This post isn’t about actually going insane as such, nope it’s about working out at home using the home workout program Insanity.
I’m a big fan of working out at home and believe that a lot of cash can be saved from not buying gym memberships. You may even find yourself working out more because the things you need to work out are there in your home.
Of course it does take a different kind of dedication to wake up each day and do circuit style training, weight training or heading out for a run which is why some kind of routine is extremely helpful. That is where programs like Insanity come into their own.
Insanity is basically a circuit training program with a series of videos that you follow over a 2 month period. You have to do the program 6 days a week and it’s recommended you follow the diet program.
I like it because it is super tough, the trainer Shaun T isn’t quite as annoying as some (but still annoying) and it requires minimal equipment. They suggest a mat and a pair of good shoes. I do quite a few of the workouts shoeless but I don’t recommend you follow my lead!
So when do you start to see the results?
Insanity is obviously well hyped like many work out programs. It requires a lot of work though and for this reason if you genuinely stick to it (and can honestly say you have) I would challenge you to prove you have not seen great results.
Results with exercise don’t all come in one area. It’s not all about how your looks change and I do find it sad that this is often the focus. Your looks will change but more importantly your body’s ability to do more will increase as will your mental attitude towards hard physical work.
The minute you finish the first fit test is the minute you should see your first results. A result being that you are very tired, shaky but determined to do better next time you have to go through it.
After your first week you should feel like you are a little old person hobbling around but it’s in that second week you start to realise your legs are not burning quite so bad when you wake up and your energy starts to edge up a little.
It’s also about then that you’ll notice you don’t even think about grabbing a giant coke over a glass of water with your healthy meal. Your attitude towards food will change to reflect how it makes you feel not the instant gratification that a sugar rush gives you.
I would say these results apply to all hard physical routines including intensive classes, running programs and other products such as P90x (another favorite of mine).
I know many people reading this post are after actual physical changes and these are of course a good overall indicator of other changes happening that you can’t see within your body.
I’m very bashful about showing myself but i’ll show a comparison of my tummy area after 1 week of Insanity when I did my first round back in 2010. The changes are slight but after just a week you can see a firming of the tummy and a little weight loss.
I know it’s not a huge result but I wanted to show something realistic (sorry about the poor image quality). These small results edge up to big gains over time and it’s important to realise that and keep aiming towards your goal. So from my experience it is safe to say that you can actually see some results with Insanity after just one week.
Different people see different results and much of it depends on things like what level you start at and how much body fat you are carrying. Your muscles will be strengthening underneath but you may not see the physical changes until you lose that body fat, something I have had trouble with in the past but something I am overcoming. Photos should be taken weekly at the very most but ideally once-a-month to really see large results.
If you really are not seeing results then it could be down to a number of things:
- You may not be properly following a healthy eating plan. Start an eating log and make sure you really are eating right for your size, weight and activity level.
- You may have a lot of body fat to lose, it will happen but it can take time and you have to persevere.
- You may not be fit enough for Insanity or whatever program you are following so not actually working hard through the whole thing. In this case it would be beneficial to start on something more suited to your level.
I have been through a few rounds of Insanity and these days I use the workouts as part of a wider training routine that involves long runs, yoga (often the Yoga from P90x) and various other physical activities.
It’s not the cheapest workout out there but considering it has been part of my training for nearly 2 years now I think the cost has been more than justified.
If you are having any trouble getting results with Insanity or any other training program then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’m not a professional but am an avid fan of keeping fit and i’ll be happy to see if I can help you get to the bottom of it.
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