I tried an Insanity class!
Since I have a few weeks off until I teach my next six-week Piloxing session, I decided to try a new class. My gym - the Good Samaritan Hospital Fitness/Wellness Center - just started offering Insanity classes.
You’ve probably seen those infomercials with that sexy guy, Shaun T., jumping around, doing workouts that look…insane. You can purchase Insanity DVD’s to do at home, but fitness professionals can also become certified to teach insanity in gyms.
So what is it? Insanity uses high intensity interval training, which helps your body burn maximum calories during the workout and burn more fat and calories for 24 hours after the workout.
Insanity classes are broken up into 3-5 minute blocks in which you go all out for that time. You get a very short break - long enough to take a few deep breaths and sip some water - then you start the next block. It’s all a mix of plyometrics, upper and lower body resistance and abs.
I got to the gym early so I ran 2 miles before the class started. I survived the entire class even though I had a quick workout before, but you definitely don’t NEED to do anything else before or after this class.
The 35-minute class I took was taught by Reve (We have two Insanity teachers - Reve and Mallory. I’m super excited Mallory is teaching because she used to come to my Piloxing classes!). I was the only newbie in the class so I was worried that I would be totally lost. But it was very easy to catch on to the movements and go right along with the others who knew what they were doing.
Our warm-up was a mix of jogging in place, something called bunny kicks (I think) and a side to side hop/lunge thing. Then we moved onto the first plyo/cardio block where we were doing jump squats, lunge jumps, those cheerleader star jump things and a couple other things. At some point we did those crazy jump things shown in the photo above. Yikes!