I am getting started in Month 2 of INSANITY… yes, I am a little behind schedule. Vacation was not conducive to INSANITY (mainly because I was lazy). Ha.
Anyway, Month 2 is… WOW!! I thought the first month was tough, but had started to be able to keep up with the kids on the video (they are taking breaks, too!! ) Month 2 is not so much harder as it is longer. Max Interval is 59 minutes (though most of the others are a few minutes shorter).
The basic premise of INSANITY is high intensity work followed by a short rest and back to high intensity. For example, you may do four different exercises in succession for 45 seconds each. After this three minutes, you get a 30 second rest. You would do these same four exercises for 3 rounds. You take a 30 second rest and do four more exercises for three rounds. Throw in a warmup (which is like another sweat inducing round, really), another exercise at the end, a stretch after warm up and at the end and voilà — you have your generic Month 1 workout (except core cardio… no repeated exercises and no water breaks, but there are “recovery” exercises).
Month 2 follows the same basic pattern except you add another three rounds of four different exercises. I certainly feel the extra work. One thing I have found, my lower body is sore after these workouts but not my upper body. I think that after years of pretty much neglecting my legs at the gym (“they get a workout during cardio”), my cardio ability (or lack thereof) is not the limiting factor in getting a good leg workout.
However, the basic upper body move in INSANITY is any number of a derivative of the push-up. I am pretty well versed in push-ups (after P90X2) and therefore my cardio deficiency comes into play well before my muscles are exhausted doing push ups (moving or otherwise). I think I am going to try to hit the gym, at least on the off day and get in some extra upper body strength work, though I will certainly rest my legs.
What do you guys think?