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.
I was sceptical at first, but once you get through the first 7-10 days it really hits you and the weight jsut falls off and your muscles get definition. Had to stop a week before the end due to illness but lost 2 stone. I was 14.5 stone to begin with. If I ever put on that extra weight again I will hit this again. I followede the nutritionguide too. Think that made a difference.
I’m in week 3 of my second round of Insanity. After the first round I did start T25 – Shaun T’s newer workout – but I just didn’t think it was as challenging or rewarding.
Insanity is a super hard workout. I didn’t do much in terms of working out before Insanity, just 3 months of Bikram yoga and gym classes a few times a week. However even this helped with less muscle ache the next day as I learnt the second time around after doing no training beforehand.
Regarding my results - I’m very petite (albeit with a slight belly!) so I was never going to get the massive before-after changes that you see in all the pictures. I was hoping to get a flat stomach but that didn’t happen – however loads of people commented on how toned I was and I definitely saw a difference in how much further I could go in the workouts week on week. I was doing more than the superfits in the month 2 workouts! The non-flat stomach is probably because I’m vegetarian so it was tricky to stick to the nutritionguide all the time and get all the protein into my diet.
Overall, you need to be extremely motivated to do this, but once you get going you work your day around doing Insanity. Shaun T is great as well – very motivating and not annoying at all. One of the major benefits about this is that you don’t waste time going to and from a gym. There is a lot of jumping involved though so bear that in mind if you live in a flat. Now that I’m doing this again, I’ve already noticed that I’m achieving more in the workout than I was the first time around. Although I didn't get the full results I wanted I've given it 5 stars because it's made me achieve something I never thought I'd be able to do and just got me super fit and very disciplined.
I must admit that i was dubious about this at first as i am with most of the programmes advertised as 'get fit quick' type workouts, but i have to say that INSANITY does work and you will notice a difference! I have completed the first month and am currently on recovery week. In the first month i have lost over 10lbs, an inch off my waist, my biceps and triceps are bigger, my body shape has changed quite dramatically and i feel much fitter than when i began the programme. I cant wait to start the second month!
I have only vaguely been following the nutritionguide due to commitments i have, some of the foods are not possible for me to make on a daily basis, but i know for sure if i had been following it i would have shed even more weight (but don't get me wrong i have been eating as healthy as possible). The whole '60 day' thing is selling point and i don't expect to have a body like shaun after i complete the second month but i know if i keep it up i will eventually. If it takes me 90 days,120 days or even longer i don't really care because firstly i am in no rush for it and secondly however insane the programme gets i am enjoying every minute of it! Essentially this is not a 'get fit quick' programme its a committed lifestyle changing programme.
Like everything in life their is an upside and a downside. The only downside i have found to this programme is the initial price! It did nearly make me walk the other way at first but then i realised something. I go to the gym outside of this programme. Before i purchased insanity i was going to buy myself some new weights for home use as the ones i have got are a limited range. I probably would have easily spent £100 on new weights and had to store them etc which is hard with the limited room i have at home. INSANITY uses your own body as resistance and so i would have no need for the weights and dvd's are easier to store than bulky weights! If i want to do weights i have a full range available at my local gym.
INSANITY is not for everyone but if like me you want to get fit, want a challenge (and my god it will challenge you!) and look good afterwards then this is the fitness programme to get you there!
I Ordered this Product little over two weeks ago thinking this could be the BOOST I need to achieve my goals and is it what I expected?
YES!!! I mean.. the workout itself is a 60 Day programme, having you workout 30-45mins 6 times a week and although Im only 2 weeks in, some friends & family can see slight change and for myself I feel bit better too!
Now it is intense and you do have to give it 100% for it to be able to work.
Now I wouldn't class myself as a fitness fanatic or an ongoing gym goer (if that's the correct spelling lol) I did however 2-3 years ago loose 5 stone 2lbs through eating well and cardio.. which was great back then.. BUT now what I have got to show??? Over the past couple of weeks/months I have been slacking and having more treats than I should have and I thought enough is enough but still at times find it tough to get up..ready and down to the gym! So with Insanity its great as I don't have to travel far to do it and it is great cardio and toning of the body itself!
With every two weeks you are set a Fitness test so see how far your fitness has improved, also comes a nutritionguide to show you the foods you should be eating.. some of the meals they have to show looks and yet tastes really good!
Also if you do end up getting this and 2-3 days in your finding it tough, keep going.. MIND OVER MATTER!! It does not require a lot of space do do the workouts, so no need to panic of that either.
And although I gave this product a 5 star rating due to it being really effective... the price is the only thing I hesitated with and even when it arrived I was thinking what have I done.
But you don't know 'til you try, if you have set goals like myself and want to loose few extra pounds and gain some size.. then this is for you!
What I received was not what's described in the item description. I only received the DVDs. I did not receive: the Elite Nutrition Manual, the Fitness Guide, the Fit Test Tracker, or the Workout Calendar! Pretty disappointed and will be requesting a refund.
I'm just completed my 3rd day.. and well... it hurts, If you do whats asked and "dig deep" you really feel it afterwards, right now my triceps and abs are killing me - i'm 26 and in pretty decent shape (well i thought i was)
I don't like leaving things too long without writing a review as I tend to forget about it, hence the slightly premature review - but; even if I don't get "ripped" and everything else thats promised, I know my cardio is going to improve and I'm shedding some excess weight thanks to the nutritionguide...
I highly recommend this, I mean I came across it about 2 in the morning while waiting up for my partner to make sure she got home safe; though it was the usual con; but for some reason the line from the advert; " I CHALLENGE YOU" stuck with me, I have accepted the challenge....
I'll try and revise this in 57 days to let you know how i get on...
But as the saying goes "no pain no gain..." - this is pain.... lets see the gain in 57 days !!!
We have struggled to find an exercise program that both my wife and I could do together that would hold our interest. I haven't done any exercise for almost 20 years and have become a bit "podgy". My wife had been doing regular Zumba. Insanity seemed to fit the bill. We have survived week 1 now and have found it hard work but enjoyable even though it means getting up at 5am to do it before work! We have both noticed a significant difference already - we are both a bit more flexible and can now get through the first 20 minutes (the "easy bit" - otherwise known as a hard workout for any sane person!) without a rest.
We thought it might be useful to give a few hints and tips to anyone thinking about buying this. We will try to update this as we go through the next 8 weeks.
Before you start:
Go and see your doctor! Insanity advises this and, as a GP, I can reiterate this. This workout is high demand and potentially dangerous (or fatal) if your body is not up to it. Tell your GP that you are planning to do this and get him/her to check your blood pressure and listen to your heart and chest as a minimum. If you don't think you are up to it or your doctor advises against it then don't do it - there are plenty of less intense workout DVDs out there.
Buy some recovery formula. There are numerous brands available. Try to avoid the formulas that are purely carbohydrate as this is all sugars. Get one like Maxifuel Recovermax 750 g Orange Muscle Repair Drink Powder. This is what we are taking and it makes a huge difference as it is a mix of carbohydrate and protein allowing you to replace glycogen you have burned through the exercise and gives you protein to help the muscles recover. We tried without this the first couple days and regretted it. Your muscles are going to be sore but less so if you take this!
Get a heart rate monitor like this (Beurer Heart Rate Monitor) and calculate your maximum predicted heart rate. A wrist monitor will suffice as you will be checking your heart rate during rest periods. As a rough guide your maximum predicted heart rate is 220 minus your age in years (180 for a 40 year old). You should aim to not allow your heart rate to rise above 85% of this calculated figure (153 for a 40 year old). If your heart rate is above this during rest periods you should slow down or rest until your rate recovers.
If you want the Insanity t-shirt at the end you need to fill in a form with your percentage of body fat at the start and end as well as several other measurements. There are plenty of ways to estimate your body fat online - just do a google search for "body fat estimation". A better way of doing it is to buy a set of Body Fat Tester Calipers With Manual & Body Fat Charts - we got some for less than £2 delivered. You can then calculate your body fat using several online calculators - the most accurate is probably the "Jackson Pollock 7-site" method. You can download free software for fat calculation by doing a Google search for "free skinfold fat calculator software"
Change your diet. We can't follow the Insanity nutritionguide - it is just too proscriptive and we don't have the time to do it. We have changed our diet to eat more healthily and now have had our "five-a-day" by 8am! You do need to eat something before exercising each day otherwise you will struggle to do the workout. We have found that eating five times per day is manageable and we are usually starving by the time the next meal arrives.
Impressions so far:
This is great! Getting a good workout and we are seeing signs of improvement after only the first week. We feel more alive and ready to face a hard day's work after the exercise. Shaun T is a great motivator and encourages you to keep going but to take a rest when you need it - I need to do so frequently but this is already becoming less often. You need to check your heart rates at every rest period - our heart rates have been as high as 90% of predicted maximum heart rates. Common sense should prevail here - take a longer rest period to allow your rate to recover but don't pause the DVD. Overdoing it may kill you!
On a slight downside, the DVDs come in a book of cardboard sleeves. I think these are going to be easily damaged by taking them in and out of the sleeves. I would suggest you invest in a better holder for them (we had one already so have done this) or make a backup copy and use the backup instead.
******Update - Fit Test Week 3******
We have just done the fit test on day 1 of week 3. WOW, what a difference. Definitely INSANE:
Switch kicks: Me - from 53 to 63, Mrs G - from 58 to 59 Power jack: Me - from 30 to 46, Mrs G - from 36 to 48 Power knees: Me - from 60 to 84, Mrs G - from 75 to 90 Power jumps: Me - from 21 to 30, Mrs G - from 23 to 30 Globe jumps: Me - from 4 to 9, Mrs G - from 7 to 10 Suicide jumps: Me - from 6 to 10, Mrs G - from 10 to 12 Push-up jacks: Me - from 14 to 20, Mrs G - from 0 to 7 Low plank obliques: Me - from 50 to 66, Mrs G - from 50 to 64
Mrs G did start from a higher level of fitness than me as she had been doing regular Zumba on the Wii for the 12 months prior to starting Insanity. I hadn't done any real exercise in 20 years.
Our weights are relatively unchanged but our body fat has reduced (me by 8% and Mrs G by 4%) so we are losing fat and gaining lean body mass.
Our diet has evolved slightly. Eating a small bowl of cereal with milk and half a banana half an hour before exercising. Taking recovery formula immediately after exercise. A bowl of fruit mid-morning. Bagel or wrap with some meat/other protein at lunch with another banana. Bowl of fruit mid-afternoon. Evening meal is really whatever we feel like just a smaller portion. Have both reduced out tea and coffee intake and are drinking green tea or peppermint tea as replacements. I have stopped adding sugar to my hot drinks and now use a zero calorie sweetener when I have normal tea or coffee but none in the green tea.
Our thoughts to date: This really seems to work. It is hard work but rewarding. It doesn't get any easier as you go because you are just push yourself harder as you get fitter. We are learning to pace ourselves a little better so our heart rates are making us take fewer prolonged rest periods - we do need to take some unplanned rest time during the high intensity parts but it is getting better.
We are now totally addicted. The "rest day" feels like a bit of a let down although we are following the supplied workout calendar to the letter at the moment.
Next update beginning of week 6 - the next Fit Test - hopefully some more big gains by then.
******Update - Fit Test Week 6******
We did the fit test on day 1 of week 6 yesterday followed by "Max Interval Circuit". Made some more gains in the fit test:
Switch kicks: Me - 72, Mrs G - 63 Power jack: Me - 54, Mrs G - 54 Power knees: Me - 98, Mrs G - 105 Power jumps: Me - 34, Mrs G - 33 Globe jumps: Me - 11, Mrs G - 11 Suicide jumps: Me - 10, Mrs G - 14 Push-up jacks: Me - 24, Mrs G - 13 Low plank obliques: Me - 74, Mrs G - 82
Total body fat reduction since starting: Me - 20%, Mrs G - 12%
Definitely getting better here. Almost everything had shown some improvement. Starting to notice definition in all of our muscle groups especially lower abdomen.
Month 2 gets off with a bang having to do the Fit Test and the Max Interval Circuit in the same day. If you thought month 1 was hard you are in for a bit shock. This is much harder and more intense. Even the "machines" exercising with Shaun T struggle on the video and all their choreography seems to go out the window. We did Max Interval Plyo this morning and although it wasn't as tough as yesterday it was still extremely hard to keep going.
Some more advice; we have been using ordinary (cheap) trainers up `til now and are starting to regret it. Your feet, ankles, knees and hips take quite a battering with the high impact parts of the workouts. We were both starting to struggle with ankle, calf and knee pain. We have been to a "proper" sports shop today to get some new trainers. It really is worthwhile going to a decent shop with knowledgeable staff who can advise on suitable footwear. Hopefully this will reduce the risk of us having a significant injury. I ended up buying Brooks Men's Adrenaline Gts 13 M Trainer and Mrs G with Brooks Women's Vapor 10 W Trainer. We had tried on some Asics and Saucony trainers but they just didn't seem to give the same support in the places we need it.
We are now total Insanity addicts even though we need to get up even earlier in the morning. The workouts in month 2 are about an hour long rather than the 45 minutes in month 1 so you have to be a little more committed to keep going.
******Update - Finished and Started Again******
We did the final fit test three weeks ago. We have since had two weeks off to do some landscaping in the garden and started Insanity again at week one this week. Our final fit test results are as follows
Switch kicks: Me - 76, Mrs G - 65 Power jack: Me - 60, Mrs G - 59 Power knees: Me - 110, Mrs G - 120 Power jumps: Me - 60, Mrs G - 40 Globe jumps: Me - 14, Mrs G - 14 Suicide jumps: Me - 13, Mrs G - 16 Push-up jacks: Me - 32, Mrs G - 20 Low plank obliques: Me - 94, Mrs G - 92
Total body fat reduction since starting: Me - 45%, Mrs G - 26%
Wow - huge improvements in everything. My trouser waist has gone from 36" to 32" now. Mrs G has gone from size 14-16 to size 12. We both feel great and are glad we have done this.
Re-starting week 1 has shown us the improvements we have made. We can now both keep up with "the machines" on the video for the whole workout. We even make it through "Pure Cardio" without a break. We can't believe how much better we are doing after only 9 weeks.
Don't think for a moment that it is any easier second time round. We are still working just as hard as we did the first time round, we are just achieving more. If anything, we are sweating an awful lot more than we did first time.
Our new trainers were definitely worth the investment. No more sore knees or ankles at all and the shoes are extremely comfortable.
Unfortunately my heart rate monitor stopped working at week 8 and had to be returned as faulty. I decided to buy Hama HRM-111 Heart Rate Monitor - Black instead. This allows me to monitor my heart rate throughout the workout and gives a real time reading of my heart rate. It also connects to my laptop so I can see a graph of my heart rate after I have exercised - it keeps my "techie" self happy!
We still remain completely addicted to Insanity. We have, however, decided to add in some free weights workouts too with the aim of doing Insanity in the mornings and the weights in the evenings. Perhaps we really are insane after all!
Please note that I am giving my personal opinion here and anything I write should not be construed as medical advice.
"Insanity" has it all. Will you get in great shape? You better believe it! Will you get toned? Absolutely! Will you lose inches in those places that you want to? Yup! Will you gain inches where you need them? Right on again!
I've been doing "Insanity" since the end of March 2011, having done 2 full 2 Month Cycles before hitting the follow-up, "Asylum"....but enough about that one! What you need to know about is "Insanity", right?
It's hard. It IS tough. When a friend (on the BeachBody Community Website) told me that members of the S.W.A.T. teams are scared to even do it then you know it's a serious workout!
All you need is your body and an exercise matt if available. That's it, right there. Your own body is your gym....your own body suppies the resistence needed to etch a new physique.
Whilst the system is based around the Cardio Vascular, the workouts are quite varied. You'll get 'Plyo' - quick explosive movements - you'll get circuit training,you'll get Abs, you'll get some amazing stretching techniques and you'll find that you work the entire body, not just parts of it.
The first month is tough. Actually, the first WEEK is tough. You hang on in there and you'll get great results. The second month, that's when the workouts become longer and much more difficult. But, your coach, Shaun T is a great motivator and will help you to dig deeper and to commit to the programme.
In the videos there are a range of people who cover varying levels of fitness. Most are really hardcore...and a few are just like machines!
For myself, trying to gain weight, over the course of 4 months I've gained 3" on my shoulders and chest, 1/2" on my thighs, 2" on my biceps and lost 3" off my stomach....
Oh...and to see your body fat level drop from 13% to 9.2% in just 60 days is amazing!
I heartily would encourage anyone and everyone to participate in "Insanity". Just stick with the programme, eat well (check out the nutritionguide for some great recipies!) and just keep pressing play!
In a few short months you'll get a better figure....better health.....and more confidence..