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May 3, 2012 10:25 PM
Hello all! :) Sorry if this is in the wrong section but I wasn't sure if I should put it here or in the "exercise" one. Anyway I've been stuck at the same weight (going up and down from 149-151) for over a month now and after reading many posts saying to up your calories to see results and such, I decided to give it a go. However I still haven't lost anything and It's been about 2 weeks. So this leads me to my main question, Is Insanity a good workout/ worth the money? Or would I be better off with other exercises? I don't have a lot of money (I'm in college) but I think I need to switch my exercise up to see more loss. Any and all help is much appreciated in both diet and exercise tips. My diary is also open however... be warned... XD I was getting bummed so I had quite of bit of ice cream lol. Thank you guys a bunch!
  9732743
May 3, 2012 11:50 PM
I would like to know too!
I am scared I will stop losing on such a workout program...
May 3, 2012 11:59 PM
Insanity was one of the most amazing workouts I've ever come across and def worth the money. I lost about 12 lbs in 7 weeks doing the program and noticed AMAZING results in my abs and legs (my problem areas). I had been stuck for about a month when I started the program and 3 days into the workouts the weight just started to drop off. It's not an easy program and you need to be VERY careful not to over do it because one injury will keep you from being able to finish (week 7 I tweeked my back and wasn't able to finish week 8). But I plan on starting the 8 weeks back up in about a month after I'm all re-cooped and I miss it every day I can't pop the DVD in because it truely becomes addictive!!
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May 4, 2012 12:01 AM
I just looked at your diary & it seems that you're eating way too little but high in sodium which are the main reasons you're not losing weight. And I frequently see cheez-its which are junk foods so you better off eating whole foods instead.

As for Insanity, I still haven't tried it but there are many who swear by it so I guess it works. However as they say the path to a better body is 80% nutrition & only 20% exercise. So no matter how great & effective your workouts are but if you don't support it with enough nutrition then nothing will happen. You can't outrain a bad diet & never use being "bummed" as an excuse to eat crap.
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May 4, 2012 12:02 AM
I have not tried t yet but have seen amazing results in the success story section for Insanity. If you are not really hungry I would not up my calories (unless you were eating too little). If you start a new workout and it makes you feel really hungry then for sure eat the extra, but if you don't need it I would not think t is the way to go. (But that is just me, some swear by it, others don't.) I did up mine when I increased my exercise and did lose weight.

A lot of these workouts you can buy used on craigslist or at garage sales, some people post them online from time to time, and there are free workouts on the fitness magazine site. If you have netflix there are some good workouts on there also.

But from what i have seen on this site i would say insanity works. people look great after when they post their pics.
Edited by christenwypy On May 4, 2012 12:04 AM
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May 4, 2012 12:04 AM
I've been doing Insanity for a little over 2 weeks now. I have not been losing much on the scale but I can notice a difference in my body. Losing 6 inches in 2 weeks sounds like it's working to me! :)
May 4, 2012 12:11 AM
There are some great YouTube videos people made of their progress. Watching them makes me certain that if I did it at home I would literally fall through the floor. Those jumps are high!!
  14085713
May 4, 2012 12:14 AM
im on day 2 today and the fit test was hard enough lol. i read up on this and was amazed but the results i was seeing. good luck
May 4, 2012 6:34 AM
Thank you for all your answers everyone! :) @ LaMujer: I will try to make my diet more clean and less sodium because that may very well be a reason... but honestly it's really hard not to grab crackers and stuff like that because of school. I go there every day and I don't have a car so lunch bags besides a sandwich are kinda not possible... not to mention that cafeteria food is way worse than anything I could bring from home! lol And yeah I know bummed is a bad excuse but after over a month of working out like crazy and watching my diet... bummed is what I was, but I bounced back. ;D Thanks for your tips!

@ Euro, I didn't even think of that! I'll definitely have to check around youtube for vids, thanks!

@ Everyone else, it seems like it does work really well then, I'll start looking around to see if I can find it for cheap. :) Thank you!

Any more comments or suggestions are more than welcome btw! :DDD
  9732743
May 4, 2012 6:35 AM
Yes Insanity DOES work!! 2 of my teamamtes are now doing 1 is 2 months in and the other just started.. I would be happy to get your more info.
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Hello all! :) Sorry if this is in the wrong section but I wasn't sure if I should put it here or in the "exercise" one. Anyway I've been stuck at the same weight (going up and down from 149-151) for over a month now and after reading many posts saying to up your calories to see results and such, I decided to give it a go. However I still haven't lost anything and It's been about 2 weeks. So this leads me to my main question, Is Insanity a good workout/ worth the money? Or would I be better off with other exercises? I don't have a lot of money (I'm in college) but I think I need to switch my exercise up to see more loss. Any and all help is much appreciated in both diet and exercise tips. My diary is also open however... be warned... XD I was getting bummed so I had quite of bit of ice cream lol. Thank you guys a bunch!
  16199811
May 4, 2012 6:37 AM
my husband has been using insanity since Jan 2012 - he still hasn't completed an entire 45 min dvd - he's getting further about 35-40 minutes. It's very intense but if you are dedicated it works - the work out are awesome - but again intense-& yes, I believe it works, but you have to be dedicated
May 4, 2012 7:59 PM
Thanks again! :) I've seen it on ebay (used) for $45-59, That's a lot cheaper than $90 i suppose.
  9732743
May 4, 2012 8:57 PM
Insanity is amazing! I've only on my third week and I've lost 10 pounds! I absolutely love it! Even though you sweat a lot and it's probably the hardest workout ever, it's totally worth it when you start seeing results!
May 4, 2012 9:00 PM
It's pretty highly regarded and from the sound of it, VERY challenging. If you stick with it, you WILL improve your fitness tremendously, provided that your nutrition is sound.
May 4, 2012 9:03 PM
Yes Insanity does work!! I have done it 2 times full rounds missing just a few days, and I will say my first round I lost 2 1/4 inches in my waiste, and the second time I lost more, but didn't take measurements. I'm getting ready to start it again to get ready for summer! If you do decide to get it, just beware, it is intense, but if you stick with it it will get easier, but will never be easy if that makes any sense! good luck!
May 4, 2012 9:27 PM
Wow! O.O The results sound waaayyyy worth the intensity> (whoa play off words xD) lol. Okay I'm sold. I'm kind of a baby when it comes to exercise when I'm by myself, but I'm serious about losing these last 20 lbs so I'm gonna try! :D
  9732743
June 2, 2012 6:06 PM
I haven't tried it yet and I just got the whole set today but when I was experiencing plateau I just tried switching my workouts to lose weight and since the Insanity workout set was a bit expensive for I've tried a different dvd that also has plyometrics. Try the Cardio Interval Burn DVD by Michelle Dozois. It has Plyo, Aerobics and Kickboxing at the same. I have been using this dvd for over a month now and I am still sweating everytime I do it and I see results!


Good luck on your exercise and losing weight! ;-)
June 28, 2012 1:49 PM
Insanity has done amazing things for me. It does work but it is tough and you have to be willing to commit to it. I have an online support workout group on facebook. We keep eachother going and share results. You can find me here and I can answer any more questions anyone has! http://www.facebook.com/cortney.meyers.9?ref=ts#!/sarah.dudley.714
July 26, 2012 11:59 AM
I literally bought Insanity at a used DVD store for $5.

True story.

I'm on Day 3 and I don't think I've sweat this much in months, it's exactly the boost you need. Just be sure to eat a lot of protein, greens, fruit, and drink a lot of water. And once you're done, see a nutritionist so you can get a professional examination and see what you need to do to maintain without having to kill yourself 6 days/week for the rest of your life.

It looks really hopeful though, I'm very excited to finish this.
July 26, 2012 12:05 PM
This Monday (7-30-12) my husband and I will be going into Month 2 of Insanity.....sort of scared, as I've heard the second month is so much harder but people seem to like it better. We'll see. I have lost inches and body fat. I'm still wait on seeing those abs!! lol What I have noticed with Month 1 is that my indurance in other exercises has boosted tremendously!! I can now do regular push ups with ease and girl push ups feel pointless. Insanity will make you sweat like you've never sweated in your life!!!!
Edited by Rach_Gem_n_Disguise On July 26, 2012 12:10 PM
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July 26, 2012 12:05 PM
Insanity as with all other programs currently on the market work, however results most certainly will vary. If weight loss and maintenance are your fundamental goals, you will need more than just videos to sustain any accomplishments from any program regardless of the fanfare tied to them. (This is where I am generally preaching to the choir but, then I digress). Diet and nutrition are key and honestly more of the building blocks than any exercise program. If you're able to achieve goals in the kitchen/pantry first, adding an exercise program will only boost your accomplishments. Good luck regardless and Be Well!
  11798711
July 26, 2012 12:06 PM
I'm on my second week and have already dropped a few pounds and can feel a difference in my clothes. It kicks my butt every day but I am sooo proud of myself when I finish.
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July 26, 2012 12:09 PM
From the looks of it, it does work. But it's also extremely intense and can be harmful if you push yourself too hard. That is from someone who doesn't have the program. I opted for p90x but I fell off of that bandwagon about a month into it. My schedule was too crazy to be able to do an hour to an hour and a half of boring exercises. I hear Insanity is a little more...upbeat than P90x.

But if you're worried about the money, there is BeFit in 90 on youtube that offers a p90x/Insanity like workout program that is FREE! I discovered it yesterday and I'm going to start next Sunday (softball tournament this weekend and I don't want to be pooped and sore for it...bad news bears). Just look up BeFit in 90 on youtube. The workouts are around 30 minutes long so you won't be slogging for an hour (if that's even a word...not too sure) and since you're in college, time may be a priority with juggling classes and whatever else you have going on.

Anyway, best of luck! Feel free to add me if you want motivation/support during your journey.
July 26, 2012 12:19 PM
I'm on Week 2 of Insanity after just having a baby(6weeks ago) and am loving it. Yes it is intense and yes it is probably the hardest workout I have ever done. That being said in the first week I lost 1.5inches from my waist and 1 inch from my hips, the scale didn't move but I have been told the weight just melts away during Month 2. I am so happy I found this workout program it is totally worth it.
  7684336
September 3, 2012 12:41 PM
I am in my 3rd week of Insanity and I love it! My goal in doing this was not to necessarily lose weight but to get stronger and toned and to do something different than my normal gym routine. After week 2 I have noticed that I can do normal pushups (yeah!) and my endurance has increased. The workouts are tough but I look forward to them everyday and feel a sense of satisfaction once done. Be sure to get a heart rate monitor...it helps track your calorie burn as well as keeps you within the proper zone. If you try it, be sure to eat small meals throughout the day. You will definitely need it! The book it comes with has food tips and also how to calculate how many cals you need per day while doing the program. Good luck!

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