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Insanity does not work for everyone
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I have just finished the Insanity program. While I know that this program has worked for many, this post is for anyone who seem to have minimal results, to which I will just say that this program is not for everyone.

I think the Insanity program is extremely excessive and if you only do these workouts 3 times a week, you will see the same results. Insanity is very cardio focused and VERY high impact on your knees, shins, ankles, and arches. To me, sweating out your water weight does not equal results. This program will help increase your endurance (if and only if you push yourself past your known limits), but at the same time, it can really wear you out and discourage you from ever wanting to work out again.

To help explain my experience a little more, I am a 32 year old male, 5'10", and slim (31" waist and 35" chest). I had already been working out twice a week. Not much cardio, but mainly weights, weight machines, and shooting basketball. I noticed as I get older, my metabolism is shrinking and I started to develop a little belly. I was looking for a program that relied solely on my body (no weights or equipment) and could give me some abs. The infomercials for Insanity intrigued me since it used no equipment. So, I thought, this is it.

I started out at 158 lbs and ended at 151 lbs (Although, I was 145-147 lbs a year ago). Overall I did improve, especially in my stamina and flexibility; however, I am disappointed in the results. I saw very slight change in my body definition and my measurements have not changed at all. See my Fit Test scores at the bottom (attached).

I followed this program, giving all I could each time. While I was not able to always keep up with the "actors", I still held my own and improved as I went on. I had already adjusted my eating about 4 years ago when I began following the "Abs Diet" nutrition guide. So, I only made slight adjustments, which included more protein intake.

I may pop in the dvd every now and then to give me some good cardio, but relying on this program is not ideal for someone like me. Working out at this intensity for 6 days a week is, just as the program is called,...Insanity and I do not believe is good for anyone, unless they are training for a marathon or something.

These "actors", by the way, all seem to be fitness junkies--Come on...Tonya was loving every minute of it and she was also in Hip Hop Abs. I would have preferred there to be more average-type people (not people pretending that they have a hard time with this). Also, these people would always be sacrificing form to get higher numbers, even after Shawn T. says never sacrifice form, but he would use these same people as an example. On one of the dvds during month 2, when they were doing "Power Jumps", some were just jumping up and down, rather than going back into the squat and powering up from the bottom, but Shawn T. was encouraging them, but then at other times would contradict himself by saying to slow things down if you have to, to not sacrifice form.

I'm glad I completed this program, just so I can say that I did it, but would never follow a program of this intensity again unless I start training for something like the military, marathon, climbing mountains, running with the bulls, etc...
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
11/30/10 6:29 PM as a reply to livng2tell.
Sorry to hear it didn't work for you as you expected. I knew I would probably wouldn't have such dramatic results as some people do since my goal wasn't loose considerable amount of weight. I was 128lb when I started and sure enough I started loosing some lbs.

I am training to run a half marathon next Spring, 6 weeks into insanity and I am experiencing visible results in my body having new set of muscles popping up, and during the training with the team for the marathon I take one break--walk for a couple of mins if ever--while running 3-4 miles. What I am saying is that insanity is delivering results for me. I am focused, dedicated, rest when I need and follow the Elite nutritional plan plus taking multivitamins, omega oils,vitamin B complex, green tea, vitamin K2,L- carnitine,CoQ10, sleep minimum 7hrs, drink water all day. I am making sure I am having my body ready and fueled for the intensity of this program. Now into my second month and I am enjoying the results I am getting so far. I had lost lbs and now gaining some back in muscle mass, my body fat had gone from 26% to 18%. I just turned 37 yrs old, mom to a 6yrs old, self employed, volunteer some of my time at my son school and I still manage to take care of my body and stay focused on my goals. Some days I am plain exhausted, all I want is to sleep all day, some others I can't stop running around into multitask mode.

As soon as I am done with insanity I am going to take a week off, then I will go again for round #2 focusing only on the second month extreme workouts, mixing them with Hip Hip Abs. That one is really fun and I still sweat. I am also thinking to follow up with Chalean extreme, let's see how I feel when I am done with this first round. One thing for sure is that I am not planning to run with the bulls any time soon, even when I will probably physically ready for it....lol
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
12/1/10 1:29 PM as a reply to livng2tell.
Glad to hear that is working well for you and of course I realize that it has worked great for others as well. I know that I am only one (out of however many) that hasn't had such great results. I honestly wasn't expecting to lose weight either, but was more hoping to develop a more defined/tone body. Any exercise is good exercise, I say, but I just felt I put so much in and got too little back.

I think with you preparing for a marathon (and apparently the title of Wonder Woman with all the other volunteer and Mom things that you do), this program sounds perfect for you and I'm sure you'll continue to succeed.

Are you sure you don't want to run with the bulls? I think you could take em emoticon
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
12/1/10 2:45 PM as a reply to livng2tell.
livng2tell:
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Are you sure you don't want to run with the bulls? I think you could take em emoticon


LOL I might put that in the back burner for now and in my list to do next year! See, I am getting close to my 40's and for many years I got lost into every day life's issues ( marriage, baby, divorce, struggling with income, dating again, heartaches, blah blah blah) all them were in a way 'excuses' for not reaching out for life and take charge. The day I saw the movie 'YES MAN' I knew I had to become sorta "Yes Woman" and seize each opportunity that life would bring to me. This is why I am doing insanity, I could write a very long list of reasons why I can't do it right now, but instead I made time for it in my life. This is why I signed up when volunteers were needed to assist small group of 1st graders who need extra support with numbers and phonics; This is why I get ready to start training for my first half marathon every Saturday at 7am -rain, cold, snow, hot we still run. This is why I am reaching out for friends and family to help me to put together $1,400.00 for the Leukimia and Lymhpoma Society so I can run my race. And I still have time to go to work after doing Insanity every morning at 5am, cook my 5 meals a day, cook for my son, sit with him to do homework every evening,household chores and luckily I still have energy to take a warm bath before bedtime.

I don't even know how am I doing all I do in one day but you know something? it's exiting, it's great to have so many things to look forward each day and when is time to go to bed, all exhausted from running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I know I am doing what I want and makes me feel good about myself.

For the next year I am planning to take guitar classes, self defense classes, sign up for more races ( hopefully the big one here in Houston Chase Marathon each January) and who knows maybe I'll get married again and have more babiesemoticon
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
11/22/12 7:08 PM as a reply to livng2tell.
I'm glad you posted this. I am four days away from finishing. I've gained 4 lbs since starting and lost 0 inches.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
1/24/13 9:37 AM as a reply to livng2tell.
It has been a little over 2 years since I made this post and after reading it again 2 years later, I still somewhat agree, but I don't want anyone to think that I've given up on this program. Over the past two years, I had been trying to start the program again, but extremely limited on time due to full time job and going to school part time. So, I was trying to perform the workouts from month 1 on my nights off from school.

Eventually, as what happens to me every time, I started skipping the workouts due to just being tired from not getting enough rest; getting 3-4 hours a sleep due to staying up late working on a paper or homework, so then taking naps when I got home from work on my nights off from school. I started back on eating more junk food on the weekends and spilled over into the weekdays (burgers, fries, pizza, chips, etc...). And then there were the times were I was sick, so I had no energy.

I made a decision to start the program back up again at the beginning of this year; not as a "New Year's Resolution" per se (I wanted to start in the weeks prior, but I ended up getting the flu and then sick again in Dec). I am finishing up week 3 of month 1 and have scaled back my eating out a bit.

The hardest part for me during these programs is the nutrition. I strongly believe in "cheat meals"; depriving yourself of something you want so bad, is just setting you up for failure, so I am more liberal on weekends, but try to maintain healthier choices during the week. I am gradually trying to change and get better. Luckily, I still have a pretty high metabolism (my heaviest weight is maybe 163...at 5'9"). I plan on starting P90X after I have completed Insanity and want to be sure I can follow a strict nutrition plan for it, but I can't change my eating cold turkey (so to speak).

While nutrition is the hardest, it is the most important. Even if you push play everyday and give it your 100% (whatever level that may be), if you don't have the proper amount of nutrition and rest, you will never see results like the infomercials; it just can't be done. I actually don't think there is anything wrong with that, but I guess what I realized after two years, is that I have to be realistic about my goals. Some of the extreme success stories took over a year or two to get there, I can't expect it in 60 days.

I still believe that Insanity is not for everyone, but I am determined to make it right for me as long as I am practical about it.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
1/27/13 3:30 PM as a reply to livng2tell.
I agree insanity is not for everyone. I gave it my all followed everything and I didn't lose a lb hence why i refer to the program as inscamaty. Before and after pics are marginal at best, no inches lost and not a lb dropped. I wi9ll not trust or waste my money on another beach body product again. especially one that promises the world and fails to deliver on everything.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
1/31/13 12:39 PM as a reply to Legions.
Legions:
I agree insanity is not for everyone. I gave it my all followed everything and I didn't lose a lb hence why i refer to the program as inscamaty. Before and after pics are marginal at best, no inches lost and not a lb dropped. I wi9ll not trust or waste my money on another beach body product again. especially one that promises the world and fails to deliver on everything.

Sorry to hear that it was unsuccessful for you. I wouldn't blame the program though; it just wasn't the right one for you, at this time. There are many other programs out there that might be better or perhaps you might benefit more from a personal trainer. Everyone's body type is different and some take longer or require different techniques, before results are seen. I wish you luck finding what works for you.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
2/7/13 11:42 AM as a reply to livng2tell.
I'm a little confused on why you say the program didn't work for you? Your Fit Test results show great improvements! And if your diet is like you described in the update (ex. cheat meals every weekend) I wouldn't expect crazy results anyway. Sounds to me like it worked for you and if you did a little better diet-wise, you'd see even greater results!
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
2/10/13 6:09 PM as a reply to rayray89.
I am sorry the program did not work for you but glad that you did go through with it! My boyfriend stopped smoking and did Insanity with me and had some inches lost and weight but nothing dramatic. We are all different. Me on the other hand LOVE Insanity and am in the latest infomercial (my picture) so I know the picture isn't doctored up or anything. For me Beachbody products changed my entire life and I went from 151 to 107 emoticon
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
4/20/13 4:44 PM as a reply to livng2tell.
I hope I have somewhat good results. Already see a increase in endurance. NOT trying to loose weight. Would like to put on muscle, but I am more focused on just getting fitter. I am training for Firefighting so I need this intensity of cardio everyday.

Glad you put this out though that it's not for everyone!!! I hope I make it through with results that help improve my CPAT time on top of my other training. Trying to bite the bullet and start P90X soon.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
4/22/13 5:13 AM as a reply to RandiBaldwin.
Well hopefully you were doing some type of strength training at the same time....dumbbells/benching.

I'm about to start Insanity, finishing up p90x right now and I was worried about no weight training, therefore, I am scripting my workout to do that like 3x a week to accompany it.

Nothing every works for everyone.......that's how it is .......but modify it. If a 60 day program had not proved to be effective 30 days into it I would be adjusting something.
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5/29/13 1:30 PM as a reply to crackur.
I know exactly where you're coming from,i am absolutely gutted with insanity,i have followed the Elite nutrition plan,eating 5x500cal meals per day,i have had 1 treat meal in 6 weeks,i have not touched any alchohol or sugar,i drink3 litres of water a day,i am a 48 year old male and am half way through my 6th week,i use a heart rate monitor so know i work my ass off , my weight at start was 168 lb, my body fat was 15%, i don't want to lose any weight so followed the formula in the elite nutrition book and topped up calories to compensate,after nearly 6 weeks i am now 164lb,so,i have lost 4lb,my body fat is now at just over 16%,so i have lost nearly 4lb in lean muscle mass and GAINED body fat,i have to say after all the commitment i have put in thus far i have seen no difference what so ever and things have got worse,i am totally gutted,find it hard to continue from here,whats the point,a waste of time and money in my eyes.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
6/2/13 2:38 AM as a reply to PaulParsons.
I just finished Insanity yesterday, and I too have gotten no results whatsoever - no weight lost, no inches lost.
I eat clean, count calories, drink tons of water. I gave it my all each time. When I finished the workouts, I was dripping in sweat. I feel stronger. I have more endurance. My fit tests improved significantly. Despite all this, still no change in appearance - my clothes fit the same, except they're even more snug around the thighs! - and I definitely have a decent amount of fat to lose.
After the first month, I saw nothing, but I pushed on because everyone said you really see the results in the second month.
Midway through the second month, I was still not seeing anything. I wanted to quit because it just seemed pointless to keep subjecting myself to Insanity every day, but I felt like I had come so far that I needed to finish. So, I miserably forced myself through the final two weeks. Without the motivation of any sort of fat loss results, it was like physical and mental torture to keep putting myself through that each day. And in the end, after all of that, still not even a sliver of an inch lost.

I'm so beyond disappointed. Devastated.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
6/17/13 11:51 AM as a reply to alleekat.
I couldn't agree more with the previous comments. I've just completed my 1st month of Insanity and have not seen a centimeter of difference (either in weight or measurement). I am following the nutritional program as best as I can and combined 3x/week weight training as well. I've been told that I am not eating enough even though more than the recommended 3,000 calories plus a day is nauseating at best.
That being said, I have gained a healthy appreciation for pain (knees, ankles & back), a consistently upset stomach and several confused glances at the gym. I understand that not all programs are for everyone however a measurable "glimpse" of success or some sort of positive ROI would have been appreciated.

What's more upsetting is having to answer my 5-year old daughter's question, "Daddy why is your belly not going down?"
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
6/17/13 12:36 PM as a reply to cfroehlich.
I believe the greatest achievement the Insanity program can have on man/woman once it is completed is that it works the mind from a "I'm scared to try it," to "I think I can," resulting in an "I did it!" mentality. Having physical body change that is pleasing to the eyes in the mirror is the bonus.

Addendum: No program works for all who seek to achieve "change," but for those who see results, keep on posting. The "actors" are obviously all fit, even those few who appear to be the average joe/jane on the street. The Hip Hop abs program is so laughable...that's where I get my workout, just giggling. Mr. 2Tell, keep on searching for the right program for you. I do agree to the utmost, Insanity is very hard on the joints, especially if you are over 40. Those "actors" will know soon enough! The Nation...
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
1/22/14 4:35 PM as a reply to livng2tell.
I have an input on this topic. I too have not gained any serious or noticeable results from insanity. However, I religiously did Turbofire for a good 3months plus before I had to have serious brain surgery, and I was in the best shape I have ever been in in my entire life (aside from being diagnosed with hydrocephalus which was the reason for the brain surgery). I figured since I had recovered from surgery that I would give insanity a go since I had such Amazing Results with turbofire. Obviously, insanity doesn't work for every body type. I gained muscle weight, but turbofire was the program that changed my life forever. Beachbody is a wonderful company.
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
3/5/14 7:47 PM as a reply to texmex99.
I just completed Insanity and I too am disappointed with the reaults or shall i say, lack thereof. I feel like for as much hard work i put in i should have aeen extreme results. I too noticed thicker thighs which is one huge area that im trying to slim! I did better when i just worked out at the gym! So im going back to that and trying HIIT on the treadmill and incorporating weight lifting.
I'm 38 years old and refuse to accept being out of shape for my forty's!!!
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RE: Insanity does not work for everyone
3/9/14 12:35 AM as a reply to livng2tell.
I am so glad to have come across this post. I no longer feel alone in this!

I started Insanity just after New Year. I repeated one week of month 1 as I became unwell and had to skip a couple of days. I am now moving onto my last week.

I was only looking to lose a few pounds really I had gained over the festive season. I was already fit and worked out hard 5-6 times per week.

Month 1 gave me no results whatsoever. No weight loss. Progress pictures identical. Only my fit test results improved. This left me really frustrated as I feel I was putting my all into it and although not strictly following the nutrition guide I am definitely basing my choices on that philosophy and have a healthy diet anyway. Didn't touch a drop of alcohol the whole first month.

I was spurred on with promises online that month 2 is where it would all happen for me. Now 3 weeks in and nothing. It is the most frustrating thing to get out of bed at 5.45 every morning and jump around like a lunatic for what feels like nothing. I will finish because I am determined but motivation is severely lacking now.

Having said all this I love Shaun T and have already purchased T25 to do once I finish but I am really really disappointed with my results. And that's going into it not looking for anything too drastic or unrealistic.
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