Insanity

I'm one of those crazy people that really likes to push myself and be challenged.

For instance, I remember back in the days when I was hitting the gym twice a day.  Before work I would run on the track.  After work I would do weight training, working a different muscle group each day.  My normal routine in the morning was to run for 1/2 hour.  But if I was late, I did a 12 minute routine called Guerilla Cardio.  This workout called for a 4 minute warm up jog, 4 minutes of interval sprinting, and a 4 minute cool down jog.  The interval sprinting is 20 seconds of full on sprinting followed by 10 seconds of rest.  Eight sets and you have done your 4 minutes.  It may not sound like a big deal, but according to Muscle Media:


Before you get too bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the prospect of doing “only” four minutes of cardio a day, I need to warn you—this ain’t as easy as it seems. In fact, Dr. Tabata notes that even the  Japanese speed skaters—who, remember, are Olympic caliber athletes—had to “lay down on the floor after the training.”

The first time I did it, it literally brought tears to my eyes!  That was back in the day when I took my vacation at what was then called Red Mountain Adventure Spa in St. George, Utah.

Mornings started with a vigorous hike into the mountains.


A little mountain climbing for leisure activity.

(yup, that is me up there)

So you see that I am not one to shy away from a physical challenge.  It's probably why natural childbirth appealed to me too.  Anyway, this winter I bought a mini-trampoline so I could start getting some exercise while it was too cold to get outside.  It was a nice little warm up for me.  But then I saw this:

(scroll down and pause player at bottom of page to view the video)

Now that's what I'm talking about!  Guerrilla Cardio taken to a whole new level.  The dvd's have been ordered.  Game on!


2 comments:

  1. So funny Amy, I love intense workouts!! I did 2 rounds of Goals In Motion Fitness 9 week challenge and I seriously got in the best shape of my life. That was after Nehe was born. Since having Ezekiel, I just haven't had the time to commit :( I've been bummed but Gabe and I are going to order P90X! Pretty similar to what I was doing at GIM without the bags. I'll miss that as I LOVED hitting bags!! Before the boys Gabe and I were super outdoorsy! Sk8boarding, Repelling, Camping, Biking, I even ran the dam to dam. Wow, how life changes when you have kids, ha! Wouldn't change it for the world though :D Have a blessed Easter!!

     
  2. The P90X is what David has been wanting to get. Looks like a great workout too. But I like that Insanity doesn't have a need for any extra equipment other than your own body. Check Amazon.com before you buy. We got ours there at a MUCH better price.
    Blessings!
    Amy