Insane Again

It happened.  I have let a combination of the scale and the mirror get to me.  I’m not sure what is happening, other than getting older, but my weight is going up and being redistributed in a way I do not appreciate.

But not being one to just lay down and take it I decided to take matters into my own hands. Or rather let Shaun T direct me in such things.

So this evening I found myself firing up the Insanity Fit Test.

Ugh. It was harder than I remembered and I had to pause it for longer than the one minute rest between exercises to just lay on the floor and catch my breath.

Here are my starting stats:

Weight: 109.1

Body Fat: 17.8%

Switch Kicks: 114

Power Jacks: 51

Power Knees: 104

Power Jumps: 27

Globe Jumps: 9

Suicide Jumps: 16

Push-Up Jacks: 20

Plank Obliques: 46

Here’s to hoping this jumpstarts some changes along with a food makeover.

Keep it insane & fierce!

-Little Red

What’s your favorite way to jumpstart body shape changes?  Have you ever let the scale or the mirror get to you?

 

 

When Injury Strikes

Just as the title says I have been struggling a bit lately, and at the start of Month 2 of Insanity no less.  My right ankle has been hurting lately.  Sometimes so much that I have trouble walking on it.  Being a choreographer this is causing many a problem with my day job not to mention some inherent changes to my Insanity routine.  I am scheduling an appointment (as you should with injury) and am wearing an ankle brace, icing, elevating, etc. in the mean time.

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Now that I am in “Max Mode” for Insanity I find it really frustrating to have to make adaptation and alter the workouts.  But I am so scared of landing funny on my ankle and making it worse (especially with a packed summer of acting and dancing) that I am playing it safe.  Diamond jumps become oblique reaches with some light jump roping in between, high jump ropes become high knees, and switch kicks are taken at a walking pace.

Am I frustrated and pissed I can’t even attempt to keep up with them on the video: HELL YES! But I have to remind myself that everyone has adjustments to make to make the workouts safe for them whether that is taking more breaks than Shaun T has or modifying moves to prevent injury/further injury.  And according to my Polar HRM I am still burning upwards of 300 calories with these new workouts!!! This makes me feel good about still getting the benefits.

So for now the brace will stay and I will continue adjusting the big plyo/jumping moves, cause let’s face it my body is my career as both an actor and choreographer.

In other news: I HATE MONTH 2!

I feel like Shaun T works the quads and shoulders every single workout with no break which gives me no time to recover and give 100% towards the next workout of the month.  My least favorite so far is Max Plyo (surprise surprise) and luckily today is Max Recovery, though everyone says it is anything but Recovery.

I literally roll out of bed because I can’t prop myself up.  I can’t imagine how I would feel without the adjustments I am making!

Keep it fit, fierce, and SAFE.

-Little Red

Question: How do you handle injury or illness in the middle of a training plan?

 

Insanity: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

My boyfriend aka Triple A (it’s a nickname from a group of friends, story at a later date) made this meme for me and his sister, who started her own Insanity journey this week- get it girl!  I don’t know about her but this couldn’t be more spot on for me.

I was even teaching a dance combination to “Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo.” and caught one of my students giving me this look.  I joked with him he looked like I do at Shaun T during at least half of Insanity, but especially this workout!

Dear Plyometric Cardio Circuit: I HATE you.  And this is the exact workout that Shaun T gives the famous quote below.

From "Triple A"

From “Triple A”

 

Grumpy cat I feel you this morning.

To be completely honest I feel like this is the only one in the series where I am not yet seeing improvement in performance.  My feet get all tangled if I try to take the suicide drills too fast, my arches start to burn on basketball jumps, and forget in & out abs.  The arches hopefully will be fixed with a new training shoe (why is it so hard to find 5 1/2s in stores? I just want to try them before I buy them…) but I am impatient and want to show improvement NOW!

Deep breaths.  I got through it but it was rough and painful.  That’s kinda the point I guess right? Pushing yourself?

Here’s to a recovery workout.

-Little Red

Query Quarters: How to you stay positive when you aren’t seeing the results you want?