My Insane Time with Insanity
After spending 120 dollars on this program I had high hopes that it would produce some impressive results. I had no outlandish expectations of ripped muscles and washboard abs like they advertise, but I had heard good things about the program. After starting the DVD, and hearing about all of the other things Beach Body wants to sell, I completed the “Fit Test”.
I was fairly certain that I was going to die by the end of the fit test. I was in average shape and yet my muscles were screaming at me and my heart felt like it was trying to escape from my chest. My thoughts at the end of the work out were (expletives removed) “How on earth am I going to be able to handle day two!?” Now at the beginning of day two my muscles were still aching, but I was committed to continuing the program. I was under the impression that the 26 minute fit test was hard, but now I see the ticker at the bottom showing 41 minutes which is, by the way, the longest of the first month workouts. I was about dead by the end of the warm up! I muscled through the workout and proceeded to lie on the floor sure that I was going to die. Any preconceived notions that I was “in shape” had just been shattered by this forty minutes of hell. This was basically the feeling I had throughout the first week of Insanity.
By the second week you would think that I would be feeling better during the workouts. You would be wrong. The insidious brilliance of insanity is that it is so challenging that any regular person is going to keep finding it more difficult as they can push themselves harder and harder as the weeks progress. I have lost about five pounds now, and certainly feel stronger and healthier throughout the day. The length of the workouts is acceptable as they are all roughly 35-40 minutes. As the weeks progress I continue feeling healthier although the workouts remain difficult and are quite repetitive. I know that once my workout partners (fellow teachers) and I finish up the school year that I will not continue this workout in the summer. A thought occurs to me as we finish up the first month of Insanity: “Month two is going to be much harder!”
We admittedly decide that redoing month one will be a safer workout choice. I feel that month two is more than my joints and back can handle, and I want to avoid any chance of injury. Redoing the first month adds to the monotony, and I find myself really tired of these workouts. I have only lost about ten pounds or so, but I know that I have gained quite a bit more muscle. I am also one pants size smaller so I can tell that there has been some noticeable improvement. As the summer draws near we begin month two of the workout.
Month two of Insanity is like month one but kicked into overdrive. I again feel that “I’m going to die” feeling after I finish working out. The workouts have very similar exercises so the monotony of the workout hasn’t changed. The workouts are now closer to 50-55 which really puts a damper in my spirits. Despite knowing that I will not finish, I feel proud of my progress as summer approaches and I feel healthier than I have in quite some time.
Insanity is a moderately expensive workout however this is negated by the fact that it doesn’t require any equipment or a gym membership. It’s workouts are designed for people that can handle lots of jumping and fast movement, and it is by no means a beginner’s workout program. I feel that it can be a bit daunting of a task to follow the six day a week recommendation for the program; especially when month two hits and the workouts are longer. In the future, I think that I will continue to use this program, but I will shape it to fit my schedule. I do not feel that continuing the program as they recommend (six days a week etc.) as a regular exercise program will be conducive to the average person’s lifestyle. This program is however a valuable tool to be used for health and fitness if it is modified to fit your individual needs.
- No equipment needed
- Produces results
- Excellent Cardio workout
- Not beginner friendly
- Recommended workout regiment is difficult to follow