The celebrated Insanity workout is a vigorous exercise program designed by the well-known Beach Body company which has given fitness enthusiasts such workout DVDs as Hip Hop Abs, Slim in 6 and Power 90. The 60-day workout program is designed to be done at home. The 10-DVD program is sold primarily online and through infomercials on cable television. As the name implies, Insanity is not a workout for the weak but for those already in good physical condition. Possibly the most physically and mentally challenging DVD workout program available today, Insanity DVDs provide a rigorous cardiovascular workout with exercises performed at a fast pace throughout most of the program. It is a total body workout using only body weight as resistance for the exercises.
Insanity reviews indicate that the program uses a circuit training program to strenuously exercise every part of the body, and includes a challenging 6-day workout each week with each one taking about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Insanity is unique in that there is no equipment required — only a television, a DVD player, tennis shoes with sturdy support and a great deal of discipline. During the 60-day training program, the workout schedule is changed on a weekly basis. The first month calls for alternating 5 challenging workout routines: The Fit Test, Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Cardio Power and Resistance, Cardio Recovery and Pure Cardio. The first month of workouts is followed by a less intense recovery week which involves daily core cardio and balance work. The second month kicks it up a notch by adding 4 new routines to the program: Max Interval Circuit, Max Interval Plyo, Max Cardio Conditioning and Max Recovery.
The Insanity workout program is based on the concept of “Max Interval Training” which differs significantly from traditional interval training. A program that uses traditional interval training concepts calls for exercises to be done at an intense pace for short periods of time with longer periods of rest in between. Max Interval Training reverses those concepts by requiring 3 minutes of intense exercise at a fast pace with 30 second intervals of rest in between. As with any exercise program, diet is an important component and the Insanity package features the Elite Nutrition Plan which includes equations to help determine how many calories are needed daily to get the most out of this workout program.
Who is this product for?
Individuals desiring to lose body fat and weight as well as improve their cardiovascular function may find the Insanity fitness program to be an ideal method to help accomplish these goals. The Insanity workout involves movements that actually are not that difficult to perform; however, the pace of the movements and the number of repetitions that must be performed can be brutal. Even those who are in good physical condition may find the Insanity workout routines hard to finish; therefore, those who are out of shape or overweight may want to seek another exercise option. The Insanity program is not recommended for individuals with health challenges such as cardiovascular or pulmonary conditions, orthopedic limitations, complications from diabetes or neuromuscular disorders. Although the program costs $120, it includes all DVDs, instructions, a calendar, a nutrition plan and a 90-day money-back guarantee.
- No weights or other equipment are needed. Everything is conveniently included in the Insanity package.
- The workouts are easy to perform at home under the direction of the motivational instructor on the DVDs.
- The Elite Nutrition Plan is part of the Insanity workout program and provides some dietary advice along with recipes for healthy meals. Proper nutrition is always important to the success of any workout routine.
- According to Insanity reviews, the workouts are extremely challenging and not meant for people with any kind of health issues, particularly those with any kind of cardiovascular or pulmonary conditions.
- People who are out of shape most likely should not look to the Insanity workout for a remedy to their condition as it is designed more for those who have already been exercising on a regular basis and are in good shape.
- It may be easy to get discouraged due to the intensity of the workouts, but persistence should prove rewarding.
Avid fitness aficionados may especially enjoy the pace and intensity of the Insanity workouts. The 10 DVDs offer enough variety to keep the routines interesting and the entire program is laid out in an easy-to-follow calendar. For individuals who are already in good physical condition and desire a more challenging workout, the Insanity program may be a perfect fit. It is an excellent program for building muscle and stamina along with flexibility and endurance. The program can be used for many years to come and shared with other family members to spread the unique concepts of exercise, nutrition and health that have made the Insanity fitness program such a great success.