Too Insane for Concord?

I had an interesting conversation at church last week. A good friend of mine and I were talking about workout programs and fat loss, and she mentioned that she just finished the “Insanity” DVD series. I’ve had the good fortune enough to see the DVD’s and so I know what she was talking about.


I hope you don't go this insane

She told me that “I love the workouts, but I just didn’t see any results,” which I found really interesting. She’s a really fit woman and doesn’t have a whole lot of weight to lose, but to not see any results after a program like that kind of confused me.

After thinking about it for a week or so I realized why she didn’t see a massive change. Sure the workouts with that program were intense, sweating within the first few seconds and working hard until it ended, but the system is meant to be done nearly every day.

If you don’t know what the Insanity program is it’s similar to the P90X program just a little bit more, well, insane. A massive amount of plyometrics (jumps and fast movements) and incredibility intense intervals. While plyos aren’t bad, I use them in my programming quite a bit; they require a lot of recovery between sessions.

Here we can take a page out of the traditional body building book to understand why this, and a lot of people’s self created programs don’t work. A body builder typically will do one of two workout progressions, a body part split or a Push-pull regimen. I don’t really want to get into the nitty gritty of the programs, but each will allow the muscles used on day 1 to rest on day 2 and sometimes into day 3 or 4.

female body builder

Looks like that? No thanks

I know most of us don’t want to look like body builders, but to see amazing results you must let your muscles rest and recover in between workouts. That means if you are working every muscle group on Monday you shouldn’t be doing the same kind of work on Tuesday.Cardio is different and you can do that every day, but resistance training requires you to rest in between workouts.

I don’t mean to poo poo any workout program; I just really want you to see the kind of results that I get with my clients in Concord.