Oh the Insanity! A review

This post has been a long time in the making…my Insanity Review. Well, more like it’s just taken me a long time to finally do it. Most of you who know my fitness journey know that I completed the Insanity program, and it’s been a workout I still enjoy.
I began the Beachbody Insanity workout program in March of 2011 after being given the DVD set – I know, what a huge blessing! I was very apprehensive to start such a intense workout program, but I’d hit my plateau and needed a push! I was doing usual gym workouts that included some weights and cardio (hadn’t started running ‘full-time’ then yet) but the scale and my body weren’t changing for the good. I didn’t, however follow the meal plan. I’m a big believer in NOT doing diets or making drastic changes to diet for long-term success. I like to cheat here and there and if I keep moving, I feel that’s ok.
Shaun T, the drill sergeant of the workout, scared the poop out of me at first. He looked like, in the informercials I’d seen, like an ex-Marine who wanted to pass on his past bootcamp workouts to those who were willing to suffer through it. Not the case! I really love Shaun T. He relates to the viewer and encourages breaks, yay! He’s also witty and makes you chuckle through the sweat.
The DVDs are laid out like this –
1: Dig Deeper & Fit Test:
Shaun T goes through the workout philosophy with you. The Fit Test is something you do every 2 weeks to see just how many more you can do and to see where your fitness level is.
2: Plyometric Cardio Circuit:
You burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyo along with cardio movements. The first time you try it, you ask yourself what you got into exactly 

3: Cardio Power & Resistance:
These power moves are awesome because it all uses your own body weight to build strength and agility.

4: Cardio Recovery:
Shaun T gives you the option of a recovery week between Months 1 & 2. it’s also a nice one to do to keep up the strength but not all of the crazy jumping around.
5: Pure Cardio & Cardio abs:
I do Pure cardio to this day still, just about weekly. It’s cardio, straight through without intervals, and the abs section includes many of the moves you already know, focusing on the abs themselves.

6: Cardio Abs:
The HIIT abs workout on its own


7: Core Cardio & Balance:
Another recovery kind of DVD between the 2 months.


8: Max Interval Circuit:
Month 2 starts here…get read. It’s the same type of intervals that are more intense but do-able because your body has learned the moves from Month 1.


9: Max Interval Plyo:
Max Intervals with power and plyo, making it more intense
10: Max Cardio Conditioning & Abs:
A month 2 version of Pure Cardio and abs.
What I love about Insanity: The fact that you don’t need any dumbells, bands, nothing other than your own body. To me, it’s helped build lean mucle without bulk, if you now what I mean? I really like to keep moving and not have anything slow down too much because it makes the workout go by faster, IMO, and that’s how all of the workouts are in this set.
What ‘cons’ to think about: I don’t dislike anything the workout, honestly. What I encourage is that peeps make sure to use a hard surface. If you have hardwood floors or a fitness room at the gym, use it instead of at home on the carpet (under carpet is cement, bad for the joints.) I don’t encourage jumping around on any surface that isn’t stable. I also think you want to be sure you don’t have knee issues or shouldn’t be jumping around because you do it a lot! The workout is great if you are SAFE! Use the right form! If you don’t, you will hurt yourself and you can’t blame it on the DVDs. All of those pretty people in the DVD take breaks and sweat their butts off, no one is making you work straight through or do a move you aren’t comfortable with.
I’m still very protective over my Insanity DVDs!
I was never one to think I was ‘fat’ before, but I knew by body was capable of more and needed a challenge. I dropped about 15 lbs and lost 3 sizes (went from a 7/8 to a 1/2) after the 60 day program. I’m also asthmatic and feel that the workout built up my endurance which is why I am a much better runner now and can go farther and longer than I ever thought I could. I give mad props to Shaun T and the Insanity team for starting me on my most recent fitness journey of running a 1/2 marathon (maybe a full one day) and doing new and challenging things I might not have otherwise thought I could. I just want to share my story with others who might feel like I once felt and might be looking to shake things up a bit 😉
These are befores/afters of me between 2009 & 2011. I was maybe 5-10 lbs lighter than the 2009 pics when I started the program but to see the progress of 2 years is pretty awesome. I NEVER had abs until I did the workout.
* This review is based on my own experience with the Insanity workout – I was not paid to write this review. The thoughts here are my own opinions and I am not in any way recommending or not recommending the workout for anyone. Please see your physician for clearance on starting any new workout program.
Update: 8.10.14 – Be sure to check out my post about NOW being an Insanity Instructor!

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HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    July 13, 2012, 4:15 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! So you really dropped that much size just from the Insanity workouts? Holy transformation! I can see why you’re a believer.

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      July 13, 2012, 5:18 pm

      Yes ma’am! I mean I lost some after those 2009 shots, but still Insanity did most of the toning! Thank you! 😉

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    July 13, 2012, 5:28 pm

    I have never tried Insanity. But have heard lots of good things. I might have to try it. I have done P90x off and on but my one gripe is for the arm workouts you need a bar. I live in an apartment, where would I put the thing without making huge holes? LOL

    You look great though. Way to stick with the program! 🙂

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    July 13, 2012, 5:40 pm

    Insanity is SO on my fitness bucket list!!! I just can’t do that kind of workout in my apartment without ticking off my neighbors! haha. Great write up! I’m your newest follower!

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      July 13, 2012, 6:11 pm

      Great to have you, thanks for the support! 😉 Maybe you can find a open gym room or friends’ house with hardwood floors 😉

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    July 17, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Awesome review! I posted it to my page…and going to add a link to my blog site. You could probably share this with Beachbody too! 🙂

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      July 17, 2012, 5:47 pm

      Thanks chica! Someone from beachbody already contacted me too 😉

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    July 12, 2015, 10:37 am

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    July 27, 2019, 7:15 pm

    I love this workout and agree that everyone should do it to be healthier overall! Cardio blast and sweat drenching!
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