Sunday, 13 May 2012

Insanity Review Week 1 - My thoughts and general diet/fitness chat.

Well I'm very pleased to report I completed Insanity Week One. As promised I thought I would share my thoughts on the first week of the programme.

The main thing I think I need to get across is that this is hardcore. Really hardcore, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to be writhing around panting in a pool of their own sweat after a workout. After everything I read about this programme, I thought can it really be that intense? Yes it can. To me this workout is ideally aimed at people who already workout regularly and are at a good level of fitness. Not someone like me who only exercises a couple of times a week. That's not to say however that it isn't possible to do this workout if you're not already fit - with hard work and dedication anything is possible!

In a nutshell Insanity is a hardcore home workout dvd from Team Beach Body - the same people who brought out P90x. Insanity is made up of plyometric drills and interval training made up of cardio, strength, resistance, power, core and ab training moves. You do not need any equipment like weights or resistance bands, all you need is yourself. The key is that the workouts use max interval training, so you perform long bursts of high intensity exercises followed by short periods of rest, this lets you burn up to 1000 calories an hour and supposedly provides you with amazing results over the 60 day period. The before and after body transformation photos are pretty impressive! You exercise 6 days a week for approximately 40 minutes each day performing the types of exercises outlined above, and one day a week you get a breather and do a yoga style workout.

As already mentioned, I already exercise a couple of times a week, mainly in the form of cycling, but when I started this it was a real shock to the system. The first day was the fit test, this in itself was completely brutal.
The following few days left my body broken, my calf muscles were literally on fire and I couldn't make it up the stairs without feeling the burn. I genuinely didn't think I would be able to do the workouts some days as I was so sore, but I persevered through, and the exercise actually helped to ease the muscle soreness.
I also started drinking banana milk or strawberry milk after each workout - I read online that this is the equivalent to the Results and Recovery Formula recommended by the guys at Team Beach Body. They advise you drink this after each workout to help with recovery - it's essentially a drink made up of 4 parts carbohydrates to 1 part protein. The specific recovery drink they recommend isn't available in the UK so after some research I found out that one of the best alternatives is chocolate milk - I don't particularly like this though so opted for strawberry or banana. I don't know whether it was this, or the fact I was getting used to the exercise, or a combination of both, but after days 4/5 the muscle soreness started to ease significantly.

The yoga style workout half way through was a welcome break and helped me push on for the following few days. By Day 7 I was seriously happy to have a rest day, although it did leave me feeling like something was missing out of my daily routine. I'm now onto Week 2 and it isn't getting any easier but I'm absolutely determined to carry on. I will continue to update you as I carry on throughout the programme but here are a few other things I wanted to mention:

  • My weight has stayed the same for the last 3 weeks. I'm not sure why, as I've been exercising daily and sticking to my Weight Watchers programme. This is a little disheartening I can't deny it but I know I'm doing everything right so will just have to wait it out. I'm going to do my measurements later (I keep forgetting) and monitor those as well.
  • I took my before photos which was also a shock to the system (an 18 mega-pixel dslr camera doesn't lie lol) but it was a real motivator to get going with things.
  • Being sweaty everyday has led to washing my hair, every, single, day. I can't lie, this is highly annoying.
  • I bought some protein powder but I'm not really sure when is best to incorporate this into my day? Any tips, links or advice on this would be greatly appreciated as I have never had protein shakes before.

If you don't think you are ready to try Insanity just yet I would highly recommend Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. This is a similar concept with very similar workouts over 30 days for 20 minutes per day. It would be a good idea to do this first then maybe move onto something like Insanity or P90x.

I hope this is has been somewhat useful and I'll keep you posted with how I get on :)



  1. Well done for sticking with it and being so committed.. it takes a strong willed person! Don't worry about your weight, it could be because you've increased your muscle but lost fat (muscle weighs 3x more) - your measurements will give you a truer idea of how you're doing :) In terms of protein, you can add them to milkshakes/smoothie/porridge etc.. I hope this helps! Well done, I definitely need to do something like this after my exams have finished and before I go on holiday, I was thinking about the 30 Day Shred actually! Thanks for your thoughts! So good to know an individual opinion rather than a company's!

  2. Wow it does look errr intense! I did the 30 day shred a while ago but kept giving up at level 3 oops!
    Keep updating us and good luck :)

  3. starting working out I actually gained a kilo or two.I was explained it was possible if i'm burning fat and gaining muscle mass....Or- fat is lighter than muscle.So don't worry!

    1. It's a myth that muscle is heavier than fat. One pound of muscle = one pound of fat because they both weigh a pound! Although muscle takes up a lot less space, so measuring would be a better weightloss gauge.

      Anyhow well done on sticking to the plan. Doesn't sound easy! Don't know if I could put myself through it. Keep us updated but don't get disheartened and beat yourself up about it. A body is just a body, it doesn't define your worth. xx

  4. Sounds fab. I love a hardcore programme and like Katya said, whenever I work out I actually gain the odd kilo. Keep going with it!

    And protein powder? I recommend a scoop of the powder, some frozen berries (get mixed fruits if you can...strawberries/raspberries/blackberries/blueberries as it creates better flavour) then soya milk (makes it super thick like sorbet which i like - I literally scoop this out with a spoon :) ) or skimmed and blend in a powerful blender. SOOOOOO good. I was always petrified protein powder would make me fat but it hasn't :) haha

  5. weird i saw this on the telly then googled a not so hard core version and it bought up jillians dvd.

  6. I tried Insanity because of your recommendation! I've been working out for years, but nothing was an difficult as Insanity! I am still shaking from the workout (and that was a few h'ours ago!). I don't think I can do it every day, but I'm going to aim to do it about 3 times a week, and carry on with my Jillian Michael's workouts too :) Thank you for this post - it really inspired me! Don't worry if your weight doesn't go down - it's about how your clothes fit and how you look! :) xx


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