The Ultimate Insanity Workout Review

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Health and Fitness says: And every day is harder than the one before. Like you said, I need to see how it is when you start with power, in a very decent shape. Hi there Irene You are about to make the right choice with the Insanity workout as to cement the change in lifestyle for good. May 19, at 3: Him and all the others from my group who were, quite honestly, hitherto couch potatoes.

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How do I maximize my results quickly? Thanks for your help! I recommend tracking your macronutrients and eating healthy foods that you enjoy. I would love to get to and just be healthier.

Do you think this is a realistic amount of weight i could lose in 10 weeks???? I have team members that lose that in weeks. Everyone is different, but if you stick to the nutrition plan Whats the main reason you want to get down to ? Snacking has always been tough for me too! Check out my p90x3 diet here and see what I eat for snacks: Hi Todd, I just got the T and going to start it today. I guess my concern is that i'm 5'5 at lbs, do you think my body will lose to much weight since i'm already thin?

My goal is to get a lean toned body. Does anybody can explain to me how works gamma schedule? Should I make double everyday or only Friday? I can't get it! I love weights but only 25 minutes is so nice the thing that's killing me though is such the pure l low calorie diet I've tried your and the but I'm way too hungry the next day any advice to help with that?? How long have you been doing or ? I keep trying every day but ill fail usually day two or three than restart and keep trying I have no problem doing the workouts but I feel its pointless to continue if I can't be dedicated with my nutrition.

Is it a lack of planning possibly? You can do well if you stick to normal portion sizes and a good balance of natural fats, proteins, and complex carbs. If adrenaline and challenge is what you are after, you will have plenty of both here. Speed is at an entirely different level. You will be amazed by how much control over your movements this program grants you.

Have a great day! I would really love to hear about the performance part. Doing it the second time results are here too. I do have a specific problem and would like to know if I am the only one. I am in the second week of month 1 of Insanity. I do not follow the nutritional plan, I am trying to do my own healthy meal plan. The problem I am facing is that I am not able to eat the amount of calories I am suppoosed to.

For example, I am supposed to eat around calories a day, but in the evening I still have left. I eat often, small portions. I am just not hungry, do I need to force myself to eat all that calories to fulfill the needs of my body or is it ok to eat less? Thank you for your answer. Hi Petra You should be happy: Your body not requiring that much food, you actually have a better start even there. Some people convert energy harder others do it easier. Sometimes it is about the genes and every individual is different.

By all means eat as much as you feel is enough. Try eating healthy as to supply the body with the right amount of nutrients. Another thing, I know that you recommend to do Insanity workout and only Insanity: I am trying to avoid the workout at least on my game days. Or do you think it is just not possible to get the same results? You are welcome Petra. Have a court right next to my house, so I played more than I can recall.

As for the results, I think you will not see a huge difference, though there will be less of them if skipping workouts. It also depends on the intensity of your play.

If your goal is to be in great shape, and you are not in a hurry, then you can stretch the workouts into more than two months, while switching between Insanity and basketball from day to day. There are a lot of people doing some mix between Insanity and P90X or Insanity and other sports and exercises in the gym.

If you find something fulfilling as you do with basketball then my advice is to switch occasionally. You will have more fun and overall a great experience. I may just do the same next month, since my friends are trying to persuade me to join them in swimming sessions.

Take care Petra, and drop a line from time to time. You are always welcomed: As you said, I will just stretch the 60 day program to about 90 days with basketball in between.

I will let you know how it went. I keep pausing every min and rest to catch my breath. Thanks for the honest and thorough review.

I just started the Insanity workout yesterday. Being that active, I suspect that you are about to enjoy the program. Good luck Michelle and have fun. Hi slavko, Thanks of your great review of insanity workout. I get 7 hrs sleep, have 4 meals including my whey protein. Just try and add in some additional sleep, maybe another meal, and see if you can limit all the other physical activities for now. Will probably order it tonight! Is it okay to workout eve if you are still sore from the day before?

Im assuming yes, but figured I would get your input. Foods like nuts and almonds also give a great substitute for protein shakes. They are great for snacks too. As for the second question, here is the thing… Insanity is focused more on weight loss and muscle definition, hence less muscle gain. There is still a lot though. Regarding the lack of muscle recovery- it perfectly fits into this equation. Intense weight loss, muscles defined more than with any other workout, muscle gain not that much due to the lack of rest.

You will for sure see a lot of muscle gain in the squads and pecs, however the abs are just going to be more defined, not a lot of gain there. Hi Slavko, Your review was very insightful and motivating. My name is Zoe and I am 39 years old. Was a professional tennis player and a water ski champion. Have been doing military fitness for many years and practicing Bikram yoga for over 12 years.

A year ago, I had a spine surgery lumbar discectomy which was probably the best thing that ever happened to me!! I resumed all of my activities after the 3rd month since my surgery. Would you think I am a good candidate for the Insanity workout? Also, because I live in between two cities, I travel extensively. Being a fitness junkie you are about to love this one: Hate it too from time to time, as it will push you to the limits… As for whether is this ideal for you… You can try and see.

Good thing are the balance exercises and the yoga poses which, in my opinion, will definitely improve your posture and strengthen the muscles supporting your spine. Traveling between two cities this is even better than any other option. You just put the CD, put the shorts and sneakers and push play.

It is time efficient more than anything else. Hey thanks for your quick response to my other comment! I do have another question though, have you heard of insanity the asylum?

Any plans on trying it? Good thing it only lasts for a month. Probably gonna try it somewhere after January. I have 3 weeks of Insanity left. I have just had a week off it, then in 2 weeks time I go away again for a week. Do I carry on doing it as and when I can until I complete, or shall I do something else for 2 weeks then start month 2 again when I get back? If you are not in some hurry with results you can really tailor the schedule according to your taste.

It will deliver either way. I too had missed couple of days when I did it the first time, and thought about adding additional workouts into one day. That would have been stupid I suppose. Instead I continued and added those two or three days after the program ended. Many thanks for the brilliant and unbiased review of the Insanity workout. It was so good I read it twice. Should I do extra workouts at the end of the week sundays or should I take a day off instead to recover the body?

Hi Sal My pleasure. As for the first question- My advice would be to take the rest. The program is very intense, and it is designed so that your body can take enough stress and then rest for one day.

Even that is too much as you can see. Give the muscles time to recuperate and grow. As for the second question- I guess you are referring to repeating the whole program.

If so, then I would advice you to take some rest first. Maybe even visit a doctor as to see how your body is doing… to make sure you can go for it again right after one week.

My advice would be to try doing some of the exercises after one week of total rest. Make a hybrid routine, mostly cardio recovery and balance exercises, and then after two weeks of completing the program for the first time, go for it again. I am going to order this program. I never really had trouble with my weight until after college. I guess I have become so frustrated about not loosing weight that I kind of just gave up.

I have been eating breakfast at about 7: I guess I need to know if this will interfere with results or not. Thank you so much for an honest review.

It will definitely change the way you look at fitness. As far as loosing weight goes, you will be able to notice decent results right away- even after the first week. Just try to squeeze some fruit here and there as an additional snack, and you are all set.

Also try to make your meals protein centered and add some healthy fats into your diet. The rest is just being determined to push the play button each and every day.

The great thing is that you played sports and the fact that you love them. This will help a LOT. I recently became a fitness coach, and there is a huge difference between those in my class that played some sport and those who never tried any physical activity whatsoever.

This partially solved my dilemma when one girl in the class who was slightly overweight was able to commit harder than the rest who were already in pretty decent shape. The thing is she played tennis when she was younger. So I guess that being into sports helps quite a lot.

My husband and I will be starting insanity Monday and we are super excited. Beating hubby is also a good motivation I will not let him complete the program with out me … So here goes nothing Marie. Recently, I started coaching a group of ten, and I really find it a lot more interesting than doing it alone. Of course sometimes it is also fun to lock yourself up and push pass your limits leave the fitness nerd alone: As for worrying over whether being the athletic type matters, tell you what- insanity will make you the athletic type: I noticed this with my brother.

He asked me to give him the set as to try how it goes. He never finished it, but being the least athletic it is peculiar as for how he started going to the gym, became more agile, and recently decided to join the fitness class that I coach.

In a way, at least partially, Insanity made him the athletic type. Him and all the others from my group who were, quite honestly, hitherto couch potatoes. If you consume the calories needed a day does it matter what you eat long as the calories add up, or should it just be the proteins carbs and fats that add up to the calories! Also is the recovery drink really needed or is chocolate milk ok? Hi Tia, Following the diet plan which is included in the Insanity program may sometimes, quite honestly, be really hard.

Therefore, I would recommend only trying to eat as much of fruit and vegetables as you can, and try to include as much lean protein as possible. Try to add some meat and slightly detach from carbs.

Then for the rest of the program, just try to eat more fruits and veggies and add even more protein mostly meat and fish- preferably roasted. The recovery drink is a plus, but you can go even without it.

After each workout see if you can consume some chocolate milk or a spoon or two of honey. Oh, it is also great to have one day in the week Sunday comes as the most logical choice when you can eat whatever that you want, in whatever quantity you find pleasing: I sneaked peaked on some workouts of the second month, Boy does that look hard: Any tips on getting threw that month?

Congrats Med for the progress!!! Also add some more protein and pay an even closer eye to hydration. Remember, you are training like a professional athlete, so rest and take care of your body like one too. This is such a great review! I am a 17 year old girl and I have been wanting to buy this program for quite some time now.

About a year ago, I went on a diet and went from lbs to lbs in three months, but I didnt lose all the body fat around my abdoment, back, and legs. I have always been physically active I was in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years, playyed soccer for 5 years, and played varsity volley ball during my senior year this year but I know that Insanity will push the limit of my limit.

I ordered Insanity immediately after reading this review, and I cant wait to get it in the mail! I have always had the will power and strength to push myself to physical activity, but, like you said, this is some crazy stuff. In other words, how can I keep myself from slacking off? Hi Victoria The fact that you are excited about the workouts says quite enough in terms of whether or not you will be committed. With Insanity being as hard as it is, the mental struggle will be accompanied by muscle soreness and feeling fatigue the first couple of days.

Just get through the first week or two, and then it gets quite addictive. I know there is a calorie equation that I can set up to maintain my weight.

But, my question is; Do you think it will shrink my legs in butt? Or will it tone?? It is all toning if you ask me. Eating the right amount of protein ensures muscle building instead of muscle loss. The fat will get melted away. Not that big in fact. The thing is, muscle building happens under certain circumstances, the ideal of which are huge stress to the muscle preferably one muscle group one time per week, like bodybuilders do , a LOT of protein and have in mind that grams of chicken a day is not even close , sleep somewhere in the range of 7 to 8 and a half hours, a lot of hydration, vitamins, minerals….

Some people do all of this and still find it hard to add some lean muscle. And they are at it for years. So my point being- you will get fat loss, hence muscle definition. Some muscle gain too, but all in the lines of aesthetic looks. Nothing excessive if you ask me. For guys it is almost the same, with of course more muscle added. The Insanity workout will change you day after day, so you will see immediately whether you like the results or not.

Hint- you will ;. Hi there, Thanks for the comprehensive review. I found it while I was searching for insanity workout results. I am on my recovery week. My question is I have only lost 3 pounds so far. Will I lose more? I have seen results. My last 2 babies were c sections. I lost the baby weight. Started doing p90 and toned up with p90x. That was 2 years ago.

My stomach was toned and flat then too. I would just like my stomach to get back to being flat again. I eat well and count my calories too. I eat a day. My question is when is there a much more visible difference with abs? Is this what I should expect?

Again thanks for the review. I actually feel this amazing sense of accomplishment everytime I get done a workout. Seeing a fellow Insanity fanatic around makes my day: Well done too Marie. Enjoy your recovery week, give yourself the credit, and get ready for something even more bananas as you start the second month. I guess I have to say the second month too, since the workouts are getting a lot harder, the overall amount of calories spent increases, you simply add more days to the equation of working out and eating right.

As I stated in the review too- you will notice results even after the two months. In the sense of muscles being there and consuming more calories even while sitting down and watching TV. And it is done as a second workout in the day, so…. The shirt is a powerful motivator. It gives this amazing sense of accomplishment- to be given a recognition for what only selected few have endured and are able to brag about.

For me at least, it transformed not only my body, but my take on fitness, my physical ability which amazes me day after day, my attitude among other things. Would love to hear how are things going after a while. I have been doing cardio all my life and only started strength training about 3 months to get stronger and leaner. However, currently I am lifting weights only with zero cardio, which is why I really want to get some cardio into my workout routine.

My questions is, will all my efforts trying to build strength reduce if i stop doing weights for 2 months and focus only on the insanity workout? I am female, 5ft, lbs. My fitness goals are to become stronger and lean with some muscle definition. My point being- almost no one here asked about insanity from a performance point of view.

They all want to know about the lose-fat vertical which albeit being important, is not the cornerstone of fitness. My take is that we make our body to perform better, to feel better, to go beyond what it was used to, and the looks come almost as a side result. Like Shaun T says in the Insanity Asylum infomercial: I too integrate some weight lifting after an Insanity session once or twice per week, but I keep it minimal exercises with dumbbells and some ab work on days when the core is not that engaged, all in the total of 10 or less minutes.

Coaching a group in fitness as of recently, I discovered that the Insanity workout builds strength and performance like nothing of the like. I transformed couch potatoes in fitness machines. They are still not even aware of their strength. This was brought to a test when a friend of mine who goes far too often in the gym , underestimating Insanity, challenged me that he can actually do more push-ups, squats, sit-ups… Boy oh boy was he wrong: You will feel Insanity building up your strength, but on some occasions you will also feel worn out.

This is due mainly to the repetitiveness and targeting almost every muscle group every day. It is also due to the excessive effort it will sometimes take to finish the workouts.

As for the other question on whether you will see muscle definition or not, you will get shredded: Just follow the eating pattern, which is mainly more protein and healthy fats and eating more times per day. Take care, and feel free to ask more questions if you have them Good luck with the program: There is a much healthier, thinner, and MUCH more physically fit girl in me dying to get out!

Best, most thorough one I have read so far! As much as I think that the review has a ton of information, it gets even better here in the comment section. Real questions and problems being answered or at least I try. Insanity really transformed my life too.

Albeit being skeptical at the very beginning, I quickly saw the difference in quality of life. Furthermore, this workout introduced me to guys like Tony Horton and other fitness advocates that made me a fitness aficionado for life. There is much more to it than just what we see at first sight. I remember coming across your review in the beginning of my decision to do insanity, and i was hooked! Thanks for the awesome reviews!

It offers so much when you think about it. As Tony Horton said about P90X, and this holds true for Insanity as well, it as an indoor program designed for the outdoor world. My point being- not only does it improve your looks and give you the ripped body, but it also allows you to move like never before; be flexible, agile, have a lot of muscle power and endurance.

This opens quite a lot of doors in terms of how diverse and adventurous your lifestyle can now be. Insanity introduced me to fitness in its purest form. Now I became a lifetime advocate of the same.

As of recently I became a fitness coach as well, and only by looking back can I really see how Insanity influenced my life. And having the energy I feel today, the looks, the ability to perform better both physically, as well as emotionally and mentally being there by default, I recommend this program to anybody.

I am thinking about starting Insanity. Right now I run about 10 miles a week and need more of a challenge to my muscles and core. However, I love running so much and being outdoors — would I have to give it up for 60 days? What is your advice? I had the same problem when I started doing insanity! I was worried that I would lose my endurance from not running, but I was so very wrong — insanity ups your endurance so much that you can discontinue running for the 60 days and just focus all your energy into this program.

I would give it up for 60 days and come back to it as soon as you finish the program. Pre-insanity, my mile time was at about 8 minutes, and afterwards, I was hitting a 6: What Jessica says is true.

Insanity will up your game. After finishing Insanity, and without any particular training, I managed to run the 5k in around 21 minutes. But what concerns me the most is the constant stress you will be putting your ankles under. Insanity involves a lot of jumping, and running might wear down your ankles even further more.

The other thing that I point out to is the nature of the cardio involved in Insanity, and the one associated with running- the first is high intensity cardio with max interval training, whereas the second is low to moderate cardio at best. When I tried them separately I never had any problems whatsoever, but after trying them both two days in a row I sensed a slight discomfort in my chest.

Hi Sarah, Running is a great cardio exercise. Giving it up would mean, for the average outdoor junkie at least, a great sacrifice. Here is the thing though- you can exchange one of the more cardio oriented days from Insanity with running, and that way still be able to both witness great results, as well as enjoy your thing. Insanity is designed to last for two months, and be hard as hell. If you are not into the rush and after chasing numbers on the scale, then by all means you can make it last longer, or even customize.

Another suggestion would be to do the exercises, and then try some running here and there. First couple of weeks it is out of the picture just let your body adapt for a while , but then, the moment you feel strong enough, you can squeeze a mile or two every next day. Hi Kev, You are right, the feeling after a workout is hard to compare with anything else I can think of right now.

Wait till it gets addictive: Great job on your review! I really enjoyed reading it. I have a feeling you dont smoke yourself, but do you think the insanity program is suitable for a smoker like me? I hope you can advise me. Hi Jo Great question there, since I talked about it a lot with some friends of mine, but never discussed it here though. As of recently I became a fitness coach, doing most of the Insanity workout exercises with my group, and the experience is great.

One of the people in my group is a smoker. Not knowing what to tell him at first, I started doing some research as to get together some facts just in order to convince him to quit. At first he complained some, about being short of breath and everything, but after a while he said that it was not that big of a deal. I suppose that maximizing the VO2 max capacity was what made the difference.

It might be hard the first week or two maybe, but then, as your VO2 max increases, the smoking is going to make very small of a difference. My lungs are now like that of an athlete- I can do my uphill biking without even noticing a change in my breathing rhythm. Of course it depends on how much you smoke and many other factors for that matter, but I think it will not be a problem. All the best, and please give us some feedback if you do start with it. I guess that other people too are thinking about this.

Thank you very much for your advise Slavko! Your review was very informative. I am currently over halfway finish with Insanity: I am a 19 year old college student and have been playing sports since I was 4 and lifting weights since the 7th grade.

I am a solid young lady lbs mainly muscle but my problem is the fat that is still covering my abs. I will say that I have seen some change, but I think that more could happen. The meal plan wants us to eat meals a day, but by me being in school, I can only get three and the options are not like what is recommended; however, I make healthy choices with what is offered and outside of school as well. I was wondering was there any advice you could give me as to how I could burn more fat along with Insanity workout.

My six pack is there and waiting to be shown off. Hey Missy The asylum? Another ball game over there. It is harder alright, way harder, but I doubt if the exercises are as much cardio oriented as those in the Insanity. Meaning- if there are exercises so hard, that they are done with lower amount of reps, then they are probably more muscle building oriented. And in order to see those abs, you need cardio; a lots of it.

Anyway, just guessing here. When it comes to the food, it is probably what makes the biggest difference. The diet plan is great to follow, but not as much as one might think. It is rather a blueprint for eating healthy, and can be copied, customized, arranged to fit your lifestyle. The thing is, some rules need to be met. Like for example eating times per day. Like the rule when it comes to protein, carbs, fats. I did that and my abs started to show.

You say you are half way finished with the program; be patient- some people see better results the last week than they did the first three. And having in mind that Asylum is 30 days, you cannot expect miracles in Up the protein intake, go low on the carbs not that much , and try consuming healthy fats.

Oh, another thing, try to make your carb consumption mainly from fruits and vegetables. And here are some foods that will help you burn fat tissue even faster http: If you follow by the letter. Try and make your carb intake to be consisted mainly of veggies and fruits, and over time increase protein on the expense of carbs. Avoid alcohol, almost everything out of a box, and maybe add some protein shakes or powder.

This review was very informative! I have actually tried the insanity workout with a friend once and it was tough! I have really been trying to reach my fitness goals and I really want to start the insanity workout. This may be a dumb question but while doing this program are you still supposed to do other forms of exercise, like I usually run a couple times a week, would I still need to do this?

Also I track what I eat in a food journal, so I am counting calories and try to stay under the goal and all that. As far as the workouts are concerned around how many calories are we burning here?

Sorry for all the questions I just want to have all my facts straight before I start. Hey Travis, great questions there. As for additional form of exercise, I will advice against it. Maybe some light form of physical activity like cycling on weekends, one or two miles jogging per week, or some swimming. Running I especially advice against, since at the beginning there is a lot of jumping involved in the program. Add running before your joints and ankles are used to all that stress, and you are likely to be injured.

Besides, if you feel that you need more exercise, just try to push yourself harder on each workout. The great thing is that not even the coaches that participate in the videos can go all the way, so there- a challenge.

Aim for more protein in your diet, make carb intake to consist mainly of veggies and fruits, and when it comes to sugar take a spoon or two of honey per day. As for fats, see to it that they are monounsaturated or omega 3,6,9. Calories burned are really hard to measure. Depends on your weight if you are overweight you spend more- more weight to move , depends on your body type, depends on your cardio levels, depends on sex guys burn more calories , depends on how hard you push yourself if both you and I start the exercises, and one of us rests for 5 minutes more than the other then we cannot talk about both of us burning the same amount of calories , depends on natural predispositions the same as some people are able to build muscle tissue faster , depends on how much muscle you have more muscle burns a lot more calories even while sleeping or watching TV , depends on the length of exercises second month ones are longer etc.

I would guess somewhere around give or take calories. If you push yourself really hard. Thanks you all that information was very helpful. I always seem to get confused when I hear to make something a certain percentage of my diet. So in terms of grams could u give me examples of how much I would need to intake as far as protein, carbs, and fats. Also I know salmon and other fishes have good fats, what other foods besides that contain the good fats that I will need.

As for healthy fats, you can eat peanuts, nuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, avocado, sunflower seeds, olive oil, olives, cereal, oatmeal, red meat…. Last year I did 2 weeks of insanity and I stopped. Now Im doing hip hop abs and sometimes I will throw in a little pure cardio or cardio abs from insanity.

I want to try the entire insanity program but I am terrified. I remember while doing it last year I used to fear my workouts as I thought this guy was trying to kill me. I was always perplexed by Shawn saying take a break if you need to but in the very next breath he is saying dont stop lol.

Your review and the feedback of other individuals has persuaded me to start next Monday and this time I am going to see it through to the end. Im starting at 5. I will check in a few weeks from now. Thank you for providing the boost that I needed.

But truth is, you are the one who has decided and is now ready to commit. So give yourself the credit, because this is the hardest part- to be determined to see it through the end. What challenges are you struggling with? What have you learned here today? How can I best help you produce the results you are looking for? Hi, I'm on recovery week, which is still more intense than i thought it would be! Thanks for the calendar. Insanity is my favorite workout of all time.

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