Let me be clear in saying this: I am not a Beachbody Coach and do not want to be one. However, I love Beachbody…I think they have good products, and I especially support the amazing at-home workouts they have put together and released.
Personally, their programs are perfect for my lifestyle. I work two weeks on, and two weeks off for my EMT job away from home. I have access to a free gym while I’m at work, but only being home for two weeks doesn’t make it worth it for me to pay for an expensive gym pass….enter Insanity.
People have sent me messages on MyFitnessPal, Instagram, and I’ve received a few emails asking questions about the program, so I decided to put a post up for the curious:
How long is the program and how does it work?
Insanity is 10 DVDs you interchange on a 6-day workout schedule for 63 days. Simply follow the calendar, put in the DVD it has for the day, and push play. Well, and you have to work out as well.
Is Shaun T annoying to listen to for 63 days?
NO! Actually that was something I was really happy about. I’ve heard Tony Horton’s voice on P90X commercials, and didn’t think I could handle his voice for very long. Shaun T is motivating and fairly natural, without going overboard. Plus, he’s black…so he sounds cool.
How many times have you done Insanity?
I’m on my third consecutive round of it. I took a two-week break between the 1st and 2nd round, and a 4-week break between the 2nd and 3rd. They recommend you take at least 2 weeks between each round.
Is Insanity really as hard as it sounds?
Uh, yeah. Not going to sugar-coat it…but it’s REALLY hard. It’s especially hard if you are a person who is doing little-to-no exercise. If your cardio is sh!t, you will die the first full workout, and you won’t want to turn the DVD on the next day. Or, if you’re insanely stubborn like I am, you DO turn it on the next day…and for the next 62 days on.
What kind of shape were you in when you started the program?
Does “no shape” qualify? Because I was literally in no shape at almost 200 pounds and had zero fitness. I skipped the Fit Test the first day and instead did the first workout…annnnnnd only made it to the end of the warm-up. Barely. Like…I was on the floor unable to move. The warm-up is 10 minutes, not even. The next day, I did the warm-up (still dying), the 4 minute stretch, and the first five minutes. Third day I did warm-up (STILL..DYING), stretch, and ten minutes of the workout. All in all, it took me at least 5 days to a week to even finish one full workout, and that was with a whole lot of breaks. A lot of them. Long ones. Skipping some movements. I will just be honest here, and tell you that there are some moves I wasn’t able to do till the end of month one, or till month 2. Or even till the second time I did the program. I was really out of shape, and this was one SOB of a program.
Did you ever experience any pain from the movements?
Other than amazing soreness I had never experienced before in my life, just some pain in my knees. The pain in my knees I attributed to two things: I was doing the movements wrong and not “landing softly in the knees” like Shaun T explains, and I was a very heavy weight for my 5’3″ frame. Over time however, as I lost weight, I don’t experience any pain in my knees anymore.
Does it require any equipment?
No 🙂 which is perfect for anywhere
Did you lose a lot of weight from the program?
Truthfully, no. Other body types or people with more weight to lose may experience more weight loss, but I did not. I lost between 4 and 6 pounds after the first round, and I was eating pretty well for the most part. It wasn’t until I bought a HRM watch and was able to track calories burned that I actually lost more weight the second time I did the program. First time though I lost a ton of inches, which was fantastic. Inches are more important anyways, so don’t get hung up on the scale!
Do you have any recommendations while doing this program?
Buy a Heart Rate Monitor watch, not just for calories, but for your safety. First time I was doing it, my HR was easily in the 190s, which isn’t healthy. You need to be able to mediate that. Also, to get the best results, change your eating habits. Insanity comes with a little meal planning book, with recipes, and it is excellent to start with!
Any last thoughts?
You will have freaking amazing cardio when you are done with the first and/or second round of this program. I hadn’t run in 3 months when I finished the first round, and I went and popped off 5km with no breaks…for the first time in years. Also, it helped immensely with going to Crossfit sessions. Insanity is a great way to improve your fitness, and really challenges you to get better, faster, and stronger.
If you guys have any extra questions, feel free to ask in the comments!