Insanity FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Insanity Workout. If you want to know something more about the insanity workout, it’s highly recommended to read the complete Insanity Workout Review.

1. Unable to do the fit test, now what?

Define unable. If you feel pain in the chest, or have shortness of breath, or some hearth issues, then consult a doctor immediately. If you feel pain in the joints and ankles then also try and find another solution.

But if unable means doing one push-up instead of 20, and three minutes of rest instead of one, then I guess a talk about will power and determination is more appropriate here. Over time the workout doesn’t get easier – you get stronger.

2. What is the best way to prepare for the Insanity workout?

The good thing about Insanity is that it can be done by both people who are in shape and ones who are not that much. It is designed for you to push yourself to YOUR limits.

However, being hard on the joints and back, as well as all muscle groups, if you are far from being in shape I will recommend giving yourself one week (maybe even two) where you will do compound exercises using your own body weight (pushups, sit-ups, squads, leg rises, and some jumping exercises), and running couple of miles per week as to get your cardio endurance up.

3. How much time out of your day does Insanity take?

The first month, given the fact that every workout lasts somewhere between 35-45 minutes, and considering a minute or two as to prepare for it (get a towel, water, cover the floor, maybe hook you laptop to a TV), not that much.

The videos for the second month though usually last for around 55 minutes to an hour. So even with adding the time for shower, you are done in less than one hour and a half.

4. When is the best time to do Insanity?

Depends. If you ask for the perfect scenario, then I guess it is you getting out of bed, having some breakfast, sitting on the porch, then taking a nap, and then after you wake up go and do Insanity.

But there isn’t a single person that I know of who can do that. Kidding aside, Insanity is very intense, so doing it in the mornings might get tough over time.

Remember, intense as it is, the body needs about an hour to adjust and recuperate. So I guess doing Insanity in the afternoons is a better decision after all.

I never did it in the mornings. Besides, doing Insanity in the afternoons will help you sleep even better.

5. Do you need a lot of room to do Insanity?

I did it in 4 square meters. And you can do it in even less than that. It does involve a lot of jumping though, so if someone lives right under you, then there is a chance that it will bother them a little bit.

6. Does Insanity really work?

Now let’s be real here. Taking in mind the nature of the exercises, and adding a healthy diet into the picture, what do you think? This is not a joke, this is hard work. If you train like an athlete you will look like an athlete. And Insanity is even more in intensity than what some athletes are doing.

7. Where to buy the Insanity workout program from?

*Update – All Beachbody workouts, as of recently, are sold through their subscription model titled Beachbody on Demand. Therefore, I’d recommend the official Beachbody On Demand website.

The cost is $99 for a yearly subscription, but get this – you will also have access to All of their latest programs, All of the popular programs (such as Insanity and P90X), and as if this wasn’t enough – All of Beachbody Future releases!

The subscription to Beachbody on Demand comes with a 30 day money back guarantee as well.

8. How hard is insanity workout?

There is a chapter in the insanity workout review dedicated for this question – Who can do this?

9. Does Insanity get easier?

As a matter of fact it doesn’t. It gets harder- the videos from the second month are both longer and containing more complex movements. But you get stronger, a lot stronger, so it seems like it gets easier.

10. Will Insanity make me bulky?

I have heard this question like a dozens of times. The answer is not that much, but it all depends. Guys, having more testosterone, are likely to build more muscle.

Also, it depends on how much protein you consume during the program. But with Insanity being more cardio centered than anything else, I will have to say no.

It will give you that ripped look, that athletic look, rather than make you look like you’ve been weight lifting. It’s muscle definition and fat burning more than anything else.

11. How many different Insanity workouts are there?

One workout. The Asylum series are something entirely different. The Insanity: Asylum and Insanity: Asylum 2 are created by the same company and the same coach, but are designed to last 30 days and the nature of the exercises is slightly different.

They are a LOT harder than Insanity too. A LOT.

12. How long does it take to see results from insanity?

There is a chapter in the insanity workout review dedicated for this question – How quickly will the results come?

13. How many people finish Insanity?

Not that much actually when you consider percentage wise, though the number on the other hand is huge. But it has nothing to do with it being freakishly hard or anything. It is a matter of motivation, will power and discipline. This is a whole new ball game here guys. It is hard, but remember- when you go the last mile it’s never crowded.

14. What to do after finishing the Insanity workout?

The Insanity workout is super hard in terms of intensity. If you are the athletic type and want more fun after it you can go with the Insanity: Asylum, since it is logical if you want to up the ante.

You can also try some routine where you make a hybrid of the Insanity workout by adding some resistance exercises, or maybe even some weight lifting. If in shape, you can also combine it with some sport, or perhaps running.

I haven’t tried P90X, but from what I learned doing the research and talking to people, it is more muscle building oriented, and somewhat easier than Insanity; a lot easier when it comes to cardio. So if you want to keep yourself in great shape, or even see some muscle growth, then go with it.

15. What should the amount of sleep be during the Insanity workout?

Depends on you really, and a lot of other factors like what do you work, how stressed are you, how much physical activity do you do other than Insanity, are you treating yourself with a massage from time to time…

But on average I would say 7.5-8 hours of sleep. Maybe some 20 minute nap in the afternoon too.

16. Is Insanity good for track runners?

It was created by a track and field athlete, so you do the math. First of all, you cardio capacity will be way up. It’s max interval training, meaning a lot of cardio work.

Secondly, the exercises target the core quite a lot, from every possible angle, so you get a lot of explosiveness.

Both from the core exercises as well from the lot of leg work. High knee sprints, jumping jacks, heel rises, squads in all possible forms and variations, a lot of yoga moves for increasing range of motion…

All of this makes for the perfect workout. I’m into recreational 5K’s, and after completing Insanity I measured 21 minutes even without running a mile during the two months.

17. Can I do the Insanity workout in the evenings and run in the mornings?

I highly advice against running and doing Insanity at the same time. The thing is, you see, Insanity involves a lot of jumping thus putting a lot of stress on the ankles and joints.

Running at the very beginning, alongside doing Insanity can be very tricky. Translated in vernacular- you can badly injure your joints.

My advice is to wait for a while, get in decent shape, and if you really want to run that much maybe go for 3-4 miles per week. But remember, if you aim after results in looks then Insanity is enough. You see, if the body is rest deprived, or overworked, then the results are not that great.

18. What are the effects of insanity workout?

There is a chapter in the ultimate insanity workout review dedicated for this question – The nature of the exercises, and the effects they have on your body.

19. Will I get a six pack from Insanity?

Most definitely. The thing is, you see, with all that cardio done on daily basis your abdominal fat tissue will almost disappear, hence revealing your six pack. Size depends on protein intake as well as some genetic predispositions, but a lean defined abdominal area is a given.

This is also due to the fact that almost all of the workouts target your core in one way or another, and of course one of the workouts is designed specifically to give you the hardest abs workout there is.

20. How to increase my workout results with Insanity?

Now when it comes to this question there are different schools of thought.

On one hand, some might assume that doing more of the workouts, or adding some additional activity while doing the program will help them see results even faster.

But on the other, there are people who know better and make a different approach.

You see, adding additional exercises or fitness routines while doing the Insanity program will only wear you down even more, breaking muscle tissue way more than it should, making you more prone to injury, causing you to feel fatigue, increasing your cortisol levels (this makes muscle repair way slower).

But, if you add half to one hour of sleep more, or eat more protein either by increasing your meat intake or by adding some whey protein powder, or even break things down to basics such is doing less repetitions but doing them with the correct form, then you will see results way faster.

Food also helps. In fact it is more up to what you eat than anything else, so watch over your diet.

21. I feel like I will throw up during the Insanity workouts – what to do?

Couple of times I had the exact same feeling and it’s not pleasant at all.
So avoid eating like two hours before you hit the play button. Drink small sips of water instead of mouthfuls while working out, and start learning your body’s limits.

22. I feel my pulse being off the roof, what should I do?

Start learning your body and see to it that it never gets to that. If it does though, immediately stop, don’t panic and try to calm yourself down. I brought myself to the point of being short of breath couple of times, and it isn’t pretty.

23. What to do if I cannot sleep during the Insanity workout program?

Usually most of the people I’ve talked with sleep like lambs. However, there are some (I had a similar problem couple of days) who albeit being super tired are unable to fall asleep quickly.

First of all, have in mind that this workout is probably the hardest thing you will do physically in your life; Having said that, the logic dictates that your body will have a hard time adapting to the change happening inside.

Among the probable causes for having a hard time falling asleep are usually doing the workout too late in the evenings, muscle soreness and lack of hydration.

Doing the exercises in the evening or hour or two before you go to bed may be a problem since it will elevate your pulse, blood pressure, start a chain of chemical processes inside of your body. Lack of hydration on the other hand is also a big problem mostly because you will never see it coming.

How come? Well, you see, drinking a gallon of water after doing the workout will not help you here. Your body will already be slightly dehydrated, and it will be a while before all the water is processed and delivered where it should.

The answer here is to drink water throughout the day, and take small sips while doing the workout. You can start with the sips even before you push the play button. What drinking small amount of water on very frequent intervals does is efficiently hydrating your body.

24. I cannot follow the Insanity diet plan – what should I do?

The diet plan is great if you want to see the results you are after. But have in mind that it is not the ONLY option when it comes to nutrition. Try to see it as some sort of blueprint for healthy way of eating rather than the secret formula. You see, I never followed the exact diet plan, and still got the results I was after.

Try to follow the cornerstones of diet mentioned there. Eat 5-6 times per day, eat healthy food in the proportion of 40% carbs, 40% protein, 20% healthy fats (monounsaturated and omega 3,6,9). Find the food sources which contain this nutritional value (lean meat, fish, fruits and vegetables) and make your own diet plan. Take my word for it- you will see the same results as if you were on the Insanity diet plan.

25. What can I look like after the Insanity program?

Depends on your current physique. But all in all expect nicely defined arms and shoulders, flat and sculpted chest if you are a guy, incredibly tightened abdominal area, tight but very well defined calves, and of course very tight thighs and butt (mostly due to the fact that half of the exercises involve jumping and positioning yourself in squad position, doing all varieties of squads).

Definitely lowered body fat percentage too. You will see muscles you never knew existed.

26. Will I get any muscle with the Insanity workout?

Again there are couple of answers to this questions. Girls don’t usually get that much of a muscle growth like guys since they have lower testosterone levels among other things. Anyway, even for guys, since all of the exercises are mostly cardio centered there isn’t that much of a muscle growth per se.

However, if you do the correct form of every exercise (go with the pushup all the way down, instead of counting speed reps while doing half the form right) and take the advised amount of protein, you will see some serious muscle growth. Remember, you will not get bulky, but instead have that ripped, athletic look.

27. Should I get anything in addition to Insanity?

No, the set is enough. Every exercise is done using your own body weight as to supply the resistance. You will only need sneakers (for better joint stability), something to cover the floor with (there will be a LOT of sweat), bottle of water and a towel.

28. Tips and tricks for insanity?

There is a chapter in the complete insanity workout review dedicated for this question – Tips for going through this exercise more easily (if that is possible at all).

93 opinions already. What's yours?

  1. Ozz

    I am a smoker and leading an unhealthy life that lacks even walking, and I am worried about the heart thing (you said heart rate works up to 85% and it’s not a joke if my heart stops!). So if I fail to commit to the exact schedule of Insanity, can I tailor the program according to my ability by lowering the exercise time and increasing rest time and still get relatively good results?

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Ozz,
      Since you are lacking exercise altogether, even going through a somewhat modified and customized version of Insanity will do wonders. It might not get you the exact same results in two months time, but I’m pretty confident that after two months of modified Insanity schedule, you will be able to progress more and obtain great results in an additional month or two.

    • Cat

      Hey Ozz. I am a smoker and have been for 10+ years. I was also an addict for 8 years. I am currently on week 2 of Insanity and yes, still smoking. I have no problem with completing the work outs. I would say to try to do them everyday. As Shaun T says in a Q & A… It’s better to press play everyday and only be able to do part of the workout than to not do it at all. Your cardio and lungs and heart function will get better. Just know your limit. Chances are you can do more than you think if you just put your mind to it. Good luck. Hope you give it a try!!!

      • Angelus

        Hi Ozz

        I was a smoker for 15 years before i strated Insanity, 40 a day for the last 5 years. I actually started Insanity because i quit smoking and wanted a way to get fit quick. I went from zero fitness, getting out of breath lifting the remote control, to being able to run non stop for 5 miles. If you want to get fit you need to quit smoking. I read a book called Allen Carrs Easyway to Quit Smoking and i stopped with no withdrawal symptoms at all. When i started the Insanity the first time i didn’t bother with diet, too much of a lifestyle shock i think. I felt fitter even then but if you want the looks to go with the extra energy and zest for life you need to eat healthy. I am now on my third round of Insanity, having started the first go in January of this year, and i feel amazing. Its not just the looks and the energy that you get from working out, its the confidence and belief that anything is possible. In January, getting fit was my goal, now working out is my foundation for achieving my dreams. I’ll see you at the top.

  2. Joel


    I finished the Insanity program and Ive decided to combine it with BeastBody ( I hope its no problem to mention the name here?) so my workout schedule is I go with BeastBody 3 times a week plus Insanity 2 days a week..So far I can handle it with no problem but maybe I am doing to much? I am not a body builder but I would still like to see some muscle growth

    What do do you think? Thanks !

    • Slavko Desik

      Hey Joel,
      From what you describe it looks good. Two days of rest should be enough, and strength exercises are dominant in your schedule. You should see great results when it comes to muscle growth. See to it that you are eating clean, and having your 8 hours of rest.
      Drop a line in a week or two, cause I’m really interested in what comes out of it.


  3. Karen

    I am just now starting the Insanity program and wondering if I can do it over a longer period – say 90 days instead of 60? I travel a lot for work – I am on the road every other week and when I am away from home, I can still work out at least 45-60 mins / day, 6 days a week. I plan on following the nutrition plan as well, although that is harder for me when I am away, but I’ll do it. I’m assuming that as long as I complete the series and continue to work out (even at a lower intensity) on all of the days when I am not home, I should still see results. What do you think? Thanks!

  4. john

    Hi , I am currently on my final 2 weeks of the 63 days( and I love it) ,but on the days I am meant to do two sets of things ,( tomorrow it says max cardio conditioning (47 mins) + insane abs(32 mins) I feel its a bit to much ?? am I meant to do both ? if so, are they straight after each other? and if so can I jib stretching at the end of the first one ?

  5. mitch

    Hi, I am doing insanity during the soccer season and I have soccer training on tuesday and thursday and a game on sunday. This means that i can only do insanity workouts on monday, wednesday, friday and saturday. Will this still be affective?

    • john drizz

      Hi mitch and karen im not sure if these questions are meant to be for just slavko to answer , (because he is the expert) but because he hasnt replied to our 3 questions , (he must be busy lol) i can answer your queries ,, of course you will still get the resuls karen and yes it will still be very affective mitch but obviosly not in the 63 day timescale, wich isnt neccassery essential , its just a quicker senario for less busy people ,,,you guys are still gonna be doing all of the programme , and more, so in my humble amuater fitness freak opinion , you will both be fine ( luckily for me i am the oppossite i have more spare time so i skip the rest day (is that not a good idea slavko??) Because i love it and i just wanna get right back into it good luck guys . Ps i still didnt get MY question answered( where are you slavko?) but its too late i i done a double session and boy was it tough , and i love it .pps i have been a proffesional steeplechase jockey/jump jockey for the last 20 years and believe me we (jump jockeys)have to be ultra fit and strong (and brave/stupid lol)while constantly watching our weight ) and out of all my years of various stenght and fitness training , insanity is the toughest thing i have ever put my body through . Thanks shaun T , thanks slavko

  6. Dominic

    i don’t have the nutrition guide for the insanity workout, will not eating the recommended foods affect my end results, also is there anything i can eat or drink to make up for the nutrition guide

  7. pretty


    Im new about this Insanity program. I do the 20 min Insanity workout every morning before breakfast.Im petite with belly fats which i didnt have until I started my job a year ago. I avoid fastfoods and softdrinks now. THis insanity is good, I sweat alot everytime I do this. Please give some advice for a newbie like me.

    • Joel

      I would say just follow the program… why are you doing only 20 minutes? some of the videos are 45 min long….

      I would say simply follow the program, eat right and drink a lot of water

      I am no expert but that what works for me

      Perhaps Mr Slavko has a better answer


  8. Netanel

    Hi, on the day of the fit test and max interval circuit am i supposed to do them one after the other or with a break in between? Thanks

  9. Kywaun

    What part of the insanity DVD helps build great butt?

  10. Katarina

    Is it possible to be too young to do Insanity? Or would mid teen years be okay.

    • Catt

      This is just my personal opinion, but I’d say a teenager would be just fine to do it. However there’s a big long disclaimer at the beginning of each DVD. It might say 18 or older. You could google it. I was in tip top shape in my teens and wish I would have found something like Insanity to do. Maybe would have kept me from smoking cigarettes and pot and doing other dumb things. Good luck to you. I’d say if your health permits it, give it a try!!!

  11. Stephen


    I’m 14 yrs old, I think I’m 25% bodyfat, and I’m 2 weeks in to insanity. I was wondering when you get to start seeing results and if 3 meals a day is ok. You see being 14 I can’t really follow the plan and have to eat what my mum made 3 meals a day because I can’t find the time for 5-6 from school, music lessons, basketball training, swim training, and Taekwondo. I would really like to see some results for some extra encouragement to keep going, I’m preparing for a good looking body for when we go to a school fun swim event in December 2014 (summer here in nz), I don’t find it particularly hard but I usually skip the stretches and I just can’t seem to put enough effort to sweat in the warm-up, but I do sweat. So yeah, any help from this would be great thanks :)

    • Catt

      Hey. I would say being so young you should see results pretty quick, but here’s the thing: the eating is so important because you will build muscle before you lose the fat making some people ( at least me) look like your getting bigger than smaller. The second part of the program is where you shred the fat. But you need to eat more than three meals a day. Keep some carrots or some healthy snack in your back pack. Some protein bars or something. You really do need to eat more and eat clean. Lean meat and lots of veggies. Don’t drink soda!! Also, I read you are doing other sports. In this case you Really need to be eating more. Especially protein and carbs. Would your mom buy you a whey protein shake mix? Make sure it’s safe first for someone your age. No taurine and such. The stretching is very very important!! I know it probably doesn’t seem like it but it truly is. It’ll help you see the results and also help your muscles to stretch out so they can do more than before. Good luck to you and really follow the program as close to the way it’s written as you can. Don’t over do it though, you seem very busy! You will see results from your strength and endurance before you see them in your body. Don’t give up!!!

      • Stephen

        Thanks Cat,

        I eat quite a bit of carbs, I’m Filipino and rice is a huge staple in my diet. I also have started drinking protein shakes and are crackers and peanut butter sufficient enough? I also recently dropped swimming and Taekwondo for various reasons. I dont do the thursday recovery/Pilates session will that be alright? I have also seen a difference in my strength and my stomach is a bit smaller and I’ve started to see an outline of my abs. But my body seems a bit weird, my waist is way smaller than my hips making my body look like an hourglass, will this go by exercise?

        • Catt

          Carbs are fine and peanut butter is good. Rice is fine. No processed foods. Try to eat fresh vegetables with every meal. Raw or cooked. Canned veggies fine too. You really need to follow the basics of the meal plan. Don’t have to follow it exactly. Just lean meats a d veggies. Sweet potatoes are good too. The Thursday workout may seem like its pointless or more for women, but I assure you it’s there for a reason. Stretching the muscles you have been working out will help you to see them more and prevent injury. As for your hips being wider than you waist. You are very young and you will proportion out just fine! I promise. You could do some exercises though to work you side muscles your obliques. If you build more muscle there it would probably help you look more straight. :-)

      • River

        Hi im the same as him, i also have a wide hip and a small waist around the middle two abs. Will that go by insanity? will insanity help me build lats? Will insanity help me build pecs because i have a flat, flabby-ish chest/pectorial? Thank you for answering these questions

      • Jen

        Id say stay as far away from whey protein as you can. Its a biproduct of the cheese industry and is basically garbage marketed to nubes. If you want to see muscle growth eat clean whole plant foods…beans legumes, rice fruit veg, and lift HEAVY. More protein doesnt mean more muscle. Your body only uses the protein it needs, the rest is flushed out taxing the kidneys. Carbs…fruit, rice, potatoes, corn…SOME pasta, no oil or extra fat. Thats clean carbs.

  12. David

    Can i do insanity workouts in the evening ?

    • Catt

      I found though that if i did it first thing in the morning though I was happier to do it. Sometimes working out before bed makes it harder to go to sleep. Do it whenever works for you. I personally liked it better in the evening, but like I said… Completing it daily worked better in the morning.

  13. Mariyam

    I’m 18 and I just started the insanity workout. I want to lose about 15-20 pounds in the next five weeks. I stick to 1200 calories a day. I am eating healthy and trying to keep off all fatty foods entirely. Will this diet and the exercise that I’m doing with Insanity help me achieve the 15-20 pound weight loss? Also, since I’ve just started and wasn’t quite as fit, I find myself wanting to take longer breaks a few times (not always) and I stop between some of the exercises I’m doing. Is that okay or am I defeating the purpose of the workout?

    • Catt

      Hey there. I would say that insanity is more of a body transformation. You can’t really go by pounds as muscle weighs more than fat. Eat lots of veggies and lean meat. Take measurements of your body. You may drop a couple dress sizes but only 10 lbs. unless you have bit of fat to lose at least 30 lbs or more I would say just go by the way your body changes. Taking breaks is fine in the beginning. You’ll get better. The work out will never get easier as you will get stronger and be able to push yourself more. Stop when you need and pick back up. You will get better and will see changes in your body. Good luck!!

  14. maria

    I can’t see huge results so far even though I’ve been doing the program for 2 weeks now and I take care of what I eat. Oh and one more thing I usually do my work out then go to bed an hour later and sleep like a baby. So is it possible that the timing of my workout is a problem ?

  15. maria

    I’d like to add that I’m 5’2 and I weigh 135 so to lose weight i subtracted 500 calories from my daily intake which was less than 1300 calories so right now I consume around 1200-1300 calories and I’m done with week 2 and I haven’t lost weight :(

  16. Ezgi

    I am trying to complate fit test right now. I did not exercise more than one year. Getting tired is not a big deal, but i can’t really stand up, so my breaks take almost half an hour. Is it normal? Will duration of the breaks i take, affect the results i’ll get? I am not trying to get any motivations or excuses, i just really want to learn whether i should go on or not. Thank you :)

    • Joel

      well if everybody quit because they need to take breaks then not many people would be able to complete the program… I would suggest simply to take breaks if you need to, just do your best to get back into it… most important thing is to not quit, eventually you are going to get your results as long as you hang in there….

    • Catt

      You should really start doing some cardio work( walking and jogging) before starting this workout if you are having to take this long of a break. It will get easier but this workout is meant to be continuous. You could run the risk of injury if you aren’t able to complete the fit test in the beginning. Train a little more every day or a few times a week and try it out again in a couple of weeks. This program isn’t for everyone. You may find one that’s a better fit. Good luck and don’t give up!!!

    • Catt

      I do agree with Joel though. Don’t give up. Try to work your cardio strength up for a week and try the fit test again. If you do continue with the program you will improve. Promise. Whatever you do is better than not doing it at all. You WILL improve. Just don’t hurt yourself. Stretching is very very important!!!!!!!!!

  17. Anne Reid

    Hi, I am in the middle of week three of insanity, but I have a weddings I go too so I am going to miss a couple days of the work out. Will I have to start from the beginning?


  18. cristina

    Hi, I just started insanity, I dont want to take any whey protein or the results & recovery formula. What can I eat or drink (smothie without not natural protein) right after doing insanity to help my muscles recover???

    Thanks :)

  19. Jen croft

    I work 3 twelve hour shifts so I am only able to workout four days a week. Will I still get results with insanity?
    Thank you
    Jen croft

  20. dominic

    Hi there,

    I am 26 years old and am on the slim side not too slim thought, I would like to bulk out a little bit not so much that im a body builder just enough to make me feel/look better. I have brought insanity dvd set and some muscle gain whey protein shakes, im just unsure when is the best time to take my shakes as im doing insanity when I first wake up??? do I drink half the cup before work out, them the other half after wards, of drink the whole cup afterwards ???? im supposed to drink 2 shakes a day 3 scoops with 500ml of full fat milk. do I drink the second cup in the evening or after dinner ?? can any one help ???? im new to this and don’t want to be making a silly mistake that has a big impact thanks

  21. peter

    I have had insanity now for a year the first time i done it i fell ill in the 6th week the results i had where amazing, but when i recovered from being ill i didn’t continue where i left off. I had i month break and i stated from the start again andon the end of the 5th week i fell ill again. I do have a manual job i work about 10 hrs a day 6 days a week could i just be burning myself out or maybe im not eating enough i follow the meal guide 5 meals a day. any advice on this would be most gratefull

  22. Nick Cotter

    Hi guys
    My names nick and I just started insanity I’m only 14 and I must say I haven’t done anything even a persentage as hard as insanity! I’m a bit out of shape as athlete season for me is in the early parts of the year and I havent done much exercise since. I’m on day 3 and am mostly fine with it but I do struggle to get the correct formations near the 10 minute end mark any tips of tricks for anyone young doing insanity? And also could u guys give any tips on the diet plan? Would appreciate it a lot!!! Good luck to everyone so insane to do this!!

  23. Mat

    Whould a diet of black beans and brown rice get me the 40% carbs and 40% protein 20%. Healthy fats?

    • Mat

      And with creatine

  24. Katie

    I started doing insanity two months ago, but my schedule got tighter due to upcoming exams and I missed a couple of weeks, I started doing it again and I’m very comfortable with the first month exercises, can I just skip to the second month or do I still have to finish the first month?

    • John

      Hi Katie, I saw your post re can you skip the first month of insanity. I have insanity for a few years and admittedly had to stop and start due to having young children etc. However all the information states this program is designed to become more and more intense. If you are more familar with the excercises try push yourself that bit more set yourself a goal of some sort. If it is because you are sick of the repetition try break it up with doing another sport I went on a couple of bike rides on my rest day just to break from the norm.

  25. Donie

    Hi, iv been doing insanity 2 weeks now and I feel great and notice a small difference! I eat a Chinese every Saturday night with my family I was wondering is this bad? And also during the week I usually eat boiled white egg, plenty of chicken and fish,boiled vegtables,fruit, and lots of water, I was wondering does this make up for it? And I weigh almost 12:13 stone, and I’m a 19 year old I always excercise!

  26. Robert Saville

    I have reached week 6 of insanity workout but unfortunately due to a slight injury (not caused by workout) I’ve been forced to have a 2 week break. Can I just carry on from where I left off or should I start from the beginning again?

  27. yassine

    Helo guys i just started insanity and today is my second day
    i just wanted to know on month 2 there is a day where i must do fit test and an other workout
    should i do one in the morning and other in the evening or should i do them one after the other

  28. Giovanni

    hey i am 14 years old and this is my second day doing it and im wondering how long will it take me to get a 6 pack and i weigh 103 pounds by the way

    Thanks,please respond

  29. Himanshu Pandey

    I completed insanity 60 days program.and I losse 20lbs..and I want to losse some more should I repeat the same program.will it work for me again to losse extra weight..

  30. Muhamed

    Hi I’m thin, I dont have muscles a lot, can you tell me does it works if I’m thi, sorry if you don’t understand, I am 16 and I am from bosnia, so my English is not so good, i hope it will works.

  31. giovanni

    I am 14 years old all i want to know is how long will it take to get the little sum of fat on your abs and how long will it take to get abs

  32. Joe

    Why do you have to eat so many calories

  33. Unkown

    Hi i am 14 years and i just started Insanity two days ago. I am used to running, swimming, and weightlifting 6 days a week. I would prefer to continue running but i see that is not recommended. Will Insanity help me speed up run and swim times? I am also in college so i don’t have much time. Is there any quick modifications or lengthening that can be done to Insanity to help with running and swimming?

  34. karim

    how is the max time i can took a rest between the work out ? as 30 sec is too short , Also when i feel tired how long i can take a rest in order to continio , as some time i took 10 min rest .

  35. sShavonna

    I Just Started Today ! And That Workout Whooped My Butt ! My Boyfriend Has Done It Before But I Sord Of Kept Up With Him Lol Im Lookin Forward To My New Body In the Next 2 Months . But With 2 Jobs & 2 Two Children It Seems Impossible But I Will Force This In My Schedule .any results from peopel That Done It A Few Months Ago ? Let Me Know ? :)

  36. Banke

    Hi, I’m just starting insanity workout. I have this genetically big thighs and arms I’m trying to burn the fat and tone up but I kept reading that squats will make my thigh bigger instead of smaller. Your opinion to this will give me the rest I need and strength to dig deeper into this challenge. Hope to hear from u soon. Anyone that has the same issue can please provide me answers. Thanks

  37. Phil Hellier

    I’ve previously had back problems (sciatica etc), and still occasionally suffer from a bad back although not sciatica anymore thankfully, would it be advisable for me to try insanity.

    • Jason-CapeTown

      I’d probably seek the advice of a physician rather than ask the guys here. We’re all motivated to get into great shape so are likely to encourage you to go ahead and just take it easy and be careful etc. Truth is though, there’s a lot of impact in these excersizes with all the jumping and explosive movements.

  38. Sal

    Hello there
    I’m 22 around 230lbs and 5’10
    How long will it be until i see results and what kinds of foods should i be eating?
    I just started my first week but i dont plan on quitting.

    • Patti

      Hey just wondering what kind of results you are seeing?

  39. Elliott

    On the double workout days what is the most effective way to space the 2 workouts?

  40. Patti

    Just starting out with INSANITY.I am wondering if you are very sore do you take a day off or continue on with each workout?

    • A

      HI, this is exactly what me and my brother were thinking, I mean we are well enough to do the workout the next day, its just we cant push ourselves because within the first couple in the rep we cant do any more because we are in so much pain from the night before?

      Little confused, whats the best way to recover?


    • Brandy Ramos

      Guys push yourselves. The first 2 days are the worst after starting both months but keep doing it and the soreness will go away but u can’t rest unless is ur day off. Do what you can and push thru!

  41. Risa

    Hi I started Insanity 3 days ago and it’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done, LOL…I wish I had a workout buddy .

    • Brandy Ramos

      Put some motivating music on and just go don’t think about how hard it it just do what u can do and push urself. By the time u know it ur done . It worked for me!

  42. Liath

    Hi ! I really need some advice here ^^ ! I started my first insanity week a monday, i did all the workouts in order until saturday, I had too much work and no time to do it. So I did my saturday workout on sunday. Today is Monday and the first day of week 2, but then again I have no time to do it so I plan on doing my sunday workout on tuesday, which will make tuesday the first day of week 2 instead of monday. I will do all the week 2 workouts in order and skip the rest day between week 2 and week 3, in order to get back to a regular schedule ! I hope I’m being clear … Anyway, is that bad, and will my results lower because of it ?

  43. Brandy Ramos

    What if your done with Insanity and u want to keep going with it.
    How do u set up ur workouts or do I just start all over?

  44. Daniel

    hi, i’m Daniel, i’m 14 yrs old 5 ft 5 and 187 lb, and i’m thinking of buying the insanity workout, the only problem is I play basketball and i think its going to affect my height, i’m really fat so if I do insanity is there a chance my stomach will stick out. And because i’m fat will it work for me. Also is 2 months enough to use insanity,lose weight, and get abs. PLEASE, I really need an answer on weather to move on on or not, so REPLY BACK REALLY QUICKLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Gabriel

      Hi Daniel , I’m sure the insanity will work on you , but you would have to be capable of doing the exercise and following the diet plan for it to work , the program will help you lose weight and body fat so it will work on you

  45. Corey

    i just got the insanity workout in the mail today so i will be starting soon, but i have had heart palpitations for the last year and a half due to anxiety (so the doctor tells me). ive had multiple ekg and recently just got off a 48 hour holter monitor with which the doctor told me its a few extra beats and nothing to really worry about. i am a vet and have pretty frequent anxiety, so if that causes palpitations (more frequently when my heart is over 90 bpm) do you think it would be safe to continue the workout? they happen almost as soon as my heart rate goes up but with no unusual shortness of breath or chest pain. i know if any of that happens or dizziness to stop and see a doctor, but im wondering if i have to stop every time i start to get harmless palpitations due to anxiety or fear, or if i can just keep pushing through them as long as i can? im a healthy but chubby 25 year old, 5’7”, about 177 lbs.

  46. Abhimanyu Dabas

    I am an average Indian male, 5feet7inches weighing 140 pounds(Someone you would at first glance will say is actually a slim fellow but am not). I actually wanna build lean muscle and don’t wanna lose much weight, I guess not more than 8-10 pounds. My arms & thighs are pretty much average or say below average and have a paunch which I absolutely hate.
    I wish to have flat abdomen and sculpted chest, arms & legs and don’t wanna look weak than I am. My body fat is about 12-14%. Would you suggest Insanity for someone having my kinda objective? or traditional gymming is the way to go(which haven’t worked out so well)

  47. Nicky

    Hi there. I have a young baby or usually only has 30min sleeps in the day, if I’m lucky. Is it ok to stop and start the workout for the day? (So start in the morning and finish it in the afternoon) or will this affect my end results too much?

  48. GeeVivas

    Hi…! I have a doubt… I’m on the second month of Insanity workout… so, there are (some days) two exercises per day, Can I do the first one, rest a couple hours before starting the next one? Because when I finish the first routine I feel really tired to start the second one, then, I don’t do the second routine with the same energy and intensity…

  49. Val

    I am on week 3 of Insanity (starting today) and I push myself more each week. I always finish each day, even if I feel the need to pause it while taking longer recovery, but my scale has not dropped (I actually gained 2 pounds) and the only difference I notice is a thinner face. I’m “technically” only 30 pounds overweight but am trying to lose 40. I use myfitnesspal to track my calories, carbs and fat, and following the websites advice i added 300 calories to my day, which is where i believe the 2 pounds came from, so i am cutting them back out for week 3, so what else am I doing wrong??? Is there any advice for me? Thank you for any words of wisdom.

  50. Marianela Gonzalez

    Can I lift weights while doing insanity?

  51. Jane

    Hi, I’ve done focus t25 and I’m looking for a new challenge. I’m worried it’s going to be too much for me though, all I’ve heard is that it’s super hard and that scares me. Any thoughts?

    • Jey

      I can’t speak as a pro, however my first run in with insanity was years back. I was 230LB and had done no cardio in years. I will throw in that at the time I was 22 years old so that is a factor. I did maybe half the workout and doubled the rest times for myself. By week 3 I was doing almost the full workout, throwing in resting times here and there.

      The workout will likely be to much for most at the start, as long as you are safe and know when to stop/rest you can do it! My first fit test I did not even get to the last 3 workouts… I know it marketing says “2 months” but honestly if you are not already someone who has endurance it might take longer.

      I do insanity yearly now around summer time when my schedule stops me from getting to the gym as much and i still have appreciation and respect for the program.

  52. David

    I have just purchased the Insanity 60 day work out, I am also looking to gain muscle mass and was wondering what would be recommended as the best protein shake to use while doing these workouts. thanks!

  53. Lisa

    I am just about to go into week 2 but only managed 4 workouts last week will I still see results, I have 3 stone to lose and following the slimming world diet. I also run but that never helps me lose weight so hopefully I am really hoping that insanity will help.



  54. Roy

    Hi. I am 17 yrs girl weight 53 kg. I am on my 2nd week of insanity and it has been tough. I still have a few concerns :
    1. Does it really matter if I can’t follow insanity’s diet plan because I am a student and I can only have school meal mostly due to personal reason. I’m not on an extreme diet and I do eat unhealthy snack sometimes such as normal chocolate,salted nachos, and rice cracker but that is about 3 times a week in a controlled amount. I eat whole grain cereal with milk and fruit for breakfast, and I eat sandwich(only the stuffing:chicken or cheese or egg mayo;and half of the bread), salad, fruit and whole wheat bread(2 pieces) for lunch.I eat sandwich or salad for supper mostly as well, except there is something I really want to eat(if it’s healthy at the same time). I am wondering am I eating to less or not because I’have been reading some reviews say that you need to eat enough calories.I always try to eat all I need to get fit but seems like I fail.
    2. I start feeling really tired through insanity today( ep.3). I now have become able to do the first 20 mins with few pause but today I didn’t even finish the warm up because I couldn’t be bothered to lift my legs. Also I start sweating earlier than last week ,some one says it is good but I am not sure.
    3. which one would help to burn more fat after doing 30 mins minimum: treadmill or cross trainer( if this is the name for it). I can pass 30 mins on cross trainer easily but nearly died on the treadmill. The calories burned are pretty close though.
    4. Personally I think I am quite active because I do insanity 6/7 and I do badminton and gym on Tuesday,Wednesday(gym only) and Thursday.sometimes I go to the gym on weekends, too. But recently I feel like I am becoming fatter(measurement hasn’t change).Especially from yesterday I feel I gained FAT around my inner thighs.
    5. starts to get tired easily.
    If anyone can give me advice that would be great, for either my diet or exercise routine. And I will be really happy if this message get replied soon.:D

    • Roy

      Added: 165cm height

  55. Jocelyne Genest

    I bought Insanity program a couple of years ago.
    I do exercise 6 days/week.
    My CD Pure Cardio and Cardio Abd has a scratch on and is hardly readable. How can I get a new CD, this single one?
    Thank you

  56. Joaquin Hamdan

    Can I do double session with insanity 2?

  57. Frankie

    I did insanity for the full first month and did the recovery week but work got in the way and now I’m debating if I should just start over or do a second recovery week? Thoughts?

  58. Dheeraj

    I’ve just started the insanity workout and I love it. The problem with me is I have a lanky frame with a gigantic belly. And I really mean gigantic. Would it help me if I did cardio abs everyday along with the regular program. Or is that unadvisable? I’m also doing the nutrition program. Please advise.

  59. Mouad MARTAH

    Hi,can you pleasetake the time to read this and anser me if you can
    I am 13 years old and i am quiet fat, i already tried insanity but then stopped at month 2 but now i really want to do it and get inshape, but the thing is that i dont know if it will stop mye from growing taller.
    Please advice.

    • D

      You will still grow

  60. Luis

    Can I take Hydroxycut Hard Core Elite while doing Insanity workout program?

  61. vishnu ravi

    is this thing suitable for kids andd teenagers since my daughter(23) and my son(13) are doing it

  62. Kelly

    Alright, so I’ve come to the point in my life where I am the heaviest I’ve ever been. I am disgusted with my eating habits and with the amount of weight I have allowed myself to gain. I’ve tried working out at the gym before but did not find any satisfaction in sweating in front of a bunch of people. Most of the time felt lost. My problem areas are my flabby arms and my chunky stomach. I know that I will be making some major sacrifices in my life to achieve the looks I want but I have to be honest. I am so scared. I have not purchased the Insanity video yet. I really want to. I guess I just need some encouragement. I’ve seen a lot of reviews online and become encouraged by them but I fear that it will be a lot and I won’t be persistent with it. Does that make sense? I don’t know, maybe I’m just on here venting but… some body just tell me to do it!!

  63. Helina Tadesse

    It has been a month since I start doing this workout but I don’t see results as I expected of course I am not following the insanity diet instructions but I avoid junk foods and soda from my day to day life and also eat properly according to my blood type since the day I started doing this work out so why am I not seeing results? And also you guys sweat a lot when you do the work out and i do a little so does that make any difference for me not seeing good results?

  64. Cierra Mills

    Hi i weigh alot, I.started the ketogenic diet, is that ok with Insanity?

  65. Creg

    In the first week i lost 5lbs. In the second week i lost 2lbs and in the third week i didnt lose anything but my stamina got better. Why is that?


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