Shaun T's INSANITY MAX:30 Base Kit - DVD Workout
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- INSANITY MAX:30 is Shaun T's latest workout
- The craziest 30 minutes of your day for the best results of your life
- Includes 12 Workouts on 10 DVDs, MAX OUT Guide, Nutrition to the MAX
- Also includes MAX OUT Calendar, AB MAXIMIZER Calendar, No Time to Cook Guide
- No equipment required
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Get ready to MAX out for MAX results. With INSANITY MAX:30, the only thing standing between you and the best body of your life is you. There’s no equipment needed in these killer cardio and strength workouts. Just push to your MAX and get insane results in 30 minutes a day.
Take Shaun T’s 60-Day MAX OUT Challenge and get ready for new moves and new sequences designed to shatter your limits. The goal in INSANITY MAX:30 is to work to your max in every move and every minute, so you can torch MAX calories, burn MAX fat, and achieve MAX muscle definition. It’s a battle between your body and your mind to see how far you’re willing to go for insane results. Yes, it’s crazy hard, but it’s only 30 minutes.
INSANITY MAX:30 includes 12 workouts on 10 DVDs, MAX OUT Guide, Nutrition to the MAX, MAX OUT Workout Calendar, AB MAXIMIZER Workout Calendar, and No Time to Cook Guide.
Month 1 Workouts: Alternates Cardio and Tabata-style Strength Workouts
Cardio Challenge - 30 minutes of the hardest cardio sequences you’ve ever tried. Welcome to INSANITY MAX:30.
Tabata Power - Your strength training starts here with traditional Tabata-style “20 seconds on, 10 seconds off” workout structure. Your muscles will beg for mercy.
Sweat Intervals - Just in case you didn’t think Cardio Challenge was hard enough, you’ll have 30 minutes of screaming, sweating, calorie-scorching madness.
Tabata Strength - Shaun T takes it up a notch in this no rest, Tabata-style strength workout.
Friday Fight: Round 1 - It’s a battle between your mind telling you to push to a new Max and your body saying “Are you serious?” And this is just Round 1.
Month 2: Intervals Get Longer, But the Rest Stays the Same
MAX OUT Cardio - This may be the craziest cardio workout you ever tried. Just wait till you get to the first Power Move.
MAX OUT Power - The intervals are longer in this “45 seconds on, 15 seconds off” Tabata-style plyometric power madness.
MAX OUT Sweat - The more minutes you make it through, the more you sweat and the more calories you burn.
MAX OUT Strength - Your arms, shoulders, chest, and core will be toast after this upper-body-focused, “45 seconds on, 15 seconds off” Tabata-style routine.
Friday Fight: Round 2 - The new “hardest workout ever.” Every move is a minute in this final fight between your body and your mind. Who’s going to win?
Extra workouts include Pulse and Ab Attack:10 and can be used anytime throughout the program.
Consult your physician and follow all safety instructions before beginning this or any high-intensity and physically demanding exercise program.
Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.
Tools to Help You Max Out
Nutrition to the MAX Guide - No complicated diets or strict meal plans here. This simple portion-based plan shows you how to eat what you love and still reach your fitness goals.
MAX Out Guide - The secret to great results with INSANITY MAX:30? Pushing to your Max every day. See how to do it, and why it’ll help you get insanely fit.
MAX Out Wall Calendar - Find out which workout to do each day and keep track of your Max Out times to see your progress.
No Time to Cook Guide - From fine dining to fast food, you’ll know the best options to fuel your body and stay on track every time.
Get ready to MAX out for MAX results. With INSANITY MAX:30, the only thing standing between you and the best body of your life…is YOU. There’s no equipment needed in these killer cardio and strength workouts. Just push to your MAX and get insane results in 30 minutes a day.
INSANITY MAX:30 comes with 12 workouts on 10 DVDs, MAX OUT Guide, Nutrition to the MAX, MAX OUT Calendar, AB MAXIMIZER Calendar, and No Time to Cook Guide.
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First off, I like to start out my reviews by saying that I'm not a Beachbody coach, nor have I ever purchased any supplements or equipment from them.
For those of you that read my previous P90 review, you know that I'm a 20-something female and I've been a longtime devotee of the Beachbody programs, having worked with fellow reviewer Garvinstomp through the various P90X series, Insanity series, as well as some of Chalene's series that I've done on my own. I finished P90 after I came off of an injury and needed to get back in the game. Max 30 is what I decided to jump into right afterwards when the opportunity was presented to me. Bottom line, it is an absolute BEAST! Let's get into it.
While they market it as not being Insanity cut in half, that's not completely true. Insanity is hard. Real hard. Much of Max 30 is like the hardest parts of Insanity glued together without the cool down moves in between. And that's the point. The whole program is designed around you going for as long as you can, for as hard as you can, until you can't go any more (called "Maxing Out"). Once you stop, you write that time down, jump back in and do what you have to do to finish the workout. The next day, you try and go a little longer than you did the previous day, and on and on. Theoretically, if you can add 30 seconds every day you'll be able to go the full 30 minutes by the final week. While it's a great concept, not all workouts will challenge you the same, so going 30 seconds longer one day may not necessarily be a greater accomplishment. But it is a nice, easy metric to abide by.
The workouts are broken down into two sections, month 1 and month 2, much like the original Insanity. You'll do the same workouts (5 per week) for the first month and then get into the more advanced workouts for the second month. And what I'm really enjoying this time around is that they've split up the cardio and the resistance exercises fairly nicely. Instead of having everything blended together like in the original, here there are two routines per week whose primary focus is resistance. Even better, they use Tabata intervals.
Tabata is something that I've been hoping Tony would use for a while in his workouts as they'd complement what he does nicely. But Shaun T steps up to the plate. Tabata is a Japanese scientist who worked with the Japanese speed skating teams to find the most effective interval lengths and intensities to get the most work in the shortest time. His research showed that 20 seconds of max work with 10 seconds of complete rest was optimal. So Max 30 is going to have you doing all sorts of body weight exercises with this protocol. You're going to find out that 20 seconds at high speed is an eternity, while 10 seconds blows by. This is cutting edge science designed for maximum effectiveness in minimum time. Garvinstomp and I do Tabata protocols with battle ropes, and in 8 minutes we're destroyed. 30 minutes is, well, Insane. Oh, and in the second month the intervals become 45 seconds on and 15 seconds off. This is all about pacing. Go too fast and you'll max out in no time.
Although, one difference here is that the 20 seconds is a little more paced. In a true Tabata you go as fast and hard as you can for the 20 seconds and then come to a dead stop for 10. You then repeat them same exercise for 8 sets. In Max 30, you might do 2 or 3 sets of similar pushups at a nice pace and then move into 2-3 sets of a different body part. So it's kind of like a modified Tabata. But it really does get everything working really well. And Shaun T even takes Tony's diamond push-ups (that have been sorely missed in Tony's newer series) and put them front and center. I forgot how hard those are!
Some workouts do have built in breaks, so it's a matter of being able to make it from one quick rest period to the next. Cardio Challenge, for example, will give you several 30 second breaks. So setting mini-goals is a must. It helps to know that there's only 20 seconds left before break to keep you pushing through.
One of the points to note is that there is a low impact modifier, meaning there's a person demonstrating alternate ways to do the exercises. I want to point out that the modifier isn't showing you easier ways to do the exercises, only ways to do them to take some of the impact out of the movements if you've got some joint issues. The modifiers aren't shortcuts to cheat, trust me. My first few times I switched over to the low impact modifier due to a slight hip issue and I was still exhausted when I was done. If you can make it through all 30 minutes just following the modifier it will be a major accomplishment.
I've tried all the workouts individually and am now working through the entire program, for which I'll add updates when I'm all done. But it's important to note that Max 30 is not for beginners. It doesn't ease you in like the various P90X series or Chalene. It starts at really hard and only gets harder. This is for people that have a good fitness background and are looking to really test themselves by seeing how hard they can push. If you've got joint issues or injuries, no good. There are lots of movements that require you to jump, get up and down off the ground, go deep into squats and lunges, or every movement I've named all in the same thing (yeah, some of these new moves are out of control, like the burpee lunges and pike up spiders). And Friday Fight lives up to its name. Lots of yelling and swearing from me on this one. Shaun T is intense. He pushes and pushes. If you don't like instructors who get real animated, he may not be to your liking. Tony Horton is much more chilled out. But Shaun T gets right in the camera and pushes you to go further and further. I love that man!
There's also very little instruction ahead of time. Because the pace is absolutely blistering, most of the moves you'll have to learn on-the-fly. And some take a fair amount of coordination (all the planks involving shoulder taps comes to mind). There's one type of jumping jack, the Slap Back Jack, where my hands always want to go the wrong direction. So there is definitely a learning curve. Shaun T will walk around and point out finer points on some of the movement, but it's likely you'll be too engaged in doing your thing that you might miss it. Every once in a while he'll do a quick demo if you're coming off a break. But usually you're just learning as you go. You just have to jump in and then worry about if you can swim.
As a female I'm very happy with the body weight resistance routines. Garvinstomp is still skeptical because he loves his weights. But he's going to give it a try in the new year and chime in about muscle retention. I can honestly say that I love this combination of routines more than most of the others I've done. It's incredibly effective. It couldn't be longer than what it is or you wouldn't walk away. The set also comes with PULSE and AB ATTACK 10. The first is an optional recovery workout (which I don't do, I use my two free days for bike riding or some other activity in the world) and the second is a 10 minute ab-routine you can add in a couple times per week, which is what the AB MAXIMIZER calendar is all about.
So really, if you do the cool down and the ab work, you'll average about 45 minutes per workout for 2 days and 40 minutes for the other 3 days. Best of luck to all brave enough to try it. Oh, and my first max out was at 8:16 (10 and 2s are a lot harder than they look). I probably should have tapped out a little sooner as my form was starting to go. But that's my time. I'm currently over 14 minutes and it's brutal. Love it! And please don't hesitate to ask any questions if you have them.
UPDATE 2/11/15: I finished my first 8 week session a few weeks back. I've been waiting to update because I wanted to try some of the other workouts to see how my results held up. Here's the verdict.
I leaned up more than I expected. I lost about 11lbs, which is more than I even thought I had to lose. I wasn't carrying much extra weight coming off of P90 when I was rehabbing my injury. My diet was fairly clean, but I certainly had my share of cheat meals. But my abs are as tight as they've ever been (I incorporated two of the ab routines, the included Ab Attack 10, and the bonus 360 abs-which is my favorite of the set and really hits all the spots). My cardio is as good as its been with a Beachbody program. I tried a few of the classic Insanity routines, including Pure Cardio, and was able to keep pace as well as I ever have. I did lose strength, which is to be expected given the lack of weights. Going through some of original P90X routines (Chest and Back, and Shoulders and Arms) my numbers weren't as high as they used to be. I went from 9 unassisted pull-ups to 6. And most of my weights on the dumbbells dropped by about 5 lbs. So it wasn't a terrible loss, and one that I'll be able to make back in the next few weeks most likely. But this cardio is absolutely fantastic. My legs and lungs feel limitless on my bike rides and I'm hungry a lot, which means my metabolism is burning. My resting heart rate also dropped by about 6 bpm.
I've seen the comments people have made about tweaking their backs, and I can see that. There's a lot of getting up and down and a lot of working from the plank position. The reality is that this is a very hard workout program. It's not going to be for everyone. I usually roll on my Trigger Point Performance The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller with SMRT-CORE Level 1 DVD after I cool down to relax my legs and back. This series left me sore, even on the final days. But there was nothing so bad as to ever take me out of the game. But I would absolutely recommend some additional stretching after you finish each day to minimize any soreness. Next up I'll likely jump into INSANITY ASYLUM with Garvinstomp to get that mix of cardio and weights going again.
Overall, this series is my favorite thus far. 30 minutes really is enough when the intensity level is that high. With stretching and abs and rolling it takes me about an hour to finish everything. But it's well worth it. I couldn't be happier with the results and I'm very much going to be doing this again. Once I'm done with two months of Asylum I'll take another assessment of my fitness. I imagine I'll either do Max 30 again, or that I'll start working Max 30 routines into some sort of hybrid routines with other workouts. I can't recommend this program highly enough. It's tough, and it hits back. People with questionable health issues or joint issues (especially in the hips) are going to have a lot of problems with this. And the modifier is fine, but won't get you anywhere near the workout of the regular versions of the movements. Good luck to all and please ask any questions if you have them!
My background: Male, 160 lbs, just turned 36 at the time this review was written. Body fat was around 11.5% , but too many Christmas cookies got me recently back over 12.5% ( since starting Max 30, trending back down ). I have completed multiple rounds of Insanity, Insanity Asylum, P90X 1,2 and 3, most recently doing P90X 3 for the last year. As with most other workouts, as much as I Loved it, I started to plateau. New Year, new program, I randomly stumbled upon Max 30 in Men's Health. I had no idea it was coming out and I was pumped and ready for the change.
Generally, I like to start new workouts on a Monday, as that's how the schedule for Max 30 sets up ( monday-friday), but I couldn't wait, and started on a Saturday. Ok enough BS , let's get down to bizness...
As I stated earlier, the calendar starts on Monday. U do 5 workouts, then 1 optional light recovery workout, followed by a day of rest. The workouts are all 30 minutes ( hence Max 30) , except for the Pulse (optional) workout which is only 20 minutes. There is also an ab workout that you can add which is 10-15 min. Each workout ends with a 2 minute cool down.
Weeks 1 and 2 schedule:
Cardio Challenge- Pretty standard Insanity style. Jumps, sprints, burpees, and some abs
Tabata Power- Intervals with 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off
Sweat Intervals- Similar in style to Cardio Challenge
Friday Fight, round 1: Absolutely brutal. No water break for the first 15 minutes. Awesome workout, but tough.
Pulse or Rest
After 2 weeks u substitute Tabata Power with Tabata Strength.
Month 2 adds MAX OUT Cario, Power, Sweat, Strength and Friday Fight round 2. I will review these when I get there.
Are the workouts hard?
Yes! But that's what you want right? Perhaps you are a Beachbody vet like myself , or maybe you are a treadmill junkie looking to make the change. Unless you are seriously overweight or have major health issues, you can do Max 30. I get exhausted, and I get short of breath and I'm dying for water, but I make it through and by the end of the workout, I feel amazing. You sweat like you can't believe, but the workouts go by fast.
As much as I love p90x3 (it's my favorite Beachbody workout), I didn't come close to sweating like I do with Max 30. Shaun T is the ultimate motivator. He pushes you to succeed, like having a personal trainer right there with you. The big thing with this workout is that Shaun T invites you to write down your Max Out minute. For example, let's say you push to 11 minutes, then finally you're just dying for a break, you've maxed out, and you write down which minute that is ( there is a little max out timer on the screen ), and you try and push just a little further than last time.
Only 1 right now. There is no really intense stretch at the end. The 2 minutes is a brief cool down and very light stretch. After a workout like that, I feel you need a real stretch to properly prevent injury. That being said, I do appreciate the brevity as I know they are trying to keep it around 30 minutes, and I can always do extra stretching on my own.
In conclusion, I really love Max 30 and I'm pumped they came out with it. I skipped T 25 because I heard mixed reviews. This to me is an awesome workout. 1 caveat tho. You can do as much Max 30 as you want, but if you eat lots of cake , sweets, and fried foods, don't expect too much. If you are investing in this workout, invest in yourself, and the food you eat. Little by little make smarter decisions on how you eat, follow his program, and you will be looking and feeling great in no time. I'll be back for more detail. If you like my review and you thought it was helpful, please click the yes button below..Thanks!