What can you do in 26 days?
With Insanity Max 30, I’ve done a LOT. I haven’t taken my stats yet (that will come after I finish these first 30 days, first thing Monday morning–STAY TUNED!) but I can tell I’m MUCH stronger. Not just physically, but mentally too.
Insanity Max 30 is about pushing yourself to the max, and to do that you have to get in your head. Mental training is perhaps more important than physical training. Being strong mentally means that you can push your body physically, until you reach your max. Being strong mentally means you can achieve results sooner, because you can push yourself further.
I would consider myself pretty strong, both physically and mentally. I’ve overcome time in a wheelchair, being told I’d never walk again. I made myself continue to use my muscles so I didn’t lose them–at times pushing myself to my max just to be mobile–then started playing hockey. I was the only girl on my team–keeping up with the guys definitely required me to push myself to my max. I’ve competed in figure shows–bodybuilding is a huge mental game, to not only push heavier weights to gain muscle, but the discipline to stick to the competition diet is absolutely a mental game. I’ve also given birth to 2 incredible children–and I had a small moment of doubt during my second labor that I couldn’t continue drug-free, then I reached deep, knowing that if I asked for pain meds that I wouldn’t be able to continue with the natural birth I wanted, so I pushed past that and continued through the pain, giving birth naturally and drug free for the second time.
I really love Shaun T and the INSANITY type of HIIT training–I’ve even taught classes and will get back into that–and I LOVE programs like Focus T25, which I’ve completed twice. So when Insanity Max 30 came out 3 years ago I was super excited to do it. My husband and I started the program, but ended up getting derailed, and quitting 5 weeks in. Looking back, we only had 3 more weeks to go, we needed to stick it out. But my head wasn’t in it. I was just going through the motions, doing the moves to get through the workout. Even my Why wasn’t driving me.
This year has been a good year for me. I ran my second half-marathon. I had a 6 month training plan that, while it was more training than I did for my first half-marathon, I didn’t complete nearly as much of the second half, longer, harder workouts as I wanted to. I still did it, because I said I would. I still pushed myself mentally to get it done. Mental strength carried me through miles 10-13. After finishing at my goal time, I took some time off of working out, for a bit of a break. As I struggled through doing the newest program–it just didn’t speak to me. I CRUSHED Shaun Week, and that inspired me to break out Insanity Max 30 again, and commit to completing it.
I felt great the first week–as painful as it was. It’s awesome what a great workout you can get using only your body! The second week I felt AWESOME: not sore, stronger. The third week I started to struggle a bit–I had to shift from Monday through Friday to Tuesday through Saturday. This schedule was going to work better for me, since Mondays and I don’t get along very well. I ended up missing Tuesday this week as well, and previous me would have said “Oh well, I’ll just skip this week and pick up next week, repeating this week and extending the program a week.” Starting on a Wednesday, to me, felt weird: Why start in the middle of the week? Why NOT?
So I pushed through the first workout this week, and felt good. I did it! It didn’t feel like such a big deal then, but the momentum it generated for the NEXT workout was unexpected. I didn’t want to do my workout–again feeling like a Thursday Day 2 was weird–but I did. The sheer joy and pride I felt in myself for doing it was AWESOME. The cheesy grin in my sweaty workout pic says it all. I fucking did it!! That was a mental hurdle that really catapulted me through today’s workout, and I am SO READY to crush the rest of Insanity Max 30!
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