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Thoughts on Body Burnout, Day 6 of Insanity
Hi everyone, Eric from San Jose here. I just started the Insanity routine and am enjoying it so far. After most of my life as a fairly fit 185 pounds, I gained 30 over the course of a year, and have decided it's time to break these bad habits.

My question is regarding a real back-slide in my body's performance today. After 5 consecutive days of doing better with the workouts, I tried the Plyometric Cardio Circuit today for the second time and basically collapsed about halfway through the thing!

I feel like I did better on this routine on day 2 compared to day 6, because at least then I got through it, but today I really felt like my body refused to go along with it and shut down after about 20 mins. Drenched in sweat and feeling faint, I had to stop which makes me frustrated.

Couple points to mention is that I did the worst today in terms of my diet as well, so I'm wondering if either that had something to do with it (eating crappy food for lunch) or if my body wanted that 7th day break a little sooner than it was due.

Maybe it's a combo of both, but does anyone have thoughts as to why I completely collapsed today? I was pretty sedentary before this routine began and have LOTS of work still ahead.

thanks for your help!
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RE: Thoughts on Body Burnout, Day 6 of Insanity
11/20/12 5:23 PM as a reply to elawson83.
You know I had the same sort of issue today! Although I finished up my second week and am doing a different program. However, I was doing I higher energy workout today for the 3rd time and could barely make it through. As it is I am debating on taking my rest day tomorrow as scheduled, or doing one more day of work so I can take turkey day off. But I too felt very faint and weak during the workout. I had shakeology for breakfast, but no solid food before my workout. I am thinking its probably a combo of both the end of a hard-worked week and poor diet.
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RE: Thoughts on Body Burnout, Day 6 of Insanity
11/21/12 6:40 AM as a reply to elawson83.
elawson83:
Hi everyone, Eric from San Jose here. I just started the Insanity routine and am enjoying it so far. After most of my life as a fairly fit 185 pounds, I gained 30 over the course of a year, and have decided it's time to break these bad habits.

My question is regarding a real back-slide in my body's performance today. After 5 consecutive days of doing better with the workouts, I tried the Plyometric Cardio Circuit today for the second time and basically collapsed about halfway through the thing!

I feel like I did better on this routine on day 2 compared to day 6, because at least then I got through it, but today I really felt like my body refused to go along with it and shut down after about 20 mins. Drenched in sweat and feeling faint, I had to stop which makes me frustrated.

Couple points to mention is that I did the worst today in terms of my diet as well, so I'm wondering if either that had something to do with it (eating crappy food for lunch) or if my body wanted that 7th day break a little sooner than it was due.

Maybe it's a combo of both, but does anyone have thoughts as to why I completely collapsed today? I was pretty sedentary before this routine began and have LOTS of work still ahead.

thanks for your help!


Hey Eric.

Nutrition can certainly be the culprit here. If you had a slip-up regarding food choices, that could bite you a bit in the workout department. Also, if you didn't eat enough food, that could affect performance as well, so keep that in mind.

One other thing I'd like to mention...if you get back on track with your nutrition, but still notice that your performance is slipping, then it may be a sign that you need to increase the carb content of your diet. Adding in complex carbs in the form of root veggies (squashes, potatoes/sweet potatoes), legumes (beans/peas), extra fruits and veggies, and whole grains can really help give you a push in a program like Insanity.

Hope that helps.
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RE: Thoughts on Body Burnout, Day 6 of Insanity
11/22/12 1:32 PM as a reply to TheBandit27.
Hi Eric!

I agree with TheBandit- nutrition plays a huge role. I think getting your nutrition back on track is key. If this becomes persistent increasing carbs as suggested can help. What do you eat before a workout?

Cheers,
Christina
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