You should know Insanity is a crazy, insane workout. And for those who are not in any kind of shape to begin with or haven’t worked out recently Insanity may just be too much for you right out of the gates. However there are ways you can start preparing for Insanity to get the most out of the program. It’s my goal to help every single one of my Insanity Challengers get the best results possible from the program. So it’s important you get yourself ready. If you’d like to “Test Drive” Insanity to see what an actual workout in the program feels like take a look at our Free Insanity Test drive where you can check out the first 10 minutes of one of the workouts.
Preparing for Insanity
I feel preparing for Insanity is very important, especially to maximize your results. Before my most recent round of Insanity I was working out 5 days per week. Not everyone will need the same kind of regiment to prepare for Insanity but remember Insanity is an intense cardio 6 days per week. So if you’re not currently working out I highly suggest putting in at least a week or two before you start Insanity.
If you currently have the Insanity Program and have struggled with it there is away you can gradually get into the program. You can use the program itself to prepare yourself for the 60 days. Shaun T suggests ONLY doing the warm-up then skipping to the cool down for a week. If after one week you feel you want more add the first circuit of the program (do the warm-up and the first circuit) then skip to the cool down. This will defenitely get your body acclimated to the Insanity style workouts.
Another way to get ready for Insanity is to take the “Sanity Check” Challenge. The Sanity Check is a brand new workout developed by Shaun T to help those who may not be ready for Insanity. It will take you through the basics of the Insanity Workout which will in turn help build the foundation to form and control so you WILL get the most out Insanity when you begin. You’ll be taking a lot more focus on form than intensity which as Shaun T says “Form over Speed”. You can take the Sanity Check Challenge and do it one week prior to your Insanity Workout Start Date.
Another way to help prepare yourself for the Insanity workout is to take Shaun T’s 5 Day Jump STart Challenge.
What Is The 5 Day Jump STart Challenge
The 5 Day Jump STart Challenge was designed by Insanity creator Shaun T. It’s to be used five days before you next workout regimen. It will help jump STart your body and metabolism to give it the boost it will need to get the program started. It’s not a type of cleanse but instead a “kick-off” for your mind, body and soul that will prepare you to be ready for your next workout program.
The 5 Day Jump STart Challenge Daily Tasks:
Drink a Shakeology for breakfast and for your afternoon snack. Please limit your ingredients to water and ice. If you want to use milk instead of water, we highly recommend not using cow’s milk. (if you do not have access to Shakeology then please do your best to eat a healthy and balanced breakfast and lunch)
Get Your Shakeology Here.
The rest of your meals are up to you, however, be mindful of the choices you make. For these five days we are suggesting NO ALCOHOL and limited added sugar.
You are to drink 64 oz of water each day.
Your daily workout will be the following circuit. You are to do this circuit Wednesday through Saturday and take Sunday as a recovery day since you will be starting your new program on Monday.
***Each move will be done for 1 minute. At the end of the 6 moves, take a 1 minute recovery period before repeating. You will do the circuit 3 times through making this a 20 minute workout. *** (be sure to modify as necessary). Remember to go at your own pace and do your best.
3. hold plank
4. alternating plyo lunges
5. high knee run
6. Floor sprints (floor mountain climbers)
* At the end of the 3 circuits – you will also do 50 push-ups and/or 50 pull-ups (if you have access to a pull-up bar at home).
You’ll notice very quickly that even though Shaun T’s 5 Day Jump STart Challenge looks easy, I can tell you it is not. BUT that is necessary to prepare you for your next workout, whether it be the Insanity Challenge or Asylum or even the all new Focus T-25. In addition to the above guidelines I would also suggest tracking your nutrition each day. This will get you in habit of making better choices. Let’s face it, we don’t want to be killing ourselves in our workouts and not get results because of our lack of nutrition. So suck it up and track it, it’s not hard to do.
So as you noticed in the 5 Day Jump STart Challenge, Shaun T has you drinking Shakeology two times per day with water or milk. If you have been eating nothing but junk and can’t seem to find a way to eat healthy this Challenge will be a crash course for your body. Shakeology is the healthiest meal of the day and will totally make you look and feel better. Shaun T has become a Shakeology lover after Carl Daikeler (Beachbody CEO) finally talked him into trying it for 30 days and told him he’s going to feel amazing
Shaun T’s Shakeology Recipe
The other day he did one of the Beachbody live chats and he shed a little bit of light on his new program Focus T-25. During the broadcast he outlined his favorite Shakeology recipes and I thought it sounded amazing so I wanted to give it a try. I made a few minor modifications based on the ingredients I had available but it’s basically the same thing. Also be sure this recipe fits into your daily nutritional goals as it contains a lot of carbs.
Shaun T’s Shakeology Recipe:
- 1 Scoop Chocolate (VEGAN) Shakeology
- 2 tbsp. Natural Peanut Butter (Or almond butter)
- 1/2 Banana
- 1/2 100% Natural Granola Bar
- 1/2 Edy’s Coconut Waters with Pineapple (Popsicle)
- 8-10 oz of water or milk
Note – I altered a few things from his recipe. I only used 1 tbsp. of peanut butter and used PB2. I also have the regular Shakeology instead of the vegan. Below are the nutritional facts based on the products I used. I also occasionally throw in a scoop of whey protein to boost the protein a bit more.
So here is the nutritional facts:
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