Sunday, August 25, 2013

Insanity Certification Recap!

When you teach a lot of fitness classes, it's sometimes easy to fall into that feeling of "Woe is me, I never get sore." So when I do feel sore, I'm filled with this twisted happiness, like, "OH MY GOD my muscles are sore today!?! I need to call my mom, post an FB status, and shout it out loud to the world!"

It's sick really.

Well it has happened again. Today I woke up achy all over from yesterday's Insanity Certification.

Our cert materials

As far as certs go, it was extremely painless (fitness instructors out there know that fitness certs can be long and boring!). Teresa Sorenson was our presenter and she's not only a dollface, but also an incredibly talented presenter and speaker (and that's coming from a public speaking lecturer)! She made the day fly by and I picked up a few new cuing phrases. Like "DIG DEEPER!" :)

Teresa and I

It was also interesting, and refreshing, to be taking the cert with instructors and non-instructors. Some were BeachBody coaches who were looking to get certified so that they could lead "fit camps" in their homes. It created a diverse mix of experience in the workshop. Sometimes with all fitness instructors, it can get a little diva up in the hizzy *SNAPS*

Overall, the atmosphere was supportive, team-oriented and motivational!

So what is Insanity?

Have you seen the 1am-5am informercials?




Yeah, it's insane! Balls-to-the-wall intensity, energy and sweat. That's the only way I can think of to describe it. It is by far the hardest group fitness format I've ever tried.

Created by Sean T, the program is based on HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) in the purest sense. The moves are simple and repetitive. No counting beats and no tricky choreography--just 2 minutes of work, 30 seconds of rest, repeat 9 times and finish with 8 minutes of abs.

Some of my fitness friends may be wondering, "Isn't it similar to R.I.P.P.E.D.?"

Yes. Very similar, but also VERY different. I'm not gonna lie, I love RIPPED--it's a total body conditioning class with great music and choreo. But Insanity is harder. There I said it. Insanity is more like a sports training class--like the kind of training you did after school for high school basketball or track. And it's less complicated. You only need your body weight.

Another difference is that Insanity could be too high intensity for certain populations (injured, prior injuries, elderly, etc.). Insanity is a fitness challenge. You will succeed if you put in the work. You can modify every move, but the goal is to get your heart rate 85-90% of your max. You WILL be breathless in Insanity.

But it's worth it! As I said, I'm sore in places that I haven't been sore in a while--my arms, back, calves. This program has the potential to change physiques!

Here's a video where you can see some highlights from an Instructor's Master Class:



I would love to teach this format. My ONLY gripe with this format (from an instructor stand point) is that it is yet ANOTHER $30/month fee type structure. You pay $30 a month to stay certified and they send you choreo every other month. I already pay $30/month for Zumba, RIPPED, and TurboKick. So essentially, I work one week for free every month.

I know this pay-by-the-month is the industry trend, but DAMMIT fitness industry, I'm not making any money teaching your formats! It might be time to re-evaluate my strengths and priorities, but I'll save that for another post.

And anyways...who goes into teaching for the money? :)

Super cute Insanity clothes!


Be on the lookout for Insanity and give it a try! You will most definitely see results if you stick with it!

Q: Have you ever tried the Insanity DVDs? Would you try an Insanity group fitness class?

1 comment:

  1. I haven't tried these DVD's, but I have tried some P90X. I would definitely try an Insanity group fitness class.

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