Rose: Insanity Max 30

Yesterday I officially started a new workout program: Insanity Max 30. This is like a condensed version of the Insanity program but harder and, in my opinion, more cardio-based. I’m now two days into the process, and I thought it might be fun to share my thoughts so far. Hopefully I can read this after 60 days and look at how far I’ve come.

Day 1: Cardio Challenge.


I feel like this photo sorta sums up how I felt. EXHAUSTED. While I don’t look sweaty in this photograph, I can assure you that it was pouring down. This workout is probably one of the hardest I’ve ever done, next to Kam’s classes in Pittsburgh. It seems to tap my heart rate the most. At many times throughout, I just wondered if I’d ever catch my breath again. My heart was beating FAST.

As you can see, I “maxed-out” early (this is the point when you have to stop and take a break or modify). The five-minute intro itself is dizzying. That said, I liked the balance of cardio moves throughout. They feel effective, especially for my legs. By doing this program I’ve realized how much my legs are out of shape. I don’t run very much, and the workouts I did over the summer were more geared toward my arms. So this program is definitely putting the emphasis back on my thighs and calves. All in all, I’m glad I finished!

Day 2: Tabata Power.


I did a little better today in terms of my max-out time. But this workout is a different animal altogether. It is much more focused on strength and using your own body as weights. Think: tons of push-ups (unlike any you’ve seen before), tricep dips and core work. What I love about this DVD is the new moves. I have done thousands of push-ups but none like these. Shaun has you go down, lift back up and bring your arm up to your shoulder (like a row). It is HARD. I can only do a few and then I have to modify.

This workout seems to affect my back the most. My muscles must need improvement in that area. Last week, I was sore for days after doing this workout. I sense the same thing will happen tomorrow. Either way, I know I’m working parts of my body that have long been ignored.

Overall Thoughts

I am going to stick with this. I love the shorter length. It’s manageable, and I can fit it into my day. I truly feel like I am pushing myself to my potential — which I love. This program is not for the faint of heart. Good thing I am a determined son of a gun!

Wish me luck, friends.


Back-to-School Challenge Group

Even if you aren’t back to school, now is the perfect time to start new habits. This month, Jenna and I will be hosting our first-ever private challenge group. Are you looking put health and fitness at the forefront? Here’s your chance to tackle a new goal with a committed group of men and women.


For one month, you will commit to being part of our free challenge group. Each week Jenna and I will post a new fitness or health goal. Though obtainable, these goals will test your strength and willpower. The idea is to commit – for 30 days – to a series of small goals that will contribute to your overall health.

Jenna and I will be running the group through Facebook. If you agree to participate, you’ll be invited to join the group on FB. We’ll be posting a weekly goal as well as daily reminders and tips. The idea is to be casual yet committed. And you’ll get to interact with a great group of individuals.

For those not on Facebook, we’ll be posting some updates on the blog, and you can participate that way. Head over to the Nine to Five Balance on Facebook to sign up, or post in the comments.

We hope you’ll join us!


Jenna & Rose