PM as a reply to Lucretius6.
I always did the Pure Cario and Cardio Abs back to back. I wouldn't do the complete cool down on Pure Cardio just the first stretch, then I'd jump to cardio abs and do the warmup (the jumps in that warmup bothered me a lot). You're doing fine, beleive me. Stop by my thread and tell that story and watch the outpouring of people who have done it tell you their similar story.
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/4/12 4:18 AM as a reply to Lucretius6.
Coming from someone who began Insanity a month and a half ago, I would say yes this is normal. I'm about two weeks from finishing month two, and I have to say that they can not be compared. The workouts for month two are a completely different workout system. You will sweat more and possibly be tired well before the end of the workout, but this is only because the workout is designed to work your body until you can not push any longer. I really hope this helps!
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/12/12 2:52 PM as a reply to lovereesey9091.
Thanks for all the encouragement. My recorvery week came jsut when I needed it--I had a nasty head cold and was worried my exercise wasn't leaving enough energy for my immune system. As I did recovery week, I marvelled that after a month, I found the recovery workouts a nice break. I think without that traiing, they'd be grueling. Yeah, my quads, gluts, and at the end, shoulders were aching, but compared to normal insanity, it was still relaxing, lol.

Today I started month 2. I honestly left everything on the field in my fit test, and for the first time, I felt I dogged the hour-long workout after. My heart monitor and the puddle of sweat on the floor told me I was working, but I was nowhere near keeping up. I resented that the people in the video were starting fresh, and hadn't already had to remove a soaked shirt and put on a new one, lol. I actually cursed at the TV a few times.

Anyway, here's what my fit tets look like so far:

Exercise Test 1 Test 2 Test 3
Switch 100 (50) 110 (55) 122 (61)
Power Jack 44 54 57
Power Knee 57 56 72
Power Jump 40 39 45
Globe Jump 11 12 12
Suicide J 13 15 16
Pushup Jack 21 25 31
LP Oblique 20 58 72

I included 2 numbers for the switch kicks, because, although the official fit test form tells you 2 kicks = 1 cycle, I'm pretty sure the numbers that the people in the video throw around are based on 1 kick = 1 cycle. I've tried to time them to check, but only when I'm doing the test, and I can't say it was a scientific study, as I was preoccupied with my own count.

I haven't seen any inches off, maybe lost about 2 lbs, but my wife thinks my gluts and abs look a little different. I didn't think I could be adding muscle that quickly, but my calves look bigger to me, and my lower body strength was always a bit behind my upper body in development. So Lovereesey, you are right about month 2. I am looking forward to tomorrow trying a month 2 workout without a half hour of fit test before it.
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/12/12 3:34 PM as a reply to Lucretius6.
I find the same thing. The last 10 minutes, I cannot get through an exercise without taking a break. What I found is at first he goes hard, the second circuit isnt as and then he presses you hard again at the end. Your body is worn down towards the end, so that is why you are taking breaks. Just do not take a a complete break from an entire exercise. Do what you can.
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/13/12 3:22 AM as a reply to Lucretius6.
I've just started month 2 and it is so hard.I thought that what I had gained in the first month would carry me into the second month. But I just cannot complete the workouts without a number of breaks.emoticon
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RE: Day 26--is this normal?
11/19/12 5:02 PM as a reply to worksoptony.
Yeah, month 2 is a whole new game. What's weird is in some ways I almost feel I'm not working quite as hard as month 1 because some of the moves are so difficult to pull off I really have to slow down and pay attention. Also, I do find myself taking breaks more often in month 2; I might still be taking fewer than some of the people on the DVD.

I have another question, I should probably start a new thread for it, although I don't like to show up and make multiple threads. I'll pose it here and if it doesn't get enough attention, move it to its own. I have three weeks to go, and now I'm wondering what one should do after Insanity. I certainly won't stop working out; I'll probably hit the gym hard (I was always into serious weightlifting, took time off to devote my energy to Insanity), and keep fencing (I usually go twice a week for 1-3 hours). But my question is about the Insanity metabolism thing...as far as I can tell, it ramps up your metabolism like crazy. We're supposed to eat a little more in month 2 because of the intensity of the workouts. I'm nearing 3k calories a day. I'm concerned that shortly after I finish the program, I'll balloon up as my metabolism slows down somewhat. Anyone have any ideas on food or how to handly a calorie reduction timeline after?

I might do P90x at some point, which I'm thinking might feel like a little bit of a break after Insanity, since I have always been good at upper body strength, and it's the leg and cardio aspects of Insanity that make me work so hard. I could be totally misguided to think I'll find it a little easier--but I might need that slightly more chill feeling for a while before I can think about putting myself through insanity again.
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