Last May I completed Insanity. After watching an infomerical in my hotel room, I was sold! The program, led by Shaun T, is sixty days of intense interval training. I played baseball through college and have been working out since I was a freshman in high school. I also worked for two years in a gym and experimented with numerous workout routines and programs that came down the pike. Trust me, nothing is like Insanity! I cannot count the number of times my face was buried in the carpet, writhing in pain, wishing Jesus would return! But by the grace of God (and lots of protein), I survived Insantiy. Here is how I did it and some things I learned along the way.
Let me use two categories: The Physical and The Spiritual
Don’t skip any of the stretches! They will keep you from injury. I know they hurt, but the few times I skimped, I could tell a difference the next day.
Keep your core as tight as possible. Shaun T says this over and over. Do it! Also, when you are using your arms, try and keep them flexed as well. So when you do POWER JACKS (one of my favs) really tighten your arms when you go down.
Do some of all the exercises. I made the mistake at first of trying to do all of some exercises per circuit while skipping others. So if there are four moves per circuit, try and get some of each of them. They are designed to work against the previous move and thus completely demoralize you. Perhaps you can get through each one without stopping, which in that case: I hate you!
You may never complete an entire workout. I thought I would eventually never have to rest during the workouts apart from the prescribed times (which feel like 10 secs rather than 30!). But I found that the more I did it and the more stamina I built, I could just workout harder and thus exhaust myself more. This could be different with you though. The point being, don’t feel bad about resting in your own time.
I hit a wall around the end of week 3 and then 7. I’m not sure why. I almost quit. I didn’t feel like I was improving. If it happens, and it likely will, just pray through it and keep going!
Nothing can prepare you for weeks 6-9!! After the Recovery Week (week 5), the next set of videos (if we are using the same version) are indescribable. I wasn’t ready for them. They are longer, more intense, and the moves are harder. Brace yourself! After week 6, day 1, my brain couldn’t tell my finger to eject the DVD. Weird!! Be prepared!
Don’t skip a day if possible. My schedule was pretty consistent during Insanity. I had to tweak some things here and there, but for the most part I stuck to the routine. If you travel, take it with you. Its too hard to catch up and doubling up one day is crazy!
I skipped the fitness tests. I admit it! I didn’t have time to do the workout and the fit test, except for the first one since, if I remember correctly, is only a fit test. The rest of the time they are combined with a workout. Plus I really don’t care how many power knees I can do. But again, this is me.
Envision a post-Insanity lifestyle. I can’t maintain an Insanity-like routine for a whole year, its an extreme 9 weeks. I was eating 3000 cals per day, drinking 150-200 ozs of water, and consuming 150 grams of protein. I can’t maintain that for very long. I wasn’t prepared for what to do after Insanity and balance things back out. Right now I try and do a few DVD’s a week and hit the gym from time to time.
As for diet…Drink 1 oz of water per body pound. You’ll likely spend a lot of time in the bathroom, so you might want to learn how Edwards planned his day around bathroom breaks! Also, sugar is the enemy. Avoid those late night bowls of ice cream at all costs. Protein is your ally. Drink protein 30 min before workout and 30 min after for maximum results. Drink 8 oz of ice water before workout to boost metabolism. And don’t forget to have fun! It’s just your body (1 Tim. 4:1-16).
Motives. I am not sure I did Insanity for the right reasons. I definitely wanted to get in shape. But I mainly did it to prove I could do it and then tell others. The old man in me wants to boast that I completed this gut-wrenching program. These things need to die!
Eyes. You may notice that the women on the DVD do not have T-shirts that say MODEST IS HOTTEST. It doesn’t get any better and the camera angles are a little too up close and personal at times. Guard against letting your guard down. Being exhausted will only work against you.
Wish I could pray 45 minutes a day for 9 weeks straight. Im working on that. Maybe I should write Insanity for the Christian Life: 60 days of Insane Prayer and Study. Either way, we need to guard against making our bodies the main focus of our time and energy.
Hope this is somewhat helpful. If not, forget all you just read.