INSANITY!!!

  • drakutis

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    Mar 13, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    I know I'm late, but I'm about to start the INSANITY workout when I get it this week. Is there anyone here who has tried it? What did you like or didn't like about it?

    I'm trying a different approach because between work and school, I can't make the gym like I want, so instead of plopping on my ass for a while I can do this and still get active. I'm actually excited about it!
  • GAngel87

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    Mar 13, 2013 11:30 AM GMT
    I've done it and still do it on occasion since I have the DVD set and wouldn't want it to collect a lot of dust.

    I liked the fact that it was a full-on cardio workout. But, and as contradictory as it may seem, the fact that it was pure cardio throughout was also something I didn't like much. I don't think I thought it through when I purchased the program but I was more interested in bulking up at the time of purchase. Insanity will not help with that.

    I loved the fact that my level of energy throughout the day increased and, despite not putting on more size, I did start to see tone definition after two weeks. My body toned up more at the expense of gaining size. I also noticed that sex lasted longer, but I think that would be the end result of any intense cardio workout too.

    Overall, I say the program is a great one to do outside of the gym. If you're interested in weight training I'd buy weights from a sporting goods store and regularly work out at home to complement the Insanity workout.
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    Mar 13, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    You're 45 and 238 lbs at my height - 5'11".

    At that weight INSANITY would've played havoc with my knees. Like Crossfit and P90X I think Insanity is a TERRIBLE idea for anyone with bad knees, joints or backs, or balance issues. There are far safer and more controlled ways of doing cardio (ellipticals or lap swimming) or building functional strength (yoga). What you really need to exercise with these programs is CAUTION.

    If you're able-bodied without these issues, then why not? It couldn't hurt - or could it?
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    Mar 13, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    been at it for almost a year now,,,, i have a lot to say about it... approach with caution..... overall i say do the 60 days, but plan on 3X a week max for the long term...

    its easy to over do it, you will know what i mean in a few weeks here..

    ask me if you have specific questions. icon_biggrin.gif
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Mar 13, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidYou're 45 and 238 lbs at my height - 5'11".

    At that weight INSANITY would've played havoc with my knees. Like Crossfit and P90X I think Insanity is a TERRIBLE idea for anyone with bad knees, joints or backs, or balance issues. There are far safer and more controlled ways of doing cardio (ellipticals or lap swimming) or building functional strength (yoga). What you really need to exercise with these programs is CAUTION.

    If you're able-bodied without these issues, then why not? It couldn't hurt - or could it?


    I had this issue at 31! I didn't like it. I couldn't do a lot of the jumping required without looking like a total ass-hat, and I just felt it too much in my body (not in a good way). I found DDP Yoga then, intense cardio and isometrics, NO IMPACT. I'm seeing nothing but GREAT results. 30 days in, down 3 inches on my waist, 1 inch on each arm/thigh/chest and 12 pounds.

    It kicks my ass and I push harder everyday. I love it. I've found my niche in it and always loved yoga, this just adds to my experience with it. Totally thought it was a scam but I gave it a try anyway, and I'm increasingly glad that I did because it's the best thing to ever happen to me!
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    Mar 13, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    for me it works wonders with my other sports, and its really great as a support workout for skiing, bike riding, hiking....

    insanity will work the small muscle groups around joints, which support the large muscles. it also strengthens the tendons and ligaments, crucial to overall strength, and injury prevention...

    it will not bulk up the big muscles, biceps, etc.. but will give you a deep kind of strength, an explosive kind of tone, similiar to a martial art type of fitness.... it works great on balance, finess, and basic coordination..... again crucial for something like skiing....
    when i go hiking, im running up the trail, without tire.
  • MadeinMich

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    Mar 13, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    @DRAKUTIS, On your first day you must stretch, stretch, stretch.....I did insanity for the first time last monday and had to sit out the entire week because my quads were killing me. I stretched my legs everyday since then.

    I have knee joint issues so I plan on doing the full program for the two months (because I really want to get rid of this winter weight fast) then move on to P90x with a little Insanity mixed in periodically.
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    Mar 13, 2013 6:08 PM GMT

    Yoga has lasted for thousands of years - hardly a "fad" workout routine! But I even avoid standing yoga poses when I'm over 200 lbs (the bigger you are, the harder you fall). It's a bodyweight load-bearing practice, the hardest workout you'll ever do if you do it right.
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    Mar 13, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
    MadeinMich said@DRAKUTIS, On your first day you must stretch, stretch, stretch.....I did insanity for the first time last monday and had to sit out the entire week because my quads were killing me. I stretched my legs everyday since then.

    I have knee joint issues so I plan on doing the full program for the two months (because I really want to get rid of this winter weight fast) then move on to P90x with a little Insanity mixed in periodically.


    do not.... mix insanity and p90x.......

    the whole 'hybrid' thing is a bad bad idea.....

    read on wiki about cardio, and hiit training vs. strength training..

    they do not belong together.... you can try 2 weeks of one, followed by a break, then 2 weeks of the other, etc. but never together...
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Mar 13, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    Yoga has lasted for thousands of years - hardly a "fad" workout routine! But I even avoid standing yoga poses when I'm over 200 lbs (the bigger you are, the harder you fall). It's a bodyweight load-bearing practice, the hardest workout you'll ever do if you do it right.


    Yes, it's wonderful. Have you heard of the DDP yoga program? It's strengthened me so much already! I have good balance, and never had much issue with standing poses but I can imagine, if you fall it's going to be hard!
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    Mar 13, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    It's intense and not for those who want to gain or maintain mass. It will have you looking ripped because of the high intensity cardio
  • MadeinMich

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    Mar 13, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
    jonnyboy said
    MadeinMich said@DRAKUTIS, On your first day you must stretch, stretch, stretch.....I did insanity for the first time last monday and had to sit out the entire week because my quads were killing me. I stretched my legs everyday since then.

    I have knee joint issues so I plan on doing the full program for the two months (because I really want to get rid of this winter weight fast) then move on to P90x with a little Insanity mixed in periodically.


    do not.... mix insanity and p90x.......

    the whole 'hybrid' thing is a bad bad idea.....

    read on wiki about cardio, and hiit training vs. strength training..

    they do not belong together.... you can try 2 weeks of one, followed by a break, then 2 weeks of the other, etc. but never together...


    I have to respectfully disagree all you have to do is look at the video below to see that P90X/Insanity hybrid is very effective. Look and compare his progress at 1:22 at his p90x results and 4:29 at his p90x/insanity hybrid results. In both he is noticably more muscular than before but after the hybrid he is more defined and still able to maintain his muscle mass.

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    Mar 13, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    drakutis saidI know I'm late, but I'm about to start the INSANITY workout when I get it this week. Is there anyone here who has tried it? What did you like or didn't like about it?

    I'm trying a different approach because between work and school, I can't make the gym like I want, so instead of plopping on my ass for a while I can do this and still get active. I'm actually excited about it!


    I love Insanity. I do it in the morning before I start working, then I lift weights in the evening.

    My weight hasn't changed much from 230 in the last 6 weeks, but I'm dramatically leaner. I like that it is intense but also somewhat self-paced... plus I hate the treadmill.
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    Mar 13, 2013 10:03 PM GMT
    well here is what i have learned..

    when you weight lift or do strength training, you are doing a very specific thing to your body, tearing muscles.... your body needs to be fed specifically for this, and those muscles which got a workout need 36 hours to recover.... rebuild and rest.... to work those muscles again is doing them a dis favor....

    when you do a cardio routine (insanity), again your body needs food and rest but in a different way.. the hormones released during a cardio, are very different from the hormones released during a weight routine....

    each of these puts your body into a radically different gear, where, while strength training, eating is critical... even overeating is good,... to starve a muscle while its rebuilding, or doubling in size is plain wrong....

    where as in a cardio, this is a place where you can apply a caloric deficit, and shred some fat....

    i tried mixing this.. hybrid thing, and my body fell apart.. took me a month of zero exercise to recover, a hard lesson learned...

    as i said above, approach with caution.
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    Mar 13, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    I did about 45 days of the 60 day program and had to stop. My knees and back were really starting to hurt and give me problems. I purchased the Les Mills Combat program and love it. You get lots of cardio plus a little bit of weight training thrown in. I am slimming down and toning up and it does not hurt my back or knees. There are a couple of sequences with jumps in them, but they give you an alternative to doing those. I highly recommend the Combat.
  • drakutis

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    Mar 13, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    Thanks for the feedback!

    I'll definitely keep a look out for knee problems, since I did have an issue with my left knee a few years ago. Back should be fine, and I need to get back into seriously stretching again.
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    Mar 13, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    oh........ believe me....... you will be stretching after a week or 3 of shaunT...icon_lol.gif
  • MadeinMich

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    Mar 14, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    I did my second day yesterday. It felt like death afterward.
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    Mar 14, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    MadeinMich saidI did my second day yesterday. It felt like death afterward.


    Yea. My ex had the set. I did the body test, and thought I would die.
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    Mar 14, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    eating right is critical.........
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    Mar 14, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    I did a round of Insanity back in 2011. I felt like I got a lot leaner and had really dense looking muscles in the shoulders and chest. That I really liked. But I also felt that I lost a little more mass than I wanted to. Hats off to those that have the energy to do Insanity workouts AND lift weights later the same day. Sounds like that could be the best of both worlds if you have the time and energy to do it.
  • MadeinMich

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    Mar 15, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
    3rd day and Insanity is realy fucking up my right knee. I hope I can continue.
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    Mar 16, 2013 2:06 AM GMT
    Working out in front of a TV set ain't for me. icon_neutral.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 18, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    Shaun T married his boyfriend..fyi
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    Mar 19, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidShaun T married his boyfriend..fyi


    good to hear!!

    I just started doing Insanity as well, but just the "cardio abs" section. it's just 15 minutes long. good shit, I like it a lot. although my hips/hip flexors are definitely not inline or something because I feel a lot of tension....and I'm trying to do it right in the right form!