Insanity Max 30 Review – Shorter and More Effective Insanity

Receiving dozens of requests to make the Insanity Max 30 review, we decided to once again take a closer look on a Beachbody workout and evaluate whether or not Max: 30 is worth your time and money.

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The two of us have already gone through couple of exercise programs to prove their effectiveness, or lack thereof, so in order for this Insanity Max: 30 review to be objective and useful, we decided to hire help from outside. Someone who will dedicate his time and energy for 60 days, following the schedule and then, in parallel to how we review workouts, write the most extensive Insanity Max 30 review on the net.

After some back and forth with couple of people from the fitness industry, we decided to approach Sandra, a close friend of ours who we know was going to be up to the task. She already completed two weeks of the program, and is now going to spill the beans. This page is going to be updated regularly, so we can monitor her entire journey.

Sandra, the rest is yours…

Quick intro before I start this Insanity Max 30 review… I was on the fitness wagon for as long as I can remember; Gym workouts, Zumba, cardio feats, Aerobic, even competing in the girls Fitness category… the whole nine yards, really.

The thing was, after a while of getting in and out of routine, I took a D-tour and allowed weight to pile up some. The passion for competing has returned, but this time it was nearly impossible to restart the same fitness routine I previously subscribed to. Slightly overweight and not knowing how to burn fat tissue that fast, I needed something else.

Being familiar with the Insanity workout from a couple of years back, I knew this was going to be brutal and effective. The question was how much. When the guys from Lifestyle Updated approached me, I figured why not go with this new update of Insanity and see how things are going to work out. After all, it’s only 30 minutes a day we are talking about here.

What is Insanity Max: 30?

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Insanity Max: 30 is a 60 day fitness program created by Shaun T, divided into two months of different sets of workouts, each lasting for 30 minutes.

The Max: 30 workout is not a short version of the original Insanity workout. With new concepts of training, new moves and modifications, it is something else entirely.

The workouts abandon the max interval training method, and introduce the concept of maxing out- going as hard as you can for as long as you can. The goal is to try and hold your ground as long as you can before- and I quote Shaun T- your lungs feel like sandpaper. Then, you just write down the time, each day moving closer to that 30 minutes mark.

As their advertising goes, these are the hardest 30 minutes of your day, for the best results of your life.

Shaun T, the creator of the original Insanity workout, had to change the whole concept of training in order to fit the same results of the original Insanity within just 30 minutes.

Not until we saw the results for ourselves… Lean, shredded, insanely ripped bodies. You’d think they’d spent the last 60 days doing Insanity, sweating through workouts 45 minutes or longer. But our test groups got these results in just 30 minutes a day.

Here is how their official Beachbody site describes the workout in short.

At first, you might only make it through 3 minutes (and believe me, even that will be an accomplishment). That means 3:00 is your MAX OUT time. Next time you do the workout, try to push that time just 30 seconds longer. If you can make 30 seconds of progress every day for 60 days, at the end of 60 days, you will make it all the way to MAX 30. And when that happens—trust me…you’re going to feel—and look—like a freakin’ fitness god.

You don’t necessarily have to push yourself in order to endure the whole 30 minutes mark, but as far as you are giving in your best, you are golden.

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Why Insanity Max: 30?

There are a couple of reasons why this workout beats others by a huge margin. I will speak for myself now, and hope that this will address some of your questions.

  • insanity_max_30_workout_schedule230 minutes a day for 5 days a week is a lot of convenience if you ask me. Working late shifts, this helps me rather much. Besides, I have weekends free- something that you usually have to trade if you are chasing the results this program is promising.
  • Interesting and engaging moves, helping not only with looks but functional fitness as well. I’ve been in the fitness industry for a while, always concerned about how I look. This program offers the chance to increase your physical preparedness tenfold. It’s been two weeks already, and I feel like I never have before- cardio is off the roof, endurance too. Besides, I notice an increase in overall strength, without lifting weights.
  • insanity-max-300-img3It is challenging. And that’s important for someone like me. Even before I accepted the offer to write this review, I knew quite well that this was going to be a personal challenge. The hardest one I’ve faced in my entire relationship with fitness. The great thing about Insanity Max: 30, is that you have zero chances of completing a workout back to back. Say what you will about your shape and preparedness, but it is physically impossible. I’m progressing from the first day when my max out time was 7 minutes, and wait to see if Shaun T really keeps his promise of getting me through the entire workout.
  • You don’t need any equipment at all. And this is also convenient if you have a history of working out in a gym. It allows you to focus your strength on what is really important- completing the sets- and not stressing about changing machines, weights, or whatnot. This, unquestionably, results with more progress.
  • There are modifications to each move. Very important if you are not up to the game. It is probably not embarrassing to mention that I did the modifications for a couple of times, since these workouts are brutal. Using the modifications though, everyone can push according to their own level of fitness.
  • Shaun T will be there for you, motivating you and making you push harder and harder each day.
  • Because it works, and works wonders. It’s been two weeks now, and I’ve lost almost 10 pounds. Muscles are getting shredded, and my abs are showing like crazy. Another great thing is the fact that there are so many small muscle groups popping up around that I never, in my entire fitness background, knew existed.

Also, if you already bought this workout, you can now stream it with the new Beachbody On Demand streaming service, read more in this Beachbody on Demand review. You can find all kinds of Beachbody workout programs inside, like the Piyo workout (read more in this Piyo review).

Why not Insanity Max: 30?

Before agreeing to write this Insanity Max: 30 review, I was specifically told not to write “flowery prose only”. Keeping true to my promise, here is why you might want to stay away from this workout altogether.

  • If you are someone who is constantly looking for excuses, go ahead and close this tab- albeit having modifications to each move, Max: 30 is the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Buckets of sweat, muscles sore and trembling after each workout. You can gradually step into it by following the modifications and taking more frequent breaks, but you will have to dig deep at one point or another.
  • You will have to eat clean for otherwise results would be subpar. Not following a rocket science, but eating a healthy and balanced diet. I started following the nutrition guide that comes included in the package, but figured out ways around it too. As long as you are eating clean and healthy, there is no need to limit yourself to anything.
  • There are no weights included, so forget about insanely bulking up. You will have dramatically improved muscle definition though, making your muscles appear bigger.
  • If you are having some knee or back injuries, or some problems with the ankles, I hate to spoil the fun, but you will have to see a doctor first. I’ve been told of some people with knee injuries who did the original Insanity workout, and somehow managed to pass through the 60 day period, so having modifiers, Max: 30 would probably fare better in this regard. Anyway, go and see a doctor first.
  • Figuring I haven’t stressed it enough, here it is again- this is hard people. Hard, hard, hard.

What to expect?

Much of this has been covered above, but let us be clear about expectations again. Paying close attention to their marketing, and playing around with the program myself for a while, here is my take:

  • Somewhere around 25 pounds to lose
  • Dramatically improved muscle definition
  • Abs- for sure
  • Decent amount of muscle gain (this depends heavily on the level of intensity you invest, as well as the amount of protein you consume)
  • Cardio, endurance, agility, strength, speed… all improved tenfold.
  • A lot of fun
  • A lot of sweat and pain
  • The most bitter-sweet period of your life bar none.

I guess you would love for me to go in more detail, but any way I try to spin it, these are the logical expectations after seeing what this program can do in as little as two weeks.

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Insanity Max: 30 review – The workouts

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Shaun T says this is the hardest workout he ever taught- and I couldn’t agree more. Day 1, I nearly fainted after writing down my max out time. Few days back, I decided to push harder and nearly puked (Took away some valuable lessons about eating before a workout).

The 12 workouts are divided into two months, focusing on cardio, Tabata strength training and then some brutal testing of your body and mind.

Month one is easier (funny how writing this word feels when describing the workouts I’m currently doing) than month two, but still hard as hell. As you progress, you can handle increased intensity, that will overwhelm you in month two- note that I still haven’t started month two, but judging from what I do now, and what I’ve seen in the remaining six videos… oh boy. I already feel proud of myself for taking this challenge. What comforts me some is the fact that I only have to keep it together for 30 minutes. And that’s the mantra I’m using.

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Cardio challenge

This workout welcomes you into the program with what can easily be described as baptism under fire. Routines that are not so much resistance oriented per se, but require cardio endurance, leaving you out of breath quickly, dripping buckets of sweat.

Sweat intervals

High intensity interval training, stressing your body as early as within the first couple of minutes; this is where you burn a tremendous amount of calories. The sequences are very engaging, targeting your entire body, while activating your core throughout the entire workout.

Tabata power

Very challenging resistance moves, where you are using your own body weight in order to supply the resistance- Tabata style intervals consisting of 20 seconds all-in, and 10 seconds of cooling down; at this stage, you are targeting your muscles mercilessly, and thinking about quitting the program altogether.

Tabata strength

Unlike traditional strength training routines where you pump weights for a couple of seconds and then take rest for equally as long, here you are doing the length of the workout without taking any rest at all. The moves are even more demanding, and quite innovative when compared to other programs by Beachbody.

Friday Fight: Round 1

I had to cool down for about 10 minutes after finishing the first time. It was brutal. Not going to spoil the surprise, I’m keeping quiet for this one. By the time you finish with this workout though, your body will change in terms of how it looked before you pressed the play button. Yup, I’m serious.

I still haven’t tried the workouts from month two, and plan on going according to schedule. Here is a list of the workouts though, and how Shaun T and Beachbody describe them:

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Max out cardio

This may be the craziest cardio workout you’ve ever tried. Just wait till you get to the first power move…

Max out sweat

The more minutes you make it through, the more you sweat and the more calories you burn.

Max out power

The intervals are longer in this “45 seconds on, 15 seconds off” Tabata style plyometric power madness.

(From what I see, your legs are going to cry for mercy).

Max out strength

Your arms, shoulders, chest and core will be toast after this upper-body-focused “45 seconds on, 15 seconds off, Tabata style routine.

(A lot of core work indeed… though judging from what I see, I think that here is where you get those defined and strong shoulders).

Friday Fight: Round 2

The new “hardest workout ever”.

You also get two extra workouts included- Pulse, and Ab attack: 10. The first is more of a stretch and recovery routine, whereas the second is targeting the abs, making you change between a C-sit position and a plan position repeatedly.

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What’s included in the package?

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  • You will get 12 workouts, plus the additional two
  • The Nutrition to the Max guide – I’ve read the guide, and it is not going too much into complicated detail and regimen of nutrition.
  • Max out wall calendar, and max out wall tracker – You will know what workout to do each day and simply follow the calendar. Also, you can write your max out time each day.
  • Max out guide – The program explained, and tips on how to maximize your results. Now this is mostly common sense, and some explanation of why these methods of training- Nothing especially useful here.
  • No time to cook guide – An interesting little guide about how to make smart choices even if you are not willing to invest the time; I can already see some people benefit already.
  • 24/7 online support from Beachbody coaches and peers, access to the forum, and all the questions you want to ask
  • A Max out T-shirt once you finish the program and send them a picture
  • 30 day money-back guarantee less the shipping

My results with Insanity Max 30 so far

Before starting with Max: 30, I wanted to set my expectations straight. Though the goal was to actually lose weight only, and somewhat improve my cardio endurance, I’m surprised of the results already.

  • So far I’ve lost 10 pounds, and started to see real change in the way my whole body looks.
  • My cardio and muscle endurance are already more than I hoped for, and it continues to improve.
  • So far, most of the body fat I’ve lost is around the abdomen, waist and thighs.
  • I can definitely see more muscle definition, and my abs are showing like crazy.

And this is halfway into the program. I’m pretty confident that by the end of the 60 days, the results are going to be amazing. Cannot wait, actually.

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Tips for better results with the Insanity Max 30

Most of the Insanity Max: 30 reviews out there are describing things to the extent of what is included in this program. What I’ve found from personal experience though, is that there is need for more guidance on how to make sure you follow through with the workouts.

Here are a couple of tips that helped me push forward so far.

  • Make sure to approach the workout of the day with the following attitude- you are going to have fun, test your limits and be OK with whatever comes out of those 30 minutes. Never be disappointed if you cannot match what you did yesterday. The body knows to be tired and fatigued sometimes, so there is no reason feeling bad about it. The more you stress over the workouts, the less effective they become.
  • Whenever you think about stopping and taking a break, know this- just two more reps-. nothing more, just two. This will make a tremendous difference in terms of your progress.
  • Try to have a good night’s sleep. I’m not going to preach about seven or eight hours, and certainly not devise a sleeping schedule- your body knows best, so make sure to allow yourself a proper rest.
  • Eat clean, eat smaller portions throughout the day, and follow as much as you can when it comes to principles of healthy eating. Also, make sure to never eat less than one hour prior to a workout. Really, take this lesson from me, and don’t try to learn it on your own.
  • Always prepare before a workout. A towel, pair of sneakers (don’t be crazy and go barefoot), water bottle, pen and paper close nearby… The more you prepare, the less stressed you will be when you push the play button. Save the energy for the workouts, and approach each one with calm and smile- might sound naïve, and borderline silly, but it helps a lot.
  • Listen to your body- you go out of breath- stop. Muscles hurt like crazy for two or three days in a row- take a day off. Following the schedule is important, and much advised- but we are all different and our bodies know best how much we can take.
  • In addition, skipping a day, though not recommended, is really not that big of a deal. You have 60 of them so don’t worry if, for whatever reason, you’ve missed one. Oh, and this- never ever try to repeat the workout you skipped yesterday, by adding it as a second workout the day that follows. These routines are brutal, and unless you reach a more comfortable position where you can do them with ease (say around the end of month two), never try such feats.
  • Most people new to fitness aren’t familiar with the extent of their true physical potential and capability. Learning these takes time, so make sure to dig deep enough- assume that you can do more, and try. You will be surprised, believe me.

Where to buy the Insanity Max 30?

Being a new and trending program, it is still largely unavailable on places other than the official Beachbody website (US and Canada) or the UK version. Amazon might list it soon, but I still recommend buying from the official website. Besides, it offers the option of paying via two monthly payments of $39. Here is, once again, what you get for the price.

  • All of the 12 workouts plus additional two.
  • The nutrition guide along with two calendars to track your progress
  • 24/7 online support
  • A free T-shirt after you finish the program and send them pictures
  • 30 day money back guarantee

Final note on this Insanity Max 30 review

I hope that this review was long enough to answer all of your questions and better inform you about everything there is to know about the Max 30 workout. That being said, I also hope I didn’t bore you to death. Whether the Max 30 is worth your time and money, I cannot say for sure. Depends on what you want to achieve, and how much of yourself you want to invest into the process.

What I can tell for sure though, is that this workout kicks butt. It will drain every ounce of fat tissue you have stored on your body, define your muscles and make you look like a freaking fitness supermodel, and make you a performance machine. It will also hurt like hell, make you sweat buckets, scream, and toughen you mentally. All in 30 minutes a day. If you take my word for it, I say what are you waiting for?

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  1. Kent

    Great review. Thanks. Theres a lot of crap out there that is really just Advertising disguised as review, and it took me a while to find this. Looking forward to another update from you as you get through the program. I started today and maxed out at 7 mins… it was bloody hard! (and I’ve done Insanity, T25, and P90X…). Cheers!

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    • Sandra

      Hey Kent, thanks

      7 min. that’s crazy for a start, congrats! I love how Max makes you chase the impossible. I find it hard to progress at equal pace with my maxing out time though. Some days I can push even two minutes further than before, and then there are those when I cannot match my previous threshold. Will update the review these days around too.

      Taka care, you are going to love Insanity Max 30

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    • Roschelle

      What did you look like before you started Insanity Max 30?

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  2. Debo

    Your review got me pumped up and ready for action! I’ll post comments here when I begin.

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    • Sandra

      Great Debo, waiting for your Max time :)

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  3. Sal

    Sandra/Slavko

    What programme do you recommend after completing Insanity? Insanity Asylum Vol 1 or Insanity Max 30?

    Thanks

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    • Slavko

      Hey Sal,

      I’d completed both Insanity and Asylum Vol. 1. It all depends on what are you aiming at- if you would like to get even more ripped and add some muscle too, then go with Asylum. Max, although being very hard, is designed mostly for weight loss. So, if you want to drop even more pounds of fat tissue, Max out :)

      Hope this helps.

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  4. Alfonso

    Im still deciding between T25 or insanity max:30. Im 21 and overweight at the moment but have done sports all my life and love to push myself (sometimes too much where i need to be real and stop) i wanna loose the weight fast, but im a flight attendant and im traveling all the time, i wanna know which u think will be better for traveling and taking into different places. Should i start with T25? or is the motivation enough to get max:30? i would like to know which would make me drop weight faster.

    Thanks in advance, would like to hear as soon as possible cause im ready to start!

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    • Rob

      Hi Alfonso.
      As you’re travelling a lot, I think max 30 would be a better choice. When you hit month 2 of T25 you’ll need weights or at the very least a fitness band. In max 30 its using your own body weight, its hard but great. The modifier in max 30 is a lot better as well as you can choose to split screen between shaun and the modifier. I just finished week three and I’m blown away by how good this program is.

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      • Sandra

        Hey Rob how are things going so far? Any tips to share? How is your Max time- progressing fast enough? :)

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    • Slavko

      Hey Alfonso,

      As Rob said, Focus T25 requires weights in its second month. Having said that it is very hard with regards to practical considerations. Max, though harder (a lot harder, in fact) takes use of the modifier and can be done even by someone who struggles with elementary fitness (though I recommend it only to those who are ready to give in their best). The progression of your fitness level is quite faster with Max that it is with any other workout program I’ve tried so far. While others require to be fit in order to even have a chance to enter (Asylum), Max can take you there in no time.

      Take care

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  5. Sal

    Slavko my main man.

    I hope that you are well.

    I will be finishing Insanity soon and have decided to do Asylum Vol 1.

    1. Is it ok to do Core Cardio and Balance for 1 week before I start the Asylum Vol 1 program?
    2. Will I get good results if I don’t use the resistance bands and dumbbells in Asylum?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • Slavko

      Hey Sal, sorry for replying so late

      Resistance bands are OK to leave behind, though I cannot say the same thing about dumbbells. Here is the thing though- there is only one video where you use the dumbbells, the strength video, and all the others are bodyweight only. Whatever you do before stepping into the asylum, make sure it is easy and gives you enough room to prepare, and moreover rest.
      To answer your question about dumbbells again- you will have great results nonetheless, only maybe a bit less in terms of strength and muscle mass.

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  6. Esk

    I’m currently on the 6th week of the workout and I’m really enjoying it and the results I’m getting!. I have been scanning the web for reviews and impressions and this report and reflection of Insanity Max 30 is just spot on, good job!
    The tips section is gold and so true. The “just 2 more reps” mantra is genius and have pushed me into the countdown zone several times. Calm and smile, exactly the right attitude for this crazy package.
    The concept really is phenomenal. I’m a sucker for challenges and the max out aspect does just that. It’s a mindgame mixed with the most brutal physical 30 minute workout. I use a sports tracker app to write in my max out time and make notes of the workout, it has really helped me advance and reach the next level.
    So I take it you’re done with both months now Sandra? Are you planning to do a retrospective on the whole thing? I really hope you will.
    Cheers and thanks for a great review

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    • Sandra

      Hey Esk,

      Finished and now taking a weekly dose of two or three workouts. Still loving the challenge. Glad to hear that you are having a great time. And congrats for the results so far.

      I will be doing an update- already spoke to the guys- and maybe even add some more pictures of my results (form is now phenomenal and I’m thinking about competing again- never achieved so low of a body fat percentage before)

      Keep pushing play and have fun

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      • Esk

        I finished month two at the end of February. I’ve been doing a lot of running since cuz my cardio is just through the roof after Max:30. I have also gone back and sporadicly re-visited some of the P90X3 and T25 workouts and even a few of the previous seasons of Insanity. They are fine and all but I have to say they fade in comparison. I keep coming back to Max:30. I’ve gone through all the month 1 workouts now without maxing out (except Friday fight round 1) best time so far 24: 30. That one can be done but I doubt I’ll ever be able to do Friday fight round 2 as it is just too brutal. Then again I wasn’t sure I’d even complete the program when I started so who knows? In terms of results I’ve actually got a few friends doing T25 now after they saw my before/after shots, so something is clearly working :)

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  7. Andy

    Hey all,

    I’m only 3 days in so far on week 1. I completed the original Insanity and T25 twice over the last year and I have to say this feels like a huge step up I never felt so drained after only 3 workouts and I’m dreading another round of Tabata tonight! :)

    I maxed out at 11.27 on the first workout, 7.24 on the second and just over 12 minutes on sweat intervals yesterday. I’m really struggling with waking up with aches especially in my thighs. I think I eat pretty well and always get 7-8 hours sleep a night. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can reduce the aches? Do I need to add in a stretch or will my muscles just ache less the more they get used to the workouts? I’m doing a few little stretches when I get the chance but dont know if i need to put in more structure to them.
    It’s at the point where walking downstairs in the morning is becoming my enemy! :)
    Thanks

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    • Sandra

      Hey Andy,

      Congrats for sticking with when it gets hard. The pain will pass, so don’t worry there. A massage sometimes makes all the difference, so that might be a plus. Your max out time is fantastic, so it might be that you are pushing yourself too much- always a good thing, and usually an indicator that you are going to have great results.

      Take care and drop as a line when you can

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    • Isabella

      Isolate whey protein after workouts helps recover your muscles!

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  8. Andy

    PS the review has really helped me and I’m going to try and push through as I know the results will be worth it! Thanks

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    • Esk

      Hey Andy
      For me week one was no doubt the hardest in terms of aches. Especially my thighs, had to skip one day in week 1 because of that. It’ll pass as you progress.

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  9. Andy

    Thank you for both of the replies. I’m still going! Just finished Friday fight on my third week (I’ve repeated week 2 because someone told me that they wanted to catch up with me so I planned to repeat it to let them get to the same point but they didnt even get round to starting – an extra week won’t hurt I hope though plus it gives me more time to work on ab attack I can still barely scrape through 3 minutes). You were both right the aches are much less severe now although still there. Although yeah a massage is a good idea my legs especially are still sore especially after sweat and Friday Fight.

    Max 30 has so far been really good for me so far though I’m loving it the sense of acheivement after getting through some of the workouts is incredible :) my times are improving and I feel like my mental blocks are being removed and I can get more from my body at the points when I thought I didnt have anything left in the tank before. My physical appearance hasnt changed as quickly as I thought it might but I am 34 and I had a pretty bad couple of months in December & Jan there was definitely a Christmas food-baby forming. I am also trying to maintain weight as much as possible I dont want to reduce my weight just tone up what I have. Either way I’m loving the experience and the fitness level improvement. Hope you guys all keep having great success with it too. I’ll pop back in a few more weeks if month 2 starts kicking my butt and I need some extra motivation.

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  10. Pickles

    Hey all!! I am about to start max 30 and love reading all these great reviews! I have completed T25 and Insanity and can’t wait to try this. I have had good results with the other workouts, in terms of muscle definition, but still have those last 10 pounds I can’t shed…
    Please keep updating and inspiring!

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  11. Amy

    I just started Max 30 this week and my daughter started on Tuesday as well. We are keeping each other accountable and motivated during the workouts. I have done Insanity in the past but always had problems with my knees and was never able to complete it. The modifiers that are available are great and really help out a lot.
    Today will be Tabata again and I am still a little sore from Tuesday’s Tabata workout so we will see how it goes this afternoon. I have found that if you use the P90X Results and Recovery I am not nearly as sore.
    My goals for this are to loose about 25 pounds and gain some definition in my muscles. I will keep you all posted how my 43 year old body holds up to the workout!

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    • Slavko

      Hey Amy, great job so far!

      The body will eventually adjust. Balanced and healthy diet, enough sleep, and maybe some supplementation as you’ve said. The P90X formula, as other people say, is great, though I use whey protein only and it seems just about enough. The modifiers are really something when compared to the Insanity workout, and they allow you to go strategically step by step.

      The best thing is how your body slowly starts to adjust to the challenge. I’ve felt this myself and it is amazing.

      Keep doing the great work.

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    • Sandra

      Great work so far Amy, congrats! And nice finding someone you can keep each other accountable with. I really needed this while I was going through Insanity Max, and it makes a lot of a difference.

      Here is to the both of you, keep pushing and have fun while at it :)

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  12. MARIA JOSE

    I will star tomorrow Insanity Max 30, I´m not sure if I should star on Tabata to keep the trainnning from Monday to Friday or do it this week until Saturday and only rest on Sunday, and start again on Monday. Could you please help me to decide what to do?
    Thanks

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    • Sandra

      Hi Maria,
      I would personally start with the first day of the program. It will be somewhat hard to rest only one day for the first week, but that’s what I would do. It’s subjective, so it’s up to you. Have in mind that losing one day is not that big of a deal as long as you intend to follow through most of the time. Besides, it can be easier for you to step into the workout with only four consecutive days of training for starters. This might be even better.

      Hope this helps

      Take care

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  13. Johnny

    I am 39 soon hitting 40 and I have decided to do this program. A friend of mine is a coach and convinced me to start working out. I signed up and ordered the material. Now it’s just a matter of time before I get my package. In the mean time I have two questions. Question 1. Any advised on preparing before I get my package? Question 2 I have convinced my girlfriend to do the program with me. Any suggestion on motivators for couples that are starting the program together?

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    • Sandra

      Hi Johnny,

      No need to prepare other than some resistance moves or light jogging here and there if you can. You can start Max even without preparation though. It will be harder, sure, but don’t worry over chasing the ideal start. You will catch up in less than a week. As for doing the program with your girlfriend, that’s great, you will enjoy your time together. Motivation… hmm, I don’t know… I guess the both of you can share motivational material with each other. That’s how I would go about it I guess.

      Have fun and enjoy the program.

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  14. Chris

    great review! Thanks. I’ve got one week left in Beta T25. I’m going to do Gamma after that. I’ll definitely be beginning Max 30 in May. Looking forward to the challenge!

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    • Slavko

      Way to go Chris, keep up the great work!

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  15. Lynne

    Shalom, thanks for the great review and feedback that people have posted. I have done insanity, Brazilian Buttlift, T25 and had great results. I am now looking to do Max 30 to drop off the extra pounds that I added with our second baby who is 7 months. My question is what pre and post drinks do you recommend? How effective is it with toning loose skin? I have not ordered the program yet because I wanted to see review first. Looking forward to reading some more

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    • Slavko

      Hey Lynne,

      Congrats for being so dedicated!

      To answer your question, pre and post workout drinks are not entirely necessary. Sure, they will help with speeding up muscle recovery, and somewhat of muscle growth, but you can just as well go without them. If you consume enough protein throughout the day, then there is no need for additional supplementation. A simple whey protein shake will suffice. Take one after the workout and it will help with muscle recovery and growth.

      As far as loose skin goes, the resistance/cardio workouts in Max will do the trick. The ideal there is weight lifting, but this type of training comes very close.

      Hope this helps. Enjoy the workout :)

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    • Jess

      I recently started using Beachbody Energy and Endurance formula about 15-20 minutes before I workout. I have definitely noticed a difference! I added E&E in my second week of Insanity Max 30 and could see the improvement from week 1. I know my times probably would improve a little anyways but the biggest difference is in the way I feel. I do my workouts in the morning and have a hard time waking up and getting started. E&E gives me more energy and makes me feel better during my workout. This is the first supplement I have ever tried and am not disappointed! I wouldn’t say that any supplement is necessary but E&E sure helped me!

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  16. Adrian

    My main reason for doing insanity max 30 was so I could be rid of the belly fat I have. I finished the program half a month ago and did not lose the fat at all. I can’t afford to eat clean like I should but I definitely tried to. I pushed myself every time I did the work out but at the end it wasn’t enough I guess. Although my stamina did increase. I used to jog for about a quarter mile until I got tired but after max 30, I can jog for a whole mile until I have to catch my breath so that’s actually good news since I want to run my first 5K.

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    • Slavko

      Hi Adrian,

      Can you write more about yourself- current weight, weight before the workout, describe your sleeping schedule roughly, and a thing or two about how your usual day diet plan looked like… This way I- as much as I can- will try to give any advice in some of these verticals, or objectively point where things are going wrong.

      Also, tell me more about the intensity with which you were doing the workouts (rest time, max out time, whether or not you were paying attention to correct form…)

      Insanity Max 30, as well as other workouts from Beachbody, give room for taking things lightly. You are the judge of your form, intensity… and some of us want to rush it through, not paying attention to the form of the exercises (my brother did the same thing, figuring, at the end of a single session, that these workouts are very easy… next time I tried watching his form only to find out that he was doing everything half the way it should be done.) If this is the case, my advice is to slow down and focus more on form than anything else. I’m only guessing here, so write a follow-up if you can telling me more details.

      Take care.

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  17. Jodie

    Loved your review….its given me the push I need…I have been toying with the programme now for 3 weeks but not eating very well at all (lost 6.5 stone and recent problems have seen me gaining a stone) but now I’m determined to eat the way I did when I was losing weight so I can see what results I get…I have to modify throughout the whole programme as I nearly killed my knees during the original insanity just 2 weeks from finishing!!!! Gutting but hopefully if I modify with max I can make it 60 days before they play up…fingers crossed…and by the way wow you look amazing! I only hope I could one day have a stomach like yours

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    • Sandra

      Hi Jodie,
      Thanks :) Day in and day out with Max 30 and you will see amazing results as well. Don’t go for absolutes- try easing your way into healthy eating and intense effort during the workouts. One week of extra modifying and less-than-clean diet is nothing when compared to the two months you will definitely going to endure if you ease your start into it.

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    • Slavko

      Hey Jodie,
      Great work, you will enjoy the results.
      Believe me, it doesn’t have to be hard at all. I mean it’s the hardest workout ever, but there are some ways around that- especially if you give yourself a few days of transition right there at the very start as Sandra says.

      Keep it up!

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  18. Don

    Thank you for this review. It helped me alot in making the choice in buying Insanity Max:30.
    Im a martial artist and I like to push my body to its limits, and beyond. I also done insanity and T25 + T25 Gamma, all of them twice.
    Ive orded The Asylum volume 1+2 but after reading this review Ive ordered Insanity Max:30 as my next daily workout routine.
    Looking forward to getting my ass kicked again by Shaun T.
    Awesome. Keep up the good work.

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    • Slavko

      Hey Don,

      Asylum is the sweetest thing I’ve ever done in my relationship with fitness. Been playing around with Max for a while, it might be time to give it a full go.

      Keep it up brother!

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  19. Beverley

    I choose insanity max 30 for the time, having done insanity and T25. I have put on weight on my stomach due to lack of trainning. So I choose max 30 to do this. Because with Insanity my I started to see my abs after 3 weeks. Completed my 8 weeks today, and I am fitter and able to do the moves better. I found this impossible in the beginning, but I could not be beaten. I am going back to Insanity,on Monday. When finish back to Insanity max 30. Insanity is my all time favourite

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    • Slavko

      Way to go Beverly!

      Keep up the great work!

      Reply
  20. Cassie

    Hey there!
    I just started max: 30 today and the first workout had me catching my breath still after my shower!(no bs).

    I’m just really confused and worried about the nutrition part here. I’ve learnt from doing the original Insanity( and other workouts) that it’s not recommended to go under 1600 calories a day, and with the calculater It gave me a number of over 1800 cals a day. Since I’m a dancer, I also have an hour- or two of dance classes monday- saturday. I’m just lost on the nutrition part, cause the guide only gives 1200-1300 cals a day, isn’t that too low? would it be okay if I followed the Elite Nutrition guide that came with the original Insanity program? would I still get the same results?
    thankyou!
    ( btw, you look really f**** amazing!)

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    • Slavko

      Hey there Cassie,

      Thanks a bunch :) Having a contest scheduled a week from now, these words really mean a lot.

      As far as nutrition go don’t worry. Eating clean and balanced is all that it takes. Take the calorie suggestion as a general guidance but nothing more. Using only the principles of healthy eating outlined in the guide, along with some recipes is really enough. You will figure it along the way (that is, adding or subtracting calories).

      As for the Elite nutrition guide, though I haven’t used it, from what I’ve seen by giving it a quick glimpse, it’s great to follow, especially when you say that you have experience with it.

      See how things are going, and don’t hesitate to ask something down the road.

      Oh, and another thing when it comes to diet. I always try to tweak things a bit and lower or raise my calorie intake depending to how content I am with the progress (I say progress cause it is not only looks, but rather energy level and performance as well)

      Take care and enjoy this madness :)

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    • Slavko

      Note*

      Sandra had some trouble logging in, so I posted her comment. Forgot to change the name, will ediit itt later.

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  21. Mike

    Hi quick question – your MAX out time…I assume you note this, catch your breath, and then jump back in right? In other words you don’t work out for 3 to 7 minutes or whatever and then shut it off and start again the next day?

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    • Sandra

      Hi Mike,

      You write your time down, and then continue with the workout as soon as you catch your breath. From there till the end of the workout it is no holds barred- do the moves, as many of them as you can, trying not to rest. If you must, take a few seconds to catch your breath, and go for it again.

      The max out time is designed to track how far can you go without taking a break, measuring from the beginning of the workout. After that, it is on and off according to your ability.

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      • Andrea

        Hi,
        I’m doing the workouts a bit differently than intendended by Shaun T., but I’m liking it better this way. I’m still writing down my Max Out time, but, after that, I’m stopping the video each time my heart rate gets too high and I need to take a breath. I then wait until my heart rate comes under 140 and then continue doing the workout from the point where I’d pressed “pause”. This way I really complete all the exercises in the workout and don’t feel like I’m missing out on something. This means, too, that a workout takes much longer than 30 minutes for me, but that’s ok. I was used to working out about 2,5 hours every morning before I started this program. Now, I’m still running for about 40 minutes and then working out for anywhere between 42 and 55 minutes (depending on how long it takes me to complete the Max 30 workout of the day). So, this is an improvement actually :-) And, yes, I’ve been noticing huge results. I’m not really losing a lot of weight, because I don’t have much to lose anyway, but I love the way my abs look at the moment and I’m so proud of myself everytime I master one of the really hard moves! At the end of each workout, I write down how long this specific workout took me to complete and, next time, I try to beat that time. Just an idea for some of you who might actually have more time to work out than only 30 minutes…

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        • Sandra

          Wow Andrea, that’s a great idea. Especially since you say there is not a lot of weight for you to lose. Makes sense to move more slowly and thoroughly, and make sure you complete the complex movements the way they were meant. This is way more important for muscle definition and growth, since you are encouraging correct form all the way- targeting the muscles way more.

          I’d say that working out for an extra session during the day is not a good idea when you are doing Insanity Max 30, but then again, if it works for you that’s fine. At the end of the day, we all prefer a certain way of working out and react differently to different methods of training. You’ve found yours.

          Keep it up and don’t forget to write how it all turns out eventually.

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  22. sal

    Slavko
    I hope that you are well.

    I finished month 1 of Insanity Max 30 last Friday. I took a few days off because I have been busy with other work and I have noticed that I’m starting to put weight back on in my mid section even though I’ve been eating clean.

    Why is this?

    Please help

    Thanks in advance

    Sal

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  23. sal

    Sorry Slavko I forgot to mention that putting back some weight back on has discouraged me from doing month 2 of Max 30

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    • Slavko

      Hey Sal,

      This sounds very illogical. I cannot tell, honestly. How was month one? Intensity wise, nutrition, results? It is quite unusual to get some of your old weight back in only a couple of days. It may have to do with storing water in your body- if this is the case, then you don’t have to worry at all. One intensity session with Max 30 and you will lose that again.

      Don’t hesitate to write more. You are probably back on track by now.

      Keep it up!

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  24. Kim

    Thank you for the great review…I’m in the 5th week of Insanity Max 30. Month one was TOUGH and month two is down right ridiculous. I did Max Sweat two days ago and thought I was going to throw up in my living room…one arm burpees, people, one arm burpees!!. Literally one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done! The results are amazing. I bought this to lose some fat, get leaner and get more muscle definition. Insanity Max 30 is doing that and then some. I’ve also seen a huge boost in my endurance capabilities. Love this workout and it’s worth every dime. Thanks Shaun T. (and yes, definitely get a good night’s sleep because you need all your energy to power through the workouts!!)

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    • Sandra

      “month two is down right ridiculous” Tell me about it!
      Keep it up, ultimately you end up enjoying the madness more by the day :)

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  25. Andy

    Hi all. Me again! It’s taken a while but I am finally on my last week. I ended up doing about 8 weeks of month 1 stuff in the end so it’s taken me a while to get here. I still have to say this is the best dvd workout set I have ever done. My body has definitely changed for the good but not as much as my fitness. I have even managed to get through a few workouts without maxing out which I’m pretty proud of. Just thought I would check back in with you all. I’m off to Vegas at the end of the month and am much happier going as I am now rather than how I was 12 weeks ago when I started!

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    • Andy

      As a follow up to that I am all done now. I was definitely wrong about how much my body has changed. Before and after pics almost look like a different person. I will say it again…this workout is awesome!!!

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  26. Andreea

    hey there :) monday ill start my fourth week. first week i maxed out on cardio at 7:10 and i went on third week at 14 . i have to tell u my absolutely fav workout is tabata !!! i love it . i even maxed out at 29:10 this week on tabata power . and i started at 6:50 crazyyyyyy!!!! my body is slow tho . i gain weight very very easy bc i have a metabolism problem since i was a kid. im 22 now . i was a pro handball player in Romania my home country but even so , i did Insanity before , tried T25 but i love IM30!!! it pushes u to take out the best from you . last summer i gained like 5 pounds , not too much but everyne knows that at the age of 20 or so your body kind of changes . i wasnt a youngie anymore haha … and my body felt it . muscles started to show up diff than when i was 17 and still playing . ( i still play ball tho but preparing with IM30 to try out for a new team )but the body shape is diff too. i alwayes had bigger thights and smaller waist . so now i have bigger thights but with muscles , shaped glutes , shaped abs , my handball shoot is better cuz my triceps got better sholders too. i like the workout . and as u said its ok to feel tired during the workout . i even feel pain at my problematic knee , or i feel tension on my ankles . i slow down for a secund and i keep moving. i am glad i read what u wrote . hope i will hear soon from you

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  27. Meriah

    Hello!
    I’ve read this review and the excellent one on insanity. I’d like to lose about 80 lbs and build a strong back and up my endurance level. I’m a firefighter and need a high level of fitness. I’m curious to find out whether insanity or max 30 is a better workout to begin with? I’ve done Zumba before and I’m on my feet all day. I’m 20 years old and I don’t expect either workout to be easy, but since they’re both two months Iong Id like to choose the one that maximizes weight loss the most. Thank you!

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  28. Amy

    Does this give helpful nutrition advice? I am currently doing T-25 starting beta on Monday:-) But I bought it off amazon and I have no idea how to eat healthy(aside from making smarter choices) I want my pre baby body back and even after month one of t-25 I still have a small spare tire. Would max 30 be a good choice for me? Also I still have trouble with the T-25 workouts….I find them hard…lol. Guess I am just not as fit as all you guys:-)

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    • Anastasia

      its very easy to eat healthy and delicious in the same time. Only 3 simple rules: NO sugar (especially sweet drinks) , no junk, no fat food ( sauces included). eat 5 times per day but smaller portions. if you really like bad food as burgers, lasagna etc , just substitute all bad ingredients for healthy not fat ones and you not gonna feel the difference. There are 10000000 recipes of healthy meals in internet, just do some research. but first of all you should change your mental side. Don’t let the bad food control your mind and your life. keep do t-25 its great work out , you are doing great job just keep going. if you fight that mental side or physiological barrier then you gonna feel like a God and the new life will open the doors for you

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  29. Anastasia

    Love this work out! i did all 30 min without any rest from the first day and so proud of myself! today is my 2nd day and all my muscles are so sore and i love this pain! as i understood this workout not gonna help me to build some muscles?? right??? i feel like i burn muscles with fat together((( what if i do 1 day lifting waits and 1 day max 30??? i want to be like that girl on the picture

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  30. Darren

    There’s something I’m not getting here. If I “max out” in the first 3-5 minutes, then what? Let the video keep running and join back in when I can? Pause and play, pause and play…? I’m done for the day?! Help me out here.

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    • Esk

      Note the 1max out time, catch your breath and get back into it. You shouldn’t pause. Next time you do the same workout be sure to have the max out time memorized it will help you to push further and beat yourself

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      • Anthony

        Hi I’ve just started max 30 today and did the modifier. I wasn’t sure where I should start but maxed out at about 19 minutes. I’m 51 and 30 to 40 pounds overweight but otherwise healthy and have done a job for the last year which involves walking 10 to 15 miles a day at a good pace. Diet is my real issue and one I definitely plan to resolve. Anyway my question is should I be diving in in my first week and maxing out possibly in three to five minutes or should I see how week 1 goes with the modifier and take it from there?

        Thanks

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  31. Rachel Druce

    Hi
    Great review and excellent tips. I have recently completed Insanity and Insanity Max 30 has arrived today, very excited about getting started. I lost 22lbs with Insanity and looking to loose another 28 with Insanity Max. I need to really up my game with regards to nutrition to make sure I get the best results. Do you know anywhere I can get some weekly meal plan ideas to give me a helping hand with getting started with the routine.
    Many thanks Rachel

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  32. Prarthana

    Hi, Sandra. I’m going to be starting max 30 tomorrow and I love your review. I’m just a bit worried about the muscle definition, will it get me like bulky? I’ve done insanity for a month and I lost a lot of weight but max 30 sounds fun. So, let me know. Thanks!

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    • Sandra

      Hi Prarthana,

      How did things went for you?
      Being late to answer this, Max 30 doesn’t make you bulky, but very lean instead. I hope you already know this by now though :)

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  33. Abel

    Hi,my name is abel and am 21.i started my program with friday fight 1 and max out 9minute….cause can’t find sweat interval and tabata strength….so can i sub them by max sweat and max cardio

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    • Sandra

      Hi Abel,

      Sweat intervals, though different from these other two workouts is somehow in a similar ballpark. Tabata strength though, is entirely different. To answer your question then, it will be quite OK, though you may not have the same results in terms of strength, and muscle definition. It will also affect your result at the end in terms of weight loss as well. Not by a huge margin, but still.

      Hope this answers your question

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  34. jennifer

    Hi
    I have a question, i just finished insanity max 30 and i wanted to know if you have any recommandation of beachbody programm to do after that? My goal is to weight loss and define muscle.
    thank you a lot for your article.

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  35. Daniel A

    Alright so I’m 21 and weigh about 165, I’ve never really had any muscle. I played basketball throughout HS so i did mostly cardio. I’m out of shape but I’m determined to get back in shape. I’ll push myself but my issue is actually gaining muscle. I’ve started eating healthy for about a month now. I run every morning but I need a workout plan to tell me what to do so I can follow it. I really just want to gain some visible muscle, lose weight,and gain back my cardio. Max 30 sounds intense but I find it very interesting. Would you recommend? Or what workout plan should I try? Thanks

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    • Slavko

      Hey Daniel,

      Max 30 is great for muscle definition, and it will get you ripped. Every bit of muscle in your body will show up.

      If you want more bulk though, you can simply add more intensity by resistance to your workouts (less speed, more range of motion, correct form, and slower reps while paying the most attention to correct form, and tightening your muscles throughout each move). You should also add more protein to your diet.

      However, Max 30 is not intended for giving you a bulky appearance, so if you want that you should maybe try Insanity Asylum Vol. 2

      Cheers

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  36. Fahad

    I need to understand something: e.g. if I maxed out at 3 min, you said that i need to take a break then continue the whole workout (the left 27 min) without pausing the video, how’s that possible ? and if i always paused and play for more than 5 times, i guess i wouldnt benefit much from this workout.

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    • Sandra

      Hi Fahad,

      When you max out the first time, you simply write down the time.
      Then, you continue with the workout, though only within your own limits- meaning, if you need to take a break, you take a break. As many times necessary (be that 5,6,7, 20…)

      The goal is to take less breaks and make them shorter. You know your body best, so it is up to how you feel.

      However, try not to limit yourself mentally, and push harder every now and then. Tell you what- every time you need to take a break, just go ahead and see if you can do one or two repetitions more.

      Take care

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    • Esk

      You don’t pause the video, you catch your breath when you need to and jot down the first time you do. You jump back in and follow whatever’s happening on the screen

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  37. Lei Ann

    My son and I just finished week one of Max 30. I’m 55 years old, 5’1″, weigh 114 and want to increase my strength and edurance and he’s 34 at 5’7″ and needs to lose 65 pounds. There are a couple of exercises I cannot do at all, even using the modified version. Would doing a similar exercise be just as effective? For example, when they are doing an ab routine that I can’t, I start doing a variety of intense crunches on my own until they switch to another move. I’m keeping up and I only have to do the modified version about 10-15% of the time. My son is doing about 20% modified at this stage.

    Here are my concerns with Max 30 but hopefully you will be able to aleviate them. 1-as days go by there are less water breaks. 2-there’s very little stretching at warm up and cool down. 3-there’s very little instruction on proper form. 4-there’s no emphasis on heart rate monitoring. Really there’s no time to check heart rate.

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    • Slavko

      Hey Lei Ann,

      Seeing how Sandra is not catching up to speed with the questions, I hope I can be of some help.

      First of all, congrats to you guys doing this together and keeping each other accountable.

      To be honest about the modifications, there is something that most are not taking in consideration. The program is designed to be done as it is- no modifications, no nothing. That is, if you want to have the optimum results. However though, many people find it extremely hard, next to impossible to follow the pace. I’d go ahead, do a wild guess, and say the majority of participants.

      And that’s what modifications are for- to help those that lag behind, to somewhat keep pace, and push pass Their limits. In the light of this, the modifiers are placed there as an alternative, and their primarily reason is to keep you into the zone, keep your muscles active (preferably the same muscle groups that the original move is targeting but with lower intensity).

      If you want to modify the modifier, I’d say go for it. That’s the point of modifying in the first place- you are using your best judgement to decide where you need to step down a notch.

      The only thing I can say is push yourself more every chance you get. Monitor your day to day progress but don’t become obsessed with it (“yesterday I did less modifiers, now I’m doing slightly more”). The point of it is that once you spend enough time with the program- less modifiers or more- you will increase your strength, endurance, flexibility… Sensing this on daily basis, you will do the right modifiers where need be, or skip them altogether.

      As for the water breaks, the program is simply following the intended intensity curve. When people fail to catch up, they usually quit- allow that to say something about you because you are still pushing forward (congrats!)

      The stretching, I’m not sure how you feel about it at the beginning, but you can supplement some more stretch poses at the end.

      Proper form- go slower and make sure you are doing it right. It is far more important than going faster, or doing more reps. Believe me.

      As for hearth rate monitoring I’m not a huge fan. I believe that all the attention should be pointed towards listening to your own body and learning its capacity. Monitoring is, at least for me, a sort of a distraction from that. However, you can slow down a bit just when you are checking form and do an extra check on that as well. Over time though, believe me, you will have more intuitive understanding on when is time to stop, slow down or speed up.

      Hope this helped some.

      You guys have a great time with Insanity and keep doing your great work!

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  38. Dario

    I started to do Max Insanity 30… And I plan to do it for 8 weeks according to the workout plan…
    I feel great so far, but my question is: what to do after 8 weeks? I don’t want to do excercises on the same level every day… Is there some workout plan to maintain what you achived after 8 weeks? Thnx for reply :)

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    • Slavko

      Hey Dario,

      There are many ways to go about this.

      You can either repeat the program and do the modifiers more in order to step down on intensity while still keeping your shape. Or, you can do one day and rest the other.

      A variation of these two is also very useful.

      Then, there is the option to migrate to another program, and I will recommend something like P90 where you can find your comfort/maintenance routine, and stick with it.

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  39. Virginia

    Hello! Thanks for your awesome review – you look amazing! I’ve done one round of Focus T25 and had amazing results last year…then came back from my honeymoon and gained some weight back. I’m only 120lbs with about 20% body fat and about 36% muscle – but I’m a 5’2″, 34 yr old female. Anyway, when I went off of birth control last year, I found that it was harder for me to lose the extra fat around my tummy (very frustrating). I’m currently doing T25 Gamma while concurrently doing Body Beast (I’m on week 3 of Bulk). I love Body Beast and I know it takes a lot of time to see muscle growth but I’m already starting to see changes in my chest and arms. I’m thinking of getting Max30 because it would be great to have an “all in one program” and I’m a little bored with Gamma to be honest (although I LOVE Shaun T.) I eat very clean and take in about 100 grams of protein per day – my problem? I’m only taking in about 12-1300 calories a day and burning on average (according to my HR Monitor) about 500 plus. I know a lot of people say that I should be eating much more than that – that’s why i can’t get rid of my tummy fat b/c my body is holding onto whatever it can get…but I’m terrified that if I up my calories (even with healthy stuff) I’ll gain weight. Help!

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    • Slavko

      Hey Virginia,

      Max can definitely help you with those stubborn areas of fat, and I will even go ahead and suggest you try Asylum Vol. 1, seeing how you were bored with Gamma, and how you can endure strength and resistance training as well.

      As for nutrition, try and slightly up your protein and see what happens. Preferably right after workout. Same goes for healthy fats- a spoon or a half spoon of peanut butter, along with your protein intake right after workout. Add only that and see what happens. Also, try and eat more greens, tricking the body in that way.

      The bulk mode in Body Beast, though I’m not entirely familiar with it, might be holding you down when it comes to your efforts of losing that last belly fat tissue. Maybe go “full time” with Max 30, I guess.

      Feel free to ask more questions, hope this helps.

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  40. assem

    I have a lot of free time …….so I wanted to ask if it’s ok to workout insanity each period at a day ..
    is it ok to work for 3 minutes then rest for an hour then back to the workout ??

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    • Slavko

      Hey Assem,

      You will cause your body shorts bursts of stress throughout the day- not advised for the results I think many people are hoping for.

      You need one session of intense and targeted stress to your muscles, and a healthy diet and long hours of rest throughout the day afterwards for the body to recuperate, and hence grow your msucle tissue while draining fat.

      I don’t want to put it like this- but you should push yourself pass the comfort zone, and your plan seems to be somewhere in there.

      Tell you what. If you cannot manage to go through the whole workout, try the modifiers throughout. If still not- it is better to cut the workout in half, and do the stretching in full at the end and beginning.

      Max out, write down your time, and then do as much as you can while taking breaks where need be. If you feel you cannot continue stop, and then do the modifiers if that helps. Don’t forget to take breaks. Take many of them if need be, and longer ones as well. Get back to it when you can get back to it (be that 10 seconds or a full minute or two, but leave the video rolling).

      Then, stop with the workout even if it is mid way or sooner. The day after, you will try again, and again, and again… Eventually you will get there, and see that all the while you were pushing, the results kind of took place.

      Take care and don’t hesitate to ask more

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  41. Urvish

    hey i want to loss my weight from waist and lower body side. i do body best from last few week now i start doing max 30 so it is good decision or not

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    • Slavko

      Hey Urvish,

      Are you combining the workouts, and if so how you go about doing that?

      If you are doing Max 30 only, then it is a very good transition, and you will achieve your goals most def.

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  42. EVANS

    Hi, thanks for your very comprehencive review. am thinking of doing this work out first thing in the morning basically because of my tight work schedule throughout the day. Would you recommend that for me?

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    • Slavko

      Hey Evans,

      Depends on how hectic your day becomes suddenly afterwards. If you are finishing your workout only to run to the shower and dresser and right out of home, then this may cause unpleasant levels of stress for the day ahead. If not, there is nothing inherently wrong with doing your exercise in the morning, regardless of how intense it is.

      For starters, if you haven’t done exercise of any kind that early in the morning and feel that it is too much intense for your taste, use the modifiers more. As the second week comes, you will have more awareness over how to pace yourself.

      Feel free to write me with any other concerns, hope this answered some of them

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  43. EVANS

    …that is probably around 5 am in the morning

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  44. Young

    I want to lose only 25 pounds .. and I have Insanity and Insanity Max 30 .. Do you recommend this to me ?

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    • Slavko

      Most def. However depending on your fitness level you will have to chose between the two. And though Max 30 can be viewed as slightly more intense, it still has modifiers whereas Insanity doesn’t.

      Also, much depends on your diet and lifestyle in general ( you will need 7-8 hours of sleep). Having said that, these workout are your best bet of achieving your goal within the shortest time frame.

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  45. Priya

    Hey, i start insanity max 30 2 weeks before.i do night shift always thats why i am very confuse about my food timing.my day start 4 pm and i do sleep 10 am only 6 hours a day i can sleep sometime less then.please give me some tips. i am feeling heavy all the time .i try to active most of the time and i have thoyroid too.please give me some tips and suggetion thanks

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    • Slavko

      Hey Priya,

      Seeing how Max 30 is an intense workout program, and you only have 6 hours of sleep available, I will recommend trying another program for starters. Maybe go with Focus T25, or P90.

      As for food, it is not entirely the main issue right now, though you must have the best diet regimen possible if you want to somehow endure Max 30 with only 6 hours of sleep and still get results, or even function throughout the day.

      Here, if this helps, try reading these other two reviews of mine, of two programs I feel will be more suitable for your circumstances.

      https://www.lifestyleupdated.com/p90-workout-review/

      https://www.lifestyleupdated.com/focus-t25-review/

      Take care

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  46. Elan

    Hello – I have been wanting to do this program but I’m nervous about making my legs even bigger. I carry almost all of my weight in my thighs and butt.

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    • Sandra

      Hey Elan,

      That’s not going to happen. The more you workout with the Max 30, the leaner your body looks. You will drain fat tissue, all the while promoting muscle definition. Any extra muscle mass created, will drain even more fat from your thighs. And muscle mass, by all definition, is very lean, and occupies less space than fat tissue.

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  47. Dayana

    Hi,

    Im Dayana and I came across this review. I would love to start a 30 minute program at home because I dont have too much free time but the thing is that I don’t want to lose weight (at least I don’t think I have to) I’m thin, have always been. I would like to gain strenght and body muscle but without having to go to a gym, which I have before. I love sports but I dont know what option would be best for me to build up muscle and get stronger. Thank you!

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    • Sandra

      Hey Dayana,

      You will get stronger with Max 30, and there is no doubt about that. As far as muscle mass goes, you will not bulk up significantly, but only build slightly more muscle mass than what you have now, and define your body (more muscle, less fat tissue).

      If however, you up the protein intake slightly, and increase the intensity of the workouts, you will gain more muscle mass and get even stronger.

      The bottom line though, is that you cannot bulk up significantly doing Max 30.

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  48. Vianney

    Hi, I’ve been reading all of the reviews on Max:30 and I’m excited to start something like this, but I am a beginner. I am 25 yrs, 5’1″, and 130lbs. I have 2 children an 3 yr old and a 1 yr old. I’ve been struggling with losing my baby fat from my last pregnancy. I would like to lose the weight on my upper body (especially the babyfat) and gain some muscle on my lower body like legs and butt. This is the most I’ve ever weighed. I don’t know if this is the right program for me, but I’m willing to try it if you think it would be suitable for me. I want your opinion. Thank you!

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    • Slavko

      Hey Vianney,

      Sorry for being so late with my reply.
      This is it. This program can help you achieve exactly what you want. Only thing is, you will have to fight very hard for it. As a beginner, and not knowing your history with fitness, I will assume that you cannot start on a fast pace initially. This program has a modified set of moves for each workout, so can start slowly and build strength and cardio condition.

      If you are willing to push yourself, there isn’t a better product on the market thus far. And having in mind that you are having a family and kids, the fact that Max 30 is taking only 30 minutes per day, kinda makes the most suitable program for what you have described.

      Have a great day

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  49. Bravo

    Pardon me,does the program DVD package able to ship to international country other than in USA or Canada after i buy it from online website?

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    • Slavko

      Hey there,

      It can also ship to UK.

      Reply
  50. Andy

    So after a few months of t25 gamma to add a little muscle and climbing a mountain I am going to start this again today. I hope I enjoy it as much as last time. I think my cardio has dropped since I stopped doing this. So hopefully after a few weeks I will be feeling super fit again like last time!

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    • Sandra

      Wish you luck Andy!

      Just keep pushing through the first couple of days, it gets much easier after that.
      I too sometimes forget how on Earth was I able to complete the program last year. But then, few of the modifications during the first couple of days, and I quickly get back in shape to test my metal.

      To the Max!

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      • Andy

        Thanks Sandra yeah I’m going to push through even though I remember how much harder month 2 gets. I’m doing much better with my max out times than I was when I first did it so I’m definitely fitter now than I was then at least. Thanks for the motivation it’s the little bits of encouragement that make all the difference to push that bit harder

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  51. Pujara

    Hello I have done insanity and lost 20 kgs in three rounds ..but again getting back the fat . I am not eating clean..now started max 30 …I am 190 pounds to 290 pounds 6 ft.. can u tell me how much calories to each everyday to reduce weight…and for vegans can they see abs ??

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    • Slavko

      Hey Pujara,

      Glad that you started Max 30. If you enjoyed the results with Insanity, you will love this one. And yes, as far as being a vegan goes, you can make awesome abs as well- just need to know your way around the kitchen and pack enough protein.

      As per calorie intake, I’m a bit confused by the numbers you wrote. Anyway, the formula will tell you a rough estimate. Though you can try and balance things out all by yourself. Belive me it is not that hard. Just start eating clean and healthy, and portion your food as much as your body needs. When hungry, attack the vegetables, no extra calories there.

      After a few days your body will know how much it needs.

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  52. efe

    Hi all,

    When are you meant to do ab attack? It doesn’t say on on the workout plan.

    Cheers

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    • Slavko

      Hey there,

      Ab attack comes with the cardio workouts, and you can do it as you please. If you however go with the ab maximizer program (additional kit, sold separately from Max 30) there is a schedule included and two extra ab workouts as well.

      For now, do the ab attack as you see fit. Usually after a day where you have extra power left in your body, and your core wasn’t engaged as much.

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  53. Spalmer114

    I am very interested in starting this program, definitely time to get back in shape! My questions is, how much room is needed to effectively do this workout? I travel for work and am usually in a hotel room for 2 weeks a month with limited space. I imagine different workouts require varying amounts of space, so just trying to see if this would work out for my situation.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    • Slavko

      Hey Spalmer,

      All it needs is roughly 2×2 square meters. You can manage with less most of the time.
      Also, since there is a lot of jumping involved, you’d need some sort of a mat to absorb the noise (I’f found that this works tremendously well) in case those below your apartment make complaints.

      It is common sense, but I’m going to mention it anyway- rearrange the hotel room if need be. That’s what I usually do when travelling and renting space via AirBnb. Most of the time I forget how things went before I moved in, so my inbox is full with “why is a nightstand lamb missing?”

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  54. Joe

    I did Insanity when I was 52 to lose weight to help with my fave hobby, rock climbing. I remember doing the warm up for the first time and thinking, hell when will this stop, what kind of a warm up is this and then it just got worse. I completed the program and lost 35 pounds and looked great again after years of being podgy. I moved onto T25 after that and found it good because of the reduced amount of time to do the workout but it was nowhere near as hard as Insanity (apart from alpha total body and gamma extreme). After completing that I continued with a T25 hybrid so as to stay in shape and then six weeks ago I started Insanity Max30. I maxed out at 7 minutes (seems to be the killer time that when you start because it does your legs) but by the end of week 4 I could get to 30 minutes on cardio challenge. I finished week 2 of the second half of the program tonight. Friday fight 2 is simply the devil itself (Maxed out on 5 minutes both time I’ve done it but got about 15 seconds longer the second time) My weight has stayed the same since I finished Insanity about 18 months ago but you can see the difference in tone after 6 weeks of Max30.
    Anyway I thought your review was great and it will help me push on even harder for my last two weeks. Anyone out there who thinks they are too old to do this type of workout think again. Give it a go. Be sensible and listen to your body but just do the best you can and the results will make it all worthwhile.
    Just a final word – I did the Friday fight round 1 with my 21 year old son who is one of those annoying naturally athletic types. He maxed out at 3 minutes (thats still the warm up) and quit on me after 15 minutes. Kids meh

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    • Sandra

      Hey Joe, your comment just made my day!

      Congrats for the success so far, and for the determination to stick up with this insanely intense routine. I always joke about how hard Max 30 is by saying how I start to sweat just after listening to Shaun T’s voice. Thinking about pushing the play button now, it gives me thrills :)

      Btw, laughed so hard about how you challenged your son. I do that to many of my friends who are fitness rats and it always ends up funny.

      Keep pushing through and keep up with the great work!

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  55. Alberto

    I tried insanity for the the first time 5 months ago and got through to the 6th week but then I got sick and did not see it through, now I wanted to start the program over again cause I thought max 30 was a lighter version of insanity, but after reading this review i realize it is not. I am in the middle of the second week week of insanity, do you recomend I complete this program and then I try max 30 or should I just drop insanity and change to max 30? Also I have the impression that with insanity you burn fat as well as muscle, is this true? If so, does it also happen with max 30?

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    • Slavko

      Hey Alberto,

      First of all my advice would be to complete whatever program you are currently with. The insanity workout, in your case, is a great program that will give you amazing results. The only issue I see here is time. If you’d rather do 30 minutes instead of forty something or even up to one hour, then you can transition from one program to the other.

      Just stop with Insanity mid-week or so, give yourself few days of rest, and then start Max 30.

      Neither of the 2 programs burns muscle mass if you are eating enough protein. That’s theoretically impossible. The only issue with Insanity versus Max 30 is that Insanity lasts long enough to cause your cortisol levels to go up more than it’s usually advised for building enough muscle. Max 30 won’t cause that, and in this regard it is superior if you want a more defined physique.

      Take care, and drop us a line.

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  56. Jordan

    This right here is the BEAST! In week three and already starting to see AMAZING results. Chest are flat and more defined than ever, and so are arms and shoulders. This workout rocks!
    It is harder than anything I ever tried in my life, but no pain no gain is my motto. Thanks for the great review, it’s the reason why I ended up with this workout!

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  57. hector

    Awsome review! Im 227 lbs 5’9 and planing to take on the challenge! And your review convinced me to go for it!! Cant wait to start! Thank you for your time to share the review of the program

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  58. Rayan

    Hey guys
    I’m 23 years old and about 82KG (180′ pounds) now. I’m new one here just started max30(day 2)
    I already completed P90X3 and Body Beast, I’m looking for next workout after max30, I really want a big macule and V shape body :) any suggestion?

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  59. Christina

    Hey guys,

    I’ve been considering taking this challenge on over the last several weeks. I went to the gym regularly until about 3 months ago, I just seem to have lost my motivation (I got bored with my workouts) but this program sounds like it will put me back on track. I’m a 5’8″, 148-lb woman not really looking to lose weight, but to tone up what I already have and increase my endurance. I’m a paramedic for a big city so my work schedule gets a little crazy at times- but I know I can dedicate 30 minutes a day to this! Wish me luck, I’m gonna order the program when I get home tonight and plan on starting ASAP. :) thanks for the review, it was very helpful!

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    • Sandra

      Hey Christina,

      Max 30 will definitely keep you motivated throughout. If you are after an endurance challenge, this is the hardest one you’ve ever seen. Get ready :)

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  60. Cody

    I definitely want to complete this. The biggest thing that holds me back is NOT the exercise (former US Soldier here), the problem is the diet. I feel like if I ever step out of line with it I have to begin all over again. I’m on my 1st week for the 5th time now haha. Any advice?

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    • Slavko

      Hey Cody,
      Don’t be overly concerned with the diet. Simply try to follow some principles of healthy eating and do your best. If you mess up one day, make sure to get back on track the other. The continuous workout and increasing intensity (the more you do it the harder you can push) will take care of the rest. Besides, the more you invest yourself during the workouts, the harder it is becomes to break diet principles.

      One advice- prepare food in advance, in bulk.

      Carbs are easy to handle- just take quinoa and brown rice and cook for two days ahead. The one, then the other.Same goes for protein- cook chicken enough to last for two days, and then you can go with fish. Canned tuna can do the trick if you are out of stock with other protein sources. Legumes are a nice addition as well. Peas and beans, as well as lentil… It doesn’t have to be so much complicated.

      How are things going so far?

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  61. Shushank

    I started with max out time of 6 mins and currently into the 4th week. Had to take a day’s break in between because of illness. I have touched 11 and a half minutes of max out time but it is varying depending upon the workout. But last week I was constantly above 8 minutes. This workout is great. It keeps me motivated to push further everyday. Going to gym was always difficult for me and I was falling short of exercise routines with limited gym equipment at my home but this workout has given me a new dimension altogether. Can’t wait for the 2nd month. The only problem is I am unable to follow the diet plan strictly. Is that ok to be a bit flexible on that front?

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    • Slavko

      Hey Shushank,

      Kudos for the progress! I know what it’s like, Shaun T pushes you further than you previously though possible.

      As for the diet plan, don’t worry. As long as you are eating clean most of the time, you are fine. Sometimes it is nice to allow your body relax with a mouthful of cookies. In the grand scheme of things, doing intense exercise day in and day out will take care of that.

      Keep it up!

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  62. Zlatan

    I have finished asylum 1 and asylum 2 workouts and I am now starting to do max 30. The workout feels great and refreshing after two months of asylum training. The question is will i lose the conditioning and strength gained throuhh asylum 1 and 2? Will max 30 maintain it? What about using max 30 as cardio after weight training? And also when i finish max 30 is it ok to do asylum 3 times per week for maintenance?

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    • Slavko

      Hey Zlatan,
      An asylum graduate here as well :) Most intense month of my entire life for sure.
      Tell you what- the conditioning will pretty much improve, though as far as strength goes, you might lose a fraction of that.
      As for Max 30 being your cardio supplement after weight training, it depends on the intensity on your training. This thing right here is pretty intense, so I’d maybe use it as my second training in the day if I’m preparing for something like a stage competition or a Spartan race, otherwise, stay away from combining it with weight training.

      Doing Asylum 3 times per week for maintenance is great if you can regularly keep up with it. Results wise, it is the equivalent of doing a moderate-to-intense program every day.

      Take care my friend

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  63. Zlatan

    I used asylum to gain conditioning for basketball will max 30 be good for the sport of basketball as well?

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    • Slavko

      Asylum is probably much better due to the athletic spin on the program which includes a range of sports training moves. I think Max 30 would be better for speed and cardio endurance though.

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  64. Çağatay

    Hi.. i just finished insanity workout. But still little i have belly fat. I start today insanity max 30 . But i wanna ask it if anyone finish the program its really works ? Because we know like after 20 mn our body start burn oil. Program look like not enough long. So if anyone did it before maybe can help and share the experience. I making also low carb diet with it so i gonna take good result if program really works
    and ı drin one shake ızolet proteın after sport also ı use anımal pack 42 for oil burnıng. my questıon ıs thıs can ı really burn my belly fat wıth thıs program?

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  65. Slavko

    Hey Çağatay,

    Don’t worry. Staying on track with the workouts and trying to follow a healthy diet will definitely burn any remaining fat tissue that you have. Make sure to rest enough, and you will love the results.

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  66. Zlatan

    Thank you Slavko! I will finish max 30 and do one more round of asylum 1. After that I plan on doing asylum vol 1 and vol 2 hybrid but only 3 times a week as maintenance. So it will take around 15 weeks to complete all the workouts.

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  67. Alfred

    Hey there,

    I am stoked to try the Insanity Max 30, I’m 58 in fair shape but needing to shed the stubborn 25 pounds that I can’t lose by working out at the gym. Do you think the Max 30 is ok for me, I’m 6ft and weighing in at 240. Currently doing cardio and some lifting, can I give up the gym and get the results I’m looking for with a balanced diet and getting my butt kicked for the next 2 months. Very much interested in Max 30, any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    -Alfred

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    • Slavko

      Hey Alfred,

      If losing fat is what you are primarily concerned about, then Max 30 is your pick. It will also help you tone and define your muscles, and depending on your diet maybe even add some muscle as well.

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  68. J

    I’m in the middle of T25 and will begin Max 30 next. I’m not seeing the results I want as far as definition so far. Right now, I’m 5’10” and 165 lbs. I’m beginning to think I am not consuming enough protein because I don’t eat meat. I try to supplement by drinking Muscle Milk and eating fish, but could you recommend something else, both in terms of food and a supplement? Also, how much protein should I be consuming? What’s too much? Thanks!

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    • Slavko

      Hey J,

      Just a quick reminder of the input for great results:
      -enough rest (7-8 hours)
      -balanced diet (carbs-protein-fat roughly 40-40-20%)
      -pushing hard as much as you can during the workouts

      Ditch the muscle milk, and go with a whey protein instead. But only take half a scoop after the workout if the intensity was lower or you didn’t feel much of a burn. Upgrade to one scoop when intensity is decent.

      Fish is great, so keep up with it, but also try to up your protein intake by consuming it from “mainly carb” sources like quinoa, or millet grain (they are both rich in protein). Oh, and egg whites are the golden standard of protein, so eat 4-5 of those during breakfast.

      Lastly, try to keep correct form during workouts, so muscles can take a punch. Remember, one proper move is worth 5 that are lacking correct form.

      Hope this helps
      Have a great day

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  69. Rick

    Hi

    I’m confused with something on this workout. Do you do it until you max out or do you write your time and then carry on for the remainder of the 30 minutes?

    Cheers

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    • Slavko

      Hey Rick,

      You go as far as you can without making a pause, and then write down the time… Take a moment of rest (whatever you need in order to be capable of moving on with the rest of the workout), and continue following the crew on screen.

      Then you can take rest whenever you feel like you must, keep it short (3-5-30 seconds, depending on your level) and return back to it again.

      The max out time is simply to map how far can you go from the beginning of the workout without making a single pause.

      Take care

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  70. Katherine

    Hey guys,

    Great review! Your continuous commitment to answering people’s inquiries is very much appreciated! I love how supporting everyone here is.

    I’m 24 and finally starting to get serious about conquering the bulge. Last year in oct-Nov I started t-25 but quit after the alpha round because of the holiday season. This year I’ve started over t-25 and I’m currently 3 weeks in. My question is after I complete the alpha and beta round will I be able to jump in to max 30? Most people here have completed insanity and t-25 etc before getting into max30. Will it be too much of a jump for a semi-beginner like me?

    I’m 5’1 and 160 pounds but the weight is distributed proportionally. But I am so tired of being big.

    Does what time you work out affect the results? First thing in the AM versus afternoon?

    This year I’ve eliminated all fast foods and processed foods and i stick to protein, fruits, veggies and healthy oils. So far so good. I take it one day at a time. :)

    Thanks again!

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    • Slavko

      Hey Katherine, and sorry for the replying late…

      Congrats on building the healthy habits from the ground up- it takes a lot of patience and dedication. Having tackled food, everything else is a piece of… hmm, well.. cake :)

      As for making the transition towards such an intense workout like Max 30, it depends. But mostly on a very overlooked factor- joint strength. If you are able to go over the Alpha phase of Focus T25 without noticing any significant tension on your knees/ankles/wrists… then Max 30 is doable.

      See, most people fear the intensity, when in fact you adjust accordingly. It’s limitations like injuries or stiff joints that are rarely taken in consideration but detrimental.

      Go with Max 30 only if you are determined enough to push hard. The modifiers will help you along the way, but you will need to invest yourself a lot regardless of the fact.

      As for timing, it also depends…

      Early workout is better, especially when it comes to cardio- for the body is burning extra fat tissue. However, some people have stubborn metabolisms, so their fat burning ability partially shuts off before they jump start the system with a breakfast.

      I for one have discovered that noon and evening workouts do the trick for me more than early morning ones ever will.

      Hope this helps.
      If you decide to go with Max 30, drop us a line and share some of your experience.

      Cheers

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      • Katherine

        Thanks so much for your encouragement and advice!!

        It’s difficult keeping myself at it (I find by the fourth week of working out I start slacking and skipping days) but ill try to just keep pushing. Some progress is better than none right ;) It’s a day at a time fight for me right now. I’ll do trial and error for now and keep adjusting until I find that balance.

        Take care and thanks for your help!! I’ll let you know how max 30 goes

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  71. Sarah

    Thanks for the great review. I am into week 5 of 21 day fix extreme and plan on doing at least 2 more months of this and wanted to move to Max 30. I don’t have anymore weight to lose I wouldn’t think I started at 124 and am down to 117. Will I still follow the 21 day fix eating plan? Or will I need more calories since this workout is really tough. And will this be a good workout to switch to? Thank you!!

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    • Slavko

      Hey Sarah,

      Kudos for your success so far!

      Max 30 would be an excellent program to move towards. It will drain fat that other programs never could, and surprise you in the process :)

      As for diet, you can continue with the same plan from 21 Day Fix, only add more when needed. Bottom line- you will have to listen to your body and go from there. Initially, you can continue with the same diet plan only enhancing the number of calories slightly… then, as your body dictates, you will add more protein (a must), and slightly more carbs.

      Be prepared though, Max 30 is nothing like 21 Day Fix. The first week, at least until you catch grip, will be especially hard.

      Take care, and drop us a line if you decide to try the program.

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  72. Eric

    My wife and I had been doing the 21 day fix repeatedly for 4 months and really enjoying it as a time to push ourselves and do something together. I only followed the diet with the colored measuring cups the first 21 day series, but I don’t need to follow any particular diet to get the results I am looking for. I found that by using the workout, especially about an hour after dinner, I didn’t feel like eating anything in the evenings and that I seem to get fuller faster and over eat less. It also helps to realize all the effort it takes to burn those extra calories if you eat more than you need.

    My wife ordered the Insanity Max 30 workout and we started it 5 weeks ago. OMG: the 21 day fix felt like a bubble bath compared to this! For the first week, cardio and calf burn kept me from focusing on the intensity and form needed to really burn out my major muscles. With cardio being such a limiting factor, major muscle recovery was easy for me. By week 4 I felt I could real ramp up the form and intensity and could see awesome results. One week into month 2 and it is a big jump harder, but month 1 adequately prepared my brain, no, it changed my brain so that I look forward to pushing harder to max out.

    I recommend this workout and here are some comments:
    * MAX OUT and Max out often and early. Don’t bother writing it down, just take 4 seconds to catch your breath. I don’t ever want to waste my time and make it though this entire workout without maxing out. You can always go faster, lower, higher, better form, add isometrics at points in you movements, or engage the core better or harder in order for you to max out earlier.
    * The lighting fast transition between sets and the limited description of what you are supposed to do next will leave you scrambling at first, but you will master those transitions in a few weeks, so don’t get discouraged. At that early stage, you will appreciate having to look up at the screen for an extra second or two anyway.
    * This is better than weight lifting for loosing weight and gaining definition. Even when I lifted weights for 45 mins 3 times a week, I would get a burning hunger and need to eat a lot even though I had plenty of body fat still. (perhaps I needed the shake at those times)
    * This workout really lacks any meaningful bicep’s or lat muscle building, I have a pull-up bar outside that I think will fill the void once the snow melts (Northern Minnesota). The variety of push-ups in Max 30 is nuts and really strengthen your chest and triceps, so you are good there.
    *I love working out with my wife on this, and I am pretty sure it helps to motivate both of us. That said, if your workout partner is not prepared for how ridiculous Max 30 is, there may be problems. Its that nuts in the beginning. Doing a less intense workout first helped us step up, as well as appreciate the virtues of both workouts.
    * We will be moving on to another workout eventually, but I am now not afraid to max out (plus few more) and the mental strength I have gained will help with what ever workout we chose in the future.

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    • Slavko

      Hey Eric thanks for this LONG comment, much appreciated! And thanks for the tips as well, some very useful takeaways there. So glad to hear that you guys are having so much fun with Max 30.

      “OMG: the 21 day fix felt like a bubble bath compared to this!” This made me laugh so loud! Cause it is so true. If you are determined enough, all other Beachbody workouts fail in comparison.

      Next on the list? Take my word and go for the Asylum series. Vol 1 is a killer! La creme de la creme of hard workouts.

      Thanks for the comment once again
      Take care

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  73. esco673

    Great review, thanks. I just completed Focus T25. I couldn`t decide to go with Insanity max:30 or stick with Focus T25 Gamma, since I like to work with weights to gain some muscles. But I need to lose more fat and some weights, so I`ll go with Insanity Max:30. I`d like to ask you about the meal after work out. Since I am an office worker, I can only do this exercise at 9 p.m. So it is a little bit late to eat something to take protein (I want to lose some weight and fat). Do you think that it is a must to take protein after work out? Thanks.

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    • esco673

      BTW I also completed Gamma work out.

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  74. Mike

    As much as I agree this is really hard and helpful I disagree about “shredding body fat”. Every person has different body that loses from different areas. I was 11% body fat in high school asa swimmer and still never showed a 6 pack. The same holds true now. I’ve “toned”, but Im NOWHERE near a six pack and seeing before and after pictures where people are completely ripped are definitely disappointing. I don’t “max out” till 20 minutes in at least, so its not like Im not pushing myself. So yes its great, but even eating healthy isn’t enough. You have to drastically change your eating pattern and still don’t expect a clean 6 pack after. Just being realistic.

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  75. Edmund

    Hi guys!

    A bit of a back story: I’m 20 year old University student, 5’5” and 162 lbs trying to lose some of my fat. I’ve never been quite fit overall due to my moderate asthma but I’m very determined to change that.

    I’m currently doing the original Insanity workout at the moment (Day 2) but realised that during Month 2, workouts will start to require more and more time, something that I might find hard as it would coincide with my exams. Would you suggest a transition to Insanity Max 30 during the 2nd month? Thanks!

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  76. Amanda A

    My ortho doc says I can do workout as long as they are low impact on the joints. Would anyone here consider this relatively low impact or high impact training? Thanks, looking to start something new as soon as I find something that jives.

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    • Amanda A

      Specifically on the knees is the joints I am asking about.

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      • Mike

        This is a high impact. Its a lot of jumping and jumping lunges and plyometrics like that. There is a modifier that is meant for low impact though.

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  77. Mugiwara

    Hi Sandra .

    First of all, that review was a real pleasure to read and i could feel like you were sincere about all the points of that workout, so thank you for that :-)

    I have just completed the first month of insanity and the recovery week (by replacing cardio abs with insane abs and core cardio and balance with max interval sports training) and i can ensure you i m giving 1000% at each workout, and actually like the pain lol.

    I am now on my first week of the second month and i am surprised to see that i drastically improved my performances in terms of cardio and muscle power . Even the second month videos are less difficult to me than the first month ones when i started, and i can now handle every single exercise without any break and almost every time at the same pace as the insanity team .

    My question is : after having completed insanity i hesitate between doing asylum or max 30 . Which one is the most difficult to your opinion ? My aim would be first to dry my body from belly fat , the only part of my body that still has fat in it !

    Thank you for your answer :-)

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    • Sandra

      Hey Mugiwara,

      Max 30 is definitely bringing it up a notch. Congrats for going this far with Insanity. Enjoy the fun. Max 30 would be a great follow-up, especially for someone who’s completed the original Insanity (you will be able to bring more to the program, and dig deeper- as Slavko often says, using the full potential of the program).

      He has done Asylum, and many of the Max videos, so I guess he should chip in with some thoughts as well.

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      • Mugiwara

        Hi Sandra,

        I take note of your advise .Thank you for answering !

        Take care. :)

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    • Slavko

      Hi Mugiwara,

      Glad to see you so far into the program! Insanity is a very tough routine, so seeing you having fun brings a smile to my face, because I can perfectly relate.

      As Sandra said, Max 30 is a bit more challenging, if you can start high intensity instantaneously. It will definitely reintroduce some of that pain and struggle.

      But, as someone who has completed the Asylum, I must say that it is the most intense program ever published from Beachbody bar none! If you are up for the challenge, forget any fat on your body. But also note that it is a lot harder than both Insanity and Max 30.

      For now though, focus your attention exclusively on completing the program. Insanity is a great routine, and cutting it half way in order to do another one is not necessary at all. Finish it first and then try other programs.

      Cheers and enjoy the process!

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      • Mugiwara

        Hi,

        Thank to both of you for your answers , it’s a pleasure to see how reacting you are.

        Yeah i can say i am definitely enjoying myself, at the point i am looking forward my training every day like a child would wait for his christmas presents haha .

        Obviously i am 100% focused on insanity for the moment, and i just reached the middle of month 2. I was asking to anticipate and starting straight away with another program ! I ve made some researches on my own as well and I think i ll definitely go for asylum, as it’s more muscle focused . Cardio is reallt my strong point, but i struggle more in deep muscles exercices so i guess it will be more challenging to me haha!

        Anyway I enjoyed so much i know i will try out all the insanity trainings !

        Thanks for the advises.

        Take care :)

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  78. Anthony

    Hi
    May have posted this question further up than I should. Did day 1 today with the modifier at their pace. It was hard but I reached 19 minutes before I really had to stop. The last ten minutes were really tough and I stopped 3 tines for a full 20 to 30 seconds. I’m 51, 35 to 40 pounds overweight (diet is my main personal challenge including alcohol – and one I plan to resolve this time for good) but have been very fit as recently as four years ago and have had a physical job for the last year walking up to 15 miles a day at a medium to fast pace. Anyway my question is should I be cautious and continue with the modifier for week one or dive in and max out at 3 to 5 minutes (if that!). My feeling is I should gauge things for week one and then maybe repeat it with the full workouts. It seems to me that all options are open. You could do the whole thing with the modifier and then again without if you have weight to lose, don’t want to get hurt and are happy to get results more gradually? I plan to go back to Crossfit and martial arts after a few years away so I want to be ready and healthy.
    Thanks
    Anthony

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    • Slavko

      Hey Anthony,

      First of all, congrats for starting this program. It’s a huge step in getting super fit- know that. Glad to see you being reasonable too. I’ve written this somewhere on this blog, but here is a perfect place to say it again… Most of the folks who jump right in, are usually the ones who don’t end up seeing it all the way through the program. This is a tough commitment, and being strategical about it, dedicating an extra week or two, is the smartest way to handle it.

      That being said, you should continue with your modifier in order to prepare the body. At least for a week. Then, try and see how it goes without it for a while. The great thing is that whenever you feel like you cannot go further, jsut take a rest and continue with the modifier.

      This is a process in which you have to learn how to listen to your body. But somewhere around week two, this will come naturally, and you will more intimately understand the limits of your capabilities and when to switch between work and rest, work and modifier.

      I’m here for any questions that you might have. Keep with the pace, and you will have better results than you’ve expected!

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  79. Khalid Gravi

    Its my last week month two and its awesome am now stronger, healthier, faster my body looking a way better, but only thing that am thinking about, what is the best to do after this?? nothing going to stop me anymore after this great workout, am actually planning to do the moth two again to get the most out of it, but if you guys have something better for a guy like me am ready for it with all power.

    Thanks for what you did for us allllll the love to you guys thanks again :)
    Khalid Gravi

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    • Slavko

      Hey Khalid,

      So glad to hear this! It brings a smile on my face when I see people enjoying the things recommended on this blog. I couldn’t be any more grateful than that.

      Next for you my friend, at least the way I see it judging by your eagerness, is Asylum Vol. 1
      By far the hardest thing ever invented from Beachbody. It is my favourite program. You will definitely love it.

      Another thing I’m more than happy to propose is our own program which will be available somewhere around early summer. It will be a customizable and personalized program, and I think you will like it as well. Seeing how you love fitness, I’m writing down your e-mail address and mailing you your free one-year access once the program is live! Our gift to you. I hope you will like it.

      Take care and finish Max 30

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  80. steve

    Just started doing this but I really like it. My question is if I still want to lift weights, can I do this first, then go the gym? Should I have a protein shake in between?

    Thanks

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    • Sandra

      Hey Steve,

      Yes, you can. In fact, that’s exactly how you should combine Max 30 with a weight lifting session- Max 30 first, ideally in the morning or noon; lifting weights in the evening.

      However, this is a very demanding workout, so I’d advice you against it. If you have your mind already made, then by all means have a protein shake in between, and eat a high protein diet.

      Make sure not to combine workouts 5 days per week. Two or three times should be the limit I guess.

      Take care

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  81. Ashlee

    I am 23 years old and I have 3 kids. My youngest is 6 months old. I am starting the Insanity Max 30 workouts on Monday! I cannot wait for the crazy results! I have gained some baby weight for sure I am more than ready to get my body looking better!!

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    • Sandra

      Hey Ashlee,

      Kudos for taking the challenge with 3 kids around the house. How are things going so far?

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  82. Frederick

    Dear Sandra,

    You are a goddess.

    Keep up the great work. ;-)

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    • Sandra

      Thanks for those kind words Frederick :)

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  83. Rachelle

    Hi i have just ordered Max:30 and am looking forward to starting it. I had a baby 7 months ago and ended up having a C section, i would really like to get rid of the lower belly fat and tone up my entire stomach.

    My real concern is my lesg and bum, which i would like to lose a bit of weight from the top innner thights part and keep my bum the size it is or even increase the size of my bum. I am a little bit afraid of doing this and losing my bum and too much of my thights. I would like to tone my entire body. What is the best thing to do to get the results i want. Thank you in advance

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    • Sandra

      Hey Rachelle,

      This workout includes around 100 moves total. Many of those target your hamstrings and butt (endless squat varieties, jumps and whatnot…). Having this in mind, you will get a toned lower body so I wouldn’t worry much about staying flat.

      Take care

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  84. Laura O.

    Hi Sandra! I Would love to contact you… are you on IG or Facebook? I would like to ask you a couple of questions… the picture of you on this article just left me speechless. THAT is my goal body!

    Thank you for this honest review :)
    xoxo
    Laura

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    • Sandra

      Hey Laura,

      Just send me an email here in the contact form on this site. Subject line “for Sandra” and I will make sure to answer all of your questions.

      btw thanks a lot for those kind words :)

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  85. Joe

    OMG you ALREADY look amazing!!! I’m not a woman and I would love to have a body like that LOL. Great inspiration. I do have one question…I tried this once before and after making it through Insanity, I never had knee pain. Halfway through this program I did. So much so, I couldnt do the second half. After a 6 month hiatus and PT, knees feel good. Do you think its just improper form or pushing too hard? I love the workouts, but dont want to permanently damage my joints. PS I assume you made it through month two….would love to see the final pics….

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    • Sandra

      Hey Joe,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      In what shape you were before entering Insanity, and did it change before entering Max 30?

      In terms of what caused the knee pain, it is almost always bad shape. The body not being used to what is happening all of the sudden. This is usually coupled with what you said- lack of proper form, and pushing past your limits.

      So, to answer your question, if you’d like to start Max 30, or even Insanity for that matter, and you’ve been inactive for a while now, best scenario would be to start preparing for a while (a week of basic drills, plus a lot of stretching), or start Max 30 without preparation but following the modifiers only.

      Since you struggled with a knee pain once, do a morning stretch every day (5 minutes max) and this will also contribute to lowering the risk of knee pain or injuries happening again.

      Btw, Lifestyle Updated is announcing it’s own fitness workout for a while now (I was also invited to be in the videos, and tell you what- they are fun) and as soon as it’s out around a month from now, you have your free access :)

      Totally customizable, it contains a knee-pain plan as well.

      Take care

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  86. Muhap

    Hi my name is muhap i already get my insanity max 30 and i did not get my coach email can you plesse help me –

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    • Slavko

      You’ll have to contact Beachbody for that Muhap

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  87. Camila

    Hello there!. I am finishing a Jillian Michaels dvd called ripped in 30 and now I am looking to move to a different workout… I was trying to decide between max 30 and T25 but I was scared of all the contradictory reviews you find on the internet about max 30 so Im really happy to read this website :).

    I am very perseverant and my fitness level is OK, I exercise 5 days a week with ripped in 30 and go to the gym 3 days a week as well…I have never tried one of Shaun’s workouts…which one do you think would be better to start with? (I’m ready for a challenge)

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    • Slavko

      Hey Camila,

      Max 30 seems like a great option since you are already working out and have some cardio and muscular endurance. You can also start with Focus T25 for an easier introduction to this type of workouts, by given the modifier in Max 30 you’d do just fine even if the challenge shows to be overwhelming.

      Take care

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  88. Gonçalo

    I’m currently doing T25 and I am already thinking on what I should do next,because I want to level up and get more results. I read you’re Asylum and Insanity reviews and thought that it was too hard for me yet but when I read in the Insanity one about this I checked and I’m pretty hyped!
    I intend to do Max 30 but there is a thing that I didn’t quite understand.So, I start my first workout and I max out at 4min… what happens then? Do I stop the exercise and it’s enough for that day?
    I’m used to the 25min workouts,it just seemed very weird in my head that a workout can be so short so I’m jsut asking to be sure.
    Thanks for your review. I’ll ve waiting for your reply ;)

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    • Slavko

      Hey Gonçalo,

      Glad you are willing to up your game. Max 30 will be fun, I can tell you that.
      As for maxing out, here is the deal- you go as hard as you can from the beginning of the workout till as long as you can. When you max out i.e. cannot do more reps, you just stop and write down the time. Then, you just continue with the rest of the workout. as per usual, trying to go as hard as you can, taking small breaks where you feel like you must.

      The logic behind this method is really twofold. First, going as hard as you can for as long as you can at the very beginning puts you in a very competitive state of mind, as well as improves your mental game and determination. Once you conquer this, the rest of the workout feels easier and you can challenge yourself more.

      Second, you get to wear your body down at the very beginning, ensuring a flow of lactic acid as well as a surge of endorphin, adrenaline and a lot of muscle fibers firing up. This will put your body in an optimal mode for digging deep and burning calories.

      Enjoy the challenge ahead

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  89. Berit

    Hi!
    Thank you for your great and honest review. I am actually doing the p90x3. Now I am searching for a program after I finished it. Would you recomand this as a follow-up? I also want to have a break for about a week in between the programs, where I want to do back strenghening workouts and some best ofs of the p90x3 about 4-5 days in this week, just to come down a bit before I get started again.

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    • Slavko

      Hey Berit,

      Congrats for finishing the P90X3. Never tried it myself, but from what I’ve seen it’s a very advanced program that cleverly incorporates innovative and complex bodyweight resistance moves.

      As for the rest period in between workouts you are definitely right. Take a week off, and start rested. As far as my idea for a follow-up goes, and despite Max 30 being a beast of a cardio workout, you’d better go with the Asylum. Insanity The Asylum Vol.1 (the full title).

      And here is why… You’ve probably enjoyed P90X3, so Asylum is not very much off in regards to complex and innovative resistance bodyweight moves. It is far better in fact. It is also on the opposite spectrum ( a cardio and endurance festival), just like Max 30 is. Which makes it way more challenging. I’d go with Asylum over Max 30 simply because personally I enjoy athletic type of moves more, and I find the extra challenge quite more enjoyable. Make no mistakes though- Asylum is by far the hardest workout program Beachbody has ever made.

      You’d love the challenge though. Take care, and feel free to ask anything

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  90. Steve

    Hi im 30 and very overweight im looking for a way to loose the weight and was told about max 30 i would say my fitness level at the moment is poor and i do suffer with asthma. Im really motivated to get fit as when i recently took my daughter to a theme park i was unable to go on the ride with her as i eas to big.i was hoping for some advice as to weather this would be suitable for somone in my condition. Please help thanks in advance

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    • Slavko

      Hey Steve,

      Glad you like to dedicate yourself on getting healthier. That’s most of the work already done.
      Max 30 is a great option for loosing 20-40 pounds and getting more agile, flexible, faster… It is hard though. The hardest thing you’ve ever came across. Even with the modifier included you will have to give your best and develop a love-hate relationship with this program that can at times feel like agony. You’ll learn to love it though.

      However, if you are new to fitness and working out why not go with something easier?
      Like for example Focus T25? Or maybe even P90? These are great programs to ease you into fitness while still providing for amazing results. The commitment is lighter and the program more doable when you can complete the challenges as opposed to strugling to catch your breath every step of the way.

      Later then, when you can do a sequence of push-ups sit-ups or just run for a mile or two, Max 30 can be way more enjoyable, and equally more effective.

      Also, if you don’t mind, I will use this e-mail to send you a notification once our new fitness program goes live (in about one month). It will be a fitness platform with 19 video workouts, plus a nutrition section all stitched together in one out of 33 possible outcomes (calendars) by a smart algorithm we’ve build. Unlike most other workouts out there, we will provide some guidance into the platform as well, and it will be completely personalized. And for being determined to improve your health, I’ll gladly send you a one year completely free access to the program.

      Take care, and start enjoying your transformation. The process is fun and addictive.

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  91. Adam

    Read your review and bought Max 30 three months ago. Didn’t want to say anything before I completed the program. Took some time since I’m not really the most dedicated person in the world. One week off due to some extra work around the office, plus many 2-3 day breaks due to inability to schedule my workouts and fit them into my daily routine.

    But I did manage to complete the challenge! So proud of myself. Lost 20 pounds and muscles are popping up. Wife loves it!

    Sent you a pic of our family vacation via the contact form. Thanks for posting this review!

    Adam

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  92. Nathan

    Hey guys,

    Thank you for this amazing review. Literally just ordered my insanity Max 30, i haven’t tried or completed any of the other programs. I know it will be hard but I want to and kind of need to change my lifestyle as well as my non existent fitness level.
    Bring on the challenge and the pain!!!

    Nathan

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  93. moses

    I’ll be completing max 30 in two weeks time and i am loving the results.I am losing belly fat and i am getting lean.I would now like to bulk and gain muscles… which workout program would you recommend me to do next?

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    • Slavko

      Hey Moses,

      Maybe try Asylum Vol. 1 for your next program. It incorporates strength training as well as insane cardio (hardest workout in the Beachbody library so far). If you are more about packing size though, then maybe P90X (thought I haven’t tried it yet).

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  94. meghdad

    I’m 29 and I have started this work out quite weeks ago, the thing I’m doing for is not loosing fat or shape my body, But increase in general body health, better blood circulation and resistance and endurance are my target I’m trying to hit. I would like to be a better climber and by the time I go mountain climbing I don’t give up in the middle of the way or swim longer in the pool or sea before I go out of breath. I hope it works :)
    I sometimes do two max30 in modifier style for an hour,
    But still can’t keep up with a complete 30 minutes program without out maybe taking some minutes rest.
    if there is any recommendation for my purposes, I’d be happy to take it.
    btw I have another question, my heart beat sometimes goes to 30 or even higher in 10 seconds while doing my best. isn’t harmful for my health? I mainly take a break in these moments to have it down.
    Thanks

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    • Slavko

      Hey Meghdad,

      Not knowing anything about your fitness level or body weight, I’d go ahead and assume you are new to fitness (at least when we talk about as advanced of a level as Max 30 is) and while not entirely, still out of shape…

      So here is my advice (again, not having any additional data to look at)- keep up with the modifier, but restrain yourself to only one workout per day. You need rest, and the body needs to recuperate in order to perform better the following day.

      Once you feel like your conditioning has improved (assuming you eat fairly healthy and light), step it up a bit and ditch the modifier whenever you can (at first, it will be only on certain moves during a workout, but as you progress you will find yourself doing more of the actual workout moves rather than the modifier).

      It’s natural for your body to be in a slight state of stress considering the fact that you are sometimes performing two workouts per day. You probably don’t have the endurance for this, even with the modifier, and hence put your body through more stress than it needs in order to improve.

      Hope this helps. If you have more questions, feel free to ask and share more details.

      Take care

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      • Meghdad

        Thanks for your comprehensive response. Well, I’m not that new,lets say I took up exercising (swimming) almost 5 month ago, stop going swimming and took up aerobic at home. I’m 28, 180m 90Kg and 95 is my waist size . some years ago I went for Insanity. never determined enough to complete the program. but yesterday I went for the Fitness test and these are the results:
        1.Switch Kicks 108
        2.Power Jacks 53
        3.Power Knees 92
        4.power Jumps 24
        5.Globe Jumps 33
        6.Suicide Jumps (I passed and had rest)
        7.Push-up Jacks 16
        8.Low Plank Oblique 35

        I’m gonna mix insanity and max30 and see the check my status once in a while
        I eat almost healthy. milk, eggs, fruit, meat, rice, bread + multivitamin. no alcohol at all and I don’t smoke.
        as I mentioned, the best result I’m trying to achieve is a stronger heart and breathing system. as my blood pressure is quite high, 14 / 8.5 , beside taking pills to heal it, I look for the best cure in exercising and insanity :)

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  95. Lam

    I am recovering from left hip surgery. Bursitis, tight IT band and bone spurs. Had surgery on Nov 4. I have always wanted to try one of these workouts. I am 40 pounds overweight. I am so disgusted with my present health, and I need to do something drastic. I have knee issues, but I am open to trying this. I have seen dramatic results in my friends in like 6 months.
    Im quite sure right NOW I cannot take this on and will have to talk with my ortho. Im in PT at present. I’m a very impatient person and feel so down about my present predicament.
    Does anyone have any words of encouragement or support that at some point in near future, I can aspire to doing this workout and really change myself? Thanks in advance.

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  96. Lisa

    Hi I’m looking at buying the intensity max 30 however I also lift weights which ranges from heavy to light depending on rep range on the day I do this with cardio intervals of running for 5 mins with intervals of higher intensity every 30 sec I thought I could continue with my routine and do intensity max every other day? Would this work?

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  97. Zaro

    Hi. I recently discover this site, and I just love the way everybody tries to motivate each other. You are all too nice. I have done and completed Insanity Max 30, but I don’t feel my results are as impressive as other people. I have an umbilical hernia, and even thou, it doesn’t hurt or has never popped out, I often feel like I’m scare of work out because something bad may happen (with the hernia). I am scare of hospitals and getting cut open, so I refuse to have surgery. Do you suggest I continue doing Insanity with this condition?

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  98. Debby

    Hi!
    I just finished insanity max30 and loved it!! I would like to hybrid insanity max30 with shuan t”s upper body weight training from his original insanity program. How would you hybrid this? My thoughts were to do three days of weight training and three days of the cardio portions of max30. I thought doing the strength and tabata workouts would be overtraining because of the upper body weight training program that I will be doing.
    what do you think or suggest? Thank you

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  99. Chris

    Hi,

    37 years old, 102kg / 178cm smoker. Have been training 8-10 times a week since October 2016 and lost 16kg (previously 118kg). Training includes various tae bo (with wrist weights), swimming and long fast walks (5-7km @11:30ish per km with wrist weights)on my days off.

    Calorie intake is 600 on Monday/Tuesday.. 1500 rest of the week with occasional spike up to 2000 cals when I’m feeling flat. Diet Mostly clean, not a lot of junk but not super strict either. I have insanely strong legs (but slightly weak knees) and abnormally weak upper body (I loathe weight training and gyms).

    I’m thinking of swapping the max:30 for the tae bo and maintaining the swimming but lowering the intensity. My reason is that I want to take my fitness and weight loss to the next level.

    Two questions
    a) given I’m still 15-20kg overweight and a smoker – do you think that max 30 will be too intense for me ie will I have a heart attack, lol (I do train hard)
    B) will this help with the upper body strength? (Noting that My focus is cardio/ health first / strength second).

    Thanks for the great review of the programme.

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  100. Neil

    Hi
    I just started Max30, as I injured my shoulder doing P90X.
    One think I am missing is your before picture.
    Your abs are insane, and its hard to believe you had much body fat two weeks prior.
    I’ve done 6 weeks P90X, and I see more strength, and muscles, but not a lot of body fat lost in my abs.
    Maybe my body lose fat around the abs last ?
    I truly hope to lose 5lb of pure fat and be at 15% body fat…I am at around %22 now.
    Thanks

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  101. Belle

    Hello!!!
    I am in day 2 of max30!! My body is aching like hell but i love the sweat and energy i get from it. I am 29 years old, i have been working out since i was 18, however i put on 10kgs in my late twenties. I have been on various workout programmes and nothing seems to work. I really hope to see some changes in max30. I also have a active social life, i try my best to stick to wine or gin&tonic. I know it is bad :/. Thank you for the great blog & support!!

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  102. Amber

    I like to do strength training at home and wonder if I could do insanity max 30 after for shredding and cardio. I do not do any heavy weights. The highest dumbells I use are 15 pounds so I am not throwing super heavy weights around and then trying to add insanity max 30 to it. I just do light weights to shape and define but wanted to ask u to see what u thought. Any opinions would be appreciated!

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  103. Amberr

    Hi! Thanks for the review. I do have a question and I hope someone could help me. In 2013 I began with Insanity and I repeated it 3 times. But then because of circumstances I didn’t do a beachbody workout that regularly anymore. I wanted to start again with insanity, but then I notices T25. I thought it could give me the same result as Insanity but in a shorter period of time. Since 2015 I kept doing T25 but couldn’t finish it because I had to start over and over again. My question is… I really want to finish a workout again and I’m determined to do it but should I maybe start again with insanity instead of doing T25? I also have purchased Insanity the asylum and Max 30 but I dont know in what order the best way is to do them.
    So can someone please tell me what the best order is to start: Insanity, T25, Max:30 and The asylum.
    I do have the feeling that eventhough I finished insanity back then, I have to start all over again.

    And one other question. I do notice that T25 is the least intense workout. Is it possible to add some different workouts to the T25 program (like running or the Brazil butt lift workouts) ? to maybe have more effect.

    Hopefully someone could answer my questions, Thanks

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