Insanity Saturday

Today I did cardio power and resistance, admittedly there’s nothing interesting to report on that front except that power jumps are not getting any easier! I spent the majority of it holding my chest as my sports bra has lost its support and the jumping around was causing me discomfort. Do my lady readers have any suggestions for a decent sports bra?

Hope everyone has a good Easter!

It’s not just activity; it’s a way of life

Due to my new tattoo and a busy weekend, I’ve not really been working out much except for short and sporadic bouts of yoga. I kept telling myself now my tattoo has finished peeling fully I can get my sweat on without worrying and I’d jump right back into it on Monday. Well, Monday came round and I felt sluggish, lethargic and generally wanted to go back to bed the entire day. I couldn’t muster up the energy to put Insanity on and kick my own ass so I did an hour of yoga instead. I learned a new pose called “the Dancer” at class on Friday and I officially sucked at it so I concentrated really hard on my balance and managed 8 seconds on both sides without wobbling and putting my foot back to the ground. Anyway, I digress…

Today I woke up absolutely determined to work out. I lacked motivation but one thing I’ve always been proud of is that 90% of the time I am very self-disciplined. So as I got to working out, I realised that it was so hard to get going again because I had stopped. It’s almost like a heavy wheel; the momentum of it will keep it moving but once it is stopped, it takes a lot of work to get it going again.

On Monday I would even go so far as to say that I was feeling blue and it occurred to me that it was because I wasn’t working out. Fitness has become such a huge part of me that I don’t feel right when I get out of my routine. It wouldn’t surprise me if the common consensus was that the less you work out, the more energy you have because you’re not expending it by pushing yourself, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’ve got 3 more hours on my thigh tattoo being done on the 6th April so once again I’ll be taking a break for it to heal, but at least I know now if I feel bad to just nut up, shut up and work out rather than put it off ’til tomorrow!

So today I did Insanity Max Cardio Conditioning and Abs and I found push ups so much easier to do today than I have done in the past, which means my shoulder muscles must be improving! I also found a new enemy in diamond jumps and ski abs I think they’re called (where you’re in a plank position and jump with your feet together up and to the side in a twist so your thigh comes up to your chest) and the one minute squat was about as fun as a funeral. But I did it, I killed it rather than it killing me and I have new body shots for you. Rather than looking at them thinking, “I have such a long way to go”, this time I actually feel like my dream body is so close that it’s within reach for the first time in my life. This excites me more than I could ever convey to you guys and I actually have the WP community and my readers to thank for all the support you’ve given me since I started out in March 2012!

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My plan now is to keep rocking the Insanity work outs until Dan moves up. Then Dan and I will clear some space in the garage so we can set up an area for weight training. Being a fitness instructor, I’m super excited to work out with him and for him to help me improve my form and physique. My goal for this summer is to be able to lift more than my own body weight (47kg) which Dan said is more than attainable. I’m so psyched for him to be moving up in 46 days. 😀

Happy birthday, FitterStrongerBetter!

So WordPress tells me it has officially been a year since I started my blog. I initially decided to start one just to document my progress and I genuinely did not expect people to be interested in my fitness life. I now have several hundred readers and a fair few who I regularly interact with which is great. WordPress has been a fantastic source of support for me considering my family aren’t overly supportive of my fitness journey and a fair few times it has motivated me to keep going when I wanted to quit. Thank you, FSB readers and a special thanks to the friends I’ve made on here!

Today I really did not feel like working out and was feeling blue about my lack of stomach progress but I refused to let myself slack off or wallow in self pity so I kicked my own ass with Insanity pure cardio. I did not enjoy it if I’m honest but I’m definitely glad I forced myself to get motivated and work out.

Happy Monday everyone!

Insanity and weights is insanity indeed

Today I went back into Insanity at week 2 – cardio power and resistance. Is it wrong of me to admit once I was past the initial warm up I realised I had missed it? This is how it starts guys, haha.

Power jumps are getting somewhat easier thankfully, however I absolutely could not do the tricep dips with one leg extended, boo.

After that I wanted to do some weights so I put Korn on iTunes and killed it. You guys have no idea how happy I am to say that I bicep curled my heaviest weight to date at 7.5kg!

Weight reps with 15-30 seconds between rounds:
4 tricep extensions 2.5kg – 4 rounds
5 deltoid raises 2.5kg – 4 rounds
5 press flyes (also known as back flyes) 2.5 – 4 rounds
5 bicep curls 5kg – 4 rounds
5 renagade rows 5kg – 4 rounds
5 bicep curls 7.5kg – 2 rounds
5 bench press 15kg – 4 rounds
5 military press 15kg – 2 rounds
5 bent over rows 15kg – 2 rounds
5 military press 12.5kg – 2 rounds
5 bent over rows 12.5kg – 2 rounds

Hope you all enjoy your workouts today, I’m off to have myself a delicious protein pancake with a duck egg for once instead of hen – they’re massive!

Insanity Day 5!

Day five and I did the Core Cardio and Balance work out (I’m not following the program strictly, as you can tell) I went for this recovery week work out as I had a tough day yesterday. I hadn’t ridden my horse Lily in about 2 weeks so she was feeling very spritely (read: obnoxious) so after 2 hours of feeling like I was riding a wild mustang, my body’s a bit tender.

Loved this work out, particularly because it worked the hip flexors and because it only had one jump, woohoo. Dare I say it, I might be getting into this Insanity deal, though it will never overtake my love of lifting.

It’s insane to think that just 4 years ago I couldn’t walk far unassisted; I can’t believe how far I’ve come in the past year.

Friday will be weightlifting, Sunday a nice run with Dan – my two favourite work outs in one weekend!

Hope you’re all kicking ass in your work outs so far this week.

Day four of Insanity

After having the weekend off I jumped (literally) right back into it. I wanted to blast my abs so I actually did Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs in succession as you would day 5. Loved Cardio Abs as I like the feeling you get when you work your abs deeply, hated Pure Cardio. I’ve never sweated so much in my life!

Insanity isn’t a strong enough word

How about the Doom work out program?

This is my third Insanity work out this week and oh my god, my calves are screaming at me in forty different languages, not to mention other body parts. Today was tough, really tough, I’ve never worked out so hard before I’ve felt sick so I had to do the cooldown 5 minutes early after walking it off.

No me gusta – my body won’t forget this easily. Also, power jumps are so hard, I can’t jump high at all!