Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Insanity | Week 1

Named accordingly because one would have to be insane to endorse the idea. A special kind of workout that takes you through a 40-60min daily sweat feast and simultaneously makes every muscle in your body burn every time you so much as fidget. Each day you embark on a new challenge, whether it be pure cardio, abs, balance or a more sacred day of ‘recovery.’

Sean T is encouraging, and not in the way that makes you want to punch him in the face. He talks you through each exercise, gives you plenty of chances to grab more water and even looks like he’s finding it hard himself – which is always encouraging when you’re taking a break on the couch and labelling yourself a failure. 

The first few days appeared to be the hardest, but after a while, you got used to the motions of counting down the minutes and seeing it through to the end. That was until day 7 however, when the 40minute session became a 60minute session and suddenly you begin to question your own capabilities. Those extra twenty minutes make it feel like life itself is never going to end. Your legs are burning, your abs are on fire and you’re struggling to do any more press-ups because your sweaty hands are sliding up and down on the wooden floor. 

The days differ, but they all have circuits of exercise, with water breaks to separate them. Some weeks you focus on core exercises to build up your strength (one session was very similar to Pilates). While other weeks you’re doing suicides, burpees and jumping squats. 

It’s gruelling and each morning I wake up more in pain than the last. Every muscle in my body aches, but I must be insane because each day I keep going back. It started off as fun, but now it’s a determination to see it through to the end. I expect a six-pack to be attached to my abdomen by the time this term ends; otherwise I will be ringing Sean T to complain! 

Let’s hope week two doesn’t kill me.

Here's my week 1 survival shot


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