Insanity Workout – High Intensity for Fast Results
Ready for some crazy workouts with no weights, but a lot of sweat? Yeah, that’s what you will get when you try Insanity. Be prepared to move for a solid 45 minutes in order to “melt” away that body fat you have accumulated over the years.
Built on the crazed High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Insanity pushes to get you sweating, and yes, you will definitely sweat. This is not a bad thing by any means, but does Insanity really give you the results you are looking for? Here is what I think about the Insanity program, and who should be interested.
Where to buy: Insanity
- What Is Insanity?
- Why Is Insanity Effective?
- What Makes Insanity Unique?
- Who Is Insanity For?
- Who Should Not Get Insanity?
- What’s Included With Insanity Workout Program?
- The Workouts
What Is Insanity?
Insanity is a 60-day workout program with a focus on high impact and stamina training. Developed by Beachbody and designed by Shaun T., the Insanity program emphasizes “max interval training”, which is a specific exercise method designed for strenuously 3–4 minutes and then rest (or “cool down”) approximately 30 seconds before starting up again.
The best part is that you do not need any weights or equipment for this workout. However, the workouts themselves are longer than some of the newer workouts today, so depending on the time you have available it may be hard to fit your workout into your schedule.
Each workout is about 45 minutes to complete in its entirety. There is a test workout at the beginning of each phase which is used as a benchmark. You will keep taking the test in order to see your progression in the program. Your numbers should increase each time the test is taken if you go through the program correctly.
Why Is Insanity Effective?
Insanity is effective when you realize you are not doing a muscle building program. This is a cardio and weight loss program. Will you get some definition, yeah, but if you are looking to bulk up, you are going to be disappointed. There is a big craze with the HIIT workout method today, and I understand why.
However, from doing both Insanity and T25, I have to say I prefer both P90X programs. I am going for a muscle building program vs. a weight loss program. However, if you want to just lose weight and gain some definition, I recommend T25, then Insanity. It’s not that I don’t like Insanity for weight loss, I just found better results with T25.
What Makes Insanity Unique?
The atmosphere of Insanity is what I think makes this a unique home workout program. Shaun T. is great at pushing you to get to the end of each session. As this workout is a high intensity program, you will notice that Shaun is very loud and upbeat to try and get you in the same mindset. You may struggle, but that extra mental help can determine if you survive the rest of the workout or not.
Also, the setting where lots of people do the workout with you is a plus in my book. Insanity takes place in a gym and some workouts look like they have 20+ people in them. It is nice to see a larger group than just the hand-picked 2 or 3 doing the workout with you.
Lastly, no weights! This is the biggest selling point for this workout program. No weights mean no extra equipment necessary to purchase so it can lead to a lot of savings down the road.
Who Is Insanity For?
Insanity is for those that just want to sweat, and sweat a lot. Workouts are long, and be no means easy. It is a cardio filled workout, and your heart will be racing a mile a minute. After each workout I would be dripping sweat all over the floor, and absolutely exhausted. You will need some space for this workout as there is some movement, but not all that much. Also, if you are looking to get more athleticism I highly recommend this workout.
Also, I recommend that people who own a house or live on the first floor of an apartment building use this workout. If you are on the second floor or higher of a building, you will disturb the neighbors below. The high-impact type of workout requires jumping and quick movements that can make a lot of noise and shake the room. Also, make sure any valuable objects will not fall off the shelves.
Who Should Not Get Insanity?
From above, if you do not live in a house or the first floor of an apartment, I do not recommend Insanity. You will disturb the people below you and there may be noise complaints against you (this happened to me with T25 and it could be even worse with Insanity). Also if you have health conditions where you cannot do high-impact workouts, I do not recommend this for you.
I strayed away from Insanity after the first time through as I did not see great results. These workouts are also 45 minutes long, and I wanted something around the 30 minute range. I did slim down a bit, but I did not gain any muscle. This may be great if you want to lose weight, but I didn’t feel any gains from doing this workout. Maybe you will see a difference, but that’s my experience.
What’s Included With Insanity Workout Program?
- Nutrition Guide
- Calendar (for tracking progress)
- 10 Workout DVDs
(as seen on Amazon)
- Dig Deeper & Fit Test: To start, Shaun will put your body to the test and see what you’re made of. (30 minutes)
- Plyometric Cardio Circuit: Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyometrics and sweat-inducing cardio. (40 minutes)
- Cardio Power & Resistance: Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves. (40 minutes)
- Cardio Recovery & Max Recovery: Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you’ll be ready for the next round. (80 minutes)
- Pure Cardio & Abs: Nonstop, extreme cardio workout. (40 minutes)
- Cardio Abs: Do explosive intervals of cardio and core moves for rock-hard abs. (20 minutes)
- Core Cardio & Balance: This workout lets you take a break after month 1 and gear up for month 2. (40 minutes)
- Max Interval Circuit: With MAX Interval Training, this circuit is more intense than anything you’ve ever done before. (60 minutes)
- Max Interval Plyo: Push your legs ‘til they beg for mercy with power and plyometrics, all at your MAX. (55 minutes)
- Max Cardio Conditioning & Abs: Get pushed to your limit with this extreme cardio workout. (50 minutes)
All testimonials are from the reviews page at Beachbody
“Insanity transformed not just my body, but my life as well. I learned the value of discipline, perseverance and responsibility, and I gained control over my eating habits. After two months of Insanity, I was able to lose 41 pounds. These two months of dedication have produced a lifetime’s worth of confidence, freedom and strength. Whether you are fit or not, I implore you to try Insanity. It could be one of the best decisions of your life!” – T-Money
“I have always been active and played sports in college. However, once I hit forty my body didn’t respond going to the gym and running. I was strong but didn’t have the body I once had. The Insanity program made me use muscles I haven’t used in years. I would recommend this program for those who keep going to the gym lifting weights and running on the treadmill who don’t experience change.” – ivanhoyt23
“Yes, this workout is intense, nowhere as intense as i was expecting however, i large problem is there is no stretch or workout for ur lower back which you definitely need well doing this program, it strains you in many positions, the stretching is very good and helps u regain ur energy/ and refitolizes ur muscles just in time, however i did this workout for 60 days/ followed the meal plan and also added extra cardio of my own later in the day, i lost no weight/gained no muscle/had no change in my physique, i do admit my cardio/endurance did seem to improve however nothing else did, lost no fat or anything, i would not recommend this program unless ur already fit and want to improve cardio/endurance from there.” – Faytier
The Insanity workout program is a good, but it is extremely tough for the 45 minutes and you need to make sure you are not disturbing others. As I live in an apartment building on the second floor, I have moved away from using this workout after receiving complaints from the room below us. With no need for any equipment, this workout can be a great way to save money. Just make sure you can perform all of the actions needed to get through the workout without causing more damage to your body.
Also, this is a great weight loss program, but not great for those trying to put on more muscle. The high intensity and focus on cardio will help lose weight (especially if you can keep up), bit you will not get giant biceps doing this workout. You have been warned! I went through one 60 day period with Insanity, and I don’t see myself going back to it in the future. However, this may be what you are looking for in terms of losing weight.