Insanity Max:30 Month 2 & Final Review
It’s month 2 now, time to REALLY dig deeper.
(If you haven’t yet seen my Month 1 Review, check that out here. I cover more detail about what Insanity Max:30 is and all the workouts from Month 1.This will only cover Month 2 and final thoughts!)
If you’ve done Insanity, you might remember that feeling you get near the end of Month 1, where you think “This is still kicking my ass, but I feel less near death than I used to.” Then Month 2 starts and you can’t even remember feeling confident about your gains. Welp, that happens in Max:30, too.
Month 2 comes at you with far less breaks and more intense moves back to back. I feel like Month 1 was well paced, so that right when your legs were about to crumple, you moved on to arms. In Month 2, your legs crumple and you still have four minutes of legs left. As Shaun T would say “Sorry ‘bout ya.”
Just as in Month 1, all the workouts are thirty minutes long and require no equipment. So, let’s get on with it…
Month 2 Workout Reviews:
>MAX OUT CARDIO<
This workout feels a lot like the original Insanity, only the 30 seconds between intervals are just a distant memory. You do all the intervals PLUS a power move before you get to whisper sweet nothings to your two sips of water. This workout has three rounds of the warm up, which has my favorite move “hop hop runner.” It just feels good. The difference this month is the good old POWER MOVE. There is an extra minute of work after the intervals, and the warm up is counting as an interval, so you hit the floor for Plank Jack front raise immediately after the warm up.
• 1st Interval: includes balance kick back, speed in & out abs, low plank punch. If you happen to be residing with your significant other to whom you are not yet married, you should avoid them seeing you do the balance kick back. I caught myself in the mirror and it ain’t pretty. Ends with power move of genie tuck jumps which are literally hellish. Sarah, to the left of Shaun T, bounces like she weighs no more than air and I’m doubled over gasping for it. Dang. One down, water break.
• 2nd Interval: includes switch kicks, plank to squat and moving slap back jacks. Your legs will be sad after the first round, and you still have two more. Power move this round is a combo of jabs and diamond jumps. I may have mental issues, but I friggin love this power move. You won’t find me maxing out during this one, it is just too fun. Another water break and pep talk from Shaun.
• 3rd Interval: includes 10&2 punch, floor hops & lunge punch/kick. Probably the worst interval, if you ask me. My quads were dying and I looked basically like a wet noodle during the FIRST set of lunge punch/kicks so I’ll just let you imagine my form by the third round. Yikers. Power move is basketball dribble which was somewhat invigorating? I don’t know if you’ve just honestly lost capacity to feel pain by this point, but I found myself jumping pretty high. White girls can jump, I guess. Snag water, feel proud.
• 4th interval: The good part is, due to the extra power moves, you only have to power through four interval this time, instead of five like Month 1. This one includes oblique high knee, sprint/jack and pike up/oblique knee. Nice variety of moves and I felt like my poor quads got a bit of a break. Oh, but then the power move came. HIGH JUMP CLAP. Basically, start in a squat, jump and clap under your leg, land in squat, repeat other leg. FOR A MINUTE. I will tell you to STICK this one out. I looked like a flailing maniac the first time I tried this move, and by week four I didn’t even max out during it. So cool. Then you rally into the circle and do the good old attack together until the max out minute comes and you can go question your life choices during the cool down.
>MAX OUT POWER<
Another tabata style workout, only this time intervals are 45 seconds and 15 seconds off. I personally love it just as much as the last tabata workouts, but of course it is so much harder. Quads were crying.
I prefer this style of workout because sometimes I find myself mentally saving energy for the THIRD round of a move if I know I’m going to repeat it again. The tabata moves don’t repeat, so while you are still working the same muscle, the actual move changes every minute.
Just a few of my favorite moves from this one:
• ALL of the slap back jack moves. Required a ton of mental strength.
• Pike Up Extension after the lifetime’s worth of pushups is TOUGH
• X abs is one of the greatest core moves of all time (The Ab attack workout is also one of my favorite ab workouts EVER)
• IRON LEGS. I don’t even have words. Even after the four weeks, these are still my nemesis and the idea of them makes me cry. Lunge. Lunge. Squat. Jump Cross. Bend over and cry. Repeat. (The idea is to skip the crying part, but let me know how you do on that.)
>MAX OUT SWEAT<
Another interval style workout, there is no better name for this one. Sweat will be everywhere. I work out in my basement and no joke, when I was done this one, there was STEAM rising from my body. Totally intense. And also gross as heck.
Some of the moves from this workout include:
• 4 jab, 4 knee punch: one of my favorites, you get into a good flow and even if you’re tired it is hard to stop.
• Wide Fly In & Out abs: I continuously struggled with this one. I don’t know exactly why but my timing was all off and I felt like my butt was always way up in the air. Mine was more like “flail arm, gain balance, in & out abs.”
• Scissor X is the BOMB. Another one that gets going on the right rhythm and makes it hard to quit even when you’re tired. The best.
Again, a bit of a mental struggle for me, because once you do one circuit, you know exactly what you are up against for the next two. This is an epic workout for FULL body sweat fest that even Shaun T struggles through. PS) Dude works out almost the whole time, how does he even manage to keep SPEAKING? Half human, half amazing.
>MAX OUT STRENGTH<
Tabata back in action!! This workout should be called ALL THE PUSHUPS. So, get ready.
It starts out kind of similar to Max Out Power, by burning out your legs. But after about 10 minutes, you move on to push-ups at which point you might forget you even have legs. I’m talking:
• Push Up Jack Tap
• Push Up Jacks
• Plank Jack Push Up
• Plank Walk Push Up
• Knee Push Up
• 8 Count Knee Push Up
You survive that, and move into a core section. Things are looking up. OOPS just kidding, back to pushups and maybe the most ungodly move of all time….the low plank hold. Honestly, it’s crap like this that makes me thank God I work out at home, I was yelling all kinds of things that I wouldn’t want to say in mixed company. I didn’t even make it through by the end of the month, but definitely saw improvement. Shaun T stays next to the same chick almost the whole time and she is a total warrior. Definitely motivated me to stay down there as long as possible. I had nothing left at the end of Max Out Strength. It was awesome.
>FRIDAY FIGHT ROUND 2<
When Shaun T dubs it the ‘hardest workout he’s ever created’ (and you’ve already done Max Out Sweat…) you should be scared. He definitely is more drill sergeant style during this workout and he is on you to quickly transition even during the workout. This is a fight, not a game.
The first two times I did this workout, I maxed out during the second move, floor hops. SECOND MOVE. So, that should give you a small idea how intense the ‘warm up’ is.
Basically, all the moves from this workout came from the other workouts this month, but in a constant stream of awfulness. You get your first water break HALFWAY through the workout, that is…if you didn’t already max out and snag your own break.
Lots of jumps, Lots of pushups, Lots of pain. Truly still a mental struggle to get to the water breaks without maxing out, but as always…an awesome workout. Ends in a circle with the crew pushing just as hard as your crazy butt is.
>Overall Opinion of Insanity MAX:30<
I’m just going to put it out there right away, this is my favorite program from Shaun T for general fitness. Yes, I own them all. Yes, I’ve done them all a few times. They are all good and they all meet different needs, but there was something about the coaching and the layout of these workouts that had me in a “balls to the wall, push as hard as I can” state that definitely amped up my results. A lot of my friends favor the original Insanity, and just as many love T25 (to this day, I think I’m one of 12 people on the planet that actually has and loves the Asylum workouts), but for me, Max 30 has it all; strength, power, endurance, mental fitness.
For the first time, I experimented with Intermittent Fasting (eating all of my food during an 8 hour window of the day) while still following the meal plan for Max:30. I can definitely say that it helped my results. I’ll be doing a whole post on fasting soon & will link back here when I do!
This program has quick workouts, requires ZERO equipment and even features a modifier track where you can watch the modified move the WHOLE time, so I challenge you to come up with a reason why this one isn’t for you. When I was a kid, if I read a really good book, I would be hesitant to tell people about it because I wanted the characters to remain just as they were, in my own mind. I was selfish about the world I created. I’m reminded of that feeling when I think of how I feel about these workouts…because it is the EXACT OPPOSITE. I want to shout from the mountains how amazing this program is and how much change it can make in your life. However, I’m not sure how far my message would reach if I were to just yell like a crazy person, so I will settle for blasting it on the internet.
If you are intrigued and want to check out the program, here are some links to where you can get it (plus a few extra workouts just from using these links!):
Insanity Max:30 Plus Nutrition Shake (Sale priced in May)
If you have questions about Insanity Max:30 and your goals, just shoot me a message!
Also, coming soon will be my full YouTube review.
Hope this helps you decide to do the program! I promise, you will regret it while you are dying through the workouts, but when it’s all said and done you will be SO PROUD of yourself.
Thanks for stopping by, cheers!