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Now the real Insanity Begins…

Yes, I am insane… But in a good way….


I started Insanity Thursday. Yup, I finally took the plunge into
the deep end of the crazy pool. I completed the infamous Insanity Fit Test Wednesday
night after work and I did better than I thought I did (thanks Max 30!) I even
did full push up jacks. All 19 of them in 1 minute and I am proud of each and
every one of them.
The first 20 minutes of Plyometric Cardio workout
fooled me. I mean really fooled me. 3 cardio intervals followed by at least 5
minutes of stretching. I can handle this. If the rest of the workout is like this
I am set. It wasn’t. The second circuit came along and I was not ready. Like
not ready at all. Like totally unprepared for what my body was about to do. One
move called Level 1 had my heart at Defcon 5. You jump to a plank, do 4
pushups, jump your feet in and then jump up… For a minute. And that is the
second exercise in the circuit. And you repeat each circuit 3 times. Yeah, this
is where the workout gets its name from because it is flipping insane.
I don’t know how I made it through the last circuit. So much sweat
was pouring down my face (I really need to get a good headband). But I pushed
through even though I couldn’t see and thought I was going to pass out and
throw up at the same time. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
And what is even crazier, I came back for more. Yesterday was
Power Cardio. More my pace because I am not a Plyo kinda girl, but I still had
my ass handed to me. Same warm up, but I knew it was the calm before the storm.
And I was ready for the ridiculous workout that Shaun T was about to put me
through. This workout contains a lot more jumping, and one thing is for sure…
this girl can’t jump. Maybe my body isn’t used to it. Maybe I was holding back
so I didn’t wake the neighbors by sounding like a thundering herd of wildebeests,
but using my core to increase the height of my jumps is something that I am
working on. Wow that sounds hella technical. Another thing that made this
workout easier was that a lot of the strength moves were in Inanity Max 30,
which made them familiar, but still a minute of tricep dips is a bit much.
I also, well I should say, my heart also liked the fact that the
cardio and power sections alternated which gave me time to recover. While my arms
were burning from V pushups, the air was returning to my burning lungs. Talk
about sweet relief. I guess.
But what was really awesome… I didn’t
modify! I’ve talked about how my thalassemia had kept me from going “all out”
in the past, but thanks to my iron pills and a year of heavy training, I am
doing full-on globe jumps, pushup jacks, and basketball drills. Albeit slow and
uncoordinated, but was I doing it! Any progress is good progress.
Insane Sweat Session = puppy salt lick
Today is Cardio recovery day. But if this workout is anything like
the last two… it will be insane.
Let’s do this!
Later Days




Fitness At Your Fingertips

Just when I think that Beachbody has it all figured out….. they reinvent the game. Beachbody recently introduced it’s Beachbody on Demand platform. Think Hulu and Netflix for Beachbody Programs. What the fudge!

Of course, I was a Beachbody junkie before, but this…. this is a total game changer.. I have been wanting to try some “older” programs for a while (hey Hip Hop Abs) and now I can. Here is the current list of available programs:

  • Hip Hop Abs
  • Insanity
  • Insanity: The Asylum Vol 1 and 2
  • Chalene Extreme
  • Turbo Fire
  • The Complete P90X series (P90X, P90X2, P90X3, P90X one on one: Vol 1 and 2)
  • 10 Minute Trainer
  • Brazilian Butt Lift
  • Rev Abs
  • Tai Cheng

And on top of all that… you can preview newer workouts, such as PiYo, T25, Insanity Max 30, Body Beast, Slim in 6, 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme. More programs are being added all the time. In fact, 6 additional programs will be added in May, bringing the total value of content to over $3,000.00. All available on any Wi-Fi enabled device (computer, phone, iPad). No DVDs necessary.

Oh wait, there’s more. If you have ever purchased a Beachbody program, it will be added to your program list in the near future! I can now stream T25 and 21 Day Fix while on vacation. How awesome is that.

Now fitness is truly at your fingertips! All of these programs for less than the cost of an annual gym membership!

Interested in learning more about Beachbody on Demand? Send me quick note at bshart@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to answer any questions!

Later Days


Hit the Road B

Full disclosure…. my fitness journey did not start with Beachbody. Gasp!! My road to fitness actually started on the road. I was looking to challenge myself about 4 years ago, so I decided to register for the Broad Street Run.  Never heard of it? It is quite possibly the most popular road race in Philadelphia. 10 miles through… wait 10 miles? Who would want to run 10 miles for fun??? Who would want to pay to run 10 miles through Philadelphia? This crazy girl. I found a running group that offered training for beginner runners and signed up. I was ready for the challenge

Training went well. I knew I wasn’t the fastest of the bunch and that was ok. I was ready for the endless  miles, possible cramps, shortness of breath, and the joy of crossing the finish line. I was not prepared for near 80 degree weather that greeted me on that first Saturday in May.  I remember running through the many fire hydrants that were opened along the course to help stave off overheating. I am happy to report that not only did I cross the finish line on my own to feet.

Flash forward a couple of years…. I had been thinking about running off and on for about a year.  I had stopped due to household budget cuts and could not longer afford race fees, sneakers, and membership fees. When I started to think about getting back into running, I wondered if my muscles would remember what it was like to run up and down Kelly Drive. I wondered if my running shoes that have been in the back of the closet where still ok to run in. I wondered if my spirit would remember what it was like to be at peace along the river, remember what it was like to just let everything go and truly be in the moment.

So listening to my gut, I entered the Broad Street run lottery. The race has gotten so popular over the past 2 years that they have instituted a random draw lottery (insert gratuitous Hunger Games reference here). So I signed up, waited two weeks and at 4:30 on a Monday morning, I got the email. I would be running Broad Street!! Fear and excitement ran (hehe) through my body! I was lucky enough to get a spot! I would be running Broad Street. Holy Shit…. I will be running 10 miles and I hadn’t ran in 2 years. What is a girl to do??

I guess the odds were ever in my favor

Dust off her shoes and hit the road. That’s what. I found an old training plan, wrote out my running/PiYo schedule in my planner.  Luckily for me, I would finish Max 30 the Friday before my training began. But that was exercise endurance.Would that transfer into running endurance???

There was only one way to find out. My first day of training, after work, I put on a pair of sweatpants, a Nike hoodie (best piece of winter wear ever!), turtle fur headband, a good playlist and off I went.

I don’t know if it was increased fitness level, my increased iron levels (more on that later), or my new found confidence, but once I started running, it was like I had never stopped. I found my stride and did not hold back. I was supposed to run only a mile and a half that first day, but due to some fuzzy math, I ran 2 and half miles with no problem. And on top of that, I felt like I was running faster and after looking at my Nike GPS watch I was. For the first time in my life, I ran a sub 11 minute mile. What the cuss!!!!  For me, that is like Kara Goucher speed. And that was just the first day.

Saturday would be the test… My first long run. 3 miles….

How could you not have an awesome run with a view like this!

It was cold, but absolutely breath taking. There is nothing like running along a snow covered Kelly Drive with the sun shining brightly and Debroah Cox blasting in your headphones. So totally stoked for this week’s runs. Oh and my pace for 3 miles…. 10:50. Thanks Shaun T!!

Later Days

Insanity Max 30 – The Final Results

Well, 60 days has come and gone and I made it through Max 30! Like I said before, I knew Insanity Max 30 was just that, insane and I would have to push myself to make it through every workout. Overall Shaun T brought it. An intense cardio and strength training program that had me wondering why I would put myself through this torture. He yelled at me to move faster when I knew full well that if I moved any faster, I would pass out and have to be revived by the dog. But I am so happy that I pressed play and completed this program.

What I ultimately learned, was that Max 30 was more mental than physical. Yes the workouts were tough, but when I first started the program, my mind would give up before my body was ready to, just because I thought that if i didn’t take a break now, I wouldn’t make it through to the end. By day 60, I was saying to myself, “You are going to make it through this workout even if you have to decrease your range of motion or slow down, but you are going to get through this no matter what.” And that’s what I did!
Water breaks were my friend and a measuring tool. Yes, I needed water because I was working out like a crazy person, but the circuits were broken into 5 minute segments with 30 second water breaks (except for the ridiculously hard Friday workouts). All I kept saying to myself was,
“Just make it through the 5 minutes and you can have your life-saving water and a chance to catch your breath!” Sometimes you have to play Jedi Mind tricks with yourself 🙂
Another aspect that I love about Max 30, is Shaun T, even though I wanted to punch him in the face and look at him all kinds of crazy when he decided that it was a good idea to do 8 count push ups after 5 minutes of push up jacks and shoulder taps (yeah, insane).  He is amazing, motivating, inspiring, and funny. And he keeps it real throughout all of the workouts. I was comforted in the fact that even Shaun T hates Shaun T sometimes and even he can’t make it through his own workout without taking a break. Mind blown. The motivational speech before the workout is amazing, and a little frightening.
Thanks to Insanity Max 30, I have learned that I love tabata workouts. Month 1 the intervals were 30 seconds. Month 2… 45 seconds which felt like an eternity. You can do anything for 45 seconds if you put your mind to it. I will definitely be looking into ways to incorporate Tabata into my workout routines.
I also learned to Dig Deeper and sometimes falling out is the only option. I thought that I had some resemblance of upper body strength that myth was was squashed during the first 10 minutes of Max Strength. After one set of 4 count push ups, it felt like I had burning coals for arms. I think it took about 2 hours for my arms to function normally after that workout. The results are amazing. My arms are more toned than ever, and I did not lift one single weight. In Max 30, your body is your equipment. How cool is that.

This is exactly what I thought of Shaun T…. * explicit language
Because of Max 30, I have found my life. Not the meaning of life or my purpose on this planet. But I have found that I wasn’t maxing out at life. I was comfortable going back into child’s pose when things got rough instead of taking a deep breath and pushing through the tough stuff. If I can survive Friday Night Fight Round 2 (the hardest workout I have ever done in my life), then I can handle anything(within reason).
Oh, before I forget, here are my results….
Day 1



Day 60

Well there you have peeps. My Insanity Max 60 Adventure. On to the next big thing… The Broad Street Run!

Later Days!

Insanity Max 30 – The first 30 days

I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I was prepared for the complete butt whooping that was going to take place.I knew I was going to be pushed mentally and physically. I knew that it this was going to be the toughest workout that I had ever done. And that’s what I wanted. I wanted to push myself to the absolute limits. I wanted to see how far I could actually go. That’s why I bought Insanity Max 30 because I knew Shaun T would bring it. And he did.The first week it was all physical. There were times when I physically couldn’t do another rep because I would pass out or throw up. But after that, it was all mental. I knew that if I pushed past a certain point, I could make it to the end of the workout!

Cardio Challenge: This is basically a fit test. All cardio, all the time. Each interval is made up of three exercises that you repeat for three rounds and then you get  a water break. I knew that if I could just get through the last interval, I would get a water break. Getting there was 95% mental.

Tabata Power: The first time I did this workout, I thought my arms were going to fall off. Well, at least I knew what part of my fitness I need to work on! Push-ups, push-ups and more push-ups!! I got through the leg exercises just fine, but anything having to do with my arms was pure torture, especially triceps dips. After the second workout, it turned into mind over body. I knew that if I could get through the 3rd interval without taking breaks, I could make it to the end of the workout. And that’s what I did!!

Sweat Intervals: And it’s time for cardio again!!! Who doesn’t like a good sweat fest. Even more intervals and some ab work too! An amazing intense cardio work out that will have to wondering, why am I doing this and when can I do it again!

Tabata Strength: Well, if Tabata Power wasn’t enough, Shaun T decides to turn it up a couple of notches with this program. The first time I saw the first exercise, I stopped and said out loud, “are you crazy?” This workout is no flippin joke. Just when I thought my arms and shoulders were getting stronger, Shaun T showed me otherwise. To be honest, there were times when I cried and grunted my way through some of the intervals. But I soon realized that I love Tabata style workouts! Just before I pass out, the interval is over! Yeah! There is a reason this program starts during week 3.

Friday Fight Round 1: Ok. If you thought Monday through Thursday was tough, just wait until Friday!!! For me, if I am doing a timed interval or circuit, I live for the water breaks. For the beginning of the week, water breaks are every five minutes. Rough, but doable. Not on Friday. For a 30 minute workout, you get three water breaks. For reals dude? And if that is not enough, Shaun T decides that it would be  great idea to repeat the toughest exercises of the week during one program. Sheesh. Burpee lunges, squat kicks, Ab attack. triceps dips. All the good stuff wrapped up in a nice little package. Honestly, the hardest workout I have ever done! I am the first workout where I laid out on the floor when it was done!

Overall Thoughts: Shaun T said that he was going to kick my butt and he did. I knew going into this, before I even hit pay now on the Beachbody website, that I was in for a tough workout. This program pushed me mentally and physically harder than any other program that I have done before (and that includes T25). Obviously I learned that strength training is my weakness, especially triceps work, but I am getting better. My cardio has improved tremendously over the past month and most importantly, my mental toughness to get through and push past the pain has increased as well!

So who wants to see some pics???

Day 1


Whoa! Mind blown! My arms and legs grew a little bit,but the biggest change… 2 inches off of my hips. In 30 Days. And only 30 more to go!
Can’t wait for Shaun T to bring it!!!
Later Days!

What am I about to do?!?!?

Well tomorrow morning it goes down. I start Insanity Max 30. For the next 60 days, I will push my body to limits that it has never seen before. And I am absolutely mortified. Sure I have done Shaun T workouts in the past. T25 was amazing and intense, but it was no Insanity. I mean, who would do a workout called Insanity in the first place??? (I know a lot of people who have and they love it). Anyway, I was always intrigued by Insanity, but was scared of the workouts because they were so long. When Beachbody announced that Max 30 was being released, I jumped at the chance! Why? It’s really simple, if I am going to go all out and almost pass out, at least I know that in 30 minutes it will be over!

This was my Christmas gift to myself. A 60 day challenge to push myself and change my life. If I can make it through this workout program, I can make it through anything.

So what’s in the box???

What is lurking inside….

Ummmm, should I be this scared and I haven’t even pulled anything out of the box…

Time to Max Out

I’ll admit it. I have been excited to start this workout ever since I heard about. I have been working out regularly (5 days a week) for over a year doing everything from Turbo Fire, to T25, to Les Mills Combat, to P90 X3, to PiYo, but I feel like I am ready to take my workouts and myself to the next level!!!
I can’t wait to workout tomorrow or can I?? Either way, when the alarm goes off at 5am, I’ll be Maxing Out!
Later Days!