Insanity Workout Review: A Very Effective Home Workout
This Insanity workout review was written after completing the entire 60 days of the program. I've thought about buying the Insanity workout DVDs for a good 6 months. I've already bought and completed other Beachbody workout DVDs, such as p90x and Tony Horton's 10 minute trainer. I'd been switching it up between those 2 DVD sets for about a year and a half and realized it was time for a change. I needed something new to shake my workouts up. I figured this would be the perfect challenge, and I could write an Insanity workout review afterwards.
A little background about me, I grew up playing sports and have continued to work out/exercise on a pretty consistent basis. I was never extremely overweight, but did put on some pounds here and there, like I think most people have. When I started p90x, and the 10 minute trainer videos, I was in pretty good shape. I wanted a challenge, and found one in both of those workouts. However, after completing each of these, I needed a change. I finally decided to give Insanity (affiliate link) a try. I figured I might as well write an Insanity workout review afterwards as well!
Basis of Insanity
Insanity is a completely different workout compared to p90x. It's based on max interval training, whereas p90x is based more on building muscle. Max interval training means you’re giving maximum effort throughout each exercise, and you get small breaks in between. What I also found out, that I wasn't aware of, is Insanity incorporates a lot of lower body exercises into their workouts. There are a lot of bodyweight squats, squat jumps, lunges, and other jumping exercises. I think that's one of the most important reasons why Insanity works. Squats incorporate such a large number of muscles in your lower body, that you burn a lot of calories when doing them. The more muscles you incorporate in an exercise, the more calories you burn!
The Insanity Workouts
Each Insanity workout follows a similar flow. You begin with a warm-up, which you complete 3 circuits of. For each circuit, you step up the intensity. The first round is pretty slow, you're just loosening up. The second round you go a little harder, and the third round you're giving full effort.
The warm-ups are pretty similiar between each of the workouts. They usually include jogging in place, jumping jacks, the Heisman, 1-2-3 Heisman, butt kicks, high knees, and mummy kicks. This is followed by stretching, which is critical to avoid injury. Then you begin the specific exercises designed for each workout. The average workout, including warm-ups and stretching, lasts around 40 minutes.
Each Insanity workout program comes with 10 workout DVDs, an elite nutrition manual, a fitness guide, a workout calendar, and a fit test tracker. I've found the nutrition manual and workout calendar to be especially helpful. The nutrition manual provides a lot of information on how your diet affects your workouts and results. There are also a lot of recipes included as well. The workout calendar makes it easy to stay on track of your workouts, so you know what to do every day of the program, which lasts 60 days.
I've seen great results from doing the Insanity workouts. Anyone can start doing them, it doesn't matter what your current fitness level is. It can be intimidating watching the infomercials and thinking there's no way you can do this, but you can. All you have to do is try, take breaks when you need to, and then continue on. As you do more workouts, they will become easier, and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment each time you finish one. The workouts are set up for you, all you have to do is follow the workout calendar provided, put in the DVD, and do your best! Please feel free to leave a comment regarding this Insanity workout review.