24 February 2013
I didn't want to review Insanity on day 1, as many did, and preferred to wait for the 2nd fit test results before writing a review (which I will update after every fit test).
skip the next part if you want to read directly about Insanity, it's just an introductory part
I am 30, 1m77, 79kg, moderately fit, but a bit overweight.
I never did any serious workout before turning 26 or 27, then I started doing cardio+weight lifting in the gym, twice a week, plus a weekly soccer game with friends, and also paying attention to nutrition (protein shake, better diet, etc.)
I very quickly got good results in 6 months or so (down to 72kg at some point!), that I unfortunately didn't keep, due to some injuries, holidays, and laziness.
After that, I went once a week to the gym whenever I wasn't too lazy.
fast forward to october 2012 when I decided enough is enough and went to the gym 3 times a week for a 1h class of Body Attack.
I really liked it, it was nice to work out in a group with a teacher (although it has some cons, like when somebody farts in the room :-P)
I could hardly complete it the 1st time but I improved dramatically after 3 classes.
However, it turned out to not be intense enough for me (or maybe I should have mixed it with Body Pump), as I stopped feeling any improvement in cardio, and there was almost none in other areas, such as lunges, where I always struggled.
I did this for 3 months, then we had 2 weeks holidays overseas before moving to a new area that is far from the fitness club, and with all the stress and the unpacking, I didn't really work out.
I was disgusted by myself, and going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week was not an option my wife would have been happy with, seeing that commuting alone would have taken 1 hour.
Insanity was just perfect for me to try: minimal equipment, home workout, short (45 to 60mn) and the promise of amazing results.
I knew I was not as fit as 2 months ago but I still thought I was fit enough for it, and the fit test was... humbling.
I didn't do badly on the first 2 tests (there are 8) and was beginning to think that I was fit and all, in my mind I was winning this :D
but then it all went downhill :-S
The power jumps killed me, the globe jumps even further, and the suicide jumps were the final nail on the coffin.
After that, I collapsed on the couch, nearly passed out, and almost vomited.
I couldn't finish the last two tests.
The next day, my muscles hurt like hell but I still did the first course, Plyometric Cardio Circuit.
I struggled a lot but didn't feel as bad as I felt during the fit test.
then I got sick for about a week, resumed training for few days, then we had a 3-days holidays, and then I finished the 2nd week without any unscheduled break.
in total, it tooks me 22 or 23 days to finish the first two weeks.
My diet was less than ideal, specially during lunch time: indian/malaysian food, sushi, pizza, etc.
I rarely ate proper 5 meals a day (except if you count snacking on a fruit as a proper meal) and I only ate properly for breakfast: cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt, loads of healthy grains (chia, etc.)
I always exercised in the evening except during week-ends.
I cursed Shaun T during the "cardio recovery" sessions, that was a big lie :D
it was full of stretching and painful leg work.
I guess, technically, it is a "cardio recovery" for the heart, but really not for the muscles :-S
and I cursed him even more during the "Cardio Abs" workout that you do right after "Pure Cardio", you will see why when you do it for the first time :)
My least favourite session was "Cardio Power & Resistance", perhaps because it often coincided with me being more tired than usual.
You will laugh at times during the videos, there are some funny lines or moments.
You might also end up having a nemesis, mine is Tanya.
Not because I am jealous of her fitness level, but because she's overdoing it every time the camera is on her.
All the other participants are normal, and she's the only one that feels the need to constantly show off.
Plus she cheats on the fit test, counting by twos on the first one!
So my 2nd fit test is done, and I am very pleased with the results.
Switch Kicks: I went from 65 to 72 (for this tests, 2 kicks = 1 rep)
Power Jacks: 54 to 50 (not sure what happened)
Power Knees:70 to 100!
Power Jumps: 25 to 35 (these ones are tough...)
Globe Jumps: 5 to 10 (tougher...)
Suicide Jumps: 11 to 13 (I hate those!)
Push-Up Jacks: 0 to 20
Low Plank Oblique: 0 to 50
and I did not feel like vomiting or passing out at the end of the fit test.
I am very pleased with the results!
However, I did not lose any weight, due to my less than ideal diet, but my upper 4 abs are more defined than before.
the lower part is still hopelessly covered with a layer of fat.
my legs are stronger, I am a bit less inflexible than before, and my arms are stronger as well (I can do more pushups now)
I will update this post as my journey continues, and I hope to finish this program without any injury.
Here is what I am using to workout:
- sweatband for the head
- Polar RS800CX to monitor heart rate, calories, etc. and upload every workout to my PC
- the BeachBody Jump Mat that you get with the Deluxe Package: very happy with it so far.
- good running shoes, that help (with the mat) to prevent knee injuries, as the program requires lot of jumping.