Insanity Reviews: Max Cardio Conditioning

insanity-max-cardio-conditioning-smI write this Insanity Review as a graduate of the Insanity program.  That’s right!  I finished my 60 day program!  This has been a journey.  It is the most challenging cardio program I have endured and put myself through.  I must say, having completed the program, I REALLY have a sense of accomplishment.  I still plan on writing a couple more Insanity Reviews, the next will likely be my final thoughts and overall review of the program.  Looking back I noticed I had not yet reviewed Max Recovery.  I may go back and pick up that one up as well.  So I will save the rest of my thoughts regarding the entire program for another review, and keep this one focused.  Max Cardio Conditioning, is a favorite of mine.  I think of all the MAX workouts, this is the one I like best.  I can’t put my finger on the “why” exactly.  I like to refer to Max Cardio Conditioning as the Pure Cardio workout on steroids.  :)

Insanity Review: Max Cardio Conditioning

The entire workout is 48 minutes. Once the main workout begins, it’s a non-stop workout until the end.  Of course, you may take your own personal breaks as needed.  Of course, with every workout, the goal is to keep pace with Shaun T, and take breaks as he gives them.  So even now, with completing the program, I could still continue the program and continue to work towards that goal!

The warm up lasts approximately 9 minutes. The warm up consists of 3 rounds. The first two rounds are just under 4 minutes each, and the last round is approximately 1 and a half minutes. The last round has a slight variation in the exercises, and the last round is as fast as you can go.  The first two rounds consist of the following exercises:

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

The last round of the warm up is is approximately 1 and a half minutes and slightly different than the first two rounds.  The last round exercises are:

  • Sprint
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Heisman
  • 123 Heisman
  • High Knees

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 workout starts.

The main part of the workout is approximately 29 minutes.  Remember, there are no scheduled breaks until the last move of the main workout.  Each move lasts approximately 1 minute.  The exercises are:

  • High Low Jab with Squat
  • Football Runs
  • 8 Ball Shots with Squat
  • Right and Left Kicks
  • Diamond Jumps
  • In-Out Push Up Jacks (4 in-outs/4 push-up jacks)
  • Suicide Jumps
  • High Knee/Low/Floor Sprints (8 high knees/8 sprints/8 floor sprints)
  • Ski Abs
  • Kick Step Back (1st Recovery Exercise)
  • Squat Twists (2nd Recovery Exercise)
  • Over the River Hops (Last Recovery Exercise)
  • Attack
  • Power Knees
  • Ski Down Hooks
  • Belt Kicks
  • Forward Back Suicides
  • Push Up Abs
  • Plank Punches
  • 8 Jump Ropes/8 Hop Squats
  • Squat Speed Bag

Finally……The cool down and stretch.  You have definitely earned this!  The cool down and stretch lasts about 4 minutes, and at the conclusion of that, you are done!

You may have noticed above that I have listed 3 exercises as Recovery Exercises.  These exercises are designed to allow you to recover slightly, and then move forward again with intensity.  You don’t stop or take a water break, but the moves are at a slightly slower pace.

Again, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this review.  As I stated in my last review, I WANT to hear from YOU. Email me at robert@extremely-fit.com. 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. Tell me if you have graduated!  If you have, you may be interested in my next workout plan, which is a hybrid workout including Insanity and Tony Horton’s One on One workouts.  I also have a modified Insanity and P90X hybrid.  I look forward to hearing from you, until then…. DIG DEEPER.

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