New Year, new resolutions. As I love challenges, this year I decided to take the insanity challenge – one of the most challenging fitness programs on the market. With my busy life of combining part-time job, full-time master’s programme, cooking + baking and travel blogging, it was a real challenge.
It is simply a total body workout that requires no gym or equipment. You can exercise right at home, using your own body weight for resistance. It is based on a fitness method called “max interval training and its main idea is to increase your aerobic fitness level while burning fat.
The whole challenge lasts for 60 days. There are 10 workouts each taking between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, and you do them a grueling 6 days a week.
The first month has five total body workouts called Fit Test, Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Cardio Power and Resistance, Cardio Recover and Pure Cardio. The second month has four new workouts called Max Interval Circuit, Max Interval Plyo, Max Cardio Conditioning and Max Recovery (you can find all programmed online/YouTube).
After nearly 2 weeks of daily workouts, I have been feeling more energized and my fitness performance has definitely improved. My abs are more visible what I am happy really happy about, but I have been constantly hungry craving carbs like crazy. For some of my meals I have been using recipes from the Insanity Nutrition Guide which was a great help to make sure I have been fueling my body properly. Remember: meal prep is the key!
I also bought a small notebook where I write down certain observations on my weight, measurements and mood changes. That definitely helps me out keep the track of my progress.
I have not only challenged myself to work out daily, but also to prepare my food which a) can help me save money and time b) keep my body nourished throughout the day. Believe me or not, but I wake up at 6 am in the morning to do the programme before my uni or work has started.
What I can say now is that insanity workouts are highly intense and I never stop sweating. Therefore, if you haven’t been exercising, this program isn’t a quick fix. I love intervals so I have been enjoying the Insanity a lot!
After 60 days I will tell you know how I liked it and what my progress was. For now, wish me good luck!
Do you feel like taking the Insanity challenge this year?