I feel like its been forever since I started the Insanity 60 day program. I love love loved it. Even though vacation and business trips got in the way a bit I think I did pretty good keeping on schedule. 6 days a week with Shawn T… it’s tough! Here is my Insanity review.
In April I decided for a number of reasons to try to go at it alone and do something different with my workout routine. Not having my personal trainer twice a week was tough to imagine but Insanity had me on track everyday. The Insanity program last a quick 60 days with almost daily boot camp like workouts. What I loved most about the program was that it was easy to get through the workouts, even when I was laying in a puddle of sweat on the floor, I felt like I was always moving on to a new move that challenged different muscles. Always have a towel and water bottle handy before you start one of these workouts!
Month one: Most of the workouts in month one were 40-50 minutes long, so they perfect for when you are strapped for time. The workouts focus on 3-4 minutes intervals of tough exercise followed by a 30 second break. Talk about an anaerobic workout! The warm up last about 8 minutes and I found it really helpful especially when my legs were so sore! Every workout on the program has a two stretch breaks, one after the warmup and then at the end. At first I thought it was too much downtime but then I realized that it was what was keeping me injury free. I have never stretched so much in my life! There are 5 different workouts that you cycle through plus the recovery day. Since you do these for 4 weeks straight you can really make some improvements in each routine. Towards the end of the first month I found that I needed to double up on some days to get in extra cardio… I mostly used Zumba!
Month Two: Welcome to a whole new level of Insanity. The workouts are substantially longer in month two, lasting 48-60 minutes each. I found these harder to do early in the morning because they were so much longer and took a lot more brain power. The timer countdown that counts the seconds of each interval was really handy helping me focus on the current move and to be able to make it through. Teh intervals are pretty much the same, 3 minutes hard thirty seconds off, expect that you have more of them. I found that if I just focused on one interval at a time the workout flew by. After my second week in month two I saw the most improvements in my cardio and body. The hard intense workouts were finally starting to really pay off! In general my cardio level was significantly improved during this month. It was also not necessary for me to do two workouts since I felt pretty tired after just the one workout!
Pros: You don’t need any equipment, Shawn T never got annoying and always kept me motivated, its like a group workout class in your living room, you will be dripping with sweat by the end of warm-up, stretch breaks help keep you injury free, you will see results if you follow the program exact!
Cons: Its 6 days a week so a fair amount of pre-planning your workouts is required, your calves and feet will hate you, its easy to get in a comfort zone with the workouts and not push yourself too hard, its hard to do other workouts you enjoy because you are so busy with the program.
I highly recommend this program to anyone who needs a kick in the butt. I found it much easier to do with my boyfriend. Something about having a partner to push you made it better. I think I will revisit this program in the winter when going to the gym gets more difficult.
Have you every done Insanity or P90X? What did you think?