Insanity Tips!

Bring your Swagger

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” That’s probably what you were thinking halfway through the warmup during your 1st Insanity workout.  I remember finishing Plyo Cardio circuit the 1st time and saying to Lauren, “I can’t believe they’re allowed to sell this to the general public.”  Insanity is NO JOKE. Once you’ve finished a full round of Insanity you’ll realize that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.  Insanity is 90% mental, you just need to realize that you won’t actually die from working out this hard LOL :)  Everything is going to hurt along the way, especially your feet and calves the 1st few weeks.  Keep pushing through and realize that even people who are in great shape when the start have never worked out this hard in their life. At the end of the program you’ll be in the best shape of your life.

No Pausing

Don’t pause the DVD unless it’s an emergency bathroom break. Look around at the cast, there’s always at least one person catching their breath.  The idea is to keep your heart rate revved so take a breather when you absolutely have to and then jump back in as soon as you can.  Try and take fewer breaks each time through.  I would try and make it further and further each week before I took my 1st break.  Keep the DVD running and try a keep the break to around 10 seconds and then jump right back in.

Max Heart Rate?

Max heart rate calculators need to be thrown out the window with Insanity.  Unless you have a heart condition, keep pushing until you are going to black out ;) That’s half a joke, but my heart rate is frequently in the 180s during Insanity.  At 190 I start to see black spots, at which point I know I need to slow down or take a break.  Always keep pushing yourself and keep your heart rate as high as you can for as long as you can!

  • A heart rate monitor is a nice thing to have so you can tell if you’re going to black out or just being a wimp :) A heart rate monitor can also be fun with Insanity because with the calories burned feature on some, you can try burn more calories each time you do the workouts. Beachbody sells a Bowflex Heart Rate monitor at a decent price.

Adjust fat Shredder Ratios

When doing Insanity and trying to lose weight you can still use the Fat Shredder diet, however you need to adjust the ratios to 40% carbs, 40% protein, & 20% fat.  Your body needs the extra carbs in order to do the intense cardio.

Good Shoes a Must

Do NOT use running shoes with Insanity.  Running shoes have very little lateral support and you’ll need it during the workouts.  Find a good pair of Cross Trainers with a lot of cushion to use.  Try and avoid big and heavy cross trainers which they can tend to be.  I’m a big fan of the Nike FREE TR.  The Nike Free’s simulate bare feet which improves athletic performance.  The Frees are the least intrusive cross trainers I’ve found.

Take care of your knees

I honestly don’t know how the cast does the workout on a basketball court in the videos, I would be a crippled.  Try and use a nice cushioned surface to do the workouts in addition to your new cross trainers.  Don’t do the workout on your bare basement floor.  I personally do the workouts on padded exercise tiles with a Manduka Plyo Mat on top.  The Manduka has GREAT cushioning and has treated me very well for the 8 years I’ve owned it.  I bring it with me when I travel for my workouts.  The padding has saved my knees from the pounding that Insanity can put them through.

 

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11 comments
DAVincy
DAVincy

Cant finish the fit test dvd (first day) all way through and went on second dvd the second day but should i keep going through dvds or should i stick to the fit test till i get to the end and then go on second dvd then third and so on? I just feel like heart is gonna jump out my chest

jack
jack

ive been doing insanity for about a month and almost 1 week and my body is trransforming .. but i feel like my body fat is staying the same .. my upper abs are ripped and my obliques are too!.. but my lower and mid arent at all shaping will this change at the end of month two .. or do u think i need a second round of insanity

Jason
Jason

I just started insanity, and can't even come close to hanging this first week. I literally feel like Im going to barf every workout. Thanks for the tip about not pausing the dvd.. I have been pausing the dvd whenever I feel like Im going to pass out. One thing - I actually do the workouts in bare feet and my knees are not sore at all. (cant say the same about my calves and quads)

Jerry
Jerry

Awesome Tips Coach: My wife and I found you guys on YouTube. We just started Insanity on 9-3-2012 and its awesome. You and your wife are inspirations. I read your story and watched your video transformation and I liked it so we made the Coach switch to you guys. Keep up the great work. Thanks Jerry P.S. I like the part above where you said“I can’t believe they’re allowed to sell this to the general public.” because I was thinking the same thing before I read it. LOL Insanity is definitly worth it.

Brandon
Brandon

Just so you know, basketball courts are impact friendly, they have a give and actually bounce you when you jump around. They are safer for your knees than any other hard surface. Not really realted to your tips but in case you wanted to know how they can use the gym floor and not hurt their knees

Vivek Chawla
Vivek Chawla

Great tips! I wondered the same thing when I could not even get thru with the warm up the first time. AND I was a P90X Grad! Insanity is TOUGH!!!!

JeffLennon
JeffLennon moderator

@DAVincy Follow the schedule that came with the program.  Insanity is just flat out HARD.  Do the best you can and try and complete more each week.  I'm not sure I ever finished a workout without taking a break the entire 60 days.

Coach Jeff
Coach Jeff

Hi Jack how was your nutrition during Insanity? Many people take more than one round to see the full lower abs. Take a look at my post on the Fat Shredder diet here: http://www.teaminfinityx.com/fat-shredder-revisted/ Really try and dial in your nutrition and you'll see the results you want. I personally don't like to do the same program in back to back rounds so I don't get bored. Maybe give Asylum or P90X a try. Join the Team! I'd love to be your Coach! http://www.teaminfinityx.com/join-team-infinityx/

Coach Jeff
Coach Jeff

That's great. If your feet can take it then working out in bare feet is a good thing. Your calves and quads will catch up :)

Coach Jeff
Coach Jeff

We're glad to be inspirations Jerry! You're going to do fantastic with Insanity. Working out with your spouse can be great fun!