Yesterday, against my will, I inserted the Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit DVD into the drive and hit “play.” The “warm up” was tough, as before. But this time I experienced the added joy of cramps in the arches of my feet when doing the jumping jacks. Since I’ve never experienced this particular pleasure before. I can only assume it’s due to stiff calves and perhaps under-hydration for the weekend’s backpacking and Sunday’s Chest & Back/ARX effort.
There is something to be said about the benefit of knowing what’s to come. Even though I was feeling pretty drained going in to the circuit, knowing the routine and it’s duration made it easier, psychologically, to get through it. While it’s true I take all the reps at a slower pace than the perversely over-exuberant players on the DVD, I was able to keep up without pausing for most of the duration. I reached failure once again in Circuit 2, but deeper into it this time. I was able to do the Level One thing, some ugly butt-too-high Ski Abs, but then the In and Outs were peppered with breaks. I was pleased with getting through the Level One’s, though.
So far though, Insanity is not an enjoyable process for me. But I am continuing with it because my cardio and aerobic performance has been improving, which makes it worth sacrificing 90 minutes of happiness per week at the altar of Insanity.