I’m in the best shape of my life, even though I’m in my mid-30s and have been in “good” shape most of my adult life. I owe it all to Beachbody’s Insanity and its sequels Asylum 1 and Asylum 2. Even though I’ve “graduated” from the programs, I still do a hybrid involving these products along with a running regimen. I recommend Insanity to all my clients wanting to lose weight and get in shape.
However, Insanity isn’t easy. In fact, it might be the toughest workout that’s not a part of an athlete’s regimen. A lot of average people try Insanity and end up quitting before they can reap the benefits.
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So, I’ve decided to write this page to offer Insanity workout tips to those who may be struggling with the workout and its sequels. These will help you stick with the program and use it effectively.
It doesn’t matter the workout, whether it’s walking or interval training, motivation is key. If you can’t get motivated on a regular basis, you’ll automatically fail at any exercise. Lots of people start workouts. What separates the fit from the rest is following through.
Find something that can motivate you to start, continue with, and finish Insanity. It can be anything. Perhaps it’s having the energy to play with your kids or just a simple desire to look hotter to get dates. Maybe you’re sick and tired of shopping in the fat section of the clothing store.
Find something to keep you motivated when you’re tired, lazy, cranky, cold, or any other excuse you can come up with. I typically ask this question: “Tomorrow would I rather look back and have worked out or not worked out?” I always want to answer “worked out.” You might want to put a fat picture of yourself next to the couch where you’d watch TV.
Don’t Be A Hero
When I played softball in high school, we had a power hitter on our team named Jeff. He hadn’t played softball in years, but that first game pushed himself to the limit. Yes, he hit two home runs. He was also out the rest of the season with a strained hamstring.
I hear similar stories from people who start an Insanity workout. They push themselves to the absolute limit with little regard for reality, whether it’s a three hundred pound body or the fact they haven’t worked out in five years.
When you start Insanity, give it as much as you can. But, don’t be a hero to the point where you harm your body and have to sit out for weeks. Ease into the workouts. Always push yourself, but don’t be stupid.
Just Do Something
I’m on an Insanity internet forum and lots of people stress about skipping workouts, what to do if they go on a vacation, etc. The reality of working out is “life happens” and sometimes you can’t do anything about it.
Yes, Insanity (and Asylum 1 and 2) is a set program. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t alter it a little bit. Some people get so discouraged or anxious about missing workouts that they end up quitting altogether if they can’t do it for a few days.
I recommend doing at least something if you’re busy. If you can’t do a complete workout, do half of it. If you’re in the second month and strapped for time, do a shorter workout from earlier in the program. Don’t be so uptight that you end up doing nothing or even quitting.
Form Follows Numbers
This might be the most important of the Insanity workout tips. Shaun T put a lot of thought into every exercise. For maximum benefit, each one needs to be done correctly. That means you shouldn’t cheat. I know it sounds like your teacher from school, but you really only are cheating yourself.
Follow the form exactly, even if you do fewer reps than when you cheat, err, modify. Ten exercises with proper form are better than fifty when you’re not engaging your muscles properly. This is especially true when starting Insanity. Do it right, even if you can only do two reps.
Measure and Photograph; Weigh occasionally
Most people who start Insanity wouldn’t know muscle building if it bit them in the (very flabby) butt. However, let me give you a little tip: muscle weighs more than fat. So, you can be losing fat and gaining muscle, but the scale will stay the same (or go up).
Lots of men and women get discouraged when doing Insanity because they don’t see results on the scale. Or, their body is changing too subtly to see it in a mirror. That’s why I always advise people to measure and take photos of yourself along the line. You can weigh too, but only in conjunction with measuring and photographing yourself.
This way, you can see genuine results and notice a difference. It’s much easier to stay motivated when you can clearly discern the benefits.
These tips should get you started on the path of the elite fitness and weight loss that come from doing Beachbody’s Insanity. If anyone has any other Insanity workout tips, please share them in the comments section.