I am about to finish up a week of the 5-3-1 Insanity plan that I put together to get me into the best shape of my life by my 46th birthday on January 16, 2011. It has been an amazing, but grueling experience so far.
The idea that focusing on one major exercise is going to increase my strength really had me wondering when I first started. Now, after executing several workouts in this fashion, I can safely say that I can see why it should work. The assistance exercises that go along with the main focus really stress the muscles. For instance, after doing deadlifts, good mornings and hanging ab raises, my lower back was on fire for 2 days! However, I came back for my next deadlift day and was stronger on both the deadlifts and the good mornings.
Adding in Insanity to the mix has been intense! My body is sore from the 5-3-1 workouts and the Insanity workouts are not making that any better. However, I find that having a goal of being in the best shape of my life by the end of the plan has motivated me even more this time around. I am very focused on the workouts. However, as always, my biggest downfall is how I eat. I can be consistent in short periods of time, but then I tend to fall off the wagon. That is why I am taking some advice I gave out in the past–I will tackle this one day at a time. Small victories will be piled up to create the larger victory–the accomplishment of my major goal.
To describe how I feel is difficult, but I will give it my best shot. My muscles are now constantly sore in some area of my body. At the same time, I do not feel run down. I am pumped and ready to accomplish anything each day. My body is recovering with the help of Scivation's Xtend, simply the best BCAA supplement I've ever tried. As long as I recover I can push myself harder and harder on each workout. Mentally I am having a tough time with the Insanity workouts. The addition of the weight training, something I really love, has given me a mental block as far as my cardio goes. So far it hasn't been a problem for me.
I am going to continue with this program full force and I am hoping you will continue to support me in my progress.