If you haven’t already guessed this post is about month two of the INSANITY program! Today I did Month two, week two day 2. Wow. That’s a lot of twos! I’ve been meaning to write this post but I wanted to get through week one of month two first so that I’d have a more accurate perspective on how it is.
I want to write a post about what I wanted to know about month two, how I find it and some tips to prepare during the gap between Month 1 and 2. Just so you know I’m only 18 so my body’s pretty much fresh from the womb and I think that makes Insanity a little easier on me… Not implying anything about you all!
Okay! Here goes!
1. Is Month 2 hard?
For me, this is the number one question I wanted to know the answer to! I read a lot of threads and blog posts online and the people writing them were saying it’s super hard and it feels like the first week of Insanity (which I’d rather not feel again). After a week I can say that it’s not like the first week of Insanity… For me, the first week was really hard and I was really sore for the whole 6 days after every workout- even the recovery! Starting month two is easier because you’ve done month one. Essentially, the purpose of month 1 is to train for month 2. You get used to pacing and pushing yourself and learn your limits. It’s definitely more challenging than month 1 because of the length and the warm is really hard. Despite all of this, for me, I just do as many reps as I can do and I don’t feel guilty taking that break if it’s necessary. It’s all about quality you know? Just try your best and you’ll get results no doubt!
2. What can I do to prepare for Month 2?
I know that I said that it wasn’t as hard as I expected it. Perhaps I should have lied because I think psyching myself up thinking it was going to kill me really made me feel relieved after I had done the first workout and didn’t die! During the core cardio and balance week I got really sick. Which is lucky, seeing as it was my rest week. But it kinda stuffed me up. My advice would be to
a) Don’t slack off in the Core Cardio and balance workouts! Try hard. Shaun says not to burn yourself out etc. but I think that you shouldn’t see that as an invitation not to put in effort. Still sweat. Still pant. Still work. This will make the transition easier.
b) In order to retain my cardio fitness I re-took up running in the mornings as well as cycling some days. I’d run about 4.5 km if I was running and ride between 6-10km if I was riding. This might seem extreme but I think doing a little extra will help you maintain your fitness.
c) On top of the above, if I was feeling it I’d do the cardio abs or do some basic strength training (no where near as hard as Insanity). If you’ve heard of the drop 10 workout, it’s a good one to keep up your fitness (100 crunches [abs tight!], 90 jumping jacks, 80 lunges [40 ea. leg], 70 squats, 60 seconds sprinting on the spot, 50 sec plank, 40 jumping jacks, 30 squats, 20 high knees [1 rep = both legs] and 10 push ups). You’ll be so surprised how many reps you can do after working hard in month 1!
As you can see I still worked hard during my rest week- even though I was sick! I think that this would be a good idea, if you can. It will pay off during Month 2. After everyone else has slacked off and isn’t used to working hard- you’ll still be alright!
This is just my personal experience and what I would advise. What you do should be up to you. Test my theory but if it’s causing you more harm than good then definitely stop. I really should be studying!!!
Let me know how Month 2 goes!