Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Final Thoughts.

I am so happy I decided to undertake this Insanity Max journey. It was an eyeopening experience about my level of fitness, my strength, and my overall stamina. It was eight wonderful, hard, and intense weeks in which I dedicated 30 minutes of time to Shaun T and let him completely transform me.

When I began this challenge I was convinced that I was going to nail this thing every day. I thought I was in such great shape because I consistently worked out and I felt like I was in shape. I had no idea that while I was in shape I was not in Insanity Shape. Week 1 was really an eye opener for me that’s for sure. Moving forward from that I focused on working as hard as I could. I followed the modifier if I needed to without regret but I really tried to keep up with the rest of the crowd. I almost immediately felt stronger and better and that feeling never really went away because I was seeing rapid, immediate progress in my time and that was a real motivation factor for me. By Week 4 of Month 1 I was feeling awesome and completely ready to tackle Month 2.

Month 2 taught me a couple things. Week 1 showed me I was definitely in better shape than I had ever been before but there was no way that Month 2 would be easier in any way than Month 1. Nope. Definitely not easier. Different. Harder. More intense. Not easier. But I’m glad that I was able to push myself harder than I did in Month 1 just because Month 1 had given me the ability to push myself.

I really learned a lot about my personal fitness level. I also know that every person is different and that my results will not be results that someone else might get. That what I find easy someone else might find incredibly hard and vice versa. I think this program is definitely for someone that has a fairly high level of fitness and a strong desire to push themselves. When I started my journey with Beachbody this program would have killed me, but I worked up to it and I’m definitely much stronger and in so much better shape than I was when I started.

Anyway… sorry for all the words and none of the pictures. Without further adieu, here are my progress photos!

Day 1. Day 60.

Day 1. Day 60.

Day 1 on the left. Day 60 on the right. I can’t believe how much different I look.

Day 1. Day 60.

Day 1. Day 60.

And there you have it. That is progress. I have received so many comments on “how good I look” which, hello, who doesn’t love those!

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Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 2, Week 4.

And just like that I made it to Week 4 and did not die like I thought I might during my first week. This was almost the easiest week for me simply because I have gotten so much better and so much stronger than I was during that first week. Let’s get right to this weeks recap because I’ll have another, more detailed post about my overall thoughts about this entire program and all eight weeks.

Max Out Cardio.

Week 4. Max Out Cardio.

Week 4. Max Out Cardio.

Max Out: 15:55

I’m so glad I made it half way. Last week I was only at 13:40 so I wasn’t sure I would be able to push through this week and make it past that half way mark. But I did. And I am so glad that I did but I’m also glad to have this behind me.

Max Out Power

Week 4. Max Out Power.

Week 4. Max Out Power.

Max Out: 12:32

In an unfortunate turn of events I was not able to actually progress with this particular workout. I don’t know why or how it got me so bad but I got completely stuck at the 12:32 mark. Those plyo push ups are killer for me and that circuit really whooped my behind.

Max Out Sweat

Week 4. Max Out Sweat.

Week 4. Max Out Sweat.

Max Out: 14:28

I’m happy with my progress for this workout since I was able to gain just under 2 minutes on my max out time. I hate the power moves during this workout but I do really enjoy Max Out Sweat so I always feel good – albeit sore – when I finish this one.

Max Out Strength

Week 4. Max Out Strength.

Week 4. Max Out Strength.

Max Out: 12:32

Between the regular push ups and tricep push ups my arms are done-zo after this one. But I was able to get just a little farther than last week so I’m happy with the fact that I made any progress for this one since I wasn’t able to make any progress on my time during the Power workout.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Week 4. Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Week 4. Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Max Out: 16:11

WHAT! 16 minutes? That’s right. Huge progress over last week. Almost 4 minutes. I feel awesome about that. It was a great way to end this challenge that is for sure.

Overall thoughts.

I am so glad I took this challenge on, but I am also so glad it is over. I’ve said it over and over throughout all these weeks – I feel like I am getting stronger and better every single day. This definitely took me to a new level of fitness and I’m so happy with all my progress. Stay tuned for next week to see my before and after pictures.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 2, Week 3.

Whew! Week three. I feel amazing. And also I can’t believe that next week is the last week of this program. This week wasn’t nearly as hard as last week was but don’t mistake that for me thinking this week was easy on me. Because it wasn’t. This week was hard, but it wasn’t killing me like last week did.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out: 13:40

Cardio kicked my butt this week but I got so much further than last week. From 12:16 to 13:40 and I feel awesome about that increase. It feels so great to really see so much progress in such short periods of time.

Max Out Power.

Max Out: 12:32

I’m really struggling with this one. I cannot get past this 12:32 mark. I’m not sure what is making this particular workout hard for me to progress but something about it is kicking my ass for real. I just couldn’t get past last weeks max out time but I’m hoping that next week I can get through those dreaded plyo push ups!

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out: 12:58

Intense and sweaty are two of my favorite words to describe this one. I love how sweaty I get with this workout which sounds really gross but there’s just something about feeling really awesome and extra sweaty after a really good workout.

Max Out Strength. 

Max Out: 12:15

Surprisingly I was able to rock the push ups today. And they even seemed easier. Which is like a kick in the face because on Tuesday I was having such a hard time with those push ups. I’m happy that last week I maxed out at 9:05 but this week – a full 3 minutes and 10 seconds later – I was maxing out at 12:15. That’s a great increase & I’m super proud of that.

Friday Night Fight: Round 2.

Max Out: 12:30

And just like that this week is over. My legs were pretty sore by the end of the week but I managed to push through and increase by 2 minutes over last week. I found I was loving the ab exercises this week for some reason.

Overall thoughts.

I feel like I’m getting so much better as the week progresses. I’m also taking less breaks which really tells me that overall I’m getting stronger and that I’m getting in to amazing shape. I can’t wait to take my picture at the end of the next week and actually see how far I’ve come.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 2, Week 2.

This was a difficult week for me for some reason. I was overly tired this week so I guess that made it feel harder but I am beginning to see real definition which helped me to overcome all the excuses I wanted to make to convince myself to skip right on over this week and keep pushing forward and pushing myself. I’m glad I did. I’m also glad the week is over.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out: 12:16

Quite the increase for my lack of energy and desire to do this workout. From last week at 11:11 to this week at 12:16 I’m really impressed at how much longer I lasted. The power moves still really get me but I’m pleased with how well I can hang in there and push through them.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power.

Max Out: 12:32

I don’t know what it is about Shaun T and his need for super hard push ups but they are my nemesis. Plyo push ups are HARD. I’m going to try really hard to make it through this circuit before this month is over. That goal actually feels unrealistic for me. I don’t know why. I don’t know why push ups are just so hard for me but I guess I don’t have much strength in my arms. I know I have far more strength and power in my legs even though the leg exercises here are killer they don’t kill me quite as much as those push ups. I did make it a full minute longer than last week which says a lot considering I secretly think these push up exercises are designed to make my arms completely useless.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out: 10:40

Another pretty good increase over last week. Not quite a full minute, but close. I was surprised – as usual – at how much farther I’m able to push myself. I always feel like I’m dying but I can somehow convince myself just to go a little farther each day. That is until I fall into a sweaty pile on the floor. This one makes you sweat for sure but that’s because you’re working extra hard. The sweat is worth it.

Max Out Strength.

Max Out Strength.

Max Out Strength.

Max Out: 9:05

Since I goofed last week and did Max Out Power twice this was my first encounter with Max Out Strength. It is not my favorite. I was shocked that I didn’t make it over the 10 minute mark considering last month I finished the last Tabata Strength work out at 17:31. That goes to show you just how different and probably how much harder Month 2 is from Month 1. The leg segment was rough to start with but just like with Power the push-up segment is killer. My arms look so much better than they did before I started but BOY have they never been worked like this before.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Max Out: 10:12

I’ve noticed I’m taking less breaks. The first water break is around the 15 minute mark which is a struggle for me to get to because I’m used to having one about every 5ish minutes on the other days. I do think this one is a faster paced workout since there are less breaks, but it doesn’t make me wish any less for a break just a little earlier than half way!

Overall thoughts.

I can’t believe I’m 6 weeks in to an 8 week program. I thought the end would never get here when I started and I have pushed and fought my way through 6 weeks of Shaun T’s Insanity and I am loving every second of it. I’m really excited to get through these next 2 weeks though but not quite to finish but more to see my final results. It’s like Shaun T has a secret waiting for me in 2 weeks and I am so not good with knowing there is a secret waiting for me. Overall I’m feeling really amazing and in such better shape – which I think I’ve said before and I’m sure I will keep saying for the next 2 weeks. I’m really glad I found this program. It has taught me so much about my personal fitness level and my personal abilities.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 2, Week 1.

MONTH 2. MONTH 2. MONTH 2.

I can’t believe I survived Month 1 and really made it to Month 2. WITH ENTHUSIASM. I was so stoked to begin this week because I was so happy with how Month 1 went that I was eager to get even more results with Month 2.

I honestly thought I would quit after Month 1. Because committing to a single program for two months seemed like a lot. And I was afraid I would get bored and want something else. Nope. I definitely didn’t get bored and I didn’t want anything else. I wanted Shaun T to keep kicking my butt in to high gear and pushing me beyond my limits.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out: 11:11

Cardio is hard. Not for me, per say, because I love running and I’ve always loved running and a good cardio workout. But this cardio? It is a killer. This full on kicked my behind. Shaun T decided that he would add some “power moves” right after the 3rd circuit of the exercise – right before the break. It helps to keep in mind that you get a nice 30 second break after these power moves but they are killer.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power. Day 1.

Max Out Power. Day 1.

Max Out: 11:31

Dun. Dun. Dun. There are plyo push ups in this one. Which I totally saw coming… but I did not expect Shaun T to be able to make them harder. He sure fooled me. I don’t know why I didn’t see that coming, but I didn’t. I’m going to struggle to get through the push up circuit in this one I know that for sure.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out: 9:54

I look completely zoned in this photo. I was. I maxed out earlier than I expected because this was harder than I was expecting. Again… not sure why, but it was. I struggled to make it through and was completely wiped when it was over. Some days I really don’t know where I find the energy to push play, and I’m always glad I do, but I feel like I struggle the whole way through.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power. Day 2.

Max Out Power. Day 2.

Max Out: 12:21

Ok…so this day was definitely supposed to be Max Out Strength but I, like a dummy, assumed that it was the same set up as Month 1 and we would do Power twice a week for 2 weeks and then Strength twice a week for the last 2 weeks. Wrong-o. I was quite angry with myself because I really did not want to do power twice this week because it was so hard the other day that I knew after Max Out Sweat completely wiping me out on Wednesday that Power was going to be so hard to get through. I was right. But I made it and I didn’t die and that was a success in my book. Plus I had great improvement so that’s also a positive.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Max Out: 8:35

Why hello there new hardest workout. And super early max out time compared to the rest of the week. I maxed out at a similar, early time during the first week of Month 1 so I’m not discouraged or anything. Quite the opposite. I’m really encouraged to make it through the first break which is at the 15 minute mark. Maybe that’ll be next week (or maybe it’ll be the last week… either way, goal set.)

Overall thoughts.

I think I assumed that since I was feeling so much stronger and so much more “fit” than I was when I started that Month 2 would some how be easier than Month 1. Not because it was easier, but because I was better. I was so wrong. I do feel like I am better… but Month 2 is definitely harder than Month 1. Shaun T does not play. He gets results. But he does not play. I’m happy he’s not taking it easy on us because I know I’m really pushing myself to a whole new level but boy is it hard to get to that level.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 1, Week 4.

Month 1, Week 4. Or – the end of month 1. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I’ve made it through FOUR weeks of this workout program. I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it that’s for sure. I’m also really excited to begin Month 2. I’ve come so far in just four short weeks that I am really looking forward to seeing how far I come in these next four weeks.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Max out: 15:57

It’s hard to believe that in Week 1 I maxed out at 6:10 and here I am at Week 4 maxing out almost 10 minutes longer than that. Serious progress.  This workout has become noticeably “easier” for me and that’s really how I know that I’ve increased both my ability and stamina. It’s really amazing that just by pushing yourself a little farther you can grow leaps and bounds.

Tabata Strength

Tabata Strength. Day 1.

Tabata Strength. Day 1.

Max out: 16:42

Whew! I’m feeling stronger that is for sure but my legs and arms let me know just how hard I am working each time I push play on this video. I think I’ve been pushing myself harder with this one because I’ve only had 2 weeks with it. It’s also hard to motivate myself to do it twice in one week because it is hard but I’m proud of my increased strength so at least it’s working.

Sweat Intervals

Sweat Intervals.

Sweat Intervals.

Max out: 14:01

Sweat intervals really gets me for some reason. I think it’s because it comes the day after the intense Tabata Strength so my legs and arms are screaming the whole way through. I also think not having the breaks with this one like the other videos makes a big difference in how hard/long I can push myself. Those 30 second water breaks are (apparently) important in my ability to go just a little longer.

Tabata Strength

Tabata Strength. Day 2.

Tabata Strength. Day 2.

Max out: 17:31

I’m glad this one is over. I’m also afraid of how hard Max Out Strength is going to be next month. BOY am I pushed to my absolute max here – my legs are constantly like jelly but they are getting more tone than they have been before so I’ll do the hard work to see the real results.

Friday Night Fight: Round 1.

Friday Night Fight. Round 1.

Friday Night Fight. Round 1.

Max out: 16:19

I have to say I’m really happy with my max out time (4 minutes longer than last week!) because the first break for this one comes around 15 minutes instead of right after the 5ish minute warm up like the rest. I know I said I struggle with no break during Sweat Intervals but for some reason I was able to really just push myself to keep going and make it to the first break and then get right back to it for just a little bit past the break. I can’t wait to see what Round 2 of the Friday Night Fight has in store for me next week.

Overall thoughts.

I never imagined on day 1 how hard this program would be and I also never imagined that I would be able to show this much progress in such a short amount of time considering I only do each workout once a week (twice for strength/power) even though I’m working out 5 days a week. Overall I feel amazing. I’m feeling stronger and more motivated and definitely in better shape. Bring it on Month 2, I’m ready for you!

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 1, Week 3.

Week 3! Week 3! Week 3!

The end of Month 1 is in sight. It’s actually a little hard for me to believe that I’m almost done with this first month. But I am and I’m still pumped about this workout program. I feel really awesome and I’m totally kicking ass. I’m really glad I started even though I didn’t really think I’d actually be able to keep up with exercising every single week day.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Max out: 12:58.

I’m definitely making progress here. I mean, hello, last week I maxed out at 8:05 and this week I made it almost FIVE minutes longer. That is some serious progress. And I’m barely following the modifier. I feel like I’m on top of the world here.

Tabata Strength.

Tabata Strength (Day 1)

Tabata Strength (Day 1)

Max out: 14:30

I thought Tabata Power was hard. OH MY. Tabata Strength has that beat, for sure. It was an unexpected change half way through the month (as in, I wasn’t prepared for what was coming but I knew it was coming). I’m a little disappointed that I can’t keep trying to make progress on those plyo push ups that were getting me in Tabata Power but I’m excited for this new challenge. My legs were definitely feeling it after this work out.

Sweat Intervals.Max out: 13:45

Yeah. That happened. I noticed I have been doing more real push ups instead of knee push ups this week. I don’t think I’ve ever really been able to do a whole bunch of real push ups so that is some definite progress in my life. I’m trying to push myself harder so that I can see some really good results and it is working.

Tabata Strength.

Tabata Strength (Day 2)

Tabata Strength (Day 2)

Max out: 15:50

Oh that thumbs up? Is because I made it HALF WAY BABY!! I’m so proud of myself. Tabata Strength is definitely H-A-R-D but I was able to push myself to a new level and that makes all the hard worth it. Here’s to moving up and going farther!

Friday Night Fight. Round 1.Max out: 12:35

Well, this one kicked my ass. I really did not want to do this workout because it was late and I was tired… but I did it and in the end I was happy that I laced up and pushed play. I felt good afterwards, tired and sore, but both are good things in my book these days.

Overall thoughts.

I ended up working out in the morning this week. We had some things going on in the evenings and I knew that if I had any hope of getting my workout done then I would have to wake up and push play. It was a struggle to get out of bed every morning because beds are so nice and warm and Shaun T was out there waiting to kick my behind in a serious way. I noticed I felt way more energized during the day since I started my day with a workout. I really wish I had the motivation to do this every morning, but I get up so early as it is that it really isn’t in the cards for me. Maybe one day I won’t have to wake up so early and this can be the way I start (almost) all my mornings. I was glad to put this week behind me. Tabata Strength gave me an unexpected challenge, but it also pushed me past that half way mark. I was really looking forward to making similar progress in Week 4 even though it means pushing harder and working harder I’m ready for it.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.