Insanity Max 30 Initial Impressions

insanity max 30 reviewFor the last 9 months I’ve mainly been focusing on putting on muscle and getting stronger.  That means I haven’t exactly done a ton of cardio.  But now that I’m focused on losing a bit of fat I need to cut the calories back a bit and add in more cardio.  That’s where Insanity Max 30 comes in.  Along with Body Beast, I decided to add Insanity  Max 30 in 2-3 days a week.

My Approach To Insanity Max 30

My approach isn’t doing the Insanity Max 30 calendar by the book.  Instead, when my schedule calls for cardio days, total body days, and even some rest days, I do an Insanity Max 30 workout.  Now I do follow the order of workouts, because I like to see my progress each time I do a workout.  So far I’ve only been doing month 1 workouts, and I’m sure month 2 will be a whole new level of intense.

Insanity Max 30 Pros

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Shaun T’s workouts.  I got my start with Beachbody workouts doing Insanity.  Since then I’ve done Asylum volumes 1 & 2 as well as Focus T25.  So I haven’t missed a beat with Shaun T and feel like I have a good handle on how his workouts normally go.  I do really enjoy those workouts, but when I need a quick hitting, intense workout Insanity Max 30 is going to be my go-to workout.

The things I really like about Insanity Max 30 are:

  • Short workouts – each workout is 30 minutes long
  • Intense workouts – think Insanity like intense, these are no joke
  • Dedicated modifier view – now if you know you’ll need to modify, you can make sure they’re always on the screen
  • Competition with yourself – trying to beat my old “max” time REALLY motivates me to push harder and do more each time
  • Recording my max time gives me a measurable way to see if I’m progressing
  • You actually get a few short breaks, although they do seem to go fast

The fact that you can have a dedicated modifier view makes this program accessible for everyone which I love, but if you really want to push yourself you can make it incredibly intense

Insanity Max 30 Cons

Overall I really enjoy Insanity Max 30, and if you have enjoyed other Shaun T workouts, this is a program you will love.  There’s really only one thing I don’t like about it – it can be easy to let yourself slack after you hit your max.  The thing is, you’re always trying to improve your max out time during each workout.  You’re incredibly motivated to beat your previous time, but after you do and you max out, it can be incredibly easy to take a bunch of breaks after that.

I have a solution for this, though.  After you max out initially, record your second and third max out times as well.  That will keep you motivated and on track.  In any of Shaun T’s workouts it’s on you to make sure you’re keeping up your pace and working hard, but I feel like that applies even more in Insanity Max 30.

So if you’re looking for short, intense workouts Insanity Max 30 is it.  Shaun T does not take it easy on you, but if you give your best effort, you won’t be disappointed.  I love how it allows me to compete with myself and measure my progress as I go.  If you’re currently doing it too I’d love to hear how it’s going for you!

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