Shaun T’s “Insanity Workout” is meant to help you gain incredible results with regards to your body, health and general well being. By taking on high intensity interval training, which in non-sports terms means taking short breaks during your workout, this training programme pushes you to the extreme, challenging you both mentally and physically. But is it worth it?
As far as I can tell, the answer is yes, although it isn’t for the faint hearted. The insanity workout comprises of training 6 days a week for 60 days, with one “rest day” per week. These training sessions are either half an hour long if you want to focus on your abs, cardio abs and cardio power resistance, and an hour if you wish to work on your strength through plyometric training, cardio plyometrics and power and resistance exercises. But more than that, the “insanity workout” doesn’t seem to be singularly focused upon exercise.
Surprisingly, this DVD workout actually comes with a booklet on nutrition, pointing out foods that will help you through your training programme and that are good for you. It’s therefore not only promoting exercise, but also a healthy way of living and this is where for me at least it gains extra points. Healthy eating and exercise always have to go hand in hand. There is no use in cutting calories when carrying out an extreme workout programme like this one, particularly as you need to be eating the right things to support your body.
Cardiovascular training for example, supports your heart, making it a fantastic workout to do to maintain fitness and health. But you need more than that to have a healthy body and in turn a healthy immune system. You need to be eating the right things to give you energy and sleeping well to give you sufficient rest. These are all things that Shaun T has thought about when creating this programme, inserting the rest days and the rest week between months one and two so that your muscles can recover. Of course, this is no surprise when taking into consideration his background as an athlete and dancer.
So, does the insanity workout help to boost immunity? Not on it’s own, no. But the type of lifestyle that it is working does, especially if you do it in cycles as is recommended by many people who have fallen in love with the programme. Eating healthily and keeping yourself fit are both good things, and if you like to challenge yourself mentally this could be a great way of boosting your self-esteem and mental outlook. The only downside is the price. At £125.00 it’s not a cheap way to shape up, but like Shaun T says, it is important to “invest in yourself” and if this will help you do it, maybe it’s worth the cash.