Insanity Workout – The Prequel

Insanity Workout

I’ve been on a fitness drive for a couple of weeks – mostly involving riding the exercise bike while playing Fifa on my xbox. I covered 103km the first week and 70km the second.

The dip in distance in the second week was due to starting some other workouts found on YouTube. It was then that I remembered about the Insanity Workout and decided to look into it a little further.

What is the Insanity Workout?

According to the Insanity Workout website:

“The Insanity Workout might just be the hardest fitness program ever put on DVD. Your personal trainer Shaun T will push you past your limits with 10 INSANITY workout discs packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and ab and core training moves. No equipment or weights needed. Just the will to get the hardest body you’ve ever had. ”

The Method – Max interval Training

“Shaun T took traditional interval training and flipped it on its head—you perform long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest. Each INSANITY workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your MAX. The result: burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour and get the most insane body in 60 days.”

What are my goals?

I have two goals.

  1. Improve my fitness
  2. Tone my body a little

What is my background?

I’ve never been one to just exercise. I play football once a week for an hour and do a little cardio on the static bike as mentioned above. I did play ice hockey from the age of 10 until I was 24 when I had to give up. I pretty much did no meaningful exercise for 2 years, before starting to play football.

I’ve never been someone who’s struggled with my weight, I’m only 151lbs now, which is right in the middle of the healthy weight range for my height (5’10”). My BMI is currently 21.67


Anyway, I decided to give the Insanity Workout fit test a try yesterday. The Fit Test is day 1 of the Insanity Workout and comprises of a series of 8 exercises. You do as many reps in a minute as you can for each exercise, with a minute or so break in between each exercise.

My results were as follows:

Switch Kick: 85
Power jack: 48
Power Knee: 60
Power jump: 22
Globe jump: 5
Suicide jump: 10
Pushup jack: 10
Low plank obliques: 31

Giving a total of 271 reps.

After doing this, and quite enjoying it in some strange way, I decided I’d commit to Insanity.

So, with it being the first of the month today – I decided to make today day 1 and to start from scratch.

For day one, read more.

The starting point

I’m going to post weekly / bi-weekly progress pics to keep track of any changes, no mater how slight. Here’s the starting point.

Starting point

Starting point

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