I Am Now Officially “Insane”

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By Pallavi Sharma

After 60 days of dedication and determination to stick to a fitness program, I can proudly say that I finally finished the “Insanity”! And boy was it tough!

The workouts in Insanity are focussed around maximum interval training. Their philosophy is to crank up your heart rate for 3 minutes and give you a 30 second rest (and there aren’t a whole lot of 30 second breaks in the entire 60 minute workout – maybe 3 to 4 only). Yes I know its brutal, but that is what gets you in the “best shape of your life”. They are not kidding in the informercials when they promise you the best shape ever.

The exercises are centered around plyometrics and fast cardio moves and the best part about the workout is – NO EQUIPMENT! Unlike many fitness programs, Insanity workouts just require your body weight and a strong will to keep going.

So change something around in the coming new year. Take up a fitness program, whatever suits your body, and do it. Apart from getting back to being college skinny, I was more proud of having stuck with the program and never surrendering. Thanks to my neighbor downstairs who finally gave up on complaining to the apartment manager about all the jumping and thumping. Her support meant alot to me 🙂 So if you can simply stay committed, you are half way there! Just take one day at a time and do the workout, no matter how much your body resists.

I would like to know about the workouts you guys have been working on, so that I could get some fitness tips from you guys. Please feel free to leave a comment and DIG DEEPER!

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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

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      • Howdy! Today is actually my last day with the program. I wanted the program for weight loss, but that didn’t happen. I have gained a good deal of muscle… Most noticeable in arms and quads. I have loose skin from weight loss (160 down) which is not helping me see results in my mid section.

      • Was it the original 60 day Insanity you completed? It really depends on how much you are attempting to lose and how strict you stay with your diet. I saw alot of improvement in me, but weight wise my goal was to lose only 5 to 10 pounds and which I did. Also its important to really push yourself during the workouts. And I am pretty sure you did all of the above. In some the changes show up a little later. Just gotta have patience I guess.

        Give Insanity Asylum Vol 1 and 2 a shot. They are amazing and great at sculpting your muscles and make you lean. They combine strength as well, so it is not just cardio. Keep me in the loop of you progress 🙂

      • It was the original. Each day I was just covered in sweat, so I was certainly pushing myself. I did stay strict with the diet in the first month, but I actually gained two pounds. I went back to my old diet and started dropping weight again. Had a few cheat days with month two, but also ran a half marathon and did quite a few other runs and hikes.

        Think I’m going to stick with weight training with personal weights and running. Towards the end of Insanity, I don’t think I could take another video taped session. If you weren’t doing some form of squat, you were doing a push up.

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