October 20, 2016
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So, you’ve either just purchased Insanity Max:30 or you’re thinking about it. Good for you!
We’ve all seen the infomercials and wondered if there’s as much sizzle and Kapow in those Max:30 routines as it looks like there is.
Here’s a reminder of what the ad looks like:
I know I had a lot of questions about Max:30. (Which is why I waited a long time to buy it).
How does Insanity Max:30 measure up to classic Insanity and Insanity Asylum? Is it the same moves rearranged into a new puzzle with the Beachbody Masters hoping no one notices?
I was worried about that. No one wants to feel like a sucker.
What I can tell you is that if you love the routines in classic Insanity and Asylum then you’re going to love Max:30.
The exercises from all 3 programs are from the same family but each maintains their own identities. It’s like all the songs on your Miranda Lambert album. Shaun T does all the vocals but the songs are all different.
The biggest differences between Insanity Max:30 and the other Insanity programs are the lengths of the routines (Insanity and Asylum are longer), and that you won’t need any equipment (like you do with Asylum).
You may have resisted it for a long time but eventually we all arrive. Welcome to the party. You’re not going to regret it.
Now I’ll tell you all the stuff you may not realize about Insanity Max:30 (and why you’re going to love it).
The truth About Insanity Max:30…
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Like everyone else in the world I’ve seen the Insanity Max:30 infomercial about 100 times.
We’ve all seen the people drenched in sweat. I always assumed the program was just a bunch of cardio routines.
But without any equipment you’ll get total body sculpting during the course of the series.
You’re not going to bulk up (sorry, guys) but you will tone and trim. (Two of my favorite words—tone and trim).
With the 2 minute cool down/stretch the workouts are actually 32 minutes.
You’re not allowed to skip the stretch (this is my own personal rule but you should follow it, too) so just know you’ll need 32 minutes to do each workout (not 30).
I’m kind of neurotic about my time management so I like to know exactly how long each routine lasts.
Listen to me. Anyone can do the routines in Insanity Max:30. (Unless you’re injured or have a medical condition that keeps you from doing intense, high-impact cardio exercise).
You may trip and fall while getting dressed every morning but you can do this. You do not have to be a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader or a good dancer to figure out the moves. No excuses.
Shaun T says the equipment requirement is ‘nada’ but over the course of the 10 main workouts you’ll be doing a lot of exercises on the floor.
There are low planks (on your elbows), ab exercises sitting on the floor and other core exercises in the supine position (on your back).
If you’re doing Insanity Max:30 on a hard surface then you’ll want a mat for some of the routines.
So, I’d say a mat is recommended but still optional.
We all love Beachbody.
I’ve personally purchased an embarrassing number of their programs AND I have a membership to Beachbody on Demand.
But sometimes I don’t feel like going through their checkout process (no I don’t want to buy supplements, no I don’t want to sign up for blah blah or purchase blah blah. The truth is, sometimes I need to avoid Beachbody just so I don’t end up purchasing more than I intended.)
Plus, who doesn’t like to compare prices?
PRO TIP-If you have no idea what Beachbody on Demand is then I recommend this article, Beachbody on Demand: 5 Good Reasons to Give it a Try.
(Girls,) If you want to be a complete and total badass then buy P90X3 (these workouts are also about 30 minutes each) and pair it with Insanity Max:30.
It’s a beautiful combination of programs and will change your body.
Do one of each on the same day or alternate each series during your week.
A huge pet peeve of mine is when an instructor in a video strolls around the set during most of the routine.
I understand the value of pointing out good examples of form and such but there’s a limit when it just gets me irritated.
Disclosure-My husband says my threshold for irritation is lower than most people. Maybe. But don’t tell me how hard something is or how it feels when you’re not even doing it?
There are programs out there where Shaun T does a fair amount of wandering around the set and not doing the exercises with the team (*throat clearing* Focus T25).
But Shaun T delivers in Insanity Max:30 by doing almost every exercise in every routine. I love that.
I get fired up when I see the instructor (the Master of the Program, shall we call him) struggle through the same exercises I do. (But never quit.)
Also, we all want to see how many reps Shaun T can do, right? I mean my goal is to keep up with him (or that girl Sarah, she’s a total machine), afterall.
*This is my personal calorie burn for each of the 10 main (32 minute) workouts in Insanity Max:30 (this list doesn’t include Ab Attack which is only 10 minutes long, and Pulse which lasts 20 minutes).
These numbers are for reference only.
Your numbers will be different but you can use the values to see which routines are more cardio intensive.
Friday Fight Round One-295
Max Out Cardio-316
Max Out Power-253
Max Out Sweat-320
Max Out Strength-287
Friday Fight Round Two-316
I’m roughly 5’3” and 118-120 lbs and exercise 5-7 days a week. If you’re about my size (and exercise regularly) then you may burn close to the same amount. For reference, my husband is twice my size and he burns roughly twice as many calories as I do on every workout.
Don’t be like me and put off buying this series. Insanity Max:30 is fun, effective and affordable. You won’t regret it. C’mon you can do anything for 32 minutes, right?
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