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You've seen the advert, a shirtless guy with the body of a Greek God shouting at you to "dig deeper." Meanwhile in the background, people look close-to vomitting as they can't manage another second of this "Insanity."
I went into this a little naive to what lay ahead. I'm 15 1/2 stone, eat relatively well and weight train 3-4 times per week. So I had a decent idea that I could hold my own with this program....WRONG.
Basically, this program is 10 weeks. And 6 days a week you do the workout, which is carefully planned out for you. Some days its excruciating, some days its hellish, but it never drops below really hard. Your first day is a simple fitness test. A bunch of exercises you must for a burst of time with a rest in between. You jot down your results for each exercise, and every two weeks you will do it again, marking your fitness level progress. Can you expect your fitness levels to rise? The answer is yes, in abundance.
Along with the set of DVDs (and bonus DVDs if you buy the upgraded version) you get a calender and fitness tracker to keep you organised. As well as this, you get a pretty decent diet guide which helps you make some better choices when on the program.
This program has benefits to pretty much anyone. If you're overweight and looking to drop some pounds, this will work. If you're a weight trainer, looking to strip fat levels without losing muscle, this will work. If you're already fit and looking to maintain your levels without hour after hour of running, this will work.
There's a running theme here, "this will work."
Have I ever shouted profanities at the TV whilst doing this? Sure I have. Have I ever stood in my living room, dry-heaving? You bet. Have I ever stormed out shouting "Its too hard" only to walk straight back in and carry on? Yes.
So insanity training is a box set of 10-13 dvds (depends if you get the set with the bonus dvd's) it also includes a nutrition book, a calender to plan your workouts and a fitness guide. It's meant to be a 60 day routine to get your body in to top shape condition, aslong as you follow the calender!
Basically it's a high intensity anaerobic and aerobic routines, consisting of plyometrics and interval training.
The10 main dvds you get are:
Dig deeper and fitness test- this is the dvd where you get to assess your fitness levels at the beginning and compare throughout your 60 days so you can see if you make any improvements.
Plyometric cardio circuit- Lower body plymometric movements, so you can burn that fat and work muscle
Cardio power and resistance- Strength and power training moves, to help with muscle definition
Cardio recovery and max recovery- Believe me you will need this!!
Pure cardio and abs- A nonstop workout
Cardio abs- This one is to get your abs working and defined
Core cardio and balance- You do this at the end of month one, ready to gear up for month 2 and you need it!
Max interval circuit- Max interval training is where you do a really long burst of high intensity anaerobic exercise for about 3 minutes and then have a break of like 30 seconds before you go again, killer!!
Max interval plyo- All I have to say is this is also a KILLER!!
Max cardio and conditioning abs- This one pushes you to your limits!
You will need abit of room to do these dvd's, there is alot of jumping movements involved, so also if you live somewhere with a thin floor might not be the best idea... your neighbours really won't like you!
If you can stick with it you will have great effects, however I didn't have the time to always follow the calender and often ended up choosing which routine I wanted to do. Also, the nutrition book can help you to plan out your diet with whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or stay the same weight and plans your calorie intake around that. The recipes in their are nice, but being a teenager I just ate what I wanted!!