REVIEW – Insanity: Max 30 – Month 2 – Day 1 – Max Out Cardio

I first completed this program (all 56 days) in 2016. The challenge and grind of this program reminded me a lot of my first “Insanity” experience. I decided that I wanted to go through each workout again to see what the fitness metrics looked like (calorie burn and heart rate chart). And, I wanted to share my experience over the next 11 posts in the hopes of educating people that are considering this program. See program details at the bottom of the post.

Month 2, Day 1: Max Out Cardio (approx 30 minutes)

Approx calories burned (Garmin Vivosport): 231 C

Max HR (Garmin Vivosport): 147 bpm

AVG HR (Garmin Vivosport): 112 bpm

MAX OUT time: 16m 23sec

Okay – I’m not new to a “month 2” in Shaun’s Insanity style programs. They are always harder. I’m preparing myself for a special type of hell. Shaun ratchets up the intensity in this month by ending each “round” with a power move that lasts for 1 minute. The workout is still 30 minutes total, but Shaun has removed some of the rest time and made the rounds a touch longer and with exercises that are more challenging.

As we start, it all looks the same as month 1. Most of the class is the same, so nobody died – right???

The time bar shows 5 segments. I learned in month 1 that the little grey bar is a water break in theory, but Shaun can just take that away from you if he wants. He’s nice like that.

no water in this bar

That is right Coyotes – we don’t serve water in this bar either!


The Workout:

  • Medicine Ball Twist x 3
  • 1-2-3 Soccer juggle x 3
  • Hop-hop runner x 3
  • Plank jack front raise (at the end of the 3 round circuit above) – he calls this a one-minute power move. I have a feeling that vocabulary will keep popping up.

DO NOT MAX OUT IN THE WARMUP – you are better than that 🙂

water break

  • Balance kick back – right
  • Speed in/out abs
    • I do want to be critical of Shaun’s form here – he needs to get his feet in more and feel the BURN
  • Low plank side punch
  • Balance kick back – left
  • Speed in/out abs
  • Low plank side punch
    • Aim to minimize your hip sway here – that is when you know you’ve got your core dialed in
  • Balance kick back right then left
  • Speed in/out abs
  • Low plank side punch
  • Genie tuck jumps – THIS IS THE POWER MOVE
    • One minute of this under normal circumstances is tough. Here, it’s just cruel.

dream of jeanie

Oops, wrong Jeanie. Oh well – JUMP ANYWAY!

At this point, you are 11 minutes in and reassessing your life. Why am I here? What am I doing to myself? But, you might also be saying, “…hmmm, I haven’t maxed out yet…”

water break

  • Low-high switch kick x 3
    • I HATE switch kicks – just do them for a minute and you’ll understand why. You want to throw up and cry at the same time when you are done.
  • Plank to squat x 3
  • Moving slap back jump x 3
  • 8 jab, 2 diamond jump – POWER MOVE

water break

Sweet – only 2 rounds to go! Ugh.

  • 10 & 2 jump + punch
    • Deceptively tiring when you are already tired
  • Floor hops
  • Lunge punch kick – left
  • 10 & 2 jump + punch
  • Floor hops
  • Lunge punch kick – right
  • 10 & 2 jump + punch
  • Floor hops
  • Lunge punch kick left then right
  • Basketball dribble then shoot – POWER MOVE

water break


  • Oblique high knee
  • Sprint/jack
  • Pike up + oblique knee push up – right
  • Oblique high knee
  • Sprint/jack
  • Pike up + oblique knee push up – left
  • Oblique high knee
  • Sprint/jack
  • Pike up + oblique knee push up – alternate
  • High jump clap – POWER MOVE
  • The attack – BONUS POWER MOVE

Cooldown! Always remember to cool down – you need it!!!

Next up – Max Out Power…


Program Details:

Where to buy?

Insanity: Max 30 – Basic Set

insanity max 30 logo


What is it?

Insanity Max 30 is a 2 month program with 5 programed exercise sessions, 1 recovery/stretch session, and 1 rest day programmed each week. The program is divided in half – the first month is “easier” than the second month. Each workout is approximately 30 minutes, and your goal is to go as long as you can in the session without taking an unprogrammed break. The moment your form breaks down and you need to stop, you are said to have “maxed out.” You write down that time, and try to beat it during your next session. Once you write down the time, take as much time as you need to collect your thoughts, and then get back into it. Don’t just end the workout when you “max out.” If your “max out” time gets longer and longer each session, you know you are making gains with your VO2 max, lactic threshold, and overall muscle strength/endurance.


Do I need any equipment?

No – this is strictly bodyweight. You’ll want some exercise mats though. Doing this on concrete might be unforgiving on your joints.


Is there a nutrition plan?

Yes. Beachbody does a nice job putting together a nutrition plan for you. This nutrition plan seems to build off the popularity of the food/portion control containers that first appeared in 21 Day Fix. If you are new to nutrition and have no idea what you are doing, you’ll be okay following the plan. If you already follow a Paleo or Primal or Keto type nutrition lifestyle – keep doing that – it’s better.


Have you ever done Insanity Max 30? If so, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please “like” and share. Thank you.


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