Insanity: A true story of sweat, pain, and the workout video from hell

Tonight I decided to try Insanity.

Let me start of by saying that I made a huge mistake. If you love your body you will never put it through the torture of this in-home fitness video. Deep, irreversible regret and the worst calf pain that I have ever felt in my entire life immediately followed this decision. I mean, this guy, whatever his name is, well he’s a machine. No normal human could ever do this program and not strongly consider the possibility that their time on Earth could possibly be coming to an end. Seriously, the people in the freaking video couldn’t even keep up. This one girl, who could have been a fitness model, literally collapsed on the floor. SHE WAS ON THE FLOOR AND SHE’S IN THE VIDEO! How the hell do they expect the average person to do it. After a good 40 minutes of sweating and dying and jumping and dying and sprints and dying, I found myself in the same position as the uber fit woman in the video, flat on the floor. I thought going to the gym and prancing around on the elliptical for 45 minutes was a feat. Boy was I wrong.

New Year’s resolution #2: Go to the gym 5 days a week. In less than 3 months I am competing in one of the biggest 10k races in the country. At the end of this year, I am running my very first half marathon. I don’t know why I thought this training schedule would be easy. I’m tired, I’m hungry and I’m in pain. I just need some sign that all of the struggle is going to be worth it. Today is January 6th and I am already 5 pounds lighter than I was when the New Year began. Hooray for that! I just need to remind myself that no matter if it’s a light session on the elliptical or a soul crushing, muscle melting session of Insanity, It will all be worth it in the end when I cross those finish lines.

For now, I am going to stretch out on the couch, veg out on some Netflix, and hope my body forgives me for what I put it through tonight. Sorry muscles, don’t hate me tomorrow.

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4 thoughts on “Insanity: A true story of sweat, pain, and the workout video from hell

  1. jadealexandra6 says:

    Don’t give up on Insanity! The first time I did it I had this exact reaction. Haha it sucks but if you do it every day eat gets….not necessarily easier, but better! And you feel great afterwards even though you want to die during it. And the calf pain is the worst the first time you do it. It’ll be gone soon and if you keep it up, you’ll never get the calf pain again! Good luck with your marathon training!

  2. weeweewilly says:

    I’ve played sport continuously for 15 years, represented my county at long distance running and wanted to die 3 minutes into the Fit Test. Give up! Our calf muscles are far too precious.

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