Take an Insanity class at DW Fitness First
Unlike traditional, old-school workouts that feature short bursts of maximum intensity with longer periods of rest, INSANITY flips that formula upside-down. INSANITY uses MAX Interval Training, which replaces traditional moderate-intensity exercise with maximum-intensity exercise, and trades short intervals of intensity for short periods of rest. Adding high-intensity exercise forces the body to use fast-twitch muscle fibers not normally engaged in cardio exercise. These fast-twitch fibers continue burning fuel even during lower-intensity exercise.
As you may guess from the name, Insanity is one of the most challenging fitness classes out there.
A total body workout that doesn’t require any equipment, Insanity is based on the principles of MAX Interval Training. This involves a person being able to push past their stress adaptation response, which happens when your body gets used to exercising at a certain level of exertion.
MAX Interval Training has you working as hard as you can for three minutes, with 30 seconds of rest in between. You’ll work every part of your body, and find that it has a huge impact, from weight loss to cardiovascular improvements.
The brainchild of Shaun T, Insanity is said to be one of the toughest, but ultimately one of the most rewarding, classes around.
What are the benefits of Insanity?
● Fat-burning - Insanity is a form of HIIT Training (high intensity interval training) which is far more effective for burning fat than standard cardio. Some predict that an hour-long Insanity workout can burn as many as 1,000 calories - there’s a reason for its name!
● Improved cardiovascular health - Insanity works your heart hard, there’s no doubt about it. And the constant alternation between high-intensity exercise and short rest periods means that your lungs have to get used to the varied intake of oxygen. It’s a win-win for your heart and your respiratory system!
● Full-body workout - Rather than just focusing on your legs, you’ll use all parts of your body for this workout as you alternate between muscle groups and exercises. This builds strength in all parts of your body as opposed to cardio, which may only target the lower part of your body.