I know we have a lot of people doing Insanity on Team New Body so I wanted to address something that I think everyone experiences as you progress in the program. And if you’re just starting out, this should hopefully help you set your expectations for what Insanity month 2 is going to look like. It definitely surprised me, so I don’t want it to surprise you too.
If you recently started Insanity month 2 or remember what what was going through your head when you did, you probably were thinking something along those lines. My first thought, and I’m dead serious about this, was that they should have named it “Impossible” instead of Insanity. I could not believe how hard it was! I thought my stamina was pretty good after month 1, but after my first time doing Max Interval Circuit I was questioning that.
At first, I was a little discouraged. I was wondering if I was even going to be able to finish month 2. This was High Intensity Interval Training at it’s hardest in my opinion. Was there any way I could do these workouts? Would it get easier? Or was I just fooling myself thinking I could do this program? Those were all questions going through my head on the first day of Insanity month 2. But thankfully I didn’t listen to my doubt. I resolved to just do what I could and get through the entire month of workouts. I wanted to complete the program, and I really wanted to get in good shape so I had to do it. And what I found was that as I progressed, I got better and better each day. My breaks were getting shorter, I was taking fewer breaks and I could push myself harder in the workouts. It was kind of like doing month 1 all over again. It was crazy hard at first, but I improved a ton throughout the month. By the end of month 2 I was in the best cardio shape I’ve ever been in. I had really never trained that hard in my life.
So like I mentioned, I approached Insanity month 2 kind of like month 1. I just took short breaks as needed. I didn’t let myself rest completely or completely get my breath back or let my heart rate get too low. I just took a break long enough so that I could start pushing myself again. I wouldn’t hit the pause button, since my break would be 5-10 seconds, I just kept it playing and hopped back in quickly. The cool thing is that if you watch closely, you’ll see pretty much everyone in the videos does that. They get tired out too, and they either take little breaks themselves, or Shaun T kicks them out and tells them to come back in when they’re ready. So there’s no reason you should feel bad if you need to take breaks, it happens to everyone.
I also think it’s important to take some things at your own pace. Some of these moves are extremely hard. In my opinion Max Interval Plyo is the hardest Insanity workout out there. In particular, I think the plyo push-ups are really, really hard. That move can be difficult for many people, especially if you have bad wrists or struggle with push ups. So on moves like that, if you can’t do it like the people on the video, just modify it so that you can do what you need to do. You want to stay safe while you’re doing the workouts so you should always be careful with moves like that. As you get stronger and stronger, you’ll start to be able to do the workout and keep up with the video to an extent, but right away that’s just not going to happen most likely. The key is to push yourself harder each time you do a workout. Don’t let yourself slack. Push hard every time, and by the 4th week, you’re going to be amazed at how much you’ve improved.
Here’s the other great thing about Insanity month 2. It’s when most people see a majority of their results. I can’t tell you how often I see people post on message boards saying that they’re 2-4 weeks into Insanity and haven’t seen the results they want. I was right there with them, too! Through the first month, I lost 0 lbs. Needless to say that was a little discouraging. Often times this is what can lead people to quit, which is really unfortunate because they’re just getting to the good part! For me, a large part of this was due to the fact that I wasn’t following the nutrition guide. So I really dialed things in for month 2 and started drinking Shakeology. And guess what? I lost 17 lbs that second month! That was a big deal! I know many other people have had a similar experience. During month 1, they didn’t see a ton of results, but in month 2 they really start to see the scale move.
When people are frustrated or discouraged, this is always why I encourage them to stick with it for month 2. If you really push yourself and you follow the nutrition guide, this is when you’re going to see the results happen. The only bad thing is that it can be easy to slack in month 2. During the workouts, make sure your heart rate stays up and that you’re not taking too long or too many breaks. It’s going to be hard, but it’s supposed to be, and that’s what yields the results. If you let yourself start slacking and don’t really push that hard during the workouts you’re not going to see the results you want.
So if you’re just starting the program or are nearing the end of the first month, I just wanted to give you a little heads-up about what to expect for Insanity month 2. It’s tough. Expect to work harder than you have before. But just know that the hard work is worth it. You’re going to see your body change fast and if you stick with it, you’re going to be glad you did!