The cheesy Insanity Max 30 promo video makes a bold claim.
“In 60 days you will be in the best shape of your life.”
...yup. It’s real.
Last Friday I officially finished all 60 days of this program and I am without doubt in the best shape of my life. Honestly I didn't expect to experience a sense of accomplishment THIS big, and I feel so blessed that this program came into my life when it did. I know it sounds cheesy, but you just have to go through it to understand!
I filmed a vlog right after I finished the very last workout of the program, which pretty much sums up my thoughts:
Yup, pretty much ugly cried for an hour after I finished filming that haha.
I’ve never felt this strong, and I’ve never had this much lean muscle on my body! Shaun T is simply an amazing person and I could rave and rave about him. You can read more about my emotional transformation over here. Today I’m going to focus more on the physical results and what to realistically expect if you're interested in the program!
I completed all the 30 minute workouts except for one (Christmas), and drank Shakeology every single day. I’m a big proponent of Shakeology, it really does satisfy my sugar cravings, keeps me energized, and it’s definitely boosted my immune system. I’ve been drinking it every day since last February and haven’t been sick with even a cold IN ALMOST A WHOLE YEAR. Love having a “healthy treat” every day. I threw in a couple of additional runs and weights circuits just to keep myself from getting bored, but nothing crazy because my body was usually completely exhausted and done after my Max 30 workout.
When I started Insanity Max 30 in December, I had no idea what to expect. Not gonna lie, I was partially motivated by the ridiculous before/after photos of the coaches who did the test group, but it’s easy for me to get caught in the self-destructive mentality of “I’m different...I probably won’t get those results” so I wanted to protect my expectations. I knew Ben and I would be traveling for a couple weeks over the holidays, so I wanted a program I could take on the road with me, that I could do anywhere with no equipment, and that would give me a big calorie burn to offset all my favorite holiday treats :) Throughout the program I was focused more on the process and staying consistent with the workouts than I was on outcome or results. I knew my body was changing, but it’s hard to tell on a day to day basis!
Where I'm At Today
This isn’t the most dramatic Insanity Max transformation floating around the internet, and I could have lost more weight or had a bigger before/after if I had been more strict with the nutrition plan, but I am so happy with where I’m at because I wanted to see if I could get results WHILE LIVING MY LIFE. These results are sustainable because throughout the last two months I ate normally, drank tons of wine, and felt like myself throughout the whole process. Restriction leads me down a negative spiral into disordered thoughts. I don’t want my life to revolve around food and workouts, and I don’t want to go out with family or friends and say “oh I ‘can’t’ eat that.” I want to be able to CHOOSE what I eat and drink based on how I feel. I want to feel physically good, so I make healthy choices most of the time….but I also want to feel emotionally good, so I do allow myself treats and wine a few times a week. If I keep it balanced it prevents me from the rollercoaster of eating super strict on the weekdays and then “blowing it” on the weekends.
Thoughts on Program Length
I’m motivated by a challenge, and thrive under structure, which is why I absolutely love short and sweet, intense programs like the 21 Day Fix. Insanity Max 30 is 2 months, which is a really really long time! I ended up loving the length because it gave me a broader and more balanced perspective on what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t feel constrained with a laser focused “all or nothing” mentality, and I felt a lot more emotionally stable in terms of body image. If you struggle with the rollercoaster of staying hyper-vigilant and healthy on weekdays and then “blowing your diet” on the weekends, this program might be good for you.
That being said, I was definitely ready to be done by the last couple weeks! I love having variety in my workouts, and loved having a different routine every day, but I was also ready to get out of the house and back to gym classes!
Thoughts on the Nutrition Plan
The nutrition plan that you get when you order Insanity Max 30 is amazing, easy to follow, and comes with delicious recipes. Nutrition is critical to getting results, because although these workouts do burn tons of calories, it’s so easy to eat them right back if you’re not aware of what’s going into your body throughout the day. Think of it this way: the workouts are 30 minutes….that’s the easy part. It’s paying attention to your body and diet during the remaining 23.5 hours of each day that will make or break your results with any fitness program.
The Insanity Max 30 nutrition plan is similar to the 21 Day Fix, and despite the misleading name it’s NOT a "quick fix" or temporary crash diet plan. It’s focused on portion control and eating a balanced, whole foods diet with limited processed foods and sugar, basically just simple healthy eating that you can maintain for long term health and longevity. I already eat extremely well on a normal basis, it’s become my lifestyle, so I did pretty much follow the plan without obsessing too much about it. Lots of veggies, lean protein, whole foods, but I didn’t want to feel like I “wasn’t allowed” to have treats so I also allowed myself to have wine or beer whenever I wanted (3-6 drinks/week typically), extra afternoon or bedtime snacks if I was hungry (energy bites, mug cakes, or Greek yogurt with stevia and cocoa powder are my go-to’s), and date night with Ben once a week. I give myself permission to eat whatever I want, but I’ve reached a point where I WANT to choose the healthy option almost all of the time. If I end up overeating at a party or splurging for froyo after date night I’m not going to worry about it because it’s not a routine habit.
You can read more about my Insanity Max 30 meal plan (and my general meal planning strategies) here.
What "Healthy Balance" Looks Like For Me
A typical day of eating for me is split into 5 or 6 meals. I follow the Tone It Up nutrition plan as a lifestyle approach in addition to the 21 Day Fix portion structure. You can read more about how I combine the two plans here.
- Pre-workout- Energy bites OR banana and nut butter
- M1 Breakfast- ½ c oats with fruit and protein (yogurt, eggs, protein powder) OR eggs and toast OR protein pancake
- M2 Snack- Shakeology blended with ice and almond milk, sometimes banana
- M3 Lunch- A huge salad with chicken or tuna and a healthy carb (rice, quinoa, beans) OR dinner leftovers AND always an apple with nut butter for ‘dessert.’ Yes, it is possible to crave an apple...I get so grumpy when we run out!
- M4 Snack- Veggies and hummus AND/OR energy bites and nuts
- M5 Dinner- Meat and veggies. Occasionally healthy carb like beans, sweet potato.
- (M6 if I am hungry after dinner: Plain Greek yogurt with stevia and cocoa powder OR mugcake with Shakeology or brown rice protein powder.)
+I love healthy fats and eat small servings of nuts, almond butter, peanut butter, avocado, olive oil/salad dressing, and hummus every day. I don’t go crazy with the nut butter and don’t eat a lot of cheese, but will add a sprinkle of feta or goat cheese to my salad occasionally!
+My typical “Date Night” meal: At restaurants I do order salads a lot because I FREAKING LOVE ME AN EPIC SALAD, but sometimes I decide to go all out with pizza, Mexican, sushi, pasta, etc. If I have a drink or two, I am always compelled to get Forever Yogurt for dessert. So, most of the time there is froyo haha.
+I try to limit my alcohol to 3 nights/week. I love wine and it’s really easy for me to get in a wine “habit,” so I try to keep it as a treat instead of a necessity and enjoy every sip. I rarely have more than 1-2 drinks at a time unless I’m at a party or girls night.
+I DON’T COUNT CALORIES, and try to listen to my body at all times while still maintaining a structured meal plan to make sure I’m giving my body the proper balance of macro and micro nutrients to keep me energized and nourished. Basically I usually end up mentally following the 21 Day Fix containers because it’s a simple and intuitive way for me to live. Maybe not for everyone, but it works great for me!
What I've Gained from Insanity Max 30
Physical: Muscle mass and definition, especially in my arms, legs, and abs. All without lifting a single weight. You literally do use your body to sculpt your body! I don't weigh or measure myself so I don't know how many pounds or inches I lost. I'd rather focus on how I feel, and I feel AHHHHHMAZING, strong, confident, and have a better relationship with my body than I've ever had in my entire life.
Strength: I can do over 25 pushups in a row, on my toes, and now I’ve started to add other workouts back into my routine and they all feel easier!
Mental: I believe that I am capable of accomplishing anything that I want to. I believe in myself. I know that as long as I do my best and give myself a chance, I will never fail. My mental and emotional transformation has been much more significant than my physical transformation, and I can honestly say that this program has changed my life. I feel like all of a sudden, all those cheesy motivational Pinterest quotes make sense...
This post is getting pretty long, so I will save the actual details of the program and workouts for later but I hope this was inspiring and helpful to you! I actually filmed a series of vlogs documenting my journey, which you can check out on YouTube!
Insanity Max 30 isn’t for everyone, but it was definitely good for me. If you want more information please reach out, I’d love to chat more about your goals. If I can do this, you can too, and I mean that.
You can do hard things, and you are worth it!
What's next? This week I'm giving my body and mind a break to absorb and process the last couple months. Lots of yoga and rest. I'm planning to dive into the 21 Day Fix Extreme next week so stay tuned! I love constantly mixing up my routine and challenging my body. It's the best way to stay motivated.
p.s. Yes, I am a Beachbody coach and proud of it! I absolutely love the company and everything it stands for. If you want to order Insanity Max 30 and work with me one-on-one, you can apply here!