For months my Facebook timeline has been dogged with testimonials about some ‘new’ fitness craze called ‘Insanity’.
Facebook, being Facebook, I frequently scrolled past all the ‘taken in the mirror with my mobile phone’ snaps of abs, tensed biceps and tensed glutes (yes… you read it right) followed by the usual “look at me now!” testimonials.
Secretly I’m a fitness freak and couldn’t resist returning to those “look at me now” pictures and marvelling at the results. This Insanity thing was clearly crazy good and I wanted some!
The package is not cheap but at £105.95 ($144.80) for 10 DVDs, and all the paraphernalia it comes with (nutrition guide etc), it’s not that much more than buying a single workout DVD in the same class (i.e one for serious fitness nuts not a celeb yo-yo dieter DVD).
I’ve indulged in Tae Bo for years, I was seduced by the Ministry of Sound, 10 Minute Solution, David Kirsch and still wind down with a bit of Duncan Wong but clearly this is on a different level. Just looking at the DVD collection makes me hurt but I still couldn’t hide my excitement. I love a challenge. Even an insane one!
Like the workout freak I am I couldn’t wait to dive in and have already taken the fitness test so this is my Day 1. I’m not great at before/after pics but my Day 1 stats are below:
|Move||Fitness Test 1|
|1. Switch Kicks||75|
|2. Power Jacks||55|
|3. Power Knees||80|
|4. Power Jumps||27|
|5. Globe Jumps||7|
|6. Suicide Jumps||11|
|7. Push-up Jacks||20|
|8. Low plank oblique||40|
|Weight||Stopped weighing myself 6 mths ago!|
|Body fat %||No accurate measure available (sorry!)|
The truth is “this is brutal”. If you’re into light workouts, a leisurely pace and long intervals of rest walk away now. Quickly. The fitness test gave me a taste of what’s to come and I even watched a bit of the plyometric cardio circuit to see if it gets any easier… it doesn’t. Oh dear.
However, I like a challenge so as we Brits say “in for a penny…”