Insanity Before & After Photo & Ending Statistics

 photo 4afterinsanityback-1.jpgWhen I started this round of Insanity I wasn’t sure what to expect in physical results by the time I was done. I wasn’t trying or planning to lose weight (and in fact wouldn’t have minded gaining a couple pounds), but I did want to lose my love handles, or at least most of them, and get rid of the belly flab so I could work more on toning back up with P90X. While it’s not too easy to see in the pictures, I got muscle tone in my calves and quads as well as my shoulders, and a little in my biceps, and I lost a few inches.

My Ending Statistics:

Weight: 118
Pants: 3/4
Body Fat: 17.8%
Chest: 32 inches
Waist: 25 inches at narrowest, 27 inches at navel
Hips: 35 inches
Leg (thigh):20 inches
Arm (bicep):10 inches

How They Compare to the Starting Statistics:

I was actually weighed a couple weeks prior to ending Insanity and don’t own a scale so the weight could have fluctuated, but like I said my intent wasn’t to lose weight, and I’ll likely gain back those 2 pounds I lost and thensome in muscle with P90X.

My pants size at the start was 5-7 depending on brand and that’s still what I intend to wear most of the time. However, I had a pair of 3/4 jeans I’d planned to get rid of because I couldn’t wear them comfortably before Insanity. I put them on after Insanity while my others were in the wash and was able to wear them all day without discomfort, so I was pretty happy about that.

The Body Fat % measurement just proves that my husband was correct that the calculators aren’t necessarily an accurate reflection. It doesn’t seem like I could have lost the inches of ft and gained the muscle I did but increase from 16.1% to 17.8% body fat although both are low percentages that fall in the range for athletic females.

I didn’t plan to lose inches on my chest, but I guess it’s not a bad thing since that was circumference wise and therefore probably from fat anyhow. My waist at narrowest was 29 to start, so I lost 4 inches there. At navel it was 30, so I lost 3 inches there. My hips actually fluctuated a bit. At start they were 36 inches. When I measured during the Bring It! Fit test they’d gone up to 37 inches. After Insanity, they were down to 35 inches, two inches from the recent measurement but an inch from where I started. I am also down an inch on my arm and leg taken at the bicep and thigh respectively.

Overall I’m happy with the results, especially with the fact that I feel better and more in shape. I’m looking forward to seeing what results I’ll earn through the next program.

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Insanity Starting Statistics


Common body measurements

Since Sundays are off days for Insanity, I decided to write about other related topics in place of writing about them. I thought a good place to start would be something I left off my post about the first day, my starting statistics. Taking measurements was something I didn’t do for my first Insanity attempt, and I wanted to this time. Besides, documentation of the before and after of certain measurements is required on the application for the free Insanity t-shirt.

While I took my measurements the day before starting the Fit Test, I did them according to some instructions I had found online. Before my workout on day three, I was on the Team Beachbody forum and found a post that includes a video of the methods Beachbody prefers for taking measurements so everyone is consistent. Some of these methods, like those for chest, hip, and thigh, gave me slightly different numbers than my original methods, so some of the results are from day three instead. Due to the fact the calculators from which I derived my body fat number used some of those measurements, I recalculated that as well.

The required statistics and my results were:

Weight: 120 lbs

Size (pants): 5-7

Body Fat: 16.1%

Chest (in): 34

Waist (in): 29 (They didn’t specify so I used at narrowest)

Hips (in): 36

Leg (thigh) (in): 21

Arm (bicep) (in): 11

About Body Fat Percentage:

Body Fat Percentage

A bit about body fat %

I used several different body fat percentage calculators to try to get a good estimate. Even when calculators asked for the some of the same statistics, the results varied widely from 2% to 28%. The most common method of calculating cited was the U.S. Navy’s formula, but even those results were varied. Of my sample, I found two calculators that provided similar numbers, and I took the average of those to get the number I used. The calculators I used were at and

As I was plugging my numbers into these calculators my husband told me I shouldn’t even worry about it. I wouldn’t try to find a location on a map with random pinpoints so I shouldn’t trust body fat percentage calculators for my body fat. He said a water displacement test is the only really accurate method for calculating body fat percentage. Apparently we actually have one of the machines for the test at the clinic on post, and I can make an appointment to have a water displacement test and fitness test done. I know I am not overweight so I am not too concerned. I was just looking for an estimate to have something to track, but maybe one of these days I’ll do that to see where I’m at.

I’ve heard it said that you don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. Now that I have before pictures, and numbers for where I started, I’m interested to see how things will compare at the end of the program.

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Insanity: What It Is and Why I’m Doing It

Albert Einstein is often quoted as having said that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Fitness trainer Shaun T created a program called Insanity, but rather than doing the same thing over and over, there are varying workouts with rotating exercises to maximize results. Released through Beachbody, the same company that put out P90X, Insanity is called “a 60-day total-body conditioning program.” While it does span two months, Sundays are off days, so the program actually only requires 54 days of working out, three of which only require a fitness test.

Insanity flag from middle of DVD set.

Of course, that’s still a lot of work. So what does the Insanity program consist of? MAX-interval training. What is that? It’s a name Shaun T gave to his method of interval training, which is basically the opposite of traditional interval training. In traditional intervals you do a short period of high intensity work followed by a longer period of lower intensity work. In Insanity’s MAX-interval training, you perform long bursts of high-intensity work followed by brief periods of rest.

Insanity includes 10 workouts on separate DVDS which are rotated throughout the program. I also got an additional “Fast and Furious” DVD which is an extra 20 minute workout because I ordered through a Beachbody coach. I did Fast and Furious a few times in between my last Insanity attempt and this one, and it lives up to its name. The workouts are done according to a schedule spanning eight weeks divided by an unnumbered Recovery Week. Each week is six straight days with a rest day at the end. It also includes an Elite Nutrition guide for recommended nutrition during the program.

Why I’m Doing Insanity

So, now that you know what Insanity is, it’s time to tell you why I am doing it. Of course there is the obvious, that I want to get in shape, and the reasons for that are numerous. What’s important in this post is why I chose Insanity to help me get there.

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A P90X user’s “complete P90X home gym”

No Equipment Necessary

I was considering P90X at the same time as Insanity, and one appeal of Insanity was that it doesn’t require equipment. At the time, I did not have the chin up bar and dumbbells or lightweight resistance bands that are necessary at a minimum to do P90X, and I had a small living room. So, it made more sense to start with Insanity which only required access to a DVD player and the room to move around. Especially as I started taking trips to Georgia to see Tim, it was nice to have an option that was easy to keep doing on the go. Even now that we are married, we may be traveling and so forth, so it’s good to be able to be flexible.

Cost to Impact Ratio

While the roughly $130 I spent buying Insanity was a chunk of change and the most I had ever spent on anything exercise-related, I reasoned that it was cheaper than paying for a gym membership and/or enrolling in an exercise class. A gym membership where I was living at the time I bought Insanity was about $20-40 a month, and various classes were the same or more. I figured I would get more out of a one time payment for DVDs I could reuse than for several months of a gym membership. Plus, if I had DVDs sitting in front of me, it would be easier to work out than if I had to motivate myself to go somewhere.

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This isn’t really the atmosphere for me…yet.

The Preference for Privacy

While I now have free access to a gym on post, I still think Insanity is a better option for me than going to a gym because I can do it in my own home. In addition to that being easier than gathering the motivation to go out in the heat or cold to work out, I also like my privacy. Especially with a workout such as Insanity and my present fitness level, I don’t need a crowd being able to see me struggle.

Providing Variety to Combat Boredom

One of the biggest struggles for me in staying active is overcoming boredom. If I try to do things like yoga, or running, or weight lifting on my own, I do it for a while, and then I get bored. I lack the experience and motivation to build my own workout regimen and keep myself entertained and motivated. One day I may be able to do that, but for now Insanity provides a varied workout to keep me going.

Keeping Me Motivated

Insanity is structured such that I have clear goals, and the trainer Shaun T has a motivating style. Plus, they offer a free “I EARNED IT” t-shirt if you send your before and after photos and statistics, proof of purchase, and their form. Even if I only wore the shirt around the house, it’s something that would be nice to have as a reminder of a hard-earned goal, and the ability to earn it adds another little goal to the program.

Now that you know what Insanity is and some of the reasons why I chose to do it, I hope you will join me on my journey. The Insanity begins tomorrow!

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Investing in Fitness Starts with Insanity

I started Insanity for the first time on February 21st 2011 and finished the first three weeks without missing a scheduled day even when Tim (who is now my husband) was visiting in Florida or I was visiting him in Georgia. I was pretty proud of that progress. But once I started missing days it became too easy to skip, and I ended up stopping at the end of the first month. I started over briefly, but got sidetracked in the process of getting married and moving to Georgia. I felt awkward about exercising in front of our roommates, and we didn’t have room in our bedroom to exercise, so I decided to wait to try again until after we moved to Germany.

Moving was a huge process, and it  took a while to get settled. My athletic shoes ended up not getting in with our unaccompanied baggage, and we were still waiting on household goods. I’d already discovered when I visited Tim and forgot my athletic shoes that doing Insanity barefoot is a bad idea, so I decided to wait for my shoes to arrive.

In the mean time, I did yoga occasionally and walked frequently. Sometimes the walking was at length. For example, my husband and I walked all the way to the Aldstadt (Old Town) part of Heidelberg from the guesthouse in Patrick Henry Village (about 12 km) and then walked around the city for a few hours. Another time we walked up to the Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Walk), which entails hiking up a steep hill. But I didn’t have a proper, regular investment in fitness.

shoes and notebookOur household goods finally arrived a few days before Christmas, and I found and unpacked my shoes a few days later, so I decided January 1st would be an excellent time to start over. Since the 1st is a Sunday, and Insanity workouts are Monday through Friday, tomorrow’s post will cover what Insanity is and why I chose it as my first intensive workout program, and then I’ll get down to the work. I’m sure it will be rough, starting from being fairly inactive, but I know I can do it. They say the program isn’t for “beginners” but I know if I wait to get past being in that stage before I start, I won’t get there to get started. I wasn’t really in shape the first time and managed to at least make it through the first month, so I should be able to push through the pain.

The first time, I did keep a journal of my progress, but never put it online. I debated whether to leave it offline or integrate it somehow into this one. Using those posts in their entirety could get too long and repetitive, so I decided to integrate comparisons and contrasts between my first attempt and this time. Hopefully that doesn’t feel like an overload of information. If it does, please accept my apologies. The comparing and contrasting will cease after the first month when it will be an all new experience.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey. Please share your thoughts and own experiences in the comments. I look forward to investing in fitness and sharing it with you. Let’s start the Insanity!

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