Finished the Insanity workout a couple of days ago and that means it is time for a review. To say the Insanity workout was insane would be easy to do so let’s go with that.
After watching the preview for Insanity I knew it was going to be much different than the only Beachbody workout I had been doing up to that point, P90X. Cardio was going to be the basis of the Insanity workout and I was due for some of that.
What Is The Insanity Workout?
(Beachbody’s words) The Insanity Workout is a 60 Day Total Body Conditioning Program which might be the hardest workout program ever. Shaun T will push you past your limits with 10 workout discs packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and ab/core training moves.
The secret to the Insanity workout is MAX Interval Training. Shaun T took traditional interval training and flipped it on its head. You perform long bursts of maximum intensity exercises with short periods of rest. Each Insanity Workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your MAX. It’s common to burn up to 1,000 calories an hour and get the most insane body in only 60 days.
How Can The Insanity Workout Help You?
What separates the Insanity workout from other workouts is you are pushing yourself by only using your body weight. At the end of 60 days you will get a true representation of what your body should look like. Many people who do the Insanity workout will get results like:
- Increased Speed
- Better Agility
- Muscle Stamina & Endurance
- Lean Muscle
Expectations For The Insanity Workout
Lets take a quick glance at Beachbody’s teaser preview of the Insanity workout to set the right expectations.
Conclusion – Lots of sweating and pain and soreness but kind of fun. Kind of looks like it would be like football drills you see high school teams doing at summer practices. Getting stronger all over while dropping weight is whats going through my mind.
Insanity Workout Results
Lets get right into it. All of the nitty-gritty of the Insanity workout is below my before and after photos.
Insanity Workout Results: The Before Photos
Insanity Workout Results: The After Photos
You are gonna have to excuse my picture taking capabilities. Clearly I am not that good or just didn’t really care all that much in taking pictures. Might be a combo of both.
Any Transformations From Doing Insanity?
Probably the best photo I took of my results was one I took from the side where it shows more muscle definition in my arms, chest, shoulders, and abs. Again, if I was better at taking pictures it would have really showed up but I think you can see the subtle changes.
My girlfriend and I have been following the Insanity Elite Nutrition Plan to a T and I cut back on the beer. The combination of eating better, laying off the beer, and following the Insanity workout plan has helped me drop almost 2% body fat from 10% to 8%.
I was in pretty good shape before doing the Insanity workout routine as I did three rounds of P90X. Two weeks prior to starting Insanity I was able to do 15 chin ups and 12 wide grip pull ups. Both were my max numbers during the P90X Legs and Back routine and P90X Chest and Back. With the change in my eating and drinking habits for the past 60 days I am seeing big changes. Who would have thought that eating right could result in such big changes.
Any Other Workouts To Get These Insanity Results?
I mountain bike from time to time but nothing too crazy. Outside of my twice a week double-header softball games I have only been doing Insanity.
Take Any Supplements When Doing Insanity?
P90X Recovery Drink and P90X Protein Bars are sent to my house on auto ship every month. The recovery drink makes a big difference in reducing soreness and that is one thing the Insanity workout is good at. Protein bars were mostly taken every other day as a snack.
Finish In 60 Days?
No, more like 70 days. It was summer when I started doing Insanity and I play double-header softball games twice a week along with doing other outside activities like golfing. There are only so many good weather months here in Michigan. I’d rather take an additional rest day or two instead of being tired at softball.
What Did You Like The Most About The Insanity Workout?
Even though Insanity is crazy it’s still a very simple workout. It’s all about giving everything you’ve got with only what you’ve got. Try and keep up with Shaun T and everything else will take care of itself.
What Did You Like The Least About The Insanity Workout?
The second month was a bit much. Maybe one day I’ll be able to finish a workout without taking all the breaks.
Who Should Do Insanity?
If you play sports then you should do Insanity. I cannot think of a sport that does not involve endurance or strength and that is what Insanity targets. A bit more speed cruising around the base paths was noticeable to me and my teammates. There was definitely more pep in my step. This made playing the game more enjoyable.
Even though you are only using your body weight for resistance does not mean you will not get stronger. I saw and felt strength gains everywhere. Push ups and squats are your new friend while doing Insanity and those will tone up and build muscle everywhere.
Who Should Not Do Insanity?
People who are really overweight or who have knee issues or both might want to look somewhere else. There is a lot of jumping which may put stress on the knees. Overweight people can have success with Insanity but it may take longer. A common thing I heard was it was too much too soon and its best to start elsewhere unless you have an athletic background.
What Comes With The Insanity Workout?
Disc 1 – Dig Deeper & Fit Test – Shaun T see’s what you are made of.
Disc 2 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit – Lower body plyo and cardio.
Disc 3 – Cardio Power & Resistance – Strength training moves.
Disc 4 – Cardio Recovery – Shaun T goes easy on you once a week.
Disc 5 – Pure Cardio & Abs – This nonstop cardio workout is extreme.
Disc 6 – Cardio Abs – Explosive cardio and core moves.
Disc 7 – Core Cardio & Balance – Recovery week workout.
Disc 8 – Max Interval Circuit – The most intense interval circuit ever.
Disc 9 – Max Interval Plyo – Push your legs ’til they beg for mercy.
Disc 10 – Max Cardio Conditioning & Abs – Push your cardio limits.
Insanity Workout Elite Nutrition Plan
Insanity Workout Fitness Guide
Insanity Workout Fit Test Tracker
FREE Online Support Tools
The Insanity Workout DVDs Have A Warning Label
“We don’t just call it INSANITY because these workouts are intense. We call it INSANITY because in 60 days, you’re going to get results that are simply crazy. But don’t open this box thinking you can pretend your way through this. We need you to be prepared to DIG DEEPER than ever before. Get ready for a transformation unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. This is INSANITY.”
Translation: You might puke.
I really like the art work that Beachbody has put into the Insanity cover.
What impresses me the most with all of the Insanity Workout packaging is its hard cover book. Gives it a real professional look and feel to it. Has that “new book smell” too. Have a feeling Beachbody put in the extra work to help limit the amount of frauds that can be produced. I can’t see somebody putting the time and effort into trying to copy a hard cover book like this. If somebody is trying to sell you Insanity Workout DVDs that do not come in a hard cover book then you’re scam alert should be going off. Nice work Beachbody. Very impressive.
The Insanity Workout Calendar is simple and well put together. Very easy to follow.
The Insanity Elite Nutrition Plan is very informative. After I read through it I think I am going to be able to give it a better shot than the P90X 3 Phase Nutrition Plan. That guide seemed to have too many ingredients. The Insanity Nutrition Plan looks easy to follow and the meal plans are similar to what I already eat.
What Do You Need To Do The Insanity Workout?
One of the great things about doing the Insanity workout is you don’t need that much equipment for it. Heck, you really don’t need anything besides the Insanity Workout DVD. Shaun T teaches you how to get the most out of a piece of equipment you already have. Your body.
It doesn’t mean you absolutely do not need anything but to get to most of Insanity you could use a couple of extra things.
- Insanity Workout DVDs
- P90X Recovery Drink
- P90X Protein Bars
- Beachbody Jump Mat or Plyometrics Mat
You will find out after the Insanity Fit Test that you will be burning a ton of calories. It’s very important to be eating right but also making sure to be eating enough. There have been times where I did the Insanity Pure Cardio routine and burned over 800 calories. The Insanity meal plan will tell you what you need to eat and how many calories. It even says you may find out that you need to eat more.
Supplementation with Insanity is something you should think about due to the amount of calories you burn with Insanity. A scoop of Shakeology every morning with some fruit added in will help along with healthy snacks through out the day. Believe me when I say it felt like I was still burning tons of calories an hour after finishing a workout.
If you have hardwood floors like I do then the Beachbody Jump Mat or Plyometrics Mat will take a lot of pressure off your knees and wrists when jumping or doing push ups. Its one of those things I wish I would have bought from the get go to use with Insanity.
How Much Space Do You Need For The Insanity Workout?
If you are thinking about buying the Insanity workout but are concerned if you have enough space then I hope this picture helps.
You need enough space around you to be able to fall and not hit anything. Just saying, it might happen. Insanity tends to push people and you might be wiped out and take a tumble.
I’m about 6 foot tall and I don’t have Go-Go Gadget Arms. Most living or family rooms will have more than enough space to do the Insanity workout in.
The room I am in is 12 X 14. There is more than enough space for me to do the Insanity workout in by myself after I move our coffee table and one of our chairs into another room. My girlfriend and I can do one of the Insanity workouts in that room together even with our couch that is about 2 feet behind my head in the picture.
What If Your Feet Hurt From Doing Insanity?
A friend of mine came up to me and said his feet were killing him while doing the Insanity workout. He was excited to have lost about 20 pounds by day 45 but was having to skip days because of the pain. He isn’t the first one to have told me this. His brother who deals with Plantar Fasciitis actually told me the same thing when he was going through it.
If there is one thing that Insanity will do is challenge your feet and knees. He was dealing with a couple of the issues I have to deal with when working out at home. The only space he has available to do it in is a area with hardwood floors. The constant jumping and lateral movements during the workout put a lot of pressure on the bones in the lower body.
His brother told me he loved the concept behind the workout but wished there wasn’t so much jumping or one less day a week of leaving the ground. This way the lower body has a chance to recover and doesn’t lead to future injuries. I agree.
What Can You Do To Stop Your Feet From Hurting?
- Buy New Shoes – You would be surprised how quickly shoes get worn out. Especially when they look like they still have 6 months of life to them. I have made this mistake a number of times. I guess Im still looking for the perfect shoe.
- Do More Walking – Do you get enough steps in every day? Its important to stand up and get the body moving.
- Don’t Go From Sitting To Insanity – Its admirable you want to get your workout in after sitting at your computer for 4 hours but you’re probably stiff. Get loose doing something.
- Go Barefoot – Walking around barefoot will strengthen the bottom of the feet. Do this walking around the house. Don’t do this when doing Insanity unless on carpet.
- Workout On Carpet – If you have to move some stuff than do it.
- Workout Outside – Weather permitting of course. I did almost all of the Insanity Asylum workout on the grass. I have to because my house is small and there just isn’t the space.
- Beachbody Jump Mat – This thing has been a savior for me. I use it in almost every workout I do now. Its easy to roll up and put away along with providing just enough padding to protect my knees from being hurt. For $60 its the least you could do for your knees. Sometimes I’ll put my yoga mat under the jump mat for a little bit extra cushion.
How Long Are The Insanity Workouts?
One of the things I like about Insanity is most of the workouts are under an hour long. Shaun T developed the workouts so you are doing different dynamic moves that incorporate multiple muscle groups. This way you’re not working on just one or two muscle groups at one time but instead three or more. It’s a contrast to what is done in the P90X workout where you have an hour long workout followed by a 15 minute ab workout.
First Month Of Insanity
You do Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Cardio Power & Resistance, Cardio Recovery, and Cardio Abs. Each one of these workouts is 30 to 40 minutes long. The Cardio Abs workout is 17 minutes long and is only done after Pure Cardio three different times. Even with the additional ab workout you will still finish all of your month one workouts in under an hour and more often around 40 minutes.
Recovery Week Of Insanity
You only do the Core Cardio & Balance workout six days that week. It’s about 38 minutes long.
Month Two Of Insanity
You do Max Interval Plyo, Max Cardio Conditioning, Max Recovery, Max Interval Circuit, Cardio Abs, and Core Cardio and Balance. The “Max” workouts are about 50 minutes long. The first time you attempt them you’ll probably be saying “10 more minutes of this stuff. You’ve got to be kidding me.” Those max workouts do a lot of the same moves as in the first month but you are going for a longer time. It really is a challenge.
What really makes the Insanity workout a great program is it puts everything together in a short time period. Those times also include a warm up and cool down period.
What Order Do You Do The Insanity Workouts In?
Are you borrowing or lost your calendar from the Insanity workout and need to know what order you do the workouts in? Here are pictures of my Insanity workout calendar to show you what day to do the workouts in. Hope this helps. Make sure you create a free Beachbody account too.
Click on the “Get Fit” tab after you create the account and you’ll see where you can print off other Insanity workout sheets.
Please take a couple seconds to create a free Beachbody account before you print off or write down the workouts you’re supposed to do. You’ll see free tools to help you through the Insanity workout.
Lets Get Into The Fun Stuff Of The Insanity Workout
The first step was to take the Insanity Workout Fit Test. This was my first time taking a fit test with a Beachbody program. I did not take the P90X Fit Test when I bought it and instead went right into the workouts. After reading through the Insanity workout program and the calendar I noticed how you keep track of your results.
It’s different from P90X as you are not using weights or a pull up bar with Insanity. With it being an intense cardio workout you track your progress by taking the fit test 5 times during the 60 days. Seems simple enough. How the Fit Test works is you do 8 different exercises for a minute each doing as many reps as you can.
My First Insanity Workout Fit Test Results
Switch Kicks 125
Power Jacks 45
Power Knees 84
Globe Jumps 8
Suicide Jumps 13
Push Up Jacks 25
Low Plank Oblique 50
Here is the video I took of myself doing the Insanity Workout Fit Test. I was jumping so hard at one time that a pan fell in the kitchen. You can probably hear it along with how squeaky my wood floors are.
This was a lot tougher than what I expected. I was dripping sweat after doing the warm ups. I had to stop a couple times with each workout. After taking a look at my results I have decided that I want to increase each number by 20%. This is what I am pushing for.
My Insanity Workout Fit Test Goals Are:
Switch Kicks 150
Power Jacks 54
Power Knees 100
Power Jumps 37
Globe Jumps 10
Suicide Jumps 16
Push Up Jacks 30
Low Plank Oblique 60
The Insanity workout is looking like it is going to be a very challenging workout for the next 60 days. Hopefully all the P90X I have been doing over the past year will help me power through it.
Day 1 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit
Plyometric Cardio Circuit was tough. Shaun T is crazy. Insanity works like this. You do 4 or 5 exercises at a decent pace during a 3 minute span doing as many of them as you can. Then you get a 30 second break.
Then you repeat those same 4 or 5 exercises at a faster pace doing as many as you can followed by the 30 second break. To end it you do those same 4 0r 5 exercises as fast as you can in 3 minutes.
You do this 3 separate times throughout the workout with a 3 minute stretch after the first round and a 5 minute cool down stretch at the end.
I am in pretty good shape but had to take breaks during it. It’s really tough. Beachbody was not kidding when they said “you will be working out in a pool of your own sweat.”
Sweat was flying everywhere. While doing a punching motion some of it flung off my arm and hit Shaun T on the TV. I was slipping on the wood floors because of the sweat. I almost pulled a groin.
Oh well, this is what I signed up for. I’ll probably have to mop every day for the next 60 days.
Days 2 – 29
I did not take pictures of me or keep results since that is not how Insanity is designed. Keeping up with Shaun T is your job and that’s it. If I was to take pictures they would look like the two above. Sweaty me and sweaty floors.
Day 30 – Insanity Workout Fit Test #2
At day 30 you are required to take the second fit test and compare how you did to day one. Yes – we painted the room a lighter color in the last 30 days.
Fit Test # 1 Fit Test # 2 Fit Test Goals
Switch Kicks 125 134 150
Power Jacks 45 53 54
Power Knees 84 95 100
Power Jumps 31 38 37
Globe Jumps 8 10 10
Suicide Jumps 13 16 16
Push-Up Jacks 25 32 30
Low Plank Oblique 50 64 60
There are two very positive things that have happened here. I did not get worse at any of them for one. The other is I already hit my goals for 5 out of the 8 exercises. Did I set them too low? Is Insanity such an awesome workout program that the results came quicker? We will find out in the next 30 days when I take my last fit test. I was so close to hitting the goals for the other ones.
I have been putting in the effort with Insanity. Not only am I doing the workouts, I am also following the Insanity Elite Nutrition Plan. Doing these two has helped me drop my body fat percentage from 10% to 8% in only 30 days. That is pretty crazy. For the first time ever I can see my oblique muscles. Who knows, maybe I’ll have ripped 6 pack abs in 30 days.
Day 31 – 60
Month two of Insanity is very tough. In my eyes it’s a little overkill. Rarely did I make it through an entire workout in month one without taking a break. All of month two’s workouts are 10 to 15 minutes longer than month one. Every workout in month two starts with the word “Max” so you know what Shaun T is asking for.
At the end I did not write down or take another video of my last Fit Test either. Could have done a better job of documenting the end but my photos up above show my results.
What Does The Insanity Workout Cost?
All of the packages come with the meal plan, fitness guide, calendar, and fit test tracker. I recommend the Insanity Workout Combo Pack. If you want results with Insanity then you need to have your nutrition spot on. The meal plans show you what to eat and Shakeology simplifies at least one meal a day. I’ve been using Shakeology daily with my workouts and its made a big difference.
10 Insanity Workouts + Fast & Furious Bonus Workout
10 Insanity Workouts + 3 Bonus Workouts
MAX Interval Sports Training + Insane Abs + Upper Body Workout.
Insanity Combo Pack <—–*BEST DEAL*
10 Insanity Workouts + Fast & Furious Bonus Workout
30 Day Supply Of Shakeology
$205 ($35 savings + FREE Shipping)
10 Insanity Workout DVDs + 3 Bonus Insanity Workouts
Comes With Jump Mat & Body Fat Tester
3 Insanity Workouts
MAX Interval Sports Training + Insane Abs + Upper Body Workout.
Where Can You Buy The Insanity Workout For Cheap?
Insanity Workout = $119.85 at Beachbody Store.
Insanity Workout = $108 with Beachbody Club
Insanity Workout = $89.89 as Beachbody Coach
With the Beachbody Club membership you get 10% of all Beachbody products and you get access to Beachbody On Demand. With Beachbody On Demand you can view Insanity and every other Beachbody workout ever made. It’s a great deal especially if you want to buy supplements like Beachbody Performance or Shakeology. Costs $42 every 3 months.
As a Beachbody Coach you get 25% of all Beachbody products and can earn money by referring people to buy from you. There is a $40 sign up fee which can be waived if you buy the Insanity Challenge Pack for $205 (includes Shakeology) during sign up. Is $16 a month afterwards to keep the coach account. I’d recommend going the coach route even just for the discount.
Is The Insanity Workout A Ripoff?
Somebody fill out my contact form and sent me a message I did not expect to see. Usually its somebody just trying to get a hold of me but this one was entirely about someones disgust with the Insanity workout.
iM SORRY BUT INSANITY IS NOT WORTH 119 BUCKS, 100 BUCKS OR EVEN 50.ALL THE EXERCISES IN THE DVDS ARE ONES YOU COULD PUT TOGETHER YOURSELF JUST BY DOING AEROBICS AND THE OTHER EXERCISES ON A DAILY BASIS. THIS IS JUST N EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE TAKING A BUNCH OF WELL KNOWN EXERCISES…PUTTING THEM IN A STRING OR ROUTNIE, CALLING IT A WORKOUT, AND TRYING TO SELL IT FOR AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. PEOPLE ARE JUST STUPID ENOUGH TO PAY THE ASSHOE THE MONEY.
Its funny when people use all caps. I like to yell their response out loud when I read it back. But let’s go through the comment and see if they are onto something.
If the exercises were “well known” then why is there an obesity epidemic going on in the country right now? If these moves were “well known” then the American population would know that they need to be doing them. If people could “put together” moves on their own then why don’t they? If it was “well known” that you need to workout on a daily basis to stay in shape then when don’t people do it?
The price issue is debatable as most of the cost involved with the dvds has to deal with IP rights. Something I’m guessing which would bring the price down to $50 if Beachbody chose not to protect their intellectual property. But why are people “just stupid enough” to fork out the $120 to buy it?
I’m not sure if this person has ever done the Insanity workout but while some of the moves are things I’ve done before (pushups, jumping) I’d say over 90% was new to me before starting. And I’m somebody who did workout five days a week. I had never done a HIIT program before. So if I never heard of the HIIT routine before than how am I ever going to know what to do.
Yes, I could have done hours of research into HIIT moves, written them down, and then researched how to make a workout program successful over a 60 day period. But for $120 I could have all of that packaged and sent to me in an easy to follow plan. Otherwise I probably would (not) have spent at least 20 hours making up some crap routine. Why do all of that when I could pull out the credit card and buy something that has worked for tens of thousands of people along with getting a 60 day money back guarantee? The biggest problem with this persons comment is they assume too much.
Why The Insanity Workout Is NOT A Ripoff
You get so much for just $120. The biggest things that come to mind are an education in those new moves along with what a HIIT program is. The cast members and Shaun T are all at different levels of fitness so there is somebody you can try to keep up with. This really helps with the motivation.
But the biggest reason why the Insanity workout is not a rip off is it’s a challenge. I don’t care how in shape you are. The Insanity workout is tough. Even Shaun T has to take breaks. There are very few people who can get through an entire workout with good form and with not throwing up. For $120 you can have a challenging workout ready to go everyday with your only goal being to finish it.
It might take you a year (6 rounds) or 6 months (3 rounds) to be able to do it all with no breaks. And when you can’t get anymore out of it you take a break. Put it on the shelf for 6 months and get at it again. You get a lifetime of challenging and instructed workouts to do for $120. That type of training would probably cost around $1000 a year at a gym with membership fees and class costs.
I’m sure I could think of a couple more reasons to explain to this person why the Insanity workout is not a ripoff but I think these do enough justice. Insanity is no joke. There is a reason why professional athletes and thousands of other people don’t mind forking out the $120. It’s because it works.
The Insanity workout is no joke. Its the sort of workout you do when you need to work on your overall cardio, strength, and in some cases when you need an attitude adjustment. Insanity challenged me in ways that I can only compare to when I was playing sports in my teens and would have 90 minute practices where all we did was run and play.
We were playing so it was fun but we were getting in shape. Thats how I feel about Insanity. Insanity brings it all together and doesn’t let you favor a particular body part. Everything gets challenged.
Moving forward I see myself doing more rounds of Insanity in the future along with hybrid workout programs. Definitely making it my go to workout program when traveling as there is no equipment needed.
I could go on and on about the Insanity workout and how much I liked it but Ill end here with letting you know just that, I liked it…a lot.
If you have questions about Insanity feel free to leave one below.