In badass-women-of-the-millennium news: Deborah Cavanagh, 58, just crushed her 1000th Insanity DVD sweat session. For the past three years, Deborah has been working out with the Insanity trainer inside her laptop, Shaun T. (who is also the hottest man in infomercials, FYI) for at least one hour a day, five days a week for 156 weeks. We did the math, and that's roughly 41 days of crazy-intense exercise. Dang.
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So what motivated herto take on such a huge challenge? Deborah, who was a synchronized swimmer and a triathlete long before her DVD workout days, says that after becoming "mesmerized" by the Insanity infomercial one night, she decided she had to attempt the sweaty routine that claimed to be "the hardest workout you will ever do." "The idea of trying to do something very challenging really appealed to me," she says.
When she received the program, however, it wasn't exactly love at first burpee. In fact, Deborah says that she wanted to throw up during those initial workouts, but after a couple of weeks, she started to get the hang of it.
Photo courtesy of Deborah CavanaghTwo months later, the mom of three and boss of 85 (Deborah is the SVP of Marketing for Talbots) was completely hooked. "I thought, 'I've accomplished so much, why would I ever stop?'" says Deborah. She says she noticed that her core and upper body were stronger than ever, and a "little bit of flab" around her waist had turned into muscle. As Deborah continued to power through workouts, she recorded each one on a chart that came with her program. That chart was only meant to track 60 days, but she kept using it long after the two months were up.
Photo courtesy of Deborah CavanaghBesides getting ripped, Deborah says she was motivated to keep up her 4:30 a.m. rise time and fitness routine because of the opportunity to kick off every day with set goal. "No matter how difficult my day is at work, it's nice to know that it will never be as hard as my morning workout," she says. She admits that she's a morning person by nature, which definitely helps, too.
Photo courtesy of Deborah CavanaghThree years later, Deborah and her buddy Shaun T. have worked out together on numerous business trips, vacations, and even in her driveway after Hurricane Sandy flooded her basement (her go-to exercising space) and her power went out. Yup, even a hurricane couldn't hamper her dedication.
Photo courtesy of Deborah CavanaghWhen she finally accomplished her 1000th training sesh, Deborah celebrated by putting her 1000th dot on the 60-day chart and printing out a new one. But as satisfying as that was for her, she says her biggest reward is the knowledge that she can crush whatever she sets out to do. "After this, I feel like there's nothing that can scare me in work or in life," she says. "By doing this workout routine, I've learned that you can break down a really big challenge and just do it. "
Last modified: September 15, 2015