Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day 2 May 28th 2013

Today was my second day of Insanity. It was hard...even harder than the Fit Test was. The warmup's alone are killer but then when you actually dive into the work out you really push it. Today's video was Plyometric Cardio Circuit, and it involved a lot of plyo work. For anyone who doesn't know what plyometric is, here is a definition: Plyometrics, also known as "jump training" or "plyos", are exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or "explosive" way, for example with specialized repeated jumping. These are never very fun but they are really effective. The focus of these work outs is always the core strength but it seemed like this was one was really targeting the legs. It seems to me, and from reading other peoples reviews and blogs that Insanity really targets the legs and builds them as a foundation. Strong legs will do wonders for building core strength because it is your base. So far I am loving Insanity. My nutrition plan has been spot on and I eat about every two hours. With my work schedule it is usually a breakfast meal at 6:30 AM then a snack at 9:30 a lunch at 11:30 then a snack at 1:30-2:00 then typically a dinner at 5:30. I usually do my workout at 6 or 6:30 at night and then drink a protein shake after that to replenish my body. It is very very important that while doing these workouts you are feeding your body. A lot of people seem to think that just slashing calories to the bare bones will lose weight. This actually has the opposite reaction of what is intended. Your body thinks it is starving at this point and starts to eat your lean muscle *THIS IS VERY BAD* You will actually not lose weight at this point, and lose significant muscle mass. I do think that the nutrition plan that comes with Insanity is a bit bloated on the calories that it has you test for. It says for me that I should be eating 3433 calories to maintain my daily weight. A healthy weight loss is about 2 lbs a week. To achieve this you need a caloric deficit of around 500 calories. So the Insanity Meal Guide says I should be eating a net total of 2,933 calories a day to lose weight. To me this is really high and I try to shoot for the 2000 mark. I still feel healthy and have energy and am able to push through the work outs. Another thing that goes hand and hand with nutrition is the amount of water that you need to be drinking. I committed to drinking 100-144 ounces of water daily. I know this seems like a lot! But remember that your body needs water and will be experiencing a great deal of stress and sweat. Water is good for it. So DRINK WATER! I hope this is informative and helps people who are looking for answers to what Insanity is and what it can do for will be a trend here is my daily pictures and weight totals. Enjoy!

Weight - 242
Body Fat % - 33%