I’m a group fitness instructor that teaches Step/strength training two days a week and a Zumba class one day a week. I’m a bit on the cubby side and I really want to get in better shape. I really want to try the P90X and/or Insanity. I also want to be able to balance my own fitness routine while still teaching classes and not over due it or injure myself. Do you have any suggestions?
I would take a look at the strength training part you are doing. As an instructor, you usually do not get your own workout because half the time you are watching people and the other half you are demonstrating. And even the cardio portion may not be as much as you think.
I would add 2 strength workouts that you do to the level that YOU need and use just very lights weights in the classes that you teach.
I have recently got a Fitbit One and really like it a lot. It tracks your overall activity, and you can keep a food diary as you go. It may give you a better picture of your activity level when you are not ‘on duty’.
Wish you well.
Sometimes working so hard at getting others in shape, our own workout time tends to suffer. When we put so much time in the gym, I’ve learned that less means more. I believe a high intensity strength training circuit is the way to go. Including compound movements, like the squat, deadlift, pushup, lunges, and kettlebell work. Movements that burn the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time. But I also agree with Michael, your calorie intake is the most important factor.