New Year, new resolutions. As I love challenges, this year I decided to take the insanity challenge – one of the most challenging fitness programs on the market. With my busy life of combining part-time job, full-time master’s programme, cooking + baking and travel blogging, it was a real challenge.
It is simply a total basic home workout that requires no gym or equipment. You can exercise right at home, using your own body weight for resistance. It is based on a fitness method called “max interval training and its main idea is to increase your aerobic fitness level while burning fat.
The whole challenge lasts for 60 days. There are 10 workouts each taking between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, and you do them a grueling 6 days a week.
The first month has five total body workouts called Fit Test, Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Cardio Power and Resistance, Cardio Recover and Pure Cardio. The second month has four new workouts called Max Interval Circuit, Max Interval Plyo, Max Cardio Conditioning and Max Recovery (you can find all programmed online/YouTube). It is great for home fitness freaks, because all these are basic home cardio exercises that don’t require any equipment.
After nearly 2 weeks of daily workouts, I have been feeling more energized and my fitness performance has definitely improved. My abs are more visible what I am happy really happy about, but I have been constantly hungry craving carbs like crazy. For some of my meals I have been using recipes from the Insanity Nutrition Guide which was a great help to make sure I have been fueling my body properly. Remember: meal prep is the key!
I also bought a small notebook where I write down certain observations on my weight, measurements and mood changes. That definitely helps me out keep the track of my progress.
I have not only challenged myself to work out daily, but also to prepare my food which a) can help me save money and time b) keep my body nourished throughout the day. Believe me or not, but I wake up at 6 am in the morning to do the programme before my uni or work has started.
What I can say now is that insanity workouts are highly intense and I never stop sweating. Therefore, if you haven’t been exercising, this program isn’t a quick fix. I love high intensity intervals training so I have been enjoying the Insanity a lot!
After 60 days I will tell you know how I liked it and what my progress was. For now, wish me good luck!
Do you feel like taking the Insanity challenge this year?
20 thoughts on “My insanity challenge”
I have been following you on Instagram for a while and you’ve been such a great inspiration for me. I have recently moved to Oslo and I am about to start insanity! Thank you!
Thanks Anna. Great to follow you as well :*!!
Excellent new website and project Agness. Very happy to read updates from you. Perhaps I should lay off the beer and live a healthy life like you! Best wishes. Jonny
Thanks Jonny!! Let’s go running next time!
You are amazing. Simply put. I’m going to try and follow you for inspiration because I definitely need it. If you’re feel slow one Saturday, maybe I’ll join you for *part* of a run 😉
Hey sweetie! Yeah, sure! I’m free on Saturday so I’ll get back to you promptly at the end of this week so we can schedule our jogging session :):*
Yeah I do, but I don’t really do a great deal of exercise at the moment, so maybe I should start doing something else first?
I would recommend a slow run 3 times a week to start with and a simple intervals from Youtube. I love these two peeps: Fitnessblender and Passion4Profession!
Heard such great things about this challenge! And agree, meal prep and plan is such an important part so you don’t fall victim to mid-day french fry cravings (that’s my downfall when I do cardio and feel hungry…!!!)
I eat a lot after my cardio, but try to avoid french fries :D!!
Way to go on the insanity challenge so far! I started it last year and then with the holidays stopped. I would love to try it again, thanks for the motivation 🙂
I had to stop it as well as my knee got injured, but once I recover I will definitely continue!! :D!!
You mean to say that the ‘insanity challenge’ isn’t that crazy schedule of yours?! Kudos to you girl! This looks way too intense for my liking haha! (I prefer a nice longggggg walk…) but your abs definitely show how this kind of dedication pays off!
Your eats look so delish, and I love your hair! 🙂
I tried to squeeze the training into my agenda and so far it’s been working well :D!!
I can totally relate since I’m doing my master’s as well. I’ve attempted to do Insanity before but I gave up someway through out. Your post is very inspiring though! Maybe I’ll try it again 🙂
I hope you can try Insanity once again!!!!! :*
Wow good luck Agnes!
I’ve been wanting to try that for a while but it looks like it will kill me haha
Can’t wait to see how you get on!
I injured my knee, so no more Insanity for me :)!!
I just stumbled across this and was very excited to see you had a go at Insanity. I’ve actually completed it 3 times over the years. It is one heck of an intense training programme as you know. Like you say though you do feel the results after aching for the first few weeks!
After completing the programme, I’m fearful of repeating it since it is is intense on the joints, particularly knees and ankles. I’ve never quite found the appropriate programme to go to post Insanity. Mind you I’ve never been good at a long term personal fitness regime.
I did have a go. It’s been a long ride and it’s not an easy workout, but I totally loved it!!