I am a 26-year-old female and work as an emergency service dispatcher which required a lot of sitting for 8-12 hours out of the day and a demanding overtime schedule. My eating habits were poor due to my rigorous work schedule, and when you work the night shift, it is easy to crave those fast food chains that are open 24/7. In 2012 I noticed that I was gaining weight at an unpleasant rate and decided to take control of my health, so I ordered the Shaun T Insanity workout. I decided to share my personal experience with everyone because I understand how those late night infomercials can seem convincing the more and more you watch them.
The Insanity workout was easy to afford if you really were interested in the program. You can choose to pay in 3 payments or you can pay in one lump sum which costs me just a little over $100. The shipping was quick and soon arrived by box which contained everything I could possible need, which included: the box set of DVD’s needed to complete the program, a calendar to keep track of what workout will be done each day, and I nutrition book to help you lead a healthier eating habits. While looking through the DVD’s and reading the food, they recommended you eat, it was easy to start to feel discouraged since I had not done this type of exercise before.
Day one seemed simple enough. The calendar stated that I had to complete the Fit Test which only lasted about 45 minutes. During the Fit Test you started off with a warm up which lasts about 15 minutes and I am here to tell you that that should have been a workout alone! I was drenched in sweat and wanted to call it quits. During the fit test, you do different types of cardio and strength type exercise, examples include: pushup jacks, globe jumps, high knees, and more. You are to record how many you can do of each exercise so you can compare results throughout the program. You will do the Fit Test every other week.
Month one started off with a lot of soreness from the fit test. Getting through day two was a challenge, but as the week progressed, I started to not get tired as quickly, even though I was out of breath and dripping sweat. Once month one was complete, you then do one week of recovery which allows you to do moderate cardio and a lot of stretching. Just when you think you have conquered the world and feel great, you jump into month two and start the max interval training which will take your cardio workouts to a whole new level. Some days there is more than one workout! I made it through month two in almost one piece. I pushed through all my workouts and there was not a day that went by that I was not sore.
During this process, I weighed myself before the program and then after. I lost approximately 42 pounds after 2 rounds, which would equal 120 days. I did not lost 45-50 pounds like some claim to in the first round of the challenge, but I also did not follow the diet to an exact routine exactly. I had my days where I ate some chocolate, had a soda or two, but for the most part, I did stick to lean meats, vegetables and took a daily multivitamin. I was not displeased with my results and the most exciting part of the insanity challenge is you can fill out of form with your beginning measurements and weight and earn a free T-Shirt. It was like Christmas when I received my shirt in the mail! I was 227 pounds when I started this journey and it was worth every minute of it. For more results, you can do the workout more than once, which could result in higher weight loss goals depending on your fitness level. Shaun T’s Insanity program was definitely one that worked for me, and it can work for anyone as long you dedicate 1-2 hours out of your day, 6 days a week and stick with it (as always, check with your doctor before you start any workout program). I wanted to give up many times during the process, but I am glad I did not, because I am truly pleased with my results and can say “I Earned It!”