Last week I started the workout program, Insanity. The picture above is me literally dripping sweat down my arm on Day 2. Pretty, hey? Yeah, my HAIR was dripping sweat, it was that bad.
I admit, for a long time, I was pretty scared of Insanity. Ive owned it for a while; Id peek at the DVDs (that come in a huge case that looks like a school textbook), and then put it away.
Part of my excuse was time. I need to stay current on choreography for my 3 different classes that I teach, and learning workout choreography = a workout that Im already getting!
The other part was that I couldnt justify the extra, super-intense activity. With teaching all my classes and my love for Turbo Fire, I already get a good dose of intense exercise. Would it be overkill to try Insanity in the middle of this?
Id be taking the risk of “overtraining” my body. Overtraining yourself makes you more susceptible to injury and disease, meaning I could end up unable to teach my classes or even do my own personal workouts for a whilenot an option.
But Im ambitious.
At the 2011 Team Beachbody Coach Summit, we had the opportunity to work out with many of the Beachbody trainers, like Tony Horton (P90X), Chalene Johnson (Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire), Leandro Carvalho (Brazil Butt Lift), and Shaun T (Hip Hop Abs and Insanity).
I chose to attend Shaun Ts Insanity workout. Its cardio based on quick athletic drills, like jogging, Heisman jumps, suicide drills, knee taps, 8 squats into 8 push-ups, etc. I knew it was going to kill me, and I was right.
But I loved it!
Its amazing to see what youre really capable of, to push yourself to your true limit.
Make no mistake, this workout is absolutely killer. I consider myself a fit person. Im fairly toned, and I can make it through an entire 1-hour Turbo Kick class while talking, excitedly bellowing cues, and jumping at full energy with no problems.
But make me do repetitive cardio drills, and I die. I just cant make it all the way through. I have to take my own breaks outside of the scheduled ones in the workouts.
But theres nothing wrong with that. Listening to your body is key. The point of all this torture is to GET BETTER AT IT. If you walk into something new and youre automatically perfect at it, why on earth would you bother doing it again?
You wouldnt, because youd be bored and have nothing to gain from it.
So Im working through this to the “peak” of my ability with my amazing friend and twin, Randi Munns. Her Fit Test results kicked my Fit Test results butt, but the Fit Test itself kicked my butt, so there you go:
Now Ive been reading about visualization lately. If you visualize the result you want out of something, its actually more likely to happen. Visualize yourself doing a bazillion perfect bicep curls with a heavy weight, and when you actually do your workout, youll be more likely to do a bazillion perfect bicep curls with a heavy weight because your brain registers that youve already done it. And if youve done it before, you can do it again.
Visualize yourself getting a job promotion, or quitting your job to work for yourself, and you naturally walk taller and act happier. You act as though its already happened, so you work harder and you work better, and suddenly one day it DOES happen.
So when it comes to getting through a tough cardio workout, youre supposed to visualize yourself AFTER the workouthow good you feel, how accomplished you feel, how much fitter you are, etc. I think thats a good way to go, and normally, I look forward to the stretch at the end as a treat that Ive earned with all my hard work.
But in Insanity, Ive already found that if I think about the stretching at the end, I find myself wishing I was there so badly that I have a hard time pushing through the exercises! I just keep wanting it to be over!
So I have to have a little tunnel-vision and focus on each exercise, one at a time. Each exercise goes for 30 seconds to 1 minute. I find I push harder if I focus on just getting through that particular minute, taking each drill as it comes.
A big goal, while motivating, can be overwhelming if you cant see all the little steps it takes to get there. Im only on Day 6 of this 60-day program. I know me, and I know Id fall off track if I didnt have a plan, so Im following the calendar plan.
Whats your goal? Is it to lose 10 pounds? 50 pounds? Is it a business goal?
See yourself reaching your desired end. Actually see yourself smaller and more trim. See yourself making a leisurely pot of coffee after waking up without an alarm to start your day working at home. How do you feel at that point?
Now step back and break it down into easy, bite-size steps. What do you need to do to get there? Write it down and plan it out, and take it one drill at a time, everyday. Write your steps on a calendar and follow it to the letter.
And if you fall off, no whining. Just get back on.
“You dont have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Zig Ziglar
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Kerri Randall is an AFAA-Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Emerald Beachbody Coach. She teaches live Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, and PiYo classes, and is dedicated to motivating others to reach their health, fitness, and personal life goals. Her passion is making fitness fun and easy-to-loveno secrets and no crazy gimmicks!