I graduated! I officially finished Insanity yesterday. I did the final test and I will post those number later. All in all, I am happy with the progress I made with the program. Of course, I would have liked to have lost more weight but my cardiovascular endurance is better than it has been in a long time, if not ever. I have received tons of “you have lost so much weight” compliments the past month, so I know I am smaller despite small increases on the scale. My measurements were mostly the same but I lost inches in my thighs, which is great, since that is one of my problem areas. I would like to post a full review of Insanity in the future as well.
I do, however, now understand the various complaints about the lack of weight training. I have definitely lost most of the muscle definition I got with ChaLEAN Extreme. Part of that is my fault because I did not do the Insanity Upper Body Workout 2-3 times per week like I originally planned in the first month. Nor did I get in ChaLEAN three times a week the second month like I planned. It was just so difficult with the length of the workouts and my increasing group fitness teaching schedule. You can’t beat the Insanity cardio but the body needs some strength training, too. Which leads me to my new plan starting next week.
I am doing Les Mills Pump with DDP Yoga and HIIT workouts on off days. I have been reading two fabulous books: The New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Shuler and What Comes First, Cardio or Weights? by Alex Hutchinson. Both of these books really emphasize the importance of strength training and the fact that women do too much cardio. Their (well-researched) philosophy is 30 minute HIIT workouts 2 to 3 times per week. I am all for shorter, more effective workouts so I am going to give it a try. I bought Cathe Friedrich’s HITT workouts, Turbo Jam Turbo Blaster, and I have a TurboFire HIIT workout for purchasing ChaLEAN, that I have never used (actually forgot I even had). I am going to use these as my main HIIT workouts. I can always use the treadmill also. This combined with the Slender Plus modified HCG plan (more details to come) will hopefully keep the scale moving.
This week is recovery and off to Zumba Convention on Thursday! Of course yesterday recovery meant 4o minutes of intervals on the treadmill and tonight, off to my friend’s Boot Camp class. But recovery for an Insanity graduate is very, very different. If I’m standing in a pool of sweat, I just don’t feel like I am working 🙂