Insanity Review

Editor's Review: 3.2 / 5.0

What You Should Know

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Insanity: the Ultimate Cardio Workout and Fitness DVD program was designed by Beachbody. The program can be found on the Beachbody website and several other online retailers. The program is designed to be used systematically for sixty days. The company claims that following the program for that time period will allow customers to achieve an ‘insane’ body, partially due to the fact that workouts burn up to 1,000 calories an hour.

Beachbody, was founded by Product Partners, LLC, in 1998. They have since developed numerous fitness DVDs and created a variety of nutritional supplements and exercise gear. One of the most important benefits for their clients is their vast online support community. However, most of their products, including the Insanity program, are designed for those who have a small amount of weight to lose or for those who are already at their ideal weight and simply want more muscle or definition.

List of Ingredients

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Product Features

The Insanity program is about $130.00 plus shipping, depending on where it is purchased. The program includes ten workout videos, a limited nutrition guide, and a calendar to record progress. Each of the DVDs contains a different workout. The length of individual workouts range from 30 minutes to 80 minutes each. The personal trainer featured on the videos is Shaun T. Exercise alternates between long intervals of intense anaerobic and aerobic and short rest cycles to make the program more of a challenge. Regardless of where the product is purchased online support is available on the Beachbody website. Beachbody does note, specifically, that while you may lose weight while using this program it is not a weight loss program. Because of the calories burned they recommend specific supplements and adequate caloric intake.

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Advantages

  • The Insanity program can be easily acquired online.
  • There is a 30 day 100 percent money-back guarantee provided with the Insanity program if purchased directly from Beachbody, less shipping and handling. 
  • The program offers a nutrition guide.

Disadvantages

  • The official website has the feel of an infomercial.
  • This product is not for beginners or those who are moderately out of shape.
  • Although there are weight loss claims, the product is designed more to tone.
  • There are no appetite suppressants recommended.

Conclusion

The Insanity program has received good reviews from people who have been interested in toning their bodies, rather than in actually losing weight. For those who are extremely dedicated to following the fitness program, it is likely that it would indeed be effective in strengthening and toning the body of one who was already at or close to their ideal weight. However, this product is not really appropriate for someone who is moderately to severely overweight because the program requires a great deal of physicality that is not possible for someone who has been primarily sedentary previously.

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Editor: Paul Blake

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8 User Reviews about Insanity

  • 1
    Tex

    Terrible quality. Had two dvds that did not even work and BeachBody customer service refused to replace them. Not a good experience to say the least.

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  • 2
    KB

    I tried it and the first month was pretty good, however after the 2nd month, it was a real challenge. Great for those who want to tone!!!

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  • 3
    Sam

    I have own insanity and love how it makes me feel. You really do see extreme results in 60 days. Plus, the work outs are extremely hard so after even 3 weeks of doing it, your energy is boosted. I work with kids at an after-school program and gained about 12 pounds and anytime I would join them in a game. I would feel sluggish and exhausted. Now after, doing insanity for about 3 weeks almost everyday. I am able to run longer than most of the kids! I do recommend that you do P90x prior to doing insanity.

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    chanda

    p90x does work and i am getting bored with it i should get insanity next!

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  • 4
    Lotus

    I have been doing this workout now for almost 7 weeks. I find it very doable AND challenging. I would like to lose about 25pounds. 8 of them fell of easily in the first month, then i ran into the nightmare: i began to overeat again because i felt so hungry. I did not use it as an excuse to fall off the workout, but it is harder with a little xtra chub in there. Here is what i am doing….continuing to work out, actively looking for an appetite suppressant to help me along, eating well, and loving myself. Though it is a very strenuous exercise and I cannot always keep up with the video, my heart rate is more important than keeping up. From the point of view that I am working out to the MAX I can, I am right where I should be. This program really is insane at times, and many of the professionals working with Shaun t in the video take breaks. he really encourages people to take breaks and take care of themselves, BUT NOT TOO MUCH! I highly recommend this program. I am using it to prepare me for P90X.

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  • 5
    laura

    I love insanity so far-

    cynthaia:
    i would not rec. it for elementry or even high school kids- it is an INTENSE workout and requires a LOT of cardio and plyometics,

    and to scott :

    it sugguests protein supplements in the guide and i am also using them so it would be wise.

    have fun!! its an awesome insane worout!!

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  • 6
    scott

    Is it wise to use protein and creatine suppliments while using the insanity program.

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  • 7
    Cynthia Williams

    Is this for Elementary or High School kids? Can it be used without the consent of a doctor?

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