Things to Know Before Going to an Insanity Class

By Brooke Harig
Social Media Editor

For many of us, joining a new exercise class can be very intimidating. Working out in general is never very fun for most people. It can be difficult to get the most out of a workout without proper motivation, and it is difficult for many to motivate themselves.  Luckily, there are many exercise classes here on campus whose instructors are great at motivating you to try your hardest.

Above, Harig smiles at the end of her Insanity workout session.

One such class is Insanity, taught by Aundra Anderson.  This semester I have become an Insanity regular, attending classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:30. (There is also class on Wednesday at 5:20 p.m. if you are not a morning person.)  On the Washington College Spring Fitness Class Schedule, it defines Insanity as a workout that “will push you past your limits with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training moves. The power of this efficient workout is MAX Interval training, where you perform long bursts (two minute drills) of maximum—intensity exercises with short periods of rest.” Before you attend any fitness class, it is important to check out the description to see what types of exercises you will be doing. If this description of the insanity class concerns you or you are not sure about the class, here are some things you should know before taking it.
First of all, do not be disheartened by the first class you attend. This one is always the most difficult because you will not know the moves or how to pace yourself. If you go and try your best, you will be better at it by the third or fourth class.
If you need to take breaks or do a modification of a workout, that is ok. Some moves are tougher than others, and it may take a few classes before you are able to do them. That is one of the great things about Insanity: you can see your improvements each week by how many more push-ups or Burpees you can do that day. Some days you may not feel your best, so if you are not feeling up to it, it is ok to revert to a modification.
Make sure to bring water. There is a water fountain in the locker room, but you do not want to be running out of the studio during each break. There are frequent water breaks, so you can get a drink when you need to.
If it is your first time at an Insanity class, make sure to pace yourself. It is 30 minutes of intense exercise, and you do not want to burn up your energy all at once. After one class, you will get a feel for the routine. There is a warm up portion, an endurance portion, a strength portion, and then a cool-down. It is important to work hard, but also remember there are a lot of exercises to go through.
Bringing friends makes the whole experience much better because having a friend to suffer alongside of you is more enjoyable than doing it alone. They also help motivate you to attend the class and put in the effort once you get there.
Hopefully these tips will make your first insanity class the best it can be. See you there.

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