There are tons of workout videos out there. And while many of them offer great results, there are very few of them that are designed to help keep you motivated to keep pushing yourself harder and harder. This where the Insanity Workout it different.
Insanity Workout Review
Having tried several different workouts over the years including P90x and CrossFit, I feel I have a pretty good appreciation for what it takes to get into top physical condition. And while the exercises performed in many workout programs are very similar, they often vary greatly in intensity. In this post I’m going to give you my first hand experience with trying Insanity for the first 60 days.
First of all, when it comes to intensity, this workout is right up there with CrossFit. In fact one of the biggest advantages of this workout is that it offers similar results to CrossFit but without the time commitment, and without the huge membership dues that come with joining a CrossFit box.
What is the Insanity Workout?
So what sort of time frame are we talking about? Insanity is designed around a 60 day workout. The promise is that within those 60 days you will see significant positive changes in your body and aerobic fitness level.
This is accomplished by something he calls maximum interval training. Many training routines focus on a short burst of activity followed by a longer period of rest.
Shaun took this and flipped it on it’s head. Instead of short bursts of activity, this workout forces you to dig deep. Really deep. The idea is that you perform intense activity for longer periods of time with short periods of rest in between. While this can be intimidating and difficult at first, I found that it actually helped me dig deeper to finish the workouts.
The reason. It’s pretty simple actually. Because you are pushing yourself so hard, your improvements are noticeable from workout to workout. This is HUGELY motivating when it comes to popping that DVD in the following day. You know you’re going to get your ass kicked, but in the end you feel like you’ve accomplished something. And THAT is how you keep going day in and day out.
What Do You Need to Get Started?
The Insanity Workout video package is made up of 10 DVDS. Other than a TV, DVD player, and a decent sized space in which to workout, you don’t need anything else. The beauty of this system is that it is all based on bodyweight-type workouts.
Here is a list of the DVDs
- Fitness Test + Dig Deeper – orientation and finding your current fitness level
- Plyometric Cardio Circuit – cardio workouts designed for fat burning, intense lower body work
- Cardio Power & Resistance – hit the upper body for size and definition
- Cardio & Max Recovery – a recovery type workout, slightly less intense
- Pure Cardio & Abs – pure intensity, ab killer
- Cardio Abs – explosive intervals and more core work
- Core Cardio & Balance- – your second breather exercise, end of the first month
- Max Interval Circuit – the first Max Interval Training. Very intense
- Max Interval Ply0 – push your legs until they beg for mercy
- Max Cardio Conditioning & Abs – the final workout
And that’s all you need. There’s no special equipment or weights required. But don’t let that lull you into thinking this is going to be easy. Other than a few of the more intense CrossFit WODs (workout of the day), I’ve never experienced anything quite as intense as these workouts. The core and abdominal workouts are enough to earn this workout it’s name.
Want a little preview? Check out this video…
A Little About Me
I started this program in what I considered to be pretty good shape. I’m a 38 year old male. 6 foot 3 inches tall, with about 10% body fat. I’ve been doing CrossFit type workouts for the past couple of years. Due to the high costs, I’ve been looking for alternatives. I’ve tried P90x, but quickly got tired of it. That’s when I found the Insanity program.
My Insanity Workout Results – 1st 30 days
Before I get into the actual results and experiences let me say this. The nutrition plan included in the Insanity package available through this website made a huge difference. If you’re diet is poor, these workouts are going to be tough as hell. And without proper nutrition, recovery is going to take longer It takes literally NO WORK to change your diet, and the difference in the results are significant. The only change I made in the diet was to exclude wheat and grains as I’m on the Paleo diet.
My weight at the beginning was 198 pounds. The first couple of weeks of the program were surprisingly difficult. As I previously mentioned even some of the CrossFit routines I’ve done over the years weren’t this tough aerobically.
WIthin 30 days I noticed a difference in muscle tone. I was extremely surprised at how difficult and strenuous some of the routines could be without using any weights. I will say this though, Shaun T is a great motivator. There’s nothing cheesy about it, he just knows how to get your best.
At the end of the 30 days I was down about 6 pounds. A good part of this was fat. But I had to up my eating overall to account for the extra calories I was burning.
2nd 30 Days
I went straight into the second thirty days after a couple days of rest. There is a noticeable uptick in the level of intensity. For those that are new to working out this can be pretty challenging.
But there’s a reason they promise serious results within 60 days, and as you move into month 2 yourself you’ll soon understand why.
You always have the option of going at your own speed. But don’t lose focus or motivation, just keep doing the exercises.
After having finished 60 days of Insanity I was pretty impressed with my results. My weight actually climbed back up a couple of pounds from where I finished the first month. But this was definitely due to muscle gain. My body fat actually dropped to just a little over 7%.
Again, I want to highlight that following the eating plan makes an HUGE difference in your results. And while it does require some willpower, it doesn’t require any real work.
My Overall Thoughts
Overall I was pretty impressed with the Insanity workout. It was significantly harder than I thought it would be. There were no workouts in which I didn’t feel challenged to push myself harder. The only downside I would see to this workout is that it could be intimidating for beginners.
That’s not to say that beginners shouldn’t try it. They just need to be prepared to work hard. One of my favorite sayings is that ‘Pain is weakness leaving the body’. And this workout program is the perfect example