Week 5 of Insanity Max:30 is in the books and I have to say, it may have been the hardest week of workouts that I have EVER done. They are completely doable, but your mind can’t win!!!! You must not give up. Shaun T talks about how he is scared in some of the workouts.. DON’T LET HIM GET INTO YOUR HEAD!!!!
One of the things I really liked about Month 2, is that it isn’t just a harder Month 1. There are new moves (that I had never done before), there are CRAZY push up sequences, and through every since move, if you perform them with purpose you are sculpting those abs!
In Max Out Cardio, you have to move quick but you also have to pay attention. A lot of the time in month one, I just focused on what I was doing and never looked up. This isn’t the case for month 2. I had to focus on and watch the moves because I had never done them.
Max Out Power should just be called Beat Down Day! By far the HARDEST workout I have EVER done. The moves are 45 seconds on 15 seconds off unlike month one 20 seconds and 10 seconds. Shaun says, “Now you have found the power – you have to let your power take over – not an option to not max out- now you let the power from within take over'” and it’s so true! I wanted to actually turn off the workout and give up and I have never felt that way before. It pushes your most and mind to the limit and then gives you a little shove over into feeling a bit defeated. You have to go down to be able to get back up though right??
Max Sweat Intervals helps you redeem yourself after Max Out Power. So, after being beat down, you will do Max Sweat and feel like you can conquer the world. Don’t get me wrong, you are going to max out, and much sooner than you did during month one. Don’t hold back and don’t be afraid. I was feeling very humbled after Max Power but as I went through Max Sweat, my confidence in the fact that I COULD do this came back in full force. I was also super sore by this workout and I was feeling muscles I didn’t even know existed!
Max Strength would have to be the exact opposite of how I felt during max power. By the end you and the floor will be best friends because it should just be called make them do push ups. I have never done so many variations of push ups and up until I started T25 almost a year ago, I had never even done one push up! I modify them but I am strong enough (from month one) to push myself through. I can visibly see a difference in my arms and that is all due to my BFF the push up.
By Friday, you are ready for the week to be done. You are sore and tired but then it’s time for Friday Night Fight Round 2. Out of month one, Friday fight was my favorite one, so it wasn’t a huge surprise that it is my favorite in Month 2 either. I like knowing I only have to do that exercise one time and being able to give it everything I have. Shaun says, “It’s about going beyond your max! You will max out but because you got this far – you know how to go more! Pull it together and you fight!! Do what you need to do to get through.” He has a way of pushing you to go just a little bit farther than you really thought you could go.
Week 5 was mentally challenging. You have started to master month one and feel really confident and then you fail (a lot). I am so happy that I can do it in my home where no one can see my uncoordinated movements and my near face plants. I’m really starting to see more definition in my abs (hallelujah). I’ve never had abs before, so being able to see some has been a highlight for me. I used to be afraid of gaining muscle, but the truth is, I would rather be strong with some muscles than weak. My shoulders and arms are definitely getting defined (thank you push ups) and I think the exercises this week are really helping to define my inner thighs (at least that is what hurts the most). The soreness is worth being comfortable in my skin and knowing that no matter what he throws at me, I can push though it.