Shaun T and the popular Insanity workout series are back with the next installment, Max:30. With this 60-day program, the goal is to “MAX OUT” with the challenging 30-minute workouts and push yourself to your limits. If you’ve been looking for something that gives you that CrossFit-like push from the comfort of your own home or gym, without the monthly cost involved with CrossFit, then this is a good option.
What Is Insanity Max:30?
Those familiar with the original Insanity understand the intensity that comes with the program. With this series of workouts, you’re going to be pushing yourself to the max with explosive cardio, plyometrics, and intervals of power, resistance and strength training. The main difference between the original Insanity and Insanity Max:30 is the underlying philosophy: in the original, you’re just trying to keep up with Shaun T as he guides you through the workout. With Insanity Max:30, you push yourself to the absolute max, take note of how you did and then try to beat yourself the following workout.
Sound familiar? Yes, it does sound a lot like CrossFit and their WODs (workouts of the day).
Inside the basic kit, you’ll receive 10 DVDs with 12 30-minute workouts. The program lasts 60 days with five workouts per week, although you can add a bonus sixth workout if you’re so inclined. The training runs the gamut from cardio, intervals, Tabata strength and power, abs and much more. There’s also a nutrition guide and a No Time To Cook Guide to help keep your diet on point.
How Challenging Is It?
This is about as hard as it gets – both mentally and physically. From a physical standpoint, you’ll find that this feels like an aerobics class on steroids mixed in with plenty of strength components. In many ways it – again – has that CrossFit-like feel to it. When you single out the moves on their own, it looks pretty easy. When you’re doing a 30-minute circuit with minimal breaks, even the fittest of the fit are going to be soaked in sweat.
One of the hardest parts of Insanity Max:30 is to make sure that you are actually pressing yourself to the max. The good news is you’ve got Shaun T in your ear and he’ll an excellent motivator that will push to get the most out of you. You have to be mentally strong to accept that you’re not doing just 10 or 15 reps; you’re doing as much as you can. Once you’re past that hurdle, this workout gets easier.
The only concern is that you have to be careful with your form. With workouts that push you to your limits, that occasionally means that your form starts to go once muscle fatigue is setting in. That’s when injury can creep into the picture. Maintaining the proper form has to be front and center as you do these workouts.
Who Is It For?
This is definitely not for beginners. If this is your first foray into the gym, you’ll want to ease in with something else. Insanity Max:30 is a very advanced workout for people that are in pretty good shape already. It’s ideal for someone who has been working out regularly but has either plateaued or gotten bored in the gym. If you’ve been doing a lazy 15-minute with your usual bench press and weights, and doing your routine in your sleep, this will be a big shot in the arm.
When we fall into that lazy routine, it’s easy to feel like you’re making progress because you’re still making an appearance at the gym. We get comfortable and stop approaching any type of challenge. The problem is that six-packs and ripped bodies aren’t made in our comfort zones. This type of workout will drag you out of it and is going to show you where your limit truly is. That’s why it gets you into that shape you crave.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that this isn’t a bulk-up type of a program. This is great for trimming down and getting your cardio up. If you’re looking for muscle mass, you’re better off trying something like BodyBeast.
How Does It Compare To Other Products?
BeachBody owns the at-home market and it’s pretty clear which audience they are targeting: potential CrossFitters. If you’re tired of the $150 monthly bills and aren’t all that into the Olympic lifting, this might just be the alternative you’ve been looking for. The workouts are similarly intense (push yourself to the max). And it seems like a good alternative, for the most part.
Similar products on the market are P90x3 and Focus T25, but neither are quite on this level of intensity. And while there’s a lot of workout apps on the market, none can really cater to cardio like this program does.
Intense workouts are a big trend nowadays as everyone wants to grind for as short of a time as possible while getting the maximum results. Insanity Max:30 hits on both and is an excellent at-home option for those who have hit a lull in their routine and want to remember what it’s like to feel that pulse in their veins.