My name is Gregory L. Gomez, a 5th grade teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and I am a proud participant of the Insanity workout program. I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a first-hand account of what the entire Insanity experience has been like from my perspective.
Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About the Insanity Workout Program
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Insanity workout program:
-How much time do the Insanity workouts take?
Each Insanity workout is a tad bit different in the length of time, but for the most part the time will range between 35-45 minutes. If you tack on 15-20 minutes for a stretching/cooldown and a shower, you will be looking at about an hour a day, six days a week.
-Did you do any preparation before starting Insanity?
Since I hadn’t really worked out on a regular basis for years (actually more like a decade), I wanted to prepare my body, and mind, for what the Insanity workout program was going to demand of me. After watching a number of clips online, and from their infomercial, I realized this workout program was definitely intense, and truly cardio-based. So for about a month before starting Insanity, I went running for about an hour 3-4 days a week. I wanted my body to get used to exercising and sweating so when I started the Insanity workout program, my body would not be completely shocked from the immediate induction of a daily workout schedule. It’s also important to note that when I started this pre-Insanity preparation, I also started eating healthier. My rationale was, if I am going to start an intense cardio-based workout in the hopes of losing weight, I might as well get started eating healthier at the same time.
The Insanity Workout Program Can Be Difficult to Stick With Unless You Are Mentally Prepared to Take on the Challenge
-Is Insanity a good workout program to use for a beginner?
Yes and no. I believe the answer to this question is entirely dependent on your current health situation and your ability to endure physical activity. Are you someone who has not worked out much the past few years? If so, then Insanity probably isn’t for you. At least you may not be ready for it yet. If you did some preparation for a month or two before starting Insanity (like I did), then yes you could probably handle the program and get positive results from following the entire schedule as planned. One option I recommend if you haven’t worked out in a long time is to first get a different at-home DVD workout program that is not as intense – like Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs or 21 Day Fix. Once you complete one of these less intense programs and start developing some healthy habits, you’d probably be ready for the Insanity workout program. And just so you know, at the BeachBody website (creators of Insanity) they state – “INSANITY is an extreme and physically demanding workout. This is NOT for beginners or individuals with any medical condition that may be compromised by extreme cardio and strength exercise. Consult your physician and read the enclosed materials before beginning the program.”
-What is the Insanity workout schedule really like?
The Insanity workout schedule is Monday through Saturday with a day of rest on Sunday. Every other Monday you will complete what is known as the “Fit Test” where you perform 8 exercises tracking the results so you can see how much faster and stronger you are getting. The workouts during the week vary every day aside from the Recovery Week which is after week 4 where you’ll do “Core Cardio and Balance” six days in a row. The other regular workouts are as follows Cardio Circuit, Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs, Cardio Recovery, Cardio Power and Resistance, Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Max Interval Plyo, Max Cardio Conditioning, Max Recovery, Max Interval Circuit, Max Cardio Conditioning and Cardio Abs. You will notice that the word “cardio” is in most of the titles of the workouts, so be prepared to sweat because that is definitely going to happen with these workouts.
-What has been the most difficult aspect about Insanity?
The most difficult aspect about Insanity was the getting over the first week hurdle. That’s when I was really sore as my body was getting used to a daily intense cardio workout. Once my body did not ache as much, and I was able to get through an entire workout without quitting (not until the end of my second week), I was actually looking forward to working out. One other difficulty I came across on a number of occasions was planning the time to do the workout. Even though I generally preferred to do the workout around 8pm nightly, sometimes this was not always possible due to other situations or activities that popped up. It’s on these days, when your regular time to workout is affected, that you need to plan accordingly so that you do not miss a workout. This unfortunately may mean you have to wake up an hour before work in the morning to do the Insanity workout. As difficult as that may seem to comprehend, on the few occasions when I had to do a 4:30am wake up, once I started doing the workout I was no longer sleepy, and I felt really inspired to eat even healthier during the day.
-Would you recommend Insanity to others?
I would definitely recommend Insanity workout program to those looking for something that is effective and works. However, it is imperative you are committed to the cause. Committed to lose weight and get in shape also means willing to change your eating habits especially if you have been a fast food “junkie” like I was. Doing the Insanity program in tandem with a healthy eating will work wonders for your body and you will start seeing the effects literally by the end of your second week. Personally, at the end of my second week I had already lost 10 pounds, so that motivated me even more to continue to follow the schedule and make sure I ate as healthy as possible.
-What does the entire Insanity program come with and how much does it cost?
This program is not some skimpy 1 or 2 disc set. You get a folder of 10 DVDs (10 different workouts) along with Elite Nutrition Plan, Fitness Guide, Calendar, plus FREE Online Support Tools for a total of $119.85. If you would like to see exactly what you will get in this 60 day program that guarantees results CLICK HERE to get all the details. They even have a money back statement “Get insane results, or your money back. You have a full 30 days to try INSANITY for yourself. If you’re not completely satisfied for any reason, simply call Customer Service to return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price, less s&h—no questions asked.”
If you are truly inspired to lose weight and get in shape, you really have nothing to lose. This can be your one-way ticket to the body you’ve wanted to get. What do you have to lose except excess weight?