The INSANITY craze has hit ISU this spring semester — starting Jan. 27, students can participate in the Campus Recreation group fitness class, which will feature intense workouts from the popular DVDs.
The INSANITY kick-off will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sport Courts in the Student Fitness Center, where students will be able to sample the class and see what it physically involves.
“It will push you to your physical limits and is ideal for participants who desire to lose body weight/fat and increase cardiovascular fitness,” Lindy Lunkenheimer, assistant fitness director, said.
For those familiar with the P90X workouts, INSANITY is similar in format. While Shaun Thompson is the instructor in the DVDs, the Student Fitness Center’s group classes will be led by a certified instructor and offer students the added bonus of group camaraderie.
The program is based on the concept of max interval training. This exercise method involves working out persistently for three to four minutes, resting for about 30 seconds and then repeating the process.
“The class is athletic in nature and is perfect for participants who want to challenge their bodies physically,” Lunkenheimer said.
The class is designed for participants of all fitness levels including beginner, intermediate and advanced. Instructors will offer low-impact and high-impact modifications as needed.
“Participants are more likely to push harder and dig deeper when working out with a group, when compared to working out alone,” Lunkenheimer said.
“A group offers encouragement and motivation, and maybe even some friendly competition at times.”
Additionally, the certified instructor can ensure proper form and technique of participants, and offer modifications as needed, she added.
For the past few years, INSANITY has taken the fitness world by storm as the program’s goal is to provide fitness gurus with a challenging and new way to work out.
“INSANITY is a new class being offered in group fitness programs across the country, and we are excited to be among the first to offer the high-intensity workout,” Lunkenheimer said.
No sign-up is necessary for the class but students interested in the program should make sure to arrive early with their student IDs.