Sunday, July 1, 2012

Insanity - Week 8: Taking it on the Road

I alluded last week that I had to modify my schedule, so here was my Week 8:

Week 8 Reflections:

Monday - Max Interval Plyo (originally Tuesday)
Tuesday - Rest (originally last Sunday)
Wednesday - Max Cardio Conditioning & Cardio Abs
Thursday - Max Interval Circuit (originally Friday)
Friday - 2.5 mi run and 10 min swim (in Boston)
Saturday - Plyometric Cardio Circuit instead of Core Cardio & Balance so that "The Ukrainian" and I could work out at the same time and save time
Sunday - Rest

Taking these DVDs on the road with me was definitely a change of scenery and countered boredom a little bit, but it did add the stress of having to wake up unpleasantly early (on East coast time, too!) and wondering if I can squeeze all my jumping in a hotel room and having enough energy afterward to drive to unfamiliar places and run meetings.  Somehow, it actually all worked out pretty well, though.

Hmm, as Shaun T says, "Dig deeper!"

Meanwhile, back on the West Coast, "The Ukrainian" just completed his third week and took his first Fit Test!  He improved on all the exercises and has definitely had visible progress so far.  More on that in a later update.  He gets to work out in this room most of the time:

This picture is almost three years old, but I'd like to think I look the same. 
Jealous.  But at least since the hotel didn't have plushy carpet, I was able to use my shoes.  The change added to the challenge.

Anyway, having this structure of what workouts to do while being gone is definitely different.  Usually, I default to running when I'm on a trip -- either on the treadmill or around the area if I am comfortable.  Having a set program made things easier, for sure, though I imagine I wouldn't have done the same thing if I weren't on a regimen, so on a typical five-day trip, I would probably split videos+running half and half.  When I came back, my on-the-go eating did not pack on any weight, so something must have been right...

I actually have another work trip soon, forcing me to spend my last day of Insanity in yet another hotel room.  I can't say that having to face a tough program AND adjust to different environments is all that fun, but it does make things a little more interesting.

The next time I post an update on this series, I'll be done!!  The Week 9 stuff will probably be a two-parter, since I have a lot to say on my experience (honest review, results, and reflections) with the 63 days of the program.  Be forewarned. =D  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the program (or my experience with the program), feel free to leave them in the comments or email me on my G-Mail (nobel4lit2), and I will answer them in the post!

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