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4 things I learned during Insanity’s recovery week

The 60 days of the INSANITYworkout program include a recovery week after the first 30 days are completed. But if you expect a laid back walk in the park as workout you are in for a huge surprise. I guess, the word recovery is completely open to interpretation.

What the trainer Shaun T. intended with the Core Cardio and Balance workout (which you will do for six consecutive days during the recovery week) goes way beyond recovery. And, yes, it’s still a tough workout.

After thoroughly confusing and challenging your body with a different workout every day during the first 30 days of Insanity, the main goal of the recovery week is certainly building new muscle tissue during the healing process.

Although I thought it would be boring to do the exact same workout for six days in a row, I have to admit that I grew to love it for several reasons:

  1. I could feel my body getting stronger each day while doing the same exercises.
  2. Increased strength allowed me to focus more on utilizing my core.
  3. Increased use of my core muscles during all exercises significantly sped up my fat loss.
  4. Stronger core muscles improved my balance

If you are thinking about skipping the recovery week– don’t! The benefits for your body should not be underestimated. Plus you will still work up a good sweat, not to mention how much better prepared you will be for month two.

Considering that Shaun will turn up the intensity you better be ready to dig deep. I can’t wait to see what amazing progress I will make in month two.

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The dangers of overtraining

Sure, we all want a hot body rather sooner than later. But working your butt off will only lead to disappointment. Believe it or not, but overtraining will NOT put you on the fast track to success. Just the opposite.

Especially with a program like Insanity, which comes with a workout schedule of six consecutive workouts per week, the danger of over-training is extremely high. Even more so for fitness-newbies.

When I first started Insanity I was so exhausted and sore that I took a break after the third day. It’s impossible to perform well or produce any results when you are literally beating your muscles to death. Since every workout creates damage on your muscle tissue it is imperative to give your body the necessary break to repair and rebuild the tissue. Of course, eating the right nutritiants is equally important.

If you are not used to working out six days a week it is best to build your stamina and muscle tissue gradually. You can still follow the program’s schedule. Just take a day off whenever your body needs it. You will be so much stronger for it and before you know it you will be able to log six workouts in a row without any trouble.

This is in fact also going to produce results much faster than pushing your body way past exhaustion.

Ask yourself this:

  • Are you in pain?
  • Are you overly tired?
  • Are you experiencing loss of appetite?
  • Are you not seeing any results?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?

If you answered “yes” to at least two of the questions above you should take a day off from working out. Keep in mind that Rome was not built in one day.

Always listen to your body and enjoy your workouts.  They should be challenging, but not to the point that you can’t function anymore.

“The body never lies.” 
~Martha Graham
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