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I went for 10 days and then quit...
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I could only do about half of the workouts from the first 10 days; and then he starts throwing out TWO workouts!? So, as if Pure Cardio wasn't bad enough - now we have to do cardio abs IN ADDITION on the same day?

I was so discouraged and pissed off by this that I just quit. Now I'm annoyed b/c I spent all this money for this program that is only suited for those who are already in shape.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/1/12 6:28 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
Sorry to hear you didnt like Insanity, but before you decide it's not for you, you should I couldnt finish the workouts when I first started and I had just completed a round of P90X. You can see the people in the videos arent following Shaun T, it's made to be hard if not everyone would do it. You can do Cardio Abs and Pure Cardio seperately, if you find that's too much you can always do Cardio Abs on your rest day.

Did you buy Insanity from Beachbody directly? If I'm not mistaken there's a 60 day money back guarantee, you could send it back and get a program that is for you. If you need help on choosing the right program for you I'd be happy to help you out. If you want to give Insanity another shot I would be happy to assist you as well, we can talk about modifying the moves to work for you.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/1/12 6:36 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
Gary. I did 2 rounds of P90X and thought I was in pretty good shape. I bought Insanity because cardio was my weakness. I have never done an Insanity disc without taking extra breaks and from all the groups I've run doing Insanity, not many people can get through an Insanity disc without breaks. As time goes on, you take less breaks and you come back in a shorter time. So is it the mental aspect of not being able to keep up with Shaun? Look at the people on the disc, they have 6-pack abs and 6% body fat and they take breaks. Don't let that bother you. Is it that you just don't like cardio that intense, then it may be time to look for a new program. But don't give up, every time you do a workout you help yourself whether you finish what's on the disc or not.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/1/12 7:30 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
Gary, don't give up. Like the intro to the program says insanity is an intense program, not impossible, but intense. The important thing is to do what you can for as long as you can, then take a break to catch your breath and get back into it. When I can't keep up I hit the pause button so that I can catch-up and do all the reps/moves, then I release the pause. If I have to take a longer break, than thirty-seconds, to let myself get back down to the recovery zone, that's what I do. Whatever it takes to keep going and get it done. I know you can do it, focus, find your pace, modify, and get it done. Hang in there.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/2/12 7:51 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
I had the same problem starting out as you did, Gary. Insanity builds stamina like crazy, so it's ok if you can't get all the way through every work out. I still have to stop several times during each interval, and I suspect I'm not alone. But the good news is that I feel how strong I am getting, and have a huge increase in stamina. Please don't give up, I promise you this isn't a gimmick. It really works.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/2/12 10:20 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
I have to admit that even after doing the FIRST Fit test, I almost quit. I couldn't walk for a week and felt so terrible..but then I went at it again the next week and have been on it for 2 full weeks and LOVE the program. I just got to the Cardio Power and Cardio abs and actually rolled my eyes and said "OMG I HAVE TO DO TWO WORKOUTS???"..and this happened to fall on day 6 which is Saturday nights for me. After working 10 hours I really didn't want to come home to do anything honestly, but I made the committment. I actually did the Cardio abs first and didn't find it to be all that hard...sure I couldn't do all the moves but I tried my best. It went pretty quick so it felt easy compared to PURE CARDIO that was after. I have to say that even only in 2 weeks, I can feel my muscles under the skin now (especially in the legs) and there is a nice tightness. However...my abs are non existant so I just try to ignore staring at all those hot bodies and focus on my original goal-to get STRONGER. Abs are just a bonus.

Keep at it!
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/3/12 7:52 AM as a reply to Lisadarlene79.
Also, in respect to the cardio power + cardio abs workout, I know a lot of people do the Cardio power earlier in the day, then wait until later in the day to do cardio abs. It may be hard to find the time to work out twice, naturally, but cardio abs is very short, and you will be able to focus more on correct technique and more ab for your buck.

I will say that after completing Insanity once, doing Cardio Power and Abs consecutively is no longer challenging. So keep up the good work!
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/3/12 7:59 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
GaryLee828:
I could only do about half of the workouts from the first 10 days; and then he starts throwing out TWO workouts!? So, as if Pure Cardio wasn't bad enough - now we have to do cardio abs IN ADDITION on the same day?

I was so discouraged and pissed off by this that I just quit. Now I'm annoyed b/c I spent all this money for this program that is only suited for those who are already in shape.


Did you even give cardio abs a chance?

1. The entire workout is 18 mins long.
2. I don't know why it is called "cardio" abs because after the warm-up it is very low cardio.
3. Did I mention it is only 18 minutes long, and that includes the warm-up, cool-down stretch, multiple breaks, and some "exercises" that are actually spent just watching Shaun T explain the move. Oh, there is at least one "exercise" which is you resting in child's pose.

Actually, Insanity is a great program for people that are out of shape. Since all of it is based on "go at your own pace", you get to well, go at your own pace. If you are that out of shape you will still benefit from all of the exercises.

Look, when I completed the first Fit Test that was by far the hardest work-out that I had completed in my entire life (40 yrs). And that is even with completing only 2 or 3 moves of couple of the exercises.

I am also a little interested in your comment "I could only do half of the workouts". Does that mean your schedule only allowed you to complete half of the scheduled workouts, or you couldn't keep up with Shaun T and the others on the video? Remember, go at your own pace. I am currently on my second time through the routines, and I just started month two tonight. There are still a couple exercises that I can only complete one rep of the moves while Shaun T and the gang are doing four in the same time period. Once again, go at your own pace. There are plenty of times that I stop in the middle of the exercise for a breather while the video keeps playing, so what, it is still a great workout.

Keep pushing play.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/3/12 10:06 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
Oh no! Don't give up! You can totally do it! It is really rough. I remember my first round, I had to take breaks a lot throughout the first two weeks, I was breaking during the warm up even! As you go, though, you build up stamina and endurance and find out that you really can do this! I'm on my fifth non consecutive round, and it still kicks my ass, because as I'm getting stronger, I'm able to push my body more. That's what this program is all about. Do what you can do, as much as you can do it, and next time, you will get better.

Cardio Abs isn't the roughest of the workouts, although it definitely burns your abs. As someone else suggested, try doing Pure Cardio in the morning and then Cardio Abs later in the day or vise versa. My first go around, I thought it was about insane to have those two on the same day, now I'm making sure to add Cardio Abs on to my workout three to four days a week! Like I said, give it a chance, keep digging deep and pushing, and you will see that your body will be much better able to get through. It's just like everything else in life, persistance pays off.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/4/12 10:38 AM as a reply to ReallyTallDoug.
[quote=ReallyTallDoug][quote=GaryLee828]] t was by far the hardest work-out that I had completed in my entire life (40 yrs). And that is even with completing only 2 or 3 moves of couple of the exercises. I am also a little interested in your comment "I could only do half of the workouts". Does that mean your schedule only allowed you to complete half of the scheduled workouts, or you couldn't keep up with Shaun T and the others on the video? Remember, go at your own pace. I am currently on my second time through the routines, and I just started month two tonight. There are still a couple exercises that I can only complete one rep of the moves while Shaun T and the gang are doing four in the same time period. Once again, go at your own pace. There are plenty of times that I stop in the middle of the exercise for a breather while the video keeps playing, so what, it is still a great workout. Keep pushing play.[/quote] I totally agree..doing the first fit test was SO hard..and I worked with a personal trainer for 3 months and found the fit test to be insane which was a surprise. I have done my 2nd fit test now on week 2 and it was just as hard. But...I was able to complete more movements this time around and feel better. It's all a process. I always say that if I have time to sit infront of the tv for an hour, I have time to get off my butt and workout for an hour. So even if there are TWO dvd's one day, they are short and still under an hour. I honestly think that if anyone wants to get pumped, you can't do it by just doing cardio moves 6 days a week for 40 minutes-you need to add even more time to weight train and sculpt. Some pros are training over 2 hours a day...it's just about what is your priority. For me, I just want to survive and burn off calories so I can still eat the foods I enjoy! lol
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/31/12 7:11 PM as a reply to Lisadarlene79.
Thanks everyone; I am going to make my third attempt starting tomorrow January 1st - and hope to be done March 3rd. Thanks for the advice.
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
12/31/12 10:21 PM as a reply to GaryLee828.
I am contemplating doing the same thing too Gary....except maybe not do the 6 days a week since my knees were hurting big time. I took a month off and definitely feel a difference, knees are better but I gained a bit of fat eating what I wanted lol
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1/4/13 1:58 PM as a reply to Lisadarlene79.
Hey Lisa, Gary, and any1 else that is still on this thread emoticon Insanity is a tough program. Yes, it may be "go at your pace", but it can still be frustrating mentally to not be able to get through everything! How are you staying motivated? Since you posted looking for help, I assume you need some help staying motivated? Feel free to join my thread HERE and we can keep each other accountable! emoticon

Just do as much of the workout as you can. Working out and pushing yourself to your limits will never be easy and you will always get to a point where you can't do it anymore. That's a good thing! Keep at it and you will surprise yourself throughout the program

Andrew
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RE: I went for 10 days and then quit...
1/4/13 2:18 PM as a reply to AndrewK09.
Alright GaryLee828, let's cut to the chase. You saw the Insanity infomercial halfway through and were intrigued. Then you saw it again, partially through, and it caught your attention again, so you wrote down the number. Then you looked for it and watched from beginning to end. You were hooked! It was awesome, the people were awesome, Shaun T was so cool you wanted to shoot a good game of pool with him, so you bought Insanity with an "I think I can and I know I am going to" mentality. The discs shows up and Bam! This dang thing is hard, even the little ity-bity beginner test was/is hard. So now...to the "chase." Insanity and Team Beachbody are in the business of helping people help themselves, but more so, making "money." The brains behind the muscles, the marketing team, have to attract you, the viewer, therefore they put the best of the best pretty people in the "awe inspiring" video. Most of the participants appear to be 21-35, with the one blonde forty-year-old lady in the black jumpsuit rounds up the numbers. It all worked, we, the audience, were hooked. We wanted it and knew we were going to do it. "Hey man, I don't want a six-pack, I want an eight-pack by God, and I'm going to do it," we all said to ourselves! Then the "chase" brings us back down to realize, we all start at different stages, and getting that "swimmer/gymnast" body doesn't happen in two months for everyone, probably very few. You have to decide that it is worth the effort and the hard work, because working out is mostly hard on the mind. As odd as it sounds, man/woman can attain a good shape with simply the floor! Give up if you choose, no one with fault you. However, every time you go into your bathroom and see that mirror, the one person who will fault you might be staring at you! Good luck friend; make the right choice for you, and maybe the Insanitynation will see you on the other side. The Nation...
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