"Insanity" is the perfect name for this DVD program. Why? Because you have to be at least a little bit insane to jump into a program such as this one. The program is split up into two months of intense cardio and plyometrics with a bit of strength training thrown in (you use your body, not weights). There is also a recovery week in which you'll find yourself doing a lot of stretching, a couple of yoga moves, and plenty of balancing moves. Each DVD includes at least one workout on it (a couple feature two). One DVD focuses strictly on the abs, although the abs get a great workout no matter which DVD you are on. Also included is a workout calendar that lists which DVD to do on each day of the week. Sundays are reserved for resting. The DVD set I purchased also came with a recipe book and a meal plan. All of these items were simple to use.
The first month is very intense, with each workout ranging from thirty five to forty five minutes on average. The second month is brutal, pure and simple. The workout length extends to fifty five minutes on some of the DVDs during the second month.
If you are not used to working out, or even if you consider yourself to be in decent shape, the warm-ups will kill you right away. Do not be discouraged by this. If you stick to it, you will improve. Just three days into the program, I found myself lasting longer and longer before having to sit out or take a brief break. After just a couple of days, I noticed that my arms were already beginning to show signs of tone. My legs looked even better. After two weeks, I started losing inches around my waist.
Every two weeks, you have to take a fit test. My first one was terrible, but the second fit test showed me doubling my performance on all but one (globe jumps) of the tests. Each time after that, my results kept improving. Granted, I didn't double anything afterthat, but you'd be surprised how tough it is to add just two or three more reps of a particular move.
The second month really kicked my body into overdrive. I was doing moves that I would never have dreamed of doing just a few weeks before. The intensity level of the second month is off the charts. Do not be ashamed to stop and take a breather while exercising, you'll need it!
Shaun T is a very positive influence throughout the DVDs. He'll go over each move before asking you to do it and highlights people doing each move properly and/or improperly so that you can learn proper form. If someone's leg needs to be straightened out on the DVD, Shaun helps them achieve correct form. This helps you at home maintain proper form as well.
It is not unusual to see members of the workout group on the DVD simply step out of certain exercises from fatigue. Shaun motivates them (and you) to return back to the workout as soon as safely possible.
What it ultimately boils down to is how much you put into the program. If you're serious about getting in shape, losing weight, or building endurance, you can definitely achieve all of these with "Insanity." I personally lost sixteen total pounds and dropped to the tow holes on my belt. My pants fit looser as do my shirts. I feel a lot better than I've ever felt in a long time. Not to brag, but my arms and shoulders are cut now and my legs actually gained a lot of muscle. My abs feel tight as well, but I still have a little fat to get rid of before I can see that six pack I'm working on. Even with the fat that is remaining on my belly, I can already see a bit of definition in my abdominable area.
After a very short break, I plan on starting the program all over again. Stick with it, and you can become just as insane as the rest of us! Highly recommended.
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Your personal trainer Shaun T will push you past your limits with 10 DVDs packed with cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training. No equipment or weights is needed, and you don't have to be in extreme shape to do it. As long as you're ready to dig deep, Shaun will help you get insane results in just 60 days.
Here's what you get:
Ten Insane Workouts
Dig Deeper & Fit Test: To start, Shaun will put your body to the test and see what you're made of. (30 minutes)
Plyometric Cardio Circuit: Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyometrics and sweat-inducing cardio. (40 minutes)
Cardio Power & Resistance: Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves. (40 minutes)
Cardio Recovery & Max Recovery: Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you’ll be ready for the next round. (80 minutes)
Pure Cardio & Abs: Nonstop, extreme cardio workout. (40 minutes)
Cardio Abs: Do explosive intervals of cardio and core moves for rock-hard abs. (20 minutes)
Core Cardio & Balance: This workout lets you take a break after month 1 and gear up for month 2. (40 minutes)
Max Interval Circuit: With MAX Interval Training, this circuit is more intense than anything you've ever done before. (60 minutes)
Max Interval Plyo: Push your legs ‘til they beg for mercy with power and plyometrics, all at your MAX. (55 minutes)
Max Cardio Conditioning & Abs: Get pushed to your limit with this extreme ...