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February 1, 2012 11:44 AM
Bleh... if anyone has done Insanity or is doing it... you know the pain I'm talking about right? It can't just be me... I feel like every morning is a mission to get ready n warm up my legs to walk around... anyone have any suggestions to how they got rid of the sore feeling? Does it just go away? I'd love to hear some feedback :)
  7121769
February 1, 2012 11:46 AM
protein, foam rolls, bengay, stretch, and walk.
February 1, 2012 11:46 AM
Is it from running? Just the calves?

Stretching is good, of course. Another tip I learned from my trainer is to get one of the foam rollers. It's literally a cylinder made of foam. You put your calves on it, hold yourself in the air with your arms and roll your calves back and forth on it. It is supposed to break up the lactic acid that builds up when you workout... the acid is apparently what caues the pain.
February 1, 2012 11:51 AM
Thanks guys... I'll look into a foam roller now... and I'll stretch during my class some more :P and walk around on breaks :)!
  7121769
February 1, 2012 11:52 AM
QUOTE:

Is it from running? Just the calves?

Stretching is good, of course. Another tip I learned from my trainer is to get one of the foam rollers. It's literally a cylinder made of foam. You put your calves on it, hold yourself in the air with your arms and roll your calves back and forth on it. It is supposed to break up the lactic acid that builds up when you workout... the acid is apparently what caues the pain.


Insanity involves your legs a lot... lot of jumping, running, etc... just wore on my calves I guess, I'm googling and foam roller now
  7121769
February 1, 2012 12:46 PM
Yep I finished Insanity in Decemeber, and let me tell you after the first 2 weeks I was ready to give up because my calves and butt were killing me!!!! I thought I would feel this pain forever!! LOL but then the pain slowly started going away, as my body became more accustomed to the workouts....I am proud to say I finished it :D
February 1, 2012 12:49 PM
Yes, I know exactly what you are talking about. Ive done Insanity 2x but with a year between and im currently doing p90x insanity hyrbid. Your calves will be horribly sore for about a month. You can do calve stretches like standing on a step with just your toes and letting all of your weight push down and stretch the calve.

But this will be something you will deal with the entire first month while your calves build muscle. The good thing is it hurts like crazy throught the warm up but once you get blood to the muscles they will loosen up and feel better.

Good luck!
February 1, 2012 1:17 PM
Try putting the DVD on pause for a minute during the stretching and adding in some good calf stretches..I notice Shaun T is great about getting a nice long stretch in BUT he does neglect the calves. As mentioned above, just standing with your toes on a step will help a bunch.
  289686
January 2, 2013 6:32 PM
Myofascial release techniques are the best remedy for the soreness that results from Insanity and P90X/X2. The soreness is caused by molecules called inflammatory cytokines (not lactic acid, which is commonly believed). There has been a great deal of research within the last decade showing that myofascial release can greatly reduce levels of these inflammatory cytokines and reduce muscle soreness. Such techniques include foam-rolling and deep tissue massage. I love my foam-roller, "the stick," and "S-hook" for these spots - the key is to find a "hot spot" and sit on it, slowly moving and finding others (don't just roll around). It may be a bit painful or uncomfortable at first, but if you breathing through it will allow you to release that tension in your muscles. Traditional stretching is good too, but not as effective for the kind of soreness that Insanity causes.
Good luck with Insanity; it truly is insane!

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