Matt Sodoma’s rating: 9/10 (Recommended for people without workout gear)

Insanity is a total body workout offered by Beachbody LLC starring Shaun T.  When I Did Insanity, I made it through about 35 of the 60-day program and then switched back to P90X.

If you want to drip sweat, work hard, and burn some calories without any weights or gear then Insanity is for you.  I prefer to add a little bit of weight lifting into my workout routine, otherwise it is easy to lose muscle mass.  Find out more about my workout routine here.

In Insanity, your body and gravity supply all of the resistance.  You will be doing a lot of jumping, lifting the knees, changing levels from standing to plank, and doing lots of core work.

The best part about Insanity is that the workouts are short, hard, and the time flies.  Most workouts, you’ll spend about 8 minutes doing the warm-up, getting your heart rate up, and some sweat accumulation.  Then you’ll spend the next 5-8 minutes stretching.  In phase 1, you’ll already be about halfway through the workout at this point.  After stretching, you’ll do the actual workout which is typically about 20 minutes, followed by a 5-7 minute cool down at the end.

  • 10-15 minute warmup/stretch
  • 20 minute workout
  • 5 minute cool down

Let me say from experience, the warm-up is no joke.  When you are first starting, it will be tough, but just keep coming back and it will get easier.

I do not have any recommendations for improvement Insanity, but I prefer p90x2 simply because I like to use dumbbell weights in my workout.  However, Insanity has nailed it for anyone looking to workout with minimal workout gear investments and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to save money.

You can find more about what I am doing with my workout routine, supplementation, and diet.

-      Matthew Sodoma



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