A little late, but here it is…
Welcome to the last bit of Insanity, my final fit test and review of all the disks included in the package.
Sunday: The Final Fit Test
So, the Final Fit Test.. here is what I’ve done before, and what I’ve reached:
|Exercise||Count #1||Count #2||Count #3||Count #4|
|Push Up Jacks||5||20||x||25|
|Low Plank Obliques||30||38||x||44|
I believe Insanity! was completely worth doing. It provided fun workouts and Shaun T wasn’t annoying so listening to him for six days straight for nine weeks wasn’t bad. The first month of workouts all burn about 600 to 700 calories a workout, then in the second month, the workouts burn over 1000 calories. The second month really, really, really sheds the fat. Of course, the intensity of the workouts are on a whole other level.
I’d suggest that if you can’t hack the second month to redo the first month to build up the needed endurance and strength to handle the second month. The second month of workouts are definitely aimed at people who are in great shape and just need that last little push to remove some of the stubborn fat from their bodies. If this isn’t you, I think doing the first month again is a good idea because you know you can handle the first month routines and pushing yourself harder in those is going to do you good.
Now, for the things I didn’t really like. First the warm-ups were good, but I didn’t like getting my heart rate really high and then just stopping to do stretches after nine minutes of warm up. I didn’t hurt myself during the warm ups, but I’m pretty sure it could happen and that would just stink given you could have easily done 3 minutes of warm up, do the stretches then finish the last 6 minutes of the warm up. The stretching I liked, I thought they did a good job of stretching out the muscles you are going to use for the workout.. with one exception. They never stretch out the calf muscles. So I ended up stretching them out myself since you’re doing so much jumping and bouncing side-to-side and up-and-down that it well worth the extra 20 seconds to stretch them out. Another big issue is no where do they explain how to do the exercises correctly. I would have liked to have seen a disk where they only showed the exercises in a slower pace so that you could see exactly what made a good rep vs. a bad one or ways to modify the exercise if you couldn’t do it exactly because your arms or legs were feeling like rubber. The one last thing that annoys me is the glut of Beachbody trainer run sites that all say the same thing and don’t give a good thing saying what they do and don’t like about the workout. They just repeat the exact same thing over and over and over.
I would recommend Insanity to people as a way to lose weight; however, there are caveats. First, you need to be able to jump and hop and move around fairly well for it to be effective. Secondly, you need to be a self-motivator. You are not going to survive or even finish Insanity otherwise. Thirdly, following their food plan is good and all (it isn’t that poorly planned out), however, for some people it might not be very optimal (e.g. type I diabetic, etc). And lastly, be prepared. It is hard, it is harder than any other workout I’ve ever done. I’ve sweated more, I’ve jumped up and down more, and I’ve done more push ups in two months than I ever did before. Also be prepared to modify some of the exercises and stretches since you know your body better than someone on a DVD. If a muscle is tensing up, pause the disk, stretch it out, and go back to it.
Individual Disk Reviews
Insanity! comes with 10 disks in the normal package, 12 in the deluxe package and 13 in the highest package. Here are my thoughts on each of them:
Disk 1: Dig Deeper and Fit Test : This is the first disk you’ll watch when you get started on Insanity. It’ll give you the generic pep-talk and tell you to be ready to work harder than you’ve ever worked before. You’ll see the Fit Test multiple times, so get used to it. It isn’t that hard and it’ll move really quickly — just keep a pen and paper or a laptop computer near you when you’re doing it to record your results.
Disk 2: Plyometric Cardio Circuit : This is one of the standard routines you’ll see a lot of. At first it seems like a lot to take in, but by the end of the first month, you’ll still be tired at the end of it, but feeling a lot better. I think it’s called plyometric since you’re supposed to be hopping up and down more in this one than others; but with how fast you do all the routines, they really start to blend together.
Disk 3: Cardio Power and Resistance : They tell you these are power moves, but like I’ve said before, a lot of the exercises all feel the same. This one does put more emphasis on doing the exercises with explosiveness which should help build the lean muscles (assuming you do them right).
Disk 4: Cardio Recovery and Max Recovery : Calling these two routines recovery is a misnomer. Recovery is sleeping and resting, not doing exercises. Anyway, the cardio recovery is used during the first month, while max recovery is used during the second month. I concentrated on doing all the exercises perfectly as opposed to trying to keep up with all the people on the disk. Neither of the routines ask you to do anything extraordinary so take it for what it is, and stay relaxed while pushing yourself just a little.
Disk 5: Pure Cardio and Abs : For some reason, I really enjoy the pure cardio disk, even though there are no designated water breaks. As with all the Insanity disks, it starts out easy (somewhat..) and speeds up while asking you to put as much power into it that you can. You’ll be drenched in sweat by the time the cool down stretches occur. However, once they’re done, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t started another workout. Of course, that is where Cardio Abs comes in. It is a quick 16 minute abs-centric workout with a quick warm-up (since you’re already pretty warm from your previous workout) and then right into exercises. There are no crunches, but it is still really rough. I liked it though.
Disk 6: Cardio Abs : I don’t know why they put it on a disk by itself, when it is on disk 5.
Disk 7: Core Cardio and Balance : I liked this workout a lot and wished it was in the regular rotation of workouts instead of seeing it six times in a row. It does a lot of balance-type exercises along with some exercises that really freaking burned.
Disk 8: Max Interval Circuit : Think of the interval circuit stuff above, then add an additional set of exercises. The warm-up routine also changes slightly, you’ll find yourself doing exercises in warm-up that you were doing as part of the main workouts in the first month. The workouts definitely turn it up a notch in the second month.
Disk 9: Max Interval Plyo : I never knew there were that many ways to do push-ups… now I do. Be prepared to be worn down, the workouts now start pushing a full hour and they don’t slow down then speed up as in the first month. You push pretty hard to really hard — not learn the exercises to really hard.
Disk 10: Max Cardio Conditioning and Abs : Welcome to the cardio conditioning routine that lasts about an hour with no set water breaks (take breaks btw). It is rough like all the Max stuff, but you’ll find yourself getting accustomed to the routine near the end much like the first month. It’ll be bad, just not as bad.
Disk 11: MAX Interval Sports Training : Now, these last three disk come if you picked the crazy-insane-deluxe-edition or whatever they call it. You don’t need them to finish Insanity, they just add a little variety. This one is tough, and I almost felt like not doing this disk and dropping back to the one they suggest when you do it the first time, but since I’m stubborn, I did it anyway. He uses a lot of exercises from various sports so if you’ve ever seen football drills, basketball drills, or taken a martial arts class a lot of the exercises won’t seem so foreign to you (a good thing).
Disk 12: Insane Abs : Instead of 16 minutes abs workout, you get 33. You also get more of a warm-up and a much longer routine. I can’t say there is much more to write home about than that. It is harder than the first abs disk of course, but you’re used to it by now :).
Disk 13: Upper Body Weight Training : Imagine doing the moves you’ve done before, but with free weights.. you’ve basically got this disk down. I’m not so sure how I feel about this disk, even after watching it a few times. Maybe once I go through P90X I’ll have a better view of what I think of it.
Weekly Review Logs
You can also read over my weekly workout logs here: