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A Review of Insanity Max:30 Max Out Power

August 8, 2016

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I'm Mickie. I run One Strong Southern Girl from Small Town, TN. I love what I do. I want you to remember me because I helped changed your life. 

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Ladies, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to combine cardio AND resistance training in your workout routine.

You should sculpt your body by creating muscles—not just burning calories with an all cardio program.  (Plus, muscles are sexy.  It’s a fact.  *I asked a bunch of people*)

Max Out Power (just one of the workouts in the Insanity Max:30 program) is a great place to get both cardio and strength-training (without equipment).

Here’s a reminder of what the Insanity Max:30 program looks like:

Now let me explain how this routine (Max Out Power) will help you get strong and sexy…

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the cover art from the Insanity Max30 Max out Power workout video

Instructor-Shaun T

Category-Cardio+

Equipment-nothing (as long as you’re doing the workout on carpet or a soft surface)

Length-32 minutes

HRM-253 calories

Choreography-Simple

My rating- A

The Important Stuff about Max Out Power in Insanity Max:30

*You may want to have a mat close by if you’re doing Max Out Power on a hard floor.  Shaun T says you won’t need any equipment for this workout but the ab portion has some exercises on your back and you have to go down in low plank for one move.  Your elbows and back will thank you for a mat if you’re on tile or hardwood.

After the warm-up there are 4 sections in Max Out PowerThe first section focuses on lower body, the second section has your push-up combos, section 3 is core work, and the last section is classic Max:30 cardio (think burpees) with some more leg-focused combos.  Max Out Power is primarily cardio but incorporates sculpting which is why I’ve put it in the Cardio+ category.

The warm-up is about 8 minutes long.  In the main workout you’ll do each exercise for about 45 seconds and then get a 15 second rest.

*Pro Tip* The push-up section is really tough but the only way to see gains is to commit to pushing yourself hard here.  Try and get as many reps as possible up on your toes.

Danielle (neon sports bra with tiny black shorts) is the modifier.  She’s amazing.  Do what she’s doing if you’re too pooped to do the full move at any point during the workout.

Let your power take over.” –Shaun T, Max Out Power

You gotta love ST.  Listen to him.  He’s passionate about every workout and will pull that last ounce of energy out of you if you let him.  Be inspired, people.

Read to the end for links to a few places you can compare prices for this video 🙂

Warm-Up

There are 8 moves in the warm-up.  You’ll do each exercise (in the warm-up) for 30 seconds.  Here are the moves:

ALTERNATING HIGH KNEE PULLS

JOG

MEDICINE BALL TWISTS

MUMMY KICKS (*flashback to original Insanity*)

LATERAL LUNGE-RIGHT

SLAP BACK JACKS

LATERAL LUNGE-LEFT

HEISMAN

Water Break (you’re 4 minutes into the workout…get ready to push yourself)

Main Workout (The Exercises in Max Out Power)

Remember this part is all about your legs and glutes and that you’ll be doing every exercise for 45 seconds followed by a 15-second rest.

Attention-You won’t be checking your email during the rest—you’ll be jogging and catching your breath until the next exercise starts.

Section I

UP & BACK/SLAP BACK JUMP

Chest up and butt out

Jog (rest)

SIDE TO SIDE/SLAP BACK JUMP

Jog

REPEAT UP & BACK/SLAP BACK JUMP

This time you’ll be doing it as a team.  Shaun T will prompt you when to jump.

Jog

LOW SQUAT PULSE WITH AN UP/BACK JUMP

Yes, your legs are on fire and threatening to crumple under you, you’re not alone, keep going

Jog

LOW SQUAT PULSES

Poor Danielle (remember she’s doing the modified moves)…Shaun T goes over and shoves down on her thighs during this exercise but she’s incredible and stays on her feet and down in that squat

Jog

CHAIR HOLD

I challenge you to smile while you’re holding this

Jog

Water Break (10-minute mark)

Section II

You’re done with legs but this push-up section is SO. HARD.

Warning—if you did a workout like P90X3 The Challenge yesterday, you may be wishing you’d picked a different day to do Max Out Power.  (Wash your hair tonight because you might not be able to raise your arms tomorrow.)

This time you’ll do a child’s pose (aaahhhh…) during the 15-second rest.

Your next water break is at the 17-minute mark.

PLYO PUSH-UP JACKS

Notice that you do a wide push-up when your arms are wide and then you do a tricep push-up when you pop your feet back together

Child’s Pose

ARM JACK PUSH-UP

Shaun T uses this moment to highlight some form pointers with a lot of touching on Mike

Child’s Pose

PUSH-UP POP-UP

This is a tricep push-up, yep, that’s harder than a regular push-up

Child’s Pose

ALTERNATING STEP OUT PUSH-UPS

Child’s Pose

KNEE PLYO PUSH-UP

Now you have permission to get on your knees…if you’re like me you’ll start to get frustrated at this point because your arms are barely functioning, just keep giving 100% and tell yourself you’re a badass (because you are)

Child’s Pose

4-COUNT UP & DOWN PUSH-UPS (on your knees)

Child’s Pose

Water Break

Section III

This is your core section.  At this point you’ll just be so happy that you don’t have to do another push-up that you won’t care what comes next.

Remember that each move is about 45 seconds long and then you get a little rest.  The rest this time is either c-sit or child’s pose position.

PIKE-UP/X-OUT

This is a pike up and back and then get on your belly to do a superman, keep your legs strong for the pike up

Child’s Pose

Guess what?  More push-ups.  WTH, Shaun T?

WIDE PUSH-UP EXTENSIONS

Child’s Pose

LOW PLANK/PIKE UP

Here’s that move I told you about in the beginning, low pike is on your elbows so you’ll want a mat if you’re on a hard surface

Child’s Pose

The rest of the core moves are done on your backside.

SKI DOWN ABS

Keep your heels off the ground if you can

C-Sit Hold

X-ABS

Holy hell I can’t do these, I mean I try but they’re pathetic, my lower back does not want to stay pressed into the ground and my neck locks up, it’s ugly

C-Sit Hold

BACKSTROKE

Hey, be happy you don’t have to do any boring crunches

C-Sit Hold

Water Break-You’ve got about 6 minutes left in this thing

Section IV

Remember that this section takes you back to your basic Max:30 moves (intense cardio) with more legs.  Really push yourself to finish strong.  You’ll be jogging in place for your 15 second rest periods.

ALTERNATING BURPEE LUNGES

Keep your feet together in the burpee

Jog

ALTERNATING SQUAT LUNGES

Jog

FORWARD BACK FROG JUMP BURPEES

Jog

LUNGE PULSES RIGHT/LEFT

Your legs are a wobbly mess at this point but do your best

There’s no 15-second break here like you’re expecting (*sad face*)

WIDE BURPEE JUMP

Jog

IRON LEGS

It’s an alternating lunge with a jump in the middle where you criss-cross your feet in the air (ballet anyone?)

You’re DONE!  You. Are. Amazing.  You have permission to randomly insert this phrase into conversations today, ‘during my Insanity Max:30 workout…’

Cool Down/Stretch

You survived the hard part.  Now treat yourself to a 3 minute cool down/stretch.  You need this part, too.  Don’t skip it.

Now What?

I love the Insanity Max:30 series.  Period.

Max:30 Max Out Power is just one more amazing workout in this family of videos.

Combine every Max:30 workout with a short weight program and you’ll be a sculpted rock star in no time.

You can find the entire Insanity Max:30 series (with Max Out Power) by Beachbody on Amazon. 

Or in a membership to Beachbody on Demand. (Sign up for a FREE TRIAL of Beachbody on Demand and try out all those Beachbody workouts you’ve been meaning to buy!)

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