Saturday, January 7, 2012
Hello INSANITY PUNX!
This is my first time posting here, so I'll give you a little background: Maris, Joe, and I are 3 self-employed cartoonists living in the same house in Somerville, MA. We are pretty much attached at the hip: they're a couple, and I'm their permanent 3rd wheel. We cook dinner together almost every night, have "work parties" where we sit around and draw for hours on end, and all have the same problem of not having anywhere to be on a regular basis, so our exercise is fairly limited. The solution? Let's all do insanity and get totally buff beach bodies in the dead of winter!!!
First off, I've never put much importance on exercise: I'm the kind of person who can eat whatever they want and maintain a slim, albeit weak, figure. When I worked at the MFA I used to bike 12 miles everyday, but now that I work in my living room, I hardly get on my bike at all anymore (so not punx, I know). When Maris suggested we try the insanity workout, I was mostly intrigued to see how long we would keep it up for. As of writing this we have completed week 5; this was our first week of the MAX level workout. I know that I never would have made it past week 1 without having friends that I'm completely comfortable around doing the workout alongside me.
Besides motivating each other, and making fun of some of the more ridiculous moves (floor humping, anyone?), doing insanity with a group is interesting because each of us has different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the exercises. I can do squats until the cows come home, Maris is way more flexible than Joe or I, and Joe can do the push ups, while Maris and I have been slowly working our way up by using our knees (when I started insanity I couldn't even do 1 push up, now I can do 10 in a row, but the crazy variations still give me trouble). Also, I'm totally the sweatiest one of us. I can't speak for all of us, but I can say for myself that I'm not completely convinced that I full-on enjoy this work out, but I do like feeling active for an hour a day, when the rest of my time is spent sitting in front of a piece of paper or a computer screen.
That being said, I would like to use the forum to publicly apologize to our downstairs neighbors, who have to listen to us doing mummy kicks and stance jacks at 9 in the morning. We've been told that at times it sounds like we're having some kind of crazy tantric sex party: Shaun T knows how to get us going, that's for sure.
Well, bye for now! I'll check in with an update after our next fit test (I missed this last one because I was in Philly. IRONIC (in that Alanis Morrisette way).
p.s. don't keep your legs too wide... JOSH.