Insanity is an extreme cardio conditioning program created by Shaun T and Beachbody. It is created for the people who are willing to work super hard and take their cardio conditioning to a completely next level. It was initially positioned as “the hardest workout put on DVDs” and once you try it you will know why it is called that. The program is based on the concept of interval training which is:

…a type of discontinuous physical training that involves a series of low- to high-intensity exercise workouts interspersed with rest or relief periods. The high-intensity periods are typically at or close to anaerobic exercise, while the recovery periods may involve either complete rest or activity of lower intensity

However, Insanity is not based on a traditional interval workout approach when a short period of high intensity work are followed by a longer periods of low intensity (steady) cardio. According to Shaun T, Insanity is utilizing reverse interval training model when 2-3 minutes long periods of high intensity work are followed by a mush shorter periods of lower intensity (about 30 to 40 seconds). This results in a fantastic calorie burn and awesome improvements in both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning as well as anaerobic recovery.

Similarly to P90X, Insanity relies on the concept of periodization and progressive overload.

It consists of 12 different DVDs that organized in two phases (see progressive overload):

  1. Month 1 – average workout duration is about 40 to 45 minutes
  2. Month 2 – average workout duration is about 50 minutes to an hour

There is also a recovery week in between these phases (see periodization) when trainees are doing low intensity workouts allowing their bodies to recover before taking it to the next level with the MAX workouts (that’s what the second part of the program is called).

The foundation of the program is plyometric exercises that are aiming at improving the explosiveness, quickness, and agility. These exercises are targeting fast twitching muscle fibers which results in improved athletic conditioning. However, Insanity is not a professional athlete conditioning program and is designed for regular people who want to challenge themselves and take their conditioning to the next level.

The key difference between P90X and Insanity is that unlike for P90X you don’t need any extra equipment such as weights, pull-up bar, or resistance bands. All you need is a little space in front of you TV or a laptop and a lot of will power. Insanity is also shorter than P90X – only 60 days vs. 90 days for P90X.

Insanity is also a little more popular among females due to the fact that many of them don’t want to build extra muscles lifting wights but would much rather do a quicker cardio workout at home.

Is Insanity right program for you? Just like with P90X, if you are one of the people who is not willing to work hard and want to get a magic pill to all of the sudden start looking like a fitness model then the answer is no. However, if you are willing to make a commitment, and ready to change your life style for the next 60 days, if you are willing to push through the obstacles and DIG DEEPER then the answer – YES!

Getting started with Insanity is incredibly easy and you can do it in 3 easy steps:

  1. Create a free account on Team Beachbody web site and select Alexander Garbuz as your coach
  2. Purchase the program from Team Beachbody (only buying it from Team Beachbody you get free bonus workouts)
  3. Read the manual (30 minutes) and start burning calories

And at the end there is a little motivation for you. Watch this video clip from Youtube