Monday, August 24, 2009

INSANITY Day 2 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit

I started the first official workout today for INSANITY... it was definitely tough! I made it through, so that's an accomplishment! The warm-up starts you off with a bunch of familiar moves like jumping jacks, high knees, Heismans, etc. The first round is "slow" and then you continue to build up speed. By the end of the warm-up, I was drenched! Shaun T has a really great stretching circuit he does before you move into the really intense stuff. That has to be one of the biggest things I appreciate about these Beachbody workouts... they definitely do what they can to teach you the right way to workout!

As for the rest of the workout, it was HARD!!! I can't wait to see how I progress through this. Some of the moves were decent, like squat jumps and ski jumps. I can't always go as fast as the people on the DVD although you can definitely tell they're really pushing it (and suffering) too! The drill circuit in the middle is pretty intense! You have to jump down and do pushups and then move into mountain climbers and just do that over and over and over. That's definitely one of the moves that I can't do as fast yet!

The great thing about this workout is that it flies by! Shaun T is very motivating, and he breaks the workout up really well. There's certainly never a dull moment! :) Just like you see in the trailers, I was dripping ALL OVER MY FLOOR! It was pretty hard to keep myself steady in some of the moves where you're in a plank... my hands were too slippery! I didn't have my yoga mat out, but I think I'll use that in the future.

Craziest move for me: the plank ski jump thing! You're in pushup position, and you stay there while you jump your feet up to the left, kind of like a slalom and then back center then right etc. I could not go as fast as they could and that whole circuit definitely kicked my butt!

My nutrition went pretty well today too! I figured out I need to eat much more earlier in the day because by the time 8 rolled around tonight, I had only eaten 1600 calories. According to the nutrition plan, I should have 2100! I ended up having a Greek yogurt with some strawberries and walnuts, which brought me up to 1900. We'll see how tomorrow goes!

Total calories burned on this workout: 680

All in all, a good day! I expect to have sore quads and sore core muscles tomorrow... those were burning and used a TON with this workout! I'll report in on day 3 tomorrow!


  1. Hi Alissa - I just stumbled across your blog. I live in the Pittsburgh area and am also doing the Insanity program. It looks like we have a lot in common! I am in week 4.I finished up P90X in June. I am loving Insanity and think that you will too.

    Liz Wildes

  2. ohhhhhhh...I'm so nervcous! This is what I have to look forward to today! AUGH!