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Insanity Workout Review – Does Shaun T’s Insanity Really Work?

As an online business owner and options trader, sometimes I end up spending a lot of time on the computer. You know how easy it is to sit in front of the PC for the whole day and waste away.  So staying fit and active is something I plan each day to get me away from the computer.

Over the years I have tried to learn how to effectively spend my time and not waste it because some say time is money, but I just view it as something I can never get back. This is why I need to be conscious on trying to balance my time between working for my businesses, keeping healthy and making sure I make time for my wonderful girlfriend, Nicole.

As an avid gym goer, I consistently took to lifting weights and doing several muscle building workouts like an underground program called DoggCrapp by Dante Trudel.
I started to get frustrated when I considered the amount of time I would waste working out and having to wait on people using a machine or weight.  It would just ruin my flow and waste my time. I also began putting up weight to the extent that I was worried about hurting myself because I kept pushing myself.

A few years before, I had tried p90x program. At the time, I was not fully ready for a home based workout then. However, I remembered that we did a lot of body weight workouts in p90x and gradually began buying into that philosophy.

Nicole is an avid gym goer as well, but she would do boot camp classes at the gym. I saw on her DVD player one day she had the Insanity Program. She told me how she would do Insanity sometimes in the morning or when the weather was too bad to get to the gym. I only focused on throwing up that manly iron; so I didn’t really focus too much on  non-stop intense cardio.

I did play several pickup games of basketball each week, but doing a program that involved intense non-stop cardio was not something I did since I wrestled a decade ago.

Nicole expressed to me several times that we should do Insanity. So after she challenged me by saying “you would die” and looking to effectively cut down my workout time, I told her if we do it then we must do the whole program. She agreed and we started our first cycle of Insanity in November 2012.

The one blessing I was able to achieve with doing a home-based workout was to workout with my significant other. It’s something I enjoy being able to do everyday and I can use her motivation for those days I just am not feeling and vice versa.

Since Nicole was used to Insanity, it was a little bit of a shock for me. It took me a few weeks to get into a good groove.

We ended up doing three cycles of the Insanity program and even did our workouts when we were on vacation in Miami in April 2013.


What We Liked About Insanity:

  • No equipment needed and do it anywhere.
  • Since I work from home, I can do it during one of my breaks instead of wasting time going to the gym.
  • Quick and structured. It takes just 35-55 minutes with short intervals to get the drill of the daily workout routine in the very first month. Then the second month you push into longer intervals, some going to an hour.
  • Tough. Yes it is tough but worth it.
  • The PYLO was especially demanding.

What We Didn’t Like About Insanity

  • It’s mostly cardio-focused.
  • The second month was nearly an hour.
  • I couldn’t keep my heart rate in my fat burning zone. My heart rate is always high.


We did Insanity for nearly 6 months, which is equivalent to 3 cycles of the program. We ended up doing another home based workout for a few weeks until Beachbody’s new program, T25, came out.

We absolutely love the T25 program and will review this separately.

We both enjoyed Insanity. It is an excellent go to workout for anyone looking to lose weight quickly and workout from home.

I recommend Insanity. It’s most likely going to be one of the toughest programs you will ever do, but you will feel good once you complete it.

All the best!

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