Insanity Reviews: Max Interval Plyo

insanity-max-interval-plyo-smIf you have been keeping up with my Insanity Reviews, you may have noticed that my last review was for the Max Interval Circuit on the 9th of September. The Max Interval Circuit review was my first Max workout. Since then 9 days have past. Why so long between Insanity Reviews you may ask? Well…. my first week of the Max workouts, I’ve been sore. Real S-O-R-E. lol. This week, is much better. I pushed through the first week of the Max workouts. Even though I was tired and sore, I knew that I could push through, and I did. It’s actually quite amazing. Let me tell you why. :)

First a recap. You start Insanity, and work out for 4 weeks. Now these 4 weeks are not easy by any means. Still some very challenging cardio. At least that’s what I thought during those 4 weeks. Then you take a recovery week, where you are not doing hard cardio, but still working out fairly hard. Then the Max workouts start and continue for 4 more weeks. Now the first 4 weeks of Insanity seemed, not easy, but definitely EASIER than the Max workouts. The Max workouts are crazy hard. You’ll be challenged mentally and physically. My first week of Max workouts… I was sore, walking sore, moving sore, trying to sit down sore. :) (If you have done some Max workouts, you know what I mean). So that brings me back to the amazing part. Once I got past the first week of the Max workouts, the soreness has not left, but its that good sore feeling. Like you just accomplished something great feeling. The workouts are still crazy hard though.

As a Beachbody fitness coach, I have been asked quite a bit lately whether or not a person could start with Insanity. At first I thought, MAYBE. With the right mindset, and will power, a person could push through Insanity, and make it work. I felt like a person may have to take more breaks, but felt like it was possible. Now after doing the Max workouts, I have decided that NO, a person should not start with Insanity. Insanity is being promoted as an extreme workout, and it’s extreme, and should be left for those that have completed at very least a beginner-to intermediate program, an advanced program is probably best. This is only my opinion however.

Insanity Review: Max Interval Plyo

The entire workout is 55 minutes.  Since I went a little longer than normal above, I’m going to be fairly brief on the workout overview.

The warm up lasts approximately 10 minutes.  The warm up consists of 3 rounds.  The first two rounds are about 4 minutes each, and the last round is approximately 2 minutes.  The last round has the same exercises as the first two, you just perform a faster/shorter duration.  The last round is as fast as you can go.  The exercises are:

  • Jog
  • Jumping Jacks – Arms Up
  • 123 Heisman
  • Jump Rope S-S
  • High Knees – Arms Out
  • Switch Kicks
  • Hit the Floor
  • S-S Floor Hops

At the end of the warm up you get a 30 second water break.  The water break is followed by a good stretch, which lasts just under 5 minutes.  This is followed by another 30 second water break, and then the interval workout starts.

The main part of the workout is approximately 39 minutes in length.

The first set of exercises consists of 3 rounds. Each round has 4 different exercises. Each exercise lasts about 45 seconds. Between each round you get a 30 second water break.

  • Switch Jumps
  • Squat Push Ups
  • Wide In – Out Abs
  • Power Jumps

You’ll repeat this sequence 3 times. At the end of the 3rd round is a challenge move. One-Legged V Push Ups. Approximately 1 minute. Take a 30 second water break.

A quick note on water breaks. As a general rule, I consume my P90X Recovery drink after my workout. But I have since started mixing 1/2 a serving of the P90X Recovery Formula with about 16 ounces of water, for my water breaks, during the workout. Then I take the last half at the end as a recovery drink. I think this helps me stay hydrated during the hour long workouts.

The second set of exercises is completed in the same manner as the first set, however, the exercises are different. They are:

  • Pogo
  • Power Push Ups
  • Globe Twists
  • Level 3 Drills

Again, this is repeated 3 times, a break between each, and after the third set, you have a challenge move called Power Lunges/Hop Squats. Then another break.

If you made it this far, you can make it all the way! Only 12 more minutes to go, and you have 4 more exercises. Go go go. :) Grab that last bit of strength, get your last bit of energy. Do these 4 and you’re done!

  • Side Push Ups
  • Kickstand Touch the Floor
  • 8 Power Knees/4 Diamond Jumps
  • Balance Push Ups

Congrats, take a 4 minute cool down and stretch, pat your self on the back for accomplishing something spectacular. Not just anybody can get through these Max workouts, you are among the few. At least in my opinion.

If you are reading this review, I WANT to hear from YOU. Email me at Tell me your thoughts, your reviews, how you feel. Click that email link, and tell me you’re doing Insanity. Or tell me your thinking of Insanity, or just bought Insanity. Remember I said a few can do Insanity, so if you are one of the few, email me! Talk to you soon!! :)

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  1. Jill McKenzie said:

    Insanity is on it’s way to me in the mail as I type this! I am a beginner looking to achieve my own ultimate fitness goals. Call me stubborn, but I am determined to complete this program! Unless you are training for some kind of competition, there is no reason why a beginner couldn’t attempt this at their own healthy pace and achieve results. I plan on ordering p90x as well, so I can use both programs simultaneously. Robert, I want to thank you for leaving a little wiggle room out there in your review – as I have found that so many people are trying to talk me out of it.

    I am not trying to lose weight – just tone, tighten and build up cardiovascular health. I am not concerned with being on a time-line. My ultimate goal is to pursue a hobby as a fitness model. I like the “drill” style of Insanity, and I get so pumped just watching the teaser video! I promise to check in and share my results as I continue through the program. If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far, it’s that goals are about YOU and not other people. It’s become somewhat of a “mantra” for me…

    Thank you :)

  2. Robert Harden said:

    Jill, I have no doubt that with your attitude and determination that you can finish Insanity. Push yourself to do your best and keep pushing play every day. Watch your nutrition, and results will follow. :) Please keep us in mind when purchasing programs and supplements as we carry all Beachbody products too in our store. I look forward to hearing your progress reports, whether you comment or email, let me know how you’re doing! :)

  3. Jill McKenzie said:

    Today will be my third day of Insanity! I get cold chills as Shaun T pushes me harder and harder to reach my limit! If you like high-energy workouts, this is for you! I feel great so far, and a “good” sore. Right now I’m focusing on making sure I’m taking in enough carbs, as I’ve learned the importance of fueling my body for such a program. I’ve also been instructed to purchase a supplement for glycogen replacement – so I’m going to order the P90X Results & Recovery Formula from your store :) I hope you ship to Alaska!

    DIG DEEP, my friends…

  4. Robert Harden said:

    Jill, I’m glad you are enjoying Insanity so far! The Recovery Formula is a big part of my workout and fitness program. I think you will find it helpful too! I used to mix half a serving in water, extremely diluted, for my breaks DURING the workout, then I would drink the second half immediately after. :) Thank you for your support and ordering from the Extremely-fit store.

  5. Frank said:

    This is my 3rd go round with insanity – the first time I did it last year I lost 55 pounds I didn’t think I had 55 pounds to lose but looking at before and after pictures you can see a difference (i mean there is a 6 pack there now)….
    I’m on my last week of Insanity and I used it to train for a 5K mud obstacle run and then a 10K Philly MS Run which I kicked total you know what in both thanks to Insanity. While others were breaking and out of gas I was able to push pull, dig deep and finish with the heats before me (thats 35 minutes prior to my start time)….

    Anyone thinking of doing insanity– definately do it– you will not be disappointed!! I am offically insane and love it!

  6. Robert Harden said:

    Frank. Fantastic!! Insanity is crazy hard, and completely worth it! I’m glad to hear about your success, thank you so much for sharing! 55 lbs. AWESOME!!

  7. Kris said:

    I love these reviews. I just started the Max workouts today, and it is great to know what I am in for tomorrow. I did the first max workout (max interval circuit) today and was spent. However, I think I was holding back a little not knowing exactly what was to come – trying to pace myself. I am 47 years old, have been running marathons for years and considered myself pretty fit until Sean T. got ahold of me. I’ve realized I’ve got a long way to go.

  8. Robert Harden said:

    Hey Kris, Awesome job on hanging in there with the MAX workouts! Thanks the for the kind words on the reviews. I had a lot of fun writing them! Come back and let us know how you’re doing!

  9. Stephen said:

    Hey Robert, you are doing a great job with your reviews.I am 13 years old and i do insanity workouts everyday(or try to anyway).I just started the 6th week of INSANITY and i feel great i even workout with a personal trainer on the off day.It is a great program and i feel great and hav had pretty good results.But anyway thanks for the reviews and i hope to read more of them.Thanks!

  10. VGR said:

    Which works you harder: The Insanity Max Plyo Circuit or the Insanity Max Circuit workout?

  11. VGR said:

    Hm. Interesting. I though Max Plyo workout was harder. Have not seen Max Interval Circuit yet – that CD came damaged in the package.

  12. Robert Harden said:

    Did you get Insanity from us? If so, we can look up your order number and try to get a replacement to you. Let me know if we can help!

  13. Michelle said:

    Im after your advise please! I am currently on day 12 of the asylum at the moment, would you advise going back to the max part of insanity after i complete asylum before i go for the asylum/insanity hybrid? Thanks, (p.s. love ALL of your reviews.)

  14. Robert Harden said:


    I would do a recovery week, the Insanity Recovery week will be fine, then jump right into the Asylum/Insanity hybrid. I think you will do fine with that. It will still be challenging, don’t get me wrong. :) But if you wanted to, you could always go back and do a couple of weeks of the MAX, then do a recovery, then do the hybrid. It’s very flexible. Let me know how you do!

  15. Melissa said:

    Hi Robert. Thanks for the reviews. I recently had my 2nd baby. I did 8 weeks of chalean extreme and then began a chalean/insanity hybrid. I have seen great results! The program is 14 weeks long, currently in week 9 and haven’t missed a workout yet. Have gotten back to my prepregnancy weight plus lost 7 more lbs. Have 9 to go to get to my ultimate goal. I am not following the diet exactly, but counting calories as I have to be sure to eat enough because I’m a nursing mother. Thanks for the reviews!! And I couldn’t agree more max cardio conditioning is the toughest for me too- it’s such a mental thing. Thanks

  16. Robert Harden said:

    Melissa, I very much appreciate your review. I’m so proud of you for taking charge of your weight loss and getting back to where you want to be! I’m sure you are an encouragement to others that have had children and want to get back into shape again. If I can help with anything, please let me know! Keep going!

  17. Matt said:

    I’ve started insanity on my 6th week. Before I was extremely out of shape. I used to get tired just running around the house! But I’ve already lost 17 pounds in 6 weeks sticking to my diet really helps also. I’m planning on doing it another round with ankle weights to continue pushing myself! I’m only sad cause I borrowed the discs and I won’t get my shirt! :(

  18. Ashton said:

    Hi Robert! I am on month 2 and I only have 2 weeks left. I have faithfully followed the schedule, yet I am not completely satisfied with my body yet. I’m 5′ 6″ and 149lbs. I wanna be 138-140. Seems like I’m so close but I’ve been 148-152 for the past 3 weeks. I do take small breaks During the workouts but I don’t feel like its excessive, or keeping me from getting past that plateau considering ive already lost 18lbs. I do watch my diet, but when reading others reviews about great results and extreme weight loss, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Although I do plan on doing this program again and again, do you have any advice? Thank you for these reviews!! I love them!!!

  19. Robert Harden said:

    Ashton, the last 5-10 lbs can be a little harder. You have to really watch your nutrition, and be consistent with your workouts. It’ll happen, you just have to be patient and continue to stay after the workouts and your diet. Double check your calorie intake again, at your new weight, and see if you need to make adjustments there. Keep going!

  20. Jamie said:

    I usually do a very low impact workout at the gym. My friend sent me Insanity and i decided to do it i was 100% ready to do it and i still am. Esp for a beginner I am now on week 7 and the first 4 weeks seem like a piece of cake compared to the MAX but i know i can get through it. I really like that the workouts switch up and i feel if i cant go as fast i just work as hard as i can to complete the moves at my own pace. Since i didnt do much prior i dont expect to look like the people in the video just yet but i am motivated to kick some but the moves are fun just gotta stick with it. I havent lost any weight im about 203 5 9 but i dont look it at all i know muscle weighs more then fat but thats really the only discouraging thing im watching what i eat and try to keep to 1500 calories a day i feel great after the workout but im hoping to really see results soon. I will deff repeat the program once i finsih and hope to really get some results by summer! good luck everyone!

  21. Robert Harden said:

    Jamie, Really focus on nutrition. Sometimes we take in more calories than we realize. Keep up the hard work, it’ll pay off!

  22. Sam said:


    I love reading all your reviews. In fact, I always read your review before doing a new workout (did so for Chalean Extreme, P90X, Turbo Fire and now Insanity)…Im stuck at trying to lose those last 10 lbs!! I started month 2 of Insanity yesterday, and am planning on doing Max Interval Plyo in a few hours, so I landed here to read up and mentally prep myself! :)
    Im so nervous….I did the first max workout yesterday and was on the floor for at least 10 minutes after!
    Anyhow, Im struggling to lose those last 10 lbs, Im counting calories and keeping an eye on my food intake, so maybe Im eating too less and my metabolism plateaued? Do you suggest the Results and Recovery formula or is that just additional calories? How effective is it and for what?
    Too many questions, I know. But Id appreciate a response…

    Thanks for these wonderful reviews,

  23. Robert Harden said:

    Sam, Would you mind swinging by my free coach page, and sign up for a free Team Beachbody account. It will be easier to communicate with you one on one, and get you the rest of the way to your goals. Once you sign up, you should see my email. Talk to you soon! Free Coach Sign-up.

  24. Mike Rush said:

    Hi Everyone!

    I just started month 2 of Insanity last night and the last time I remember being this sore was years ago in the Army! I am enjoying this, though. I spent six weeks in month 1 (repeated week 1 until I had the exerciuses down well) and have seen some decent results in strength thus far. I am planning on doing the same with month 2 (repeating the first week until I master the exercises involved). I do have a question for all of you, though – I want to lose another 10 pounds or so, or at least convert what little belly fat I have left to muscle. Should I just keep counting calories (I am currently maintaining at 2000 calories a day, I also play football with my kids I teach at school half an hour a day in addition to Insanity) or what would be the advice?

    Thanks for all! -Mike

  25. Mike Rush said:

    By the way, I am 6 feet tall, weigh 169 pounds, and have lost 5 pounds thus far. I would be classified as having an active lifestyle, and am just looking to lose another 10 pounds or so or else to convert that 10 pounds to muscle.

    Again, I appreciate all.

  26. Robert Harden said:

    Mike, that last 10 lbs of course will be the hardest to lose. I’d say to lose the last few, you’re gonna have to be super clean on your diet and nutrition. Cut out any extra treats, or foods that are not clean calories. Just stay consistent with what you’re doing, as long as you see progress, just stay the course and keep doing what you’re doing! Hang in there!

  27. Katie said:

    Hi Robert!! I am on my 7th week of the Insanity program and LOVE IT!!! I have lost about 30lbs and feel the weight has been falling off me since I started the max intervals!! I have gotten family and friends to try Insanity and they love it as well. I have never sweat so much in my life:)
    Thanks for the great reviews!!

  28. VickiW said:

    Insanity is great. I thought the first 4 weeks were hard, then the recovery week was well…way easy. almost boring. today was my first day of week 6 and OMG. I thought I would die. 86 minutes of all out pure cardio extreme. I am 5’6″ and 222 lbs. I lost 17 lbs the first 5 weeks. It is alot, but this extreme workout is the bomb. I know these last 4 weeks will be tough, but I look forward to starting again after it is finished. P90X had me so sore everyday, walking after sitting for more than 10 minutes killed me. With Insanity, I am not sore, just spent. I LOVE IT.

  29. Kim said:

    Thank you for the review! I started doing ChaLean Extreme as soon as I was cleared after having my daughter, and then switched to Insanity (wasn’t losing ANY weight or inches.) Insanity is what my body wanted – it transformed my body right before I got pregnant, and it”s doing it again. Down 15 lbs, over 40 inches total body. Just began Month 2 yesterday, and wanted to see if there was hope to feel slightly less dead after the workout today. lol :) Should have known….no hope :) Thrilled with the results – oh and hubby is Active Duty Army and doing it with me. He maxed out his pt score and passed tape with flying colors (instead of barely passing like usual.) Would definately recommend PP or to prepare for military or anything you want to do physically! Knee problems keep me from running 5ks (30 minutes or so) anymore, but for some reason, no problems or pain beating the heck out of it during an hour-long Insanity. Thanks again!

  30. Alexandra said:

    Month 2 SUCKS! It is so hard but so worth it. I am on day 2 of month 2 and noody thought I’d be able to last more than 2 weeks and here I am 6 weeks in. The drills are so hard but at the end of the day I’m glad I pushed myself and finished the workout. I tried going on a diet but I couldn’t do it. I just don’t have the will power to put down the chocolate and eat a banana. I tried using some diet pills and those didn’t work at all. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  31. sam said:

    I’m 13 and i started this because i am a swimmer who trains 10hrs a week and runs 5miles a day and wanted a challenge. Everybody kept on telling me i wouldn’t do it but now I’ve only got two more workouts left. I’m 5’9 and weigh about 170lbs but since i ve started i have lost 4inches from my waist. Every day i look forward to doing insanity and it gives me the results i want. I cant wait until i start again in december