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After my initial post about INSANITY. I’ve been meaning to post some reviews about the individual workouts. Here is my review for the Pure Cardio workout.

As a reminder, the INSANITY workout system is not for beginners. It is 60 days of intense cardio conditioning. The Pure Cardio workout is 38 minutes in length. At first I thought, “Really? Only 38 minutes?” but toward the end of this workout, I was thankful for the cool down and stretch.

The Pure Cardio workout begins with a warm up, but this is no ordinary warm up. By the time you finish the warm up, you’re already sweating quite a bit, or at least I was. The warm up is 3 rounds of about 3 minutes and 30 seconds each. There is no break between the rounds. Each round is slightly faster than the last, and the last round is “as fast as you can go” pace. The rounds include jogs, side-to-side jumps, jumping jacks, etc.

When that’s over, you get your first water break, a much needed 20 seconds to drink and catch your breath. Next, is a stretch. With Insanity, you stretch your legs and lower body, while your hands are straight out or up. Which means your legs are working, and your upper body is not taking any of the weight. It’s more like a power stretch or yoga session. The stretch lasts about 6 minutes followed by another water break.

At this point, there is only 21 minutes left on the clock (Insanity, like many other Beachbody workouts includes a workout time-line at the bottom of the screen.) So, I thought, this should be an easy one. NOT! The main part of the workout is 15 minutes. 15 moves, 1 minute each.

It may sound easy, but one hard part is that you don’t get another water break until all of these moves are completed. The moves are not easy either, they require plenty of effort, and once completed, you’re completely exhausted. Throughout the 15 drills, many of the cast members are taking breaks. I took breaks as well. This is one tough workout both physically and mentally. The workout ends with a one minute water break followed by a four minute cool down and stretch.

Think this is too tough? It is an advanced program. Beachbody says, “Insanity is to cardio training, like P90X is to resistance training.” But if you have done P90X or Chalean Extreme, I think Insanity is within your reach, and can push you into another level of fitness. As always, I’m here to help you, answer your questions, etc, just drop me a line. Feel free to comment and post your thoughts.

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