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How to know if Insanity workouts are right for you

A lot of people have asked me about the Insanity workouts by Beachbody since I started using them in May. As much as I love all 15 of them, I have to admit that they are not for everyone. At least not to start off with.

If you are completely new to fitness– or have some health issues– you should definitely use a different program to build some basic stamina first.
Of course, you can also just dive in — but be prepared to take frequent breaks and go at your own pace which will be a lot slower than the models in the DVDs. Seriously. You have to work yourself up to this level.

When I first started I felt like I was moving in super slow motion in comparison to Shaun T. and his team. It’s a good thing that there are no people in my living room, because I was highly embarrassed. Until I realized that I was improving a little bit more with each workout. It’s amazing what your body can do with the right training, nutrition and mind set.

Although I am not sure how many levels of difficulty all the other Beachbody workouts have, Insanity is definitely one of the top three hardest programs that will test your will power more than anything.

If you have done any rigorous exercises before, but maybe not for a while, then you should be up to par within a week or two. Otherwise, give yourself as much time as you need to perform at the same level as Shaun.

The Insanity program basically consists of interval training that utilizes plyometric and core exercises. Instead of doing long intervals of low intensity and short intervals of high intensity Shaun reverses that and uses long intervals of maximum intensity with short breaks in between. Needless to say, it will improve your endurance significantly and bump you up a few fitness levels by the time you are done 60 days later.

Of course this program benefits competing athletes the most since it will improve their explosiveness along with all the other aforementioned benefits. But anyone can enjoy working up a good sweat while toning up the entire body from head to toe.

As always, you should consult a doctor prior to starting any exercise program to rule out any underlying issues.

Let me know if you have any questions or just share your Insanity experience with us in the comment section below.

Now, off to Insanity and beyond!!

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How high can you jump?

During my INSANITY┬« Core Cardio & Balance workout today I had one of those proverbial “aha” moments when Shaun T. said:”It’s not about how many [reps] you do, it’s about how high you jump.”

Essentially, that means to me that quality outweighs quantity yet again. But how do you apply that to your fitness routine? Any fitness routine for that matter.

The answer to that question is form and focus. Sure, reps are important to track your progress and measure how hard you are working. However, any number of reps becomes obsolete if your form stinks. In other words, doing 15 wishy-washy reps is as good as sitting on your couch and watching TV.

Shaun always reminds us to focus on our core to make sure we are using it to get the most out of each exercise.

In case you are not sure if your form is correct, use a mirror or ask yourself if you are feeling any kind of muscle exhaustion or burn. If you don’t feel much of anything chances are you did not utilize the appropriate muscle group due to improper form and lack of focus.

On another note, I have really grown to love these plyometric exercises and found that I can jump significantly higher than I ever thought I could. Never underestimate the power of a focused mind!

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