thinking about trying insanity? pros and cons to consider



Pros

1.Insanity focuses on high intensity interval training which makes it easy to accelerate weight loss and increase fitness level in a short period of time. The basis of each workout is to spend most of your time working at max heart rate with brief intervals of rest, which forces your body to adapt quickly while torching loads of calories. Completing this program is an exceptional accomplishment and tremendously rewarding

2. Easy to customize a calendar to stay on track with the daily workouts

3. You are provided with an easy-to-follow diet book with tons of examples of what to eat and when. You can also easily adjust the examples to provide more or less calories, depending on your daily needs. Unlike other diets, you are encouraged to eat enough in order to fuel your workouts and not feel starving. They focus on inclusion of a variety of high quality and nutrient rich foods

4. One rest day a week! Enough said

5. A Fit Test is included to help you measure real results. It’s designed to help you track progress at different points throughout the program. It’s a nice add and your scheduled Fit Test days will be more than welcomed!

6. You are able to build up to the longest and most insane workouts. Aside from the Fit Test, the first month alternates 4 – 40 minute workouts. They are high intensity, but manageable so your body has time to adjust and work up to the longer, more extreme workouts you start in the second month

7. No extra equipment is required. Most of the participants are wearing heart rate monitors, which is an excellent idea if you are new to working out or working out at a high intensity for long periods of time. In some videos they use an exercise mat, which I happened to have on hand. If you do not, you may want to pick one up depending on what type of surface you are on

8. The program is very time effective and appeal to those with a busy lifestyle. The workouts are only 40-50 minutes and can be completed anywhere. Once you establish a new diet plan, it becomes easy to maintain

Cons

1.  The complete Insanity system is expensive. You can find it on Amazon for around $150, or the deluxe version for $265. Try to find a used set of the DVDs somewhere online, or get a friend or two together to split the cost and alternate the DVDs.

2. The difficulty level is intermediate to advanced. If you are a beginner to an exercise program you may want to start with something lower impact.

3. The workouts are mostly high intensity cardio & plyometrics without much variation.  If you currently enjoy a specific workout like running or yoga, you won’t be able to do much of that during the program. You are allowed a Rest Day each week where in theory you could add an extra workout of your choice, but chances are you will need the day off.

4. Sometimes it’s hard to follow Shaun T’s instruction, especially during moves on the floor or those that are multi-step and you’re not exactly facing the TV (ex. Level 2 Drills). Again, if you are new to some of the advanced moves, you may find it difficult to follow along, never mind keep up.

5. Since the workouts include a lot of jump training, it’s extremely high impact. If you have any sort of issues with knees, ankles, hips etc. it would be very challenging and painful to complete this program. Even if you don’t have these issues, high impact training on a daily basis for prolonged periods of time can be very taxing on the body. It’s crucial to keep proper form.

6.  This is the first official fitness program I’ve gone through, so once complete I’m not sure what to do. It’s unclear whether you should go totally back to exercising they way you did before, incorporate the Insanity workouts to some degree each week, or keep rotating the workouts and diet plan with more relaxed discipline.

All in all, it’s a fantastic and easy way to get in great shape fast, if you’re willing to invest some time and a bit of money. It’s certainly not for everyone, but if you’re up for it I say try it!

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