4-1-14: Day 2 Cardio Plyometrics


4-1-14 Day 2

Weight: 181.8

Today’s Workout: Cardio Plyometrics


2 pieces whole wheat toast with almond butter and jam


3 handfuls of almonds, 1 banana, 1 apple, 1 almond fudge clif bar


Pulled Pork, Rice, Black Beans


Potato & Chorizo Tacos (2)


Here are the results of yesterday’s fit test


Switch Kicks


Power Jacks


Power Knees


Power Jumps


Globe Jumps


Suicide Jumps


Push Up Jacks


Plank Oblique



Not sure how that stacks up, as I haven’t been reading anyone else’s results online.  You may also notice that I somehow dropped 1.8 pounds from yesterday’s weight, I’m not quite sure how that happened, but my guess is dehydration, I tried to drink a lot of water today to guard against that.

Now, today’s workout, Cardio Plyometrics they call it.  There was what seemed like an abnormally long warmup, followed by some short, but very intense modified plyometric exercises. Compared to more traditional plyometrics that I have done in the past I thought there was a lot less emphasis on explosion and more emphasis on speeding through reps.  This sort of makes sense, as the target audience probably doesn’t want to add 3 inches to their vertical leap, just look good in a swimsuit, and to do that, you need to keep moving.

So far I haven’t had to deal with any major soreness, the worst physical ailment so far is my feet, because we are working out in the garage on the concrete floor, I have noticed that my arches are getting sore.  I tried some new shoes tonight in an effort to get ahead of that problem, only time will tell how effective that is.

Good luck to anyone reading who is also on this program, feel free to drop a comment below.  Dr. Insane-o out!


3-31-14: Day 1 Fit Test

Morning Weight: 183.6

Today’s Workout: Day 1: Fit Test


2 pieces whole wheat toast with almond butter and jam


Payday bar, banana


Chicken, Rice, Black Beans


Falafal & Spinach Salad


Today marks day 1 of the Insanity workout process.  If I was aiming to log maximum weight loss, I am off to a bad start, because I somehow managed to lose 1.4 pounds in the last 24 hours.  I had a pretty active Sunday, involving carrying a lot of heavy weight around the yard and a casual game of ultimate frisbee as well. Typically my weight fluctuates a lot in a given week, so I’m not expecting to see a consistent daily weight trend, weekly average will probably be more useful.

The fit test was definitely challenging, I’ll be posting up the results tomorrow.  The whole process sort of felt like doing fitness the hard way, while testing I was thinking to myself that I could be burning the same amount of calories doing sprints and weight lifting.

My descent into INSANITY

While I was never a great runner, I used to be in really good shape, 3 years ago I was at 8% body fat and able to bench press 225 lbs. Alas, those days are over. I took a job where I now have an hour long commute each way to work, and then, to top it off, we had a kid! What little time I had left vanished. My free time is now down to about 90 minutes a night.  I usually spend an hour of that sitting on the couch, recovering from the day and watching House of Cards with my wife. The other 30 minutes I spend trying to get caught up on the ever growing to-do list.

I’d wager that my body fat is now closer to 20% and I’m about 20 lbs heavier than I was at my peak (185 now vs 165 then), and my 5k time is probably closer to 30 minutes rather than the 23 it was when I was at my best.

All that said, when my wife asked if I wanted to try to do the “Insanity” workout DVD series with her, I wasn’t in any position to turn the offer down. Obviously I could use some more activity in my sedentary lifestyle, and anything has to be better than nothing. I’m pretty skeptical of these type of workout routines, in the past I preferred free weights and running, but, like I said, I’m in no position to turn down any activity.

When I was doing a lot of free weights and running in the past I kept detailed workout logs, and I thought I would try to do the same thing for Insanity and see how the results stack up.  I’m a Data Analyst in real life, so I’ll be keeping close track of my key metrics (mood and weight).  While also providing some info on what’s going into my system (diet).

Stay tuned for day 1!