Why are you interested in the Insanity workouts?
- Is it because you want to feel as though you have gone several rounds with Mike Tyson?
- Is it because you enjoy feeling as though you could not move a single muscle ever again?
- Is it because you’re truly INSANE??
Chances are it’s none of these – you’re interested in Insanity because you’ve heard that it gets RESULTS!
So – what results are you looking for?
And can Insanity deliver these results??
This is what Shaun T, the creator of Insanity says about Insanity results:
Forget everything you think you know about high-intensity workouts. Because INSANITY turns old-school interval training on its head.
If you’ve ever been to a Spin class, you know how that works. You motor along at a moderate pace for awhile – then all at once, you kick up your speed and heart rate – just for a minute or so. After that, it’s back to a lower gear, giving you plenty of time to catch your breath.
But with INSANITY, you do exactly the opposite. You work flat out in 3 to 5-minute blocks, and take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. It’s called Max Interval Training, because it keeps your body working at maximum capacity through your entire workout. You keep pushing your limits – so your body has to adapt. That’s how you get in such insane shape in just 60 days.
In this article we look at :
How does Insanity work? And what results you can expect?
How long does it take to get Insanity results ?
Are the results claimed for Insanity real and lasting?
Will Insanity help with changing body fat percentages or building muscle?
How much does Insanity cost?
In Insanity Workout Results – Women you can find:
Pictures, videos, stories and quotes from women – insanity workout results before and after. Insanity workout results for women, teenagers, women post pregnancy including after a C-section, those who are overweight?
In Insanity Workout Results – Men you can find:
Pictures, videos, stories and quotes from men – insanity workout results before and after. Insanity workout results for men, , teenagers, those who are over or underweight?
In Insanity Workout Results and Recovery Formula you can find:
How important is diet with insanity? Is Recovery Formula essential?
How do insanity results compare with those from other workouts? Details on T25, four versions of
P90X and Zumba.
So if you have any questions at all about Insanity results – READ ON – the answer is probably on this website somewhere!
If you are looking to find out about results from T25 check out T25 results here.
How does Insanity work and what results can you expect?
- Insanity is a very energetic cardio based programme.
- It’s a total body interval training workout using the max interval technique devised by Shaun T.
- The Insanity schedule involves a rigorous six days of exercise per week.
- Insanity uses no equipment except DVDs so it is easy to use anywhere that you can play the DVDs and can be cheaper than joining a gym or club as you can easily do it at home.
- You just need a tv, DVD player, good sports shoes – oh yes, and a great deal of willpower!!
- Because of that it is also easy to fit into your life. The workouts vary from 17 minutes up to 60 minutes so if you are doing them at home you don’t need to factor in travel time, although you should warm up before and cool down after as with any exercise programme.
Shaun T on the 700 Club
Maximum Interval Training
The Insanity workouts are based on Maximum Interval Training.
Usually in interval training you exercise moderately and intersperse that with short bursts of much harder exercise. Shaun T turns this method on its head by having you work extremely hard for 3-minute intervals, separated by short 30-second periods of rest.
The After-burn Effect
An insanity workout also makes use of the After-burn Effect.
A continuous cardio exercise may burn the same amount of calories at the time as a high intensity interval training – but the body continues to burn more calories after each interval of exercise so the end result is a higher calorie burn in total.
To get this effect you have to train at 80% to 90% of maximum heart rate.
This is very hard to do and can only be kept up for a very short period.
But if you have short periods doing that and even shorter periods of resting then the after-burn is maximised.
This has been misrepresented in much of the media and consequently it has been dismissed as rubbish by many people.
The concept is that you train in targeted cycles that keep your body from getting too used to the workout.
This means your performance and results do not plateau to any great extent and you keep improving performance and getting great results.
The insanity schedule is planned so that in each block you are doing things your body is not familiar with so it has to learn how to do them.
The physical stress of this leads to rapid improvement.
When your body gets used to a workout it improves even more rapidly for a short time as your really master the moves.
After that you get used to doing it and performance and results plateau.
Most research indicates that this plateau happens after about 3 weeks – so that is why insanity is based around 3 weeks of hard activity then a week of recovery.
After that the workouts change, introducing harder and unfamiliar ones so the body has to learn again for three weeks, followed by another week of recovery.
What Results Can You Expect?
This is the official information about Insanity on the Beachbody website:
Fitness expert and college track and field star Shaun T has taken traditional interval training and turned it upside down.
Instead of long periods of moderate exercise with short bursts of intensity, you’ll perform long periods at maximum intensity with short periods of rest.
Each workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your MAX.
The result: burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour and get the most insane body in 60 days.
This workout is not for beginners.
If you’re serious and ready to DIG DEEPER, Shaun T will push you to your limits and beyond.
So – the claims are:
Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour and get the most insane body in 60 days.
If you put your weight, workout, time done for and intensity into Insanity calorie calculator on this website you can calculate how many calories you have burned in a particular workout. And, YES, it is definitely possible to burn up to and even over 1000 calories in an hour with some of the workouts – especially if you are overweight and really prepared to go for it!
What about the insane body?
Calories are a measure of energy.
Your body uses energy all the time – even when you are asleep – breathing, circulating blood around you, digesting food – all of these use energy before you even start moving around.
To lose weight you need to use up more energy than you take in as food. This difference is known as the calorie deficit. And in order to lose 1lb of fat you need to use approximately 3500 calories more than you eat.
To keep their weight constant with normal activity the average man needs to eat 2500 calories a day and the average woman 2000.
These are only AVERAGES and do vary depending on lifestyle and normal levels of activity.
Need 2500 a day
Eat 3000 a day
Balance = +500 a day extra calories
Weekly = +3500 extra calories = GAIN 1lb
Eat 2000 a day
Balance = -500 a day extra calories
Weekly = -3500 extra calories = LOSE 1lb
Need 2000 a day
Eat 2500 a day
Balance = +500 a day extra calories
Weekly = +3500 extra calories = GAIN 1lb
Eat 1500 a day
Balance = -500 a day extra calories
Weekly = -3500 extra calories = LOSE 1lb
Unless under medical supervision, it is not recommended that men reduce their calorie intake under 1800 calories a day and for women not under 1200.
Most weight loss diets will allow you to lose up to 2lbs a week and that is recommended as a safe weight loss from dieting.
The other way to create a greater deficit is to be more active and burn more calories.
So – if you use an extra 1000 calories a day for 6 days that gives an extra deficit per week of 6000.
If you also walk a bit more, use the stairs instead of the elevator and generally stay more active then it is entirely possible that you could double the normal highest expected weight loss on a diet from 2lb a week to 4lb a week.
That would be a weight loss of 32lbs in the 60 days of the Insanity routine.
But in addition to that your muscles are being toned and strengthened so it is possible that you will look as though you have lost much more than that!
If your question is Does Insanity work? then the answer is unequivocally – Yes if you do!
If you keep to any sort of genuinely healthy eating routine and perform the Insanity workouts as laid down by Shaun T regularly and as intensely as you are able then you will see real results.
How Long does it take to get Insanity Results?
The Insanity programme is designed to take 60 days.
If you’ve read the information above about Muscle Confusion you’ll know that research indicates that a plateau happens after about 3 weeks – workouts that achieved real results suddenly do not give those results anymore – so that is why insanity is based around 3 weeks of hard activity then a week of recovery.
After that week of recovery the Insanity programme moves up a gear (or several) to keep you seeing the results you want.
So for MAXIMUM EFFECT you need to stick with Insanity for at least 60 days.
Shaun T’s Insanity Workout Schedule
Many people do not just do one cycle of Insanity but repeat it two, three or more times.
But that doesn’t mean it will take 60 days before you begin to see results.
If you look at the Insanity workout schedule you will see that you do a fit test on day 1, first day of weeks 3, 5 and 7 and on the final day. This tests how many reps of the various moves you can do and how you feel after doing it. Each time you repeat a fit test you will see an improvement – this tells you that Insanity results are happening – you are getting fitter.
Most users report that they saw big results in month 2 with only small changes in month 1. This does not mean that changes are not happening in month 1 – just that they become much more visible , both on the scales and in the mirror, in month 2.
Here are a few results that people have had at various times
And here are some more results people have had
Are Insanity results real and lasting?
This is really 3 different questions:
1 Does Insanity workout work?
The results you get with an insanity workout are definitely real. If you stick to healthy eating and perform all the workouts you will be fitter and slimmer and more toned at the end of 60 days. So yes, if you work with Insanity then Insanity workout DOES work!
2 Are Insanity Results pictures genuine?
Another question people ask is “are the results I see on the internet real?” and that is a much more difficult question to answer.
We all know about photo-shop and how pictures can be touched up, air-brushed or just completely faked! It can be very hard to tell if a photo is genuine.
Someone posing for an “after” picture usually stands straighter – they feel better about themselves so their head is up and their shoulders back. This immediately makes them look taller and slimmer, they hold their stomach in and look better even if they have not lost much weight.
See how on day 1 her shoulders are slumped, her head forwards and this pushes her stomach out. I am definitely NOT saying her results are not real – just that day one would look better if she stood as proudly as she does on day 60!
Similarly with this man – he looks much better in picture 2 and has clearly been working hard – but his shoulders are back and this immediately opens his chest out making the improvement look even greater. The tan helps too! Still a great result though!!
Sometimes the insanity results look extreme but it is clearly the same person and the stance is not too different. Looks like he had a great result!
Sometimes you have to look really hard to tell if it is the same person
And sometimes it clearly is NOT!!
On the whole I think most of the pictures are genuine attempts to show off great results – you just have to look at them critically to decide just HOW great – and if they seem unbelievable then maybe look at some others instead which you can believe and get some motivation from.
Are Insanity results lasting?
After all that hard work you want to know that you will have lasting results.
Well, I can promise that if you go back to eating and exercising just the way you did before then your body will go back to just how it was before too. (Remember that insanity has been defined as doing the same thing and expecting a different result!).
If you want to stay trim, toned and healthy then you need to make diet and exercise changes that support you.
Very often people do another kind of exercise workout after they finish Insanity – maybe P90X, T25 or something completely different. Very many of them go back for a second, third or more cycles of Insanity with a break in between.
Some take up a different fitness regimen and it all depends on what your long term goals are. If you want to build muscle then weight lifting is a natural progression. For others it will be something like running or swimming.
If you maintain some kind of exercise routine and healthy diet then the changes you noticed from your Insanity workout will be lasting – it is up to you.
Will insanity help with changing body fat percentages or building muscle?
A workout as intensive as Insanity will burn off fat and help to build muscle.
Getting rid of fat depends on calorie deficit and in order to lose 1lb of fat you need to use approximately 3500 calories more than you eat. The Insanity workout – if done really intensively – can burn around 1000 calories in the session. So – if you use an extra 1000 calories a day for 6 days that gives an extra deficit per week of 6000. This is definitely going to change your body fat percentages.
It is also physically taxing and forces the muscles to develop as a result of the work they are doing.
Alongside this development you will see much greater muscle definition – as you lose fat the muscles will look more sculpted and appear athletic. Men will notice muscle building more than women because the different hormones mean that muscles respond differently. Both will notice that their legs look more toned, longer and leaner.
Muscle building takes time but if you repeat the Insanity cycle you will notice more and more of this happening.
How Much Is Insanity ?
Once you have looked at Insanity results the next question most people ask is “How much does Insanity cost?”
- Insanity uses no equipment except DVDs and most people already own a DVD player and TV to watch them on
- You need good sports shoes and a great deal of motivation and will power!
- Because it is used at home you don’t need to factor in travel costs.
Lets compare it to joining a gym
Average gym fees $55 a month – minimum period 12 months
Total cost $660 for a year
Travel costs – most people say they would travel for up to 12 minutes to reach a gym so that is around 5 miles each way. A total of 10 miles a day. If you want to train 6 days a week – which is the only way to get rapid results like the Insanity programme then you are using around 6 gallons a week of gas at an average cost of $3.50 a gallon.
Travel costs you around $21 a week.
So over the 60 days of the Insanity workout you would spend more on travelling to a gym than it costs for the Insanity Workout discs . Isn’t that insane!!
For just the 60 days of the Insanity programme you would need to spend a total of $840 – now the Insanity discs begin to look like a bargain basement option!
And most people complete the Insanity programme two, three or more times.
It has also been shown that 67% of gym memberships are never used so for every $55 paid to gyms about $39 is wasted!
Don’t already have your own Insanity DVD Workout??
Get one below – either basic or deluxe kit
INSANITY DVD Workout – Base Kit
- Complete set includes a nutrition guide, calender to track your progress, and 10 intense DVDs for a great workout
- Your personal trainer Shaun T will push you past your limits with 10 workout DVDs packed with plyometric drills
- Each workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your max
- Perform long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest
- Free online support tools help you stay motivated with round-the-clock access to fitness experts and peer support
INSANITY DVD Workout – Deluxe Kit
- Get more insane results by upgrading to the INSANITY Deluxe kit
- Includes the 10 INSANITY DVD workouts and the 4 fitness and nutrition tools found in the INSANITY Base kit
- Deluxe kit comes with 3 additional advanced workouts
- Deluxe kit also includes a professional-grade jump mat and a body fat tester