Insanity Core Cardio and Balance Overview

While I’ve read Insanity Core Cardio and Balance is somewhat boring in terms of Insanity workouts, I really like it and I like when it appears in the calendar during the recovery week. By the 5th week I am burned out and ready for something different.  This is also a good workout on it’s own. It’s not too high intensity, but you do still get a great workout when it’s over.

Insanity Core Cardio and Balance Advice

Enjoy this week, as when Max Insanity starts, you will see why it’s called Insanity.

Insanity Core Cardio and Balance Equipment

  • Water (lots of it)
  • Towel
  • Court Shoes

Insanity Core Cardio and Balance Pros

This is what I’d call a relaxing Insanity workout. It’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it is peaceful. This is a great workout to do as a recovery from other routines as well.

Insanity Core Cardio and Balance Cons

During recovery week it would be nice to have 1 or 2 different workouts. 6 days in a row of the same workout can get boring.

Insanity Core Cardio and Balance Moves

Warmup (3 times through)

Switch heel kicks

Mummy kicks

Football shuffles

Log jumps

High knees

Power jacks

Fast feet and hooks

Water Break (30 seconds)


Water Break (30 seconds)

Moving ski hops – start by hopping to your left four times, with your feet together and knees bent. With each jump swing your arms as if you are propelling yourself down the mountain with ski poles. Repeat to the right.

Hit the floor – we have performed this in previous workouts. As a reminder you will be jumping from left to right reaching high into the air as you do, bending down and touching the floor between your legs as you land on each side.

Level 1 drills – this is also a move you should know by now. Start upright, drop to the floor and do a number of push-ups followed by a number of floor sprints. Return to an upright position and jump into the air. Repeat.

Heisman’s – performed in practically every warm-up in this program. This exercise is kind of like a wide jog-in-place, bringing your knees up to your chest as you go.

Switch kicks – jump back and forth from right leg to left leg, using your core to list the opposite leg into the air as you do.

Hop squats – starting from a low squat position, hop up and down sinking into the squat as you do.

High jumps – begin in an upright position, bent over slightly at the hips with your arms at your sides. Swing your arms forward and upward jumping as high as you can along the way.

Moving plank walk – from a plank position, coordinate the movements between your arms and legs to perform a sort of sideways walk.

Elbows – from an upright position with your legs set wide and your hands near your chest, swing your elbows forward in a punch-like motion.

Suicide drills – run from side to side, reaching down to touching the floor as you reach the furthest point on each side.

4 & 4 hops – start on your left leg with your right leg in the air so your thigh is parallel to the ground. Hop four times and then switch legs. Repeat.

Jab switch jump squats – jab your fists forward from a squat position eight times. Jump into the air and rotate 180 degrees and repeat facing the opposite direction.

Hip flexor burners – from an upright position, bring your fists up near your face and your elbows in. Bring your left knee up so that your thigh is parallel to the floor, return it to the ground and tap your toe to the floor. Repeat a number of times and then hold your knee at the top and pulse. Repeat that motion a number of times and then hold your knee at the top and extend your foot. Switch legs and repeat.

Oblique knee lifts – from an upright position in a wide stance, bring your left arm up over your head on the side. Lift your left knee up to the side as high as you can to try to meet your elbow. Repeat a number of times and switch sides.

Shoulder burners in plie – begin in a squat position with your knees and feet in a slightly open position. Bring your arms out to either side, parallel to the floor. Pulse your arms up and down. Repeat a number of times and then start to swing your arms from side to front. Repeat that motion a number of times and then swing your arms upward from your side to meet at the top. After repeating that motion you leave your arms out to the side and roll them, alternating between a backward and forward roll.

Cooldown and Stretch