Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Insanity: Bring it on!!!

Finally back to the blog after almost 3 years and I never realized it a couple of weeks before that what impact the passed 3 years had left on me. 2011 started with a job change, setting in a new place and then again job change in 2013 and then again setting in a new place. 

Over the span of 3 years I have observed so many changes in me, few good (started spending more time with family and kept the focuson the my career) and few bad (gained a lot of weight, the credits goes to ever loving Bibi for all the delicious dishes and the lazy me who loves to doze off instead of walking/exercising and always believing that I have not changed a bit).

But the final warning came for Shaurya when he said, “Dad, Aap mote ho gaye ho” (Dad, you have gained weight) and then at that moment of time I decided to do something about it.

I am not a fitness freak so going to gym and following it regularly was the toughest thing for me. Thus I started to look for something that I can do at home at my own pace. First option came as yoga but it seemed so boring (no offenses to Yoga fans), second came as running but again Mumbai weather didn’t allow that (yup, that was my excuse of not doing it) and then someone suggested me to try for Insanity (by Beachbody) which is fast and fun with no weight as all.

Finally I decided to check the details of the program on their website (http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/insanity.do). Overthere they claimed the  INSANITY WORKOUT to be The Hardest Workout Ever Put on DVD and it features Shaun T a fitness trainer and choreographer best known for his Hip-Hop Abs home fitness programs for adults and children. I checked it out on youtube and loved the themeand it all looked good.


But the shock came when I started reading its online reviews. I read reviews people saying that most of the people who started Insanity dropped out in the first 2 week and I was surprised to read the same as it look super easy on screen. All one have to do is run, jump and jog at one place, so why is the high dropout rate? But nevertheless I decided to give it a try.

Now comes the question of getting the DVDs as the same was not available in India (I saw some adds on the OLx but was not sure about the authenticity) so I decided to talk the friends in US. And finally I came across an old friend who dropped out of the Insanity and was willing to send me the DVDs.

The exercise Program:

a)      Fit Test: to know where exactly you stand right now on the fitness scale and it also let you track improvements over a period of time (on day 15, day 36, day 50 and day 63)

b)      Max Interval workouts for Month One:

·  PLYOMETRICS for insane legs and glutes

·  UPPER BODY RESISTANCE for sculpted arms, shoulders, chest, and back.

·  PURE CARDIO for crazy fat burn.

·  CARDIO ABS with intensive core work so you can get awesome abs like Shaun T.

·  RECOVERY gives your body a break at the end of an insane week.

c)       For Month Two, the intervals get even longer, but the rest periods don't:

·  MAX INTERVAL CIRCUIT for the toughest interval workout you've done so far.

·  MAX INTERVAL PLYO will push your legs until they cry for mercy.

·  MAX CARDIO CONDITIONING takes your body to the limit with an extreme cardio workout.

·  MAX RECOVERY lets you build strength for a whole new round.

The music was good and it all looked fun.

After getting the DVDs,the lazy me tried to postpone it as long as possible. But finally decided to take the plunge and started with Insanity Workout today. After taking the fit test I realize how unfit I am.

The normal warm up exercise that looked so much easy while watching was turn out to the toughest warm up (I was really sweating like a pig, in those 5 minutes). And after that when I started the actual fit test, it took me almost 40 minutes to finish it where as the normal time was 20 minutes (yeah!! I know too many breaks). And in between I felt like I will puke but somehow I sailed through the fitness with just passing marks.

Exercises in fit test: Looks easy, aren’t they?

And my sad scores were

Switch kicks: 44

Power jacks: 50

Power Knees: 64

Power jumps: 26

Globe jumps: 6 (total 24 jumps)

Suicide Jumps: 9

Push up jacks: 15

Low plank oblique: 32 

As of now, I don’t want to think how bad it would be. Would I be able to survive the injuries, sustaining soreness, complete feeling of inability, distressing weakness and above all the cajoling of Wifey about getting hurt and I look good the way I am.

And yeah, this is not a boot camp or a gym where a military style trainer will be hanging around me and will keep me pushing until I faint. This will be totally in my control as I will have the TV remote and I can call my shots as I wish (Thanks God, for the pause button).

Now I have to break the shackles of monotony and laziness and to jump out of my comfort zone. So have decided to take Insanity head on and determined to work on it along with losing some weight in process.

Hope I would be able to survive this.