Insanity Reviews: Max Interval Plyo

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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 SORE. 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. Park Lloyd

    I did this one again last night. (I’m in my second week of the second month.) It’s one of the tougher insanity workouts, in my opinion, mainly because of the jumping (that third set of power jumps really makes you work) and the arm/shoulder work. And every time, I finish the second set of 3 rounds of 4 exercises, I think, “Wow, I still have 3 rounds of 4 more exercises. I hope I make it!” And then after the balance pushups, when it’s time to stretch, it’s a real relief. Thanks for the reviews.

  2. Robert Harden

    Park, I agree it is a tough one! Keep up the hard work! And keep me posted.

  3. Josh Watson

    I have started with Insanity from no workout program. It has been tough but it is doable. I am just about done with my recovery week and look forward to the Max portions. I expect it to kick my butt, but I know deep down ill be able to push through. Ill keep you posted next week once thats starts.

  4. Robert Harden

    Hey Josh, please do keep me posted! The MAX workouts are TOUGH. Normally I don’t recommend Insanity for beginners, but there is an exception, those that are determined, have their mind right, and are a little bit crazy. :) You can do it!

  5. cindy

    I started Insanity without a previous program, as well. The MAX workouts are tough, but not so much I feel like I can’t do them or that I struggle. Boredom is a bigger issue with me (and I’m only just done with month2 week2) as the workouts use similar moves. The plyo is a bit tough on my knees, but as I’m almost done with Insanity it won’t slow me down. Granted I wasn’t in terrible shape before Insanity, but I was (and still am) 20 lbs overweight and only 5’4″.
    It seems to me a lot of people are trying to talk other people out of doing Insanity, claiming it’s ‘too hard’ and ‘not for beginners’. I’m not saying that everyone should or can do insanity, but it isn’t as elite a program as it’s being billed as.

  6. Robert Harden

    Sounds like we have another exception. :) As I was telling Josh above, I still wouldn’t recommend it for beginners. But I am getting reports from beginner’s tackling Insanity and doing well. Which I think is awesome. :) Cindy, on the weight, have you lost any weight? You mentioned being 20 lbs overweight. How is your overall nutrition? Are you at a calorie deficit to help lose some lbs? Keep up the good work!

  7. Josh

    Well to update everyone. I just finished Insanity Earlier this week. I couldnt be happier with the results. I lost 30lbs and several inches across my body and 2 pants sizes. I havent been in this kind of shape since I highschool and that was 15 years ago. I still have another 15 pounds to reach my goal weight so I am redoing the last month before starting P90x. My goal was to lose 45 lbs and to be 2/3 there in 2 months is outstanding seeing that I got stronger along the way! As stated above I started from no workout regiment at all. It was a shock to my system to say the least. Breaking my eating habits though was the hardest part. Once you get into the habit of eating better the results will take care of themselves. I started seeing a difference in the mirror in the first few weeks which just made me buckle down and push even harder and it really paid off. Like any other program you get out of it what you put in to it. If you slack off or dont eat right dont expect a miracle because its will not happen. But if you eat right and follow the workouts pushing yourself to the Max everyday you will have no choice but to get into the best shape of your life. Robert thanks for the support along the way I will definitely stay in touch as I make my way through P90x starting around New Years.

  8. Robert Harden

    Congrats!! Well done Josh. :)

  9. cindy

    I haven’t lost much, maybe 5 lbs (OK, I don’t look like I weigh loosing 20 lbs is just a benchmark but I carry most all of my excess weight in my thighs), but have leaned out my legs a lot dropping a jeans size and have lost most of my gut. I had a 3 week recovery week (terrible cold) and have 1 week left in month 2. But I have a hopefully minor case of jumper’s knee and am taking a few days off to ice it and such. So I haven’t been doing the program in the ideal manner. My first month was pretty clean eating wise, then I was sick and lost a lot of strength due to lack of appetite. Month 2 has been harder on the eating front (damn you holidays!) but am avoiding the big temptations so far :)

  10. Lori

    Going to agree with Robert on the Insanity NOT for beginners. It a tough workout, I couldn’t even make it through the warm up. So I’m going to start with something more mild. Love the packaging and looking forward to trying it again at a later date. For now its back to rocking body or hip hip abs (love shaun t) for me! For all you beginners that attempt Insanity and succeed…you rock!

  11. Jamie

    My twin sister and I have just begun this – insane – program. We watched a few of the dvds before we actually started and much laughing was going on at the intensity of this workout (laughter due to how crazy these people seemed to be as even the in-shape people were dropping like flies near the end of the workout). However, my sister and I USED to be die-hard workout girls. Gym memberships and running were our old cup of tea. We have not worked out in quite a longggg time. I have a 4 month old and am looking to get back into my old body! (or as close as I can) I needed something that was fast-paced. I get bored quickly- and hate using weights and pull-up bars. I wanted something that was possible wherever I was.

    We completed the fit test and day one. It took me back to old track interval days. Completely nuts and worth every ounce of pain.

    I had to take many many breaks and was rather disappointed in how out of shape I have let myself get. I was in no other workout program before this, and am determined to get through this workout. I do agree that it is not for everyone. If you are one of those people who watch tv while running on the treadmill, or not ready to breathe hard, have your muscles freeze up on you and somehow manage to keep pushing out whatever your body can do- this is definately not for you. However, if you know that you can keep going when you don’t think you can- I believe beginners can do it- because I’m going to do it, no matter how hard it gets. But I also understand my body is going to be pushed where it hasn’t been pushed since track season over 10 years ago!

    But I guess we will see- today’s workout lies ahead. Both EEK and BRING IT ON!

  12. Robert Harden

    Jamie, I LOVE your attitude and commitment. Stop back by in a few weeks, and give us an update from a beginner’s perspective. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know or email,

  13. Josh

    Glad to hear another Beginner giving it a shot. Keep it up Jamie. Yes it will be hard and you will think you cant do it. But if youre dedicated and refuse to give up even when your muscles are screaming at you to stop, I dont see anything that will hold you back. After 3 weeks or so, those brutal workouts are not so brutal anymore…..yeah they are still a beating but you find yourself getting stronger and lasting longer each day.

    An update on myself. After a 2 week off period after redoing Insanity, it was time to start P90x and I was very disappointed in the Cardio side of it coming from Insanity so starting tomorrow which is the start of Phase 2 for me I will be switching gears to the Hybrid Insanity/P90x routine. I love the muscle building change of pace that P90x brings and its funny how slow paced other programs are after Insanity…..

  14. Michelle

    Well – I have to agree with Josh, this isn’t for beginners! I was pretty active and would run about 4 days a week prior to starting. The first month kicked my butt!! However, I kept it up and did my best and I made it. I finished my recovery week and I am starting the first day of the second month today. I am terrified!!!! I am so scared to start because I know how mentally challanging it was the first month. I almost cried a couple of times because of the fight between your body and mind. However, I am can not give up because I have made it this far. Wish me luck!!

    My only issue is I am not losing weight which I think is super weird. But, I believe I am a mutant anyway :) so…I am not surprised. Even though I am not losing weight, I have seen a positive difference in my stamina and my stomach has really changed and I see definition. My thighs are more toned as well. The overall results are not what I thought it would be with how tough this has been but, it is what it is. Overall, Insanity is not easy and I wouldn’t just jump into if you haven’t exercised in a while. Good Luck everyone!

  15. Robert Harden

    Congrats on Month 1 Michelle. I know its tough, don’t give up! Double check your calories, and make sure you are eating enough/not too much. I am glad you are seeing some positive results though. Keep us posted!

  16. Josh

    I agree with Rich, double check your calorie intake. You still have to follow a good diet if you want to see the best results. Not eating enough can be just as bad as eating too much since your body will hoard what you eat if your not eating enough. I work out first thing in the morning too which tends to burn more fat since its on an empty stomach and all my carbs were burnt off sleeping so my body hits fat as an energy source. Month two is much harder than month one so be ready but if you have made it this far I am confident you have what it takes to make it the rest of the way. Also the 2nd month was when I saw the most results so maybe you will too. Also dont pay attention to the scale it doesnt always tell if you are getting in shape. Take measurements before and after since you may be adding muscle which weighs more than fat. Keep up the pace and like Rich said keep us posted!

  17. Michelle

    Thanks for the encouragement and advice! I totally agree with you about eating and I have been eating healthy but not good enough, I must be honest with myself. Partly b/c I just got braces put on :( so I have been living off of shakes and soft foods for about a week. Anyway, could you recommend something I can buy at a local store like GNC or something that I can take that will give me energy and protein that I can take during or before my work out? I would order the recovery drink, but it won’t get here in time.
    Thanks in advance!

  18. Josh

    The Whey Protein from Walmart works fine in my experience. Take it within an hour after your workout, not before or later than an hour. During that 1st hour after a workout your body is like a sponge soaking up whatever you put into your body. As for other supplements the sky is the limit on those, there is stuff Hydroxycut, Xenadrine, Lipodrene, etc… that are all fat burners and energy boosters and they no longer contain Ephedra. You may get the jitters though so use with caution. Personally I dont use any of them except the protein. I do my workout in the morning and while I may be worn out on my way to work I get and energy boost later once my body recovers.

  19. Robert Harden

    Michele, Protein is always a good source for a quick snack, and/or after workouts. On the recovery drink some people like the 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein. Some studies indicate that it works the best. Of course, there are studies about studies. :) Consider other options for meals and snacks too that are easy to grab and go, I couldn’t get by without my P90X protein bars and Shakeology.

  20. Michelle

    Thanks for the advice! I hope to be a success story for Insanity!

  21. Kim

    I love Insanity! I am a beginner to the whole exercise bit and I just completed the 1st month and the recovery week. I just started my 2nd month yesterday with the Max Interval Circuit. It was very difficult and HARD but I finished. It definitely wore me down. Insanity isn’t for everyone but anyone that is determined I believe can finish it. I am an extremely determined person when it comes to finishing anything no matter what. Once I start something, I will finish. It’s like a rush while I am doing the insanity program, I get this extreme high. I love it!

  22. Robert Harden

    Kim, this is great news. I know that we get questions all the time about whether beginners should or should not try Insanity. I always tend to lead people away from Insanity who are beginners, only because I know how hard it is, and how determined you have to be to complete it. I do believe there are beginners out there that are determined, and am thrilled to hear you are one of them! Keep up the great work, and if you have questions, please let us know. Also please come back and post more, as I’m sure other beginners will find your input valuable. Good luck on month two!

  23. Angelique

    I’m almost done with my 6th wk of Insanity, wow……, this is truly insane, my body hurts soooo bad, I almost feel like I’m sick, but at the same time I love it, It seems like I had amazing results in the first 4 wks, then the 5th wk (recovery) I think I might have gained a few pound, not sure though, but I think I’m starting to see some changes again, the 2nd phase is way harder than the 1st, but I am really looking forward to the results. As far as beginners doing this, I think it depends on how determent someone is. I do think it’ll be pretty difficult for someone that hasn’t done anywork outs at all.

  24. Robert Harden

    Angelique, Thank you for coming back and giving us some feedback. I know our visitors will certainly appreciate your testimonial. Come back again when you finish and give us your overall results. :) Hang in there, I agree 100% that if someone is determined they can do this program, but it’s INSANE too. Keep up the great work!

  25. Angelique

    I know it’s only been a couple of hours since I left a reply, but I have a question, I just got done with Max Interval Circuit, and I had a really hard time keeping up today, I took a lot of breaks, my heart rate seemed to be kind of high, it went all the way up to 190 and then almost consitantly stayed between 178 & 185, I don’t know much about it, but any info on that would be appreciated.
    Robert, thank you for responding so fast. :)

  26. Bethany

    I LOVE~~~~~~~~ THIS MADNESS….. I am getting into phase two, and Max ANYTHING IS hard…but its awesome because you feel so accomplished when you complete the workout …it honestly is true INSANITY. My results are great…but I would like to see more weight loss as well, my diet is consistent 6/7 days a week and my water intake is high.

  27. Robert Harden

    Bethany, I’m thrilled you love Insanity, it is addictive isn’t it. :). we can take a closer look at your diet, I’ll send you an email. Come back and keep us posted!

  28. Matt

    Your reviews are awesome…my Insanity is on its way and I can’t wait. I don’t plan on doing Insanity on its own, I’m going to start off with a P90x-Insanity Hybrid Program. I really like the P90X strength training and don’t want to lose that progress but I want to mix up/step up the cardio training. I’m so looking forward to a fresh butt-kicking.

  29. Robert Harden

    Matt, Excellent! P90X and Insanity are a great mix! Come back and keep us posted!

  30. Tony

    I just started Insanity this morning. WOW!! I just found out how out of shape I am :(
    I want to do this, but am wondering if I should do the fit test a few more times before I start the program? I don’t want to give up. Looking for advice :)

  31. Robert Harden

    Tony, unfortunately this program was not meant for beginners, it is DIFFICULT. There would be nothing wrong with jumping back to a program designed for beginners of weight loss, such as Power 90, you can find it in our store. I personally started with this same program. On the same note, beginners have started with insanity as a beginner, and finished it. This will be a choice you have to make. If you are struggling with the fit test, you may opt for Power 90. You could try the fit test DVD for 3 or 4 more times, then try the First DVD. If you decide to stick witH it, take as many breaks as you need to, and try to improvemeach day. Keep me posted, I’m happy to help!

  32. Tony

    Thanks Robert, I am going to try it a few more times and see if I can handle it. Maybe I will have to go to a beginner CD first, but either way I am doing Insanity by years end. Thanks again!!

  33. Robert Harden

    Tony! I love your positive attitude! Keep me posted, I’m happy to help you through it.

  34. Cher

    I would love some feedback on the Insanity workout. I am in “ok” shape. Could probably lose about 15lbs. Haven’t worked out in a couple of months due to work, kids, illness and lots of other stuff. All excuses I know but I really want to get back. I have always loved workout DVDs and get bored. I like high energy!! However, I can only devote about 3-4 days to working out hard. Can I still do this workout? Will I still get results? I have great muscle memory and am looking to slim down, tone and tighten. I was going to get P90x but don’t want to bulk up. I have a lot of energy and liked what I saw on the infomercial for Insanity. Again, I just want to make sure that I will still get some good results doing it only 3-4 days/week. Any advice/feedback will be greatly appreciated!!

  35. Robert Harden

    Cher, You will still get results, but they will come at a slower rate than those doing the program 6 days a week. However, if you work out at east 4 days a week, I think you can still see the benefits. Especially if you eat right and watch the nutrition as the nutrition guide explains. I would do all I can to get at least 4 times a week. Keep us posted on your results!

  36. Cassandra

    I am on Day 41 of Insanity and am so excited about the progress. I’m finally getting a hold of the nutrition part (was confused on that) but here’s my question. After completing Insanity what should I do next. I have Chalene Extreme and P90X but am unsure as to which one would benefit me after completing such an intense program such as Insanity. I’m looking to tone more and lose possibly a little more weight. I like the cardio in Insanity but also miss weights. Any suggestions?

  37. Robert Harden

    Cassandra, Congrats on your hard work with Insanity!! I have done a comparison on P90X and Insanity. You can read the review here. Several graduates are combining Chalean and Insanity and P90X and Insanity. SO I would recommend reading the comparison article, making a selection and doing the same. On both programs, you can do the weights of either P90X or Chalean and then add Insanity for the cardio. Let me know what you decide and let us know your thoughts. Good luck, stay in touch!

  38. Alexis

    I have just started Month 2 and I LOVE Shaun T and Insanity. My roommate and I are already planning a second round after we finish this 60 days. We have gotten several friends into the program as well. I just wanted to say thanks for the downloads and reviews, especially of the Max workouts. They really helped ease some fears about what is to come. Do you know if Shaun T is working on another Insanity program or some more workouts to add to this? After completing this program I am not sure I will be able to go back to less intense workouts. Thanks!

  39. Robert Harden

    Alexis, There is a rumor that Shaun T is working on a new, possibly add on, program called “Insane Asylum”. This is not confirmed, just going around the circles. :) If it is true, you will find it here! I’ll probably doing it as soon as its released. :)

  40. kayla

    Yay!! Insane Asylum, even if it is not confirmed, is the best news ever! I am only on day 38, but I am an addict.

  41. Robert Harden

    When it’s released make sure to get it from us. :)

  42. Samantha

    Shaun T posted a facebook comment that he was in rehearsals for Asylum, so it’s something definitely in the works. It’ll be on my Xmas list for sure! I heard it’ll be something similar to the Tony Horton One-on-One program. But don’t take my word on that…

    I’m about to wrap up month 2 on Saturday. Tonight is my last time with Max Plyo. I’m going to take a week off for recovery and let my joints breath for a bit, then start round 2 on the 18th. This time, I’ll try to eat better. It took me a while to realize I wasn’t eating enough in month 2… I wasn’t hungry, wasn’t energy deprived, but the scale didn’t move. I basically force-fed myself for a week and dropped 5 lbs instantly!

    Alas, that’s all I lost during this round, but 15 inches and 2 pant-sizes works just as well for me! My goal was to feel better and I do. So, total success. I ordered Shakeology, so I’m going to try that with round 2… see what kind of difference it makes.

  43. Dan

    Hey All,

    I just started month 2 of insanity, loved max interval training, loved it. I started beginning of this year with Power 90, then P90x, then P90x plus and now Insanity. I lost over 40lbs and a ton of inches. I am 5’10 and weight 220lbs so I still have a goal of losing 20 lbs. I have 2 questions to those insanity veterans:

    1. I am eating 1800-2000 calories a day, is that enough?

    2 . Do you so the scheduled work out right after the fit test in Month 2 or do you do one in morning and one in night.

    Thanks for the info

  44. Robert Harden

    Dan, Fantastic! I’m thrilled to hear you are having such great success with Beachbody products. I would be happy to help you with your calorie intake. I almost have all the information I need. Can you tell me your age and also what kind of lifestyle you have. IIf you don’t mind, send it to me in an email.

    I split mine up, but have known people to do it back to back too. I would say whichever works best for you! Talk to you soon!

  45. Carla

    I am 5′ 9 and 134lbs. I have done 90x & RevAbs. I am now doing P90X and Insanity simultaneously. I have never really followed a diet and I work out 4 or 5 days a week. I do not want to loose any weight, just to get defined/cut. Do you think I need to follow a diet?

  46. Robert Harden

    Carla, I think you will have more success getting defined and cut, if you follow a diet. The Insanity Nutrition guide is awesome and has great food choices and meals. Thats the one I would follow. Use the guide, determine your calories, and go with that diet, you’ll start seeing results in no time!

  47. Carla

    Thanks Robert! I was just afraid that if I followed the diet and workout the way I should, I will loose too much weight.

  48. Robert Harden

    Carla, I understand, once you find your calories from the guide, try it out for a week or so. If you notice you are losing weight faster than you want, then add calories in increments of 100 or 200 per day. The guide also has some great 100-200 calorie snack ideas that will work well for this. Let me know how it goes. :)

  49. Carla

    Great advice Robert! I will keep you informed.

  50. Sankofa

    I just ordered Insanity today. I used to be in really great shape but after starting medical residency I have just lost any will to work out and have gained approx 20 lbs of stress weight. I know that insanity is not touted as a beginners workout, but I konw that it is just what I need to push myself out of a rut. Can’t wait to post my initial experiences!!

  51. Robert Harden

    Good luck and keep us posted!!

  52. Jill McKenzie

    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 :)

  53. Robert Harden

    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! :)

  54. Jill McKenzie

    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…

  55. Robert Harden

    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.

  56. Frank

    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!

  57. Robert Harden

    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!!

  58. Kris

    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.

  59. Robert Harden

    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!

  60. Stephen

    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!

  61. Robert Harden

    Thanks Stephen! Keep up the great work!

  62. VGR

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

  63. Robert Harden

    I think of the Max workouts, the Max Cardio Conditioning is the hardest. But none are easy. :)

  64. VGR

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

  65. Robert Harden

    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!

  66. VGR

    Thanks. That has been taken care of.


  67. Michelle

    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.)

  68. Robert Harden


    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!

  69. Melissa

    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

  70. Robert Harden

    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!

  71. Matt

    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! :(

  72. Ashton

    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!!!

  73. Robert Harden

    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!

  74. Jamie

    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!

  75. Robert Harden

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

  76. Sam


    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,

  77. Robert Harden

    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.

  78. Mike Rush

    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

  79. Mike Rush

    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.

  80. Robert Harden

    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!

  81. Katie

    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!!

  82. VickiW

    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.

  83. Robert Harden

    VickiW, I’m thrilled you love the program!

  84. Kim

    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!

  85. Robert Harden

    Thanks Kim!! Best of luck, and let us know how you’re doing from time to time!

  86. Alexandra

    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?

  87. sam

    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

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