Any program that calls itself “Insanity” is not to be taking lightly. After two grueling months of extreme workouts, here is my Insanity workout review. A word of advice if you are seriously considering embarking on this “insane” journey; it is not for the weak at heart or to be taking lightly by anyone. This is my firsthand account of using insanity and different from most insanity reviews since it actually took me two months.
What is Insanity?
Insanity is a 60-day workout program that uses Interval Training in a revolutionary way. Most of us know Interval Training as short, intense, fast-paced exercise followed by a few minutes of rest. Insanity turns that on its head. Instead of your breaks being long, they are short and the intense exercises are elongated. This gives you little to no breaks and it is what makes this workout program so effective.
The program includes:
- 10 workout DVD’s – These include various forms of cardio that vary in intensity as well as recovery videos.
- Insanity workout calendar – This tells you what video to do on every day of the week.
- The Fitness Guide – This gives you an understanding of what the program is.
- The Nutrition Guide – This is probably one of the most essential tools. Do not throw it away!
- Online Support – You do not really need it, but it’s always nice to have if you come across any questions.
Beachbody, the creators of many well-known workout programs such as P90X and Body Beast, have put together a program aimed at those who are looking for a no-nonsense solution to weight loss.
How to use Insanity Effectively:
The Insanity workout calendar lays out the next two months for you. The calendar has you starting on a Monday with six straight days of workouts and a rest on Sunday. You start out with a fit test, which you end up doing a few times before the end of the program. For the following weeks, you will do Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Cardio Power & Resistance, Cardio Recovery, and Pure Cardio. Every day is a different workout and the order varies from week to week. Before you begin the second month, there is a recovery week where you do Core Cardio and Balance.
This leads you to the second portion of the program where the intensity level rises. Just when you think you are used to the routine, you will change it up with new workouts that are harder than the first. The second month consists of Max Interval Circuit, Max Interval Plyo, Max Cardio Conditioning, and Max Recovery. All of these take the first month’s workouts and kick them up a notch.
Does the Insanity Really Work?
Insanity is a very effective program if used properly. I accompanied it with the recommended Nutrition Plan and I lost less than 20 lbs.! This program is effective but like all programs, you have to stick with it. There are times when you just want to quit or the pace of the workouts is just too much to handle but after I got over those humps, it was just another routine like brushing your teeth in the morning.
The hardest part was not the actual workouts. Following a diet proved to be the challenge to the program. You could do Insanity for a whole year but if you do not follow the nutrition plan, then don’t even bother. There is a simple formula to weight loss and keeping the weight off. Burn more calories than you consume and the pounds start melting away. This is what Insanity is all about, the program does nothing but help you burn calories.
What are the Pros of the Program?
The biggest benefit to insanity is that it actually works! If you are looking for a weight loss program, this is a good option. I found the short workouts very time effective as they fit right in to my work schedule. It is not very hard to set aside 30 minutes to an hour every day. The program is very easy to follow, as there is not a lot of guessing involved. During the workouts, Shaun T tells you what to do and when to do it. Shaun T., the trainer in the videos, is an effective motivator that keeps you focused and on task. The best part of all is that you only need a good pair of sneakers and a DVD player. There is no need for expensive supplements, weights, resistance bands or any other equipment. It is simple. It is effective. It works.
What are the Cons of using Insanity?
Working out for six days a week is both physically and mentally exhausting. I found myself waiting for Sunday every day of the week because I am so sore.
You have to know your fitness goals and fitness level before you begin the program. This program is all cardio so for those who are looking to build some muscle, you should look elsewhere. Even though the videos are 30 minutes or so in length, the workouts are longer. I consider myself in decent shape and the warm ups had me huffing and puffing. The pause button became my best friend and a 30-minute video turned into a 45-50 minute workout.
Know what you want to get out of it! Make sure you have read multiple Insanity workout reviews. Everyone has their own opinion on the product if you can multiple sources of information then you will be able to get a better understanding of the product. If you are already in good shape and just want to lose that stubborn belly fat then this is a good option. If you have not done any form of physical activity since your P.E. class in high school, then you are in for a rude awakening. It is not for everyone. Even though it sounds like a quick fix, it is far from it. Two months seems like a short time and 30 minutes a day sounds like a breeze. If it were that easy, there would not be countless amounts of people who try it for a week or two before finally giving up. If you are willing to put in the work and withstand the grueling workouts day in and day out then you will see incredible insanity results. Beachbody’s “Insanity” is exactly what its name describes, insane.