Insanity Workout – Does It Work? – Before And After Pics
Does Insanity work? Is it just another TV workout? What is it? Is it for me? Is it hard?
Let’s start from Insanity Before and After picture, this is me, this is me 2 years ago, my first time around!
YOU GOTTA WATCH MY VIDEO! (below)
So YES, Insanity does WORK!
What is it, what kind of workout is it?
The Insanity Workout is an extreme CARDIO workout. If you hate cardio, this may not be for you. But if you, like me are a cardio junkie, this is going to be the best ride of your life. There is nothing better than feeling that runners high while building lean, sexy muscle.
When I first posted these pictures, many people asked me if I followed the Insanity Nutrition Guide. The answer is UNFORTUNATELY no. I wish I could diet, because if I accomplished this without a clean diet, could you imagine what I could have accomplished WITH a clean diet. OMG. At that point I just wasn’t aware of Shakeology. This time around I am doing my best to get the best results ever!
Another question that I get asked very often is “how do you stay motivated to click play everyday?”
The answer is simple yet a little bit tricky. I just do it. I set myself to do it and I do convince myself that I need to do it. Plus I feel a lot better once I am done or at least 10 minutes into it. Some of the tricks that I have used to keep me motivated to workout every day are:
- Be prepared. Make sure there are no obstacles when it comes time to exercise. If you find anything it WILL become your excuse to quit (I have been there, I know!). So for example.
- Make sure that your workout clothes are ready.
- Make sure that your equipment, if any needed, is ready.
- DVD, TV, all plugged in and ready to go.
- Towel, shoes, water, drink, ANYTHING, if you are going to need, make sure that you get it done the night before.
- Oh, yes, double alarm clock, if you need to wake up to work out.
- Tell other people that you are following an exercise program, even though it’s not completely fool proof, it will help you stay accountable to someone. The more people know the worst you will feel about not doing it, and it may actually work as motivation to hit play.
- Don’t tell people who like to sabotage your efforts (knowingly or unknowingly). I am absolutely sure that you have been here… You tell one of your friends or co-workers that you are starting a diet or exercise program and the very next day they bring donuts for breakfast, cake for lunch, and cookies for dinner. Either don’t tell them or make sure that, that first day you say no to all treats, otherwise they will continue to sabotage you.
- Don’t become obsessed, ok, maybe just a little bit. The excuse of: I missed my workout yesterday (and the whole week) because I wasn’t going to be able to work on Saturday since I have my son’s soccer game, is NOT ACCEPTABLE! If you can’t do a workout one day, no big deal, but don’t use it as an excuse for slacking of and falling of the wagon.
- Same thing with the diet. Do not become obsessed! Even if you are in a super strict diet (such as the Ultimate Reset), if you have a party to go on Saturday, go and enjoy it! What do you think it is going to happen if you workout and diet for 30 days straight and then you have a party and eat cake, party foods, and enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones… Do not let guilt become and excuse. Enjoy LIFE too, one meal, one drink, one time, is not going to negatively affect your results, as a matter of fact schedule it in and move on.
- Write a blog, share on Facebook. Again, it comes to being accountable to someone else. Your blog doesn’t have to be fancy, go to blogger.com and start a brand new, absolutely free blog. Talk about your ups and down, tell others about your victories and challenges. Even if no one ever reads it, you will feel like you have an audience that is relying on you.
- Become a BeachBody coach. This one is actually one of the best ways to stay motivated. When you become a coach, you become a leader, someone that other people are going to look forward for advice and motivation. How are you going to motivate others if you can’t even motivate yourself? Well, you will find out that, that little title is going to force you to hit PLAY!
- Sign up for the BeachBody Challenge. Lately that has been one of my biggest motivators to do Insanity and Body Beast. I want to win the Challenge, I kinda need the money and what can be better than working out, getting in shape and earn a chance to win $100,000? Trust me, I am going to give it my best shot!
All right. So how does the Insanity Workout Schedule looks, like?
|Day: 1||Day: 2||Day: 3||Day: 4||Day: 5||Day: 6||Day: 7|
|Rest Day||Plyometric Cardio Circuit||Cardio Power & Resistance||Cardio Recovery||Pure Cardio||Plyometric Cardio Circuit||Rest Day|
|Day: 8||Day: 9||Day: 10||Day: 11||Day: 12||Day: 13||Day: 14|
|Cardio Power & Resistance||Pure Cardio||Plyometric Cardio Circuit||Cardio Recovery||Cardio Power & Resistance||Pure Cardio
|Day: 15||Day: 16||Day: 17||Day: 18||Day: 19||Day: 20||Day: 21|
|Rest Day||Plyometric Cardio Circuit||Pure Cardio
|Cardio Recovery||Cardio Power & Resistance||Plyometric Cardio Circuit||Rest Day|
|Day: 22||Day: 23||Day: 24||Day: 25||Day: 26||Day: 27||Day: 28|
|Cardio Power & Resistance||Plyometric Cardio Circuit||Cardio Recovery||Pure Cardio
|Plyometric Cardio Circuit||Rest Day|
|Day: 29||Day: 30||Day: 31||Day: 32||Day: 33||Day: 34||Day: 35|
|Core Cardio & Balance||Core Cardio & Balance||Core Cardio & Balance||Core Cardio & Balance||Core Cardio & Balance||Core Cardio & Balance||Rest Day|
|Day: 36||Day: 37||Day: 38||Day: 39||Day: 40||Day: 41||Day: 42|
|Max Interval Circuit||Max Interval Plyo||Max Cardio Conditioning||Max Recovery||Max Interval Circuit||Max Interval Plyo||Rest Day|
|Day: 43||Day: 44||Day: 45||Day: 46||Day: 47||Day: 48||Day: 49|
|Max Cardio Conditioning||Max Interval Circuit||Max Interval Plyo||Max Recovery||Max Cardio Conditioning
|Core Cardio & Balance||Rest Day|
|Day: 50||Day: 51||Day: 52||Day: 53||Day: 54||Day: 55||Day: 56|
|Max Interval Circuit||Max Interval Plyo||Max Cardio Conditioning
|Max Recovery||Max Interval Circuit||Core Cardio & Balance||Rest Day|
|Day: 57||Day: 58||Day: 59||Day: 60||Day: 61||Day: 62||Day: 63|
|Max Interval Plyo||Max Cardio Conditioning
|Max Interval Circuit||Core Cardio & Balance||Max Interval Plyo||Max Cardio Conditioning
The program last for 63 days to be exact. The first day is a “Rest Day” in the calendar, but don’t be fooled. It is marked as a rest day but you need to take your Fit Test. The Insanity Fit Test is pretty brutal and don’t be surprised if you feel like throwing up! It has happened to me pretty much every time that I do it. When I say it is an Extreme Workout, I am not really making it up lol
After you first Fit Test, you are going to go through pretty much 4 weeks of workouts, they are going to take your body to the next lever, they are going to take your mind to the next level!
Seriously, at the beginning you are going to wonder if you are ever going to be able to workout more than take a rests lol. The first two week are probably going to be hardest, because the guys in the workout keep going and you are on the floor trying to catch your breath… That is normal!
Then there is a whole week of transition. I actually LOVED the workout, it’s called: “Insanity Core Cardio and Balance”. It is strong enough to take your breath away, but it is also shorter in duration and a bit on intensity. It’s just a very nice workout!
Then you go into the MAX phase. And be prepared to sweat and push yourself physically and mentally to where you have never been! The max phase is when you body says I can’t and your mind needs to take over and go beyond what your body is telling you (always making sure that you don’t get injured, of course!)
Which reminds me, don’t play hero and get injured. Listen to your body and know your limits. If you need to take a break, take a break, it is expected! Even the guys in the the video take breaks!