Saturday, July 7, 2012

Insanity Workout Survival Guide (Updated 8/21/12)


The insanity workout is just that... Insane. (Bad pun, I know!) When I get asked about my Insanity experience it's hard to express the mixed emotions that you have. It's a true love hate relationship. You love the result, but I hate pressing that play button, because I know whats coming! It's true that this program isn't for everyone. I know of several people who can't make it through the first week. Some of them it's just not right for them, but some of them could do it if they had a little motivation and a few tips to void the immanent discouragement that this workout can bring. For them and for those who might be looking into the Insanity workout, I wanted to issue my "Insanity Workout Survival Guide". A list of tips to get you through Insanity and to your goal. (Too, click here to check out my Insanity journey that help me build this list...)


  1. Drink Water... LOTS of the stuff. You will need to rehydrate, because you will be sweating out of places you didn't know could sweat. 
  2. Sip on your water. Especially with the workout. Don't guzzle it. If you do, you can anticipate cleaning puke up or at least you will have that uncomfortable sloshing in your belly as you workout.
  3. You're calfs WILL be sore for the first week or so... As will some of your other muscles. But muscle soreness is good. It might tai you a little while to get out of bed or in and out of a seat but it will go away. Muscle soreness is NOT a reason to quit. 
  4. Stretch, stretch, stretch... Although there are two little stretch sessions in the workouts, I highly recommend doing at least two minutes of independent stretches before you press the play button. I strongly suggest you focus on your calfs, hamstrings, and quads. It doesn't hurt to sneak a few extra stretches in during the day too.
  5. Pace yourself! One of the most important tips that I can't stress enough...It's a 45 - 60 minute workout. Don't go "all out" during the warm up. It's just that, a warm up. Yeah, it too will kick your butt and get you sweating... but you have to be able to get to the rest of the exercises. The circuits typically come in three. The first round is a slow, second round is moderate pace, third is do what you can do! As much and as fast as you can while keeping GOOD FORM!
  6. Don't compromise your form!  You can and will hurt yourself if you keep pushing yourself. Specifically if you push and your exercise technique isn't spot on. Listen and watch how the exercise is supposed to be performed. If you notice you don't look what it should or you hurt...STOP!!! Take a break, then try again. 
  7. "Take 5"! Well maybe not 5 minutes, but enough time for you're heart rate to slow down, so you can catch your breath, and to let your muscles get some fresh blood and oxygen to them. Get some cold water while your at it. Even the fitness gurus and Shuan T takes a break durning the intense workout(s).  Overall...Listen to your body, it knows what it can and can't do.
  8. "No pain, no gain!" NO! This could not be anymore false. If you experience pain of any kind, STOP! Pushing through will only make it worse. Pain is there for a reason, it's a built in alert to stop whatever your doing because you're about to cause harm to yourself. See a medical professional if needed.
  9. The "It hurts" Modification! If you hurt or notice there is a specific exercise that bothers you or a joint (like your knees) Change it out for something else. "Power Knees" not for you? Trade in Mini Jumps or lunges. Key is to keep your form no matter what. 
  10. The "I can't do it" Modification. Not everyone can do a push up, modify it. Do a high plank instead. Same for other exercises. If you can't do what they he is asking, do something you can safely do to build your way up to the next level. 
  11. Schedule it! A large part of the battle of getting through this is with finding time to do it in your busy schedule. Get up an hour early or plan to do it before dinner... either way. If you don't have a solid schedule to do it... it won't get done.
  12. Don't eat... A big meal or crappy meal at least 2-3 hours before you workout. If you do, you will pay for it. Either puking, fighting the urge to puke, or overall sluggish from what you're body is working on in your stomach.
  13. Diet Plan... I couldn't stick to the issued diet plan because it's expensive for me. If you can stick with the plan great! If not,  I suggest still watching what you eat. You will get hungary because the workout uses up a lot of the fuel your body has stored. You will need to refuel for your recovery and for the next workout. Moderation and tracking is key. I use FatSecret.com to track my weight, calorie intake and calorie burning. I recommend them or one you find to track what you eat.
  14. WTF...Week 5 & Week 7! Both weeks include the Fit Test and the Max Interval Circuit. Problem is... with the Fit Test, you go all out. You are suppose to max out to see how/if you have improved. My problem with this is, your too spent to do the Max Interval Circuit. This then compromises your form and you're pretty much worthless for the workout. If you do vise-versa, you are pretty much guaranteed to have worse Fit Test numbers because the workout will fatigue you. My suggestion  is to preform the Fit Test on your "Day Off". Then the following day, Do your Max Interval Circuit. (or vise-versa).
  15. Knee pain. I find this to be the most common complaint with this routine. It all falls back to keeping your form/technique and or modifying if you know something hurts your knees or what ever else. This is a high level program so your joints and muscle are most likely not yet "use to" the new demand or stress placed on your joints. *I took 2 Aleve and put ice on my knees 2 -3 times a day until the pain was better controlled and practically gone around week 5. 
  16. Dig Deeper!  Life happens! Don't get discouraged if you miss a workout or if you're not seeing the results you want. Stick with it. Take a day, two, or more off if you need. It's not the end of the world. It will be there when you're ready. All you have to do is press play! 
  17. Weight Loss. Everyone and every body is different. It took me almost 6 weeks to see any change. I've lost ~12 lbs thus far.  Some will show faster, some later. Either way, you will see a result if you stick with it. 


Any questions, comments, tips, and suggestions are welcome! I will be adding to this list as I make my way through round two and my wife makes her way though round one after having our daughter Millie! Hope this helps some of you, and again, feel free to ask a question if you have one. Leave it in the comment section or via Twitter @Batteman87 Thanks for looking!

*"I took 2 Aleve and iced my knees"... This is what I did, this is not to be taken as medical advice for what you should do. Nor should this post. I recommend consulting with your physician before, during, and after your Insanity Workout journey if you have or think you have any issues. Basically, I'm not responsible for what you do...  



89 comments:

  1. Great key points! I ran my first half marathon this year, never been a runner and trained in 10 weeks 0-13 miles. Thanks!

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    1. Hi there! How is it that you trained to run 13 miles?? I'd love to get into running, did you run outside or on a treadmill?

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  2. I watched the infomercial twice this weekend and I've decided to bite the bullet and order it. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out my post! It's going to be a true "love hate" relationship! You are going to love the result but hate to press that play button! haha! I am glad you decided to bite the bullet and give it a try! Best of luck to you! If you have any questions or tips you want to share feel free! Dig Deeper! oh, and say hello to your calf muscles for me :-) (If you think about it, keep me up to date on your progress and how you like it.)

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  3. I just got mine last night and somehow stumbled across your blog this morning, AWESOME!!!!...thank you very much for taking the time to put all this info together. I'm excited to get my first fit-test under my belt.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Hope your first fit-test went well! I'm sure it was an eye opener! haha! Best of luck to you on your Insane journey!

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  4. I've heard this is a cruel creation! :-)
    Got sore and tired just reading this post.

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    1. Haha! It is indeed a cruel but well worth it! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  5. I stuck to the script and did my week 5 fit test, and then my first"max" workout. I really had to pace myself in this longer workout after pushing hard on the fit test. At the end of the fit test and workout I was so thrashed I had to take an ice bath to prevent total quad/hamstring/hips lock-up. Having said that...I love this workout, (no hate...but some occasional reluctance). I would add one more very important tip...get to GNC, (or a similar health food supplement store), and invest in an quality pre-workout supplement, (1 M.R., C4). You will be amazed at how they help ramp you up for these two workouts, and aid in recovery.

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  6. awesomee one.just entering my first week.now gettin more motivated after reading your guide and seeing your insanity results.THANKS! :)

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  7. Wow your results are amazing. I just started insanity not too long ago. How strict were u in regards to the nutrition guide? Did you get a chance to follow it thoroughly because sometimes I fail to keep up with it?? Thanks

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    1. I didn't follow their nutrition guide really. I did watch what I ate and kept track of calories going in using Fatsecret.com and their app on my iPhone that was super convenient. I could plan what I was going to eat when I go out to restaurants etc. If you can follow the guide I'm sure the results would have been even better but "healthy" food is expensive and takes a little more time to get into my schedule. So... In a nut shell I didn't use the guide very strickly :-) Good luck to you and your Insanity journey.

      To answer the "How much room do you need question" - I'm about 6' 1". I did mine in a small space of my living room but you will need at least your height of floor space for push ups etc. I managed with 4 feet of withdth but ideally would have been better to have a 7 sq feet of room to workout. You can manage with a small space you just might need to get creative with your directions of movement. I always had to move my coffee table to work out. Best of luck to you and your confined space!! Dig Deep... And watch the sofa! Haha!

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    2. Your blog was really encouraging. I have just st t finished my first week! So maybe if I have made it this far I can go all the way. It is a scary thought and I dread the play button every time but I feel so much better afterward. And by the amount I am sweating I know I have worked my body hard. Thanks for your tips and advice! :)

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  8. I have a question. how much space do you need to work out? that's the only thing they don't talk about in the commercial. I'm 6 feet tall and live in a tiny apartment.

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  9. How much room do you need to do the work out? because I'm 6' tall and live in a tiny apartment

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    1. You only need 7'x7' sq. space appx. and 8-9' tall space. Thats it for a 6' guy. A little smaller space than this would also do. In fact, more than space, one needs rock solid determination to carry on this workout! I am in Day-45 today. just informing.

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  11. Hi there! Just started Insanity... three days into it! This is by far the hardest I have ever worked, and it is really kicking my ass!
    I'd be grateful if you checked out my blog every once in a while and gave me some feedback. I value the input of people who have tread the path before me: http://sahem62896-insanity.blogspot.com/

    Thanks. Hope this message finds you well and that 2013 is off to a great start for you!


    Adam H.
    Glasgow, KY

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  12. Thanks for sharing your Insanity Workout Survival Guide to readers who want to achieve their fitness goals effectively. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks for reading and sharing my blog!

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  13. i started this but went out of town for the weekend and couldnt do it. do i start back where i left off or start all over. what is better?? also i go out of town like every weekend should i just do 5 days on and 2 off? or how should i go about this. PLEASE HELP losing motivation!

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    1. It's tough when you have a schedule like that but you CAN do it! Depending on how many days you have missed would depend on where I would start. I recommend just starting where you left off. Take the weekend off and then jump back on the wagon when Monday comes around or when you can fit it in. That being said, if you desire the results you will have to modify your diet to make up for the lack of Insanity type calorie burning. There is light at the end of the tunnel, just stick with it best you can and go at a pace that works for you. You will see the changes! Let me know if I can help any further! Best of luck!!! Dig Deep..when your schedule allows! ;-)

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  14. I am on my Week Four, I am still pushing threw the routine...espicially that plyomterics..OMG...Does after the Rest period, you get a boost of energy when you start the second month....cause..I am going threw it, I see minor changes..a little ...but when did you see really big changes.....I am abot the same built same as you!....what would you recommend me to get results!

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    1. I think it was right at 6 weeks I could really tell as could people around me. Keep up the hard work! I'm about to Dig Deep with you starting next week! Again!! YIKES!!!

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    2. Cause I know After Week four their is a kind of rest period!.....do you come back more energize!...cause i know it gets tuffer!!!

      I am starting week four, and I want to keep up with Shawn this time!....I hate it when i take pauses and the other ones can do it!.....I have been taking after th workout with water BIO POWER WEE ISOLATE....right after!....it cost me 100 for the wole container, damm that stuff is expensive!!!...but i want to get the results i want!...and i am eating about 2 800 calories everyday...Eating Trail mix during the day....its about 900 calories for a cup full so try to eat that a day!....any feedback..thank you for answering :)..and good luck next week!

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    3. You do feel a little more of a recovery however it does only get harder. A good bit harder and longer. Even Shawn T takes breaks and doesn't make it through the whole thing. To be honest you would have to be a beast to make it though the whole thing without a rest and able to keep up rep by rep. You will notice when Shawn gets tired he will go "check someones form". With the calories, you will have to figure out how much you want to weigh and the amount of intake it takes to maintain that weight. You then have to calculate how many you burn in the average day. I use FatSecret.com to find this estimate out. It allows me to use the App on my iPhone (also has an Android one) to track everything to keep me where I want and need to be. It's a great tool to help make better food decisions. I know Insanity made me very hungry when I did it last time. It will burn some calories for sure. But... I am only guessing 800-1000 if I had to GUESS. It all depends on how much and how long you can do without breaks. Let me know if I can offer any more suggestion or info! Love doing this! Excited to get going again!

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    4. Thanks for the advice, is sleep a big factor to get the results you need...I am already a persont hat has a hard time to sleep...dont know why...its been like that for awile...but i do sleep :)..lolll....So I guess the workout is design to drain your energy...so you take breaks....during the workout....I am keeping at it....I just want to see results, I have been doing it the past four weeks....I am seeing a little change....and my second fit test was better..that means i am getting better....right!!!
      I guess i want to see the results, and i need to be patient right?...That full Cardio....I did today!...WOW..thats a beast!!!!...

      What do you eat before workout...I take in a spoon full of peanut butter straight up!...but i may need something with more pucnch to get me threw it!...what you think?

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  15. Thanks for the advice, is sleep a big factor to get the results you need...I am already a persont hat has a hard time to sleep...dont know why...its been like that for awile...but i do sleep :)..lolll....So I guess the workout is design to drain your energy...so you take breaks....during the workout....I am keeping at it....I just want to see results, I have been doing it the past four weeks....I am seeing a little change....and my second fit test was better..that means i am getting better....right!!!
    I guess i want to see the results, and i need to be patient right?...That full Cardio....I did today!...WOW..thats a beast!!!!...

    What do you eat before workout...I take in a spoon full of peanut butter straight up!...but i may need something with more pucnch to get me threw it!...what you think?

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    1. Yes!!!! Sleep I feel has a good deal with results. Not that when you sleep the results come but with a well rested / recovered body you can dig deeper... So to speak. I liken it to running the Boston marathon one day then the next trying to run the New York marathon. The NY marathon will not yield the better result of the two marathons if you think about it. Why? The body wouldn't have enough energy/recovery to allow you to do your best. So, in short yes, sleep is a factor you need to consider but I think either way you will get results.
      Food before a workout... My first time through I only took a few sips of water because I was working out at 5AM. I didn't want to wake up earlier and make breakfast because I needed my sleep. I instead would eat after my workout. First I would shower then eat a bowl of cereal, milk, fruit, & a cup of coffee. Some times some orange juice. Now... As I workout late in the evening, I will eat dinner at 7-8 let it digest a bit and then workout around 10-11PM. Your peanut butter sounds fine. I would just give it a little while to get in your system 15-20 minutes.
      Thanks again for the questions let me know if you have any others! I'm on day 3 of another Insane journey!!!

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    2. Awsome!!!..I am on week 4...middle of it...My knee are sore!...I have a hard time doing the strechs...or the exercise involving the joints of my knee...But i am getting more flexible...just it starting to show on my knee joint ...it does nto hurt just get tired more faster...is that normal!....

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  16. Hello, a friend of mine gave me the Insanity DVDs. I decided give it a try. I've been doing this for two weeks now and I love it !!...the thing is that I only have the DVDs but not the fitness guide and I don't understand the sequence I should follow. Should I just follow the sequence of the DVD by number?....Thanks in advance...

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  17. Here you go... It's the Insanity Workout Schedule. Hope this is what you're looking for! God luck and keep at it!
    (Month One)
    Week 1
    Mon: Fit Test
    Tue: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
    Wed: Cardio Power & Resistance
    Thu: Cardio Recovery
    Fri: Pure Cardio
    Sat: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
    Sun: Rest
    Week 2
    Mon: Cardio Power & Resistance
    Tue: Pure Cardio
    Wed: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
    Thu: Cardio Recovery
    Fri: Cardio Power & Resistance
    Sat: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Sun: Rest
    Week 3
    Mon: Fit Test
    Tue: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
    Wed: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Thu: Cardio Recovery
    Fri: Cardio Power & Resistance
    Sat: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
    Sun: Rest
    Week 4
    Mon: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Tue: Cardio Power & Resistance
    Wed: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
    Thu: Cardio Recovery
    Fri: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Sat: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
    Sun: Rest
    Recovery Week

    Mon: Core Cardio & Balance
    Tue: Core Cardio & Balance
    Wed: Core Cardio & Balance
    Thu: Core Cardio & Balance
    Fri: Core Cardio & Balance
    Sat: Core Cardio & Balance
    Sun: Rest
    Shaun T Insanity Workout Schedule (Month Two)
    Week 5
    Mon: Fit Test & MAX Interval Circuit
    Tue: MAX Interval Plyo
    Wed: MAX Cardio Conditioning
    Thu: MAX Recovery
    Fri: MAX Interval Circuit
    Sat: Max Interval Plyo
    Sun: Rest
    Week 6
    Mon: MAX Cardio Conditioning
    Tue: MAX Interval Circuit
    Wed: MAX Interval Plyo
    Thu: MAX Recovery
    Fri: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Sat: Core Cardio & Balance
    Sun: Off
    Week 7
    Mon: Fit Test & MAX Interval Circuit
    Tue: MAX Interval Plyo
    Wed: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Thu: MAX Recovery
    Fri: MAX Interval Circuit
    Sat: Core Cardio & Balance
    Sun: Off
    Week 8
    Mon: MAX Interval Plyo
    Tue: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Wed: MAX Interval Circuit
    Thu: Core Cardio & Balance
    Fri: MAX Interval Plyo
    Sat: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
    Sun: Rest

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    1. Jim, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much for your kind reply. Make sure I will not dissapoint your help. Thanks again and have a great day...

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  18. Got my ass kick in MAX interval training month two...WOW....KICK MY BUTT!!!!....but I think i will be more carefull with my nutrition on this month...like really having a good pre meal one hour before workout..what you think of this...Bagel with peanut butter and banana..and some almonds....got any sugestion???

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  19. Jimmy best pre workout meal..one hour before the workout...A WHOLE BANANA and a bagel with peanut butter..
    I have been trying all differents things, but this work great for me today!...just did the MAX interval plyo....first time...and got threw it!....not like those machines on the DVD yet :p..lolll

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  20. After 60 days/ what is next? do you start from all over from the beginning?
    ron from ISRAEL

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    1. They now offer a NEW Insanity type workout with a little ladder drill. It's name Asylum.. i'm sure is fitting. > http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/insanity-next-level-asylum-workout.do

      If you don't want to upgrade, I would do the recovery week and start at the 2nd portion of the Insanity work out. Congrats on making 60 days and good luck what ever you decide!

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  21. It is really nice to hear your discussion on specific topic here. I too agree with your points here. keep posting good blogs. Thanks.fitness programs for men

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    1. Thanks for looking and taking time to comment!

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  22. Hi I'm on day 4. I really enjoy it. But just 2 simple questions. I do it in the morning before eating anything, is that a good way to go? And 2nd q is I'm having a hard time getting thru the whole workout, like after 20 minmy heart rate is high and I can hardly keep up. Should I pause the video? Or should I just keep it running and take breaks?
    Great blog!

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    1. I too did my workoutearly in the moring. I didn't eat anything and did fine through the workout. I did have to allow for a little recovery before I ate or attempted to eat anything. Usually 30-45 minutes. I did find myself more hungry than before I started working out. The body was craving the fuel to get through the workouts and day. As for not making it through the workout... I recommend NOT to pause it. If you notice, no one in the video even makes is through. Each day will get better and better. Slow your pace and intensity, this will allow you to go a little longer too. Keep working at it!!! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Best of luck to you!!!

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  23. I'm in my early 20's, have always been overweight..more "pudgy" to describe more accurately. Wondering about the diet plan, heard it could be pricey. I eat well anyway so maybe it wouldn't be an issue? I am NO WHERE NEAR an athlete but I've got potential. I've gotten progress before but fell off here and there. I also feel like if I had a plan to follow that I would stick to it better. Not "Well, I guess I could hop on the elliptical for 30 minutes and see what happens." I need a full body work out. I want to be stronger and leaner. It is pricey but maybe it's worth it? Thoughts on getting the Insanity program?

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    1. Like you, I think the meal plan can add up $. I chose to make better choices and utilize portion control vs buying and doing everything recommended. I'm sure if you do stick with their plan you might see results faster but I still think your wallet will get thinner faster too. Anyone can do this program. It's a matter of setting your own pace, and knowing your own limits. Each day will get better and better. You will see results but not overnight. It takes a good 4-6 wks for you to see the change yourself. The price of the workout is expensive, but well worth it.. as long as you do it! If it just sits there and collects dust, thats like a treadmill being used to hang clothes on. I think it's a great program, just follow some of the tips in my blog or ask any other questions here. I'm happy to answer as best I can. Good luck to you!

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  24. I have a simple question ... I am totally knew to this .... my question is - How many times a week do you do the Insanity Workout? Do you take days off? If so, how many?

    Much thanks (:

    -Beginner

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    1. You do/exercise 6 (six) days a week with 1 (one) day off. Hope this helps! Thanks for reading and for your question!

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  25. Great Blog!! Thanks for sharing this informative information with us. Insanity Workout Schedule

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  26. it took me a while to see the difference in ur results bc u are already skinny. but u lost belly fat so i was like OHHHHH

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  27. Great Blog !!!

    You mentioned that you were going to do a second round of Insanity while your wife was going to start doing it for the first time. Did you guys finished ? Did you do the full 60 days for the second time or did a modification and what type of modification you did?

    Also I read a lot of issues with knees if not careful, you also mentioned doing an extra stretching exercises anyone in particular that helps for this type of workout ?

    Thanks

    Neo

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    1. Hi there,
      So sorry for the late reply. My wife never finished her insanity because of some health issues after Millie was born. She has resorted to Zumba though and enjoyed that when she gets a chance to do it. As for me, I did get half way through Insanity round 2 and life happened again. As for upkeep and progress, I workout at the gym during lunch. (It's right next door to where I work so it's easy to get there. I would do insanity but I just don't get the time when I get home with family time then my second job of owning a photography business.) While I work out in the gym, I incorporate Insanity exercises because they work… I hardly lift a weight. I'm off in a corner doing my own rendition of Insanity.

      As for your knees, Yes it can and will cause you knee pain. If you haven't worked out in a while or don't pay attention to form as you get tired, they will hurt. Just follow my guide as to modify and take breaks. It will limit/eliminate your knee pain. Thanks again for reading! Again, I apologize for my late reply.

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  28. Jimmy --

    I am anxiously anticipating receiving my DVD's in the mail and ran across your blog and so appreciate your details and responses. I'm 47 y.o. and like most my age took my health for granted and now must get in shape. Wish me luck! Tracy

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    1. Tracy! I am sorry for my late correspondence! I hope Insanity has treated you well! (Age is just a number.. sometimes haha) I am stoked that you took that leap of faith! I wish you the best f luck and hope to find out how you did! Sorry again for my late reply… Life has been hectic….as we all know can happen! Thanks for reading and checking out my blog. I will look for your progress!

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  29. I'm on week 3 and have one additional tip that has stopped me from quitting... DON'T start your workout on Monday because after a nice day off Monday as the first of 6 workouts feels overpowering.

    I personally start on a Saturday meaning that I'm fresh from a lie in (rather than my week day 6am starts) and I get a break on a work day an can have a drink on Thursday eve. It works for me. Also it means recovery is always on a Tuesday so I only have to get up at 6am twice a week

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    1. I'm sorry for the late replay. I greatly appreciate you reading and commenting. Thanks for your tip! I feel that who ever decides to jump on this insane challenge should indeed take a look at their coming schedule. Plan accordingly when you would like your "day off". Kind regards!

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  30. I just started the insanity workout and am blogging about it to. Thank you for posting this. It will come in VERY handy im sure! if you would like to check out my blog it is at ainsanitychallenge.blogspot.com.

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    1. Hi… I apologize for the late reply. I was keeping dibs on your progress and decided to check in again. How'd you do?

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  31. Hi Jimmy.
    Thanks for your post and advice.
    Today it was Week 2 - Day 3 workout.
    I have been struggling to keep up with Shaun T ad the whole team. You're totally right. It is a love-hate feeling. I do hate him sometimes (specially when I put on my high heels and my soreness keeps me from walking very...hum...let's say I don't feel very elegant ahahah). But he does have a way of making us push through, of making us dig a little deeper. Sometimes It even feels like he can see me :)
    I know It will be hard not to give up, so I'm looking for incentive everywhere. I want this very much!
    My self-esteem needs it...my health needs it...my body needs it
    I do feel better about myself after the workouts. There's this sense of accomplishment. But pushing "play" is harder everyday...I know how much sweat it's gonna take!
    Good luck y'all!
    PUSH!!!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! I apologize for my delayed reply. I hope you were able to accomplish Insanity though out! I TOTALLY understand about walking once you first start. My wife insisted on leaving a restaurant early (ahead of me walking out) because I walked so awkwardly with my muscle soreness once I began Insanity. It indeed wan't very "elegant" (-that made me lol). Thanks again for reading and taking the time to comment! Best wines to you and yours!

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  32. Hi I've just recently finished round three and everytime I start a workout I hate it but now I'm 104 lbs lighter and in amazing shape.

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    1. Thats awesome! It is a great workout for sure! Congrats on making your goals! (…and sorry for a late reply).

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  33. Hi! I really love your blog. I'm starting the third week of month 2 tomorrow and it's been a rough month so far! haha The second month is tough but that's definitely when you begin to see results! Thanks for writing this blog, good info!

    Breanna

    http://www.brefitness.com

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    1. Breanna, I hope all is well! Thank you so much for reading and your kind words! It's much appreciated to know someone is out there. I'm so sorry for the delayed reply! I've enjoyed looking at your site as well! Great job!!!!

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  34. Great blog and map through the insanity of Insanity! Happy to concur with everything you've said - your body will tell you what it needs you to do - but keep pushing as much as you can. Thighs and calfs like marble in no time! Peace out as they say..

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    1. Haha! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and for commenting! They get sore, but they do indeed become as hard as marble! Kind regards!

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  35. Hi ive done the first month of insanity twice now I cant seem to get over the hump to month 2 I give up or something comes up and I quit! but now I cant, im going to be leaving for basic soon for the Navy and I want to be at least some what ready for PT (Physical Training)! do you have any advice to help me get on to month 2! im restarting insanity tomorrow morning!

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    1. I'm so sorry for the delay but I feel privilege that you found my blog and homely took some of my tips and were able to apply them. Finding motivation is truly the hardest part about working out. I hope you were able to find it… protecting this great country and your family & friends that reside in it should be some motivation! Plus, you might be ahead of the truing class making you stand out if you can get though it. I pray you did well and I pray you continue to do well and stay motivated! Most of all…. thank you for serving this great nation. Thanks for the freedoms you provide for us all! God Bless!

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  36. Oh man, would that I had read this days ago! I am barely beginning the Insanity program and learned the first few things already the hard way! Thanks for a heads up on the rest!

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    1. Haha! I hope all is well on your insane journey! That's a part of why I wanted to write this section… to help and maybe motivate others. Best of luck… and please let me know how you did. Thanks for reading and commenting!
      Kind Regards!

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  37. I should be starting my third week fit test tomorrow. I have missed three days this week because of business running late. Where do I start from at this point? Just go ahead and start with my fit test tomorrow?

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    1. I would start where you left off on the workout. Those are three great & tough workouts that will count toward your results. It will just make the program a little longer but hey.. life happens. Keep on getting it when you can! Best of luck!

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  38. Hi! nice post! I liked where you said muscle soreness is not a reason to quit. I almost held off till tomorow but I gave it a go instead. :) I feel great now! I also cant do push ups at all! so i jogged instead :( I want to maximise my workouts but dont know how to go about it. could you offer advice? Im aiming for a flat stomach, toned bum and smaller arms (being a female). I am in no rush, I would prefer to do this the healthier way as Im not a fan of crash diets/workouts. I tried doing about 5 minutes on each area but get tired because Insanity is already almost an hour long. I like doing the extra toning because I think of Insanity as cardio. Any suggestions?

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    1. I recommend modifying what you cant do. Say for instance if you can't to a full push up or a girl push up (On your knees), I would do a wall or counter top push up. I would try to keep with the muscle group they are working at the time. Even holding the push up position at the top is a great workout. Keep listening to your body and keep pushing yourself to your limits. Be careful to not "over do" and burn yourself out.
      As for working out after insanity, I wouldn't think its really needed because your body will need all of the recovery time it can get. This is when your results will come too. If you do still want to keep working out after insanity, I would pick 4-5 exercises to target a muscle group and set a timer. Do what ever exercise you choose for strengthening for 20 to 30 seconds until you get through the set 4-5 times. Hope this helps. Please let me know if I can help anymore. Thanks again for reading and sharing! Dig Deep!!!!

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  39. Those are some great points and all so true. My biggest challenge was foot and knee pain and drinking enough water! I started doing Insanity on a padded puzzle workout mat and it completely cured any foot pain and greatly reduced my knee pain! I can't wait to start it again soon!

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  40. Thanks for your advise about the push ups and for your quick reply. Do you know how i can become better at those high jumping moves :(

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    1. I would recommend that you just work on the jump portion. Don't get too distracted with the knee slapping. Once you get more comfortable and a little more agile, it will come around. Don't worry too much about height with the jumps either. Work more on your control. The rest will follow! Hope you are well, keep digging deep! Even when you don't feel like it :-)

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  42. Thank you so much for posting this! I am about to start Insanity, did two workout so far and am so tired today lol. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this. Great advice!

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    1. Hey, thanks for taking the time to look! Best of luck to you. It works, but its hard to press that play button every day haha! Cheers!

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  44. Great tips! I'm on my 3rd day and starting to get into it but I am sore most of the day afterwards. Your tips ring true and help me with the will to carry on. Thank you. Good look to everyone!

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    1. Correction to my comment: Good Luck everyone ! LOL

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