Insanity Reviews: A Sneak Peek at Plyo Circuit

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insanityI think Insanity was a good choice of names when Beachbody and Shaun T developed this new program, which is now avaialable!  I was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of the Plyometrics Cardio Circuit.  This is only one workout in the entire series.  But judging from my first experience with the Plyo circuit, this workout program will be on my “must buy” list once its released.  I think there will be many advantages to owning this program.  Let me rattle off a few.  No weights to buy, insane workouts, not for the weak (of mind), and a workout you can excel and grow with.  I say weak of mind because although these workouts will be tough!  The strong minded, strong willed individual will persevere through this program, and will obtain the insane results that you have always wanted!  You have to control your mind and your negative thoughts of “I can’t!” or “It’s too hard!”.  You CAN.  It’s the Battlefield of the MIND.  But it is hard!  Okay, so, I get the sneak preview, and as I always do the night before my workouts, I set out my gym clothes.  I’m already preparing myself for the next days workout.  5:30 AM, the alarm clock goes off to some radio station, but I have no idea what it is, because I hit the OFF switch and am already getting geared up for the workout.  The night before,  I already cued my DVD player to skip past the nonsense, and have it ready, so I can get busy as soon as I’m dressed and ready to go.  Heart rate monitor is on, and we are off.

First thing, Shaun T says something about warming up, but the volume is low, and my kids and wife are still sound asleep.  The clock timer says 41 minutes 30+ seconds.  Next thing I know, we are off doing cardio.  And the pace is fairly quick.  First impression and thoughts…. “Did I miss the warm up?”  I wasn’t going to stop and check or rewind, so I just keep going.  We started off jogging in place, then jumping jacks, Heisman, a 1-2-3 move, butt kicks, high knees, and mummy kicks.  This lasted a little over 3 minutes, but was repeated a total of 3 times, for a total between 10 – 11 minutes.  We then get a 30 second water break.  With each rotation, the speed of the exercises increases, so be ready to pick up the pace each round of each set.  After the water break, I see STRETCH come across the screen, and then the realization HITS me.  THAT WAS THE WARM UP!

And then a slight smile breaks out across my face, and I think, “This is gonna get good”.  And as I realize that I’m smiling, that voice in the back of my head says, “Your wife is right, you are obsessed”.  I guess INSANE is more like it!

So the stretch is just under 7 minutes, and quite thorough.  After the stretch, a water break.  I look at the timer and see 23:20 on the clock.  Don’t let this 23 minutes give you the wrong idea.  There is nothing EASY about the next 23 minutes.  Even the water breaks are too short!

First round of the workout, the timer shows 2 minutes for the upcoming round in the set.  You start doing Suicide drills, power squats, mountain climbers, ski downs.  Then its time for a water break, and I think “I got this, no sweat.”  Then after 30 seconds you repeat, but this time, you go for 3 and a half minutes, and the pace is faster.  A much earned water break follows, and then another round of 3 and a half minutes, and YEP, a faster pace.  But is it really faster?  :)  You feel like you’re moving faster, but you wonder if you are having a “mind is moving faster than my body” moment.  After your last move of ski downs, you catch a curve ball with some added moves…..switch feet, and football wide sprints.  Water break. And just under 15 minutes on the clock remaining.

The next set starts with 2 and a half minutes on the clock and you’re back at it again with basket ball shots, level 1 drills, ski abs, and in-out abs.  Water break.  At this point, I like to think I’m in good cardio shape, but this circuit is TOUGH.  Remember what I said, not for the weak.  But guess what, you do your BEST.  The video shows people taking breaks, collapsing on the floor, exhausted.  Others jump up and aren’t quite as exhausted.  Strive to be those people.  Take breaks, be smart, then get back in the game and get in shape!  If you’re in shape, get in BETTER shape.  Push yourself and your limits, push beyond your comfort zone.  Get ready for the next round of the same thing, but now you are at a 3 minute cycle.  Another water break.  Entirely too short!  Last round of this set is 4 minutes 30 seconds, and will test every part of your being.  You’ll be tired, exhausted, and I’m embarrassed to say how many times my knees hit the floor.  But that’s okay, I’ll grow with this workout, push myself, and work harder!  But it’s not over yet, the last 2 minutes, you do some jabs, cross jacks, uppercuts, and attack.

Finally the cool down and stretch for the remaining 3 minutes or so, and you’re dripping with sweat, thinking, what a great workout, and completely wiped out.  Good times.  It’s insane, it’s called INSANITY.  And I’ll be reviewing this monster as I continue through the program, workout by workout.  Subscribe to my blog to get the Insanity Reviews as they come out.  If you haven’t tried Insanity yet, you really should, let’s tackle this thing together!

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  1. Kristy Ehrlich

    If the thing would work in my DVD player it would be great. I’ve tried it in two different players and both times I get disc error. These are brand new and two of them don’t work. Can’t start my insanity until the discs start working. Any suggestions Mr. Harden. I feel like I got ripped off.

  2. Robert Harden

    Kristy, We have already discussed this over email. Since you did NOT order from, there is nothing I can do to help. If you HAD, I would get you working DVDs immediately!

    As a word of CAUTION to everyone. It is so important to purchase these DVDs from an authorized retailer. If you are getting a “good” price, it’s probably because the DVDs are counterfeits, previously used, or fakes. Then you are left with non-working DVDs, and as a general rule, you don’t get the manuals either. Which means you don’t know the order in which you are supposed to do the workouts, or the nutrition part of the program. The nutrition, makes or breaks these programs, and is what gets the results you are all after. Authorized retailers are not permitted to sell on eBay, Amazon, or other auction sites, so if you buy fro these sources, BE CAREFUL! Sometimes its best to pay retail, get all the guarantees, and know you are getting the legitimate product.

    Check out all of our products in our store, they all have the authorized dealer logo, and you can get our complete information here:

    I’m very sorry for your troubles. Please come back and shop with us in the future, and we’ll take care of you.

  3. amanda

    I just had a few general questions….My husband and I have started doing insanity. He is 28 years old about 6’3 237lbs and I am 25 years old 5’10 169lbs. We have actually started the 1st month over because we started the 2nd month of Max training but had problems making it in the warm up and the exercises to follow. My question is it normal for us in the warm up keep up with them the 1st 2 rounds then on the last round give it all you got to take about 10 seconds catch our breath and then continue with the workout? Is it better for us just to keep the same pass all 3 rounds or push ourselves but have to rest for a few seconds on the 3rd round? At this point, since we are doing month 1 over should we be able to do everything like them? I know on some they don’t all keep up. Another question he has lost 21 lbs since starting insanity and I have lost about 4lbs but I have been dieting and going to the gym since January but am not seeing the same results. I am counting calories and using the fitness pal app on my iPhone but can’t seem to get rid of the pounds. We took before pictures and I am seeing some results just not on the scale. Is that normal? I do the correct form but I haven’t lost as much as him but I feel like I’m keeping up a lot better than him but not seeing the results.

  4. Robert Harden

    Hi Amanda! Would you mind swinging by my free coach page, and sign up for a free Team Beachbody account. It will be easier for me to communicate with you one on one. Once you sign up, you should see my email. You might be eating too many calories. Talk to you soon! Free Coach Sign-up.

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