(Closed) Insanity workout..

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am also curious about this..I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels but was thinking after a month maybe I should “upgrade” to the Insanity workout (especially since in August I will have to wear a bathing suit in public…uh-oh)

I’ve heard it tones more than actually shedding pounds…that can’t be true! Doesn’t it shed pounds if you are careful with your diet along with the workout?

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve never sweat so much in my life but it’s amazing! I barely survived the so-called “warm-up” in the first week, but after just two days in my abs already started to show a bit of definition. I was fairly slim to begin with and before this programme I ran an average of 20-30 mi/wk, but Insanity made my body look leaner and more toned in a shorter amount of time than regularly running.

I couldn’t do a push-up to save my life (even when I did the girly-version) when I started but I’m so proud of myself for now being able to keep up with the video.  I am actually a huge fan of any section that involves pushups, especially those moving pushups. (It really puts the Fiance to shame!) I consider this a personal victory because I haven’t successfully completed a single pushup since high school. Ahh, high school, those were the days….But in my adult years I had the “down” part, it was the “push back up and repeat” part that proved difficult!

I seriously hate doing squats but this programme makes you do several different versions of the squat (“basketballs” ugggh) in pretty much every single workout.  My legs used to be muscular in a “bulky” sort of way because of running and riding  horses regularly.  The only reason I’m still motivated to suffer through the Insanity squats is because my legs have slimmed down.

The only big issue I’ve had is that my feet would cramp during the lateral 1-2-3 heisman moves. I resolved the issue by switching to a different pair of shoes. Also, I make sure to keep myself well-hydrated but I can’t drink too much right before I work out.  One day the liquids in my stomach wouldn’t stop swishing around when I was trying to do the floor sprints, and I think I accidentally gave myself reflux?  Anyways, point of the story is don’t workout right after eating a meal or a liter of water!

The DVDs come with a booklet that provides guidance on meals/caloric intake.  I haven’t actually read the booklet on what my caloric intake should be, but I do keep a diary of everything I eat and I average about 1300-1500 calories a day. 

Overall, this programme has helped me with my stamina and muscle strength. I’m leaner and meaner, but I can’t really comment on its effects on weight loss because I started at 106 and now I’m 105.  I have, though, lost 2 inches around my waist. I consider it a great cardio workout (it literally is INSANE) and it doesn’t ever bore me.   Even though I’m a month in I still have to take a bunch of breaks, and on occasion I have taken a day or two off in between workouts to allow myself to recover. It’s not like I had a choice anyway, one day I was so sore I could barely move!

Let me know if you have any questions. Congrats on your upcoming weddings and good luck with your fitness goals!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am doing it–it is GREAT! You will be sore the first day, but if you keep up with the schedule, you won’t be as sore. They stretch you out pretty well to prevent some of that.  I feel like I am getting a different kind of workout than my normal running/elliptical. I see myself toning up in areas that were previously ignored. And as @Cartesienne said, I have never sweat so much, either! i am not a sweater, but man does it feel good to know I have worked out enough to work up a sweat! I highly recommend it to anyone, just make sure you have the time to keep up with it. I’ll admit, I have missed a day or two, but I try to keep up.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m hoping to actually use mine this summer!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Me and Fiance can’t decide if we should take the plunge and buy this program…but you all make me want it bad! I really want TurboFire, but that’s more of a girly workout.

Are the workouts really long? Is it feasible to find the time to do them every day?

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Wannabe-diy-bride: The programme is feasible for me to do everyday, but of course, we all have different schedules and demands. The workouts (including warmup/cooldown) for the set of DVDs for the first month are under 40 minutes.  It seems like such a short time to workout (I used to do dvds that were at least a full 60), but this is the most intense thing that I’ve ever done that 40 sounds right!  What’s nice is that there’s a timer at the bottom of the screen the scrolls and countsdown so you know how much time is left until the next move.  To keep myself going I look at the clock and go, “Ok, I only have to do this for 8 more seconds….7…6….keep going…”  Of course, somedays I look at the clock and see there’s 20 minutes left of the entire workout and I’m like “ugghh”….I feel like this is one of those things I have difficulty starting (i.e. walking to the dvd player and hitting “play”) but I NEVER regret a day that I finish a workout!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do it! I’m on my second round of Insanity. It will bust your behind, but just take it slow and you will be surprised when you can almost keep up with them! I say almost b/c there has not been a single time I haven’t had to take a break. A lot of the people in the video take breaks themselves so don’t feel bad!

I use it mostly to supplement my running and it definitely makes me a better runner. I think it’s the most efficient at home cardio DVD there is. You will work every muscle group.  

I also take After Glow Post-workout Recovery Formula which I find helps sooooo much in the soreness. Seriously, best, stuff, ever.

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2016

LOVE IT!!!!!! 🙂 I teach this in my fit clubs. Absoutely amazing.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I started trying to do it a week or two ago and ran into a problem.  I play ultimate frisbee and the weather’s been great – we’re playing 3 or 4 times a week.  My initial thought was to switch off days – TERRIBLE idea.  After 2 days of Insanity and two days of ultimate, I was in too much pain to sleep through the night.  I’m trying to figure out how I can juggle my schedule to at least slowly start adding the workouts (1 or 2 a week) to my routine without causing myself any joint damage.

But I definitely do recommend them.  I’m in pretty good shape and they’re a great workout and really varied so it doesn’t get boring.  I definitely sweat harder in 40 minutes of insanity than 40 minutes of running.

I’m curious if anyone else had hamstring issues after the first few workouts… at first I was just regular sore from all the squats and stuff, but after a few days of trying to power through, it turned into a concentrated tightness behind and around my left knee. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow this is the first time i am hearing about this. I should give it a try. I am currently doing JM 30 Day shred. I don’t exactly need to ‘shred’. I just  need to maintain my tone and weight. I recently finished P90x and whoa!!! OMG! What an awesome workout regiment! I will definitely give this ‘Insanity’ a try. I just couldn’t bear those 60 mins or more workouts. I literally don’t have the time anymore ever since I have had to take public transit. Grr!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Sasha2011:  This is actually the first DVD workout I’ve tried to do (well, since middle school or so), so I’m not really an expert, but I get the sense that it’s more like P90X than 30 Day Shred.  It’s definitely aimed at people who already have a high level of fitness, can do a few pushups, etc.

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