The Final Insanity Review

by Heather on August 22, 2012

I suppose I can’t really call this a “final” review since there weren’t any previous reviews, but just go with me on it.  I’m a little tired due to someone deciding to cry almost literally all night long…let’s just say his name starts with a “W” and rhymes with “Beston.”



Anyway, let’s start off with a little bullet point list just to shine a little background on this:

  • March 8, 2012 Weston was born.  As I’ve said before I only gained 17 pounds with my pregnancy (due in large part to a ridiculously healthy diet and lots of exercise to control my gestational diabetes), but I wasn’t in great shape prior to getting pregnant in the first place.  So when it was time to start thinking about losing pregnancy weight, I knew needed to lose that and then some.  I should also note that I don’t weigh myself – the only reason I know about the 17 pounds is because my doctor had me track that for the diabetes thing.  Otherwise I never pay attention to that number.
  • About 6 weeks after Wes was born I was cleared for exercise by my doctor.  I started off pretty slow, going on walks with Wes daily and doing core exercises to (obviously) strengthen my core and make it easier to do future workouts.
  • After a few weeks of that I started to amp up the cardio and strength training, doing workouts that I saw on blogs and/or making up my own as I went.  The problem is that I wasn’t feeling as motivated because I wasn’t feeling super challenged – a lot of the workouts I saw on blogs I had to change the exercises since I don’t belong to a gym – and I knew that I needed to change something.
  • One day I was watching infomercials (secret confession:  I absolutely adore infomercials) when I watched the one for Insanity.  I remembered my sister doing the program about a year before, so I called her up and asked if I could borrow it.  She said yes!
  • On our road trip to Texas over Memorial Day I got the DVDs from my sister; however, her old roommate ended up having the first month of Insanity DVDs, so all I had were the ones for the second half of the program.  No big deal – I just figured I’d modify accordingly for the first month.
  • I started Insanity 70 days ago – and that leads us to here and now!


Now that y’all know the background just let me state this:  my review is going to be slightly skewed due to the fact that I didn’t buy the actual program brand-new.  I didn’t follow any sort of diet plan other than oatmeal for breakfast, lots of raw veggies and protein in salads for lunch, a healthy dinner and pretty much have always had dessert of some kind.  I didn’t have the first month’s worth of workouts, so that will sort of change this as well.  And since I only had the second month’s workouts I started with the recovery week to just get used to what the workouts would look like.


So here’s my review via bullet points:

  • Insanity was/is a great workout and I’m glad that I did it, but I am also really glad that it’s over.  Part of it is because I was getting bored (since I was missing the first month’s workouts I had to repeat the second month program twice) but the other part is because I was really missing weight training.
  • The advertisements say that the workouts take 45 minutes, but all of the ones I did were 50-60 minutes.  I know that doesn’t seem like such a huge difference, but when I’m racing the clock during naptime it’s pretty much imperative that I don’t have crazy long workouts.
  • I don’t know if I would recommend it for people who are just starting to work out, mainly because a lot of the moves require really great form.  I say this because any/everyone should always check with a doctor before starting a new exercise program (ESPECIALLY if you’re new to exercise in general) and I would say that working with a professional trainer to obtain proper form first is important.  I think the infomercials try to push that beginners to working out can do the program too, but I just don’t know if I agree.
  • The workouts were HARD.  I really enjoyed the intensity and I really liked that Shaun T. actually did the moves WITH everyone.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when DVD trainers (Jillian Michaels, I’m talking to you!) don’t do the entire workout “with” you and just spend their time correcting everyone’s form.  That’s important, but it’s also important to feel like the trainer can do the workout they’re “making” you do.
  • I really liked that the program didn’t require equipment and used body weight for the workouts.
  • I really liked that I could do the workouts at home, even if they were longer than I originally thought.
  • Like I said before, I missed weight training because more than being thin it’s important for me to feel and BE strong and healthy.  I think that Insanity definitely helped launch me into that after pregnancy, but I don’t know if it would be the right thing to do for the long-term.

I debated long and hard about putting these before and after photos up online, and honestly you’re going to just have to excuse the nipple cream bleeding through my sports bra in the before shots – it’s part of having a baby and nursing!  If anyone has any questions about specifics of Insanity I’d be happy to answer them – just ask away in the comments section!

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