Insanity

Insanity didn’t just help me get the body I wanted, it helped me become a better runner and ultimately was a key factor in helping me qualify for the Boston Marathon.

 

Insanity-and-Shakeology-e1357362229199INSANITY is NOT for the faint of heart or for those who don’t want to sweat. This program is high intensity total body conditioning and will challenge anyone, regardless of fitness level.
This is what I LOVED about Insanity! I started the program with a pretty solid cardio base. I’m very active and was running regularly before I started. I love a challenge and I LOVE to sweat. Even the warm up and cardio recovery days were hard in my opinion.

The workouts focus on interval training or bursts of high intensity following by a short recovery.
Interval training is tough physically and will be a challenge to anyone mentally, but I LOVE it because you work really hard for about three to four minutes (Max intensity) and then you let your heart rate come down for a short 30-second recovery. I always knew that if I could make it to the end of the interval, I could get a little break and get back into it. Allowing my body to go beyond that comfort threshold, made me become extremely efficient in burning carbohydrates and fat and I was able to quickly improve my fitness level and lose weight.

There are no regular home fitness DVDs like Insanity. It’s a series of multiple DVDs broken into two months. Workouts are six days a week ranging from 40 minutes in the first month to approximately 60 minutes during the second month. Each calendar week follows a different sequence in an easy to follow schedule, so you never are doing the same thing week after week.
I’m a stickler for following a schedule when I workout. It makes it easy to get out of bed knowing what workout I’ll be doing. With a variety of workouts, I never got used to doing any of them. It was always different. I definitely preferred some of the workouts (max interval circuit)! I dreaded others (plyometrics)! The second month is preceded by a week of core cardio and balance. It was a welcome transition before the INSANE month two started.

The only equipment required is yourself AND a good pair of shoes.
I didn’t go to the gym or lift a single weight in during the 60 days.  I developed more lean muscle mass (body fat went from 21.5% to 19%) due to the cardio that incorporates a lot of plyometric exercises …aka jumping and some crazy push ups. I would suggest using a good pair of cross-trainer shoes due to the intense jumping.  Save your running shoes for the asphalt.

Fit Tests are done every two weeks to chart your progress.
The Fit Test is a 20-minute DVD that include eight (8) one-minute drills ranging from power jumps (hated these) to push-up jacks (the crazy push ups that get your arms CUT). I’m not sure if I was really competitive or if my cardio strength really developed, but I increased my numbers each fit test, even on the ones I really dreaded.

Insanity comes with an Elite Nutrition Guide with easy to follow recipes, formulas to determine your daily caloric intake and great, healthy snack suggestions.
I truly believe following the nutrition guidelines is what made all the difference in my body transformation. I started out at 130 lbs and ended day 63 at 121 lbs. I ate five times daily, eating a good combination of carbs, protein and fats. I kept my meals small and focused on food quality. I was never hungry and always satisfied. I kept a daily journal of everything I ate to hold myself accountable. I lost two inches off my waist and thighs! That’s HUGE for me!

Shaun T will motivate you and push you to work harder than you ever imagined.
Shaun T is CRAAAZY (in a good way) and he is so motivating. I think the best part of the very raw at times DVDs, is that it’s real. Shaun has to take breaks, the people in the videos, albeit very fit people, are constantly taking stopping (and wincing). It’s like he is right in your living room and he will get in your face. He says some funny one-liners that will keep you laughing in the midst of wanting to curl up on the floor and die. I simply cannot wait to meet and workout with him one day!

Improvements to the my running.
Aftter I completed my first round of Insanity, I started training for my fourth marathon with determination to qualify for Boston.  I continued to do Insanity three days a week and started having Shakeology for breakfast every single morning.  I was stronger than I’d ever been for that marathon.  I took 16 minutes off my previous Personal Record and fulfilled my ultimate goal of qualifying for the  Boston Marathon.  I’m absolutely convinced Insanity and Shakeology helped me become a better runner.

My Recommendation:
What are you waiting for? If you are serious about making a REAL change in your life, I HIGHLY recommend buying a ticket on the Insanity train. With a lot of hard work, a strong will and determination, you will be forever grateful you did!

Running and Insanity

Does Insanity make you a better runner?  How can I incorporate running and Insanity into my fitness schedule?  These are two questions I get quite often and I can assure you that you will become a better runner by incorporating Insanity into your running schedule and I have a system that has worked well for me.

The first question you must ask yourself is: What is your running goal right now?  Are you training to run a marathon?  Do you want to be a faster runner?  Are you running to stay in shape?  These answers are important to creating your Insanity / Running hybrid schedule.

When I was training for a marathon, running was the focus of my schedule and I used Insanity as cross-training a couple days a week.  In the running off-season, I merely flip this schedule.  Insanity is my focus six days a week and I run a couple days a week just to maintain a solid running base of about five miles per run.

Insanity and Running Hybrid Schedule

Insanity and Running hybrid

I cannot stress how important it is to incorporate some type of cross-training into your running schedule.  It will not keep your routine new and fresh, it will help you stay injury free, build a strong core and become an overall better and faster runner!  Who doesn’t want that?

Prior to doing Insanity, I ran a lot but never really lost any weight and was not able to get any faster.  I was an average runner with average goals.  Since incorporating Insanity and numerous other Beachbody workout programs into my regular workout schedule, I took 16 minutes off my previous marathon PR and qualified for The Boston Marathon.  I’ve become leaner, faster and much more efficient.

Proper Nutrition

The Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide has helped me get my diet under control and provided my body the necessary fuel for better and more effective runs.  This detailed, yet simplified nutrition plan, which includes having Shakeology daily, has been the key and essential component of making this hybrid work.  Becoming a faster and better runner is not just about running more.  It’s about proper nutrition, effective cross-training and creating a powerful mix to have a successful running season.