insanity
I think Insanity was a good choice of names when Beachbody and Shaun T developed this new program, which is now avaialable!  I was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of the Plyometrics Cardio Circuit.  This is only one workout in the entire series.  But judging from my first experience with the Plyo circuit, this workout program will be on my “must buy” list once its released.  I think there will be many advantages to owning this program.  Let me rattle off a few.  No weights to buy, insane workouts, not for the weak (of mind), and a workout you can excel and grow with.  I say weak of mind because although these workouts will be tough!  The strong minded, strong willed individual will persevere through this program, and will obtain the insane results that you have always wanted!  You have to control your mind and your negative thoughts of “I can’t!” or “It’s too hard!”.  You CAN.  It’s the Battlefield of the MIND.  But it is hard!  Okay, so, I get the sneak preview, and as I always do the night before my workouts, I set out my gym clothes.  I’m already preparing myself for the next days workout.  5:30 AM, the alarm clock goes off to some radio station, but I have no idea what it is, because I hit the OFF switch and am already getting geared up for the workout.  The night before,  I already cued my DVD player to skip past the nonsense, and have it ready, so I can get busy as soon as I’m dressed and ready to go.  Heart rate monitor is on, and we are off.

First thing, Shaun T says something about warming up, but the volume is low, and my kids and wife are still sound asleep.  The clock timer says 41 minutes 30+ seconds.  Next thing I know, we are off doing cardio.  And the pace is fairly quick.  First impression and thoughts…. “Did I miss the warm up?”  I wasn’t going to stop and check or rewind, so I just keep going.  We started off jogging in place, then jumping jacks, Heisman, a 1-2-3 move, butt kicks, high knees, and mummy kicks.  This lasted a little over 3 minutes, but was repeated a total of 3 times, for a total between 10 – 11 minutes.  We then get a 30 second water break.  With each rotation, the speed of the exercises increases, so be ready to pick up the pace each round of each set.  After the water break, I see STRETCH come across the screen, and then the realization HITS me.  THAT WAS THE WARM UP!

And then a slight smile breaks out across my face, and I think, “This is gonna get good”.  And as I realize that I’m smiling, that voice in the back of my head says, “Your wife is right, you are obsessed”.  I guess INSANE is more like it!

So the stretch is just under 7 minutes, and quite thorough.  After the stretch, a water break.  I look at the timer and see 23:20 on the clock.  Don’t let this 23 minutes give you the wrong idea.  There is nothing EASY about the next 23 minutes.  Even the water breaks are too short!

First round of the workout, the timer shows 2 minutes for the upcoming round in the set.  You start doing Suicide drills, power squats, mountain climbers, ski downs.  Then its time for a water break, and I think “I got this, no sweat.”  Then after 30 seconds you repeat, but this time, you go for 3 and a half minutes, and the pace is faster.  A much earned water break follows, and then another round of 3 and a half minutes, and YEP, a faster pace.  But is it really faster?  🙂  You feel like you’re moving faster, but you wonder if you are having a “mind is moving faster than my body” moment.  After your last move of ski downs, you catch a curve ball with some added moves…..switch feet, and football wide sprints.  Water break. And just under 15 minutes on the clock remaining.

The next set starts with 2 and a half minutes on the clock and you’re back at it again with basket ball shots, level 1 drills, ski abs, and in-out abs.  Water break.  At this point, I like to think I’m in good cardio shape, but this circuit is TOUGH.  Remember what I said, not for the weak.  But guess what, you do your BEST.  The video shows people taking breaks, collapsing on the floor, exhausted.  Others jump up and aren’t quite as exhausted.  Strive to be those people.  Take breaks, be smart, then get back in the game and get in shape!  If you’re in shape, get in BETTER shape.  Push yourself and your limits, push beyond your comfort zone.  Get ready for the next round of the same thing, but now you are at a 3 minute cycle.  Another water break.  Entirely too short!  Last round of this set is 4 minutes 30 seconds, and will test every part of your being.  You’ll be tired, exhausted, and I’m embarrassed to say how many times my knees hit the floor.  But that’s okay, I’ll grow with this workout, push myself, and work harder!  But it’s not over yet, the last 2 minutes, you do some jabs, cross jacks, uppercuts, and attack.

Finally the cool down and stretch for the remaining 3 minutes or so, and you’re dripping with sweat, thinking, what a great workout, and completely wiped out.  Good times.  It’s insane, it’s called INSANITY.  And I’ll be reviewing this monster as I continue through the program, workout by workout.  Subscribe to my blog to get the Insanity Reviews as they come out.  If you haven’t tried Insanity yet, you really should, let’s tackle this thing together!