I'm currently in my second week of the Insanity workout program. I survived the first week pretty well, but only because I modify many/most of the drills. As someone totally new to this kind of cardio program, I have no idea if the way I'm modifying the workout will help or hinder my progress, prevent or cause injuries, etc etc. Any tips for how to safely (and usefully!) modify the Insanity workout?
Everything I've found so far says to focus on form, but I'm not entirely sure what that means. Should I be going for the full range of movement, even if it means getting less of a cardio workout? Or should I focus on doing only what I can do cleanly?
Here are some examples:
- I can either go fast and not go all the way to the floor, keeping everything tight and clean, etc. OR touch the floor and do maybe a tenth of the reps. My form actually feels cleaner/tighter when I do the first version that limits the range of movement.
* globe jumps
- Again, doing the full range of motion makes me sloppy and exhausts my muscles, but omitting the arm parts means I can do a lot more jumping and it actually feels like a cardio workout.
I could go on with more examples, but I think these two illustrate my point. This workout is really fun for me, and I can see myself getting into it for the long term. I plan on doing multiple rounds of this to work up to (hopefully one day) not need the modifications. For now, though, I don't know the best way to go about it.
My options as I see them include:
1) don't worry about the full range of motion yet, doing what I can while keeping the best form possible and doing the max cardio workout (within my personal safety limits)
2) go A LOT more slowly in the full range of motion, slowly levelling up the cardio intensity
3) a mixture of both - as in option one on the first set, option two on the second set, and whichever I can pull out on the third set
I'm open to thoughts and suggestions here, especially if you've done this program.