I have always thought that Insanity was more than just cardio from what I had seen but, seeing as I had never done it before, I couldn’t argue with those who kept telling me that it was nothing but cardio. Well, now I am happy to tell you the “real story”! (aka my opinion) Here are some observations and tips after my first week on the program:
1. Cardio is a Huge Factor
Obviously, Insanity is very heavy on the cardio. The workouts are based around interval training so you go through times of high intensity and then low intensity. You are always encouraged to take breaks if you need them though. People will a high cardio base will do well with this aspect of the workouts.
2. Strength is Important
A lot of people say Insanity is “just cardio” but it is not. There is a lot of jumping, squatting, and even push ups. Some of the moves require serious strength in muscles you probably don’t use very often. Just do the best you can and Shaun T emphasizes not to sacrifice form. Modifications of moves are usually not possible so just do as many as you can before taking a break.
3. It is Intense
Now, I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying this but I feel like if I was any less fit than I am now, I would have been frustrated (but that is my personality). The cardio is intense but I am ok because I have been running for 3 years. The strength I struggle with more but I am happy with the amount of exercises I can perform. No matter your fitness level, you can always take a break, take a second to breathe or maybe relax you muscles and you will still see great results from this workout program!
4. Make it Through Week 1
On day 3, my calves hurt like crazy. By day 5, I wanted to take a rest day! But I just kept pushing through the workouts and it was never really so bad. I never hurt for more than a day and when I was tired, once I started moving, I did ok. At first, 6 straight days of Insanity doesn’t sound pleasant but by the end of the week, you realize it wasn’t that bad and you can totally do it.
5. You Will Love It
At least I do! Shaun T is very positive and encouraging in the videos which makes the torture maybe slightly ok. The way the workouts are laid out also make them not seem so bad as the minutes tick down to the next move or the next segment. It doesn’t seem like you’ve been going that long with the way its broken up. I never really glance at my watch like I do with other workout DVDs. Besides, I know what this workout is going to do for my fitness, strength, cardio, and abs (hey, a girl can dream!) so that keeps me pushing through the whole workout!
I just finished today’s workout and I am tiiiired! I think its because I ate like crap again yesterday. I was suckered in at Dunkin Donuts with the free iced coffee. Then I felt bad for not buying something else so I got a muffin. I know they are loaded in calories and sugar! What was I thinking?! I would have been better off with a donut. Ah well, today is a new day! This week is going to be crazy so I apologize now if I fall off the face of the Earth for a few days. On that note, its time to clean up and get my day started!!
Side note, I am running the Atlantic City April Fool’s Day 7K this coming weekend! (Ah, runner’s humor.) It is my friend Callista’s first race since having a baby. I haven’t run since the half last week and I don’t plan to run between now and then either. Should be interesting!