It’s been quite a while since I wrote an Insanity review, so I figured why not write another one, especially since the new Insanity Asylum is coming out soon. I want you all to know what you’re getting yourself into before you jump into something too crazy like Asylum. Now that I have gone through the program and also gone through other home workout programs like P90X, P90X Plus, One on One, Turbofire, and Brazil Butt Lift, I look at Insanity a little differently.
The first time I went through Insanity was, well, insane. I have never went through a training that pushed me as hard as Insanity did, and it really showed me what I was capable of. Once you get outside that comfort zone and really push yourself, that’s when you see the most results. Insanity forces you to get outside that comfort zone, and that’s why it’s so effective. Many people think that P90X Plyometrics is hard, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that Insanity is 10X more intense. What makes it so intense? First of all, you don’t stop. There are barely any breaks, and if there are, they are a short 30 seconds or so. On top of that, you’re doing so much jump training that your heart rate will probably be the highest it’s ever been. I remember a few times looking down at my heart rate monitor and seeing it up in the lower 190’s, which I didn’t think was possible.
Insanity is a 60 day program, and you start off with the lesser intense workouts, if you can even call them that, and then move to the more intense, or Max workouts. The Max workouts are longer, and I’ve heard of some people burning close to 1,200 cals during some of the workouts. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a CRAZY number! Burning so many calories can be a bad thing, though, especially if you’re looking to keep muscle mass. One of the issues that I had with Insanity was that I burned way too much muscle because I had such a high caloric deficit at the end of each day. In order for me to maintain what I had gained from P90X, I would have needed to take in close to 3,400 cals per day, but instead, I was more around 2,500. After 3 weeks of Insanity, I lost a lot of body fat, but I was pretty skinny. It’s CRUCIAL that you use the Recovery Formula after each Insanity workout to replenish your glycogen stores, especially if you don’t want to lose any muscle.
One of the things I don’t like about Insanity is the lack of resistance training. I like to lift weights, and Insanity only involves body resistance training, which I don’t feel is good enough. So, what I did was create a P90X/Insanity hybrid program, where I focused on the P90X resistance workouts and then did the Insanity cardio workouts. P90X cardios are too easy for me now, and Insanity is right at my level. I like to sweat and push myself, and the Insanity cardio workouts allow me to do just that.
So, what’s my final Insanity review? Insanity is a crazy workout program that will allow you to test your ability to push yourself and get you into excellent cardiovascular condition. If you’re looking for an intense workout, you’re not going to find one more intense than Insanity. If you’re looking to add on some mass, though, I recommend either P90X, P90X One on One, or doing a P90X/Insanity hybrid program.
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