I decided to take up the Insanity Workout as I wanted a refreshing change from the gym. I had grown somewhat tired of weight machines and mundane running on the treadmill. With a young baby, and working full time i needed my workouts to be time efficient, intense, and challenging. I primarily used the Insanity Workout as a way of supplementing my judo training. Being a 1st Dan black belt, I need to be in good shape especially with further promotional gradings looming.
About the Insanity Workout
The Insanity Workout programme consists of 10 intense DVD workout sessions packed with cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training.
With most interval training routines you have a normal level of exercise activity with short bursts of intense activity. In this workout you exercise at an intense level with short breaks of lower activity. The great thing about this home workout is that you do not need any weights or expensive equipment as your body provides the resistance. The only thing i got was a yoga mat, to stop the carpet wearing out!
The DVD workouts are clearly demonstrated by former Track and Field star Sean T. He is a great motivator, full of positive encouragement. Watching the others struggle in the workouts helps you get through it. The workouts also include frequent stretching and cooling down, which is very important to reduce muscle strains.
Does the Insanity Workout work?
The answer is yes, but it does not come easy. Be prepared to sweat, and then sweat some more. If you are a beginner it will probably take longer than 60 days as you may progress through the DVDs slower, at your own pace given the high intensity. I worked through the 60 days, using the calender provided, monitoring my improvements through the fitness tests set at required intervals. I lost over half a stone, gaining a leaner muscular frame.
The Insanity workouts are tough, and you will need to rehydrate properly. The Insanity Workout is as much about mental strength as well as the physical aspect. The recipe book provided offers some great tips on healthy and varied eating. The second month is a lot harder than the first, but as you improve and get used to the routines, you will soon adapt.
You may feel tired and sore but if you stick with the programme you should achieve great results. Overall i found it a very rewarding experience.
A good tip would be to do the workouts in the cold autumn, winter months rather than sitting watching the TV. You can watch TV after your workout!
I wish you every success if you decide to take up this challenge or another intense home workout. Thank you for taking the time to read this review article.