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!!