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I actually feel this amazing sense of accomplishment everytime I get done a workout. Right now I run about 10 miles a week and need more of a challenge to my muscles and core. So should you spend something above one hundred dollars in order to get this dvd workouts set? I will keep that in mind and infact will find some massage today itself. Or does this mess with the result I am seeking? Or you can get it via Beachbody On Demand.
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Thanks again, and please drop a line or two again to inform us about your progress as well as maybe some other awesome advice. Hi there, I came across this workout on Australian Infomercial last week and have been thinking about trying this out.
Your review has been SO helpful, so firstly wanted to say thanks. Also helpful, were the comments and your answers, as I was also concerned about the push ups comment you made, but answered above.
I weight train at the gym about 3 days a week and after a conversation with a trainer about my Vegetarian diet, have been drinking 2 protein shakes a day 3 on training days , as an attempt to up my protein intake. I have always wanted a toned body and have felt my late start and diet, has affected the possibility of getting real results. So, my concern is about the diet needed for this workout, and as a Vegetarian, was wondering if this would affect my ability to do this workout?
Hi there Irene You are about to make the right choice with the Insanity workout as to cement the change in lifestyle for good. You can have a lot of protein even with vegetarian, just try and find food rich with protein. You already have nuts, almonds, peas, beans, sweetcorn, watercress 3 grams of protein per grams serving … try and read about Shakeology as well. I finished first month of the insanity program. I definitely see results on the scale. But my problem is that every morning I am really sore and not fully recovered.
This affects on the workout I am doing that day. I am following the diet plan quite properly and also drinking whey protien and casein night time protien. Infact also taking fish oil and multivitamin. First let me say congrats. Recovery wise you would try more rest. Go to bed earlier, since otherwise you are putting your body through additional stress.
You can also try massage, but more rest itself would suffice. Though remember that this is the elite of fitness, sometimes it just hurts. Hi Slavko, Sorry, never got change to thank you. I will keep that in mind and infact will find some massage today itself.
I think I am getting better at recovery. Also I have trouble sleeping since i had gained tons of weight. Although its getting better i am trying each and every possible thing to get the best sleep I can.
Currently I am getting like hrs only. Ill work on it too. Thanks again and its great what you do. I am a fan of this site and come here often to read reviews even though m in the last week of Insanity.
You said gaining weight though. Did you mean more muscle? And then a protein shake after I workout.. How do you think that sounds. Hi Chris Glad hearing about your progress. As for your diet, you are doing great already.
I personally would try and replace the dried fruit with some fresh one, since a lot less carbs that way, as well as way more vitamins and minerals.
Also you will need that water from fruits to keep you hydrated. Another thing I would add is cabbage, since containing I3C it will help you melt the fat.
Everything else looks just great. Also try and give yourself a day in the week usually Sunday where you can eat whatever you like. It helps the hormone balance, as well as gives you some additional energy while making you less cranky. Hi Slavko, Dan here.
I started month 2 fourth day tomorrow and boy is it hard!! Always had a strong upper body but core and legs were horrible! I eat 5 meals at cal each. Should I add result and recovery and eat more? My ultimate goal is lbs?
And I def find myself answering and talking to Shaun lol I loved that you said that!! Hi Dan Glad hearing about your results so far. This is a life changer man. Try eating more, but stick to fruits and vegetables. Drink more water too. Month two just started, you will get used to it a after a while.
Try adding two or three snacks where you eat an apple or two. It should give you some more energy. The thing is to not let yourself feel hungry.
Keep digging, you are so close to your goal. You will find that after Insanity it gets easier to maintain that weight and even lose some without any particular effort. Yes please go ahead and add the keeping the core tight tip to your guide.
Would be very happy if it helps anyone out with their insanity workout. Hi David I too had a problem with my knee but nothing that serious. I was doing nothing for a month before I started the Insanity. After the first couple of days I felt the pain in my knee again, and at the time I was uncertain whether I will continue with the Insanity.
The pain disappeared after the first week though, and my guess is that it was due to the muscles surrounding the knee getting stronger and taking the whole stress.
I will advice you to start slowly and see how things turn out. I was very surprised that I actually got better, but you may not have the luck. Six months does sound like a lot though. Were you doing some demanding physical activity recently.
Did you test yourself as for how much you can stress the knees? Been looking at stuff I can get from a local health shop franchise. Hi Michael It looks OK to me. This time my second time doing Insanity- see this post too http: I just eat more fruits and vegetables, and with that I cover the carbs part.
Hi Nina Great for considering the Insanity: This program is focusing more on weight loss and getting that ripped look muscle definition before anything else. You gain muscle, yes, but nothing too bulk. Go and see the girls from the videos, I think that sums it up. Your review was awesome and answered many of my questions about what to expect from the program. Anyways, my question is whether or not you are still seeing gains now that you are doing insanity a second time?
Similar to the young lady that commented earlier, I will be doing insanity workout in the morning along with some combat sports training in the evening. After I finish a first time I want to do it again to stay in tip top shape.
My fitness goals are to increase my endurance, strength and overall fitness to the next level. I want my opponents to be overwhelmed with a good mix of technique and fitness. Training for combat sports is similar to this max interval training since I train for multiple three minute rounds with a short rest in between rounds.
I feel insanity is the answer for my training goals because it seems to help you fight against hitting a plateau and pushes you past your limits.
If adrenaline and challenge is what you are after, you will have plenty of both here. Speed is at an entirely different level. You will be amazed by how much control over your movements this program grants you. Have a great day! I would really love to hear about the performance part.
Doing it the second time results are here too. I do have a specific problem and would like to know if I am the only one. I am in the second week of month 1 of Insanity. I do not follow the nutritional plan, I am trying to do my own healthy meal plan. The problem I am facing is that I am not able to eat the amount of calories I am suppoosed to.
For example, I am supposed to eat around calories a day, but in the evening I still have left. I eat often, small portions. I am just not hungry, do I need to force myself to eat all that calories to fulfill the needs of my body or is it ok to eat less? Thank you for your answer. Hi Petra You should be happy: Your body not requiring that much food, you actually have a better start even there. Some people convert energy harder others do it easier.
Sometimes it is about the genes and every individual is different. By all means eat as much as you feel is enough. Try eating healthy as to supply the body with the right amount of nutrients.
Another thing, I know that you recommend to do Insanity workout and only Insanity: I am trying to avoid the workout at least on my game days. Or do you think it is just not possible to get the same results? You are welcome Petra. Have a court right next to my house, so I played more than I can recall. As for the results, I think you will not see a huge difference, though there will be less of them if skipping workouts.
It also depends on the intensity of your play. If your goal is to be in great shape, and you are not in a hurry, then you can stretch the workouts into more than two months, while switching between Insanity and basketball from day to day.
There are a lot of people doing some mix between Insanity and P90X or Insanity and other sports and exercises in the gym.
If you find something fulfilling as you do with basketball then my advice is to switch occasionally. You will have more fun and overall a great experience. I may just do the same next month, since my friends are trying to persuade me to join them in swimming sessions.
Take care Petra, and drop a line from time to time. You are always welcomed: As you said, I will just stretch the 60 day program to about 90 days with basketball in between.
I will let you know how it went. I keep pausing every min and rest to catch my breath. Thanks for the honest and thorough review. I just started the Insanity workout yesterday. Being that active, I suspect that you are about to enjoy the program. Good luck Michelle and have fun.
Hi slavko, Thanks of your great review of insanity workout. I get 7 hrs sleep, have 4 meals including my whey protein. Just try and add in some additional sleep, maybe another meal, and see if you can limit all the other physical activities for now. Will probably order it tonight! Is it okay to workout eve if you are still sore from the day before? Im assuming yes, but figured I would get your input. Foods like nuts and almonds also give a great substitute for protein shakes. They are great for snacks too.
As for the second question, here is the thing… Insanity is focused more on weight loss and muscle definition, hence less muscle gain. There is still a lot though. Regarding the lack of muscle recovery- it perfectly fits into this equation. Intense weight loss, muscles defined more than with any other workout, muscle gain not that much due to the lack of rest. You will for sure see a lot of muscle gain in the squads and pecs, however the abs are just going to be more defined, not a lot of gain there.
Hi Slavko, Your review was very insightful and motivating. My name is Zoe and I am 39 years old. Was a professional tennis player and a water ski champion.
Have been doing military fitness for many years and practicing Bikram yoga for over 12 years. A year ago, I had a spine surgery lumbar discectomy which was probably the best thing that ever happened to me!!
I resumed all of my activities after the 3rd month since my surgery. Would you think I am a good candidate for the Insanity workout? Also, because I live in between two cities, I travel extensively.
Being a fitness junkie you are about to love this one: Hate it too from time to time, as it will push you to the limits… As for whether is this ideal for you… You can try and see.
Good thing are the balance exercises and the yoga poses which, in my opinion, will definitely improve your posture and strengthen the muscles supporting your spine. Traveling between two cities this is even better than any other option.
You just put the CD, put the shorts and sneakers and push play. It is time efficient more than anything else. Hey thanks for your quick response to my other comment! I do have another question though, have you heard of insanity the asylum? Any plans on trying it? Good thing it only lasts for a month. Probably gonna try it somewhere after January. I have 3 weeks of Insanity left. I have just had a week off it, then in 2 weeks time I go away again for a week. Do I carry on doing it as and when I can until I complete, or shall I do something else for 2 weeks then start month 2 again when I get back?
If you are not in some hurry with results you can really tailor the schedule according to your taste. It will deliver either way. I too had missed couple of days when I did it the first time, and thought about adding additional workouts into one day. That would have been stupid I suppose. Instead I continued and added those two or three days after the program ended.
Many thanks for the brilliant and unbiased review of the Insanity workout. It was so good I read it twice. Should I do extra workouts at the end of the week sundays or should I take a day off instead to recover the body? Hi Sal My pleasure. As for the first question- My advice would be to take the rest. The program is very intense, and it is designed so that your body can take enough stress and then rest for one day. Even that is too much as you can see.
Give the muscles time to recuperate and grow. As for the second question- I guess you are referring to repeating the whole program. If so, then I would advice you to take some rest first. Maybe even visit a doctor as to see how your body is doing… to make sure you can go for it again right after one week. My advice would be to try doing some of the exercises after one week of total rest. Make a hybrid routine, mostly cardio recovery and balance exercises, and then after two weeks of completing the program for the first time, go for it again.
I am going to order this program. I never really had trouble with my weight until after college. I guess I have become so frustrated about not loosing weight that I kind of just gave up. I have been eating breakfast at about 7: I guess I need to know if this will interfere with results or not. Thank you so much for an honest review.
It will definitely change the way you look at fitness. As far as loosing weight goes, you will be able to notice decent results right away- even after the first week. Just try to squeeze some fruit here and there as an additional snack, and you are all set.
Also try to make your meals protein centered and add some healthy fats into your diet. The rest is just being determined to push the play button each and every day. The great thing is that you played sports and the fact that you love them. This will help a LOT. I recently became a fitness coach, and there is a huge difference between those in my class that played some sport and those who never tried any physical activity whatsoever.
This partially solved my dilemma when one girl in the class who was slightly overweight was able to commit harder than the rest who were already in pretty decent shape. The thing is she played tennis when she was younger.
So I guess that being into sports helps quite a lot. My husband and I will be starting insanity Monday and we are super excited. Beating hubby is also a good motivation I will not let him complete the program with out me … So here goes nothing Marie.
Recently, I started coaching a group of ten, and I really find it a lot more interesting than doing it alone. Of course sometimes it is also fun to lock yourself up and push pass your limits leave the fitness nerd alone: As for worrying over whether being the athletic type matters, tell you what- insanity will make you the athletic type: I noticed this with my brother.
He asked me to give him the set as to try how it goes. He never finished it, but being the least athletic it is peculiar as for how he started going to the gym, became more agile, and recently decided to join the fitness class that I coach.
In a way, at least partially, Insanity made him the athletic type. Him and all the others from my group who were, quite honestly, hitherto couch potatoes. If you consume the calories needed a day does it matter what you eat long as the calories add up, or should it just be the proteins carbs and fats that add up to the calories! Also is the recovery drink really needed or is chocolate milk ok?
Hi Tia, Following the diet plan which is included in the Insanity program may sometimes, quite honestly, be really hard. Therefore, I would recommend only trying to eat as much of fruit and vegetables as you can, and try to include as much lean protein as possible. Try to add some meat and slightly detach from carbs. Then for the rest of the program, just try to eat more fruits and veggies and add even more protein mostly meat and fish- preferably roasted.
The recovery drink is a plus, but you can go even without it. After each workout see if you can consume some chocolate milk or a spoon or two of honey. Oh, it is also great to have one day in the week Sunday comes as the most logical choice when you can eat whatever that you want, in whatever quantity you find pleasing: I sneaked peaked on some workouts of the second month, Boy does that look hard: Any tips on getting threw that month? Congrats Med for the progress!!!
Also add some more protein and pay an even closer eye to hydration. Remember, you are training like a professional athlete, so rest and take care of your body like one too. This is such a great review! I am a 17 year old girl and I have been wanting to buy this program for quite some time now. About a year ago, I went on a diet and went from lbs to lbs in three months, but I didnt lose all the body fat around my abdoment, back, and legs.
I have always been physically active I was in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years, playyed soccer for 5 years, and played varsity volley ball during my senior year this year but I know that Insanity will push the limit of my limit. I ordered Insanity immediately after reading this review, and I cant wait to get it in the mail! I have always had the will power and strength to push myself to physical activity, but, like you said, this is some crazy stuff.
In other words, how can I keep myself from slacking off? Hi Victoria The fact that you are excited about the workouts says quite enough in terms of whether or not you will be committed. With Insanity being as hard as it is, the mental struggle will be accompanied by muscle soreness and feeling fatigue the first couple of days. Just get through the first week or two, and then it gets quite addictive.
I know there is a calorie equation that I can set up to maintain my weight. But, my question is; Do you think it will shrink my legs in butt? Or will it tone?? It is all toning if you ask me. Eating the right amount of protein ensures muscle building instead of muscle loss. The fat will get melted away. Not that big in fact. The thing is, muscle building happens under certain circumstances, the ideal of which are huge stress to the muscle preferably one muscle group one time per week, like bodybuilders do , a LOT of protein and have in mind that grams of chicken a day is not even close , sleep somewhere in the range of 7 to 8 and a half hours, a lot of hydration, vitamins, minerals….
Some people do all of this and still find it hard to add some lean muscle. And they are at it for years. So my point being- you will get fat loss, hence muscle definition. Some muscle gain too, but all in the lines of aesthetic looks. Nothing excessive if you ask me. For guys it is almost the same, with of course more muscle added. The Insanity workout will change you day after day, so you will see immediately whether you like the results or not. Hint- you will ;.
Hi there, Thanks for the comprehensive review. I found it while I was searching for insanity workout results. I am on my recovery week. My question is I have only lost 3 pounds so far. Will I lose more? I have seen results. My last 2 babies were c sections. I lost the baby weight.
Started doing p90 and toned up with p90x. That was 2 years ago. My stomach was toned and flat then too. I would just like my stomach to get back to being flat again.
I eat well and count my calories too. I eat a day. My question is when is there a much more visible difference with abs? Is this what I should expect? Again thanks for the review. I actually feel this amazing sense of accomplishment everytime I get done a workout. Seeing a fellow Insanity fanatic around makes my day: Well done too Marie.
Enjoy your recovery week, give yourself the credit, and get ready for something even more bananas as you start the second month. I guess I have to say the second month too, since the workouts are getting a lot harder, the overall amount of calories spent increases, you simply add more days to the equation of working out and eating right.
As I stated in the review too- you will notice results even after the two months. In the sense of muscles being there and consuming more calories even while sitting down and watching TV.
And it is done as a second workout in the day, so…. The shirt is a powerful motivator. It gives this amazing sense of accomplishment- to be given a recognition for what only selected few have endured and are able to brag about. For me at least, it transformed not only my body, but my take on fitness, my physical ability which amazes me day after day, my attitude among other things. Would love to hear how are things going after a while.
I have been doing cardio all my life and only started strength training about 3 months to get stronger and leaner. However, currently I am lifting weights only with zero cardio, which is why I really want to get some cardio into my workout routine.
My questions is, will all my efforts trying to build strength reduce if i stop doing weights for 2 months and focus only on the insanity workout? I am female, 5ft, lbs. My fitness goals are to become stronger and lean with some muscle definition. My point being- almost no one here asked about insanity from a performance point of view. They all want to know about the lose-fat vertical which albeit being important, is not the cornerstone of fitness.
My take is that we make our body to perform better, to feel better, to go beyond what it was used to, and the looks come almost as a side result. Like Shaun T says in the Insanity Asylum infomercial: I too integrate some weight lifting after an Insanity session once or twice per week, but I keep it minimal exercises with dumbbells and some ab work on days when the core is not that engaged, all in the total of 10 or less minutes.
Coaching a group in fitness as of recently, I discovered that the Insanity workout builds strength and performance like nothing of the like. I transformed couch potatoes in fitness machines.
They are still not even aware of their strength. This was brought to a test when a friend of mine who goes far too often in the gym , underestimating Insanity, challenged me that he can actually do more push-ups, squats, sit-ups… Boy oh boy was he wrong: You will feel Insanity building up your strength, but on some occasions you will also feel worn out.
This is due mainly to the repetitiveness and targeting almost every muscle group every day. It is also due to the excessive effort it will sometimes take to finish the workouts. As for the other question on whether you will see muscle definition or not, you will get shredded: Just follow the eating pattern, which is mainly more protein and healthy fats and eating more times per day.
Take care, and feel free to ask more questions if you have them Good luck with the program: There is a much healthier, thinner, and MUCH more physically fit girl in me dying to get out! Best, most thorough one I have read so far! As much as I think that the review has a ton of information, it gets even better here in the comment section. Real questions and problems being answered or at least I try. Insanity really transformed my life too. Albeit being skeptical at the very beginning, I quickly saw the difference in quality of life.
Furthermore, this workout introduced me to guys like Tony Horton and other fitness advocates that made me a fitness aficionado for life. There is much more to it than just what we see at first sight. I remember coming across your review in the beginning of my decision to do insanity, and i was hooked!
Thanks for the awesome reviews! It offers so much when you think about it. As Tony Horton said about P90X, and this holds true for Insanity as well, it as an indoor program designed for the outdoor world.
My point being- not only does it improve your looks and give you the ripped body, but it also allows you to move like never before; be flexible, agile, have a lot of muscle power and endurance. This opens quite a lot of doors in terms of how diverse and adventurous your lifestyle can now be. Insanity introduced me to fitness in its purest form. Now I became a lifetime advocate of the same. As of recently I became a fitness coach as well, and only by looking back can I really see how Insanity influenced my life.
And having the energy I feel today, the looks, the ability to perform better both physically, as well as emotionally and mentally being there by default, I recommend this program to anybody. I am thinking about starting Insanity. Right now I run about 10 miles a week and need more of a challenge to my muscles and core. However, I love running so much and being outdoors — would I have to give it up for 60 days?
What is your advice? I had the same problem when I started doing insanity! I was worried that I would lose my endurance from not running, but I was so very wrong — insanity ups your endurance so much that you can discontinue running for the 60 days and just focus all your energy into this program. I would give it up for 60 days and come back to it as soon as you finish the program.
Pre-insanity, my mile time was at about 8 minutes, and afterwards, I was hitting a 6: What Jessica says is true. Insanity will up your game. After finishing Insanity, and without any particular training, I managed to run the 5k in around 21 minutes.
But what concerns me the most is the constant stress you will be putting your ankles under. Insanity involves a lot of jumping, and running might wear down your ankles even further more. The other thing that I point out to is the nature of the cardio involved in Insanity, and the one associated with running- the first is high intensity cardio with max interval training, whereas the second is low to moderate cardio at best. When I tried them separately I never had any problems whatsoever, but after trying them both two days in a row I sensed a slight discomfort in my chest.
Hi Sarah, Running is a great cardio exercise. Giving it up would mean, for the average outdoor junkie at least, a great sacrifice. Here is the thing though- you can exchange one of the more cardio oriented days from Insanity with running, and that way still be able to both witness great results, as well as enjoy your thing.
Insanity is designed to last for two months, and be hard as hell. What have you learned here today? How can I best help you produce the results you are looking for?
Hi, I'm on recovery week, which is still more intense than i thought it would be! Thanks for the calendar. Insanity is my favorite workout of all time. Everyone should own a copy, seriously. Be sure you check out a wealth of info on the subject in this article […]. Be sure you check out more info on how to trade bodyfat for abs as a […]. Essentials 21 DF Extreme: Ultimate 21 DF Extreme: Excellent, I shall approach it like month 1 and give it my best shot!
April 6, at 1: Check Out These Tips! Thanks for your help! I recommend tracking your macronutrients and eating healthy foods that you enjoy. I would love to get to and just be healthier. Do you think this is a realistic amount of weight i could lose in 10 weeks???? I have team members that lose that in weeks. Everyone is different, but if you stick to the nutrition plan Whats the main reason you want to get down to ?
Snacking has always been tough for me too! Check out my p90x3 diet here and see what I eat for snacks: Hi Todd, I just got the T and going to start it today. I guess my concern is that i'm 5'5 at lbs, do you think my body will lose to much weight since i'm already thin? My goal is to get a lean toned body.
Does anybody can explain to me how works gamma schedule? Should I make double everyday or only Friday? I can't get it! I love weights but only 25 minutes is so nice the thing that's killing me though is such the pure l low calorie diet I've tried your and the but I'm way too hungry the next day any advice to help with that?? How long have you been doing or ? I keep trying every day but ill fail usually day two or three than restart and keep trying I have no problem doing the workouts but I feel its pointless to continue if I can't be dedicated with my nutrition.
Is it a lack of planning possibly? You can do well if you stick to normal portion sizes and a good balance of natural fats, proteins, and complex carbs. The problem is, most people arent educated enough to know how to eat that way and TRACKING your nutrition is a great way to educate yourself on how to become an intuitive eater eventually.