Beachbody Insanity, Day 4: Cardio Recovery

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A lightning fast update on yesterday’s Day 4 of Insanity. Day 4 is Cardio Recovery, which is a calmer, shorter session that doesn’t leave you dripping like a leaky hose on a hot summer’s day.

Instead, the moves are more about stretching and toning to allow you to recover from the previous two days of craziness. And to prepare you for Day 5’s dreaded Pure Cardio routine, which is 40 minutes of non-stop cardio designed to sweat the living daylights out of you. Drink lots of water!

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Beachbody Insanity, Day 3: Cardio Power & Resistance

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Shaun T, creator of InsanityDay 3 of the Insanity workout. The day when our neighbour stopped my wife in the street and asked her what those anguished cries coming from our house were. You know, the howling, the strained panting, and finally the crying at the end. I was hoping that Lisa would’ve told her that we were indulging our passion for S&M while the kids were at school, but instead she told our neighbour that she’s now an “Insanity Widow”.

I predicted yesterday that I’d be pretty sore after Day 2. Yeah. Stiff and sore. In my inner thighs, shoulders, chest and calves. Remarkably, not so much across the abs. Which makes me wonder if my form needs some attention.

Now, today I felt pretty exhausted before I even started the Cardio Power session. So, even getting through the warm-up was a struggle. Just a note on the warm-up routine – like everything else in Insanity, you repeat the circuit three times, increasing your intensity each time. So, by the time you get to the end of the warm-up, you’ll be feeling pretty depleted already. Don’t give up though – because the stretching routine that follows allows ample time to recover before starting the workout proper.

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Beachbody Insanity, Day 2: Plyometric Cardio

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Ah, now Insanity has begun in earnest! If yesterday’s fit test lulled me into a false sense of security, Day 2’s Plyometric Cardio session was a taster of what Insanity is really like. Here’s a quick run-down of what to expect from Day 2. But first:

The aftermath from Day 1: Nothing serious. Yesterday evening was fine, but I woke up this morning with a mild stiffness in my shoulders and inner thighs. No biggie. But I reckon I’ll be stiffer tomorrow!

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Beachbody Insanity, Day 1: The Fit Test

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Insanity team

You probably already know what Insanity is. And no, not the glib definition involving straitjackets and sedation (which incidentally, sounds like a regular week night in my bedroom). Insanity is a 60-day intense workout programme fronted by a guy called Shaun T. Probably because having more than one letter in your surname is inefficient. I’ve already started calling him Shaunty.

Why Insanity?

I’m doing Insanity because I need a focused workout series to:

  1. Lose a few more kilos to bring me down to my goal of 75kg. Starting weight today was 78.9kg.
  2. Tone up and finally achieve the definition in my abs that I’ve been shooting for.
  3. Challenge myself to reach a new level of fitness.

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Who Am I?

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Gerard McGarry profile pictureHi there – thanks for tuning in to my WordPress blog.

A little bit about me: I’m Gerard McGarry. I’m a blogger and web designer from Northern Ireland and the co-founder of the UK’s biggest reality TV blog, Unreality TV.

When I’m not slavishly staring at a laptop screen, I’m a husband and father of three adorable, funny kids. And when I’m not doing that, I love nothing more than running, working out in circuit classes and climbing mountains.

And when I’m not doing that, I play bass with a bunch of good friends in a band called Revolver. All in all, I believe in living a fun-packed, positive life and I love connecting with people on the web and chatting about television, music and movies. If you’re into the same things I am, subscribe to this blog, hit me up on Twitter or Google+, or contact me through my personal website.

Changing up my theme

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I abandoned this blog a while back, but the account exists to provide me with awesome Akismet keys.  Anyway, I used the microblogging themes in order to test cross-posting from Twitter and Facebook via Ping.fm.

While it all worked rather well, it resulted in a pretty cluttered interface that looked rather crap. So, I’ve mixed things up a little bit, decided to use the P2 theme which allows for rapid input as well as threaded responses from commenters. I’ll probably just add my thoughts and links to stuff I’ve written around the web for the moment and we’ll see how it goes!