Well, guys, I have been doing Insanity workouts for five days now. Insanity is difficult, but not the monster I remember. I finally repeated a workout and thought it was a good time for a review of Plyometric Cardio Circuit.
First to set the scene, Shaun T is in the middle of a basketball gym with grey walls but high windows. He has about fifteen or so people behind him (all in good shape) ready to workout.
Now those of you familiar with Plyo from P90X or X2– good news, this is not that. It stresses the cardio and not the plyo. Insanity, as a whole, has a weird naming system. I guess “hard cardio” for each disk would just be confusing… ha.
Plyo Cardio starts with the WARMUP (much different warmup than P90X — this is actually part of the workout, I don’t care what anybody says 😉 which consists of:
Jogging in place;
Heisman — you lift a leg (actually both legs) in this move, but it really looks nothing like the Heisman trophy;
1-2-3 Heisman — take three steps and lift your knee to your chest;
Mummy Kicks — imagine a very energetic mummy, who is sort of trying to dance, maybe??
So there is the warm-up. Did you go all out?? You silly rookie, because after 30 SECONDS for water, you do it again. And then again at full speed. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice… I had this figured out by the second day. START SLOW!! 😉 (Shaun T starts out slow… for him. It still looks pretty fast to me.)
Then you get a stretch and the sweat pours off your body. Literally dripping… now the workout starts:
Suicide drills — if you have ever practiced basketball… these are nothing like the suicides you did there. Imagine touching the lines without all the running in between. (How far can you run in your basement, anyway?)
Mountain Climbers — hands up and knees up like you are, I guess, climbing a mountain… if you actually tried to climb a mountain using this method, you would die. Not from the fall, you would actually never “climb” the mountain, you would just look silly at the bottom until you had a heart attack and died;
Now take 27 seconds to catch your breath and 3 seconds to sip some water before you do it again… And Again. But after the third time, don’t stop, you still need to do:
Switch feet — arms and legs straight and scissor jump back and forth;
Football drills — I coached football, I played football, I HAVE SEEN THIS DRILL!! (or something close) yay!!
Whew! Done!! Now you get your well deserved thirty seconds… Shaun T does not play around (He’s smiling cause he loves it… yes, he said this… I wanted to punch his smiling face… or at least flick sweat at him!! haha.)
Basketball drills — I coached basketball, I played basketball, I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS DRILL!! Bend over and pick up the imaginary ball, and jump up and shoot. I am pretty sure not many shots begin with you getting the ball off the floor, but whatever… haha;
Level 1 Drills — jump into plank, do four push-ups, do eight floor runs and jump back up…again, again again, you get the point…;
Ski Abs — From plank, jump both knees up to the left arm, back, and to the right arm;
In and Out Abs — In plank, now jump your feet in and out.
Ok, now sip some water and do this three times. On your last set, jump up and:
Open Hand “Attack” – squat and punch open-handed jabs.
Now a stretch and you are done. Congratulations, you are still alive!! Hahaha
In weightlifting , you would call these Rounds “Supersets.” Shaun T makes them hard. The good thing is, the guys (and gals) working out on the video are having a real hard time too. Shaun T keeps encouraging them (and you), but will tell them to take a break when their form gets bad (and they take one). It makes you feel good to see them struggle as well. Or maybe I am a sadist.
One interesting comment that Shaun T made to one of the girls… “You never wore a sports bra before Insanity, did you?” And she agreed. I wonder if the next commercial for INSANITY will list female breast augmentation as one of the benefits?? haha! (Coach Crystal assured me that he meant she didn’t exercise before INSANITY, but I like my theory better.)
Alright guys, keep up the good work and let’s stay on the path to fitness.