Saturday, October 20, 2012

Insanity Day 6 & 7: Plyo + Rest

I've taken the rest day to mean that I can go ahead and do something else instead.  Which, unfortunately (fortunately?) didn't really feel any different.

I'm wondering if my kickboxing instructor at the gym didn't take a page out of Shaun T's notebook.  Our circuit consisted of burpees, push-ups and horizontal mountain climbing which felt all-too familiar to me!

I'm noticing a pretty good difference in today's kickboxing class from the very first time I timidly wandered into that gym thinking I was just going to be punching and jabbing at a bag a few times - but I guess I'm getting ahead of myself.

Day 6 was Plyo which was Day 2's exercise again.  Honestly, for some reason it always feels like I did worse.  I felt like I took too many breaks when I should be able to do just that little bit more than the last time I did the workout.  I burned 4 less calories this go around than I did the first time.  It's not a significant difference and I can't really tell what that means...if I gave her more the first time than this time, or if I have better control and endurance...

Besides the breaks that I took, I felt like I was doing things with better control and form than I did the first time.  The first time was just about getting through the workout - no matter what, and this time, it was different because I knew I could make it through since I did it already.  So in my head, I was thinking more along the lines of, if I'm going to do it again, it better look better than it did before. 

I'm still having a hard time with the jumping jacks and feeling some twinging in my legs but it seems that my arches have either conformed or my shoes are giving way to the workouts, so I'm glad that I don't have the added discomfort of my arches while going through the motions.  Compared to the first Plyo workout, I wasn't able to do the butt kicks as it was hurting too much and I just couldn't get my feet to kick up from the ground, and this time, I was able to do it - though not for the entire duration.  My knees for high knees aren't as high as they should be and when I lose focus, it ends up looking more like jogging, but once I realize what I'm doing, I'm able to get focused to bring my knees up a bit higher again - if only for a few seconds more.

They're not big differences - I had a hard time with the push-up jacks and I'm not sure if it's because my arms are tired or if perhaps I'm sinking lower into the push up than I had before, but they are all differences nonetheless.  The thing with the differences is that I hope that they are also improvements.  It's too soon to tell but I made it through my first WEEK of INSANITY!

I really feel like it's definitely helping in the other areas of my fitness goals as well.  Kickboxing feels easier - I'm no longer dying just through the warm ups though I still dislike having to run backwards.  I've noticed I'm using breathing techniques better and sticking with things a little bit longer by monitoring and adjusting how I'm breathing and I think this in turn as helped a lot with my swimming.  I'm still flailing at times, especially near the end of a lap as I'm nearing the wall, but nobody since the first time has been concerned that I'm drowning while in my head, I'm imagining I look like an Olympic athlete. 

Like I said...differences.

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