Beachbody Insanity Workout

Going into an exercise program with the word "insanity" in the title, you have to anticipate something extremely intense. Well, I'm happy to say the Insanity Workout certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard.

Created by world renowned trainer Shaun T., Insanity Workout is seen as one of the most action-packed, challenging fitness programs on the market today that doesn't require a gym or any type of equipment.

But is it the home workout program for you?

Though my experience with Shaun T.'s incredibly passionate exercise yielded positive results, let's breakdown the ins and outs of the Insanity Workout so you better understand the program.

By the end, we'll give more of our recommendation to help you decide if it's the program for you.

What is the Insanity Workout?

Created as a product of BeachBody, LLC, this product first launched in 2000. After almost 20 years, it is still an insanely popular workout program. It is a 60-day program that focuses on "max interval training".

In usual interval training, you will experience an intense bout of exercise, followed by a long rest period. However, Shaun T. switches things up for Insanity. You're expected to do about 3-minute intervals of high-impact training, followed by 30 seconds of rest in between.

All in all, Insanity has 10 workouts. The routines take anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes to finish. You'll be doing it six days out of the week, which helps the program live up to its "Insanity" name.

In the first month of doing the program, you'll go through five different full-body workouts:

Fit Test

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Cardio Power and Resistance

Cardio Recovery

Pure Cardio

Once the first month is complete, you will go through a week of recovery. This recovery week has you performing Core Cardio and Balance.

If you didn't think things would get crazier, just know that the recovery week is intended to prep your body for the intensity of the second month. In the second month, you have four new exercises:

Fit Test and Max Interval Circuit

Max Interval Plyo

Max Cardio Conditioning

Max Recovery

Who Can Do the Insanity Workout?

If you haven't been intimidated yet by this program, let's see if it's actually something you can do. With how extreme this home workout program is, you should be in relative good health before you begin. Meaning, if you have any sort of heart condition or risks, you should most certainly check in with your doctor first.

However, let me be very clear about something: Insanity is not for pure beginners. You don't have to be some sort of fitness expert as the program does urge users to go at it at their own comfort level and pace. But it helps if you have some awareness of exercising in general.

An image of Beachbody Insanity Workout Base Kit

This is all because of the type of workouts you'll be doing requires some knowledge so that you don't wind up hurting yourself.

So, if you are looking to improve your level of fitness, then the Insanity Workout can be a good choice for you. Even if you are in shape though, this isn't something that will be easy right in the beginning. It's expected for you to struggle, but for you to also get better as time goes on.

One of the greatest benefits is that you can do it anywhere in your home that has a TV and room to maneuver. Just have a good pair of exercise clothes and shoes, and the rest relies on your body weight to add the necessary resistance to complete it all.

What Type of Results Can You Expect?

I won't lie to you, not everyone will have the same results. Same can be said for every home workout program though as it all depends on you personally and just how much effort and work you actually put in.

If you do the workout as intended, then there's little denying that you will see some sort of results. The high-impact exercises provide a thorough cardio workout that gets the blood pumping while tackling various areas of your body.

An image showing 60 days results of a man from insanity workout

For instance, the plyometrics uses a lot of jumping exercises and techniques that tone and strengthen your leg muscles. There are also cardio ab workouts that focus purely on your core. Insanity certainly lives up to being a full-body exercise program.

No matter where you are at fitness-wise, you should see an improvement in your strength and muscle definition by the end of the 60 days on top of losing weight. Of course, this is all hanging on if you perform the exercises as intended.

Pros and Cons of Insanity Workout

Like every exercise program, this product does come with both its benefits and disadvantages. Before making a decision to purchase this program, it's best that you take a look at all sides.

Pros

  • Full-body workout without going to a gym or using any equipment.
  • 60-day calendar is useful for staying on track.
  • Variety of workouts keeps things fresh and interesting.
  • Package comes with a meal plan that can aid in your weight-loss journey.
  • Good use of time as none of the exercises last beyond 60 minutes.

Cons

  • Exercises can be tough on those with any sort of joint problems.
  • Intensity of exercises makes it not so good for novice users.

Final Words

No one can ignore the "insane" part of the Insanity Workout, but it's one I have to undoubtedly recommend. The use of max interval training and the specific workouts offered in the program do a great job of shedding fat and building strength.

It touches various parts of your body, especially your legs. So, if you have some problems with joints, it may not be best for you. Otherwise, this program can be a good way to tone up your legs and core.

Shaun T. offers great encouragement throughout, so even if you find yourself falling behind, there's no shame in it. Just keep going at your personal pace and you should see results nonetheless. If you go through the 60-days and feel stronger for it, consider doing it all again to see how much you improve.

So, are you thinking about trying Insanity Workout or have you already done it? Tell me all about your thoughts or experiences in the comment section.


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