I, Audrey Payne, got up early to exercise today! As in, I left my nice, warm, cozy bed (that I love SO MUCH), to sweat through my clothes and get yelled at by the fitness industry’s biggest angel, Shaun T. Five years after my last go-around (which I started at this same time of the year!), I’ve decided to give Shaun T and his Insanity workouts another try! (And by the way, I am the polar opposite of a morning person. I prefer that people don’t speak to me before 10 am, and I have to snooze my alarm about five times before I get up every day. I WISH I was a morning person, I really do, but alas, I was born this way).
I last did Insanity in the winter/ spring of 2012, when I was younger, sprier, and had more men to impress (bahaha). It was my first year in DC and I had just had my heart broken (for the one millionth time by the same guy – you’d think I would learn after a while). And obviously, the best revenge for heartbreak is to get a rockin’ bod. (Like I always say – heartbreak really sucks, but it’s a great catalyst to better your life!). So that was what I did! Probably the most rockin’ bod I’ve ever had actually! My roomie and bff at the time, Veronica, and I dove in headfirst to the world of Insanity. For those unfamiliar, it’s a two-month program where you follow a scheduled workout routine, doing a video six days a week. There are a few different workouts for phase one (which lasts four weeks), a week where you do the same cardio video each day to “recover,” then move on the phase two, which lasts another four weeks. Phase one seems monstrous when you first begin it. Each video is about 40 minutes (which I know doesn’t sound like much but ohhhh it is) of high intensity interval training (HIIT), including some daunting moves like the “power jump” (where you literally jumping as high as you can from and to a squat position), the infamous suicide, and way, way, way more push-ups than I ever want to do. Ever.
But I’ll be honest, you haven’t seen monstrous until you hit phase two, which is about 60 minutes per day. Just when you get used to phase one and think “yeah, I’m in pretty great shape,” NOPE. Shaun T is here to let you know that you are indeed NOT in great shape. Or any shape at all, except maybe round! Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I remember just being blown away at how hard phase two was. However, right now phase one is a struggle, so I will cross that bridge when I come to it. 😉 (I know I’m making this sound totally unfun, but actually, it’s pretty addictive and the rush you get after is INSANE).
Anyway, moral of the story is we got in fucking awesome shape, and because we did it together, had a great time. We’d yell at each other (in a loving way) when we’d lay on the floor dying, and the workouts would frequently end in hysterical laughter. We’d always cool down with a (slow and burnt out) walk around the block, and on days when we felt like we might go out and party too hard that night, we’d also go for a jog or play tennis. We really kept each other on track. It probably sounds brutal, but it really was great fun! And our bikini bods were on point that summer!
This time around, I’m not doing the workouts to combat heartbreak. I’m doing them because I miss being in awesome shape. Before I hurt my back, I was a workout machine. I loved it. All those endorphins! I’d run for five miles a day then go for a hike and it would be no thing. An old guy at the gym would even call me the “energizer bunny.” I felt like I could do anything. Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit lethargic, less attractive than normal and like my rock climbing isn’t progressing to the level I want it to. So, I’m trying to change all that. I want more energy, more confidence, to get stronger and to slim down. So, I think this will be a great start. If my back starts bothering me, I’ll have to stop. But so far, so good! I’ve got achy muscles, but I feel great!
I thought writing this post would help me stick with it (though to be honest, if I’m excited enough to get up EARLY to do the workout, I feel pretty good about my chances). When you put your goals out into the world, I think you feel like you have more of a duty to attain them. And this is something I really want to focus on over the next few months – getting healthy, strong, fit and confident. And a hot bikini bod, obviously. 😉
Anyway, four days in and I can still walk, so I think that bodes well for my progress.
Bonus motivation: my girl friends and I are taking a trip to the beach for Memorial Day weekend. So that gives me three months to get ready!
Has anyone done Insanity before? Tips for sticking with it? Other fitness goals? I’d love to hear from you all!