With the exception of Suicide Jumps (aptly named, I might add) I improved in every single category on the Insanity Fitness Test (and I stayed the same on those). The improvements ranged from 15% (33 Power Jumps to 38) to 121% (13 Push Up Jacks to 30) with an aggregate improvement of 29%. Not bad for two intense weeks. What’s more is I managed to keep my commitment to the program for two weeks thus far despite pain, massive amounts of volleyball and a burning hate welling up inside of me with each minute of the workout.
I can see a noticeable difference, as well; my cardio is definitely better and my jeans are now a size too big (thank God for belts). I’m seeing a fitter waist, as well, but have a lot of work to do in the next six or seven weeks to let my abs show through (they’re there – I can feel them – but they’re hidden at the moment).
I’m down from 193 to 186 (which is really probably closer to 188 since I was a little dehydrated when I weighed myself) but that’s really a secondary goal; 190 was an arbitrary, round number that was less than where I was. The “official” calculation says I should be at 186 on the high end, but then again the “official” calculation says I should have a target heart rate when exercising of either 122, 136 or 154 depending on which “official” calculation site you use so I take everything with a grain of salt and just try to stay “around” those numbers.
I’m kinda scared for the second month of workouts – I’m still struggling to make it through the first month intervals (with copious resting/recovery periods, I might add) and I hear the second (which carries adjectives like “Max” and “Insane”) are basically the equivalent of moving from a Cessna 182 to an F-14 Tomcat. But hey – that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? And if it does kill me I won’t care one way or the other. That’s my rose-colored glasses thinking for the day.by