Insanity Workout Review – My Review
Overall Ranking: 80 out of 100 points
Experience level: Beginner
Type Of Training: Bodyweight / Home Training
For what?: Fat Loss
Owners: Shaun Thompson
Ok so another product of BeachBody company that I’m going to review is their famous Insanity fat loss program made by Shaun Thompson.
I’m going to take a look on the different aspects of the program and give you my own opinion is this a legit fat loss program or just a scam that you shouldn’t waste your money into.
The rivalring product for Insanity is BeachBodys another program you’ve probably heard and it’s called P90X, I will give a quick comparison between these program later in this article.
The Author Shaun Thompson
The creator of the whole Insanity program is an ex dancer and you can see a lot dancing type workouts in the program itself.
Shaun T is in great shape there is no way going around that. But once again there is a bit of marketing behind the Insanity since you will not develop a body like Shauns by doing Insanity. I know that the natural reaction for people is to assume that they will look the same as the developer of the program by doing it. Not gonna happen.
To have the amount of muscle mass Shaun has you would have to spend many years of lifting heavy weights and eating right. So don’t be fooled by the basic marketing trick that training like the man shows will get you into shape that he is in.
What Is Insanity Workout System?
Insanity consists of only bodyweight exercises in a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) type of workouts. And everything will be on video and you can watch it on your TV or computer screen and follow along while doing the exercises.
The program has you performing everything from jumps to push-ups. The workouts itself will last from 45 minutes to 60 minutes maximum depending on how long you’ve done the program.
Insanity is build to last 2 months or exactly 63 days.
It is purely a cardio based program so you will not really build any significant muscle mass while doing it. Although in 2 months you will not build a lot of muscle even if you’re doing a proper weightlifting program. Building muscle takes years not weeks or months.
The program also includes a diet to follow along with the heavy workouts you’ll be put through. I’ll go into more detail in the Diet section of this article, so stick around.
Is The Program A Scam?
First of all the workout program is not by any means a scam. It works just as any effective weight loss program by putting you into calorie deficit which means you’re spending more calories than taking in.
Actually the diet part is not some cookie cutter target of calories. It’s tailored by your own body composition by Harris-Benedict formula which I personally use whenever I’m cutting or bulking.
The workouts are simple but effective HIIT sessions so there is nothing scammy there either.
The “Secret” Of The Program, MAX Interval Training
Ok so here we have the marketing bit of the program. This is the reason Insanity claims to set itself apart from the “old school” HIIT and claims that their way going about training is way better for burning fat.
So this is a bit confusing because they’re comparing their product with other High Intensity Interval Training by saying that on other programs you’ll train for a minute at high intensity and then you back down to a moderate intensity to catch your breath.
In Insanity you will perform 3-5 minutes block of high intensity cardio and then you rest for 30-45 seconds and according to Insanity this is superior way to train.
Now let me tell you that first of all it doesn’t really matter which exercise you do with the intervals. It could be anything you want and you will dictate the intensity level within the interval. So comparing “old intensity interval” with different time frames is just a sales pitch. HIIT training is HIIT training and that is it. There is nothing groundbreaking doing it by the Insanity way.
So what this really boils down into is the same old LISS (low-intensity training) VS. HIIT (high-intensity training) and according to Insanity their intervals are superior to other HIIT methods because they’re setting you to do 3-5 minutes interval with 30-45 seconds rest.
Insanity is definately riding the latest wave of the HIIT hype going on the fitness industry and it is an effective way to get into shape and burn fat I admit that.
But it’s made of a bit too big of a fuss. It really doesn’t matter that much which type of cardio you do as long as your diet is on point. The best and most effective way is to do cardio what you enjoy doing and not get caught up with these LISS VS. HIIT debates.
So what I’m trying to say here is that there is nothing special in the Insanity workouts. You could get the same results using the same amount of workouts but with a different exercises along with the Insanity diet.
But anyway if you like the jumping, skipping and other dance-like movements along with push-ups and squats insanity is the right choice for you.
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So the nutrition guide in Insanity surprised me with their use of determining your BMR and adjusting calories accordingly. For you who are new to this game BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and it takes to account your age, gender, weight, height and activity level. And the equation figures out a quite accurate number of calories what you have to digest just to maintain your weight.
I personally use the same method for myself and people that I help since it’s proven time and time again to be really effective.
And once you figure out your calorie intake the nutrition guide says that you should eat about 5 meals a day.
Then you got different options for every meal such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and “extras”. The nutrition guide will give you couple of different options for each meal so you don’t have to each everyday the same foods.
All the stuff included in the book are really basic nutrition stuff and you can find everything you need in my site so there really is not much of a value in the nutrition department to be honest. But that being said it’s valid information and works.
Can You Build Muscle With The Regimen?
The exercises done with your bodyweight will give you a bit of muscle but nothing that you should get excited about.
By incorporating weight lifting to this program you could get better results for increased muscle mass. Although like I mentioned earlier two months is way too short of a time frame to notice any real gains in muscle mass no matter how effective your weightlifting routine is.
How Much Does The Workout Program Cost?
Currently they have a 3 month payment plan where you pay $39.95 every month and on top of that you will have to pay for shipping and handling fees for the parcel which adds $24.95 to the $119.85.
So the total cost of the program is $144.80.
Insanity comes with a fair 60-day money back guarantee so if you’re not happy with it you’ll get full refund excluding the shipping & handling.
Insanity VS P90X
So the two of these programs are the big rivals in the market and both are from the same company called BeachBody.
Here is a simple comparison for the both programs:
If you’re a bit lost that which one of these programs to choose I will try to help you a bit.
Insanity is purely bodyweight training so you don’t need any equipment except a Yoga mat for your own comfort. But with P90X You will have to invest to pull-up bars and dumbbells or barbells or both.
When it comes to programs itself P90X is superior but it comes with a price of equipment. So if you have equipment definately go with P90X but if not Insanity is easier for your wallet (which is still quite expensive for this kind of program!)
Both of these programs are working regimens for fat loss so either one you choose to go with you will get results if you do as instructed in the manual.
Conclusion On Insanity Workout Review
When it all comes down to it, Insanity is a working fat loss regimen. If you do everything as instructed you will see results that is for sure.
But that being said, in my opinion it is WAY overpriced. I mean $145 for some basic HIIT drills and really basic nutrition advice? If the price tag would be somewhere around $40 I’d recommend this program to anyone who is interested in fat loss. But to be cashing in $120 for the program like this is quite unfair in my opinion.
You can find HIIT workouts for free in youtube that will yield the same results as Insanity and figuring out your BMR with this calculator and then just drop down your calories by 500 and you’re good to go and all these for free.
The information Insanity contains is valid but paying a total of $145 is just a waste of money in my opinion.
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Have you tried Insanity? Or do you have some questions in mind? I’d love to hear what you think. Chime in down below and I’ll get back to you!
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