5.0 out of 5 starsBe committed and see fast results!
12 October 2018
I'm just finishing wk 3, the changes in my body are coming fast, even after wk 1. I'm actually amazed! I'm 52 and have never felt so mentally and physically strong. It's hard work but sets me up for a good day!
If I hear Insantity one more time I'll go insane, better off going for a run tbh. Programs are intense but it does get boring and easy to loose interest. I also hate the fact they keep refering to this is insanity... Might work for some not for me.
Do not get this if you are new to exercise but if like me you've been exercising for years it's amazing. I'd slacked off over the past year and put some weight on so wanted something to really get me in shape and this is the DVD. Shaun T is incredible and the workouts are varied and highintensity. I'm about to start month 2 and I'm both scared and excited in equal measure. This programme is fantastic
This is the hardest exercise programme I have ever done! I thought I was physically fit but this is highintensity interval training combined with plyometric exercises which will push you to your limits. It also comes with an eating plan which is easy to follow but does requre some pre-planning for the weeks meals. I haven't lost weight but have toned and lost inches!
Oh my god I would recommend people who want to lose weight/burn fat to purchase this product 10minutes in to this workout and I'm sweating like a pig but 10minutes of steady cardio such as jogging gets you no where highintensity interval training like insanity will make you lose weight for sure but make sure your diets clean and drink water peace!!!
Great motivational work-out DVD with highintensity body-weight exercises. I'm sure if followed to the letter you'll end up with a body like the people in the video, but it's also really good for core training, strength and speedwork for runners.
I bought Insanity with the hopes of losing weight and it has worked! Within the first week I lost 4lbs and lost 10cm all over. It will feel like you're dying the first few times you do it. You'll want to give up. You'll wish you'd never started such a crazy fitness routine, but if you have the dedication and raw determination then it will work!
I don't exactly follow the diet plan but I worked out my calories limits and stay within those boundaries and it's great! Because Insanity is HIIT (HighIntensity Interval Training) it requires you to eat good, balanced, healthy meals. You won't be starving yourself on the nutrition plan because your body will need the food fuel to get through the workouts!
EDIT: I've just started week 4 and have lost 26 cm all over and over and nearly a half a stone in weight. I feel fitter than I have for years and I know I will just keep getting better! Cannot recommend you buy enough, it will change your life!
I'll update when I've finished the entire programme for a more in depth view. If you have any questions then please feel free to ask.
EDIT: So after 10 weeks I've lost 14.4 lbs with the Insanity programme and I need to tell you that the last two weeks of the programme I ate like a pig (It was Easter!) and I barely did any of the exercises so I'm more than pleasantly shocked by the result. I'm now going to do the programme again and stay on track to see how much weight I can lose the next time around (with proper nutrition etc.)
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND! It heightens your fitness/cardio and shreds the inches off of you! It's not for the weak hearted but if you commit to this programme you will see differences in your body! Even if you're already skinny this will still work for you! My sister is the right weight for her height and she lost 6 inches all over!
I bought Insanity in October 2013 and completed it that December. I was pretty fit before I started as I spent a lot of time in the gym including up to 5 x 45 minute highintensity spinning sessions per week. My body was ok but it lacked definition and didn't seem to reflect the effort I was putting in. My first fitness test results were good but I got my butt well and truly kicked during the first workout. It was hard, left me panting on the floor and with muscle soreness that lasted a week. It found all those muscles I didn't use much but - how could I be that sore? I can see why some might give it up early!
The workouts are well thought out and professionally choreographed by Shaun T and his team. The guys and girls working out with him have obviously completed the course and are fit but without exception they all need to take breaks, at some stage, outside the official water breaks. Shaun is a great motivator right through to the end. You are encouraged to workout at your own level and take breaks when you need to, coming back to it as soon as you feel able. The emphasis is on maintaining form.
After four weeks I couldn't detect any physical changes in my body but since I wasn't overweight to begin with and was already fit I was confident that the changes would come after the final four weeks.
Week five you have a recovery week and on week six all hell lets loose. The intensity and duration of the exercises are ramped up and significantly so. Pace yourself and don't beat yourself up if you can't keep up. I kept at it, never missing a day and whilst it never got easy I was more or less able to keep up by the end. Some exercises remained extremely challenging whilst others I could handle really well and the programme highlights the differences we all have in our own body physiology.
I didn't lose much weight (I didn't need too) but probably exchanged 3kg of fat for 2kg of muscle. Instead of being straight up and down my shoulders had broadened and my waist had shrunk and it was noticeable when I looked in the mirror. When you workout with the team and watch the videos every day you become part of them and, if you can keep up, think you are one of them! I thought I would get the body of a twentysomething and have to admit I was more than a little disappointed when I didn't. Maybe at 61 my expectations were a little unrealistic! One thing I could have improved on was diet. I didn't get on with the choices offered on the course but went my own way. Balanced diet with moderate portions and I think I could have lost an extra kg or so had I addressed this better but there's a limit to the sacrifices I'm prepared to make with food!
Three months on and I have continued with Insanity trying to find a balanced level of work that I can cope with whilst integrating it with my work at the gym (Bodypump and Spinning). I rotate through the harder workouts of the the final four weeks and find I'm averaging about 4 per week and on those days can cope well with a 45 highintensity spin session. A wrist injury has kept me out of bodypump for two weeks.
My fitness continues to improve and I find I get get through some of the workouts without any pauses or extra breaks outside of the regular water breaks. Some exercises I'm better than them, others not so good but I now concentrate on improving form such as on high knees, making sure my knees really are high! Overall fitness has be the most unexpected improvement. Resting heart rate is down to about 45 and I find I can spin at a significantly higher level of intensity, maintaining a constantly heavy workload before i need to breathe through my mouth.
100% recommend Insanity.
So now I've got the body of a thirty year old what do I do about my face?
(If you are are getting on a bit in years or have any medical conditions you really must consult your Doctor before trying Insanity!)
I have always been a skeptic towards late night infomercials....however having seen the advert followed by some research on the web (amazon - US and UK site etc etc)...i decided to take the plunge with Insanity.
To put my review in context it is worth just summarising a bit about myself....31 yo, 5'11, approx 80kg, relatively well built but have wanted to tone up / lose some weight for a long time. I regularly train at the gym (cardio machines, weights as well as spin and body pump classes - but definitely more cardio / high rep focussed) at least 3-4 times a week for 1 - 1,5hrs each time. My diet is relatively well balanced but could be admittedly improved.
In summary i was getting really frustrated that despite all the sweat and time that I was spending training that i wasn't really seeing any real results...ie i wasn't really toning up. I genuinely think that i am one of many in the position that i was in...ie turning up to the gym because i feel i should, pushing myself relatively hard...but still not really seeing any results.
So Insanity....in summary it is probably the best £100 i have spent on personal fitness. Seriously - it is really really difficult and you are literally dreading to press Play sometimes as you know what is coming....but i seriously doubt most people will have trained as intensively as you do in these sessions. However once you get going it is bearable / enjoyable (almost) but the sense of self pride you get when you are finished is actually unbelievable.
True it is a little repetitive...but to be honest i can't say i found going to the gym / spin / pump classes the most varied either. What i like most about it is that it really drives you for 45-60 mins...guaranteed....you will sweat and you will burn calories (i often reach up to 850-900 calories in the 60 mins workouts. Shaun T and the rest of his 'entourage' are great / inspirational and they really do spur you on.
Finally, the results. Well having completed one round...lost 6kgs..i can't say i have the 6 pack i have always wanted..yet...everyone starts at a different starting point so that's unrealistic. However I am definitely more cut (friends comments when i see them) and more importantly i am definitely physical fitter (as demonstrable in the periodic fit tests). I can see results in all aspects of my physical activity i.e. i can run faster for longer, lift more weight, more reps etc. Most importantly though I am an overall well balanced person - it really is weird but you start living differently when you go through this routine ie. eating differently, sleeping differently, training intensely and actually thinking / reacting differently. I guess you need to do it to perhaps see what i mean.
Anyway - i really do wish everyone well in their goals...for me Insanity is great..i am going to do another round before doing Asylum. I am certain that I will continue to find it difficult, sweat bucket loads....but most importantly i will see results..slowly but surely.
This workout is one of the best I've ever done. The results are instant, but that all banks on you putting your all into the workout.
It's flipped exercise on it's head. Instead of doing some light exercise with a burst of tough exercise every few minutes, you do 2-3 minutes of hard, in your face, exercise then take a 30 second break. You can still stop and take a quick breath in those 2-3 minutes, but when you get back into, it's got to be your all, even if you're tired. As Sean keeps saying through the workout 'You have to dig deeper!'
The workouts are for 6 days of the week, and one day for rest, for about 40 minutes. That's a nothing time to fit into your day. You don't need any equipment, just your body. You start with a fitness test, which you count how many of certain exercises you can do in a minute. You do this fitness test every 2 weeks. There's a plan to follow to show you which exercise regime to do that day. You follow one plan for 30 days, then you go to the more intense ones for the next 30 day plan.
I got mine from their website, which came with a measurement chart, a book on the recommend diet (high protein), and a calendar to keep track.
It is hard, nothing comes close to how hard these workouts are, but after a couple of weeks, I already noticed my fitness level increase. I used to get slightly out of breath walking up my stairs and now I barely notice them. The inches are dropping off and my body fat percentage is lower than I've ever seen it.
I will warn you, it's hard on the joints and the feet, so make sure you wear a good pair of cushioned trainers to take the impact and that they support your arch. I had knee surgery last year and some of the exercises are not an option for me, so I take the time to keep doing an exercise to do something else so that I don't stop. So if like me you've had knee surgery that's still not 100% or you have bad joints, see your doctor first and see what they recommend for the exercises that just aren't an option.