If you have seen the infomercial, you know the Insanity workout program from Beachbody claims it might just be the hardest workout ever put on DVD. I have tried workouts like Tae Bo and P90X, and I can attest, Insanity is as hard as it looks and the commercial says it is. I put together the following review to give my honest option to anyone thinking about giving this program a try.
The Insanity workout is a 60 day, extreme cardio conditioning program and it will push you to the max, and will get you in the best shape of your life. The program burns calories like nothing I have ever seen before, but I would not recommend it to everyone looking to loose weight. I do not feel it is ideal for anyone new to fitness or at a beginner exercise level. The workouts are all centered around cardio, plyometric, and body weight exercises. Some people may like that because they will not have to purchase any additional equipment, and some people may not like that because it is not the best option for putting on serious muscle mass.
Insanity is broken into two 30 day phases. Each phase has four weeks of intense workouts and one, slightly less intense recovery week. On average the workouts last about 35-40 minutes for the first phase and 55-60 minutes for the second phase.
Like all of Beachbody’s workout programs, the nutrition guide is a core component and key to anyones’ success with the program. The nutrition guide has you look at food as a way to fuel your body through these workouts and keep you energized throughout the day which is spot on. Since the workouts are interval based you will be burning calories 24/7 like an efficient machine. The nutrition guide recommends five to six small meals a day, each consisting of about 300 to 400 calories. The guide also presents daily meal plan and recipes to follow if you would like. Like all good nutrition plans it is more about making healthy choices rather than starving yourself and feeding yourself with junk.
Another key to the success many people have with Beachbody programs like Insanity is their online community and support system. I have never seen such a strong, encouraging community and the online forums are filled with expert advise, and people to keep you accountable to your results and who also offer constant support, motivation, and guidance.
This is the first Shaun T. program I have tried and after watching these video you will be amazed at what great shape he is in. Making it through the workouts are extremely tough. I will admit I was pretty intimidated when I first began working out to the videos and watching all these super-fit people taking breaks and barely able to keep up. The fact that Shaun actually coaches and instructs while doing the workouts is a testament to the fantastic shape he is in. The good news is as you progress through the program it does get easier and you will feel an elevated sense of accomplishment.