For some strange reason I had the urge to try the INSANITY DVD Workout. You know, the one from that late night infomercial. I wanted to do something other than run on treadmill at the gym. I didn’t want to wait for the commercial to come on, so I went to one of my favorite shopping websites, Craigslist. Craigslist gets such a bad rap in the media, but I’ve done at least 50 transactions through the site without being prison-shanked or robbed.  Heck I even got my last job at the law firm from Craigslist.  Just be smart about it.  I always meet at a public place during the day and usually take someone with me. I’ve bought and sold everything from my old Coach purses, refrigerators, lawn mowers, cell phones, and yesterday I bought the INSANITY DVD Workout with sexy Shaun T.


The guy who sold it to me said he threw his back out for a month and a fitness buff I met said he puked after 5 minutes. But, I was still motivated by the claims that you can burn up to 1000 calories in one session. My little Craigslist guy with no teeth even gave me the Welcome packet and the Nutrition Guide.  The welcome materials said to wear a heart rate monitor, even though in the past I never had much interest in one. I decided to take them up on their recommendation, because I was curious to see exactly how many calories I burned and I wanted to make sure I didn’t over exert myself. I bought the Polar FT4F heart rate monitor. I’ll do a review on it soon.

I strapped on my heart rate monitor and moved my living room table to watch the intro.  Then I did the Fit Test. It was INSANE.  They call it Insanity for a reason.  This is NOT for beginners.  I was so glad that I only had on a sports bra and shorts, because anything else would have made me feel too hot.  The trainer guy instructs you to do 8 different exercises.  He’s really good, he coaches you constantly, and gives lots of encouragement.  He’s tough enough, but not mean.  The fact that Shaun T. has an amazing body, is reason enough to keep moving.  I heard he’s gay, but who cares? He’s still fun to look at!

I had to do switch kicks, power jumping jacks, power knees, power jumps, globe jumps, suicide jumps, push up jacks, and lastly low plank obliques.  Whew.  Some of the stuff, like push up jacks, seemed impossible.  How in the heck do you do a push up and then pop your feet out like a jumping jack?!  I tried it, and was able to do 13 of them.  They weren’t pretty, but I certainly did a variation of what he was doing.  After those, I literally collapsed on my back on the floor. I soon felt that, OMG I might puke feeling.  My sweaty back was sticking to my leopard print rug.  I’m such a girly girl, I rarely lay out on the floor.  But after that routine, I was sprawled out on the floor.  The neighbors in the apartment downstairs probably wondered what in the heck was going on above their heads.  Shaun T, gave just enough rest period before the Low Plank Obliques. I dragged myself through those, and finally it was over!  I felt like a champion! I made it through the WHOLE Fit Test.  Even though I like to eat, it shows that my body is actually kinda in shape.  They said if you can’t do the Fit Test, you probably shouldn’t do the next step, so I was glad I was able to finish.  When it was all over, I continued to sweat for like 10 or 15 minutes.  It almost scared me, like I was sitting still, yet I continued to sweat? Wow, what kind of work out was that?

The next day, some muscles hurt that I didn’t know I had.  Like under my arm.  Well not really under my arm, but that little chunk of meat above your bra that’s not quite your back, and not quite your underarm? That was sore.  I didn’t even know that was a muscle.  And a weird back muscle I’d forgotten existed started fussing at me when I bent over to pick up an ink pen.  But overall, I was still able to walk, and just a little sore, not actually in pain, so I’m determined to continue!  I’ll keep you guys posted.  Have any of you tried Insanity? Did you survive?

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