I have survived seven days of the Insanity workouts so far.
I took one rest day, but the calendar gives you one, so I'm still on track. I did skip the Fit Test. Sue me. I can pretty much tell where my strengths and weaknesses are (hello, push ups, I'm talking 'bout you) starting out and will just keep track mentally of my progress (when you take the Fit Test that's your workout for the day and I'd rather do a full/real workout).
Here's what I think one week in...
*Each workout is in the neighborhood of 40 minutes, so they're not super long and don't eat up too much of your time.
*You don't need any equipment except for workout clothes, good shoes and maybe a mat. You use your own body for resistance.
*You rotate through 4 different workouts for the first 30 days, take a recovery week and then start new workouts the second 30 days so your body never gets too comfortable with what you're doing (to help avoid plateaus).
*It's definitely challenging but doable (with a few modifications, going at your own pace and taking a few more rests in between each circuit).
*The stretch segments at the beginning and end of each workout are really good, he doesn't scrimp on stretching so that's good.
*Shaun T is motivating and reminds you often to go at your own pace (when he's not yelling at you to go FASTER and dig DEEPER) and not to sacrifice form or safety.
*It's all cardio all the time, baby.
*Most of the workouts are very high impact, and there aren't low impact options demonstrated (just FYI).
*It's tough y'all, like really, really tough.
*You do NOT want to know how much I sweat doing these workouts.
*Shaun T refers to himself in the third person a lot. This bugs Marathon Bird.
Overall, I like it. And I kind of hate it. As you do.
I'm excited to be trying something new, to challenge myself and to see myself gradually improving.
But I am not gonna lie, Insanity is hard core.
Just for kicks, here's a little vlog I made to prove I'm really doing this.
Pure Cardio has the regular warm-up (7 moves repeated for three segments, each one getting faster), stretch followed by 15 minutes of straight high impact crazy cardio--no breaks--and then the cool down.
I hit pause a lot.
But I'll keep pressing play too.