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Insanity prerequisite
Insanity prerequisite
1/2/13 1:47 PM
I purchased the Insanity kit and plan on doing it, but before I start I'm wondering if there is a specific training course I should do to get my body ready for the demands of Insanity? I'm an avid cyclist (road and mountain) and log around 2500-3000 miles per year so I'm in pretty good shape cardiovascular wise. However when it comes to muscle strength that is my real weakness. 3 years ago I had both of my shoulders completely reconstructed (labrum 100% detached on right and 80% on left) and they are very weak along with my core muscles. Riding has been my main exercise since then, but it just isn't enough at my age anymore (43).

However I'm wondering if there is something I can do to prep myself for Insanity or am I better off doing the first month twice before moving on the second month. I want to get the most I can out of this without getting frustrated so I think prep work will be the key for me.

thoughts?
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RE: Insanity prerequisite
1/2/13 2:03 PM as a reply to ScottStoef.
i'm not a beachbody coach or anything, but i am just a regular guy who started insanity and now i'm 4 workouts away from being done with it. i think you'll know within the first few minutes of the first video if you are ready...if you can get through the warmup, then you can get through the workout...i remember the first couple of weeks not being able to make it through the whole 2 minute interval (i still can't get through the whole 3 minute interval in the second month videos) but you'll get better as you go. so in short, just push play, you'll be glad you did.
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RE: Insanity prerequisite
1/2/13 3:06 PM as a reply to ScottStoef.
ScottStoef:
I purchased the Insanity kit and plan on doing it, but before I start I'm wondering if there is a specific training course I should do to get my body ready for the demands of Insanity? I'm an avid cyclist (road and mountain) and log around 2500-3000 miles per year so I'm in pretty good shape cardiovascular wise. However when it comes to muscle strength that is my real weakness. 3 years ago I had both of my shoulders completely reconstructed (labrum 100% detached on right and 80% on left) and they are very weak along with my core muscles. Riding has been my main exercise since then, but it just isn't enough at my age anymore (43).

However I'm wondering if there is something I can do to prep myself for Insanity or am I better off doing the first month twice before moving on the second month. I want to get the most I can out of this without getting frustrated so I think prep work will be the key for me.

thoughts?


Hey Scott-

It looks like you have the cardio part down, but you may need to modify a couple of things as far as the muscle building aspects of the program. A few people on my support group thread have also had this same question, so you may find some good answers over there. You can modify a pushup by placing your knees on the ground, your feet in the air, and pushing up on your upper body weight. Also, try not going all the way down--go as far as you can without breaking the 90 degree plane and see if this helps with the pain. Check out this video from Tony Horton himself, talking about how to overcome injuries and still succeed with the program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugcY38DSu-M

As far as programs to begin with, you can try a couple of things. One would be to complete the warm ups and as many as the exercises as you can without stopping--no one says you have to do the whole thing right away; you control your pace. The other thing is to do the whole work out, but just take frequent breaks to catch your breath and water up. You can certainly jump right into Insanity without any introductory programs.

Hope to see you over on my thread.

Best,
Chris
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RE: Insanity prerequisite
1/2/13 4:10 PM as a reply to ScottStoef.
I totally agree with the above. it sounds like your endurance won't be a problem at all, but you do want to make sure your shoulders handle the push-ups well. Definitely don't want to re-injure them. I would give a disc a try and see how you feel. If you need to strengthen your shoulders first that might not be a bad idea, but if you and your doctor feel they're ready then I think you could hop on in and go for it.

Tom
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RE: Insanity prerequisite
1/2/13 4:28 PM as a reply to tmuellenberg.
Scott:

I bought the videos when I was 53 years old stood 5'9" tall and weighed 267 lbs with no cardio vascular endurance whatsoever. I will say that even at that weight I could still probably do 15-20 pushups. I watched the first couple of videos and thought "oh, crap..." so I did a couple of weeks of cardio stuff and some of the floor work they have in the videos. After a few weeks and 17 lbs lost I jumped in at 250 lbs and pushed play on the fit test. All I did was work as hard as I could 6 days a week per the schedule and folowed the nutrition guide too. Four months later I had lost a total of 80 lbs and could do the second month videos at the same basic speed as the fitness pros in the videos, and then after the video was done would go and lift weights too.

I am now at the point where I am doing Insanity again and combining with HIIT weight workouts six days per week too. Here is a link to the weight workouts. Scroll down and check them out. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/six-week-shred-torch-fat-with-hiit-100s.html?mcid=NL-NEWS01120212&rmid=newsletter_december&rrid=13533848

The point I am trying to make is that if I can do it at the age of 53 (now 54) and 5'9" tall and 267 lbs with no conditioning to speak of, you certainly can do it. Just push play and get to work doing as best as you can. You will be amazed at what you can do.

Best of luck

Mark
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RE: Insanity prerequisite
1/2/13 4:51 PM as a reply to ScottStoef.
Not trying to hijack this thread, but Mark, I just read your post and checked your profile and was inspired to tell you, you're insane!! Please add me as a buddy.

To Scott, there's no prerequisite besides determination, just push play.
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RE: Insanity prerequisite
1/2/13 5:11 PM as a reply to ScottStoef.
Ya, so curiosity got the cat, and I checked too, and Mark, dude, you look Fab-U-lous!!

Way to go! emoticon

Coach Zarno
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RE: Insanity prerequisite
1/9/13 4:49 PM as a reply to ScottStoef.
Well I went ahead and jumped into the fray and so far so good. As I figured my core and shoulders are very weak, but I think as the course continues that will get much better.

Thanks for the motivation Mark!
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