You know the feeling, when you started running, and you just wanted those runs to get easier? And then they all of a sudden do. I loved knowing that my endurance was improving and I could run so much further and faster than I did 3 months prior.
But when your runs are ‘easy’, your body isn’t working as hard. And when your body isn’t working as hard, you aren’t getting the full benefits of working out that you think you may be getting.
That is partially due to your body adapting. If I have learned anything from the past few years, it has been that changing up my routine has been integral to losing fat and gaining muscle.
As I have mentioned, I do fasted cardio every morning. This typically involves me running. Usually one long run a week, but the rest HIIT and tabatas, hill sprints etc. I saw immediate changes in my body right when I started doing it. But as with everything, change started to slow down dramatically. Since I have been doing that for about 6 weeks now, I decided that it was time to switch it up. I was switching up my routine ON the treadmill, but what I realize is that I may need to get off the treadmill for a bit altogether.
Have you guys ever heard of Insanity? Ive heard rumblings about it on Instagram and a few of my friends have tried it. I thought I would give it a go. My lovely friend Caitlin gave me a copy (FREE!) so what better reason than to try it.
I set my alarm for 5 am this morning - INSANITY TIME (for more reasons than one!).
How insane am I for waking up this early? Well as most of you know, my job requires me attending breakfast events for my clients many days during the week, and I used to use this as an excuse to not workout in the morning. Excuse my language, but fuck that! Even if it means getting a short workout it, I’m doing it.
Anyways. Insanity is a Beachbody.com product and from what I did this morning, its a great one! Like sweat your ass off, jump around your living room floor great. The first 10ish minutes are spent doing a warm up. And I was sweating after that. Then you stretch, and then jump right into the workout. Today was Plyometric Cardio Circuit, and very similar to the boot camp I take with Salone at Vida Fitness. Plyometrics are a great form of cardio. These moves usually always consist of jumping of some sort, fast and powerful movements. They challenge your muscles by quickly changing their movements, and in turn improve performance. Time also goes by pretty quickly when you aren’t staring at the screen of your treadmill or cardio machine :)
This workout was AWESOME! And tough. But dooable. Just look at my schwedy face…
I swear I am not doing the duck lips here.
What was great about doing my workout at home, was having breakfast literally 5 minutes later. After working out - especially in the AM - you need to help your body recover and repair, so having your food within 30 minutes is super ideal.
I had my lovely egg white oat pancake cooked in coconut oil and topped with raspberries, blueberries, flax and my homemade granola. Perfection.
Moral of the story - dig deeper (as I will soon be hating Sean T. in Insanity for saying).
When I feel like I am doing enough, I ask myself “are you out of your comfort zone?” Usually, I can go a bit harder. That’s when you know you are really pushing yourself, and will really get results!Comments