Week 8 of Insanity completed, only one more week to go. The scale finally moved this week. Friday, I weighed in at 166 lbs. Looks like cutting the carbs down and increasing the protein has definitely helped. Maybe, I can squeeze off one more pound before I finish. I had contemplated doing a PUMP/Insanity hybrid after this round was over, it would consist of three Insanity workouts a week instead of six. However, after spending all night reading about the drawbacks of “too much cardio”, I am thinking maybe that’s not such a good idea.
According to several sources, too much cardio raises cortidol, lowers sex hormones, and causes a loss of muscle tone while strength training does just the opposite. Also, with strength training, calories are burned after working out, not the case with cardio. But how much is too much cardio? For this there is no definitive answer.
Throughout my entire Insanity run I have taught seven Zumba classes per week. One week I taught ten and most weeks I have also taught a thirty minute Turbo Kick class. This adds up to over 12 hours of cardio/week. Basically, two-a-days six days a week. Too much? Maybe, maybe not. But definitely too much not to be getting better results, especially on 1700 calories/day. So I am thinking, why continue to kill myself doing so much cardio? After I sm done with Insanity, I will try a month of a PUMP/DDP Yoga combo and see what happens. I have decided on the Intermediate DDP Yoga plan. This means there is no reason for me to buy the cross training PUMP dvds or any other exercise dvd for that matter. I have looked at numerous ones this week; Jari Love, Cathe Frederick, Tracy Mallet, Jeanette somebody (Kelly Rowland’s trainer), and 10 minute solution workouts, to name a few. I was trying to figure out what I could trade in on Amazon in order to afford one or two. Now I can spend my mental energy doing something else. I don’t know why I find reading workout reviews so fascinating. I can do it for hours.
Back to Insanity though. I am kind of intrigued about doing Asylum at some point in the future. Maybe after PUMP? Sounds like a great program for Insanity grads. Which I will be in one week.