As you may or not know, my boyfriend and I decided to try out INSANITY MAX:30 to be able to talk about the workouts to others who might be interested in the program.
Well…it turns out we ended up loving the workouts and the quick results we were getting so much that we decided to stick with it for the full 60-day program.
Although we did finish the program, it should be noted that there was about a three-week break. First, was our trip to Disney World where we indulged in such goodies as the ones to the right, then came the most miserable respiratory cold I’d had in years. This sidetracked our workout efforts for exactly three weeks after we’d already completed five weeks of the program.
Even with the short break, after completing Beachbody’s latest and shall I say one of the best workout programs to date, I am excited to share our INSANITY MAX:30 results!
INSANITY MAX:30 – Pushing Your Body to Its Limits
I was hesitant at first, since I normally am not one who loves hardcore cardio or rapid, heavy breathing – burpees, genie tuck jumps, followed by push-ups in quick succession…eh, that’s normally not my style. I enjoy workouts that get the blood flowing, but not ones that push you to your limits…usually.
The original INSANITY was too much for me, but the idea of challenging yourself to beat your previous time piqued my interest. Plus, the addition of the modifier made it so I could follow along no matter how I was feeling. That is one of the major upgrades to MAX:30 over the original INSANITY.
My MAX OUT Times Improved Quickly
I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but I will tell you that I maxed out at 2:56 the very first time I did MAX:30 Cardio Challenge. I guess I was more out of shape cardiovascularly than I’d previously thought, since I didn’t even make it through the warm-up portion!
But I didn’t get discouraged and just kept pushing to go a little bit longer every time I did the workouts. Just look at my Max Out sheet to see how quickly my Max Out times improved. And the Cardio Challenge Fit Test? We both crushed it on the final day and finished it without MAXING OUT!
Cardio Challenge is the fit test for MAX:30 and the way in which you measure your results. I would say I got an A+ on that one, since improving my cardiovascular endurance was my first goal.
My Result Photos and Measurements
I’m not going to candy coat this, since my measurements and weight loss weren’t really that significant. In fact, they were negligible since I wasn’t heavy to begin with. Luckily, there were more important gains that are evident when looking at my befores and afters (why you should ALWAYS take photos!) like lean muscle mass, muscle definition, and noticeable fat loss.
I still wonder how we would’ve looked had we not gone to Florida for 10 days and then took another week and a half off, because I was very sick, but I think our results are pretty good – even with everything that happened.
Total weight loss: 0.4lbs Total inches lost: 2.5″
Dan’s INSANITY MAX:30 Results
Here’s another example of what kind of weight loss results INSANITY MAX:30 has to offer. Let’s even take note that you can see his obliques! I was able to confiscate an after photo of him (not my ideal, but yay nonetheless!), which I think speak for themselves:
Total weight loss: 16.3lbs Total inches lost: 6.75″
What Type of Results Can You Expect?
Here’s just a short list of what kind of INSANITY MAX:30 results to expect:
- Weight loss
- Improved cardiovascular endurance
- Better athletic performance
- Lean muscle gains everywhere even those areas you didn’t know you were working
- Increased strength
- Abs of steel
If you have a lot of weight to lose, expect rapid, significant weight loss in the 60 days. If you’re somewhere in-between, expect weight loss and inches lost, but do expect to counteract that some with muscle gain. And if you’re just skinny fat, expect to have a very athletic looking body at the end.
As you can see, I clearly lost a lot of fat, but I also look very athletic now. More importantly, I can now do things I once couldn’t do because of the cardiovascular and strength gains like double digit push-ups (no kness needed!)…something I could never do.
Dan even said, “Forget the snow blower. I’m shoveling my way out of here.” But let’s remember that this was one of the snowiest winters in New England ever. That’s how MAX:30 affects you though. You will notice an improvement in your day-to-day activities as you progress through the program.
What MAX:30 Package We Followed
There are a few options to choose when you’re ordering INSANITY MAX:30. There is the base kit, deluxe, and challenge pack. There are also options to order pieces individually.
I opted for the base INSANITY MAX:30 DVD Package, and then a week later ordered the Ab Maximizer DVDs set, which includes the Max Out 15, Max Out Abs, and 360 degree Abs workouts, plus the Shaun T’s 7-Day Ab Maximizer diet.
I chose this option because we are already on Shakeology HD (which we did drink daily), I already had the containers from the 21 Day Fix, and I already owned a yoga mat.
We did follow the Ab Maximizer diet for another week after the program, so if you really want to get shredded and photoshoot ready, then that’s definitely the way to go. It really leans you out, plus the ab workouts are a nice addition to any workout.
UPDATE – 14 Day Trial to Stream Insanity MAX:30 Workouts
Beachbody On Demand now allows streaming of all Beachbody workout programs. The best part is you can try out the service before committing to a membership with 14-day with a no charge trial. It is a good way to see if the program is right for you, but be sure to write down your max out times. This way you can see how fast you’ll make cardiovascular improvements.
You Need to Be a Little Careful Warming-Up
A little extra dynamic stretching prior to your workouts and/or a little foam rolling can go a long way. The warm-ups feel more like part of the workouts, so if you are one who needs to warm up more, by all means stretch it out and jog in place for a minute or two beforehand.
My knees and hips were getting a little sore as each week progressed, then I began foam rolling my hip flexors and IT band after the workouts. This cleared up my aches.
And if you’re not that in shape, no worries! Just follow the modifier who, by the way, is not that easy. You can still get a great workout even with the lower impact, less intense moves. You can just go a little bit slower than her to do the workout at your own pace. And make sure to choose the modifier track when you first put the workout in.
For those of you who have finished the INSANITY MAX:30 workout, please share your results in the comments section below.