To start I’d like to give you a little background on why I wanted to do the Beach Body: Insanity Max 30 workout. When I started the workout I weighed 190 lbs. and stood 5’9″. I am 34 years old and have been going the gym off and on for the last year or so with mixed results. Overall I felt better and had more energy but it was starting to drain me mentally because I wasn’t seeing much weight loss and was spending a lot of time at the gym. My routine needed to change because I was literally and figuratively stuck on a treadmill.
Why choose the Beachbody Insanity Home Workout?
Why did I choose Insanity over P90X or CrossFit? There is no equipment needed. All you need is yourself, shoes, a towel, and some water. I also chose the Beachbody Insanity workout because it’s made by the same company that produced P90X, which I have heard great things about but most people said the sessions were a little too long. The Insanity workouts are between 30 – 40 minutes. You have to be committed to really crush it. Some of the best advice I read about the program was to “just press the play button”. There will be days where you don’t feel like working out, “just press play” and get it over with. When you see the results, in the end, you’ll be glad you did just press play. Some people have asked, which is better P90X or the Insanity workout? My answer is you will have to decide for yourself because, for me, Insanity worked better because of the shorter workouts and also the fact that I didn’t need any equipment.
Here’s a video that explains what you’re about to get into:
One thing I really like about the videos in this workout is they are pretty well produced and Shaun T isn’t some cheesy host who doesn’t do the exercises. Some of the people participating in the workouts have bodies that are attainable. That’s my beef with some of these workout videos, the people have absolutely ripped bodies.
What are the Beachbody Insanity workouts and how long are they?
- Dig Deeper & Fit Test: Shaun w Till put your body to the test and see what you’re made of. (30 min)
- Plyometric Cardio Circuit: Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyometrics and killer cardio. (40 min)
- Cardio Power & Resistance: Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves. (40 min)
- Cardio Recovery & Max Recovery: Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you’ll be ready for the next round. (28 & 40 min)
- Pure Cardio & Abs: Nonstop, extreme cardio workout. (40 min)
- Cardio Abs: Do explosive intervals of cardio and core moves for rock-hard abs. (20 min)
- Core Cardio & Balance: This workout lets you take a break after month 1 and gear up for month 2. (40 min)
- Max Interval Circuit: With MAX Interval Training, this circuit is more intense than anything you’ve ever done before. (60 min)
- Max Interval Plyo: Push your legs ‘til they beg for mercy with power and plyometrics, all at your MAX. (55 min)
- Max Cardio Conditioning & Abs: Get pushed to your limit with this extreme cardio workout. (50 min)
Beachbody Insanity Extra Features
- Elite Nutrition Plan: A meal plan specifically designed to fuel your body for these intense workouts. Totally optional but it will help you get your best results.
- Fitness Guide: It’s short and to the point, with just the information you need. I agree, that this is very important!
- Insanity Calendar: Allows you to track your progress through month 1 and month 2, set workout goals, and stay motivated the whole time. Plus, the Fit Test Tracker tracks your results as you transform your body.
- Free Online Support Tools: Stay inspired with round-the-clock access to fitness experts and peer support.
Pros and Cons of the Insanity Workout
As far as Pros, after 3 weeks, I’ve lost a total of 8 lbs, and most of all I feel better physically and mentally. If you feel like your in a rut, don’t spend money on a shrink or someone to talk to, start doing some of Shaun T’s Insanity workout for a couple of weeks and you’ll feel much better, I guarantee it! Another pro for the program is that there isn’t much time to relax, you workout 6 days a week so its a fairly rigid workout.
In terms of Cons for the Insanity workout, the biggest one for me is the repetitive nature of some of the workouts. I realize that this is part of the program and most people will realize they just need to suck it up and keep going (re my comment earlier about “just press play”). Cardio Power & Resistance was my most hated workout. If you don’t like the workouts then it makes it harder to ‘just press play’ since you get the major workouts twice a week. The other Con, is the nature of the program, 6 days a week. If you miss a day for any reason, it is hard to get back on the saddle.
If you have any questions about my program, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.
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