Monday, July 13, 2009

P90X Round 2 - Day 50

This is the last rest week before we start Phase 3 for the second time. Work ran a little bit late today so I was doing the program alone. I find it harder to post something new and refreshing each time I pop in a DVD since it just becomes feel-good second nature.

Lately I've heard a lot of talk about Insanity, read a few blog posts regarding it, and even considered purchasing the entire set. But after today, I know I am not even close to ready. Insanity makes P90X look a bit tame.

I was able to borrow the preview disk from a friend and see what all the hype was about. I was surprised the preview was not just part of the workout or glimpses of what was to come, it was the full thing. The name of the workout is disk #2 of the boxset, Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Some of you may discover that the first 10 or 11 minutes will get your shirt completely drenched (because mine was!). After that and a quick stretch portion of the DVD, Shaun T. will say something like, "all right boys and girls, that was just the warm up". That's when your jaw will hit the floor, and it will stay there because you're just breathing way too hard to close it.

I was going full tilt until midway through the second section when I realized I was completely done and had nothing left to give, but there were still 15 minutes on the clock. Needless to say, this DVD kicked my butt and it will probably kick yours too. Sure, I could have been conservative, wimped out, modified my moves, and so forth, but really where is the fun in that? I want the challenge. Change the impossible to the possible. Lean outside of your comfort zone. I managed to eek out the remainder of the DVD, but I quickly realized how much work my body needs.

From the small taste of what this workout had shown, I can strongly believe you can get what is offered in 60 days. They show guys with their shirts off looking nothing impressive to being totally ripped. This workout is straight up intense and you will see nothing but amazing results if you see through the two months of this program. I thought that P90X's Plyometrics was the only workout that made me sweat as much as it does, but Cardio Circuit takes it to a whole new level.

Instead of P90X's muscle confusion, Insanity relies on Max Interval training, which is essentially full tilt, pedal to the metal, all out for a long period of time with short breaks, compared to regular interval training which consists of a constant speed with short bursts of intensity.

If you've seen the advertisement, I can assure you that you will be "working out in a puddle of your own sweat" as did I. They also say that this is not a program for lazy people, and again, I truly believe it. Get a coach, or get some friends to motivate you with this. It's tough! I give props to anyone who is taking on the Insanity challenge. Let me know so I can follow you!


  1. Insanity definitely looks brutal but you know I'll for sure order it! Jeremy and I will incorporate it at some time with the X and go from there. Love how you're killing this second round!!

  2. Wow... sounds intense. I'll definitely check it out! I'm a p90x-er at heart, but I'm to the point now where I am constantly searching for a new physical challenge. I just started my second round (yay!) and reading your blog keeps me encouraged! I'm not alone!

  3. I'm finishing my round 2 of P90x tomorrow and It's amazing the fun i've had with it. With the inclusion of P90x Plus and the one-on-one workouts, you get incredible variety.
    I've also included the Insantiy preview into my weekend cycle and wouldn't go without it. It's a great workout. I'm hoping myself to dig into the full routine in about a week. I'll always come back to P90x as most will. Variety is the spice of life! Glad to see you had fun with it! Good luck with your current cycle of P90x.