****INSANITY****

  • motivated

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    Jan 29, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    So for a change of pace I decided to start Insanity. Completed the Fit Test today and I am looking forward to the next 60 days. Any advice from those of you who have completed it before on ways to maximize the experience and get the most from my workouts?

    When I am in a strict regimen my meal options start to become repetitive, which is the biggest downside. I welcome any creative and healthy menu options and supplementation advice as well.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Jan 29, 2012 9:45 AM GMT
    Your workout has a name. LOLOLOLOLOL!

    I hope this cures your apathy. But seriously I do hope hope it cures your apathy.
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    Jan 29, 2012 10:26 AM GMT
    I bought insanity before I actually started losing weight. I made it through 10 seconds of the fit test before I thought I was going to die.

    I tried it again after I had been working out a while. I made it through like 30 seconds of the fit test before I thought I was going to die.

    I haven't tried it for the 3rd time. Immma skeeered...
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    Jan 29, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    I did the Insanity program last year. My advice is to invest in a good jump mat due to all the high impact work in the program. Your ankles, knees, lower back and wrists will thank you.

    One of the things I really likes about the program is that other than the jump mat, the workouts don't require any equipment. But, you might want to get a pullup bar because I didn't feel the routine hit the biceps and lats enough. Or you could use dumbells and do rows and bicep curls right after the workout but before the cool down and stretch.

    One more thing, if you survive Insanity, check out the followup program Shaun T. came up with called The Asylum. It's even harder than Insanity, if you can believe it and incorporates pullups and weight training which I really liked.
  • motivated

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    Jan 29, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    Thanks Trollileo....yeah I already have the whole 60 days all planned out to keep me focused. Day 2 in the books!
  • motivated

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    Jan 29, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    onaquest saidI bought insanity before I actually started losing weight. I made it through 10 seconds of the fit test before I thought I was going to die.

    I tried it again after I had been working out a while. I made it through like 30 seconds of the fit test before I thought I was going to die.

    I haven't tried it for the 3rd time. Immma skeeered...


    Do it!! I am sure you have improved even more!
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    Jan 29, 2012 8:55 PM GMT
    I own it...I loved it too! It's easy to see immediate results too just because it's mainly all cardio. It got me a great shape for circuit training workouts as well! I definitely recommend it if you're going for the lean look
  • motivated

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    Jan 29, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    sashaman saidI did the Insanity program last year. My advice is to invest in a good jump mat due to all the high impact work in the program. Your ankles, knees, lower back and wrists will thank you.

    One of the things I really likes about the program is that other than the jump mat, the workouts don't require any equipment. But, you might want to get a pullup bar because I didn't feel the routine hit the biceps and lats enough. Or you could use dumbells and do rows and bicep curls right after the workout but before the cool down and stretch.

    One more thing, if you survive Insanity, check out the followup program Shaun T. came up with called The Asylum. It's even harder than Insanity, if you can believe it and incorporates pullups and weight training which I really liked.


    Thanks for the advice Sashaman!

    Jump map...check! I definitely hear what you are saying with the pull up bar/dumbells.

    I had not hear of The Asylum before. I checked it out and it looks crazy!! Looks like an awesome follow up program to insanity. Thanks!
  • HPgeek934

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    Jan 29, 2012 9:14 PM GMT
    I'm actually going to be starting insanity tomorrow. I'm nervous about All the jumping though because i have an aquarium in my living room and I live in an apartment building. Jumping Mats are great but the aren't totally jump proof
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    Jan 29, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    VERY hard on your knees but it's a good work out. The first week was a killer. I'm in really good shape and it was tough. I guess because it was a new type of work out. I lost the most weight during that first week. After that, it gets much easier and the weight loss isn't as drastic. In my opinion. it gets kind of repetitive. I have two more weeks to go in the program and, although I enjoyed it, I'm glad it will be done soon. I just find the same exercises, especially the warm-ups, get tedious. I miss my jogging, swimming, spinning, etc. Good luck!
  • corysfo

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    Jan 29, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    i did Insanity a few times last year, and it was hard but a lot of fun (doing it with a couple friends helped make it fun, anyway). i agree with sashaman, and would add that you might want to supplement with upper body weights in general.

    Insanity is great for core and legs, but definitely not as heavy a workout on the upper body. Especially arms, back, etc. (there's some good tri's and shoulders stuff in there).

    Also, depending on your metabolism, you may need to up your food intake. i found that i started losing weight, even while including weight training, simply because Insanity has so much cardio. As far as different foods go, i just find that it doesn't matter what i eat (within reason... i'm not talking fastfood/sweets here), your body will use it. Make sure you have a lot of protein and enough carbs to give you energy.
  • crewseth

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    Feb 04, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    I am a big fan and avid user of Insanity. A group of guys and I do it in the mornings before work. Its a great sub for cardio, great heart health work, and over all fun with a group. But its important to take a week off of it every now and then or you will get burnt out. It really help me cut up while preserving lean mass.
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    Feb 06, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    I went through Insanity once and it completely ripped me up. I still use the workouts at least once a week while i'm trying to bulk just to keep my cardio up.

  • Aug 17, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    Any progress report on your INsanity workouts? Have you stuck with it?
    I'm starting Insanity Asylum. going on day three now.
    keep it up buddy!!
  • GingerOH

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    Feb 14, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    Just started insanity yesterday, 10 minutes in I felt like I was having a heart attack/stroke/and pregnancy contractions all at once! Me and my friends are committed to keeping up with it though through at least a month.

    What did you guys switch your diets to during insanity? I started cooking a lot of chicken breast and fish will switching all my beverages to water, OJ, and V8.
  • MadeinMich

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    Feb 14, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    GingerOH saidJust started insanity yesterday, 10 minutes in I felt like I was having a heart attack/stroke/and pregnancy contractions all at once! Me and my friends are committed to keeping up with it though through at least a month.

    What did you guys switch your diets to during insanity? I started cooking a lot of chicken breast and fish will switching all my beverages to water, OJ, and V8.


    Get rid of the OJ. Too many sugar and carbs.
  • GingerOH

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    Feb 14, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    MadeinMich said
    GingerOH saidJust started insanity yesterday, 10 minutes in I felt like I was having a heart attack/stroke/and pregnancy contractions all at once! Me and my friends are committed to keeping up with it though through at least a month.

    What did you guys switch your diets to during insanity? I started cooking a lot of chicken breast and fish will switching all my beverages to water, OJ, and V8.


    Get rid of the OJ. Too many sugar and carbs.


    Even the Trop50 OJ?
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    Feb 14, 2013 6:11 PM GMT
    GingerOH saidJust started insanity yesterday, 10 minutes in I felt like I was having a heart attack/stroke/and pregnancy contractions all at once!



    I felt the same way about 10 minutes into the first workout! icon_lol.gif

    After completing Insanity, the idea of what it meant to workout hard definitely changed for me.
  • MadeinMich

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    Feb 14, 2013 6:17 PM GMT
    GingerOH said
    MadeinMich said
    GingerOH saidJust started insanity yesterday, 10 minutes in I felt like I was having a heart attack/stroke/and pregnancy contractions all at once! Me and my friends are committed to keeping up with it though through at least a month.

    What did you guys switch your diets to during insanity? I started cooking a lot of chicken breast and fish will switching all my beverages to water, OJ, and V8.


    Get rid of the OJ. Too many sugar and carbs.


    Even the Trop50 OJ?


    If you want to maximize the result of your efforts I would go 100% sugar free. There are so many great tasting, naturally sweetened drinks that are sugar free. If you need something in the morning drink tea. But it's all about maximizing your effort.


    Do you want to loose 15lbs or 30lbs on Insanity. It's up to you.
  • O5vx

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    Feb 14, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    I am also currently doing the program. I am on my day 10. I have seen significant difference from when I started.
  • GingerOH

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    Feb 15, 2013 7:40 PM GMT
    O5vx saidI am also currently doing the program. I am on my day 10. I have seen significant difference from when I started.


    Really! In ten days? That's really encouraging.

    I'm on day 3 and I have decided insanity is evil, I'm ready to saw off my legs they're so sore. Still I'm keeping with it. If you want something you gotta work for it right? icon_wink.gif
  • great_scott

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    Feb 16, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    GingerOH said
    MadeinMich said
    GingerOH saidJust started insanity yesterday, 10 minutes in I felt like I was having a heart attack/stroke/and pregnancy contractions all at once! Me and my friends are committed to keeping up with it though through at least a month.

    What did you guys switch your diets to during insanity? I started cooking a lot of chicken breast and fish will switching all my beverages to water, OJ, and V8.


    Get rid of the OJ. Too many sugar and carbs.


    Even the Trop50 OJ?


    Go ahead and drink the orange juice, even the regular if you want. No one's ever gotten fat off OJ. Not ever. I drink it with breakfast all the time no matter what my goal is and still need a belt for 32s.
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    Feb 16, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
    OJ is almost entirely sugar. If you want a carbohydrate, get something more complex.

    I'm doing Insanity right now too and it's pretty effective. I haven't changed my diet much, but my diet was pretty strict to begin with. I'm seeing some good results since I stopped doing normal cardio and started doing Insanity in addition to my weight regimen.
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    Feb 16, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    This is exciting. My Insanity arrive yesterday. It looks intimidating.I am thinking to use Insanity during my next cut phase.
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    Feb 16, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    *****INSANITY*****



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