I finished Insanity! Although admittedly it was a modified version, with an average of 3 Insanity workouts per week, I did make it through 9 weeks of HIGH intensity training!
How I Completed 9 Weeks of Insanity:
- Month 1 – Average of 4 Insanity workouts/week plus 1-2 weekday bike/runs and a long bike and long run on weekends
- Month 2- Average of 3 Insanity workouts/week plus 2 runs (including one speed workout), 1 bike ride and a long bike and long(er) run on weekends
- 4 Day break at the halfway point while I went on vacation
- Didn’t follow the diet plan – ate fairly healthy most days but indulged on vacations and a few meals every weekend. Ate 4 Thanksgiving dinners (over the course of 2 weeks) and didn’t hold back on desserts (my weakness!).
Unlike P90X, I actually took the fit test before AND after the program so I have something to compare it to. This was especially important for Insanity since my primary goal was to increase my endurance, rather than build muscle and lose weight like in P90X.
So here are the magical results (for descriptions of the moves, see my first fit test blog post here):
|Day 1||Day 63||Increase From Day 1|
|Low Plank Oblique||45||58||13|
Despite my modified version, I was happy with my results. These moves were HARD and I was happy to improve in all areas across the board. I’m sure that if I were to complete the program exactly as prescribed (6 times a week), I would have seen some bigger jumps in the numbers, but I’m sure that my running and biking fitness has also seen some great boosts over these 9 weeks, which can’t be measured in the Insanity Fit Test.
As for physical results:
- Pounds Lost: 5.2
- Inches Off Waist: 1.5
- Inches Off Hips: 0.5
- Inches Off Thighs: 0.5
I wouldn’t say my Insanity Before and After photos are dramatic as my P90X Before and Afters, but I still see a difference. I feel a difference for sure – my stomach and core feel tighter and my clothes fit looser. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to shed some fat while strengthening their core and increasing their stamina. If you want to see some serious increases in muscle mass, I recommend that you use P90X. For me at this point in time, Insanity was perfect because I’d rather not add a lot of bulk to carry around during Ironman training. I wish that I had done a mile run test before and after this program because dropping time off my mile would have been the most valuable of all.
Please let me know if you have any specific questions about how I completed the program (it was definitely more of a blend of Insanity & triathlon training as I mentioned before). If you’d like to try Insanity for yourself, you can purchase it here: http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/fitnessfatale (Shop Team Beachbody)