My Fitness Journey

Part 12: Going Insane

Chris Brophy Insanity Max:30

OK, the title is a little misleading. I’m not going insane at all. In fact, what I’m referring to is the title of the latest workout I’m on entitled Insanity Max:30. This is another workout from the amazing Shaun T (Beachbody), the man behind Focus T25 which helped me shred loads of fat during the first few months of this fitness journey.

I’m not going into much detail about Insanity Max:30 in this article because I’ve only just started the workout. I’m just 4 days into week one, so it’s way too soon to be talking about it in great detail. I’ll provide you with a full review along with progress images and updated weight tracker in the next article. Allow me to describe what it’s about here, though.

Insanity Max:30 will be the toughest 30 minutes of your day guaranteed. No matter what job you’re in, whether it’s something that is physically challenging and has you on your feet all day long, you can be sure that ‘IM30’ is going to push you harder than you’ve ever been pushed before. It’ll feel like two days work all rolled into one thirty minute exercise routine… and I’m describing like that just four days into the program!

Focus T25 was just the warm-up for this.  I remember when I started T25 back in September last year, just five months ago, and I was stood there dripping with sweat wishing I’d never started it. Boy, it was tough. But I was 40 lbs heavier then. I tried the ‘alpha’ segment of Focus T25 again recently for a week and found it so easy to do, so I tried doing the Beta element for a few days, and again, I didn’t find it that challenging.

I even dabbled in the Gamma element of T25 for a few days but didn’t find it challenging enough, so last weekend I decided it was time to try something new, challenging and in the format I love! None of this standing around listening to a personal trainer waffle about how to do this and that. I haven’t got the time nor the patience to endure 5 minutes of boring chatter. I’m the sort of guy who hates sitting around and I can’t stand listening to small-talk.

A workout I downloaded off Amazon Prime a couple of weeks ago was horrendous. The instructor loved chatting to his workout mates. That’s great for him, but not for me. I wanted to cut my ears off as I couldn’t bear it any longer. It was also poorly filmed on a low-grade camera in dark lighting conditions.

For me, the instructor has to be likeable, and if they’re not then I switch off (in terms of my mind, and in terms of literally pressing the off switch on the remote control).  The workouts Shaun T delivers start right from the beginning. What I mean is there’s no pre-workout patronising waffle on how to lift your arms up or wiggle your left toe; it’s literally an immediate start with instructions whilst you work out, and that’s what I love.

Shaun T doesn’t waffle, but he does motivate. I don’t want an army style Sergeant shouting at me Boot camp style. I don’t want Waffling Willie telling me how gorgeous his workout mate is and how he hates push-ups because they hurt his arms. Grrrrr! Yes tell me what to do, but you don’t need to tell me how to do it because I may be fat, but my eyes work fine and I can see how you’re doing it on-screen!

So, Shauny Boy gets stuck in from the get go and I love it! That’s why I chose to stick with him and give Insanity Max:30 a try.

In a nutshell; what the workout involves!

It will help you see the results you never thought were possible…allegedly. You will push yourself more than you’ve ever done before.

It’s not about finishing the 30-minute workout in one straight run. It’s about seeing how far you’ll go before you “max out”. This is basically the stage you get to before you need a little rest! The point where you want to quit (but don’t). You’ll take a short rest but get back into it afterwards, noting the point where you maxed out; say 8 minutes in for example. Then next time you do that workout you should push yourself further in order to beat your max out time.

It’s a 60 day / 2-month workout consisting of ten different workouts; five in month 1 and five more in the second month. They are:

Cardio Challenge

Tabata Power

Sweat Intervals

Tabata Strength

Friday Fight: Round 1

Max Out Cardio

Max Out Power

Max Out Sweat

Max Out Strength

Friday Fight: Round 2

Chris Brophy at MediaCityUK studios February 14th 2017

Chris Brophy at MediaCityUK studios February 14th 2017

There are 150 new moves and sequence created to challenge your body in every way possible until you get the results beyond what you expected. I expect to lose a lot more weight and tone up my muscles even more, and I’ve got a feeling this is going to be amazing if not exhausting!

As always with Shaun T workouts, there’s a ‘modifier’ which is essentially another person on screen doing a modified and much easier version of the main workout Shaun is performing. So although this is tiring and looks like it’s going to kill you, it won’t if you follow the modifier. That doesn’t however, mean that this is easy. Even following the modifier will cause you to puff, pant and sweat your way through thirty minutes of heart-racing exercise.

So let’s do this!!

Head back here next week to see how I’m getting along! I’m feeling absolutely incredible at the moment and I regularly post images to Instagram, so please head on over there like almost 90 THOUSAND followers do to keep up to date with my progress. Before I go, check out this image of progress so far. Each image was taken a month apart; starting top left on August 1st 2016, then moving right to September, October and November. On the bottom row left to right we have December 1st 2016, January 1st 2017 and then two images on February 1st.

Chris Brophy Fitness Progress Images August 2016 to Feb 2017

Chris Brophy Fitness Progress Images August 2016 to Feb 2017


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