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Maintenance after Insanity/what to do next (start date 5/28/12)
Hi All,

I'm slated to start Insanity on 5/28 and finish on July 29th. If I manage to keep on schedule, I have a few days to recover, and then I take a week's vacation. Thing is, I really would like to ensure that my results are maintained during that break (and undoubtedly they will be assuming your body doesn't turn to flab immediately after stopping a workout emoticon). Is there some sort of maintenance I can do during the post-Insanity finish, or should I think about extending some weeks during the actual program? I do intend on going for a 20 mile RT bike ride while on my vacation.

Also, post-Insanity, are you supposed to scale down your caloric needs? What do other people do when taking a break from Insanity nutrition-wise?

Thanks!
Lisa
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Hi there,
Congrats on deciding to start the program. I'm not new to fitness, so I don't have the same concerns as you about what to do after. I've been doing it as a bridge to my next triathlon season. I can't imagine doing MORE of this after getting through these 8 weeks.
For what it's worth, I'm a triathlete, and when this is over I'm moving straight into training for a half ironman.
But my thoughts for you are consider taking up some sort of activity. You mentioned you bike. You could look for a century ride at the end of the year and start training for that when Insanity is over. I'm 2 weeks into the program, and the idea of doing more after it is nauseating. It's truly as brutal as advertised. I feel like you almost HAVE to find something different to do. Plus, I prefer the outdoors, so all this time in the basement when the weather is beautiful is tough.
As for your caloric needs, you would only scale them back as your activity dictates. If you stop exercising all together then you need to reduce, if you keep your activity levels up then you would keep eating the same.
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RE: Maintenance after Insanity/what to do next (start date 5/28/12)
5/10/12 12:07 AM as a reply to joshwexler.
joshwexler:
Hi there,
Congrats on deciding to start the program. I'm not new to fitness, so I don't have the same concerns as you about what to do after. I've been doing it as a bridge to my next triathlon season. I can't imagine doing MORE of this after getting through these 8 weeks.
For what it's worth, I'm a triathlete, and when this is over I'm moving straight into training for a half ironman.
But my thoughts for you are consider taking up some sort of activity. You mentioned you bike. You could look for a century ride at the end of the year and start training for that when Insanity is over. I'm 2 weeks into the program, and the idea of doing more after it is nauseating. It's truly as brutal as advertised. I feel like you almost HAVE to find something different to do. Plus, I prefer the outdoors, so all this time in the basement when the weather is beautiful is tough.
As for your caloric needs, you would only scale them back as your activity dictates. If you stop exercising all together then you need to reduce, if you keep your activity levels up then you would keep eating the same.


I don't understand why ur acting like someone is forcing you to do this. If u hate it that much, stop.

To the original poster, I wouldn't worry about what to do after the program if u haven't started yet. One day at a time, do what feels natural when you reach the end.
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What's your problem? I'm offering advice to someone else. I'm forcing myself to do this? Is that ok with you? I'm not a quitter, that's why I don't stop. Very motivational there, thanks. I'm not sure where I said I hated it as you implied. I said it's extremely difficult and that in MY OPINION you should take up something different when it's over. For now, how about you go away. These boards seem to be made up primarily of good hearted nice people that don't attack one another like every other board in existence. If you want to behave that way there are literally thousands of boards out there for people like you.
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I agree with Josh on this one. I don't think the Insanity program was designed for on going maintenance. It's a boot camp program intended to jump start your workout program and slim and tone you quite a bit in a very short time. There's a reason for the recovery week, just going from month one to month two without some sort of break and lighter activity greatly increases the chance that you'll burn out.

That not to say it's a bad program, or that I hate it. Quite the contrary, I'm please both with the program and the results. That doesn't mean I want to turn around and do it again a week after I finish. I plan to go back to running once this is over. I am going to use the DVDs for individual workouts when I want a hard day, or it's disgusting outside. I may also do the program again this winter (I live in New England, so a good indoor exercise regime for the winter is a really great plan). Just stringing Insanity runs one right after the other is probably not a good idea though.

Glassonion91168: Find a fitness activity that you enjoy. Biking is good. A 20 miler is a pretty short bike ride though, unless it's a really hilly course. It's a fine short day, but you probably want to aim to have longer rides too. I, personally, enjoy running, it's cheap relatively speaking, and is one of the better cardio workout there are. Given your fitness level at the end of Insanity, you can probably easily shoot for 5-10K distance running relatively quickly after you finish. Do Insanity DVDs once or twice a week to keep your strength levels up (or find another strength training program).
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I'm glad to hear what the purpose of Insanity is. I think Josh and tantczk are right on target. I would love to try a 5-10K in the fall. Since running would be new to me, I'm guessing you have to train for a race and that Insanity is more of an endurance builder for something like that.

I loved P90X, but I didn't like the athletic look that I achieved. I'm really short and it made me look bulky. My hope is that Insanity can give me a leaner look. I asked about the diet plan on another post, and figure I'll take a poll of opinions. Would I have to create a calorie deficit to achieve the leaner look, or will a maintenance plan work just as well?

Again, thanks for the positive and insightful feedback!

- Li emoticon
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I've done half of P90X last year. I'm almost finished Week 5 of Insanity. Love it, but wow, it's tough. Love jogging/running too. You're looking for a maintenance for the week that you're off?

Take a look at the 10 Minute Trainer (accelerated schedule, where they do 3 sessions instead of 1). While you'll find the cardio session a bit light, you get what you put into it so you can intensify things as needed. Same idea with other targetting sessions.

I don't think this workout will give you the leaness you're looking for. But I think it's a great 30day routine (or week) if you're looking for maintenance after a tough routine of P90X or Insanity. In fact, there were 2-3 days during Insanity where I just didn't feel like pushing it to the max with Insanity, but had to get some sort of workout in. Threw in 3 sessions on TMT (mix and match to suit) and managed to feel pretty good afterwards.

Insanity will build your endurance and strength. Does it build muscle? Depends what your starting point is. You've finished P90X and looking at your picture, you've got plenty of muscles. It might lean you out a bit more.

As for calorie deficit, you'd have to monitor that carefully. You are in a better starting point than most people. You don't look like you need to "lose" weight, but you're looking to lean out a bit more. You still have to fuel your body, I mean it's a tough cardio workout.

Just a thought. Good luck.
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RE: Maintenance after Insanity/what to do next (start date 5/28/12)
5/10/12 12:22 PM as a reply to joshwexler.
joshwexler:
What's your problem? I'm offering advice to someone else. I'm forcing myself to do this? Is that ok with you? I'm not a quitter, that's why I don't stop. Very motivational there, thanks. I'm not sure where I said I hated it as you implied. I said it's extremely difficult and that in MY OPINION you should take up something different when it's over. For now, how about you go away. These boards seem to be made up primarily of good hearted nice people that don't attack one another like every other board in existence. If you want to behave that way there are literally thousands of boards out there for people like you.


I agree I might have misunderstood your tone. I re-read ur response and I see what you're trying to say. However I don't think what I said warranted the reaction u put out. When u said you were nauseated by the mere thought of doing more insanity that sounds like someone who hates the program. I just said if u hate it, stop. I don't think I had a "problem" or need to go away as I too offered my thoughts for what the poster should do. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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