By Nasar Ali, Aug 28 2013
So I feel like it is time to write about insanity- and if I’m being very truthful- my love/hate relationship with it. Now, although I have always led a somewhat active lifestyle, I feel like this is one of those things that requires commitment and proper dedication- something I sometimes lack depending on how busy life gets with everything else going on.
The reason it appeals to me is that it is actually a lot shorter than other workouts I have tried. If, like me, you work from 8am-6pm and have limited time to work out then this is great. I come home, get ready to work out and am able to do a full and very brutal work-out in less than an hour, meaning I don’t lose the precious time I have after work, travelling to and from a work-out class.
The first time I did it (well actually the first 6 days I did it) I remember thinking that I would never get through 60 days of this INSANITY (no pun intended!) . I actually struggled with the ‘warm up’ and didn’t make it through the whole thing for at least three days…. But I pushed through (or was gently nudged to persevere by my ‘better half’). The way it works is you do six different work-outs in a row and then have a recovery/rest day. You do the same work-outs for four consecutive weeks and then you begin the max work-outs (and it follows a similar pattern)
After my first day of rest, I then started the same work-outs I had done the week before and although it was still brutal, I found myself lasting a lot longer before I had to take a break. Now, I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who becomes very excited and pleased with myself when I can really see I have made an improvement in something I am doing- so it then made me want to keep at it, with the hope that one day, it would be a breeze. The first time I did it, I did have days where I was really hurting and wanted to throw something at the screen and days I hated doing it, but you can feel and see visible results which is great and encouraging. BUT THEN…. Just as you think you are finally doing ok, the max work-outs start. That’s when the ‘hate’ really kicked in. It made the first set of work-outs look like a joke. In fact, after one week, I was so fed up, I actually went back to the first set of videos, ready to give up on my 60 day insanity challenge- and to my shock- I found them almost easy (I use the term loosely- since I mean it in context with what I was facing with the max work-outs). Funnily enough, it made me feel happy inside that these videos that I had really struggled with and was unable to complete only four weeks earlier, were now totally do-able. Anyway, that then gave me the push I needed to force myself to follow this thing through. There were days I had a lot of fun doing it, and other days when I was miserable- but the point is, I would get it done and it would all be within an hour and I would feel a great sense of achievement afterwards.
So that was almost a year ago….and now I am back to week two of the initial videos and find myself in that same vicious cycle. BUT, this time I know that I have done it before, which is what is keeping me going. Despite having done it once, I am still struggling with it, but once you start, the results come a lot quicker the second time.
To be fair, for something that you have to purchase once, and then are able to utilize on an on-going basis, it really is a fantastic work-out. You can literally do it anywhere, which is great because I am all about convenience. It is one of the few work-out related things that I happily recommend to my friends and colleagues, since I really do think that it works and can have you feeling great- and looking great in no time. In the grand scheme of things- 60 days is nothing………. I think that for someone leading a very busy life-style but wanting to get/stay in shape, this is a great option. So, although the name suggests something irrational/crazy, and the work-out may at times seem insane...I think it makes perfect sense.
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