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)