I'm going back to schools in several weeks and I'm going to try and start getting into a strong habit of working out. I know a few paesans who did the insanity workout DVD's and I was wondering how good it really is. I will be doing a lot of sitting when I'm in school but I plan to be as active as I can with hiking and other things but I'm trying to view my options for a good workout routine while I'm in school.
It's very good as long as you stick with it. The first week will kick your butt, but then you will start to see improvement. It is a very intense workout and you will end in a pool of your own sweat. The program is two months 6 days a week, but since the workouts are so short and can be done almost anywhere, I bet you can fit them into your schedule.
Well another thing that I am concerned with is that I am not really in the losing weight department. I am 145 pound soaking wet, and I think ending in a pool of my own sweat would really be counter productive to what I am trying to accomplish.
gotcha, essentially if you are looking to gain weight (muscle) this probably wont do much good. Insanity is will accomplish more toning than anything. If you are just looking to keep in shape I would use insanity and mix in a healthy amount of weightlifting. If you do choose to use insanity (or do any cardio exercise) you will need to eat more than normal to gain or stay at the status quo. Take all of this with a grain of salt, I am no physician.
Even though cardio is good for my heart I would want to use the insanity workouts that focus more on strength training. I know that not every DVD in the insanity workout is just cardio. But now that you mention it I would rather tone up the muscles that I have than to add more weight carrying ability. If that makes any sense.
As far I understand of Insanity, with no equipment required it's all bodyweight exercises, which is fine if that's all you need to achieve whatever goal you have. But bodyweight workouts do have limitations. I went through P90X (from the same company as Insanity) which does require some equipment, and that makes it more customizable to whatever goal you have. P90X only requires at minimum a pullup bar and dumbbells or resistance bands. By adjusting the weight of the dumbbells or the tension on the resistance bands you can achieve different results in the weight-training workouts. Heavy weights and low-to-mid reps (failure at 8-10 reps) build muscle mass while lighter weights and high reps (12-15 reps) produce a leaner look. Either way, you'll get stronger, so you only need to decide just how big or lean you want to look.
P90X is a good basic weight lifting routine. What I did was Insanity for a month, the first cycle of P90X, then P90X/Insanity Hybrid. Then two-a-days; Insanity in the morning and P90X in the afternoon. With a 10k running routine worked in.
What's nice is the no equipment needed. I travel a lot so a set of bands added to my bag wasn't a big deal.
Doesn't that get expensive? Also doesn't the insanity provide you with enough cardio that you wouldn't have to go running.
Insanity is a cardio/plyo routine, it does little for long distance endurance. Also, there's nothing like running for running. As good as Insanity is, you're not really "moving". There's a big difference between going somewhere and jumping around in place.
The expense was minimal for me.
Is there a way to use P90X without weights?
Quite a bit of P90X's movements are performed using body weight exercises. The ones which aren't, I used exercise bands. They're cheap, effective and easily transportable.
The first week will kick your butt,
Understatement. The fit test made me puke.