Insanity Begins

I have completed 2 rounds of P90x, which basically means I’ve done P180x, and I’m working on my third round right now.  This time, I also decided to incorporate Shaun T’s Insanity workout program.

First, let me say Insanity is the perfect name for the program because there is no other word to describe it. It is incredibly intense and it is mainly a cardio workout with plenty of moves like pushups (which count as resistance training).  A difference between Insanity vs P90x is that the Insanity program requires no equipment.  This makes Insanity very portable. If you travel a lot like Sam and Dean from Supernatural and have little room to spare but need to get some workouts in while you are away from home, look no further, this workout program is perfect.

Insanity is challenging and I was pretty fit going into the workout program and even the warm-up got me sweating! After a few days of Insanity, I was hooked like the first week of playing a new MMO video game.  It is a great workout and a lot of fun.  I consider P90x workouts to be very beneficial but also very slow.  Insanity is very fast.  You get 30 second breaks after a set of 4-5 exercises depending on which workout you do.  You will definitely need a heart rate monitor to make sure you are in the zone.  Insanity is an incredible workout program that is really going to shred your weight fast (as long as you are committed to it and a healthy diet, check out my post “Get Fit or Get Fat”)

The Insanity workout program is a good place to start for most people since many people share the same goal of losing weight.  It is okay if you have to modify the moves a so you can do them initially.  The goal is to improve and the moment you become comfortable Insanity then you need to try harder, faster, or jump higher. You don’t want to focus on building lean muscle and losing weight at the same time.  It doesn’t work like that.  What happens during cardio workouts is your body will burn whatever it needs to: fat and/or muscle.  So it doesn’t make much sense to gain muscle then try to shred fat because you will also lose some of the muscle you worked so hard to get.  So do a workout routine like Insanity first then P90x if you are focused on shredding weight and building muscle.

After you have had good results and lost a significant amount of weight, you can switch to another option and do a hybrid workout.  I’m doing a hybrid workout which I have combined P90x with Insanity.  There are many different P90x Insanity hybrid workouts out there and I have created my own as well.  Imagine having the strength of werewolf and the agility of a vampire so you can kick the crap out of Edward and Jacob and not because you have to but because you want to!  If you have seen the movies, I’m sure that you’d agree.

Month 1:
I did P90x Doubles (which means two workouts on lifting days) and Insanity.  Instead of P90x Cardio X I replaced it with Insanity in the morning for my double and did my regular P90x resistance workout in the evening.  I also substituted all of my P90x cardio workouts (including Yoga X) with Insanity.  Finally, on the last day, I replaced Stretch X with Yoga X.

Month 2:
I’m currently doing P90x Classic and I just sub all of the cardio workouts for Insanity and do Yoga X on Sunday.  I stopped doing the doubles because I did doubles for 2 months in a row and I’m going to take a month off from doubles.

I’ll report back when I have completed the entire program…that’s what she said?

Awesome Movie Quote #11
“Marty McFly: Doc, we better back up. We don’t have enough road to get up to 88.
Dr. Emmett Brown: Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
Back to the Future.


Jeff Grube

Independent Beachbody Coach
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