I completed my first month of Insanity Max 30 last week, and I figured that now is the perfect time to give my official month 1 review!
About My Results
- I’m down 2 pounds. I didn’t do a very good job eating clean and healthy, which is probably why I didn’t lose more.
- My clothes are looser. I might need to get some new clothes in the near future.
- I definitely gained muscle. I’m not super toned, but I have muscle in places I didn’t have muscle before. This is also probably one of the reasons I didn’t lose more weight.
- I feel stronger. When I started, doing modified push ups were difficult. Now they’re a breeze, and I’ve switched over to regular push ups. This is true for many of the moves from month 1.
Breakdown of the Workouts
The workouts are really the core of this program, and I couldn’t do a month 1 review without talking about the workouts.
Description: This workout serves as your fit test and introduction to the program. 30 minutes os the hardest cardio sequences you’ve ever tried, designed to push your body to the max.
Cardio Challenge is truly a full-body, fast-paced cardio workout. Your heart rate will be up the entire time, even if you’re doing the modifier. Be prepared for suicide burpees (my favorite), squat kicks, 4 jab & 4 high knee, plank jacks, plyo power knee, and more. It may be cardio, but you’ll really feel the burn by the end.
Description: Your strength training starts here with a traditional Tabata-style “20 seconds on, 10 seconds off” workout structure. This plyometric-focused workout will leave your muscles begging for mercy.
20 seconds on, 10 seconds on. Sounds easy, right? Not so fast. This workout will have your muscles screaming by the end. Each 5-minute section focuses on a different part of your body – legs, arms, and core. Some of the moves include downward dog spider, burpee lunge, back lunge kick, moving plyo pushup, tricep dip, switch kick abs, and more. There’s plenty of variety in this workout, and you’ll be surprised of how good of a workout you can get in 20 seconds.
Description: You won’t see this until halfway through Month 1 because Shaun T take it up a notch (or two) in this NO REST, Tabata-style workout. You heard right…30 minutes, no rest, and we haven’t even gotten to Month 2 yet.
While most of the other workouts are cardio-centric, this is the one workout that really focuses on strength. Don’t get me wrong, your heart rate will still be up and you’ll be dripping sweat, but I feel like this is a true strength-based workout. Tabata Strength is 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Unlike Tabata Power, there are no breaks other than the 10 seconds off. Be prepared to really push yourself and feel the burn all over your body. Some of the moves include diamond jump burpees, wide push ups, diamond knee hold (this one got me twice!), power knee lunges, “v” push ups, toe tap push ups, and more.
Description: Just in case you didn’t think Cardio Challenge was hard enough, you’ll have Sweat Intervals to tackle as well. 30 minutes of screaming, sweating, calorie-scorching madness.
Sweat Intervals is intense, and by the end, you will literally be drenched in your own sweat. For the first 5 minutes, you think to yourself, “oh yeah, I got this” and then it hits you. Hard. And you’re out of breath, your muscles are shaking, and the sweat is starting to flow. Yeah, it’s gross. Some of the moves include push up punch, hurdle drill, power jump & squat push, free runner, burpee lunge, and more.
Friday Fight: Round 1
Description: You’ve been prepping all week, and now it’s time for the Friday Fight. This workout will be a battle between your mind and your body. And this is just Round 1.
Shaun T isn’t kidding when he says that this one is a fight between your mind and your body. This workout is a serious mind game. You don’t get your first break until 15 minutes in, and Friday Fight is designed to break you. Friday Fight combines a bunch of moves that you’ve already done in previous workouts but amps it up to a whole new level. Get ready to burn, sweat, and scream. Some of the moves include medicine ball twist, speed in and out abs, tricep dip reach, 2 jab & 2 tuck, punching abs, and more. It may be the last workout of the week, but you better get ready to push yourself.
So that’s it – my Insanity Max 30 month 1 review! Overall, I absolutely love this program. Shaun T put together an incredible workout for people of varying fitness levels – which is really hard to do. Whether you’re new to this whole fitness thing or already super in shape, you can benefit from this program. Going into this program, I really thought that you had to have some sort of fitness experience. And while I think that will help, I don’t think it’s necessary. With the modifier, this program is doable for everyone. Sure, it will challenge you, but it will also change you.
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