Hi Glitter Babes!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope you guys had a great time ringing in the new year as I did! I enjoyed my time going out for dinner and drinks at Turtle Jacks with friends and the hubby. I’m not much of a partier on NYE so this was a great night to sit back and have some good food and great conversation. I can’t believe we’re in a new year already as it feels like it was just yesterday that I was typing out my first few blog posts back in April and May!
In January of last year, I decided to take the chance and try the Insanity workout program since I was looking for something with high intensity as I was fed up with the workouts I had tried that weren’t working for me. And now with it being January again when we begin working on our resolutions for the year, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my thoughts on the Insanity 60 Day Total Body Conditioning Program! Insanity is for those looking to get results fast but are willing to put in the maximum effort to make it happen!
This deluxe, 12-disc program includes 13 workouts whereas the regular 10-disc program includes 10. The deluxe program can be purchased online, which is the only place I’ve seen it. The regular 10-disc program can be purchased at Best Buy and Walmart among others for $140 CAD. The program begins with a Fit Test to see where you are fitness wise. This test is to be taken every 2 weeks to assess how you’ve been doing and allows you to monitor your progress throughout the program.
The workout discs also come with a Nutrition Plan, Fitness Guide, Insanity Calendar (very important for tracking your progress and what workouts need to be done!) as well as Online Support. If you’re away from home, be sure to save the calendar below to your computer so you can keep track of what workouts you need to do!
I was unable to follow the work out routine fully as I usually fit in my workouts after work, so I made it a commitment to workout at least 4-5 days a week. I also cut out pop, juice, pasta and junk food and started drinking at least 10 oz. of water a day (after not being able to stand drinking water for a while, it became my favourite drink!) and eating a ton of fruit and veggies. You’re also supposed to eat 5 smaller meals a day while using this program.
The first month of Insanity, which ended up taking 3 months for me to complete, was, in one word, insane! These workouts made me sweat buckets like no other and had me finish each workout with a tomato face! lol I knew it was doing something for me because during my first week of Insanity, I had measured myself and noticed that I had already lost a few inches! That immediately pushed me to keep going. I’ve been the type to give up easily when things aren’t going the way I’d like them to, but luckily this workout program helped me see changes pretty quickly so that made me not want to give up.
The meals you’re advised to eat during this time are roughly around 300 calories each.
Here is one of my favourite recipes!
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 3 slices turkey bacon
- Sliced tomato
- 1 fresh pear
- Make a sandwich of first 4 ingredients and serve with a fresh pear.
- Nutrition Breakdown: 293 calories, 13 grams protein, 46 grams carbohydrate, 9 grams fat, 8 grams fiber
The workouts during the first month include:
- Fit Test (approx. 28 mins)
- Plyometric Cardio Training (approx. 40 mins)
- Cardio Power and Resistance (approx. 39 mins)
- Cardio Recovery
- Pure Cardio and Abs (approx. 39 mins)
- Core Cardio and Balance (approx. 39 mins)
- Cardio Abs (approx. 21 mins)
During the first month, all of the workouts are only 40 mins long which means there’s absolutely no point in not being able to fit in one of these workouts into your daily routine. I enjoyed that every day there was a different workout to do which helped me continue with it and not get bored. The program also states that you can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour workout which in itself is insane!!
The second month starts off even more insane! You’re going from workouts that run 40 mins long to ones that are mainly around an hour long. These workouts are tough but help your body to not get adjusted to what it’s doing so it can lose even more weight! For me, the second half of the program was when I lost the most weight!
The second month workouts included:
- Fit Test (approx. 28 mins)
- Max Interval Circuit (approx. 59 mins)
- Max Interval Plyo (approx. 56 mins)
- Max Recovery (approx. 54 mins)
- Max Cardio Conditioning (approx. 49 mins)
- Max Interval Sports Training (approx. 55 mins) *
- Insane Abs (approx. 33 mins) *
- Upper Body Weight Training (approx. 48 mins) *
* workout included in the Deluxe program only
The second month was my favourite part of the program because the workouts were really tough and challenging. Since I finished the Insanity program back in June, I have used it in my own customized work out routine by integrating a few of my favourite workouts from it like Max Interval Plyo and Max Cardio Conditioning.
A couple of my favourite workouts from the second month were Max Recovery and Max Interval Plyo. My favourite exercise in Max Recovery was the Calf Raises with your arms extended outwards. In this exercise, you start in a sumo squat position with your feet pointed outward with one calf raised and arms extended out. You are to hold this position a few times on each side for 4-16 seconds while slowly bouncing up and down and you finish by setting the palm of your hand on the ground beside your raised calf (same side leg and hand). I found that this exercise really did a number on my calves.
You’re allowed to eat more during this month but still it’s important to keep it healthy. Because your metabolism is now working overtime and the exercising is more intense, you’re allowed to add some complex carbohydrates into your daily food intake like a small baked potato with the skin, a whole wheat english muffin, or a 1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta, measured after it’s been cooked.
The Insanity program may not be for everyone because it is very high intensity and lives up to its name so if you are concerned about whether it will work for you, I would suggest discussing it with your doctor!
The Insanity Program is a bit pricey but in terms of your health and overall well being I find it’s very much worth it. It’s taken me to where I am now. I have more energy and confidence than I did before I started using it. If you are looking to get in shape by the summer, this will DEFINITELY get you there! All it takes is commitment and a bit of hard work and you’ll see your resolution coming to fruition! I recommend Insanity to everyone I know that’s looking to get in shape quickly.
I will be doing another post shortly about my fitness journey one year later which will contain a ton of photos, unlike my last fitness post! It will definitely be a must-see blog post for anyone who needs inspiration to get going with their new lifestyle change!