10.05.2015

Insanity: The Journey

Well, my Insanity journey has been a bit stop-and-go lately, but I'm still in it and I'm still pushing for results.  I have complete faith in the program; I know that it can get me the results I am looking for, so I'm not giving up! 

What's been happening lately to cause it to be so stop-and-go?  In short, illness.  Last weekend kicked me on my butt to the point where there was no way I was going to be able to do a workout, especially one as intense as Insanity.

But I am feeling close to 100% better and I have been getting back into the swing of things with my workouts.  I may not be perfect (and how much fun would that be anyway?!) but I am going to give it everything I have and I know that consistency and a bit of stubbornness will get me those results!

I have noticed a couple things over the last couple weeks of Insanity:

1) My flexibility is SO much better than it was before starting.  Every workout program begins with some type of warm up and cool down (and rightfully so, of course!) but for me there is some type of flexibility magic that comes with Insanity's versions of these.  The warm up is a bit more intense than a standard one, and after we've warmed up Shaun T moves us into a stretching segment.  I love this order of things, because I really think it helps my flexibility more than other things I have tried.  With my muscles already working and the sweat already dripping, I am able to go deeper in the stretches which definitely shows!  (Another thing I like about this order of things?  The fact that by the time we're done with the warm up and stretch the workout is almost always halfway over!  Even with the workouts being 40 minutes long, the time goes by much more quickly than the clock would have you believe.

2)  My back is healed, but I'm still a bit apprehensive about pushing it too far.  After dealing with a good month of near constant back pain a while back, I am hesitant to put stress on my back because I am nervous about ending up in the same spot I was.  This means a couple things change for me in Insanity.  During a lot of the stretches Shaun T has us go into a flat back before doing the stretch; I will often skip the flat back portion of it because I can tell it is stretching my back in a not-so-good way.  Perhaps as I get stronger I will feel more comfortable in the flat back, but for now I plan on sticking with my non-flat back versions!  One last thing I have noticed is that jumps that require both feet off the ground at the same time are a bit worrisome for me.  Luckily, in Insanity, the majority of jumps are not done with both feet jumping simultaneously.  Where they are like that, however, I will do my best and do as many as I can, but if it gets too difficult I listen to my body and alter the moves so my back isn't jammed as much.

Perhaps these couple changes will hinder my progress - I'm not sure!  What I do know, though, is that it is better to be able to do a slightly modified workout for a long period of time than it is to do a completely un-modified version for only a little while because I threw out my back.  So modifications it is!

I have total faith that even with these couple modifications I will be able to see great results with Insanity - wish me luck!!!

If you are interested in starting your own health and fitness journey (whether with Insanity or not!) get in touch with me via the contact box on the bottom of this page (if you're on a mobile device, you might need to open the web version, or feel free to email me at ashleykrek@gmail.com).  Together we CAN change our lives - I know it!


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