A few months back I embarked on the Shaun T Insanity Workout and loved it! It's different then P90X in that this workout does a ton of sports conditioning exercises, where P90X seems to targeted at more pull-ups/push-ups and weights. Because of the high cardio, even in the "warm-up" portion, you drop inches fast! I lost inches all over, especially in my mid-section, but the scale never budged, which told me that I was adding wonderful muscle. My strength improved like nothing I've done in the past too. I was doing tons of push-ups, and for me that is something I have always hated! This program takes 63 days total. The first four weeks the workouts are 30-40 minutes of continuous cardio, with a minute rest here and there. You then get a recovery week, which is very little cardio and more core and strength. The last four weeks is where the kick-your-butt workouts come! They are intense and last 60 minutes! You are dying!! I have never sweated in my life like I did with this workout, and it was right from the beginning! There were times though when my ankles would hurt and then my right knee was giving me problems. The reason was because of all the high-impact exercises that this program has you doing. You do a lot of jumping high in the air, bringing your knees to a 90 degree angle and coming down in a squat. This takes a toll on everyone who has done Insanity, according to all the blogs I was reading and the Insanity forum. I wasn't alone and I just made do by popping Advil when needed.
I wish I could say that I completed the entire program, however I am sad to say that I did not complete it.
This was the first time I stuck with a program for as long as I did, and an intense one at that. I stuck to the outlined schedule and missed nothing in the first four weeks. I did the recovery week with no problem either and was on top of the world in how I was feeling. Then month two came. The workout was twice as long and they had you doing even more with your body then the first month. Needless to say, I was able to do four days and then my body could not take any more. My knees were hurting on the first day of month two, but I figured that was because the workout was longer and I just had to adjust to it. Nope, it got worse and to the point I couldn't even get off the couch without my knees killing. This was not worth it! I'm 42 years young and I guess my body was not having it. I was able to stick with the group on the DVD by the end of week four, and I was truly enjoying this workout program, but my body was having different thoughts I guess.
I stopped doing the workout, unfortunately. It took weeks before my knees were fully healed and stopped hurting when I bent them. Not good. My problem now is getting back into exercise. I have not been able to do anything and now I'm out of the habit of working out. Each day I tell myself I'm going to start walking, or doing P90X, or just do something....then nothing gets done. I have not gained weight, thank goodness, but I'm not feeling up to par either. I'm hoping by blogging again I will get myself back into working out and finding my way towards my new path in life :)