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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.
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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Equipment-nothing (as long as you’re doing the workout on carpet or a soft surface)
My rating- A
*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 Power. The 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 🙂
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
MEDICINE BALL TWISTS
MUMMY KICKS (*flashback to original Insanity*)
SLAP BACK JACKS
Water Break (you’re 4 minutes into the workout…get ready to push yourself)
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.
UP & BACK/SLAP BACK JUMP
Chest up and butt out
SIDE TO SIDE/SLAP BACK JUMP
REPEAT UP & BACK/SLAP BACK JUMP
This time you’ll be doing it as a team. Shaun T will prompt you when to jump.
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
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
I challenge you to smile while you’re holding this
Water Break (10-minute mark)
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
ARM JACK PUSH-UP
Shaun T uses this moment to highlight some form pointers with a lot of touching on Mike
This is a tricep push-up, yep, that’s harder than a regular push-up
ALTERNATING STEP OUT PUSH-UPS
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)
4-COUNT UP & DOWN PUSH-UPS (on your knees)
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.
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
Guess what? More push-ups. WTH, Shaun T?
WIDE PUSH-UP EXTENSIONS
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
The rest of the core moves are done on your backside.
SKI DOWN ABS
Keep your heels off the ground if you can
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
Hey, be happy you don’t have to do any boring crunches
Water Break-You’ve got about 6 minutes left in this thing
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
ALTERNATING SQUAT LUNGES
FORWARD BACK FROG JUMP BURPEES
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
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…’
You survived the hard part. Now treat yourself to a 3 minute cool down/stretch. You need this part, too. Don’t skip it.
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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