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healthy_alli...

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Posted: 16 Aug 2011, 21:13
So, while doing some Internet research I have been intrigued by the Insanity workout. I watched a few videos, read a few reviews, but I still dont know if the program is for me.

I'm a 23 year old who spends 6 - 7 days a week at the gym. I normally do 30-45 minutes of strength training and 30 - 40 minutes of cardio. I consider myself to be of average fitness levels. I've tried to do at home DVDs before (Kim Kardasians fit in your jeans by Friday and Billy's Boot Camp) and haven't had much success. I have had some success with on demand random workouts when I was snowed in this winter. I have a hard time grasping the exercises sometimes which seems to be my problem.

I've also read about a high rate of knee and wrist injuries... Not sure if I want to go that route since I do office work during the day and my job does involve walking.

If anyone could share their experiences that'd be great. I'd love to make an informed purchase before dropping 100+ bucks on something...
Diablo360x

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Posted: 16 Aug 2011, 21:23
Don't be duped into buying yet another WO program. All insanity does is make you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time since it is higher intensity than most other WO videos. Exercise can speed the process of losing weight but even without it you can lose.

Take in less energy than you use, incorporate some resistance training and take in 1 gram of protein per lb. of bodyweight. Keep it simple.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
coachcj8

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Posted: 16 Aug 2011, 22:53
I am very intrigued by insanity also. My boyfriend and I are thinking about doing it together. I know a couple people who have done it and they say it kicks your butt. I know it's worth the money, it's just a matter of using it once you purchase it. That will be my struggle. I have zumba dvds (too repetitious, i prefer the class)and pilates dvd, which I've probably only used 10 times in 5 years. I also have my bro's p90x. I need to buy a pull up bar and resistance band to get going on that. If you can handle the intensity of the workout then go for it. You can always sell it on craigs list if it doesn't work out. Smile
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 17 Aug 2011, 02:47
Yeah, I've been burned once, never again. I bought into p90x. I used it for a couple of weeks and dropped it altogether. There is just something about the gym atmosphere that keeps me going unlike working out at home.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
lilfurson

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Posted: 17 Aug 2011, 06:02
I have been doing both P90X and Insanity and think they are both great. Now from my standpoint I can't stand going to the gym, don't like the environment, so working out at home is perfect for me. I've never sweat as much as I do during Insanity workouts. They are all about 40 minutes which is nice compared to the length of the P90X workouts. At the same time I don't think I would do just Insanity since I like the weight training of P90X. I'll just say the Insanity workouts definitely kick my butt, really work my core/abs, and definitely give me the feeling I'm getting stronger for my running regime.
Im_not_fluff...

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Posted: 17 Aug 2011, 12:09
I do both the P90X and the Insanity. I substitute the Plyo, Yoga, and Kenpo with Insanity. I tried to just do the Insanity and lost upper body tone.
loveaic

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Posted: 17 Aug 2011, 14:02
I went through this same question a couple of months ago and had a cousin who happened to do Insanity after she finished P90X. From what she said, Insanity was harder on her joints(ankle, knees), but I think sometimes that can be helped with the right shoes and workout surfaces. I only decided against Insanity b/c my husband had purchased Power 90 and P90X previously and I gave them a shot. Power 90 was a great lead into P90X. Now, I am feeling the fittest I have in my 36 years. There is a P90X Lean version and it incorporates more cardio, less strength, but is has both. Sorry to get off on a tangent. I never though I'd much like working out in my basement, but it is great!
WiseNFit

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Posted: 17 Aug 2011, 15:45
Great, Beachbody has great workouts. Try Brazillian Butt Lift at www.beachbodycoach.com/wisenfit!!!
cbonita

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Posted: 17 Aug 2011, 16:12
for me INSANITY has been a great way to get past the plateau I was in. Plus I love the challange. I finally see the results!! After this program (and for the maintenance phase) I will go back to weight lifing but I will certainly use the dvds for cardio days. I'm just happy that something is finally working for me in shedding those last few stubborn pounds Very Happy oh and you can probably find it on craigs list or KSL for way cheaper Wink and if you need the schedule I would be happy to email it to you.
Cbonita
thqueenbe

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Posted: 18 Aug 2011, 06:34
Allie (and others!)
I JUST tried Insanity the other day. Yes its pretty hard core. I'm sore and I'm USED to doing things like running, P90X, Physique and Turbo Fire. It was fun yet hard. And it's based very much in HIIT which is an outstanding way to workout. It also incorporates a lot of plyometrics. Perfect combo, IMHO. And it has many different workouts, including strength too...so it's well rounded and doesn't get boring. Waaaay better than what you would 'normally' push yourself to do in the gym. I don't often see people doing plyo at the gym.

Allie, you could totally rock this. It'd be hard, you'd be dripping sweat, but based on our convos before I think you'd like the challenge and the results Smile

I get a discount on Beachbody products too...so msg me if you're considering and we can chat about how you can get it for cheaper Smile
Amy
Wise Woman

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Posted: 18 Aug 2011, 18:18
I have been working out with Insanity for almost 2 weeks now and it's great. Hard work but that's what I've been looking for: convenient and I'm sweating like CRAZY!! I love it. By the way, what is HIIT??
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luvsherhubby

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Posted: 18 Aug 2011, 19:16
I have done the Insanity Fit test, Cardio Abs and MAX cardio dvds. They are hard! I did love the chalange aspect of it, and I do believe it affectively builds mussle and burns fat. They are like HITT, if you have the will power to do it its worth the money.
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jvran

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Posted: 20 Aug 2011, 09:50
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.... It's an awesome workout & really gets results... I have the Insanity DVD's, just have to push myself into a routine & start doing them.... they don't help sitting in the box!! lol
hiphopper101...

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Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 15:39
Hello all. I just finished round 1 of insanity. Starting weight was 220, when i first started, I could barely lift my leg off the ground! but I kept going, kept "digging deeper" and I've never felt better in my entire life! All through highschool I weighed about 140ish, not to shabby, then I don't know what happened So....starting at 220, after 60 days....15 lbs lost and an amazing 25 inches!!! Thats alot!! the pounds not so much, but you have to remember, muscle weighs more than fat. I can see a huge difference, I can actually do the workouts now, I can actually tie my shoes without getting winded!! So if you can find it in you to keep pushing play, I would strongly recommend it. If I can do it, I am certain that anyone can do it!! Good luck everyone on which ever route you take! (BTW: I just started round 2 of Insanity, I loved it so much!!!)
dreamsinart

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Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 20:54
Congratulations! I just joined the program. I hope I have as much success as you are having. I weigh more than I ever have (185lbs) and at my age (65) it is difficult to lose. However, with stories like yours, I am motivated. Thanks for sharing.
m.galarza

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 18:39
Am going to start Insanity Workout on Monday, Am a full time student am 22, I will to have support because i know is really intense but am going to try it. Am not that active am getting motivate right now to exercise and eating healthy.
ktqb

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Posted: 28 Jan 2012, 19:51
I am doing Insanity right now and its an amazing workout. You definitely need time 6 days a week to do it though, approx. an hour. It might be hard on your knees, ankles and wrists with all the jumping and floor moves.
My only problem is that the food book, now being 3 weeks in is so boring and I find myself cheating.
Does anyone have any 300-400 calorie meals that are fast to make?
Thanks
jondspen

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Posted: 30 Jan 2012, 12:34
I looked into buying it, read the reviews, and opted not to. I do have friends/co-workers that have it. Some like it, some don't. 'Muscle confusion' is a gimick to sell the product. You will get results if you do the program, but doing ANY high impact WO 6 days a week for 1+ hours every day will give you results.

For me personally, I do better going to a gym (there is one at my job, so I go during lunch). Doing a WO at home, it is just too empting to turn on the TV and veg on the couch instead.

IF you like working out at home, and IF you like doing DVD workouts, and IF you need a structured program to follow....this is for you and will get you results.

Otherwise, if you're looking for a good strength/cardio routine, want to save $100+ bucks, and don't mind a little repitition, check out the Force Recon Short Card (http://www.socnet.com/showthread.php?t=75353). There is also a long card version....but the short is a beast in itself. Very Happy
mommy0609

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Posted: 30 Jan 2012, 17:36
Im 25 & a mother of 2... My husband & I just finished our first month of Insanity, today we start the recovery week (which is still hard..lol). I have lost 14pounds & feel better than I ever have. Im starting to tone up in my stomach area & butt. This is a hard workout but with my Husband working out with me, it motivates me even more & the fact that it is a different workout each day, helps too. I definitely reccomend Insanity! If your worried about the cost try looking on Ebay, thats where we bought ours & it was brand new still in the original packaging & was alot cheaper. It's such a great workout & gives you so much energy! I can never wait for the next day Laughing Good Luck to all you who are trying it out! Just know that you can do anything, don't give up & as long as you feel your doing your best it doesn't matter if your going move for move with them!!Very Happy
Marshanliam

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Posted: 31 Jan 2012, 10:13
I've been doing Insanity on and off but kind of intimidated by it and don't think I will ever be able keep and that's why I've done it and off. Is there any tips for me or should I keep at it and eventually will build up the stamina to keep up?



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