The above question was recently asked of me in a quora forum. At first glance all I could think about was to say, “just do the program”, because insanity is just a follow the leader cardio workout. What else could you possibly say? Then, the more I thought, the more I realized there was a lot to say on the matter.
The insanity series suffers from two major downfalls. The first problem is that it is absolutely not for beginners. If you are just starting out, do not buy this program, because it is not for you. Shaun T has an easier program called the T25 for you to start with. (“easier” is a relative term). The second problem is that there is no good way to track your progress. When I say,”progress”, I do not mean weight loss or waist size, I mean charting if you worked as hard this week as you did last week.
If I am a runner, I know I worked harder this week, because I ran my route faster than last week. If I am doing the P90X, I know I worked harder, because I did more reps or used heavier weight. So, how do track insanity, since it is just a follow the leader.
Believe it or not, there is a way!
It will take a little time to write up a chart though.
First of all, you need to set a goal to work towards. I believe the ultimate goal of Insanity, is to complete the workout and keep up with Shaun T. (If you think you are going to put in this workout and be able keep up with Shaun, you are deluded!!) You are going to have to modify moves, take breaks, and go much slower. That is a fact!! The problem here is that if you do that, it becomes real easy or tempting to actually work less hard each week. That is why charting your progress is so important.
So How Do We Chart It?
That is how you get the most out of the “insanity” workout series. The end result is that you can do everything in the workout just like Shaun T! (Just a heads up though… …you probably won’t accomplish that in the first 60 days)
I found the above question on a web forum and was horrified at some of the answers given, such as “both boys and girls should workout using the exact same exercises” or “workout videos are complete BS”.
I will start by saying that there actually is a “best” workout online…. ….It is whatever one that you enjoy and continue to do. Choosing a fitness routine is like choosing a hobby. You do it because you enjoy it and because you enjoy it, you will continue to do it. Whether you chose swimming, running, weight lifting, kayaking, ballet, hiking, yoga, or workout videos; make sure it is something you like and you will succeed in becoming “fit”.
Despite what many in the world are trying to claim, men and women are very very different. We are physically different, we a chemically different, we think different, our emotions are different, and we have different interests. So guess what, it is safe to assume that our workouts should also be different. Men are designed to produce short powerful bursts of motion, while women are designed for more sustained endured motions. (Ever notice how men gravitate to power lifting while women gravitate to yoga or ballet) Guess what… …these are entirely different exercise programs.
A lot of trainers and fitness experts are extreme athletes. They are often bodybuilders, weight lifting competitors, or cross-fit competitors. These people cannot conceive that others don’t want to follow in their footsteps and unfortunately they push or expect way too much out of anyone just wanting to be in better shape. There is a world of difference between being lean, strong, and fit and being a strength competitor. So, for those of us not trying to be the next Olympian, home workout videos are more than enough to accomplish our fitness goals. Some of these home workouts (like insanity) would challenge the best of the fitness experts.
So what are some of the best free online workouts for women: