Can I Really Handle Insanity?

I think it’s safe to say the majority of people have heard of the Insanity workout thanks to the popular DVD program that hit America by storm a few years ago.  Luckily for those folks who enjoy working out with a group of people, rather than by themselves at home, Insanity Live was formed and became available in group exercise classes.   Insanity is one of the most challenging workouts I have offered in my fitness career, but in return, the most rewarding.

Insanity Logo


So, what is INSANITY?

It is a total-body conditioning program based on the principles of MAX Interval Training.  The  workout itself is based off blocks.   Each block consists of four moves, each move is performed for 30 seconds creating a 2 minute solid workout, followed by 30 seconds of rest.   Each block is repeated for a total of 3 times with the very last round followed by a 60 second power move.  To break it down it looks like this:

Block 1

  • Move 1 – 30 seconds
  • Move 2 – 30 seconds
  • Move 3 – 30 seconds
  • Move 4 – 30 seconds
  • Rest – 30 seconds
  • Repeat 2 times with the third round ending in a 60 second power move.



Insanity at 24 Hour Fitness – Omaha


How intense is it, really?

With MAX interval training workouts, intensity is critical and every interval must be performed with 100% effort.

Now, this is where I throw in my disclaimer.

100% effort.  This is 100% YOUR workout, so when I say 100% effort, it is YOURS to define.   It is not defined by the person standing next to you.  Not the instructor.  Not the person across the room from you.  You choose your level of exertion.  You choose your level of modification.

I give you the options, you choose the option that challenges you.

We are all at different levels of physical ability and fitness.   All I want to see is you working at YOUR 100%.  If I feel you aren’t going at your 100% I will move towards you and encourage you to keep pushing… 10 seconds left… now how many reps can you give me before that 5 seconds is up… ONE MORE REP!!!

 { Fist bump.  You did it. }

As long as you are working to your potential and pushing yourself just a little harder each time, then we are golden.  You are doing your job and I am doing mine.



Can I handle it… honestly?

The BIGGEST misconception is that you have to be super fit to take an Insanity class.  No, my friends.  You don’t have to be!   Insanity allows for beginners and athletes to workout together thanks to advanced moves and accompanying modifications.  No matter what level you choose, INSANITY is suitable for ALL fitness levels.  Like I mentioned before, the key is to work to your personal maximum capacity.   You will reap the same benefits as the person next to you no matter what level you choose.

100% is 100%   

Do what YOU can do and improve as you go.




Benefits of INSANITY:

  • Calorie & fat burning up to 16-24 hours post workout (EPOC – which I will explain another day)
  • Building lean, toned muscle
  • Healthy, happy heart ❤
  • Improved VO2 Max
  • Rocking metabolism
  • Results
  • Endorphins – the good stuff
  • New friends – because a bond is formed when anyone works out this hard together.



INSANITY is one of the top-selling fitness programs of all time. With nearly 2 million DVDs sold there has NEVER been a better time to get involved in INSANITY LIVE.

Join me:

Council Bluffs, IA YMCA

  • Tuesday | 5:30 – 6:00am
  • Tuesday | 4:45-5:15pm
  • Thursday | 5:30-6:00am
  • Thursday | 5:20-6:10pm


24 Hour Fitness – Cass Street – Omaha, NE

  • Saturday | 8:15am-8:50am
    • followed by 30 minutes of Abs and Toning class (also instructed by me)


IWCC – Staff and Employees Only

  • Wednesday – 4:45-5:35pm


Unable to Join My Classes?

Join me virtually!  I will help hold you accountable, give you motivation and provide the support you need!   Let’s chat about Insanity or Insanity Max:30.  (<- LIVE links)



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I Did It!! 2015 Beachbody Master Trainer Ambassador


I had a dream.

I had a dream that I wanted to turn into a reality.

For an entire year I sat on this dream when finally 4 months ago I made the commitment to follow through.  My recent post about fear (here) and my Facebook posts have been directed towards this goal.

I was scared. 

Scared of failure. 

Scared of rejection.

It isn’t easy putting yourself out there for others to critique you.  That is HARD.

And down right humbling.

This dream that I speak of was to become a Beachbody Master Trainer.  Master Trainers are some of the hardest working folks in the fitness industry.   These individuals are hand picked to lead, inspire and train others in the fitness world.  Train the Trainer is the simplest way to explain what a Master Trainer does.

I kept sight of my goal and my dream.  It was there in the front of my mind 24 hours a day, even when that dream started to dim because the fear was taking over.

I was mentally prepared, physically prepared and the only thing holding me back was self-doubt and the fear of the word no.

I am not one for being the center of attention unless I am in my element..  Most situations that put me on the spot make me incredibly nervous.  Speaking up in a large team meeting makes me cringe but I don’t think twice when speaking in front of 50 counselors and administrators about my job.  Teaching fitness classes in front of a classroom full of students makes me feel alive!


It’s all about being in my element.

So, why was I letting fear take over my audition?   This is what I was meant for.  This is something I LOVE to do and brings the most joy to my life.  And the timing was perfect.   We were already scheduled to be on vacation in Colorado the SAME weekend Master Trainer Auditions were being held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  A mere 2.5 hour drive from Copper Mountain where we were staying.

It was like the stars had aligned.   I couldn’t NOT go.  Just couldn’t.

And so, February 28th, I faced that fear and walked out of that audition room feeling more alive, confident, humbled then I’ve ever felt before.

I had officially been accepted into the Beachbody Master Trainer Ambassador program.



I did it.

I chased a dream.

A BIG dream.

A dream I never imagined possible.


I am still on Cloud 9.  I am overwhelmed, thrilled, nervous, eager, grateful and humbled.


So what now?  What does all of this mean?

Let me break it all down for you from the audition to the training to the actual job.


The audition process was simple in structure.  All Master Trainer hopefuls gathered in front of the panel of judges.

The judges at my audition were Barbara Brodowsky, Field Director of Certification, California; Katy Meuer, Master Trainer, Colorado; Jessica Booterbaugh, Master Trainer, California; Joie Walsh, Master Trainer and Top Master Trainer in the Company, Massachusetts; Maksim Seredov, Master Trainer, Colorado.

When they called out the participants names we stood in front of the judges and answered a series of questions.  Mostly about ourselves, our interests, our experiences, etc.   Then it was our time to shine!  I chose to teach Insanity. (Round 10 for those fellow Insaniacs following along).  We stood in front of the other master trainer hopefuls and taught them!  Talk about a rush teaching some of the best of the best. 🙂

When I finished, Joie asked me if I had ever considered doing Turbo as well.  OF COURSE, I said and then proceeded to show a quick 8 count move that I remembered from a previous round.  HAHAHA.  It was almost like on American Idol when the hopefuls make a last ditch effort to redeem themselves.   Too funny.   Joie and Barb said that I looked like a natural for Turbo as well and that I fit the persona of a Turbo girl.  Happy, smiling, excited, ponytail flying.   You have NO idea how good that made me feel at that exact moment.   I knew I did ok in my Insanity audition, but I got my ass handed to me thanks to the Colorado altitude.  You guys!  That is NO JOKE!   I can typically slam out a solid minute of burpees with great technique.  There?  I got 4 in and had to demonstrate modifications.  All new respect for athletes who train at that elevation.  Dang, kids.

Which reminds me.  During my actual audition I yelled out during the 2nd 30 second move “Can I get a HELL YA for this altitude”?

It was perfect.  The room lit up with smiles and laughs and we chugged right along into move #3.

After everyone had their chance to audition, we were gathered into a large circle with Barb in the middle.  She congratulated all of us for our hard work and clear dedication.   She made sure to mention that we were one of the best groups she had seen in 2015.

And then the moment of truth.  She called each of our names, told us what we did great and what things needed improved on.  And then it was either a yes, you made it, or no, try again next time.

She got to me.

Jordan – you have the body build of an athlete.  Your moves were good with a few minor adjustments to be made, in-particular, your straight arm jacks.  Arms need to be straight, fists need to be tight.  Over-exaggerate your moves.   As a Master Trainer everything has to be bigger, louder and over-exaggerated.  Oh, and we really think Turbo should be your other area of focus as well.  Congrats, you are in.

I wanted to cry.  I really did.  I held it together but I was dying on the inside.    That was the end of the audition.  Those of us that made it congratulated each other, gave hugs and took a group photo.

Cheers to the 2015 Master Trainer class!


Jordan, Quen, Jessica, Aimee, Kent, Sarah, Saare

Jessica From New Mexico.  Turbo Girl!  She just shined on stage.  Such energy she has and of course her adorable smile!
Aimee From Colorado.  PiYo girl!  She is a personal trainer, PiYo teacher amongst many other fitness genres.  And this girl is ripped!  Reminds me that I need to get back to the weight room, stat!
Kent  From Utah.  Such great energy, good form, warm smile and welcoming attitude.
Sarah From Wyoming.  Her story is so incredibly inspiring.  Just view her FB profile pic and you will get it.  She cried when she found out she made it in and all I wanted to do was give her a giant hug, but I knew if I did, I would cry too.  She is one inspiring girl. 🙂
Saare From North Carolina.   She’s a PiYo girl and WOW was she just amazing to watch. Her technique, form and energy was just incredible.  AND – she’s 7 weeks pregnant.  They know she has the drive and determination to make this work.  They know that she might be in training a little longer due to her little bundle of joy, BUT, that didn’t stop them from accepting her now into the program.  How incredible is that?  She has big dreams and big plans and I am so excited to watch what she does.
Quen From Arkansas.   He’s an Insaniac through and through. In FACT: he was in the Round 11 Insanity training video.  This guy has SO much energy, he’s incredible.   He made me feel so much more at ease before the audition.  To watch him perform was mesmerizing.   True athlete.
And, this is me literally 15 minutes after I found out I had made it.


First phone call:  Clint.  Pure excitement.  Fast conversation.  Stress relief.   He made me feel so good before and after.  ❤

Second phone call: Mom.  I cried.   Haha.   Why is it when you call your mom about exciting things you cry?  Or is that just me?  Love you, mom!

Third Phone Call: Kayla.  AHHHH!!!!  Pure excitement.  I think the feeling was mutual because I could hear the excitement in her voice coming right back at me.

Tyree, Nicole, Sara, Grandma, Jessica (<– who didn’t pick up.  tsk, tsk)… they were all called next before I made the executive decision to stop calling and focus on my driving.   I had another 2.5 hours on the road BACK to Copper Mountain, in the dark, in the snow.   I made it back at midnight.

The older boys were still up when I walked in.  I got a big congrats from Kyle and my nephews Connor, Zach and Devin.  Made me feel super special.  Love those crazy kids.
And then my giant hug from the hubs.
Now begins the 6-9 month training period.  I will be paired with a mentor during my training period and will be submitting a lot of videos of my form, technique, class teaching style, etc.   I will also attend as many trainings that I can close by to gain additional expertise.   Training will consist of several other elements such as how to conduct a certification, how to set up trainings, marketing, business management, etc.   That entire schedule wont be laid out for me until next week, so right now, my training knowledge is limited.
Once through the training period I will earn my trainer title and then will start offering my own trainings/certifications for Beachbody LIVE formats.   I will be focusing on Insanity and Turbo.  I have a little part of me that hopes to add P90X and maybe PiYo if I can start getting that practice shoved into my schedule.   But for certain, Insanity and Turbo it is!!!

And for the record, I am the FIRST Nebraska Master Trainer.

How cool is that?!


What I have learned from this experience is this:




You have to trust yourself.  You have to make a goal and keep pushing towards it.  Do NOT let go of your dreams because of fear and self-doubt.

I am so glad I kept pushing through even though the fear was all but consuming that last month leading to the audition.  I am living proof that if you want something bad enough, and you put in the work and time needed to get it, it CAN be done.

Cheers to the next stage of my fitness career and life.

2015: you are looking mighty fine



March 2017 Update:

I have officially retired my role as a Master Trainer for Beachbody Live.
For the update, click here.

January Challenge Group RESULTS

Can I get a virtual HIGH FIVE to all the January 21 Day Challengers?!

Just LOOK at these freaking results, y’all!

january challenge

23 folks reported results.   Those numbers — can you believe it???   23 people lost a TOTAL of 181 pounds and 139 inches.

There were even more folks who chose not to report, but hung right in there with us.

I can’t say enough great things about each and every person in this challenge group.   Each day they made a decision to choose the right foods, workout and report in how their day went.

Every. Single. Day.

For 21 days.

Dang.   PROUD COACH right over here.

I want to point out that it isn’t always about the scale or measurements.   Sometimes we just need the encouragement.  Sometimes we are looking to gain muscle.  Sometimes we just want to be a part of a team effort.  Camaraderie.   There is plenty to gain from participating in a challenge group.   I asked for folks to give me some non-scale victories as well…

I feel lean!

My clothes are baggy!  I have no idea if I lost inches since I didn’t measure myself, but my clothes tell me I did!

I am seeing some muscles peek through.   EEK!

I feel better overall.

So happy to exercise!

Baby steps – I am getting there.  This helped me get started. 🙂


And, this…  

I feel my biggest success is that I’m starting to live again… I lost my husband last April and since then I have just been existing. I needed to get out of that mode for myself and our 17 year old son. I’m so glad Jordan answered my questions a few weeks ago and encouraged me to try. It’s a difficult road but for the first time in a very long time I’m thinking of myself and making things better for us. I’m so proud of myself. Baby steps will get me healthy and back to living again. I’m so glad I joined!


This is what makes it all worth it.

This is what is important.

This is why I love what I do.


And now for the individual shout-outs.

  • Stacie
    • 9 inches
  • Laura
    • 3 lbs & 12 inches
  • Erin
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Kathy
    •  16 lbs & 9 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs & 8.5 inches
  • Niki
    • 7 lbs & 8 inches
  • Chris
    • 13 lbs & 12 inches
  • Diane
    • 6 lbs & 5.5 inches
  • Shelly
    • 12 lbs & 14 inches
  • Kristy
    • 9 lbs
  • Katie
    • 7 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 4 lbs & 11 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 6 lbs
  • Sam
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs
  • Kendi
    • 10 lbs & 4 inches
  • Nancy
    • 10 lbs & 7.5 inches
  • Whitney
    • 5 lbs
  • Andrea
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Connie
    • 7.5 lbs & loose clothes
  • Kalyn
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Scott
    • 16.5 lbs & 6 inches
  • Paige
    • 5 lbs & 4.5 inches


To the January Challengers … Congrats!

You are on your way to making 2015 your best yet.   


Team Fit Focused

Are YOU ready to take the challenge?   

Let’s start the conversation.   ↓

STOP Saying You Are Old!


If  I had a pet peeve that would make the very top of my list it would most definitely be when  people refer to their age negatively.


I’m SOOOO old.

When did WE get SOOOO old?

Aren’t you a little OLD for that?

Oh you are sore?  Well, that is just because you are getting old.

I am 29 and holding.


People, please.   Hush.

Don’t talk like that about yourself.

If you are living your life the way you want to live it and loving every last second of it, why on earth does it matter your age?   What is it about that little number that freaks you out?   I am 34.  I consider that young.  I do more now then I did when I was 21.  I recognize that the older I get I might feel a little differently about my age, but I refuse to let that rule my thoughts or activities.

If you are feeling like life is slipping away from you, don’t let it.

What is it you want to do?  What is it you want to experience? 

Want to learn a new skill?   Sign up for one.  Multiple community colleges and universities offer continuing education classes.   Learn something new!  You are never too old to learn.

Do you want to experience a mud run?  Grab a friend, sign up and do it!   Total blast, by the way!

Wish you could take a few boxing classes or hit up a few Group X classes at  your gym?  Schedule it!   Go!   Sure, if it’s been a while you are going to be sore as hell.   But, its only temporary.  And that sore feeling most likely means your body is changing, or will be soon.   Keep going.  Don’t stop.  It doesn’t get easier, YOU get stronger.

Want to skydive?   First off, you are certifiably nuts, HOWEVER, if that is what you want to do, then by all means, be my guest.   You are NOT too old to do it.  Pending any heart problems, why the heck not?  I will watch safely from the solid ground, you crazy freak.

All those things that are holding you back are most likely excuses.   They can be worked through, around, on, in and over… whatever you want to call it.    It’s about making the time and making it a priority.

Aging is what you make of it.

Don’t make of it.


Embrace your age.    Getting stuck on the feeling of getting “old” is keeping you in the past and pushing you back down.   Let that weight go and start living!

I stumbled across this little website featuring 20 Seniors that PROVE that age is just a number.   Check it out.  It might change your perspective.

20 Photos of Seniors Proving That Age is Just a Number

Click Here.


Facing Fear



I, like many others, have set several goals that I want to achieve in 2015.

The first of which has a deadline.

That deadline is almost here and I have, at this point, successfully pumped myself full of self-doubt.

The self-doubt has become so great that I subconsciously and unknowingly self-sabotage.  Bad decisions, terrible internal voices that tell me I am not ready, lack of motivation, lack of confidence, inadequate feelings, the almighty “oh, you still have time” and then even worse “maybe this goal you just won’t make… try again next time”.




I don’t want to try again.   I don’t want to miss this first goal I set for myself.

I had plenty of time to prepare.  I knew this was coming since November of last year.  I have had more than enough time to hone my craft.

So, why is it that I am no where near what I had in mind as being “ready”.



   Lack of motivation



I know I am being vague when it comes to the goal itself.  That’s the thing

                                                               There are a total of 5 people that know what it is.

                                                                                                                                                      It is that scary for me.


End of February.

Goal 1.

It’s there.  It isn’t going anywhere.  It is up to me to really figure out if I am ready for it, if it’s self-doubt or if I just need a little more time.


Whatever it is, I need to remember…

Goal 1 might be a failure – but I am not.