I did it. I completed the Insanity workout program. If you’re only interested in my Insanity results, scooch on below, because right now I’m simply reveling in the fact that I finished it. If I wasn’t so tired right now, I’d be jumping up and down in excitement at meeting my goal. Collapsed in a chair soaking up my success feels pretty darn good though.
It’s been nine weeks since I started Insanity, and my review of it is a thumbs up. But you’ve got to be realistic with yourself and your abilities.
- If you have trouble with your joints, use caution with this workout program. It involves a lot of plyometrics. In the last two weeks I had to modify some of the jumps because my knees were shredding into tiny little pieces.
- To do Insanity every day, you need to be a mover and shaker already. I don’t think this is an appropriate program for someone who is just starting to exercise, and it isn’t marketed as such.
- Insanity takes time. The second month of workouts were an hour.
- You’ll get as much out of it as you put into it. That goes for any workout program.
- Watch what you eat. I didn’t pay special attention to my diet while I was doing Insanity, and I didn’t use any of the shakes or supplements suggested. I think I would have had even better results if I would have been more strict with my eating habits.
- Do what you can. Push yourself, yes, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do 3 minute intervals with 30 second rests for 45 minutes straight. I certainly couldn’t, and even the group of people on the DVD took water breaks and rests.
- The first four days of the second month of workouts killed me. I was in a major slump and mentally I was on the verge of breaking down from the strain. Fitness requires a lot more mental strength than many people realize. It really took me by surprise, because I nailed the first month. The intensity skyrockets in the second month, and I really struggled with them in the beginning. Work through it, and you’ll hit your stride.
- If you are competitive, this is a good workout program. If you want something that is intense, this is a good workout program. It takes time and it’s not cheap, but even if you only half dedicate yourself to the fitness regimen you will get in better shape.
I don’t have a before and after shot. I didn’t think to take one at the beginning, and it just feels a little awkward to me. I don’t have six-pack abs either, but the difference between Day 1 and Day 60? Huge. I think. Why am I not more sure? Because my numbers – yes, those numbers that women pay so much attention to – aren’t great. In fact, my scale says I’ve gained three pounds.
And that’s okay with me. When I started Insanity, I didn’t need to lose weight. I was thin when I started, but I was out of shape. Remember, the whole reason I decided to try Insanity was so I could get prepared for Project Half Marathon.
There are two things I’m particularly proud of as I look back on these nine weeks of Insanity. First, I skipped one workout. I’m still a little miffed that I skipped it, but out of nine weeks? I remember slaughtering the workout I did the next day so the rest is exactly what I’d needed.
Second, my numbers. Not those numbers I mentioned above, but my fit test numbers. Every two weeks, the Insanity workout program uses a fit test of eight different exercises to test the progress you’ve made. You do as many repetitions as you can in one minute for each exercise with a short recovery break between each minute-long exercise.
My numbers don’t lie, and I’m kinda awfully dang proud of ‘em.
Exercise: Day 1 Fit Test/Day 60 Fit Test:
- Switch Kicks (2 kicks=1 rep): 45(90)/69.5(139)
- Power Jacks: 45/64
- Power Knees: 75/117
- Power Jumps: 28/75
- Globe Jumps: 6/12
- Suicide Jumps: 13/25
- Push-up Jacks: 18/27
- Low Plank Obliques: 31/69
I was collapsed on the floor in a puddle of sweat on my Day 1 Fit Test, and I was in the exact same shape today for my Day 60 Fit Test. The better my cardiovascular system worked, the more I could do and the harder I pushed.
Insanity works. It’s a good program (though hard) and I would recommend buying Insanity if you’re serious about getting toned and fit.
I’m excited and a little relieved to be done with Insanity. I like the structure of the workout, but I don’t want to be tied to an indoor workout program through the long days of summer. I love the outdoors and can’t imagine coming home to spend my evenings doing a television workout in my living room.
Now I channel my inner Forrest Gump and start running. I have 10 weeks to implement my Project Half Marathon plan. Thus far that plan includes…running. Seems like a good start, right?