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Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
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4/10/12 4:48 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm a total English speaking white girl who has been living in Mexico for the past six months. I never know what to eat with a fridge and pantry filled with foods and ingredients that are foreign to me so I eat lots and lots of sandwiches, ramen noodles, and easy foods like that. I'm 18 years old, just got out of high school, and still have a relatively high metabolism, considering I eat WHATEVER I WANT and haven't worked out in about a year. I don't work so I'm usually inside all day and have little physical activity. It's gotten to the point where I just feel like crap all day from not eating right, doing nothing but sit around, not getting any sun, and staying up late and sleeping in all day. SO... I'm ready for a change. I had my parents send me the Insanity workout program, but now that I'm starting to read the pamphlet, it's gotten me a little nervous. First off, it says to check with a physician, but that's not really an option for me at the time, nor do I have a heart rate monitor. So my question is for people who have done Insanity; is it physically safe for me to do?

Here's my info:
*18 years old, Female
*5'9"/137 lbs.
*Active in sports throughout high school, but never had hard workouts.
*Haven't worked out much in the past year.

So basically... I'm not overweight at all, but I am WAY, WAY, WAY out of shape. I want to be healthy and feel great, along with having a killer body for summer, so I know I can and will do Insanity, but I just want to know if it's safe for my health. I just want to be mentally prepared. I'm up for anything as long as it doesn't land me in the hospital emoticon
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RE: Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
4/13/12 5:57 PM as a reply to KMH93.
First, the disclaimer for seeing a physician is for legal purposes. Because, there are some people who really do need to see a DR before starting this program. But, if all it is that you're out of shape, you should be fine. Do you have knee or back problems? History of asthma or heart condition? If you answer no to those, I would think you are good to go. You're young and just out of shape. Take a look at some of the before and after photos and transformation stories on here. It would amaze you. People that were obese and much older than you have done it...you can too.

Make no mistake, it is hard. But, it is supposed to be.
TIPS:

1. Don't worry if you can't keep up with the people in the videos...they're pros and/or have completed the program already.
2. DO NOT diet....eat right, but the right things and eat enough. You'll need the energy. Did they send you the Nutrition guide?
3. Ignore the scale....it can be misleading. You will build muscle as you lose fat. Body fat and measurements are the best tools to use.
4. Stay in touch with this forum. We all need help with motivation from time to time.


Best Wishes!
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RE: Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
4/13/12 7:11 PM as a reply to KMH93.
Hello,
Welcome to Insanity. It is common for the disclaimer recommending that you check with a physician before starting any intense work out program. I am at the other end of the spectrum since I am a baby boomer in my 60's ending my third week of Insanity. As a beginner, I would recommend that you start with the fit test since it is a good measurement of why you are in terms of your stamina and fitness level. Once you start the program, you may find that you need to modify the movements until you build up your endurance. The program includes stretching in between the circuits and it reduces your chance for getting injured. As for eating habits, I suggest you follow the nutrition guide closely. You may also want to include shakeology smoothies since they serve as a supplement in making sure you get the right nutrients required on a daily basis. I have also found that recovery drinks really do make a difference in reducing soreness after a vigorous workout. A heart monitor is nice but not necessary. You can pause the DVD and simply check your pulse rate at periodic intervals. Take a break when your body needs rest when working out. Hang in there, take it slow, don't push beyond your abilities initiaily. You will be amazed how much progress you make from one week to the next. Keep the messages coming for support and answers. There is loads of support here.
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RE: Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
4/13/12 8:42 PM as a reply to KMH93.
Hey KMH! I agree with the previous advice.

Take the Fit Test and see how you feel. While the disclaimer is serious, I think most can do Insanity, you just have to really pace yourself to what you can handle and work up to more. With such intense workouts as well, like already stated, you need to make sure you're getting the proper nutrients. There are great tools on this website to help you with that. Let me know if I can do anything emoticon
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RE: Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
4/14/12 7:25 PM as a reply to KMH93.
Thanks, everyone! The advice was very helpful and motivating. I guess I was just psyching myself out. I do have the nutrition plan and will try to follow it as much as I can with the limited food resources here and my budget, but if that fails then I'll just use the Michi's Ladder as my guidelines. I'll be starting the nutrition plan and work out on Monday so I will let everyone know how it goes! Thanks again so much! emoticon
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RE: Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
4/14/12 7:56 PM as a reply to KMH93.
KHM, fantastic! If you aren't already involved in a thread, I'd strongly encourage it. Having the support and accountability throughout engaging in your workout can do wonders! It's very motivational, helps to keep you on track, and it's one stop for encouragement, support, and coaching along the way should you have any questions. I just started a new thread. Check it out and get posting there! I'd love to get it moving so we can all work together!

Coach Mandi's Thread - Get FIT for Summer!
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RE: Is Insanity safe for a REAL beginner??
4/15/12 5:40 PM as a reply to KMH93.
I am glad you realize the available support to you. Please send me a message or link up with me as a buddy if you need assistance. Good luck. I am sure you will do fine.

CoachBabsvet2
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