Insanity Workout Review
First, most people would benefit from a longer warm-up before beginning. These individual workouts do come with a warm-up but it definitely would not hurt to do your own for about ten minutes before starting. Especially, for us older guys, I think their warm-up needs a warm-up in order to get those joints and muscles flexible enough to avoid injury.
These exercises are not for the novice. You have to be in reasonably good shape to do these workouts. They are for those who really want a challenge and want to go to the next level.
If you have bad knees, you may want to reconsider this one. For those who workout on a regular basis, but just feel they need something to motivate and push them to the next level this set is awesome, and a lot of fun! I think, in general, athletes could really benefit from this set. There are lots of power speed moves included that really push the body to the next level. There's football and basketball oriented type drills. Expect to have powerful quick legs and a strong core after a couple of months of this workout.
Expect to do lots and lots of jumping, and lots of plank movements, squats, and push-ups. These workouts really work the core great for ripped abs. There's a calendar poster you can hang on the wall to help you keep track of which DVDs to do on which day.
Some workouts focus more on cardio than others, and there are workouts scheduled to give you sort of a working rest that involve more static and slower exercises. For the most part it's very cardio intensive. You will sweat, and at first, you probably won't be able to successfully complete all exercises, but as they say in the videos, it's ok to stop, and then get right back into it.
It also comes with a nutrition guide. Let's face it, if you don't eat right I don't care how much exercises you do. So if your goal is losing weight, don't put yourself through this without being willing to make changes to your diet, not unless your main goal is just improving your cardio. Even then, it's self-defeating to exercise this hard and not put the right kind of fuel in your body.
You are expected to workout six days a week taking Sundays off, but I can see getting results doing this only three to five days a week, if you have other physical activities scheduled during the course of the week. These workouts are intense and at first you may need some more time to heal your muscles until your body adapts.
Nothing worth doing is easy, and this workout set is no exception, but if you aren't in reasonably good shape already, and haven't worked out in a long time, you may want to start with something easier, and then build your way up. Try something like Gilad workouts first and then take a go at it. But if you think you have what it takes, go for the Insanity workout, you will not be disappointed, and you may just wind up in the best shape of your life.
Check out the video to see examples of an Insanity exercise session.
Review by Tim Frady
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