I recently decided to take my fitness to the next level. And by that I really mean that I would like to reduce the circumference of my thighs before my husband’s high school reunion pool party. I think of myself as a relatively fit person. I run, hike, and participate in Pilates classes, AND I was once a competitive gymnast. Yes, it was over 20 years ago, but I strongly believe in muscle memory, and I am quite certain I could still do a back handspring if pressed. I’m not interested if you have a differing opinion, by the way…. Anyhow, the tiny one isn’t always interested in a long walk, so I ordered 2 videos off of Amazon. This was new for me. I figured I could do them while he napped. I ordered Jillian Michael’s “6 Week 6 Pack” and Insanity “Fast and Furious”, the 24 minute workout. My reasoning was that I want to be friends with Jillian because I like her energy and this was a way to bond with her, and for Insanity, my friend wet her pants shortly into the video—it was that difficult. Normally I would not try something that induces someone to wet their pants, but I took it as a positive in this situation, and I want smaller thighs desperately.
I convinced my husband to do the Insanity video with me. He agreed on the condition that we close all the shades so no one could see us doing it. 5 minutes into the video, I could barely breathe and I kind of hated Shawn (the instructor). 10 minutes into the video and I would have quit if Pat wasn’t there to see me quit. 15 minutes into it I no longer cared if I was doing the moves correctly and was randomly shooting limbs in different directions, hoping that I was somewhat close. Shawn was cheering me on and I was certain he was secretly mocking me. Shortly after that, Shawn instructed us to “Jack those Jacks”, I felt something pop in my ankle. Shawn had no mercy for me. I finished up the video without jumping and felt extremely proud of myself, and wished I had a video of my performance. While it nearly killed me, it is an excellent workout in a short 24 minutes that I WILL conquer….after my ankle heals.