I officially finished Month 1 + Recovery Week today! I am so pleased with myself for sticking to the workouts and am excited (and just a little bit terrified) of Month 2. I wanted to give a little bit of a review of the first part of INSANITY and give you an idea of what you will see.
The first month of INSANITY consists of 4 workouts + the Fit Test (descriptions from the Beachbody website)
Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs – Skip the intervals—this nonstop cardio workout is all extreme.
Cardio Power and Resistance – Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves.
Cardio Recovery – Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you’re ready for the next round.
Plyometric Cardio Circuit – Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyo and sweat-inducing cardio
These workouts repeat for 4 weeks, typically 2x each Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Pure Cardio. The last 2 weeks of the month the Cardio Abs are added in.
Now I will be honest – I have to modify during the workouts. I do most of the pushups on my knees and as I get more tired some of the more plyo moves become static. I did notice over the month of the program that I could do more and more though. My point here is that you shouldn’t feel like you can’t do the program because you can’t do certain moves or can’t do every workout start to finish. I STILL can’t do that move where you balance on your toes and hands and do leg lifts. Yeah. But I found a sub (I did it on my knees, but I did do the balance move w/o the leg lifts as well to get stronger) and kept working it out.
These workouts are about 30 – 45 minutes each. Not too bad at all, and pretty easy to fit in my morning schedule. (Phase 2 is a little longer – about an hour each workout – which will be a good challenge for me for another reason I will discuss in another blog post pretty soon.) I also really liked the format, it was pretty different for me. The warmup was about 11 minutes – then you go into a long 6-7 minute stretch. So by the time you actually start the meat of the workout for the day, you have burned quite a lot of the workout. Mentally I think this was really helpful. The stretches are fantastic and I have noticed that my flexibility has improved a lot. I do add some stretches to my warmup stretch, as I have some that were given to me by a trainer long ago that have really helped with old injuries. I probably could just do the ones on the DVD – but I’d rather be safe then sorry sitting up in the bed with my leg in ice.
Now for the fun part – results. I haven’t taken my pictures yet – I will do that the morning of my fit test. But I have lost at least 7 lbs and have gone down to a size 18/18w on the bottom (started with a loose-ish 22w). These are big changes that I worked hard for! I am significantly more flexible. I also have finally really rid myself of my really bad knee pains. I have always had bad knees from injuries in high school sports. I work out in the basement of our home and sometimes I literally wondered how I would get upstairs post workout. It was a problem that doctors told me unfortunately would not get better until I (1) got in better shape and (2) lost weight. So I just pushed through. I was smart about it and it’s one reason why sometimes I don’t do the full plyo move or will switch mid set to a less jumpy modification (a power squat to a regular squat), because I didn’t want to turn a sore knee into an injury. But I knew I needed to keep working out. At some point in the last few weeks I realized that post workout I’m running up the stairs like nobody’s business with absolutely no pain. And that I’m feeling less soreness in general in the knees during/post workout. This is a huge thing, as I’ve just had to live with it for ages. I’m so happy that finally, I am feeling good. This doesn’t mean I will change my knee strategy for workouts, but it’s just nice to feel something different that is a health/fitness improvement. My mom saw me last week for the first time since starting INSANITY and she told me she hasn’t seen me this small since high school. Which is pretty awesome since I weigh at least 10 lbs more now. But I wasn’t working out in this manner, so it was a flabbier 225-230 then I am now at about 240.
Would I recommend INSANITY? HELL yes. I would. I love it so much. I was really concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I found that I could do a lot more then I though I would be able to do. I love the changes to my body and how good I feel now. If you feel like you are in ok shape, even if you are overweight, you will benefit. I would not do this program if I was an absolute beginner to working out, as it is really advanced. It could be done – and you would lose weight. But if you are completely out of shape there are other programs/plans you could do that you would get more benefit from. If you have old nagging ankle/knee injuries like me, you could do it for sure – but you just need to see a doctor and make sure you won’t damage things worse or to find out what modifications you need to do.
I’m simply terrified for month 2, but I was simply terrified for month 1 and I managed that ok 🙂 I think it will be totally fine – just have to dig deeper – right!!