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My Insanity results are in, and I’m excited to share my experiences.
For the last 63 days, I’ve been going through what many folks consider one of the toughest at-home workouts there is, Insanity.
I don’t disagree with them one bit!
Having said that I’m happy to say that even though Insanity was tough, I completed it and I am in the best shape of my life at 38 years old.
This at-home workout made me exercise in a completely new way. I’m glad I did because it has given me new confidence in myself and my abilities to push through the burn and pain.
When I started Insanity I wrote a post, Lying on the Bathroom Floor – this was my first fit test and experience with Insanity. Make sure to read it as it will give you an idea of where I was after that first day.
It wasn’t good! It was hard to imagine that morning just what my Insanity results would look like just two months later.
Since that first day I learned a lot about what you need to do to be successful when you attempt Insanity.
Be sure to catch my Insanity Results: 63 Days of Madness interview on the Beachbody Success Show for tips and advice on what you can expect. It’s been one of our most popular episodes to date, and it’s helped keep the show at #1 for New & Noteworthy for fitness in iTunes!
What’s Insanity Like?
Cardio, cardio, and more cardio.
Add plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance and core training and that’s Insanity in a nutshell. No equipment or weights are needed, which was a big bonus for me.
You don’t have to be in extreme shape to do it either. One of my friends started it up with me and after 4 weeks he had lost 5 inches around his waist, but you do have to be smart about how hard you push yourself based on your fitness level.
Why I Liked Insanity
I will have to say that I loved the intensity of each workout.
Each one pushed me to my limit every time I did it. To the very end, I was pushing myself to the limit and loving it. By the end of each warm-up, I’d be dripping with sweat and that didn’t stop once the main workout started.
Shaun T is a great trainer and motivator, and I like his style. He’s not for everyone, but he kept me focused throughout the sessions.
It was great seeing many of the other participants taking breaks during the workouts. This helped me to realize that I need to do the best I can each day and then one more rep.
For the first 30 days, the workouts are between 35 and 45 minutes in length. Because of the constant movement, these workout go by very quick.
Between the first month and second month, there is a recovery week. This came at the perfect time for me as I needed a break from the jumping and bouncing. Truth be told, this is one of the hardest recovery workouts I’ve ever done. It burns and it is tough!
Starting in the second month it goes from Insanity to MAX Insanity. The workouts increase to about 60 minutes each. Each warm-up is new as well as each workout. The foundation from the first month prepared me, but boy was it another shock to my body. Again, I was pushing myself to the limit each and every time.
In the end, I love the results I got from completing Insanity:
Shakeology Made the Difference
After 2 weeks of Insanity, I noticed that I was getting very hungry and lacking the energy I needed to get me through the day. I had used the Harris-Benedict equation to determine my daily caloric intake, but I was losing a lot of vitamins and minerals during each workout. Most of these were coming out through my sweat during these said workouts.
I decided to pick up Shakeology since I had heard a lot of good things about it. I’m so glad I did!
Each morning after my Insanity workout, I would have a Shakeology shake, with water, Greek yogurt, banana, peanut butter, and frozen berries. It was a perfect way to refuel my body from the intense workout and a great start to my day.
My nutrition before starting Insanity was on track because as a family we have been making the necessary adjustments to eat clean. The one area that I needed to get a better handle on was my protein intake.
I scoured nutrition labels and the internet to get ideas on ways to take in more protein. In addition to Shakeology, some of my favorites are Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, turkey jerky, Pure Protein bars, canned chicken from Costco, smoked salmon and eggs.
Is there a protein source you are eating that you could suggest? Let me know in the comments below as I’m always looking for new ideas.
Insanity Fit Test
There are 5 fit tests over the course of Insanity. Every two weeks, I laid everything out to see how I was progressing with my Insanity results. I wasn’t very pleased with my results at times and got a bit frustrated.
Looking back, there were two main reasons why I didn’t reach my potential during each fit test.
First, I looked at my numbers before starting. In my mind, this gave me some “slack-off permission” as I knew where I was before and I was just trying to beat that number. In the future, I will not look at my numbers before and just crank through the fit test.
Second, the third and fourth fit tests have a workout right afterwards. I held back, “saving” myself for the workout. Instead I should have given it my all during the fit test and then taken the necessary breaks during the workout.
Here are the results of my five fit tests, which comprise of doing 8 exercises as many times as possible for 60 seconds, with a 1 minute break in between:
1. Switch Kicks
This requires 2 kicks to equal 1 rep. Each leg is kicked in front of you with the goal to get your foot above your waist.
- Day 01: 60
- Day 15: 69
- Day 36: 67
- Day 50: 73
- Day 63: 73
2. Power Jacks
Similar to jumping jacks, but instead of keeping your legs straight when your arms come down you instead come into a squat position.
- Day 01: 44
- Day 15: 55
- Day 36: 57
- Day 50: 64
- Day 63: 68
3. Power Knees
Starting with your hands over your head and your left leg behind you, raise your leg as you lower your hands to your knee. Do this as fast as you can.
- Day 01: 88
- Day 15: 107
- Day 36: 105
- Day 50: 111
- Day 63: 112
4. Power Jumps
Get into a squat position and jump before landing softly back on the ground.
- Day 01: 35
- Day 15: 49
- Day 36: 54
- Day 50: 53
- Day 63: 60
5. Globe Jumps
This required 4 jumps to equal 1 rep. Jump right, jump back, jump left, jump forward. That’s 1 rep and make sure to get your arms moving with each jump, too.
- Day 01: 9
- Day 15: 11
- Day 36: 12
- Day 50: 12
- Day 63: 12
6. Suicide Jumps
Squat, push-up position, squat, and jump. The key with this one is to make sure you don’t kink your back when going into the push-up position.
- Day 01: 13
- Day 15: 18
- Day 36: 17
- Day 50: 19
- Day 63: 19
7. Push-Up Jacks
This is similar to a normal push-up, but when you go down your legs go out similar to a jumping jack.
- Day 01: 21
- Day 15: 31
- Day 36: 30
- Day 50: 35
- Day 63: 39
8. Low Plank Oblique
Get into a plank position with elbows on the floor and hands clasped. Then bring your left leg forward and to the side. Repeat with your right leg.
- Day 01: 45
- Day 15: 70
- Day 36: 80
- Day 50: 82
- Day 63: 88
Weight, Heart Rate & Body Fat Percentage
When it comes to other measurements such as weight, heart rate, and body fat percentage I only took these twice – the day before I started Insanity and the day after I finished.
For weight I used the Wii Fit, heart rate I took the reading from when I gave blood, and to get my percent body fat I used the Slim Guide Skinfold Caliper to measure four locations on my body: front of arm, back of arm, under shoulder blade and waist. I then plugged my readings for each location into an online calculator for my body fat percentage. Please note that the male calculator is first and then the female calculator is below it.
- Day 01: 161 lbs.
- Day 63: 166 lbs.
- Day 01: 61 bpm
- Day 63: 47 bpm
Body Fat Percentage
- Day 01: 11.48%
- Day 63: 9.09%
This transformation wouldn’t be complete without giving a big “high 5″ to my beautiful wife Alisa.
Each morning she got up with me. She didn’t do Insanity, but instead was doing Brazil Butt Lift.
There is something very powerful when both of us are on the same page with our recreational intimacy. Some mornings I
hit the snooze button only to see Alisa get out of bed and get ready. Now that I’ve completed Insanity, Alisa is loving my figure and has even made a number of comments while I’ve been writing this post.
Well if she was getting up, then I sure needed to get up and get out of bed! We have gotten into the habit of working out together each morning so now she has started Rockin’ Body and I’m doing an Insanity/P90X One-on-One hybrid.
Currently, I’m going back through Insanity and adding some One-on-One upper body workouts to the mix. I’m liking it as it is giving me a couple of days off each week from the intensity of Insanity.
While in my 4th week, my good friend Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income challenged me to an Insanity: The Asylum Duel. This is the first in-home sports-specific training program based on drills used by pro athletes. It’s a 30-day fitness program that will take both of us to the next level.
At the end of the 30-days, we are going to meet up at a local San Diego park, recreation center or high school field to a little competition. We hope to have other San Diego folks join us for a meet up / competition. More details coming soon on that.
Pat, if you are reading this – it’s on my friend!
We’ve also been working on an Insanity podcast that will be out shortly to help you each and every day. This podcast is full of tips, success stories and interviews from folks just like you who have committed to Insanity and have seen the difference it has made in their lives.
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Thank you to all of you who have supported me along the way. This has been a blast and I hope to have you joining me when I start up The Asylum in September.