Insanity Certification- What to Expect


The name says it all!



And I am officially Certified.


Me with the adorable Katy Meuer: Beachbody Master Trainer Extraordinaire

The Insanity Class format is the newest certification for Beachbody and is becoming a HOT commodity in gyms all over.   Most people have heard of the Insanity DVD program, but have you taken a LIVE class?

I was lucky enough (or crazy enough) to participate and pass the day long Certification in February!

And I am excited to announce that I will begin offering the classes in April!  Can’t wait!

In the meantime, I wanted to give you a glimpse into what it takes to become:



Visit the Insanity Certification webpage and find a location near you.  The cost is $249 plus tax for the day long certification.   If you are a Beachbody Coach, you save 10%.

The Morning Lecture

Upon arrival you will meet the Master Trainer, sign a waiver and receive the  Course Manual.


After the initial greeting you will be left with around 10-15 minutes of down time while the rest of the group signs in, allowing some time to make quick friends before the morning lecture begins. (I sat down and met, Rona, who happens to live in the Ozarks and knows one of my good college friends, Amanda.  Small world people!! Rona owns her own Fitness Studio).

The morning session lasts around 1.5-2 hours and the Master Trainer will cover:

  • Insanity Certification Overview
  • Insanity Group Exercise Format
  • Interval Training & Exercise Intensity – HIIT, Max Interval Training, Karvonen Method, MHR
  • The Kinetic Chain – Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics
  • Insanity Exercise Technique


The Morning Workout

After the lecture the entire group participates in a 50 minute Insanity Class.  It. Was. Awesome!


Note: Bring an extra outfit.  You will sweat like crazy.  Trust me, you don’t want to sit in those clothes for 5 more hours.

Q and A

After the workout the class is given around an hour for a Q and A session.  During this time we also learned about the PRO Team program, which is necessary if you are going to be instructing Insanity classes.  By joining the PRO team you receive a new DVD Round, bimonthly, that includes:

  • New INSANITY moves, modifications, and progressions
  • Cueing sheet to make the routines easy to follow, plus options to adapt to a 30 minute or 50 minute class
  • A new CD jammed with hot new music

As well as access to:

  • Professionally designed INSANITY Certified business cards, posters, emails you can personalize
  • A featured listing in the INSANITY instructor/trainer finder tool to make it easy for clients to find your program and schedule, and contact you directly

I’ve got mine up and ready to go!!!

Insanity Class List


Plan on 30-40 minutes for lunch. It is advised that you bring your lunch since the time is fairly short.  A lot of people studied during break as well as networked.


The Afternoon Lecture

The afternoon consists of more lecture time covering aspects such as:

  • Assessing Students – The Fit Test
  • Class Format
  • Cueing Skills
  • Insanity Instructor Tools

The Afternoon Workout

After lecture, we spent time in small groups, where each person had the opportunity to instruct an entire block.  This allowed time to understand the importance of cueing, how to listen to the music to identify 32 beat counting, identifying the sound effects and how to appropriately transition.

Some individuals had a hard time following the beat of the music and identifying the 8 count/32 count phrasing. This comes naturally to me as I grew up playing instruments and singing (let alone studying music in college).  This is another instance where I am grateful for my music ability.  For others, it just takes time to listen to the cues and understand how to ‘feel’ the beats.

If you have trouble finding and following the beat in music and understanding phrasing, don’t worry.  There are plenty of sound effects in the music that will assist you.  I encourage you to spend time with the music, listening and studying.  It will become second nature to you in no time.

Afternoon Break Fun

During our last break before the written exam, Katy had us perform power jumps and X Jumps for a group photo opportunity.


The Written Exam

To close out the day you take a written exam.  I believe it consisted of 50 questions (my memory fails me on the exact number).  The test includes all components of each lecture in addition to questions relating to the practical portions.  You must pass with an 80%.

After you are finished with the test, you are free to go!

I walked away that day with a few great workouts under my belt, a new friend in Rona, a fire within me to master all the Advanced levels and a great course manual plus two Insanity Rounds (I received Round 5 at the beginning of the day after I signed my waiver and scored Round 1 after I signed up for the PRO Team online during lunch.  Thanks, Katy!).


It takes 3-4 weeks to receive the results of the test, of which you will receive via email.  I was stoked when I got my certificate!


I highly encourage taking this certification if you have ambitions of offering this class!  I have a feeling it is going to be a huge hit!

Now I have four more weeks to make sure I am prepared for this INSANITY!


If interested, here is a video showing an Insanity Certification by the amazing Christine Dwyer.

Sweatin’ It Out Physically and Mentally



Went for a short mid-morning jog today.  Hello 16 degree weather, snow and ice.  My pace was fairly slow due to numerous sidewalks being slick.  (Pet peeve when people don’t clean off their sidewalks after a good snow). 

Felt good to get out of the house.  Felt even better running in that crisp, cold air.  There is something about running in the cold and seeing your breath.  I also love the looks on peoples faces when they drive by. 

“Is she crazy? It’s freezing!”




You can tell mile 2 had the most questionable sidewalks.  My pace suffered big time!

Regardless, I was out there!


Ironically, my Grandpa called me mid-run today.  I just featured him yesterday.  We were scheduled to run the Turkey Trot together on Thanksgiving morning in Red Oak, IA.  He is coming down with a pretty bad cold and they are heading out of town next week, so understandably he is choosing to take care of himself rather then running in this weather.  While I am bummed to not be able to run with him, I am also thankful he is staying in. 

After my run I went to a few Sporting Good stores looking for some new workout capris.  Another pet peeve of mine?  That there are no loose fitting capris in the stores these days.  I DESPISE the ones that are tight all the way to your calf.  My body type looks completely ridiculous in them.  I want them to have a little flare after my knee.  Ugh.  So, needless to say, I came home empty handed.

The rest of my day has been spent finishing up filling out my Study Guide for AFAA Certification. 




The 8 hour training/certification is coming up on Saturday, December 7th at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  There is a 100 question written test in addition to practical tests.  I am getting ready nervous thinking about how much I have left to learn for the written test, not to mention the physical aspect of it. 



Quizlet has been a GIGANTIC help in filling out the Study Guide.  I have also been reading several Blogs that have given their tips and tricks for the Certification.  I am appreciating the inside look.  It is definitely helping me mentally prepare.


Thank you to the following Bloggers and your thorough recaps of the AFAA cert:

Peanut Butter Fingers

Confessions of a Former Couch Potato

Jackie’s Health and Fitness Page

Math in My Head



Any of you have your AFAA Group Exercise Certification?  Do you have any extra pointers?