Insanity Workout: What You Need To Know
The Insanity Workout is becoming increasingly popular with the health and fitness industry. It has been dubbed “the hardest workout ever” and products fantastic results for anyone brave enough to try it. It was created in 2009 by Shaun T and is guaranteed to give you a “year’s worth of results in just 60 days”.
There have been so many success stories from people who have followed this workout and had amazing results, which seem almost too good to be true. Except, they are true, especially if you approach the workout with right amount of motivation and dedication.
What is Insanity?
Insanity is an extreme version of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout called Max Interval Training and aims to get you in the best shape of your life. This particular type of training keeps your body working at it’s maximum capacity throughout the full duration of the workout.
It switches up regular HIIT, which requires you to push yourself for 30 seconds to 2 minutes then allows you a longer break period. Max Interval Training inverts this method so that you have around 30 seconds to catch your breath, then you’re back to training hard for a longer period of time. Check out this awesome Insanity introduction video
Your heart rate is kept up and you burn considerably more calories because you are pushing your body to its limits throughout the entire 45 minute workout. This significantly increases your overall fitness levels and your endurance, to help you achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of.
With this workout, it is possible to burn over 1,000 calories an hour with Insanity, and all in the comfort of your own home.
“Are you crazy enough for Insanity?”- Shaun T., creator of the Insanity workout regime.
What does the Insanity package contain?
When you purchase the full Insanity package, you get 10 DVDs, each containing a different workout. It’s best to buy it from the official website as it allows you to pay in three monthly payments of $39. You’ll also receive five FREE gifts, including; Elite Nutrition Plan, Fitness Guide, Insanity Workout Calendar, Cardio Abs DVD and Free Online Support Tools.
You’ll also get a 60 day money-back guarantee if you’re not completely happy with your product.
The programme is split into a two month regime with each workout on a separate disc:
Dig Deep and Fit Test– the first thing to do before you get started. It tests your physical fitness and takes you through step by step how to use the programme.
Plyometrics Cardio Circuit- focuses on the legs and glutes as well as providing plenty of cardio exercise.
Cardio Power and Upper Body Resistance – concentrates on sculpting arms, shoulders, chest and back and well as making you do lots of cardio.
Pure Cardio and Abs – this is all about burning fat from your body, especially around the belly area.
Cardio Abs– an intense core workout which will define your abdominal muscles and give you a washboard stomach.
Core Cardio and Balance Recovery – this gives your body a much needed break at the end of the week to replenish and restore. The exercise focus on stretching and is done at the end of the month.
Max Interval Circuit – fast paced, exciting interval training programme.
Max Interval Plyo – a more extreme version of the Plyometrics workout in month one, designed to push your legs even further.
Max Cardio Conditioning – an all over body workout, focused on cardio and aiming to literally melt the fat from your body, increasing endurance.
Max Recovery – here you’ll really need to build up your strength so that you can do it all over again.
The programme also includes a specially designed healthy eating plan which requires you to eat a strict ratio of 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% fats. This is in order to fuel your body throughout the intense workouts and to give it all the nutrients it will need to build muscle mass.
What results can I expect?
The Insanity workouts and the included healthy eating plan will have enormous benefits on your health, fitness and body shape.
The main change that you’ll be able to see after only a few weeks is a decrease in body fat.
You’re muscles will get larger and you’ll feel a noticeable difference in your strength levels. As an overall body workout, you will rapidly see definition in your muscles, giving you that sculpted athletic body.
As well as the physical changes, you’ll also begin to notice a massive mood boost. Exercising releases lots of endorphins which makes you feel good about yourself and your body. You’ll be filled with confidence as the pounds drop off and will want to show off your new body. If you go onto Youtube you can find a tonne of video testimonials and before and after workout testimonials. Featured below are some of the testimonials off the Beachbody website:
Is Insanity right for me?
We’re not going to lie, Insanity is extremely hard. You must be committed to looking weight and looking your best to successfully complete and continue with the intense workouts. You can see the level of intensity required on some of the workout videos here:
You need to combine Insanity with a healthy eating plan, which not only involves making a serious lifestyle change, but also getting enough nutrition to fuel your body whilst doing the tasking workouts.
There are couple of requirements that you should consider before embarking on the Insanity workout as this is not for everyone:
- You need to have a healthy heart – that means that smokers, who those with heart problems may struggle. The whole point of Insanity is to keep your heart rate extremely high so
- You should be able to do the most basic exercises – push-ups and crunches are essential. If you really want to try out Insanity, you shouldn’t just rush into it after doing no exercise for a long period of time.
- You need to have healthy joints – The exercises are extremely taxing on the joints, especially the knees. Either strengthen your muscles and joints or choose a lighter workout programme.
- You must be dedicated- don’t go into Insanity half-heartedly. This is a serious commitment that requires a great deal of mental focus and physical endurance.
Always make sure you speak with your doctor before starting any intense workout regime. It is definitely not suitable for children, the elderly or pregnant women.