Insanity – Plyometric Cardio Circuit Day 2

I got home from work about 5:45, talked to my husband for a bit, then talk to my best friend and before I knew it, it was dark and almost 7 PM… and I really didn’t feel like working out where did the time go?  The worst best part about at home workouts is that you have no excuse to get it done.  Raining outside?  Cold and dark?  Doesn’t matter.  You are at home in the comfort of your living room and you don’t have to go anywhere.  Sorry – we’re in a No Excuse Zone so get your sorry a** upstairs, change your clothes, and turn on your DVD.  So that’s exactly what I did.

Today was Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  My hamstrings were already pretty sore from the Fit Test yesterday but it was scheduled for the next workout and I figure Shaun T. must know what he’s talking about so I went ahead with it.  I looked at the timer, 41:44 minutes.  Not too bad, although once I completed it, I was glad that it wasn’t longer.  I don’t think my legs or my poor heart could take it!  Hopefully when this circuit comes back into rotation, I don’t quite suck so bad at it.

Without further ado, here is my review on Plyometric Cardio Circuit:

In Shaun T. fashion I did each exercise for 30 seconds each with no breaks until the first circuit was completed.  I was awarded with a 30 second water break before we moved into round 2 where he told me (yes, he was speaking directly to me through the video) to pick it up and move faster.  I could do this is no problem.  Then I had another break and moved into round 3.  I tried to keep up with the video, but my living room is full of obstacles such as sofas, coffee tables (even though I moved it aside), and a spectator dog that the gym on the video doesn’t have.  So I couldn’t move as far or as quickly as the people on the video.  I did my best.

Warm up –  3X
Jog – this is no light jog.  Give it what you got.
Jumping Jacks – the key is to do the full jumping jack, arms come all the way up.
Heisman’s – Make sure you get both feet up in the air as you switch from side to side.
123-123 – These are Heisman’s with three steps in between.
Butt Kicks – Make sure you are kicking your butt with your heels when you run.
High Knees – Get your knees higher than your hips if you can

The next portion of the workout was a 6 minute stretch.  This was probably my favorite part of the workout besides the cool down.  The thing I appreciate the most about Shaun T. is that he incorporates stretching into his workouts in the beginning to ensure that you are preventing injury by really warming up the muscles.  I really like that.

After stretching, I moved on to Circuit 1.  Just like the warm up, you will complete this circuit 3 times through with a quick 30 second water break in between.  Each round you need to up the intensity to make sure you are getting all you can out of this workout.  It is called a “cardio” circuit.  I will say that I preferred circuit 1 over circuit 2 for sure.  On the third round Shaun T. went straight into 2 more exercise drills without a break.  That was a shock because I was DYING by round 3.  But I pushed through the pain…

Circuit 1 – 3x
Suicide Drills – Suicide drills aren’t extremely difficult.  If you watched basketball or played basketball, then you know what to do.  All you do is run to one side, touch the floor with the opposite hand (so run to the right, touch the ground with the left) and turn around and do the same thing on the other side.  Keep doing this until 30 seconds is up.
Power Squats – Power squats are like regular squats but with a small jump when you come to the top.  Be sure that you are pushing your butt back like you are sitting in a chair and you keep your arms in front of you to maintain balance and proper form.
Mountain Climbers – I felt super silly doing this and I was glad my husband was out of the room.  Basically you look like a person climbing a mountain, really fast, and there is no mountain.  Make sure you fully extend your arm up in the air and bring your opposite knee up to 90 degrees.  Switch and do the exact same thing on the other side.  Now repeat, but only do it super fast.
Ski Jumps – Keeping your feet together, jump side to side like you are skiing downhill.

*After Round 3*

Switch Feet – This looks a lot like my happy dance.  You are going from heel to toe keeping your legs straight and switching your feet and arms left to right. (A really bad running man, if you know that dance move)
Football Sprints – Football sprints have your feet out wide, knees are bent, you are down low with your hands out in front and you are moving your feet super fast.  You face front, then right, then front, then left, then you shuffle to the right, shuffle to the left, shuffle back, and set (touch the ground), and sprint.  You do this twice before you get your next water break.

Onto Circuit 2… circuit 2 totally sucked and when I mean sucked, it sucked because it was so freaking hard.  But I guess that’s why I bought this program because I wanted something to kick my butt.  It didn’t disappoint.  Again I completed circuit 2 three times and after the third round we moved right into the last set of transition moves.

Circuit 2 – 3x
Basketball Drills – To complete this exercise, all you do is face one side of the room, squat down, pick up an imaginary ball, and shoot to the front of the room or “the hoop.”  Make sure you squat all the way down with your butt going back to keep proper form and really engage your legs.  When you come up, really power up through your legs into an explosive jump.  It’s a lower body workout for sure!  I’m not going to lie, by round 3 I was taking a lot of breaks.

Level 1 Drill – This is a B**** because it incorporates so many moves and I don’t know who Shaun T. was counting for, but there was no way I was moving that fast!  You start with 4 push-ups, move into 4 plank mountain climbers, jump your legs in by your hands, stand up reach for the sky and repeat.  I couldn’t even complete one solid push up with good form before he was already counting mountain climbers.  Don’t let this bother you, I figure eventually I’ll get there.

Ski Drills – Are you ready to work your core?  Starting in full plank position, jump both of your legs up to your right side.  Jump your legs back to starting position and then up to your left side.  Repeat as many times as you can until 30 seconds is up.

In and outs – Still in full plank position, jump your legs in to your hands, keeping your feet together.  And then jump your legs out back to plank position.  Make sure to keep your core tight throughout the entire exercise and take a break if you need it.  I certainly did!

After round 3, Shaun T. moved right into the last 3 moves.

Jabs – throw alternating jabs for 30 seconds.

Cross Jacks – Like jumping jacks but alternating arms in the air instead of both at the same time and crossing one foot in front of the other.

Upper Cuts – Squat down low and throw as many upper cuts as you can in 30 seconds.

Attacks – Just like jabs only instead of fists, hands are open.

Finally it was time to stretch… Hallelujah!  At this point I can feel the sweat running down chest and my heart was pounding.  I was ready to be done, however, after it was all said and done.  I enjoyed the work out (mainly because I like hard workouts, I’m sick like that) and I’m excited to see what Cardio Power and Resistance has in store!



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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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