Insanity Workout Routine Overview

Have you heard of HIIT? High Intensity Interval Training, which is designed around high levels of intensity followed by a short rest. In the case of Insanity you will generally follow a 3 minute intense portion, followed by 30 seconds of rest. It’s this method that not only gives you a great cardio workout, but increases your metabolic burn during the rest of the day. I know when I do Insanity my hunger also becomes insane. Which means I really need to plan out my meals and food or I’ll be eating everything in sight. But when I feel that hunger I know I’m increasing my caloric burn during the day.

Insanity Workout Routine Advice

I remember watching the TV in my hotel room having a burger and fries when this informertial came on. I’m not a informercial guy, but the video was engaging, so much so I put down my burger and called my wife to tell her that I’d like to do Insanity and would love if she would join me. When I got home we ordered the DVDs and got to it. I know that if I didn’t order those DVDs then I would likely find myself in that same situation a year from then, likely a little heavier, and ultimately disgusted with myself that I wasted a whole year not trying it out. In the end I was extreamly happy I gave it a shot. It was hard, but a few years later I’ve found myself still working out to Insanity and other Beachbody videos.

Insanity Workout Routine Equipment

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

And that’s it! Not many of the other workouts require so little. What does this mean? Well for one you don’t have to go to the store to buy any equipment, you don’t need to store it, you don’t need to install it. And my most favorite part is that you can do this workout wherever you are. No more excuses.

Insanity Workout Routine Pros

  • Pound for pound one of the best workouts you can do at home
  • You get Shaun T, the best motivator/coach, who will push you along the way
  • It’s not that long (until the second month), usually around 30-40 minutes.
  • Results, Results, Results. This routine works.

Insanity Workout Routine Cons

  • While this is a great routine, it’s not something you are going to do all year long. Most people do it all the way through (all 63 days), and then do something else. I usually run through it once a year, sometimes as a kick start, others as a way to push my cardio when I’m feeling lazy.
  • It’s not the best “Starter” workout. I had been going to the gym, but was really a lazy workout-er, so my cardio was poor, and the first few months kicked my butt. But I needed that. I’m not sure I would recommend this to someone so far out of shape they have trouble breathing after a short walk. If you take breaks you’ll do fine, just listen to your body, hydrate, and go

Insanity Workout Routine Moves

I won’t list out all the moves, each video will have those, but I do need to stress that you should at least watch a few videos ahead of time to practice the moves. I’m not the most graceful and the first week I was stumbling through the Heisman and a few others. Once you get it you’ll do it in your sleep. Even the stretching is good for a pre workout review, as much of the time my head is down and I realize they’ve moved on.

The basic layout of each video is to start with what Shaun T calls the warm up. To most people this is a workout! Our good friends started Insanity and when the warm up was over she turned to her husband and said “That was a great workout!”, to which he replied “That was just the warmup!”. I think she said a few things we can’t repeat, but the lesson is that this warmup is a little intense. It’s only 9 minutes, with 3 rounds of the same 6 moves without a break until the end. So you will be sweating a ton during the stretch that follows.

The stretch, which is very important, lasts around 10 minutes, and follows a similar sequence throughout the entire series. It’s a good time to focus on your muscles and to think about what’s to come. I like to mentally prepare for the workout while continually wiping my forehead of the dripping sweat.

After the stretch you have 30 seconds to drink some water before you go.

The first month you will have 2 rounds in each video, and each round will have 3 sets of the same 4 exercises. Each interval is around 3 minutes long with a 30 second break. Most of the time Shaun will end the final interval with a few surprise workouts, and usually every time I’m like “What?” as I was so looking forward to that water. In the second month, when it’s gets “Real”, you will need to work through an additional round of 3 sets of 4 exercises. Month 2 is also longer, between 45 and 60 minutes in length. By the end of the Max workouts, you won’t be walking very well, but you will feel amazing.

Some of my Favorite workouts are Pure Cardio, and Core Cardio and Balance.