Insanity 2.0 – Day 05

Given my general horrible health and the fact that I can’t run at a steady clip for more than 15 minutes, today’s Insanity workout, Pure Cardio, was a bit intimidating to pop into the DVD player. When, in the beginning of the workout, Shaun T himself admits to being afraid, you know it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

That being said, though, I was able to finish the entire workout. Not that I did the entire workout without taking breaks, but I made it through to the end. Given my medical history, that’s saying a lot. Of course, I modified the crap out of the workout. Yes, I felt like an old-man with a walker in the lane next to Usain Bolt, but I knew it was for my own good. And, about halfway through, I felt the echoes of a shin splint in my left leg taunting me.

My shin splint didn’t return, but I did feel a warm tightness as if my body was saying, “Careful, Ed.”

So I took it slow.

My shirt was still drenched at the end and my heart rate was still pounding in my neck, but I was a bit smarter about it than the last time around.

On a side note, I love that the people in the DVD seem to be struggling as much as I am. As someone who’s not in the kind of amazing shape my wife is in, it’s kinda nice to see that I’m not the only one begging for mercy.

Insanity 2.0 – Day 03

I’ve been walking a lot lately. Yes, it’s good exercise, but I’ve usually been walking to 300-calorie caramel lattes, so it sort of cancels itself out. Today I walked a few miles and was going at a pretty steady pace. By the time I got home I was already a pretty sweaty mess (My wife is such a lucky person) and I gave myself about an hour before I started in on today’s round of Insanity.

I only made it about 25 minutes into the 43-minute workout before I had to cut it short. Even with my modifying of the jumps, toning them down from jumps to steps, I knew I wouldn’t be able to last the whole time (Long story short, I’ve never been able to last long at all-things cardio, which kinda stinks. I come from a family of long-distance runners and in high school it was always something I wanted to do but physically couldn’t). Apparently my body needs a bit more time in between walks and Insanity workouts (or, like I did the previous two days, do Insanity earlier in the day, and then walk).

It’s always a bit discouraging when I have to cut a workout short – or else end up passed out on the floor – but Sarah helps me to remember it’s a good thing to be smart about it. And, at the end of the day, 25 minutes of Insanity is still 25 minutes of Insanity.

Insanity 2.0 – Day 02

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m taking things a bit easier with Insanity. Of course, this is Insanity, so that’s a pretty relative term. Although I’m stepping instead of jumping, it doesn’t mean I didn’t collapse on the floor every time we were supposed to be doing push-ups. I think I did like 3 push-ups and the rest of my time was spent panting.

On the upside, I’m really good at the jabs and uppercuts that come near he end of the workout. I owned that part.

Insanity 2.0 – Day 01

So, today I began my return to Insanity.

You may (or may not) recall how, back in 2010, I attempted to tackle this fitness program. We’ve all seen the infomercials and we’ve all been tempted to sign up, if for no other reason than to snag one of those free “I earned it” T-shirts. Last time around, though, I got eight days into the program before my left leg began feeling the pangs of a shin splint. By Day 16 both legs had succumbed to The Splints and I had to give up. Too much jumping too fast as compared to zero jumping in the years leading up to it? Maybe. I was loving it and wanted to keep going, but couldn’t.

I gave it up for a while and some time later tried it again. It didn’t take long for the shin splints to return, this time even quicker, and again I was sidelined.

So why, nearly four years later, have I decided to have another go at it? Well…this time, I have a plan and the plan is one word: modification.

I never knew there was such a thing for Insanity; it isn’t mentioned on the DVDs (I guess because, just like in baseball there’s no crying, in Insanity there are no shortcuts) and so it was my impression there were only two speeds: Insanity or nothing.

Fast-forward a few years and my wife Sarah is a certified Insanity instructor. Each month she gets a new CD and DVD with a new Insanity program to teach in her classes and, besides the instructor showcasing the moves, there’s also a person standing beside them showing how to modify the moves for people like me who may not be able to go at top speed all the time.

When I saw the person modifying the exercise, it was like a light went on. Why didn’t I think of going at a slower pace or maybe not as full-on? Because, to be honest, when I started to, I felt like a dork who couldn’t keep up. Even though on the DVDs Shaun T encourages you to take breaks whenever necessary and the others on the DVD seem at times to be struggling just as much as I was, I never felt like I had permission to take it down a notch.

I talked about it with Sarah and she encouraged me that the big difference – for me at least – is to always keep one foot on the ground. The jumping (for those who don’t know, there’s a lot of jumping) killed me and obviously it wasn’t something I would be able to dive right into, no matter how much my ego wanted me to. By modifying, though, I would still get a killer workout, sweat like a beast, and not risk having to bail out again. Or, at least, that’s my hope.

So today I did the fit test once again. I hated not jumping like they were on the video but I knew that if it was something I wanted to be able to stick with for the long haul, I’d have to force myself to drive in the slow lane and let the others whiz past me in the carpool lane…as much as I wanted to be in the car with them enjoying the ride. Instead of switch kicks, I was doing switch step kicks. There was no jumping in power jacks but instead power side lunge jacks. Globe jumps became globe side-steps. You get the point. No jumping, just stepping.

And yet by the time I got to the end, I was sweating, panting, and in need of morphine. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go full-speed Insanity but right now it’s not about breaking any world records. It’s just about crossing that finish line. That finish line that is waaaaaaaaaaaaay, way out there.

Insanity: Day 16

I can’t.

I want to, I really really do, but I physically can’t.

After today’s workout, the shin splint in my left leg was pretty much unbearable. Which was distracting me from the fact that I was beginning to develop a shin splint in my right leg as well.


It may have been too much too soon. I’m going to shift gears and go back to P90x and see what happens. I’ll do one complete “term” of P90X (90 days) and then see if I haven’t ramped my way up to where I can do Insanity. As much as I really like the Insanity workout, at this point in my exercisorial career, I’m not physically ready for it.

So today I re-start P90X with Chest & Back.


Insanity: Day 15

Fit Test 2

Yesterday was a day off and today, the first day of the third week in the Insanity program, I re-took the fit test I took on day 1 so I could groan at how far I haven’t come.

Actually, I surprised myself in some of them. Not so much in others. All in all, though, I ended up a sweaty mess on the floor in the fetal position. So yea, I guess it was a good workout.

  • SWITCH KICKS – Day 1: 50/Day 15: 62
  • POWER JACKS – Day 1: 30/ Day 15: 49
  • POWER KNEES – Day 1: 81/Day 15: 109
  • POWER JUMPS – Day 1: 23/ Day 15: 27
  • GLOBE JUMPS – Day 1: 6/Day 15: 7
  • SUICIDE JUMPS – Day 1: 10/Day 15: 12
  • PUSH-UP JACKS – Day 1: 20/Day 15: 25
  • LOW PLANK OBLIQUE – Day 1: 35/Day 15: 52