Insanity – Why Didn’t I Do This Sooner?

Insanity – Why Didn’t I Do This Sooner?

Each of these programs is one I have personal experience with (as in, I’ve actually done the program, start to finish myself).

In my reviews I will tell you what I like about each, as well as what I didn’t like or struggled with. I will also give you my assessment of who each one might be a good fit for.

Most of the folks I met on the Beachbody message boards back when I was doing my third round of P90X had jumped from that program to Insanity. For some reason it just didn’t appeal to me at all. After completing the program (finally) I feel like a dork for not doing it sooner.

Insanity is a pure cardio fitness program. In a lot of ways it’s a perfect compliment to P90X – which focuses a lot on strength building and resistance training. Insanity gives you intense cardio, more intense cardio and then, even more intense cardio, with just enough body weight resistance to help you develop some strength.

The Good

Shaun T. Really, the best thing about all of his programs is him. He’s positive and he’s a total cheerleader. You actually feel like this guy believes in you and is rooting you on.

The workouts are intense and sweat-drenchingly effective. You’ll burn a lot of calories and feel like you worked hard. All you need to complete this program is some space to move around and the will to do it (and a level of fitness appropriate to such a challenging and intense program). If you don’t want to invest in fitness equipment, or clutter your house with fitness toys, this one is perfect for you.

The Bad

This is not a program for a beginner. Not at all. Breaks are few and far between, there’s no real modifier offered for any of the moves, the pace is quick, and as I’ve said, intense, and your heart rate is going to soar. Someone who is trying to just get off the couch and start moving more is going to get wiped out quickly. And if you’ve got injuries, are significantly overweight or nursing any kind of high blood pressure or heart condition, I’d pick a program that can be more easily modified or scaled back.

You’re also going to need a fair amount of room to move. Like 22 Minute Hard Corps, you’re going to move around from one end of the living room to the other. If your space is confined you won’t get as effective a workout. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve got the right kind of shoes. Running shoes are going to trip you up. Cross trainers are the ticket here. And barefoot is not really an option.

What’s the Best Way to Get It?:

There’s not a stitch of gear needed for this program. Get on Beachbody On Demand and get access to the rest of the library along with it so you can move on to something different when you’re done.

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