I survived Insanity! Not the mental insanity but Insanity the workout program. During its release, it was dubbed as the hardest workout ever put on DVD. I think it still is! Do a Google search and all articles will tell you it is not easy. But it works so more and more people who want life changing transformations are doing with the thinking, “not doing Insanity is insanity”. 🙂
So how do you prepare yourself for something so challenging that others fear of?
I’m sharing some tips how to survive it. I may not have the amazing transformation that others have but I completed the whole program – and true, it wasn’t easy but it is also not impossible. Here are my survival tips!
1. SET YOUR MIND RIGHT
Before the first bead of sweat ever drops from you body, you must prepare your mind for your next 63 days. You need to decide right now that you are in this for the full two months. It doesn’t seem like a long time, but you would be shocked the number of people who quit in the first week.
Things to wrap your head around before starting INSANITY:
You WILL work hard. Probably harder than you ever have ever in your life.
This is NOT a quick fix! You aren’t going to look like the babes or Shaun T in the video on Day 3.
2. Buy the Insanity DVD
I know they’re not cheap and the first reaction I always hear is: “Is it not on YouTube?” or “Can’t you just download it somewhere?”
Ok here’s the deal why you need to have the DVD’s: you would want to take the guess work off and stay focused.
You want change. You want to transform your body. You need focus, especially on this one. No chance encounters of Insanity workouts in YouTube which could be random or low image quality. The only way you can continue the program is to have a sure workout to play next. Have the DVD’s. If the original price at the main website (BeachBody.com <– not an affiliate link!) is too expensive for you, search on Ebay. I bought mine on Ebay.
3. Print the workout calendar (here it is, for you!)
I had the excitement and joy of crossing out each box every day, it became an obsession as well as built a stronger commitment. Plus, no guesswork, you will know the correct sequence of the program, as it is designed for, for maximum results.
4. Do your workout FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, if you can!
There’s a reason for the caps lock. I cannot stress this enough that the biggest part of the reason I was able to finish 9 weeks (63 days) of Insanity without missing a workout is doing it first thing in the morning…before life gets in the way!
I don’t know about you but after work, it’s very easy to find excuses: tired, kids, groceries, events, parties, it’s endless! It’s like a bowlful of excuses you get to pick up and validate so you can skip your workout.
TIP (that worked for me): If you know it would be difficult to wake up early the next day, wear your workout clothes when you sleep at night. Then set your alarm clock and put your shoes and socks near your bed.
5. Buy a pair of good shoes.
During the first few days of Insanity, my feet hurt. I got plantar fasciitis and it was painful. Some people might go barefoot, but I have always worn shoes when I worked out, and placed a yoga mat under me but still, all the jumping has put strain on my feet with all the weight I am carrying. And my body was just adapting to the new routine.
I would suggest a pair of shoes that has good cushion, search the net for cross training shoes, or try out the shoes you already have. I have a pair of Saucony running shoes because I did not have budget for an Asics Gel shoes which they say is good for this type of workout. I put ice on my aching feet on the first few days and rubbed BioFreeze. I blamed it on the shoes but as I continued my workout on the second week, the pain was gone and I continued to use my Saucony running shoes until the end of the program.
6. Buy proper workout clothes.
Like I said, there are plenty of jumping, vertical or lateral. You need something to support your boobies. A sports bra is a must for women. Also, cute workout clothes motivate you to exercise. At least, that’s what it does to me!
7. No matter what, push play!
I know there are times when you dread to do your workout (especially on the next day after your first Insanity workout). You know it’s going to be exhausting, might involve pain BUT still give it a go. Push play and tell yourself to go through the warm up before totally giving up. You can rest anytime you want but don’t pause the DVD. Shaun T is will make you dig deeper and you’ll be surprise you would want to be back on track with all of them.
You are part of the Insanity workout group now!
8. EAT SMART
Every trainer you encounter will tell you: You cannot out-train a bad diet. You can do Insanity all day, day in and day out but if you are still eating crap, your results will be crap. And why would you want to waste all that hard work?
Fat loss (especially in problem areas like the belly) is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. I almost wanted to cry when I read that. Abs are made in the kitchen. Think of every food as something that could help you progress with your goal, regress or halt.The lesser you eat junk, the lesser you crave for it. That’s what I learned these past few weeks while doing Insanity.
Also, I have learned that sugar slows me down. If I ate sugar the day/night before, my workout performance the next morning is slower, I am weaker and my reps are lower.
My diet comprised of unlimited vegetables, except starchy potatoes and yams, meat (chicken, beef, pork, lamb), no grain (no rice except for very few times we dine out in a Japanese restaurant), no wheat (no breads, cookies or biscuits), no sugar (not just this time, I normally don’t consume table sugar), no soda or fruit juice, once a week of fruit, no dairy except cottage cheese and Greek yoghurt and lots and lots of water (normal water and infused water – with lemons, mint and cucumber). Basically, whole, natural foods and no processed ones.
9. Ditch the scale
Stop obsessing with the scale! That number is just you against gravity. It does not account water retention and most importantly, muscle gain. You will be working against your body weight in Insanity, so you develop muscles. I “only” lost 6 lbs after completing the Insanity program and people would say, “only six pounds after all that hard work?”
Muscle, even with the same mass, takes lesser space.
10. Take photos to track your progress
Following tip #9 to ditch the scale, instead focus on non-scale victories. How many of your older, smaller clothes you can wear again? I may only have lost 6lbs in the process but I’ve had dresses that did not fit me for YEARS fit me again now.
Love selfies? Take a selfie of your fitness progress. Pictures never lie (the scale does).
If you’ve been following me on Instagram and my blog’s Facebook page where I post progress photos, you would think, “What’s to be proud of? She is still fat!” – seriously, I received a comment like this (I deleted it because it hurts every time I see it) BUT hey, I was heavier and more bulgy before I started Insanity and I couldn’t have made improvements if I did not workout for 63 days the way I did!
I had trouble posting before and after pic because I have been avoiding the camera because of my weight for the longest time. But yes, I found a photo right before I started Insanity in March and the two photos were taken after I completed the program at the end of May.
I know my work is not done (my body fat percentage is still high) and I am nowhere near my goal yet but I have renewed passion to exercise and mental strength to persevere, now, more than ever.
Beachbody’s key branding statement is, “Decide. Commit. Succeed” and that’s exactly what I did. Because who will take care of me but ME?