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In this on-going review of Insanity blog series, the truth behind the Insanity 60-day weight loss program is revealed with a play-by-play description of what the program is really like – and more importantly – if Insanity really works!

Insanity Cardio Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs
Insanity Pure Cardio
and Cardio Abs
Most of the Insanity workout routines consist of a similar and very effective format: Warm-up, stretch, an intense interval training circuit routine, and then a quick rest before continuing with on-going interval training circuits for the entire workout. That format repeats until the end of each workout, and then a thorough – and very welcome! – cool-down stretch finishes out the exercise session.

In the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs routine, however, the format is quite a bit different, and quite the challenge as well.

The routine starts out with a warm-up and stretch, just as the other DVD’s do, but once the stretches are done and the actual exercises start, they never stop until the entire workout is done.

Most of the Insanity workouts are based on high-intensity interval training followed by brief periods of rest, back to high-intensity, then rest, back to high-intensity, and so on. It is that “reverse interval training” that makes Insanity different than any other home workout program on the market right now.

In the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs routine, however, once the high-intensity starts, there are NO BREAKS of any kind. You just keep “pushing through” as Shaun T calls it, and you don’t stop exercising until you get to the cool-down stretch at the end.

The period of time that you do this constant exercise is approximately 20-minutes, which doesn’t seem like much when you see that number in black and white. However, this is the Insanity 60-day weight loss program that we are talking about, not some mamby-pamby, ineffective workout program. The Insanity exercises are all challenging, effective movements, and they all share a similar trait:

The better you are at the movements, the harder they are and the more benefit you get from doing them!

In other words, Insanity isn’t one of those routines that you can “conquer,” and then have to move on to something more challenging later on down the road. People don’t conquer Insanity – they survive it!

Cardio Abs

The Cardio Abs routine is actually a separate workout than the Pure Cardio routine, but if you follow the Insanity workout schedule – and you should – then the Cardio Abs workout is done immediately following the Pure Cardio routine.

Pure Cardio is just about 40-minutes long, and the Cardio Abs routine is about 16-minutes long. The total exercise time on the day that you do Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs will be just under 1 hour.

The Cardio Abs routine itself is a good combination of intense cardiovascular movements along with effective abdominal exercises. The ab movements are meant to target not just your “visible” abdominal muscles, but the inner muscles as well, collectively making the workout a core training workout, not just an ab routine.

For anyone who has done the Ab Ripper X routine in P90X, the Cardio Abs routine is not as difficult from a purely abdominal training perspective. However, the combination of intense cardiovascular training along with intense ab and core movements makes Cardio Abs every bit as challenging as Ab Ripper X, just in a different way.


Overall, the Insanity Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs workout routine is at the same time a welcome break from the format of the other workouts, yet it is also just as challenging as the other routines.

There are no Insanity workouts that don’t leave you dripping with sweat and feeling a serious sense of accomplishment, and in that regard, the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs routine gets the job done just like the rest of the Insanity workouts.

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Related Posts
Review of Insanity – The Fit Test
Review of Insanity – Plyometric Cardio Circuit
Review of Insanity – Cardio Power and Resistance
Review of Insanity – The Fit Test Week 2
Review of Insanity – Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs
Review of Insanity – The Fit Test Week 4
Review of Insanity – Cardio Recovery
Review of Insanity – Core Cardio and Balance
Review of Insanity – Max Recovery
Review of Insanity – Max Interval Circuit
Review of Insanity – Max Cardio Conditioning
Review of Insanity – Max Interval Plyo
Insanity Before and After Pictures and Fit Test Results

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13 Responses to “Review of Insanity – Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs”

  • David Brewer says:

    Aaron, I really enjoyed this review. All of your reviews are VERY helpful and well written. I can’t wait to read more of your Insanity reviews. Your reviews on P90X are also excellent. Thanks so much for doing this!!

  • Aaron Potts says:

    Glad to help out, David! Insanity and P90X are both AWESOME programs, so I am very grateful to have websites where I can help other people to make informed decisions about things that will help their health and fitness!

  • Hey Aaron, great review.

    These interval/circuit training routines seem to be the hot thing these days. I have to say that Insanity and P90X are some of the few informercial programs I respect.

    Sounds like a great workout. Mix in a couple months of weight training and then go back to something like this and any guy or gal will be lean and ripped.

    Do you only review infomercial type programs?

  • Aaron Potts says:


    Yes, these types of workouts are definitely at the top of the charts, and with good reason. They are effective, and they can be done by the average person who just wants to lose weight and get in shape.

    An athlete training for a specific event would obviously need to do something more geared towards that sport, but for the average person, workouts like Insanity and P90X are effective and simple – just what people need.

    As far as other programs, yes, I have checked out different things in the past, but certainly not recently. Ever since I got turned on to Beachbody, I have more than had my hands full keeping up with their growing arsenal of workout programs and health & fitness services. They’ve got plenty of great stuff to share!

    If I would have known about Beachbody back when I was a full-time personal trainer, I would have definitely run my business differently.

    p.s. – I checked out your site – it’s awesome! Hope the bootcamp business is working out great up there in Charleston!

  • Sam says:

    This looks great. A friend of mine swears by the P90X workouts, and he’s been after me to try this new one out.

  • Sam – I’ve done P90X and it is AWESOME! Insanity is in some ways even more challenging than P90X, although without using any equipment.

    On the other hand, P90X is one of the best programs out there, so I wouldn’t want to have to say that I liked one more than the other!

  • Moe says:

    if i only do the cardio abs for 60 days will i get a 6 pack? or do i have to do that whole program?

  • Aaron Potts says:


    Insanity is a full training program, not just an occasional workout. If you want the full results, you need to commit to working out 6 days per week, and following the nutrition plan. You do all of the workouts in the program, in the order that is on the program calendar over the 60 days.

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