Not long after starting Insanity, I decided to make a log of my muscle aches so I could capture just how much this programme is pounding my body. I wanted to chronicle which areas are being squeezed, tightened and refined on a day to day basis.
I thought I’d share with you a snippet from my ‘chart of pain’, to encourage anyone else struggling with post-workout muscle soreness. Plus, I find that nothing eases pain more than the sweetness of laughing at someone else’s misfortune. You can laugh at mine.
It’s eye-opening to see just how much I’m affected by these workouts. As you can see, I started off well but was crippled by Day 4. [Click to enlarge the image]
Oh the nostalgia I feel for those carefree pre-Insanity days. There have been times since when I’m tempted to just go ahead and colour the whole body red and be done with it. But mercifully, my body is still fighting on.
Don’t be discouraged if you’re aching in more/different places compared to me. Everyone’s built differently but we all share the pain and the sweat of Insanity. And if you’re fortunate enough to be aching less than I am, then please stop looking so smug about it.
Today comprises my least favourite workout of all. Gah. My arms are still useless in supporting my own body weight which is probably why I dread the Plyometric Circuit Level 1 Drill.
But encouragingly, Week 2 continues to highlight improvement in my form and fitness which boosts my enthusiasm and motivation to soldier on. I’m still struggling, I still can’t keep up with all the exercises (I hate circuit 2), but I’m definitely lasting longer.
Despite my seeming progress, I still ache in places. Every day I discover new muscles in my body.
I’m off to persuade the Cat to give me a deep muscle tissue massage. He likes to tread on my lap at the most inopportune moments. I might as well try and wrangle some therapeutic gain from it.
How about you? What’s your experience of post-workout muscle soreness?