If you’re wondering if you should buy Shaun T’s Insanity exercise video series, don’t buy it if you are new to cardio or if you want to build muscle. The first DVD I tried, I had to pause half-way through because I was certain I was going to throw up. I was dry-heaving for about 30 seconds over my sink. I can run 3 miles at a time and am not unfamiliar with cardiovascular exercise so I was surprised at how hard this workout was. After I felt I could keep my breakfast down, I finished that video, albeit, with less intensity.
Each day I exercised to a different DVD until I finished the series. I have never been more bored by a DVD workout. There are slight variations in each video, but not enough to make it interesting. Since it’s mostly cardio and no weights are used, there is little muscle to be gained by this series.
These workouts are EXTREME. Unless you are a cardio king, or are an elite athlete, very few people can exercise to that level of intensity for a whole hour. It’s too bad he didn’t incorporate weights in his videos, and alternated between high and low cardio. I give these videos a thumbs down. The average person cannot finish these workouts; the DVDs are incredibly boring, and are no fun at all. Exercise should be fun!