Yesterday was the final day of our 8 week Insanity Max 30 fitness program. Unfortunately I experienced a non-fitness related injury (from lugging around a 30 pound toddler all day) and had to take a two week break after week 5. I attempted to restart week 6 this week but my injury has not fully healed. Taking a two week break and jumping back in where I left off was stretching it enough, but with another two week break on the horizon I have to shelve my goal of being a Max 30 grad for the moment. I did love the program and am committed to completing all 8 weeks at a later date (I’m going to explore the 21 Day Fix Extreme next). In this review I will go over my results from the first half of the program and share my husband’s experiences as he IS a Max 30 grad!
When my husband and I started Max 30, we were a little trepidatious. We had never done any Insanity programs before and both of us stick to the great outdoors for our cardio – mainly running and biking. The promo video showed some pretty intense moves and looked a little…well, insane. But we knew it would be a great challenge and together decided to give it a go. The only time we could workout together was in the morning before my husband left for work, so we committed to a 5:00 am wake up time! Our son quickly picked up on our early morning activities and joined us for the majority of them.
I’ll admit, the first workout was a bit of a shock. All workouts are thirty minutes, five times a week (with a bonus workout on Saturday if you so choose – we didn’t) and Shawn T definitely packs a lot into those thirty minutes. Right off the bat you are jumping, hoping, and trying to keep up. Luckily it doesn’t take long to get into the swing of things and his demonstrations of the moves are easy to follow (it does help though if you have a mirror in your workout area to see if you are doing the moves correctly!). I have notoriously tight calves and all the jumping was hard on them. On day two I started foam rolling them before and after which helped immensely.
What We Loved
The 30 minute workouts are extremely doable. Who doesn’t have 30 minutes a day, five days a week to dedicate to their fitness? The workouts are TOUGH, but with toughness comes results. By the second week I was feeling stronger, had more endurance, and was starting to see more muscle definition in my shoulders, side abs, and quads.
During the program I started running on Sundays. Even though I was only running one day a week, I felt strong and energized. Max 30 was working my legs and endurance and it was paying off in my running times.
This workout program was as much as mental challenge as it was physical. The idea to push yourself to the max calls for you to stay focused on the task at hand and ignore all the excuses that pop into your head. Yes, your arms hurt. Yes, you don’t think you can do another plyo push-up. But you force yourself to squeeze one more out. And that is where the ‘magic’ happens. That is when you see improvement. This program will really test your mental game, which can help you in many areas of your life. As a marathon runner, I can tell you that the mental game is huge.
It was fun getting up and working out together. We hadn’t trained together since our last road race (the 30K Around the Bay) in 2013. And having a workout partner definitely helped me stick to the early mornings and the workout regime. We loved having weekends off. Saturdays were our full rest days and I added in a Sunday run, but it was awesome to have the freedom on the weekends knowing that you gave a 100% to your weekday workouts.
I was impressed with my 30 day results. I had lost 3.5 lbs and had started to see much more muscle definition. Although I didn’t use fat calipers, I could tell by how I looked and how my clothes felt that I had lost fat and gained lean muscle. I finally fit into a pair of skinny jeans I bought a couple of months before I was pregnant! I didn’t follow the nutrition plan the program came with, just my usual clean diet. However, I am interested in trying it with more regimented portion control to see even more results.
My husband is already a lean guy with no body fat to lose. He’s not into sharing his before and afters with the interwebs, but I can see a lot of muscle definition and he has gained a couple of inches overall — mostly in his quads and biceps.
Give it a Go!
If you are interested in trying this program to accelerate your fitness, I’d love to hear from you. Don’t worry about the workouts being too hard. Although it is Shawn T’s hardest workout to date, there is a modifier track on all the workouts for people who need to work up to the full move or have issues with impact.
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