Yesterday, I started the Insanity workout. It was by no means a spur of the moment choice, I’ve been
planning this for a while. It all started last year, when a colleague who has done the work out once before,
started a conversation with me about it. It went something like this – him:
Wanna do Shaun T’s Insanity workout?
Yes, okay why not?
I jest – I don’t really remember the conversation but the long and short of it is that I agreed to give T25, Shaun T’s 25 minutes a day Focus Interval Training (FIT) program a go, along with a bunch of Insanity fanatics who I’m connected to via a private Facebook group. I found the program, which is done 5 days a week and split out into 3 workout levels, to be fun, challenging at times and both physically and mentally rewarding. I got ripped and immediately after I started Insanity: Max 30 (another Shaun T production) but could never complete it owning to other commitments; it was summer time, there was always a party to attend, I was already ripped, I needed to sleep, etc, etc.
So Insanity – recently someone in the group suggested that we do an Insanity restart (I’m an Insanity virgin and most of the group have already done the challenge) and I agreed. So the months of April, May and June will be dedicated to Insanity. I awoke at 5am (this is my normal work out time) got my gear on and went downstairs for my 45 minute Insanity workout…which I loved. Shaun T offers an intensive, fat burning exercise regimen and recognising most of the moves from T25 and Insanity: Max 30, I was reassured that Insanity is as mad as it claims to be and would be result producing. Shaun T is a motivator, he screams at the screen and encourages you to do the same like a military drill sergeant style. Imagine that a 5 in the morning..Anyway milltary style training is something that I am used to from my Muay Thai boxing training which was frankly relentless, especially when preparing for competition.
The difference with my martial arts training is that I would very rarely stop for water breaks, and would train for 2 hours non stop every time. During the session in which I did the ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’ workout, there were many opportunities for fluid replenishment and in truth I needed it given the amount I sweated. At the end, Shaun T reminds you to refuel, have something to eat and drink your recovery solution. As I was in desperate need of a big shop, my dining options were limited – I hadn’t made bread (no flour), I don’t eat cereal and there were no oats or fruit. I had to rummage through meagre offerings left over and quickly found:
- 2 leaves lettuce
- 2 celery sticks
- 1/4 cucumber
- about 8 grapes (they were old and a bit wilted but edible nevertheless)
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of spirulina
Everything got chucked into the Ninja (Nutri Ninja) with some water and whizzed for 30 secs. The end result was a dark green mulchy sludge which was a bit like pond water in look and texture – not consumable. I needed my nut milk bag. This is a great contraption purchased primarily for ‘nut milk’ production but I find it useful for straining all sorts of liquid based things. I strained the mixture to separate the pulp from the juice and was pleased with the result. Just perfect.
1 – I could drink it (mulching through it was not the one)
2 – It actually tasted pretty good (that crisp, refreshing celery flavour)
3 – It nourished me after my workout and kept me going until lunch time.
It really was good, energising stuff and I was far from disappointed. I’ll be posting about Insanity again no doubt (I have another 59 days of this) but what I’m sure you really want to see is the recovery fuel I take afterwards. Here’s the blend, before, during and after. I went onto get lots of fresh fruit and veg yesterday evening for even better mixes during the week.
Enough about me, how do you recover from your workout?