insanity in review.

by Janetha on June 21, 2011

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i have had a particularly busy day at work today, which left me no time or energy to blog about my daily meals & moves. not to worry, you aren’t missing much. although i will have a new healthy meal makeover recipe for you tomorrow.

because i have nothing else, today is the perfect day to post my insanity review. this post is going to be a whole lot of words and all about insanity. if you don’t care about that, come back tomorrow!

i am not sure what the best way to put my thoughts into a post is, but i’ll try my best. hope i don’t lose ya!

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for those of you who haven’t heard of insanity, let me fill you in real quick. it is a set of DVD workouts led by a muscular and slightly irritating man that goes by the name of shaun T.  i didn’t think he was irritating at first, but by the end of the challenge, my tune had changed. 

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i bought the insanity DVDs over a year ago. i purchased them off craig’s list for $50 instead of the retail price of $120.  i never had my own house or my own TV/DVD player, so i was never able to commit to the insanity challenge 100%.  i did a lot of the workouts before my wedding, but never did the complete challenge.

now that i have my own home, i was able to commit to the challenge.  on april 3, marshall and i started our 60 day insanity challenge.  i made a calendar and posted it on the fridge.  turns out this 60 day challenge actually lasted 63 days, but who’s counting? oh, yeah, me!

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for clarity’s sake, i will give you a rundown of the program, which is split into two 4-week blocks with a 1-week “rest” period between the two blocks.

the first day starts with the fit test.

the fit test starts with a quick warmup, followed by a series of eight different moves.  you see how many reps of each move you can get in one minute.  the fit test ends with a short cool down.

the point of the fit test is that it creates a way for you to monitor the progress of your physical fitness.  the fit test is scheduled for day 1, day 15, day 36, day 50 and finally on day 63.

the first fit test was tough—i put my maximum effort into it like shaun T told me to do!  i will get to my scores later in this review.

the first month of insanity consisted of several different plyometric workouts.  ‘plyometric’ is just a fancy way to say ‘lots of jumping around like a crazy person’, just in case you weren’t aware.  anyway, these workouts lasted around 40 minutes each.  there was always a warmup and stretch session that was about 10 minutes long, followed by the workout that lasted roughly 25 minutes, ending with a cooldown stretch that lasted about 5 minutes.  the program periodically threw in a 15 minute ab workout for good measure.

the weeks were never TOO crazy.  sunday, monday and tuesday consisted of the intense workouts, wednesdays were always a “recovery” day that was a workout focusing more on stretching and less on cardio.  thursday and friday brought two more intense workouts and saturday was always a designated rest day.

during the first month of insanity, i also did bikram yoga three times a week—every single saturday (my rest day from insanity) and then two more weekdays. 

i was doing the insanity workouts in the mornings for the first month. this was HUGE for me because i am not a morning person.  i loved getting the workout out of the way and i felt like my metabolism was on fire for the rest of the day thanks to such an intense cardio workout.

after the first 4 weeks, there was a “recovery week” that consisted of the same DVD 6 days in a row.  it was the “core cardio & balance” workout—about 35 minutes of slow, controlled and concentrated moves.  it was not intense cardio-wise, but it sure made my muscles burn! this was ideal for achieving optimal core strength.  this DVD did get really boring by the end of the week, but i did find that it got easier and easier each time.  after the recovery week, marshall decided he didn’t want to do insanity anymore.

the final 4 weeks were something else! i was thrown for a loop after just the first workout.  month two’s workouts were longer.  about 60 minutes instead of 40.  the warmup and cooldown times were the same as month one.. but the warmup was a bit tougher when it came to the actual warmup moves.

the workouts themselves were about 40 minutes long and they were BRUTAL.  i actually would scream out loud because i hated it so much.  hate in a good way.. if that makes sense. i dreaded every workout, but felt amazing after each and every one. the epitome of a love/hate relationship, for sure.

the second month was tough and i stopped doing the workouts in the morning. as much as i loved getting my workout done first thing, i just did NOT have the energy to get the workouts done in the morning, so i switched to after work. also, i couldn’t do other workouts along with the second month.. i stopped going to bikram (my pass was up anyway) and i focused on insanity 100%.

i went to palm springs during the first week of month two.  i did my insanity workout on the saturday that i was there (with eden!), but then on sunday, i couldn’t get the DVD to work. i bought them off craig’s list.. they sometimes tend to be janky. BUT, they always work in my playstation.. just not in some DVD players. that’s what i get for being a cheap ass. 

i did a bodyrock.tv workout that sunday to supplement my insanity workout, then on monday i was traveling and planned to make up the missed workout the following saturday.

then.. the flu hit. dangit.  i got hit HARD with the flu! i ended up taking an entire week off working out all together.

i was right back at it the following sunday.  to be honest, this SUCKED.  it was hard to physically get back into the workouts.. but even more so, it was hard mentally. i had the toughest time getting back to the intense mind set!  but i did it.

i was worried that i would do horribly when it came time for the fit test, but i ended up stomping all my scores into the ground.  apparently that week off wasn’t as detrimental as i thought it would be.

during the second-to-last week of insanity, a little thing called my 28th birthday rolled around.  my social life took over and i ended up taking a few days off from insanity.  i continued the workouts as planned, but i was a few days behind.  when the last workout finally came, it was actually a tuesday.  i wanted to complete the final fit test on the weekend (not after a hard day at the office) so i did a few different workouts until saturday rolled around. i went on a bike ride on wednesday, did bikram on thursday and did the core cardio & balance insanity DVD on friday.  when saturday came, it was time for my final fit test.

how did i do?  well, here is a breakdown of all 5 fit tests! (you can see a demo of someone on youtube doing the moves here.)

move day 1 day 15 day 36 day 50 day 63
switch kicks 100 109 120 122 123
power jacks 44 50 56 60 62
power knees 85 107 108 114 121
power jumps 28 38 40 43 48
globe jumps 12 13 14 14 14
burpees 14 17 18 19 20
pushup jacks 25 30 33 37 40
plank obliques 50 60 64 71 75

 

as you can see, the program works.  here are the actual numbers when it comes to overall improvement:

  • switch kicks: 23 more, 23% improvement
  • power jacks: 18 more, 41% improvement
  • power knees: 36 more, 42% improvement
  • power jumps: 20 more, 71% improvement (!!!)
  • globe jumps: 2 more, 17% improvement
  • burpees: 6 more, 42% improvement
  • pushup jacks: 15 more, 60% improvement
  • plank obliques: 25 more, 50% improvement

the crazy thing is that each time i did the fit test, i worked so hard that i thought there was no possible way i could do even one more rep.  then the next time another fit test was on the schedule, i managed to beat my previous scores. i didn’t feel different each day that went by, but i was slowly becoming more and more fit.

it may have taken a couple extra weeks, but i finally marked the last fit test off the calendar!

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i can definitely say that i was SO glad when i was done.. but yesterday was the first day i had to actually think about my workout instead of following a DVD, so that was weird for me.

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here’s a break down of the pros/cons.

overall pros:

  • every workout is done in the comfort of your own home.
  • no equipment aside from you, yourself and you is required (although a yoga mat is helpful—but not required.)
  • fairly inexpensive for what you get (a cookbook, nutrition plan, access to the online support site and 13 awesome workout DVDs for $120 is a really good deal.)
  • a set schedule never leaves room for questioning what workout to do each day.
  • the fit test is a healthy way to monitor progress.
  • this is an awesome way to improve your cardiovascular abilities.
  • it’s a fun alternative to running or other cardio.
  • it WORKS!!

overall cons:

  • it can get monotonous at times, especially near the end.
  • you may want to kill someone by the very last week.
  • it can be hard on your ankles/knees/back, so if you have trouble with these body parts.. beware.
  • there is not much to offer in terms of building muscle. you will probably build some muscle and will definitely see some toning, but this is mainly a fat loss program.

as you can see, the pros outweigh the cons. i really loved the program and honestly feel like i am in the best shape i have ever been in cardiovascular-wise!

other items to note:

1. the nutrition plan. i didn’t follow the insanity nutrition plan like it suggests. i only did the workout portion. however, i did read through the plan and it is just like body for life. balanced carbs and proteins with healthy fat thrown into the mix, eating every 3 hours, 5 times a day.  i know that if i had followed this plan to a T, it would have worked wonders on my fat loss.. but i am not too worried about my fat loss and i already eat really well.. so i just did the workout part of the program.

2. shoes.  i did the first month of the program with running shoes. bad idea! running shoes are meant for running, not for jumping around like a maniac.  during the recovery week i switched to bare feet and then during month two i wore my puma faas 300s.. which are super, duper light. i noticed a BIG difference when i changed my shoes.

3. visual changes. i did take before photos and measurements.. but i never did take after photos or measurements.  there was a reason for this. when i went into the program, i was very focused on how i looked and doing the program to lose inches and look better. as the program went on, it became more about physical fitness and focusing on my performance improvements rather than the visual changes. however, i definitely see a ton of changes! so does marshall, which is nice, because he has been complimenting me on how much more slender my legs are (i usually hate my legs).  my abs look awesome, too. yes, i can brag, i just completed an intense workout program. hell yes my abs look awesome.

4. confidence. whether i look better or not.. i feel better. i feel awesome! this has boosted my confidence level a ton. i feel stronger. i have more endurance. i feel good about myself. not that i didn’t feel good before.. but now i really feel good. completing such a hard program is a real boost of confidence, that’s for sure.

side note: i did start an insanity page where i tracked my thoughts, meals, etc for each day of the challenge.. but i got way too busy with LIFE and that fizzled out after 17 days. WOOPS. oh well.

you can also check more insanity rambles out in these posts:

what’s next?

many have asked what the future holds for me in terms of workouts. 

  • i just signed up for a month of unlimited bikram yoga, so i will be practicing yoga 3x a week for the next month.
  • i want to get back to the weight room! i miss lifting weights and will be going back to either alternating upper/lower body days (body for life style) or doing specific muscle splits each day (ie: chest/back, bis/tris, shoulders, legs)
  • i will be doing some sort of cardio 2 or 3 times a week, probably in the form of HIIT.  yes, this means i will be back to running, hope i don’t go too crazy from boredom.
  • i plan to stay active with hiking and biking this summer, which will play a big role in my physical fitness.

i don’t have a set plan quite yet. i am going to use this week to just do whatever and see what feels right. i’m breezy. yesterday was a body for life style lower body workout and today was bikram yoga. we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

well, friends, that is the end of my recap.

Qs from you?

i want to open the comments up for questions.  i have had several questions about the program via email and i think that the best way to address everything is in a group discussion in the comments below.

please ask any questions you may have. i am happy to answer any questions—just make sure you check back in the comments section to see my reply.

xo. janetha g.

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Gab June 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Janetha

I love your blog so much I check it morning and night, I admire all your advice and plan to buy the Insanity dvds. If you don’t have any more use with them, can I buy them off you? :)

Janetha June 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Sorry Gab–these are pure gold! I will be lending them to a friend, then to another friend, then when I get them back, I will be incorporating the workouts into my life when I want an at home workout. I highly suggest you invest in a set yourself, you can use them for life!

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Great recap. I def want to try them out someday when life gets a tad less crazy (and I am not teaching a bazillion fitness classes myself. heh).

SO glad you feel amazing about yourself, it is awesome what fitness can do for our confidence!

Amy June 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

awesome post! ive been thinking about doing insanity for a while now so its great to hear what your experience was like. sounds pretty kick ass..might have to look into it! buying on craigslist is a great idea btw!

Lisa @ I'm an Okie June 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

loved the recap! I did it for about a month, and I got so tired of it. More power to ya for finishing it!

Kristina @ spabettie June 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I have been waiting for this post, as I’ve really been thinkin’ of adding shaun t to my life… ;)

I love the recap, including your definition of plyometric!! you had AWESOME results and improvement!

I don’t have any questions for you YET… but I may if I decide to do this. I will check back to see other questions. I really think I may do this.

insane.

Mama Pea June 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Hell yes, your abs look awesome.

And I love that you are owning it!

(mine look pretty awesome too)

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

Yes. Yes they do. I am proud of you.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) June 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

WOw, surprised- I thought you were gonna say that you hated it! So you said that it’s a fat loss program- did you lose fat? Would you consider the ‘after’ photos after all the compliments- sounds like they would speak volumes!

Someone from the company that makes those Insanity / P90x contacted me about linking to their company- I said- sure I’d be happy to have you send me something to try and if I like it, I’d link. Then she replied that because I love my readers and they have live healthy lives, that it would be a benefit to them for me to link. Um. Right. Which is why I would never link something I’ve never tried!!! My aunt (70 yrs old) and I did the hip hop abs (shaun t) and she barely got out of breath! So… there’s that.

Glad you’re going back to what you love now. and that you’re mixing it up.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) June 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Actually, that was a dumb question- if you and Marshall say your legs are slimmer, then you’ve lost fat- duh. :-?

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:51 am

Haha.. you answered your own question before I got to it! Yes–I have lost fat. On my legs and my midsection for sure. And my love handles are no more. And when I put my shorts on, there is a lot of bagginess in the leg opening now. It’s glorious.

I kind of hated the program there at the end. Okay, I totally hated it. But I wanted to finish it, so it kind of became a “I’ll show him!” thing toward Shaun T. Glad I did finish, though, because it did pay off.. as hellish as it was.

The reason I haven’t taken after photos is because I am lazy. Haha. But I probably should, to reflect back. Maybe I will this weekend!

That is really weird about the contact you got–uhhh.. yeah, why would you link it just because someone told you to?! I have never watched or tried hip hop abs, but it doesn’t look too tough.

LOVE YOU!

Katie June 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Love the recap! My sister-in-law (who isn’t too athletic) just had a baby, and is doing this to get back into shape, and I was curious as to how it compares (intensity) wise to other things you have done. You are the HIIT master, and I’ve done a lot of your treadmill workouts – comparatively, was it as difficult and intense as anything you’ve done before?

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

I would compare it to HIIT–but it is WAY harder because it lasts so much longer than my typical HIIT sessions. The max interval training in insanity is 3 minutes high intensity with 30 second breaks.

However, it is awesome because you truly go at your own pace. You can modify the moves to ones you can do, and if you can’t do them as fast as the people in the video, you go at your own pace. That is why the fit test rocks–you base your progress on your initial test and build from there. I think this would be great for you SIL!

Stefanie @TheNewHealthy June 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I’ve been wanting to try insanity, but I don’t know if I could do the whole program! More power to you for finishing! I bought the Turbofire program and I just love incorporating the DVD’s to change things up!

Eden June 22, 2011 at 12:33 am

Shaun kicked my ass! Not sure I could do this everyday but I can watch him yell at people. Thats always fun.

“embrace it!”

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 22, 2011 at 3:35 am

Awesome review and recap of it all!

“i really loved the program and honestly feel like i am in the best shape i have ever been in cardiovascular-wise!”– AMEN!

And the fact that you’re loving your legs AND your abs..ok, that should sell anyone on it!

MelissaNibbles June 22, 2011 at 3:39 am

You did it barefoot?! You are brave! Congrats on completing the challenge!

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

It’s weird how doing it barefoot was easier than when I wore running shoes. More natural I guess?

Thanks, woman! xo

TC June 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I have always preferred doing cardio DVDs at home barefoot–I feel like I can make transitions so much faster (like going from plank to standing and such.) I’m glad I’m not the only one!

Alta June 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I’m the same way! Now, if I got some Vibram Fivefingers…then maybe that’d be the best of both worlds! Hmm….

cathyd June 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

so proud of you, j, for completing INSANITY!!! way to go! i really enjoyed reading your recap. i did not know that you don’t need equipment – that ups my interest in the program. would be a great challenge/new experience, no?!
love your summer plans – the bikram, gym, outdoor activities – fun!!!

Lauren June 22, 2011 at 4:58 am

This is such a wonderful review!! I love the Insanity program and I have been doing them for months but I haven’t ever completed them in their entirety. Maybe I should do the whole program and see what happens.

Heather (Heather's Dish) June 22, 2011 at 5:46 am

i love how comprehensive this is! you know i’ve been wanting to try it for a while now and i think you answered just about every single question i had :)

Karen June 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

Thanks for posting your review of the program! I remember seeing the infomercials when the program first came out but I don’t know any one that actually completed the program. I liked hearing from an unpaid participant : )

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

I sure wish I had been a paid participant! hehe

Hope June 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

Thank you for posting a review of this program. I have been hearing about it all the time but I never really knew exactly what it was. I think this program would be perfect for me because I am not much of a gym person. I am definitely going to look into this program. :)

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 22, 2011 at 6:24 am

Now you can OFFICIALLY say you’ve had Insanity for breakfast ;)

Abby June 22, 2011 at 6:37 am

I’ve thought about doing Insanity, but I really think I’d lose interest. I have a hard time committing to something that I don’t love…and well, I don’t exactly *love* to work out. I love to run, that’s how I can commit to it. I’ve been doing the occasional Jillian video, but even those lose my attention quickly. I need a trainer, I think.

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

I am with you and don’t love to work out. The main thing that got me to do the workout each day was knowing I’d have to admit to my husband and here on the blog if I failed. But some days it was SO hard.

Susan June 22, 2011 at 6:38 am

Woo! Congratulations on completing the challenge and having such great results. Those numbers really do speak for themselves. I love how you said you’ve been enjoying the “visual changes” but you truly embraced the changes happening inside. That is beautiful girl!

momma b. June 22, 2011 at 6:54 am

Way to go!!! I am SO proud of you. I did insanity for about 3 weeks I know how crazy it can be. You have accomplished something huge especially for your mental health and that whole empowered feeling you get when you’ve achieved your goal!
Love and admire you and your determination!
TOWANDA!!!! :)
xo

Chels June 22, 2011 at 7:05 am

Congrats on completing the Insanity!! I have just started about three weeks ago incorporating some of the dvd’s into my weekly workouts. I like lifting and running too much, so I don’t think I could take it on 100%. I do like it for a change of pace, it really pushes my body and hopefully will improve my speed. I have only tried the pylo and the pure cardio with abs. I can’t even imagine month 2 of the dvd’s if I am having a hard time with the first ones!

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

Month 2 DVDs will make you cry.

Paige @ RAN June 22, 2011 at 7:08 am

You are so dedicated, Janetha! Not just in Insanity – but it’s clearly noticeable that if you put your mind and body to something that you’re going to accomplish it, or try as hard as you can to accomplish it! I admire that:)

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

Thank you, woman! Coming from you that means a lot.

Michelle @ A Voracious Appetite June 22, 2011 at 7:37 am

Congrats on finishing the program! I admire you so much. Because of your review, I’m now considering the program myself. Fat loss is something I’m very interested in but I’m never quite sure how to do it on my own. Thanks for providing such honest and helpful feedback!

Jamie June 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

You are so awesome and deserve to be proud of yourself!

So I’m new to eating healthy and working out. I’m committed to a healthier lifestyle and have spoken with my doctor and received the a-okay to start but I don’t know where to start with the exercise. Any suggestions? I need to lose approx 60 lbs and do some major toning up. Please help! What’s the best exercise to start with?

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

Jamie, that’s awesome that you are determined to start eating healthy and working out! Good for you. If you are BRAND NEW to exercising, it would never hurt to hire a trainer for a few sessions (if you belong to a gym). I started with Body for LIFE and learned a lot from that program. It is made up of a great mix of both high intensity cardio for fat loss and weight training for muscle building. I learned SO much about cardio and weights from following that program for 12 weeks. I wouldn’t recommend you start out with Insanity, though, it’s pretty crazy. My best advice is to make a plan and stick to it. So often we make plans and then forget about them, so maybe make a calendar with specific workouts–then you can cross them off each day and feel awesome! Best of luck. xo

Jamie June 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

Thank you Janetha! I’ll pick me up a copy of Body for Life. Does it outline specific workouts for me to follow? If someone tells me exactly what to do I have no problem doing it but when I am just flopping (literally!!) around in the wind I tend to give up and stop trying. Thanks for all your great insights!

Janetha June 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

It doesn’t tell you exactly what to do–but it tells you the structure. As in, how many reps and what body parts. You just have to choose the actual exercises. You could use this muscle map to help choose exercises: http://www.shapefit.com/trainingmap.html

natalie (the sweets life) June 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

let me guess–you got sick of shaun t. lifting up his shirt to show off his abs?? :) that annoys me ha

i just do these as a supplement to running/lifting and i wear old running shoes…but you’re right, i bet diff shoes would make a big impact!! you have serious discipline to do the whole thing…i like them bc i can choose which one to do and when to do it…sometimes i’ll only do the warm-up on a particular day to supplement my workout.

super impressed by your improvements-you rock!

Janetha June 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

bwahahaah.. marshall and i ALWAYS say to each other, “cuz i wanna look gooood” in shaut Ts voice. so funny.

Brynne June 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

WOW I’m so impressed with your numbers! Congrats on finishing!

Jess@atasteofconfidence June 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I’d really like to try this! Congrats on finishing!

Rachael June 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Hi Janetha!

I just wanted to get your thoughts on Bikram. I just started practicing about a 6 weeks ago, and I definitely have a love/hate relationship with it. I have to give myself a pep talk while driving to class EVERY time! The class can feel like torture at times, but I LOVE the way I feel after! I just wanted to see what your experience is like? Does it ever get easier?

Janetha June 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

It’s so weird, some classes are SO hard for me and others a breeze. I think a lot has to do with how my day has gone up until I go to class. It did get easier, but I always have to mentally prepare for it.. it is not only a physical workout, but a mental one as well.

The Delicate Place June 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

thanks for this! exactly what i was interested in hearing your feedback on. i think i’ll save my $ for now. i just think i’d probably hate it halfway through and wonder why i was torturing myself!? i have a very short attention span with exercise and do something different every time i workout. if it aint broke don’t fix it i guess!

Allison @ Food For Healing June 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

i liked reading this from you. I am just finishing my first week, today is my first rest day! woop. it feels great, and i love/hate it too. I have been doing the workouts in my vibrams, and while at first my calves were sore, they are used to it now, and it feels so free and natural!

Janetha June 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I just got a pair of Vibrams! I wish I had had them for Insanity. Maybe I should do it again.. haha, not.

Andrea@WellnessNotes June 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for the thorough recap! I’ve been thinking about doing Insanity, but I’m afraid of the time commitment (especially the 60 minute workouts in the second phase) and the intensity. I like to work out in the morning, but I’m afraid I would be too exhausted to go on with my day… Also, thanks for the heads up about the workouts being hard on the ankles. I have a weak ankle, so that’s something to think about.

Glad you are so happy with the results!

Libby June 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I loved reading your Insanity review—I’ve been thinking about getting it, but I don’t want to get bored with my workout. I’ve been doing the bodyrock.tv workouts lately. How would you compare Insanity to bodyrock?

Janetha June 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I have done about 10 of the bodyrock.tv workouts. I would say Insanity is tougher because the workouts are longer.. but I can’t necessarily compare the effectiveness! Looks like bodyrock.tv works wonders.

Megan (Braise The Roof) June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Wow, that improvement in your power jumps is awesome! Those were always my least favorite. I’d agree with you about most of this stuff- it totally sucks at the end, but it makes you feel so good. Totally worth it!

Pure2raw twins June 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

girl you did amazing, much better than us. we did the full insanity program last year and loved it but not enough to do the whole thing again. now we just do it here and there, today we did the pure cardio and abs, whoa haha

Kerry @ halfhealthyhalfnuts June 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

I just started week 4 today. So far I am loving it because I am seeing results! I still hate the warm up though…and mummy kicks.

Alta June 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Thanks for the review, and congrats on completing Insanity! Sounds…ummm…insane. I do have to let you know, however, that you’ve inspired me. Not to do Insanity (at least, not yet), but I stumbled across Supreme 90 Day (a.k.a. P90X for cheapskates) and bought it. I’m on Day 4. I used to think Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred was tough – to me, this is tougher! But it’s doable – the workouts are about 40 minutes each, and the eating plan isn’t much different than what I’m doing now (about 30% protein, 30% carbs, 30% fat – and lots of fiber) but I am having to up my protein, so I am referring to their meal plans for guidelines. (I have my food intolerence/allergy issues so I have to make modifications, but it’s cool.) Even took before photos. Hoping to see some good results soon! Thanks for inspiring me to take it up another notch!

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

Alta, I am so glad you are inspired to up your fitness! Best of luck to you :) Let me know how it goes.

Heather July 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I just ended my recovery week of Insanity and I am a bit nervous for month two!

I feel the same way about the fit tests..I just don’t know how I will be able to beat my current result. Hopefully I will!

Janetha July 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

You’ve got this!!

alyssa - fashion fitness foodie June 17, 2012 at 5:50 am

Hi Janetha – Did you ever post your before/after pictures? I would like to do something before my wedding to lose a good 5 pounds of fat but I don’t want my legs to get bigger (my wedding dress is TIGHT).

Jodie October 20, 2012 at 5:22 am

Great recap. I have been wanting up buy this
For a while. I think I will definitely now.
Need to change up or rather shock my routine.
Thanks.

Ashley July 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hey Janetha! I’ve loved reading your reviews on Insanity and Jamie Eason’s LiveFit! I started insanity but got sick part of the way through and because life got busy with exams in college after that I just never finished. I am a cardio junkie and enjoy the occasional lifting. I want to do insanity (the whole way through this time), but am also really intrigued by JE’s LiveFit. Since I began college two years ago, even though I work out a good bit, bad eating and losing sleep have aided in some weight gain and loss of a sleek, toned body. SO, all that said, which would you recommend to start me out on my process of being fit again. Insanity or JE’s LiveFit?

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