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INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
12/4/12 7:19 PM
Day 1 (Speed & Agility) is done and in the books!!! It's been a minute, Asylumites, but it's great to be back! In my intermission after completing INSANITY, I strained my adductor fooling around with kids at my daughter's birthday party -- funny after going thru INSANITY injury-free, I injure myself playing wit chullen. LOL. Well, I must admit -- I've been indulging in desserts -- it seems like they've been calling me since Sunday's "Athletic Performance Assessment" -- it's this thing called "humble pie" that these ruthless animals on INSANITY: THE ASYLUM have been forcing me to eat. Just when I thought I was in good shape, they all pie faced me in laughter. Here are the results:

1. Agility Heisman: 5
2. In & Out Ab Progression: 40
3. Push-ups: 17
4. Mountain Climber Switch Kicks: 60
5. Agility Shoulder Taps: 5
6. X Jumps: 20
7. Moving Push-ups 5
8. Agility Lateral Shuffle: 8
9. Agility Bear Crawl: 8

Shaun T will now be referred to as "Cyborg Shaun T" because I am now convinced he is a mutant humanoid -- I don't know if I fell out from exhaustion of laughter when he was on Laurie telling him, "I know you didn't act like this in boot camp -- show me whatchu got. C'mon!!! You GO!!! GO!!!! GO!!! Faster!!! I want you to go faster!!!" I was like, "This dude is all the way off the chain!!!" I kept messing up the ladder, jackin up the rope, . . . just all around stankin up the place. But I started off INSANITY pitiful, too, so I'm lookin to improve. Or perish. LOL. Stay tuned . . .
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RE: INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
11/21/12 7:10 AM as a reply to CoachMont.
Days 2 thru 16 "Strength" to "Vertical Plyo" are done and in the books!!! emoticon I'm sure some can see that it's been a while since I've posted on this forum, and some may be wondering if I've fallen off the wagon. Well, in a word, no, I haven't -- as a matter of fact, I'd say I'm prolly more on the wagon now than I've ever been. I haven't missed a day of INSANITY: THE ASYLUM Vol I, but between it and life, I've gotten what I would perceive as more than a fair share of a butt kickin. Between domestic disputes, cheerleading for two daughters (parties, practices, and playoffs), maintaining my 4.0 in my MAT where a 95.9 is an A- (Master of Arts in Teaching with a cognate in Elementary Education -- taking EDUC 530 and EDUC 556), doing other folks' schoolwork for em for a few bucks, and serving in my ministry, emoticon I haven't had time to post what's been going on. But back to our regularly scheduled program . . .

I'll say it like this -- this program is pushing me further than I even thought about being pushed mentally and physically. "Game Day" is immensely insane and intense -- for some reason, I keep coming back for more "abuse." It just really sticks out in my mind because the first thing done on "Game Day" is a simulated mile run -- that workout's a power hour if I've ever imagined one. I also recall falling out on the floor in laughter during "Vertical Plyo" when doing the push-up jacks with the resistance bands between the agility ladder -- when Cyborg Shaun T said, "This is some #$% right here!" I was outta commission from falling on my face in laughter because that was the EXACT SENTENCE STRUCTURE OF SENTIMENT that was running thru my mind. I've had to make a few adjustments because I'm waiting on "Speed & Agility" to be replaced -- for some reason, it won't play, so when I was supposed to do that, I jogged three miles with my mom and did two sessions of "Overtime;" hopefully, that sufficed for a comparable workout.

Well, that's a rundown of what the biddness has been, folks. I'ma do my best to post the rest of the program from here on out. I'm still gettin it in -- are you?
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RE: INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
11/23/12 2:14 PM as a reply to CoachMont.
Day 17 (Strength) is done and in the books!!! My goodness, y'all! I'm loving that music during the first split -- wish there was an option as to where I could keep it like that as it makes me wanna go extra HAAM. My arms and abs are straight shot out. Cyborg Shaun said the burn was gonna come early, and he ain't neva lied -- I don't know if I'll be able to graduate to the red (60 lbs) resistance band from the maroon (40 lbs), but it's all to the good. I'm having a hard time with the squat/jump/curl segment because the bands keep coming off of my feet; it slows me down, and I constantly have to readjust, losing opportunity to build muscle and burn fat -- that aggravates me. I'm also having a hard time getting down quickly enough to wrap the bands around my arms during the chest and ab segment towards the end -- that's another small goal I'ma set for myself. I need to get better at wrapping the bands more tightly, too, so I can get more of a push with it. Regardless of all of that, I still went all the way in -- be back for some more of these bañanas mañana . . .
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RE: INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
11/23/12 2:40 PM as a reply to CoachMont.
Days 18 and 19 (Relief, Game Day, and Overtime) are done and in the books!!! Lemme just say this -- NO one should EVER do "Relief," "Game Day," and "Overtime" on the same day. It is like dying and going to heaven for a lil more than twenty minutes, then, being forced to go to hell for an hour, and finally, getting dragged down to hell's basement for about twelve minutes. Oh my God wit my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ -- I feel like I've crawled in a meat grinder lubed with acid. This feels like the very first day of this friggin program, and although I did better than I did the first time, I still see room for considerable improvement -- need to get better with the mile run (as an even better track star than football player, this make me double mad emoticon emoticon ), the surfing, the baseball, the football (that hurts the worst since I'm a former football player emoticon ). And the long jump was just pathetic with me -- I think I'ma have to make sure I do that segment outside of the garage because my hands end up scraping the ceiling, putting all that ceiling scrap crap in my eyes -- when you're doing a psychotic regimen such as this, it's a friggin nightmare's nightmare when this happens; got sweat in your eyes AND ceiling scrap crap -- absolutely NOT KOOL. So I'ma have to fix that the next time I do "Game Day" . . . which is six days from now.

Lawd ham mercy, I can't friggin leave out "Overtime" -- that was just beyond insane stupid. That friggin mountain climber segment -- dem jack push-ups. Wowsers!!! I got down with em, I admit, but I was a friggin dishrap for whatever came after that -- I don't even remember after pausing and trying to remember. But I found something for the jump rope segment -- only had to reset once, lat push-ups, and final twenty-five push-ups. But that's about all I can say about this craziness -- back feels like I had a run in with a bad surgeon who cut me open and left a locked vise grip on my lower spine. Despite all that, my insane crazy self'll be back from some more tomorrow -- "Vertical Plyo," here I come; if I made thru this mess today, bring on WHATEVER.
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RE: INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
11/25/12 1:52 AM as a reply to CoachMont.
Day 20 (Vertical Plyo) is done and in the books!!! These workouts here are just blistering me like none other!!! But there's just a sense of competition in me that keeps me coming back for more, forcing more improvement outta myself. It's really interesting how my body is increasing itself in precision of performance throughout this. Considering how ridiculous I looked and felt during the 1st phase of this joint, my quick turnaround is constantly impressing me -- got me feeling real good emoticon. My general outlook between today's workout and yesterday's (Relief, Game Day, and Overtime) left me thinking that I could handle ANYTHING after that -- and I was right. However, I still went into today's workout feeling pessimistic, sore, and not really feeling like doing this -- as a matter of fact, my mom was telling me I shouldn't. Not to mention when you add in the other responsibilities of life (e.g., spiritual, financial, social, emotional, etc.), you can find yourself in a place of holistic overload, where I was very near. However, I just couldn't bear anymore negativity, and I knew the negativity I'd have put on myself for wussing outta this workout would've been too much for me to take -- so I pressed play and got all the way in. My double jumps are the biddness now -- my heart and lungs are struggling to keep up with my body now instead of the other way around. They are mirroring the fluidity Cyborg Shaun hits his with, and I'm loving that. However, let's not get stuff twisted -- still got a love/hate relationship with all of this craziness. After the side lateral ladder jumps, I ended up sprawled out in the grass in pure exhaustion -- and you know it's bad when you're willing to prop yourself up on a dumpster. And I still am nowhere near doing all of this without pausing, but my explosiveness when I do do the routines is going thru the roof -- think I just may eventually be able to dunk again with my 5' 10", thirty-something old self emoticon So let's see -- what's next for tomorrow? Oh, yeah -- "Back to Core;" hadn't seen that one in a while. Coming for you and dem stupid squat twist fly pulses . . .
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RE: INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
11/25/12 5:33 AM as a reply to CoachMont.
Prometheus: Striving for scientific knowledge right?

Reading your posts and apreciate your humor and candor. Sounds like you are a busy man. Don't know how you fit it all in but regardless you are an inspiration. I am just on my second week of Asylum. Just finished Strength for the second time. Not sure if I am looking forward to game time and overtime or not. It will be a challenge.

Thanks again for your posts. I am experiencing the feedings of humble pie that you menetioned. But hey, at 54 years of age just doing 2 rounds of Insanity and now doing Asylum is a victory of sorts. Isn't it amazing what God empowers us to do?

Mark
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RE: INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
11/27/12 2:52 AM as a reply to CoachMont.
Thank you very much, CarolinaMark!!! It's just too much work being any other thing other than honest, as far as I'm concerned. I am VERY busy -- as a matter of fact, I should be working on a paper or two right now, but I'm documenting about my workout and glancing at the football game in the meantime. I'm glad I can inspire someone -- that's what it's all about. Sometimes I feel like people may look at me and get the idea that this stuff is easy for me -- um no, it's not. It's a buttkicker, and I have to talk myself through finishing it minute by minute once I'm just a few minutes into the program. But these results make it all more than worth it.

That is awesome that you've completed two rounds of INSANITY -- it's even MORE amazing that you've done it at age 54!!! Now THAT is inspirational! I remember what I had to go thru in INSANITY -- in the middle of the program, it wore me down so badly, I had to take cold showers and ice my knees. It is amazing what God empowers us to do. I couldn't tell you how many folks around me asked me why I was doing it -- like why go thru something this crazy? Well, so I wouldn't have age as an excuse for not being able to run someone in the hole; then, I noticed how working out become my stress pill -- so if I didn't work out on myself, I'd run the risk of working out on someone else, and I didn't wanna go to prison. LOL. And since I STILL don't wanna go to prison, I'll have some more of that humble pie . . .
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RE: INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOL 1
11/27/12 3:24 AM as a reply to CoachMont.
Days 21 & 22 (Rest Day & Back to Core) are done and in the books!!! I'm still getting hammered by those dad gum one legged back fly twist pulses -- ESPECIALLY during the 2nd segment where Cyborg Shaun doesn't even give you a break. I can honestly say that I see progress though -- still having to take lil breaks every now and then, but my tolerance for the torture is definitely increasing. Those clockwise and counter-clockwise breaststrokes along with the forward and backward swim-and-scoop simulations are noticeably sadistic -- they put an assault on my lower back and glutes like I've never imagined; it kinda scares me to a point because I don't wanna bring on a cramp. Same thing during the lying on your back with your hips up portion of the workout as well as the reverse plank part -- some of those parts have me scared, so I end up momentarily compromising form to keep the cramp from hell from coming; once it comes, it's too late. I'm thinking I need to be a little more confident in my diet as I'm intaking a good deal of water, protein, and carbs, and I get a good balance of electrolytes as I usually pull in a banana a day. However, the fact that I'm getting more and more conscious about my form is saying something -- I'm now at the level where I can fine tune, and that's something I'm proud of.

I don't know if I'll be able to do "Speed & Agility" tomorrow as I'm still waiting on my replacement dvd. I'm not sure which workout I'm gonna do in its place. I'm open to suggestions, but I really need to get that "Speed & Agility" -- already replaced it with "Game Day" on Day 15 and don't wanna do that again since "Game Day" and "Overtime" are on tap for Thursday, Day 25. Ahhh . . . decisions, decisions . . .
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