Meet the insanity workout that can build strength and burn upto 1000 calories an hour

This latest fitness trend is an intense interval training program that can build endurance and help you become leaner quickly.
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Meenakshi Mohanty Updated: 25 Sep 2020, 15:59 pm IST
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Fitness is a lifelong chase which requires a lot of hard work and dedication. In today’s time, people are leading busy lives and while it is easy to gain weight—it can be difficult to find time to exercise on a regular basis. Which is why perhaps a new trend called “insanity workout” has been gaining popularity over the last few years.

While insanity workouts can be extremely challenging, it allows you to exercise within the boundaries of your home! Let’s read on to find out what’s so insane about this workout

What is an insanity workout?
Insanity is an intense interval training workout that is capable of challenging even the most seasoned athletes. It is one of the hardest workout programs today that involves bodyweight exercises and high-intensity interval training

Performed for 20 to 60 minutes at a time, six days a week for 60 days, insanity workouts include a lot of push-ups and squat exercises, but don’t need weights. 

So what makes Insanity different? Here, you exercise for longer at a high pace with minimum rest i.e you work as hard as you can for three-minute intervals, with 30-second periods of rest in between making it tougher than other traditional programs.

This is not a muscle building workout, but rather a fat burning one. Insanity workouts combine cardio and resistance training which is a huge calorie and fat burner—helping one achieve leaner, stronger and toner muscles, thereby giving you that ripped look.

These are the benefits of insanity workouts
Insanity is a full-body workout program which consists of combination exercises allowing you to work on multiple areas of the body in a single move. The benefits from this programme will blow your mind.

1. Builds your endurance
There’s no denying, insanity is excellent for helping you develop your cardiovascular fitness level. The idea behind these workouts is to increase your aerobic fitness level while burning fat. You can expect to strengthen your cardiovascular system and increase your muscle endurance if you work out regularly.

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This exercise will help build endurance . Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Offers tremendous fat and calorie burn
Many promoters have claimed that one can burn as many as 400 to 1000 calories in a workout, however your burn will vary according to your body size and fitness level. Insanity consists of fast-paced high-intensity workouts which allows you to burn more calories and shred more kilos.

3. It helps with strength building
Insanity workouts consist of a lot of body exercises like push-ups and squats along with a lot of core work targeting your chest, triceps, legs and abs. If you work out regularly you will definitely witness some muscle growth. The primary focus of insanity workouts is strength and endurance.


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4. It’s great for your respiratory health
Since the exercises are super fast in pace, you tend to breathe very heavily during the workout thereby allowing your lungs to efficiently take in oxygen and deliver it to the muscles that are working continuously. Insanity workouts help to enhance your respiratory function.

Apart from this, insanity workouts also help to improve your sleeping patterns and posture while increasing your testosterone levels and good cholesterol levels. It also decreases your blood pressure levels.

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Yes! It is great for your lungs too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So, is the insanity workout for you?
Before taking up this workout, it is important to understand this is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are a few considerations you should be aware of if you are planning to take up this program. 

Firstly, this is not for beginners. If you have never exercised before, this workout can cause problems and injuries. It is best to start off with a more basic workout routine and once you have built up on your endurance level you can enrol for Insanity workouts. 

Secondly, if you have certain heart conditions you should avoid this training. Make sure to consider your heart health and consult your physician before starting this workout program.

Lastly, if you want to focus on strength training you should consider other options, however if you are focused mostly on cardio and burning calories then Insanity is one of the best options

The insanity fitness program is an intense, comprehensive package that is designed for individuals that enjoy pushing their body to new levels of health and fitness. So if you are looking for that lean, sleek bodybe prepared to sweat it out and give it your all and remember to always stay committed and motivated.

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Combining fitness with unperturbed inspiration, Meenakshi is an eclectic Delhi-based fitness trainer who brings together a wide gamut of exercises and paradigms to promote the most holistic and healthy lifestyles amongst conscious-dwellers. ...Read More

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