Note: This is NOT a paid or sponsored post, all opinions are purely my own and based off my experience.
The Insanity workout program is a 60-day cardio-based total-body conditioning program that’s perhaps the most intense workout ever put on DVD. Created by Shaun T, it uses Max interval training – meaning you work as hard as you can for 3-minute intervals, with 30-second periods of rest in between. It requires absolutely no equipment, which is fantastic, and theres no messing about. Just one workout can burn up to 1000 calories!! (Depending on your height and weight of course)
The Insanity Workout is difficult, but the results are phenomenal. If you are a complete beginner at exercise, this is something I would not recommend starting out with, you don’t need to be a fitness master! You just need to have a basic level of fitness. The workout comes with a schedule so that you can get optimum results, it’s super easy to follow and understand.
The program is composed of 10 DVDs
- Plyometric Cardio Circuit
- Cardio Power & Resistance
- Cardio Recovery
- Pure Cardio
- Cardio Abs
- Core Cardio & Balance
- Max Interval Circuit
- Max Interval Plyo
- Max Recovery
- Max Cardio Conditioning
Each DVD is different and works your body in a different way- all achieving optimum results. The average workout length is approximately 38 minutes. Short, but does the job. You want to be working harder, not longer. It also includes a “recovery” DVD, I put the word recovery in quotation marks as it is intense and by no means a walk in the park.
Most importantly about this program, its fun!!! Of course its hard, challenging and you give all your blood, sweat (pools of it, haha) and tears into it but it’s rewarding and enjoyable! I’m the kind of person who gets very bored very quickly when working out (I can’t stand the gym) but this kept me entertained as the moves change up all the time and Shaun is always throwing something new at you!
I did this program all the way from day 1 to day 60 back in 2012 and again in 2013. As I have done it through twice, I now just use it as my general workout and do whatever DVD I feel like on that particular day and mix it up with some other exercises as well. After finishing the workout program, I saw massive improvements, I was super fit and was able to run 12-15km easily and do over 100 pushups in a row. My performance in each video improved drastically, I was super flexible, athletic and fast (which I had never been previously) Body composition wise I lost about 5kg, my stomach was super defined and my arms and back very lean and strong. Keeping in mind, I already had quite a good level of fitness prior to starting this program, and I didn’t even change my diet up at all- as it was already healthy. (Please note: I did not follow the nutrition plan) Insanity gave me some amazing results and it is my favourite workout of all time along with Shaun T’s other programs- Asylum and Max 30- which I also have reviews on. I 100% recommend it. But, it is not easy. You will want to give up, you will feel tired, your body will ache, but push on! You will not regret it when you see the end results. Once you have finished, you graduate Insanity and move onto Asylum, which is even tougher but of course so fun and rewarding.
This is a very intense, fast pased, high impact workout. If you have a heart condition or any other abnormalities, please consult your health care professional before beginning.
If you are injured or prone to injury, this is a workout that I probably would’t recommend unless you contacted your physiotherapist first. There is lots of jumping and hard, high impact moves.
If you are very unfit before commencing this workout be sure to know your limits, they always say it on the DVD but this is an extra reminder. Take note of your heart rate and be careful, take extra breaks if you need to and always drink water throughout and afterwards. Also, always stretch before and after to aid recovery and minimise your chances of injury.
Finally, enjoy the program and the results you’ll get!
You can purchase Insanity here.