Post # 1
I’m starting Insanity on Monday. I’ve been losing weight on my own the last three years, and have reached 40 pounds lost. I’d still like to get a little more muscular, which is why I’m chosing Insanity.
Any one have any tips or advice in going at it? I’m coming with a very high fitness level (I play roller derby and I was an NCAA Div one athlete), so I know it’s an intense program.
Post # 3
@cirk: Hi there!
My advice would be to do as much as you can, and not get discouraged. My Fiance and I have both attemped Insanity, and we both quit because we were disappointed in ourselves for not keeping up. I mean, I truly wanted to puke. Granted, my fitness level os fairly low (I’m working on it now in more moderate ways).
Just remember that even if your fitness level is high, you might still struggle, but it’s called “Insanity” because the maker knows most people can’t keep up at first and feel like they are about to die. That’s what makes it so insane! But I’m sure you’ll see results!
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
@Kat: This is what happened to me also, 20 mins into the video and I felt like I was going to throw up.
Depends on how you want your body to look. If you just want more toning and to up your endurance level, Insanity is a good fit. But if you’re wanting ‘muscles’ as you said, I think something like P90X is what you’re looking for. Insanity is typically a lot of cardio 🙂
Post # 5
@Kat: That’s what I’ve heard. I’m worried because motivation is my hardest thing, and I’ve yet to do a workout video this long. I usually do Jillian Michael’s shorter ones, like 30DS. I’m worried the length is going to kill me.
@RipleyC: I guess I phrased that wrong. I’m definetly looking to tone more then muscle up. I’m focusing on cardio for my roller derby, so I chose Insanity over P90X for that reason (also i dont have the equpiment to do P90X, which I’ve done before and liked a lot)
Thanks for the info!
Post # 6
@cirk: There were a few reason why it didn’t last for me:
You jump and move so much that the floors shake, and living in an upstairs apartment makes it impossible to do this workout. I then moved onto the wooden back porch, and I got stuck with nails. No fun.
I also hated competing with my Fiance for floor space. We did it together and we were stepping on each other. In general, it’s the kind of workout you’re going to want to do on your own.
I was 100% soaked in sweat after I did the workouts, and so that required me to take a shower & wash my hair every single workout, and honestly, who has time for that every single day after a work-out? I actually can’t wash my hair everyday now because I’m on a medication that only allows me to do so about once or twice a week (sounds gross, but the medicine drys me out to much that if I wash my hair more it will start to fall out). This means that I have to do lower intensity cardio or live with crusty salty hair. Yuck!
Post # 7
@Kat: Nice to know! We live in a second floor apartment but there’s no one below us, so I’m not too worried about bothering anyone haha.
I sweat a lot as it is (I come out of the 30 day shred soaked in sweat, even though it’s not that intense!), so iH vae to shower after every workout as it is.
Did you look at the meal plan? I’m interested in that, but I dont know how close i’ll follow it.
Post # 8
@cirk: Actually I didn’t even realize there was a meal plan lol. My Fiance had Insanite boot legged (naughty naughty lol) so we just had the burned DVDs.
I wouldn’t follow their plan, personally. Unless it appealed to me.
There are plenty of ways to eat foods that you enjoy that are nutritious and would work well in conjunction with working out.
Post # 9
I’ve done 2 rounds (starting my 3rd…) and here is what I can tell you:
you probably know this already, but DO NOT go by the scale. When your muscles are recovering they had a tendency to retain fluid and that can make the scale shoot up, so keep that in mind. Take measurements and buy a smaller pants size to “weigh” yourself. I gained almost 15 lbs and I was overweight to start but my pants fit a ton better and I was in the best shape I think I was ever in. this wieght gain also might have been due too…
I craved salt HORRIBLY when doing this routine, so if you like gatorade, make sure you have it on hand or something that will rebalance your electrolytes.
Use the meal plan as a guide but listen to your body for what you need. The guide is a good starting point, but even with this intense cardio, you might only be burning 300-400 calories in the first month depending on your weight/height/current fitness level. So just be aware of that. The 2nd month is where the mayhem hits so to speak.
Do not give up. Yes it’s hard, but it does get easier. Yes some days you are going to really NOT want to do it, but again it is worth it. Good luck!
Post # 10
@cirk: I started doing Insanity the beginning of this month and I love it. The videos aren’t as long as the p90x videos. Usually the Insanity ones are less that 45 minutes. You do work really hard – I sweat more doing this workout than I do running or any other type of excerise, so I feel like I got a good workout at the end.
Some of the workouts are insane, but I just take a break if I need one. Even the people in the video have to take breaks for 1 rep or so. I personally love it. At the beginning, I did feel like I was going to puke but that just meant I was working hard, right?
Post # 11
@cirk: I started insanity last week. I definitely wanted to throw up the first dvd too. BUT I’m kind of getting into it now. I’m super sore don’t get me wrong but I’m looking forward to finishing the challenge.
Post # 12
@cirk: i’m starting insanity tonight too! so nervous!!
Post # 13
@cirk: My #1 advice for you would be to be careful with your knees!
My fitness level was below 0 before starting, and so I only really did what I could (not that many frog jumps) but even following the low intensity version my poor knees were in pain.
Just watch out 🙂
Post # 14
@Mimoza: I totally agree with you. I have horrible shins and they always cause me problems. I have to wear shin/calf sleeves when I’m doing insanity for that reason. The work-outs are just too intense when I’m not wearing them.
Post # 15
I did insanity a little while back. It really in… insane. I found that I kinda got bored with it, so I switched to turbofire, and I love it! I’ll still throw in some insanity here and there though. Good luck!