Insanity Max: 30 Week 5 review, Week 6 Meal plan

Week 5 of Insanity Max: 30 also kicks off a Month 2’s brand new set of workouts.  Talk about a jump in the intensity!!! These workouts are harder, require more endurance, and really put your mind to the test! You have to DIG DEEP and really focus to power through.

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A lot of people have been asking for clarification on the term “max out”. The name comes from the fact you are going to MAX OUT during every single workout. You may not be able to complete the full 30 minutes at a Shaun T speed, but the program is designed to have you start with Shaun T as long as you can, write down that number you hit, and then drop to modify or take a short break. I am (usually) able to just switch to the modified and keep going but this week had a few moments where I needed to stop and catch my breath!

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Max Out Cardio followed a similar format to the Cardio Challenge, adding in 1 minute “power moves” before each water break. I was happy with my max out time in this workout but they definitely went down here the rest of the week!

Max Out Power left me feeling like a human jello jiggler!!! My upper body just couldn’t hang with those dang pushups!!! I know my entire body is getting stronger through these workouts but push ups continue to be my area needing the most improvement!

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Little secret – I used to be a gymnast! There was a time when I actually spent more time upside down than right side up…or so I’m told anyway!! I tossed in a few headstands while I was wwaiting for Max Out Sweat to load and I was certainly happy to see I could still rock out lots of my old moves!

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This workout had me pushing HARD but I always remember hearing one of the girls from Month 1 workouts saying “when I think I can’t even do one more, I do 3” and that helped me to push through to almost 10 minutes before needing to take it down to modified!

By the time Thursday rolled around my body was exhausted! There were quite a few moves I was trying to attempt in Max Out Strength but the strength just wasn’t there! I didn’t want to stop completely so my solution was good old fashioned total body PLANKS!

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I’m slightly embarrased to say I didn’t even make it through the entire first move in Friday Fight Round 2 before I had to drop down to the modified! I maxed out at 5:48! I hope I can easily say I’ll improve upon that this coming week but no joke – these workouts are flat out HARD! I guess the name Insanity is there for a reason!

I’m not sure about all of you, but although we’re almost halfway through January my nutrition hasn’t quite been like it was pre-holiday season! I was tossing it around back and forth and I have decided to tack on a 3-day refresh this week. I have done it twice before so I know what to expect and how to do it – I just need to put my mind to it and GO FOR IT! Luckily my mother in law is going to do it with me! I don’t know about you – but in something like this – accountability is HUGE for me. Here’s to making it through the entire 3 days – no cheating!!!!

With the changes to incorporate the 3-day refresh, my week 6 plan is as follows:

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I’m not sure how my workouts will go Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, but I’ll give it my best but may need to just stick with modified for those days!

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Insanity Max: 30 Week 1 Recap, Week 2 Meal Plan

All I can say is thank goodness today is REST DAY!

I am officially 1 week in on Insanity Max:30 and now I can see why Shaun T referred to this program once as “plauteu buster” – its amazing! Don’t get me wrong, its intense and hard and challenging but you can feel while you’re working out how you are using so many different muscle groups. You don’t just squat or just lunge or just hold a plank…you’re combining these moves and maximizing your results!!! My little secret to keep pushing forward:

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I’d say the one muscle group I can feel working harder than before is my core – you use your core in so many of the moves and I am already starting to see changes in my body!!! SCORE!!!

So for those of you wondering a bit more about the program…week 1 went a little something like this:

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I was a little disappointed in myself on Monday for maxing out almost one minute sooner than when I first tried the Cardio Challenge when my package arrived but I think it was just the extra excitement I had pushing me along the week before. But at the same time – I know I can do better and that is most definitely on my goal list for this week!!!

Tabata Power was twice this week and I was solid on the first part, week on the pushups, great on the core work but struggled on the tricep dips. Needless to say it was easy to identify my weak spot and know where I need to focus and strive to improve!!!

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Sweat Intervals did just that – it made me SWEAT!

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I’ll admit – I was a bit nervous to try the Friday Fight Round 1. I had heard it was “hard” but then again – this program is far from easy!!! I had to give myself my own little pep talk that morning and focus on how its all mind over matter. I remember reading how your mind quits far before your body – so keep pushing even when you don’t think you can do anymore. I told myself – “when I think I’m done – I’m going to do three more” and that mentality worked! I was exhausted but I maxed out in the 11th minute of this workout – much longer than any of the others. Granted I was really struggling to push myself after I first maxed out and did almost all modified for the remaining time but it really helped me realize – its a game – its MIND OVER MATTER!

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Pulse is an optional Saturday (could be a rest) workout and although I when I finished FRIDAY FIGHT I was already set on a rest day Saturday, my body told me the stretch and low impact moves would help me recover. And let me say – it was 20 minutes well spent!!!! Plus I like to stick to my routine every day – not just during the week! I feel accomplished and energized to start my day. And despite getting up earlier than I “have” to – I am more productive and actually feel more energized!!!

And that brings us to today – Sunday – my first rest day of week 1. I am happy with how things went thankful to have the time to reflect and focus on week 2. These workouts are so great but I know you won’t get results without nailing the nutrition. Here’s my week 2 plan***:

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***Remember all you 21-day fixers out there – this meal plan would also work for those of you in the first bracket of that nutrition guide – bonus 🙂 

I kept a lot of things similar to week 1. I wanted to switch up some of the dinners and lunches, but my Shakeology for breakfast remains consistent. Shakeology is far and away my favorite meal of the day but any time I can get a green in first thing I am happy! So I’m sticking with the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” approach and leaving my breakfast the same!

I also continue my daily yogurt bowl for one snack and veggies and eggs for the other. The one thing I knew I would be repeating this week is zucchini pasta! Its become one of my favorite snacks, sides, meals – it does it all!

We have a busy weekend visiting friends one day and traveling to my home town for my Dad’s birthday but I will pack my healthy snacks and do my best to make good choices! Thankful for my 7-day Clean Eating accountability group for the Holidays group kicking off tomorrow…there’s power in numbers!!

And there you have it – week 1 is behind us and week 2 is ready to rock! Here’s to a fantastic week!!!!

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