Today is day 9 of my Insanity Max 30 journey. I wanted to update on how my first week went and tell you a bit more about the program so far.
First off…what is it? You can watch this quick video first…
So, maxing out…what is it? It is that first moment where you NEED to stop. The point is to push yourself to fail and not be able to keep up with the program (either the modified or full version) , record the first time you can’t, and keep going. Then as you move along the 60 day program, you should see the times getting later as you get stronger and fitter. I’m taking pictures for each of my max out times, so here we go on my week. The program is 30 minutes (plus a 2 minute cool down) 5 days a week, plus Pulse on day 6 – 20 minutes of lighter cardio and stretching. I opted for the Ab Maximizer schedule, which adds about 10 minutes of abs on some days starting in week 2.
Day 1 – Cardio Challenge – One thing I didn’t know was that the workouts would have short breaks. These are not you maxing out (since you’re keeping up with the workout) and really saved me. This one is the most like Insanity – 3 moves repeated 3 times and then a break. It’s tough to keep it up, and I was fully impressed that I lasted more than halfway through the workout (spoiler alert – I lasted 3 seconds LESS on day 8!)
Day 2 – Tabata Power – If you haven’t heard of Tabata workouts yet, it’s basically 20 seconds on 10 second rests. This sticks to that, over and over, and also has some water breaks. It is tough! This is basically a strength program, but no equipment. Think push ups and dips! They are basically in segments and I haven’t mad it through the push ups without maxing out yet!
Day 3 – Sweat Intervals – More cardio! This one is similar to Cardio Challenge. And as you can see, it lives up to its name!
Day 4 was Tabata Power again. I lasted 22 more seconds this time! This is what’s on my schedule today as well. We’ll see how I do with working out a little later in the day (these were all started about 4:30 am).
Day 5 – Friday Fight Round 1- As in fight to not max out! It is said that this one is a mental and physical battle and I maxed out mentally…unsettled sleeping baby, mat moved around, hair in my eyes…I wasn’t focused. I will do better this week!
In keeping with holiday accountability, I tried to avoid gingerbread house making becoming gingerbread house eating with a well-timed shake Friday afternoon. No need to unleash the candy monster too early! It worked well.
Saturday was the Pulse workout, which is a nice recovery workout. Small movements and low impact cardio…easy on the brain and body. I also did a little PiYo after because I wanted to finish out learning a section. I then did hot yoga on Sunday, probably not my best idea for Monday though it felt amazing on Sunday! I plan to do more resting on this Sunday.
Some things that surprised me in week 1…my legs. So sore. My goodness. Coming off of workouts like Body Beast, you would think that a no-equipment workout couldn’t get me but you’d be wrong! The jumping and squatting did a number on me. I didn’t notice it until Friday Fight, but since then I’ve been enjoying the soreness. Nothing too bad, but noticeable! Also the length is perfect. I wasn’t sure if 30 minutes would feel like forever with pushing to max out, but it’s a good length. I don’t know if this one’s surprising, but I definitely feel like I’m burning extra calories well after the workout ends, which is awesome!
A little about the nutrition plan that comes with Insanity Max 30 – it’s basically the 21 Day Fix plan (now also available as just the nutrition part to pair with any workouts as Portion Fix) with the option of using containers. The containers come with the deluxe pack. It splits you into 2 calorie brackets – if you’re over 150 lbs or under 150 lbs. I end up in the 21 Day Fix bracket that is one above where I am if I figure it out through the 21 Day Fix formula. Which makes sense as these workouts are mote intense. So on my sidebar where it says how I’m eating, I left the 21 Day Fix though I could say either program…they’re the same! I love the 21 Day Fix, so that works for me.
What questions do you have about Insanity Max 30? Let me know and I’ll answer what I can. The bundle of Shakeology, the base program and support from me is on sale until the end of the month, so ask now and get in on a deal. I love/live to save!