I think it does a great job of incorporating body weight and plyometric exercises that haven’t been seen and it markets extremely well. Pretty much all BeachBody stuff is all over tv and you can’t miss their hour long of testimonys. That being said the amount of intense plyometrics go against all we are taught about progression from unstable to stable, known to unknown, basic to complex, etc. If you are not already in some kind of “shape” then you are going to have a tough time making it through two months without some kind of injury.They do protect themselves by putting in small writing thatthe results are not typical and that it is not a weight loss program, but…………they sure do make it seem like it is lol
If you’ve been working out and need the next level – GO FOR IT!
If you are a gym newbie – TURN OFF THE TV AND GO GET A TRAINER LOL
I find the program challenging and intense, but I have a few issues:
1. As the other posters have stated, this program is very “plyometric happy”. I don’t have a problem with this for conditioned athletes, but for untrained individuals, this is asking for trouble.
2. Even for trainees who think that they are in shape, this program can be challenging enough that they may not be able to complete their workout. This can create a feeling of failure that could hinder compliance. Particularly with beginners, I think that experiencing success is very important.
3. Once you finish the program, then what? Start over again? Buy a similar program? I think it is crucial to both train AND educate clients so that they are able to go off on their own and still experience success. This is the main problem I have with programs like this…it’s not that they are bad…but they fail to teach clients how to do things on their own.
I know this sounds overly negative, but like I said, I found it challenging and had fun with some of the workouts. What I am saying is that it is NOT for beginners, obese individuals, de-trained individuals, or the chronically ill.
Based on what I know about the program, I don’t see it as being much different from other ‘High Intensity’ interval-type training. That being said, like other ‘high-intensity, interval type training,’ it is not for everyone. Just as I would not do depth-jump/landings, bounding, and other high intensity plyometric work with certain clients, I think the program is appropriate for some and not for others.
I have tried Insanity, P90X, the original Crossfit series, and a few other DVD based interval training programs and they all seem to work pretty well for an already conditioned athlete. There in’t a consistent monitor for proper form in any of them so, it can be outright dangerous to the average novice. Insanity also appears to be targeting these novice trainees and that I don’t like.