I hope your week is treating you well! By this point I’m almost at the halfway point of my DietBet and I’m really enjoying the extra accountability, and motivation the bet is providing me! Yaaaayyyy for social “dieting!”
One of my plans during this month was to bring you a series of health and fitness inspired posts. That’s how I found myself reaching out to two very good friends of mine for their brutally honest reviews of Insanity.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Insanity. It’s a seriously hard but allegedly incredibly effective 60 day program by Shaun T (he of the chiselled abs of Hip Hop Abs fame).
To be frank, I think I’ve largely decided that 90 or 60 day type programs are not for me. I have a whole slew of past injuries I have to work around, and that’s just not conducive to working out with the Shaun T, Jillian Michaels (at least in Body Revolution), or Tony Hortons of the world. Also, I frequently found that those type of 60-90 day programs would leave me way too sore to participate in any of the other fitness activities that I like to enjoy on a regular basis (i.e.: Zumba and hiking). But that’s just me, and I honestly believe that part of the journey towards wellness is finding your exercise BFF.
What’s that one activity that you enjoy above all others!?!? Does it make you feel alive!?!? Does it give you the results you want!?!? If it does, then by all means own it!!!
And now without further ado, I present to you the first post in this series written by my good friend Veronica.
Is Insanity Just Too Insane?
Insanity is the hardest workout I have ever done. I’ve shredded with Jillian, danced with Tracy, boot camped with Billy and finished a Les Mills combat class the very first time I tried it. I’m not weak. But Insanity is insane.
I just finished the first 30 days of the workout. Here’s the schedule if you’re curious how the first month is broken down:
Excluding the recovery and core workout, the workouts are designed for you to push yourself to your limits. Even the “warm up” requires you to do seven cardio moves for 30 seconds each. Then you do it again-faster. And once more . . . as fast as you can.
The main workouts (Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Cardio Power & Resistance and Pure Cardio) are around 40 minutes and consist of a really hard warm up (if you push yourself properly), a five minute stretch, about 20-25 minutes of really difficult moves (which may or may not have an occasional 30 second break in between), and a three minute cool down.
I chose to do the workouts by pausing the video when I ran out of steam and continuing when I was ready. I was well aware that I was forgoing some of the cardiovascular and endurance benefits by doing this, but I really wanted to do all the moves. This meant I sometimes took almost twice as long to finish the videos. If you plan to let the video run and break when needed, then be prepared to miss some of the workout. Even the trainers in the video have to take breaks during sets, and those people are spinning instructors and marathon runners.
The best part of Insanity is the core conditioning and the physical improvements (as evidenced by the periodic Fit Tests involved). But if you’re looking to lose weight, and not diet, then don’t expect much from the first 30 days. I haven’t followed the diet and my weight is more or less the same and the only visual improvement I see is that my butt looks awesome. Sorry, no before or after shots of my butt.
The greatest downside I see in Insanity is that its craziness might actually lead people to give up. Before starting the workout, I read another review that said you should only do it if you had that competitive push-yourself-to-your-limit kind of attitude. I somewhat agree. I don’t really have that but I Instagram daily about doing Insanity, so the guilt and shame involved in quitting is the only thing that has kept me going.
Bottom Line: If you asked me if I would do a second cycle, the current answer is “no”. It controlled my life too much, was really hard and didn’t really give me much of a bang for my buck.
One more thing – I have no clue how anyone that cannot do a push up is suppose to do Insanity. There are A LOT of push ups and no modified suggestions.
Thank-you Veronica for a great Insanity review! To read past reviews by Veronica check out “The Tracy Anderson Method: Reviewing the Cardio DVD,” and “The Tracy Anderson Method: What Kind of Body are you in the Market for?”
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post by my friend David! You’re definitely going to want to check out his amazing before and after pictures!!!