Insanity Max Recovery [Review]

This is my Insanity Max Recovery review.

Before I begin, might I first ask you a question? How much rest can you get by not resting? Certainly, yes, NIL. Would you want to try my second question? Would you be able to return to your normal level of activity if you didn’t rest? Yep. NIL…again. Recovery has nothing to do with actual “recovery”; the exercise is beneficial, but it doesn’t pertain to it.

It’s a stretching exercise — a fantastic stretching session. To put it another way, if I handed you a bag of strawberries and told you they were pomegranates, you’d know I was either lying or they were the worst bag of pomegranates you’d ever eaten because they tasted like strawberries.

After all of that, this is a pretty wonderful stretching video. I think it should be named Insanity Max Stretch and Conditioning. Why? Because I am a firm believer in naming things what they are.

So, like other Insanity DVDs, the fundamental concept is the same: warm-up, stretch, workout, stretch, end. However, in this video, you stretch while warming up, which is amazing. This is how all videos should look.

Preparation:

  • Stretch your back flat.
  • Runners lunge with a flat-back stretch.
  • Stretching from the hip flexors to the runner’s lunge.

How Long is Insanity Max Recovery?

Workout nameDetailsLength of workout
Max RecoveryRecovery workout and stretches50 minutes
Core Cardio and BalanceAnaerobic exercise performed between months 1 and 2 of the program.40 minutes
Fast and FuriousA quick version of the usual 45-minute workout20 minutes

PROS

  • It’s not aerobic, but it’s a wonderful exercise.
  • At least for me, the core is blasted, as is the rest of the body.

CONS

  • This is not a recovery exercise; though I like a break, I find these recovery exercises to be difficult and not rest.

How Many Calories Can You Burn During the Insanity Workout?

For an average-weight person, high-intensity interval training may burn up to 160 calories in 10 minutes. A 150-pound individual may burn 318 calories in 40 minutes by doing steady-state vigorous exercise. On recovery days, you may burn up to 255 calories in 50 minutes.

Insanity Max Recovery [Workout]

Workout 1

This review is structured differently than my previous ones. Workout 1 consists of a continuous movement from stretch/exercise to stretch/exercise, according to the number assigned to each. For example, you would perform (1) 4 times, then go right into (2) for 1 time, then back into (1) x amount of time, then (2) x amount of times, and so on. We return to the flat backstretch after each exercise.

1- Flat back stretch: As with the last stretch, maintain your core tight as you place both hands on the ground.

2- Plank: keep your core taut as usual (while here you want to contract then release your core).

3- Return to the plank posture This time, raise your knee to your chest (be careful to keep your buttocks down); this is not a speed exercise; we want slow and deliberate… 8 times, roll up, then 14 times

  • 4 count triceps push-ups, X3.
  • Childs pose stretch.
  • Downward dog stretch to plank.
  • Plank to runners lunge.
  • Runners lung to standing lunge  x12.

4- Runners hip flexor stretch: Left side- press your elbow into your inner knee.

5- Modified runner’s hip flexor stretch: left side -drop your left arm to the floor and extend straight up with your right arm.

6- Return to runners lunge to standing lunge x12 times.

7- Right side hip flexor stretch for runners.

8- Right side modified runner’s hip flexor stretch

Workout 2

Workout 2 is when you begin to work, not as hard as the earlier exercises but certainly not as a “recovery.”

We still have around 25 minutes remaining in the exercise.

For Workout 2, we begin in a plank position and go to a side plank, which I believe he refers to as arm balancing holds.

Side plank (one arm balancing holds): In Julie’s F.I.I.T. Camp, we stagger our legs for more stability, but you may stack your legs if you like. A side plank is completed by exiting a standard plank and balancing on one arm, making sure that your core is firm and that there is a straight line from the top of your head to the bottom of your heels.

  • Back to the plank position, followed by two push-ups.
  • On the opposite side, repeat the side plank (one arm balance holds).
  • Plank followed by two push-ups.
  • Rep the side plank.
  • 4 push-ups followed by a plank.
  • Rep the side plank.
  • 4 push-ups followed by a plank.
  • Rep the side plank.
  • 6 push-ups followed by a plank.
  • Rep the side plank.
  • 8 push-ups followed by a plank.
  • Pose of a child

Low plank: a low plank is the same as a regular plank on your hands, only you’re on your elbows instead of your hands.

Spiderman low planks: Hold your low plank but then raise your knees to your shoulders (or as close to your shoulder blades as you can), thus right knee to the right shoulder and left knee to the left shoulder. The first four are thoughtful and slow.

  • Pose of a child
  • 8x Spiderman low planks (keep your core tight).
  • Pose of a child
  • 16x Spiderman low plank (keep your core tight) Know your boundaries; it is ALWAYS preferable to have superb form than to strive to complete the whole exercise with poor form. This set is done slowly and methodically. It’s activities like this that make me like working out. These activities also indicate to me that this is NOT a “recovery workout.” If they seem even somewhat simple, you’re not going slowly enough.

Children’s pose: Take a 30-second break.

Go straight into downward dog and hold for 15 seconds. As you come out of your downward dog, move your hands back towards your legs and up to a full stance (If you can, keep your hands and feet on the ground the whole time).

Workout 3

Begin in a plié stance (I spoke about plié pop-up in a number of my previous Insanity videos, but if you don’t know, a plié stance is a position where your legs are stretched wider than your shoulders, and your toes point outwards), then stretch your arms straight out, fingers pointing down.

Note #1: First and foremost, make sure your knees are behind your toes.

Note #2: your position is entirely your own. That is, some individuals may go broader than you, while others may not.

  • Plié pulses: Using the posture above, pulse your quadriceps up and down. The key to pulses is to keep aligned and to move just 3 – 4 inches up and down.
  • Plié ground touches: Once you’ve completed your first set of plié pulses, with your hands still spread out, bend to the side from the waist (and ONLY from the waist) and contact the floor. That is, if you bend sideways to the right, your right hand will touch the floor.
  • Plié core lift: When you come out of plié ground contacts, utilize your CORE to raise yourself back into plié pulses.
  • Rep plié pulses: plié ground contacts – plié core lift on the other side. (eight pulses)
  • Rep plié pulses: plié ground contacts – plié core lift on the other side. (eight pulses)
  • Rep plié pulses: plié ground contacts – plié core lift on the other side. (16 pulsations).
  • Rep plié pulses: plié ground contacts – plié core lift on the other side. (16 pulsations).
  • Rep the plié pulses sequence, but raise your left heel off the ground this time. (eight pulses)
  • Rep the plié pulses sequence, but raise your left heel off the ground this time. (16 pulsations).
  • Rep the plié pulses exercise, but raise your right heel off the ground this time. (eight pulses)
  • Rep the plié pulses exercise, but raise your right heel off the ground this time. (16 pulsations).
  • Rep the plié pulses exercise, but this time raise both the right and left heels off the ground (8 pulses).
  • Rep the plié pulses exercise, but this time raise both the right and left heels off the ground (16 pulses).

Seriously, this is designed to be difficult; in my opinion, this is not a recovery exercise!

Shake it all up.

Workout 4

Begin this exercise with some deep breathing stretches, exactly like we did at the beginning of the video. Next, lower yourself into a plank posture.

We then go from a conventional plank to a low plank.

High plank – low plank (Military crawls): A high plank/low plank is a controlled crawl from a high plank to a low plank (elbows to hands) while maintaining your core firm.

Try not to sway your body from side to side. You’re working on upper body strength, and although rocking will help you get the job done, it won’t help you gain strength (which is the goal of the exercise) or muscular endurance.

Repeat 4 times with the right side leading (meaning you are leading with your right hands, or your right-hand travels up from elbow to hands first).

  • Military crawls: repeat 8 times with the right side leading.
  • Pose of a child
  • Military crawls right side leading, 16 reps.
  • Pose of a child
  • Military crawls: repeat 16 times with the left side leading. Always prioritize form above utility.
  • Pose of a child
  • Military crawls: repeat 8 times with the left side leading.
  • Pose of a child
  • Military crawls: repeat 4 times with the left side leading.
  • Pose of a child
  • The downward dog.

Workout 5

Coming out of a downward dog, move your hands back until you’re in a stance, just as in Workout 4. Then roll up your sleeves.

Take a posture with your legs slightly wider than your shoulders and your knees slightly bent. Place your left hand on your left hip and extend your right arm straight up into the air.

Elbow to knee: This is an oblique (side of your abs, the muscle group that extends from your hips to your lats) exercise, thus you are exercising in the frontal plane.

Assume you’re standing in a doorway, and your whole mobility is controlled by maintaining your arms and legs in the doorway. That is to say, your emotions are to the side: Pull your right elbow to your right knee in a controlled way, compressing your obliques, starting from the position I outlined before. Repeat 16 times.

  • Elbow to knee: the left side takes the lead. Rep 16 times.
  • Elbow to knee: Right side takes the lead. Rep 8 times.
  • Elbow to knee: the left side takes the lead. Rep 8 times.
  • Elbow to knee: right side takes the lead. Rep 4 times.
  • Elbow to knee: the left side takes the lead. Rep 4 times.
  • Elbow to knee: right side takes the lead. Repeat twice more.
  • Elbow to knee: the left side takes the lead. Repeat twice more.

Take a Water Break 

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