Described by its creator Shaun T as “the hardest workout ever put on DVD,” the Insanity workout program is aptly named and promises to transform your entire body in just 60 days. If you’re insane about exercise, especially cardio exercise, you’ll want to challenge your body with Insanity’s unique brand of advanced interval training and plyometric drills.
It’s 60 days of pure challenge, and if you think that you’ve reached your peak fitness level, think again, because Insanity will prove you wrong. If you decide that Insanity is not for you, there’s a 30-day money back guarantee, but you’ll know well before the 30-day mark if Insanity is your future.
Benefits of Insanity
If you’re used to interval training, get ready to reverse what you’re used to when you start working through the Insanity DVDs. Insanity is based on maximum interval training, utilizing long periods of intense activity punctuated by short rest periods for maximum benefit. Be prepared to spend around 45 sweat-drenched minutes, six days a week, on building a body you never thought possible.
You’re not competing against anyone but yourself. Instead of a set number of repetitions, you will perform as many repetitions as you can for each exercise in the allocated amount of time. Instead of using weight training, you’ll use the power of your own body to build lean muscle. This programs draws on the science of sports conditioning to help you achieve peak fitness in record time.
The Insanity workout program delivers 10 DVDs full of insane workouts. You’ll start with #1: Dig Deeper & Fit Test, which will put your body through the paces to determine your starting fitness point. Next up is #2: Plyometric Cardio Circuit, where intense lower-body plyometrics and cardio with burn fat and build muscle. The #3 DVD, Cardio Power & Resistance uses the body for strength training. The #4 DVD, Cardio recovery provides an “easy” day of recovery—easy under the Insanity standards.
After a day of recovery, you’re ready for #5: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs, which is a nonstop workout, no intervals here, to build rock-hard abs. At the end of the first month, you’ll take a little break with #6: Core Cardio and Balance to prepare you for your second month. The second month consists of #7: Max Interval Circuit & Fitness Test; #8: Max Interval Plyo, 86 minutes of advanced plyometrics; #9: Max Cardio and Conditioning; and #10: Max Recovery.
In addition to the DVDs, the program includes the Elite Nutrition Plan to help fuel your body properly for the exercise sessions, a fitness guide, a calendar and 24/7 online access to your fellow insane participants and fitness experts. For less than $150, delivered, you can push your body to the max and burn up to 1000 calories per hour with the Insanity workout.
Disadvantages of Insanity
Technically, Insanity is meant for people already in shape, but even if you are not in the best shape you can still follow the workout and do the best you can. It just might take you an extra round our two to get into top shape. Insanity also relies heavily on squats and lunges, so good knees are a must. You must be prepared to bring it, because Insanity is high-intensity redefined, and there is no word in the English language that quite describes what you’re going to experience—even in the warm-ups!
If you’re looking for the ultimate at-home cardio and plyo challenge, Insanity is the series for you. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s an at-home workout program. It would be difficult to find this sort of challenge in a top gym with a personal trainer. Insanity is over the top, and if you’re a person for whom failure is not an option, who looks a challenge squarely in the face, you will love Insanity from the very first DVD.
Oh, and once you’ve been there and done that, if you send in before and after photos, you will also earn a t-shirt reserved just for Insanity graduates!