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Insanity Complete - Final Thoughts
Hi guys,

this is actually my first post on these boards as I'm not much of a net user, but I just wanted to share a few final thoughts on the program and also hear about what others who have also done it have to say.

I'm a 27 year old male and I've always been fit and in good shape even prior to beginning Insanity. The main purpose for me in doing Insanity was that I'd gotten bored of my usual gym routine and was also finding it difficult to make it to the gym every day between their hours of operation as I have been completing my masters degree over the past few weeks and wouldn't get a chance to exercise till at least 11pm at night. Doing something like Insanity allowed me to exercise at any time of the day as I could do it in the comfort of my own home so for the most part, I replaced my weight-training/cardio that was done at the gym with Insanity, however I still fit in 3 or 4 gym sessions a week on top of Insanity wherever possible. In addition to this, over the past year I've been so busy with my studies that I haven't been able to put as much effort into my training as I used to, and the ripped 6-pack abs that I had not so long ago, aren't as defined as they used to be so I was hoping to lower my bodyfat% by 2 or 3% if possible.

I'm 5'10" or 178cm, and prior to beginning the program was bordering on 73kg (app. 14% bodyfat) which has been my normal weight for the past few years (sometimes up a kg, sometimes down a kg, but always hovering around that number). My diet has always been clean and I only eat lean cuts of meat, vegetables, fruit and practically no processed foods, oily foods, or foods that contain any form of additional sugar. Because of this, the diet aspect wasn't a problem and I didn't need to change much. The only thing that I did need to change was that according to the diet guide provided by Insanity, I wasn't eating enough calories so I upped them to ensure I had enough energy for my daily activities, for Insanity, and for gym whenever I could go.

The first week of the program was pretty tough but I adjusted to it very quickly, and cruised through the first month without much problem, but also without much change in my body. I did however note significant improvements in the fitness test and my ability to complete each workout.

After the first month was over, I started the second month of the program which kicked my ass all over the place and was extremely tough to get adjusted to for the first few days. What I noticed with the second month however, was that by the last 2 weeks of the program, my performance and my overall feeling of physical well-being had decreased substantially and I was always sore, always exhausted and always lacking motivation. Every day it was a massive effort to start the workouts let alone finish them. Nevertheless, I stuck with it and completed the second month without missing any workouts at all.

My results at the end of the program have proven to be extremely interesting and contrary to the results of almost everybody else who has done the program. At the start of Insanity, my weight was 73kg - at the end of Insanity, my weight is now 76kg and my bodyfat% is now approximately 12%; that's a gain of 3kg and a loss of 2% bodyfat over the duration of the program.

Thus it is evident that I have gained over 3kg of lean mass whilst doing Insanity which I attribute undoubtedly to the large proportion of leg related activities that the program incorporates. Prior to doing Insanity, I worked out in the gym frequently but I never trained my legs, which have always been very thin. Now the legs of all of my pants are notably tighter around the calves and thighs so some muscular development has definitely occurred. For women that are doing or considering doing this program, don't read this information and get put off, as I know a lot of women don't want to develop muscular physiques. As women, you probably don't have enough free testosterone in your bodies to facilitate that much mass gain and I eat a heap of protein every day, of which most of you probably do not.

At the end of the program, I can't say that I am disappointed with the results, however I also can't say that I am thrilled and I am uncertain as to whether the end result is able to justify the extreme amount of effort that was required to be put in. There's no denying that Insanity is a great way to get fit and for people that already have a routine and want to switch things up a bit like I did, it's fantastic. For those that aren't already in shape and that want to shed their bodyfat however, I can't help but feel there may be more suitable programs or methods out there that might better be suited to these people. The exercises in Insanity put a lot of stress and pressure on your joints (particularly the knees and ankles) and I can see this being a big problem for a lot of people with heavy bodies. The extreme intensity of the workouts also has a high possibility of scaring people off and lowering their motivation levels to the point of discontinuing the program prior to completing it; I certainly felt like that a lot of the time in the second month.

Although these are my personal feelings about the program, I understand and respect that many, many people have had brilliant results from Insanity and I give them all the credit in the world for their efforts as it is certainly a fantastic accomplish. Also, for those just starting out or considering doing it - please don't be put off by my comments. If you feel that you have what it takes to undertake the program, and that you're not going to be putting your body at risk, go for it; just make sure you consider the possible pros and cons that exist.

That's about all I can think of to say but if any of you have any comments or questions, please feel free to throw them at me.

Thanks a lot everyone emoticon
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RE: Insanity Complete - Final Thoughts
12/2/12 10:35 PM as a reply to cheru2016.
Thank you SO much for posting your thoughts based on your final results. I am brand new to Insanity, 2 weeks in and have to say that I am not much of an active person to do so much high intensity training. I worked with a personal trainer for 3 months and found it to be very hard but well worth the suffering. The discouraging thing about any new video is seeing all these really slim and ripped people doing the work outs and wondering "will I EVER look like that?" There is a sneaking suspicion to me that the people IN the video did not get those abs just by doing the Insanity work out. Am I right? I have never had an ab muscle in my life (too much loose skin on my midriff from big weight losS) so maybe I am just jealous!

I do relate about your concern over sore knees and joints. I find that many of the moves actually hurt my knees after a while, even though I am 5 foot 5 and weigh 130 pounds. The good thing I am noticing is that my legs are building muscle finally...working with a trainer NEVER got me to that point. My question to you is, can you still build good muscle power being on Insanity? Did you do any of the upper body workouts? I got the deluxe edition and am not sure when to use the upper body workout.

I do admit that I built WAY more muscle when I used free weights (after I took a break from my trainer and did my own thing), so it feels weird not to be doing any weights on Insanity...does that help or hinder? I don't have enough upper body strength to do those big sets of pushups so often times I just pull out my dumb bells and do my own thing until I can join in.


I am pretty worried about month 2 though..especially after reading your review on it. Month 1 is a challenge but I find that I don't tire out until I am about 90% through so maybe there is hope for me yet!

So far I like the structure..I tend to get very bored easily so with Insanity I like the stretches at the beginning and end of the dvd (breaks up the torture)..and I like the intervals of 3 circuits in a row then a new circuit. I think the whole format is totally genius and keeps me motivated until you are almost dead and he says OK SUICIDE DRILLS...OH NO!!!!!!!!!!

When I worked out with my trainer, I used to sweat a bit...but ever since Insanity I am a total sweating mess-so I feel like it is doing a lot for me especially since I had no endurance or stamina.

Thanks for your feedback!
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RE: Insanity Complete - Final Thoughts
12/2/12 11:34 PM as a reply to Lisadarlene79.
I believe that you certainly can build a certain amount of muscle power whilst doing Insanity as the plyometric exercises are designed to get you to produce very rapid and powerful movements. The calisthenics (e.g. pushups and squats) will also help you to build strength and power in your muscles. In comparison to the power developed through weight training however, I feel that after a certain point weight training would benefit you more and as you probably already know, the more lean mass you have on your frame, the more calories you burn per day and the easier it becomes for you to shed the excess weight you may be carrying. Personally, after having finished Insanity, I believe that it would be more appropriately slot into an existing workout routine that incorporates weight training at its core and Insanity as a supplementary addition to the program.

I did the workouts as they were pre-planned and didn't change anything except sometimes substituting cardio abs/insane abs and core cardio balance/max interval sports training. For upper body I already do weight training at the gym, which did become difficult as the pushups in the workouts made me feel like I was over-training my chest at times which is never a good thing.

For the second month, if you tried to do it now you would almost certainly not be able to do it - but that's why they give you 4 weeks in the first month and your 1 week recovery so that you can prepare yourself for the last half of the program. If you stick with it till then, by the time you start I think that you will be more than ready to take up the challenge and complete the workouts.

The sweating issue is a pain in the ass - I totally agree. I've never sweated in my life like I do on Insanity. For me that's probably the biggest drawback as I have to wash and dry my hair every day now, and seeing as how my hair is now shoulder length, it takes a good 45 minutes out of my life which I don't particularly like lol.

My parting advice to you is not to read comments made by me or by other people about their experiences with Insanity, and to use that information as a reason to give up or to slack off. When I was doing Insanity, I read a lot of comments by other people saying that the program was bunk and it wasn't worth the effort and whatever other excuses that they could cook up - and it made me doubt as to whether there was actually any point in what I was doing and several times I thought about giving up and going back to my old workout routine. At the end of the day though, I thought that if nothing else, completing this program successfully and diligently would at least allow me the satisfaction of saying that I completed 2 months of Hell and lived to tell the tale.

Don't give up, and keep with it; it's only 2 months out of your life and the discipline that you'll develop from sticking to a program like this is a big enough reward in and of itself.
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RE: Insanity Complete - Final Thoughts
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12/3/12 6:30 AM as a reply to cheru2016.
Hey man, I appreciate your review and find the information below to be quite valuable.

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cheru2016:
Hi guys,

this is actually my first post on these boards as I'm not much of a net user, but I just wanted to share a few final thoughts on the program and also hear about what others who have also done it have to say.

I'm a 27 year old male and I've always been fit and in good shape even prior to beginning Insanity. The main purpose for me in doing Insanity was that I'd gotten bored of my usual gym routine and was also finding it difficult to make it to the gym every day between their hours of operation as I have been completing my masters degree over the past few weeks and wouldn't get a chance to exercise till at least 11pm at night. Doing something like Insanity allowed me to exercise at any time of the day as I could do it in the comfort of my own home so for the most part, I replaced my weight-training/cardio that was done at the gym with Insanity, however I still fit in 3 or 4 gym sessions a week on top of Insanity wherever possible. In addition to this, over the past year I've been so busy with my studies that I haven't been able to put as much effort into my training as I used to, and the ripped 6-pack abs that I had not so long ago, aren't as defined as they used to be so I was hoping to lower my bodyfat% by 2 or 3% if possible.

I'm 5'10" or 178cm, and prior to beginning the program was bordering on 73kg (app. 14% bodyfat) which has been my normal weight for the past few years (sometimes up a kg, sometimes down a kg, but always hovering around that number). My diet has always been clean and I only eat lean cuts of meat, vegetables, fruit and practically no processed foods, oily foods, or foods that contain any form of additional sugar. Because of this, the diet aspect wasn't a problem and I didn't need to change much. The only thing that I did need to change was that according to the diet guide provided by Insanity, I wasn't eating enough calories so I upped them to ensure I had enough energy for my daily activities, for Insanity, and for gym whenever I could go.

The first week of the program was pretty tough but I adjusted to it very quickly, and cruised through the first month without much problem, but also without much change in my body. I did however note significant improvements in the fitness test and my ability to complete each workout.

After the first month was over, I started the second month of the program which kicked my ass all over the place and was extremely tough to get adjusted to for the first few days. What I noticed with the second month however, was that by the last 2 weeks of the program, my performance and my overall feeling of physical well-being had decreased substantially and I was always sore, always exhausted and always lacking motivation. Every day it was a massive effort to start the workouts let alone finish them. Nevertheless, I stuck with it and completed the second month without missing any workouts at all.

My results at the end of the program have proven to be extremely interesting and contrary to the results of almost everybody else who has done the program. At the start of Insanity, my weight was 73kg - at the end of Insanity, my weight is now 76kg and my bodyfat% is now approximately 12%; that's a gain of 3kg and a loss of 2% bodyfat over the duration of the program.

Thus it is evident that I have gained over 3kg of lean mass whilst doing Insanity which I attribute undoubtedly to the large proportion of leg related activities that the program incorporates. Prior to doing Insanity, I worked out in the gym frequently but I never trained my legs, which have always been very thin. Now the legs of all of my pants are notably tighter around the calves and thighs so some muscular development has definitely occurred. For women that are doing or considering doing this program, don't read this information and get put off, as I know a lot of women don't want to develop muscular physiques. As women, you probably don't have enough free testosterone in your bodies to facilitate that much mass gain and I eat a heap of protein every day, of which most of you probably do not.

At the end of the program, I can't say that I am disappointed with the results, however I also can't say that I am thrilled and I am uncertain as to whether the end result is able to justify the extreme amount of effort that was required to be put in. There's no denying that Insanity is a great way to get fit and for people that already have a routine and want to switch things up a bit like I did, it's fantastic. For those that aren't already in shape and that want to shed their bodyfat however, I can't help but feel there may be more suitable programs or methods out there that might better be suited to these people. The exercises in Insanity put a lot of stress and pressure on your joints (particularly the knees and ankles) and I can see this being a big problem for a lot of people with heavy bodies. The extreme intensity of the workouts also has a high possibility of scaring people off and lowering their motivation levels to the point of discontinuing the program prior to completing it; I certainly felt like that a lot of the time in the second month.

Although these are my personal feelings about the program, I understand and respect that many, many people have had brilliant results from Insanity and I give them all the credit in the world for their efforts as it is certainly a fantastic accomplish. Also, for those just starting out or considering doing it - please don't be put off by my comments. If you feel that you have what it takes to undertake the program, and that you're not going to be putting your body at risk, go for it; just make sure you consider the possible pros and cons that exist.

That's about all I can think of to say but if any of you have any comments or questions, please feel free to throw them at me.

Thanks a lot everyone emoticon
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RE: Insanity Complete - Final Thoughts
12/4/12 10:33 AM as a reply to cheru2016.
Thanks for your insight and feedback. I always kinda wondered if you could build lots of muscle power by doing Insanity cardio all the time. I know that in just the 2 weeks I have started (along with doing a herbal detox) I have lost 4 inches so it's working really well to slim down and burn calories for me. But I do agree that lifting weights would be a smart idea, the thing is, finding the time to do it is harder because I only give myself the 40 mins of each Insanity DVD every day. For upper body, I think I can handle doing weights on top of Insanity...do you suggest that I do upper 2 days a week (like Mon and Weds) or on days that don't have PURE CARDIO as one of the work outs (damn those are hard)....Since I am a vegetarian (mostly vegan), I have a hard time building muscle than most but I really want to show definition in my arms and am not convinced Insanity will give me that. For lower body, since the program has so much to do with squats and kicks etc, I wonder if adding on more training to the lower is going to hinder what I do with Insanity itself?

And yes..I hear ya about having to shower every day...I have long hair too and prefer a shower every 2 days or my skin dries out and hair gets chaotic, but now Insanity makes me shower too often! haha

I am QUITE scared for month #2....that is only happening in a few weeks!!!!! I haven't even looked at the dvd's yet. Are the durations of workouts still the same? 40 mins or so? I like that they are complete.

Do you use Insanity at all now that you are done? I think it would make a great cardio fill in at least 2-3 times a week in addition to weight training...I am going to stick with the whole program and then keep it going but I do want to throw in upper body training now or I may be disappointed once the 2 months is over.








cheru2016:
I believe that you certainly can build a certain amount of muscle power whilst doing Insanity as the plyometric exercises are designed to get you to produce very rapid and powerful movements. The calisthenics (e.g. pushups and squats) will also help you to build strength and power in your muscles. In comparison to the power developed through weight training however, I feel that after a certain point weight training would benefit you more and as you probably already know, the more lean mass you have on your frame, the more calories you burn per day and the easier it becomes for you to shed the excess weight you may be carrying. Personally, after having finished Insanity, I believe that it would be more appropriately slot into an existing workout routine that incorporates weight training at its core and Insanity as a supplementary addition to the program.

I did the workouts as they were pre-planned and didn't change anything except sometimes substituting cardio abs/insane abs and core cardio balance/max interval sports training. For upper body I already do weight training at the gym, which did become difficult as the pushups in the workouts made me feel like I was over-training my chest at times which is never a good thing.

For the second month, if you tried to do it now you would almost certainly not be able to do it - but that's why they give you 4 weeks in the first month and your 1 week recovery so that you can prepare yourself for the last half of the program. If you stick with it till then, by the time you start I think that you will be more than ready to take up the challenge and complete the workouts.

The sweating issue is a pain in the ass - I totally agree. I've never sweated in my life like I do on Insanity. For me that's probably the biggest drawback as I have to wash and dry my hair every day now, and seeing as how my hair is now shoulder length, it takes a good 45 minutes out of my life which I don't particularly like lol.

My parting advice to you is not to read comments made by me or by other people about their experiences with Insanity, and to use that information as a reason to give up or to slack off. When I was doing Insanity, I read a lot of comments by other people saying that the program was bunk and it wasn't worth the effort and whatever other excuses that they could cook up - and it made me doubt as to whether there was actually any point in what I was doing and several times I thought about giving up and going back to my old workout routine. At the end of the day though, I thought that if nothing else, completing this program successfully and diligently would at least allow me the satisfaction of saying that I completed 2 months of Hell and lived to tell the tale.

Don't give up, and keep with it; it's only 2 months out of your life and the discipline that you'll develop from sticking to a program like this is a big enough reward in and of itself.
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RE: Insanity Complete - Final Thoughts
12/4/12 5:49 PM as a reply to cheru2016.
Thank you for a very well written though out post. It will help a lot of people. emoticon
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