Insanity is an exercise program designed by Shaun T., a fitness trainer and motivator, that is one of the most strenuous workouts on the market today.

The workout is a 60-day program that includes 10 different workouts that you work through during the duration of the program. Insanity does not need a gym or equipment because it is a video-run program that is done in the comfort of your own home. 

Created with a Purpose

Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon founded a fitness company called Beachbody in 1998. The California-based company specializes in home-exercise videos. One popular fitness program they have released is P90X. The businessmen approached Shaun T., a well-known fitness expert, and asked him to design a workout for Beachbody. Shaun accepted, and the Insanity program was launched in 2009 and was advertised as “the hardest workout put on DVD.”

An Actually Insane Workout

Insanity proved very quickly that it was worthy of its name. It’s based on a workout technique called max interval training, which is basically HIIT on steroids. Max interval training takes the high-intensity interval training formula and makes it, well, insane. For the training, you workout as vigorously as you can for 3 minutes, follow the workout with 30 seconds of rest, and then you repeat the two steps however many times you’re supposed to.

The Insanity program is made to be a 60-day program that is supposed to be done 6 days a week. The program has 10 workouts all ranging between 30 and 60 minutes long. Each week, your workout schedule will change. There are 5 total body workouts in the first month. Then, in between the first and second months, you do a week of daily cardio and balance exercises to recover. The second month is much more extreme and introduces 4 new “max-level” workouts

See some of the Insanity workout here:

Insanity’s Benefits (and its Risks)

The Insanity program has many benefits, but, because it is such a supercharged, hyperintense workout, it has real risks as well.

Some benefits of Insanity are:

  • It’s a great way to lose weight and improve the condition of the body.
  • It is a home-exercise program that is very easy to understand and perform.
  • Fitness lovers will obsess over the intensity and challenge the program presents.
  • It doesn’t need any extra equipment.
  • Because you are working at home with a video, you can always take breaks when you need to and work at your own pace.
  • The program is easily kept track of with a calendar.
  • It comes with a diet plan that provides information about how you should eat to support your body through the entire program.

As you can see, there are many great qualities of the Insanity program. However, the program can easily cause injury to bodies that are not properly conditioned and trained. It is not recommended for people who do not already have a solid fitness level, exercise regularly, and are willing to put in hard work. Do not attempt the Insanity workout if you have heart problems, are overweight, have diabetes, or have metabolic issues. This workout is not for the weak-willed; commitment and discipline are absolutely necessary.

The Verdict

Insanity is a workout program that is only suitable for people who are already in great shape physically. It should not be bought by a novice exerciser who wants a quick way to lose weight. If your body is not properly prepared to handle the rigorous exercise in Insanity, you can seriously injure yourself.