(Closed) Insanity Workout- A Good Idea?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think it will be fine for you, but it doesn’t sound like the best option for her if she doesn’t already work out like you do. It is a good workout, but it is definitely not the kind of someone who is just getting started.

I have friends who love it and have cycled back through it a second time and bought all of Shaun T’s other stuff, too. I couldn’t do it — I would have to stop and use my asthma inhaler half way through!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It’s hard.  I made it through 5 weeks before my back went out (I have a bulging disc.) I loved it when I was doing it though and still do it once to twice a week as one of my “heavy duty” cardio workouts.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m doing Rev Abs from Beachbody.  It is lower intensity but it is still hard.  I think Insanity is way over my limit.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

RevAbs is awesome, P90X is great as well.  Incorporates strength and cardio whereas Insanity is solely cardio.  I’m doing Brazilian Butt Lift right now to work on my lower body as I felt it didn’t get enough attention in P90X, but will be cycling back through and doing P90X+ soon.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@jenewitt: How do you like BBL? I got through 2 months of P90X before stopping and I felt like it targeted my lower half pretty well. The infomercials of BBL look fun and I’m interested in trying it at some point.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Turbo Fire or Turbo Jam are good options that are a bit less intense than Insanity, but still GREAT workouts!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Loved it!!! Its tough but worth the results. You can stop when its too much. I loved it once I learned that. I just took a 30 second break and then pushed through. It got me down to my goal weight and lower than High School. I had to stop following it 100% when my bad had problems. I couldn’t keep up with their speed on the 2nd month. I literally cried from the back pain! So ummm do it but just don’t try to hurt yourself like I did. Do what you can and not what they do. That the best suggestion.

 

If not them then try 30day shred. Its cool but not as difficult. If you go to veoh.com I think they have it and you can try it out. I went there and did the whole 30days just from their site. That at least got me ready for insanity. The moves are similar but at a slower pace.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Boopers:I guess I say it didn’t bc I work out with Fiance and he makes us skip the Legs  & Back workout because he doesn’t like it.  I’d probably feel different if I was doing that one.

I just started BBL and I love it so far.  Cardio Axe was the one I was worried about because I am SO not a dancer and have NO coordination.  But after doing it the 2nd time today I was having a blast!

Tummy Tuck is killer, I cannot do it straight through yet.

I’m excited to keep going and see the results over the next few months!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My fiance and I just started the Insanity workouts. Neither of us are in the greatest shape and at first, it was a real shock to our systems, but we can already sense a difference in how we feel and I think the workout is fantastic.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have pretty much kept beachbody in business over the past few years with my addiction to their informercials lol. I don’t own Intensity though because I know that if it’s not fun I won’t do it, so I didn’t bother ordering it because it honestly does look just too hard and I’ve heard that you aren’t supossed to do it past 60 days for medical reasons, and that seems not so healthy to me. (not entirely sure if that’s true, just what I’ve been told)

I would recommend Turbo Jam or Turbo Fire (the harder newer version) if you want something to do with your roommate. First of all they are SOO fun! I actually look forward to working out because the music makes it fun. They are easier to work your way into if you aren’t a pro athlete but you still get awesome results. I just started Turbo Fire a week ago and lost 4 lbs this week without changing my horrible eating habits. 🙂

P90X is also a great idea, but it is definitely harder and might prove to be too big a challenge for your roommate who isn’t used to working out. I would definitely try it for yourself though because it is an awesome workout 🙂 My Fiance does that to “train” for our wedding haha while I use Turbo Fire and on occassion do P90X with him.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This post got me interested in Insanity so I did a little research.  FH’s friend has been doing Insanity for a few weeks and he was singing its praises.  He said it is really hard and be prepared to not be able to keep up.  He also said that the guy in the videos isn’t as entertaining as Tony Horton but that he totally recommends it.  He said you will get great results and it slims you down as opposed to the more bulk friendly P90X.  I still have to finish phase 3 of P90X but then I plan on giving Insanity a shot.  I have a workout buddy so even if it is ridiculously hard we should be able to keep going and hopefully not die.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@jessjess: I kind of disagree with your friend.  I’ve done both and Insanity didn’t really slim me down at all.  It is all high-intensity cardio which was not really meant to burn fat and is a much more advance program.  I also don’t think P90X is bulk focused.  I lost most of my weight on this program and didn’t “bulk” up, but did more toning.  They have a “Lean” routine specifically for women so you don’t bulk up.

All in all — I’d say go with Insanity if all you want is high-intensity cardio.  I sweated my butt off in these videos but got bored more easily and missed the weight lifting of P90X.

But if you don’t like P90X something like Turbo Fire might be right up your ally OP!

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