Occasionally I step into the past and update posts when things or me changes. And thats what I’m going to do with my review of the Insanity workout.
When I finished my first round of Insanity in 2009 I published this post. At the time I was 29 years old. Fast forward to 2018 and I’m 37.
I decided to keep most of my original post together as I journaled much of it. This way if you decide to do 60 days of Insanity you will have an idea what to expect.
Since 2009 I have not done another round of Insanity. From time to time I will do the first 30 days or pick specific Insanity workouts to mix in with a hybrid workout.
I do not know if I’ll do another 60 days of Insanity again but if I do I’ll be sure to update it here.
Going back to 2009 and after watching the Insanity infomercial I knew it was going to be much different than P90X which I had just done for a year straight.
And with all of my reviews I like to post my before and after photos first as I am sure you already have an idea of what the Insanity workout is about and are just looking to see results from people who have done it. All of the nitty gritty detail stuff is below the pictures. So here you go.
The changes I see are subtle. My front photo tells me I am leaner. Middle photo backs that up as the bottom of my belly is in. Back photo shows more definition and my arms look a little bigger.
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 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.
It took me 70 days to finish the Insanity workout. 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.
I used the P90X Recovery Drink after every workout and typically had a P90X Protein Bar everyday too. Both were sent to my house on auto-ship every month and I’m guessing they helped out.
You burn so many calories doing Insanity. Sweat is flying everywhere and your heart rate stays elevated for a good 30 minutes after each workout. It almost didn’t matter what I ate as I burnt through the calories so fast.
Even with the Insanity workout being a workout where you only use your body weight for resistance didn’t mean I didn’t put on muscle. I put on a lot. Particularly…everywhere. I’m not joking.
Speed, agility, and flexibility noticeably improved which says something as i was in very good shape already from P90X. My biggest takeaways from doing Insanity after P90X is it filled in the gaps that P90X could not hit.
Theres not much more to say about the Insanity workout besides it being awesome.
And after saying that I’m going to turn things over to the bits and pieces of the Insanity workout plus my journal.
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.
|Insanity Fit Test Results #1|
|Push Up Jacks||25|
|Low Plank Oblique||50|
I was jumping so hard at one point doing the Fit Test 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 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.
|Insanity Fit Test Goals|
|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. Lets get started.
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.”
Look at how red my face is. I don’t think my face got that red when I did the Detroit Marathon a couple of years ago. My girlfriend said it looks like I took a bath in K-Y Jelly. Gross.
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.
Day 16 – Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
Just gross. Sweat was all over the place. Skin was glistening. Cats were trying to lick me. Hit the TV with sweat. All in an air conditioned house.
Took a picture after Pure Cardio and am already starting to see definition in my abs these insane workouts. Looking trimer.
**I did not take many pictures or keep results in the first month 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 three above. Sweaty me and sweaty floors.
Day 30 – Insanity 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||Goals|
|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 Is It
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.
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
Results vary from one person to the next but these are the top ones. Beyond just trying to stay in shape to look good and live a healthy life the Insanity workout will improve your athletic performance. Many of the exercises directly relate to many moves done on any athletic field. Who doesn’t want to be faster, stronger, and leaner? You won’t get bulky doing the Insanity workout as you’re not lifting heavy weights. Picture yourself having “pound for pound” strength.
Like 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.
Like 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 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 Do You Need
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.
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 Is Needed 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 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.
The best thing you can do to prevent injury when doing Insanity is to practice good form. This way there will be less force applied to your knees, ankles, and the rest of your body as your muscles are now picking up the slack. I made that mistake the first time through Insanity. You get so focused on trying to keep up with Shaun T that you forget to pay attention to what you’re doing. When you go slower and learn the moves it forces you to do it correctly. As your strength builds up so will the speed.
How Long Are Insanity Workouts?
One thing I liked 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.
Are you borrowing or lost your calendar from the Insanity workout and need to know what order you do the Insanity 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.
Its 2018 people. Who buys DVDs anymore? What you want to do is stream the Insanity workout. And how you do that is with a Beachbody On Demand Membership.
This is by far the best way to do Insanity now. Beachbody even gives you a 14 day free trail. After the 14 days are up you will have to decide if you want to pay $40 every quarter, $60 for six months, or $99 for the year.
You could just do the quarterly membership and finish all 60 days of Insanity and cancel your membership. Than renew when you want to do another round.
Your Beachbody On Demand membership includes all Beachbody workouts. Not just Insanity.
One of the benefits of the Beachbody On Demand membership is the ability to view the Insanity workout offline with a special access key. As long as you have an active membership you can download the Insanity workout and use your encryption key.
If you want to go backwards in time than…
Buy Insanity Workout
There are a couple different Insanity workout dvd packages to choose from still in 2018. If you would like to buy the Insanity workout for cheap than you have to sign up as Beachbody Coach like I did first.
With your coach account you get a 25% discount on all Beachbody products. It really makes a difference if you buy Shakeology or the Beachbody supplements.
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Insanity Deluxe Workouts – Discontinued
3 Insanity Workouts
MAX Interval Sports Training + Insane Abs + Upper Body Workout.
Insanity Deluxe Package – Discontinued
What Comes With The Insanity Workout?
Everything that is listed below still comes with the Insanity DVD package if you really want to buy it. Beachbody packages it the same way in 2018 as the way mine was in 2009 when I bought it.
Otherwise you could do yourself a solid and get a Beachbody On Demand membership and access everything below online whenever you want.
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.
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.
The Insanity Elite Nutrition Plan is very informative and easy to follow.
Insanity Deluxe Workouts
- Max Interval Sports Training – A very hard hour long workout.
- Insane Abs – Would you guess that this ab workout is insane?
- Upper Body – You follow Shaun T around a gym lifting weights.
I did all of the deluxe workouts a couple of times but never included them into my regular routine or even used them in a hybrid plan. Shaun T talked a lot more through these workouts and they didn’t have the crisp pace of the regular Insanity workouts. I kind of forgot about them.
Is The Insanity Workout A Ripoff?
Back in 2011 somebody filled 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.
**Good news. Its 2018 and you can view the Insanity workout for 90 days for $40 with a Beachbody On Demand membership.
Beachbody On Demand is now a thing. You can view Insanity and every other Beachbody workout online whenever you want for $99 a year ($8.33 a month).
Beachbody does make you pay for it up front. If you are not happy with it within 30 days they will refund your money. They also offer a 6 month option for $60 or a free 30 day trial.
With your Beachbody On Demand subscription you have the ability to download the Insanity workout to your phone, laptop, computer, etc and view it offline.
The only catch is you have to keep your subscription active as each file has an encryption key which recognizes if your active or not. Technically speaking, you can download Insanity but you still have to pay. Beachbody does not offer a torrent for the Insanity workout. You can however view it online with your Beachbody On Demand subscription.
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.
With it being 2018 now I am not sure if I will be doing anymore rounds of Insanity. I am a bit bulkier from doing Body Beast the past couple of years and I don’t know how well my knees would hold up to it. I did do two weeks of it last summer and it was just like how I remember. Sweat was flying everywhere and it gave me a ton of energy. I just can’t push as hard as I used to.
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. Its still in my top three workout programs of all time.
If you have questions about Insanity feel free to leave one below.