Much has been written about doing some cross training to strengthen your core muscles to improve your running form, and in turn your speed and distance. This was something I wanted to start to incorporate into my weekly training schedule.
The problem I have had is committing the time to going to the gym or some kind of class, by the time you drive, do the class and cleanup, it can easily be a couple hours. It just doesn’t work for my schedule. So I needed to find something that would work for me.
Doing some reading on forums about exercise at home DVD’s, I came across Instanity. Insanity is different than the other popular P90X in that its main focus is on High Intensity Interval Training and not particularly strength training. I think both are great systems, but just have different focuses.
I’m not doing Insanity as the system was designed, I mainly do it on my off days or light running days, it’s not on the recommended schedule that is prescribed by Shaun T., So I don’t expect to see the same kind of results. My goal is to incorporate some different kinds of exercises and body resistance strength training on my off days.
With that in mind, I’ve got to say, these are some great exercises! I’ve never been so tired after 40 minutes of running. Insanity does a lot of lunges, body squats, jumping, running in place and lots of variations of planks. All of it with the goal of strengthening your core muscles and increasing your overall fitness. I’ve been doing it for about 4 weeks now and can already tell a difference in how I feel after my runs and the little extra I have when tackling a particularly hard hill.
I love that I can roll out of bed and do a quick 30-40 minute high intensity workout before I start my day. It’s easy to incorporate into my schedule (some days it works better for me to do it at 9:00 at night). I love the flexibility and the intense workout along with the strengthening of my core I am seeing.