Post # 1
I started weight watchers about a year ago and lost almost 25 pounds just by changing the way I eat (very little intense exercise outside of recreational sports). I had a few more pounds to go and hit a plateau so FI suggested trying insanity together. I figured this would be great because we would exercise together and also it would help me tone up!
I’m just about finished with week 2 and very excited about it! I’ve lost almost 3 pounds which surprised me because I was hoping to build muscle doing this and it seems like so far I’ve only lost fat. Maybe in the weeks to come I’ll start gaining a little muscle.
I’ve read articles that once you finish the program you need to remain really active or you gain it back so I plan on starting 5ks once this program is done and hopefully moving up to a half marathon. This series is kind of my kick start into exercising and I’m hoping to keep up my motiviation.
Anyways, any other bees out there doing this program? How’s it going for you? Anyone finish it? Did you continue doing it?
Post # 3
I’m currently doing it for the 4th time. I never really gained a lot of muscle, it’s more of a cardio workout, so you’ll just get lean. It’s definitely not the best exercise for someone who wants to “buff up.” But it’s awesome for getting toned and lean! I love it!
Post # 4
@LilliePad: toned and lean is definitely what I’m going for so I’m happy to hear this! Do you think you gained any muscle weight? Or did you just lose weight? When you repeated it did you start on the first month (I think those work outs are a little easier)? Or did you just keep doing the work outs from the second month?
Post # 5
I plan on trying it once we have a house. I’m on the second floor right now, and although wouldn’t mind jumping around, have a little more consideration for my neighbors than they do for me.
Post # 6
A few months ago I attempted to start Insanity. I only did the fit test, and I felt like I was going to be sick during the test and after. It took about 45 minutes for me to feel normal again. I didn’t do anything after that because I hated feeling that way. I want to feel accomplished after a workout (like how I feel after running), not absolutely miserable 🙁
I still have Insanity, so maybe I’ll try again. But it’s going to take a lot to convince myself lol
Post # 7
I did it on Monday and Tuesday of this week. I had to get over the intial soreness, but I’m getting back in to in tomorrow in full-force. I love it! The most I’ve done before is somewhere around 42 days and I felt AMAZING when I was doing it!!
@CurlyTop24: Keep in mind you are allowed to press pause and take breaks whenever you need it! I was like that the first few times I started it, but it’s really amazing to see how much more you can do as the time passes by =)
Post # 8
@Brideonabudgetlauren: True. Maybe I was trying too hard to do my absolute best instead of easing into it. (And if I take it easy the first time, the progress later will seem even better! Lol)
Post # 9
@Rubbs: Luckily we are over our garage so no one has to listen to us jump around, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have done it right now but waited until we are in our first floor apartment!
@CurlyTop24: I tried out P90X and felt like that after so I’m hoping to maybe try that again after Insanity because I hate feeling like that too! I felt a little sick during the FIT test and the first work-out, but after those I felt a little better. Not sure if it’s because I had to get used to working out indoors without the fresh air or what but now I don’t have any problems. Also, like PP said make sure you take breaks! I do, heck, even the people in the video do. I track my heart rate as well to make sure I’m doing the interval work correctly which I think helps.
@Brideonabudgetlauren: Yeah, I was worried the initial soreness would always be there and it was hard to get over it, but now my muscles are just tired afterwards instead of being super sore. I feel great doing it and I can’t wait to finish the whole series!
Post # 10
@MrsBeck: I don’t think I gained any muscle weight but I’ve played sports all my life and I run a couple miles a day so I was already pretty toned to begin with. Insanity just helped me get more definition. I think I stayed the same weight, or maybe lost a few pounds, but there was a definite difference in definition and stamina. I took several month breaks between each time of doing it, so I started from the beginning each time, but if I had started im again immediately after finishing it, I would have just started with the second month, because there is a pretty big difference between the first and second month.
Post # 11
My FI and I did Insanity after finishing two rounds of P90X and doing a round of P90X2, and found it to be more of a cardio workout than anything else. We thought we were in decent shape after the P90Xing but we were proven wrong.. lol. We’ve now finished Insanity Asylum volumes 1 and 2, and doing a combination of the two programs (they’re the shorter 30-day sequels to Insanity, which have a lot more variety in the workouts).
I found I lost a bit of muscle mass doing Insanity as it doesn’t have enough strength training, but Insanity Asylum has a nice variety and I’m starting to see my muscle mass back to where it was during the P90X days. Also, my FI and I started running again recently and we found a remarkable improvement in our cardio, which is amazing! We can run at a decent pace for a longer period of time than we used to.
It’s true that you really do need to keep active after these programs. It’s all about a lifestyle change. I went through a highly stressful period last year for a few months where I slipped on my healthy eating and skipped workouts, and ended up gaining back almost 10 pounds. I’ve learned my lesson and have accepted that I’m just one of those people who has to work hard at keeping the weight off. I’m so grateful that my FI is my eternal workout buddy (he’s the same with the weight issues) and we motivate each other to keep active. We’re now going to focus on training for a half-marathon in the summer and gradually work ourselves up to a full marathon.
Best of luck! All the hard work and effort is worth it 🙂