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Fad Fitness Wrap Up: Insanity’s Results

The fit test tracks my positive progress


On my way home from a pre-Christmas Indian dinner with friends, a thought crossed my mind: I may regret eating that last samosa when I'm taking my bikini shots tomorrow.

I quickly shrugged off any guilt. Had that meal been worth it? Absolutely. 

Although I had worked hard to stay on track for more than two months, my Insanity training went slightly awry in the final two weeks.

After a bike accident that bruised a muscle in my left leg, I moved my workouts to the gym. Although I used the arm bike for cardio and did plenty of upper body strength-training exercises, it was impossible to mimic Insanity’s max interval training.

And, as predicted, a series of holiday gatherings threw off my diet plan.

In the last week, however, I was back to the program, trying my best to reap the final results before the last fit test. When Friday finally rolled around, I was pleased with the results:

Switch Kicks

110

92

110

120

150

Power Jacks

65

55

45

49

57

Power Knees

85

90

90

100

115

Power Jumps

29

30

30

35

50

Globe Jumps

6

8

10

10

11

Suicide Jumps

16

20

18

20

20

Push-Up Jacks

22

25

25

29

23

Low Plank Oblique

40

52

50

60

70

Although there was some variation in my performance, I finished with much better results on my cardio and strength tests. And while I only dropped from 128 to 126 pounds, I consider any weight loss during the holiday season a roaring success. 

In addition, I feel like I'm in better shape. I can jump higher and maintain higher levels of cardio for longer periods of time. 

In the photos I noticed that Insanity did not dramatically change my appearance, but I did see some shift in face shape, stomach and thighs. 

Now that the holidays have passed, I plan to repeat the program with better adherence to the meal plan. It has been a fast and efficient way to stay in shape, and it is a program that I happily recommend to you.   

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About the Project: The Active Times' Fad Fitness Challenge is a six-week-long project in which five hapless writers will immerse themselves in five popular fitness programs—CrossFit, Insanity, Barre, Flywheel and Kettlebell classes—for the dual purposes of getting in shape and evaluating them for our readers. We guinea pigs will bust our butts, burn calories and discover muscles we'd long since mothballed and, if all goes well, emerge into the New Year with a well-rounded perspective of the top fitness fads. Check back every weekday from now until the New Year to come along for the ride without breaking a sweat. Click here to check out the rest of the programs.

 

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