INSANITY: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs

March 23, 2013


Today is Day 13 of INSANITY (Shaun T’s Birthday Challenge) and it includes Cardio Abs.  

Since I have not reviewed Cardio Abs, I have decided I should!  Of course I had to get through Pure Cardio first.


Here is my warm up face (1-2-3 heisman) and awesome socks:


Some stretching:



and my burn (it reads 462 in 38 minutes).  Remember, as always, click the photo for Garmin Connect details.  If you cannot see the board, it reads:

  • ‘Keep Moving!’  I thought this was fit for Pure Cardio since it is nonstop.



Cardio Abs

  • Length: 16 minutes

  • Equipment: Yoga mat (recommended)


This workout is short and somewhat easy - which good considering it comes immediately after Pure Cardio (in my case - you can separate the two workouts if you wanted).  I find a better abworkout in Shaun T’s Asylum programs or maybe even P90X’s Ab Ripper.


Nevertheless - you get out what you put in.  Therefore, the higher you jump, more you tuck your abs, and harder your push the better results you are going to see/feel.  AND Shaun T starts the workout with a warm-up which means you are going to get cardio - INSANITY at its greatest.


Considering you are working your abs in pretty much all of the INSANITY workouts, I look at Cardio Abs as an extension of Pure Cardio (since it is slightly shorter) and one large circuit.


Shaun T starts with a couple minutes of warming up (including jogging, high knees, jump rope and tuck jumps).


When he moves to the floor, he teaches you the C-Sit Position and tells you to hold your core.


 It is in this position that you do moves like Twists and A Frame with and without knees.


You also have fun holding the C-Sit Position and then doing a crazy repetitive move involving both legs off the floor.  Poor Tonya gets to be the example.  :)


Then, you do some low and high plank alternating knees (for the obliques).  Each time I do this workout I try to get my knee closer to my elbow.



Since the hubby was at work, I had to use my phone as the remote for my camera.  Apparently, we had some shutter issues - the Nikon and I.  Nevertheless - you get the idea and it may look cool.  I have not decided.


He adds low and high plank pulses…which are both dirty-awkward and extremely-exhausting.


Finally, he ends this quick sesh with some much-needed core stretches.  Badabingbadaboom - drink some watah.



Here is some of my stretching.



The dog:



Here is my burn.  If you cannot see it - it says 157 (it was only a 17 minute workout for the abs).



Day 13 in DA BOOKS!  Tomorrow is 'Rest Day’ so I may just go for a run (unless there is a foot of snow on the ground).

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