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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Workout Wednesday – Stair Work

Last week while traveling I made it a point to hit the gym each day.   Not surprisingly, there were a lot of other people who made the same point and it was often packed.

I took this as an opportunity to do some serious leg work in the stair well.

Don’t think this is for you?   Think again, my friends. 🙂

Go to the nearest football stadium, find the stairwell at your work, use your own stairs at home, etc.   You can always find stairs.

Did you know that Omaha does a Trek Up the Tower event each year?.   Trek Up the Tower is the region’s premier vertical challenge race to the top of the First National Tower in downtown Omaha. Each year, hundreds take the challenge and climb 870 stairs to the top. Event proceeds support WELLCOM’s mission of building a healthier community through workplace wellness and health promotion.

This workout will help get those muscles trained if you are participating!




Pick and choose.    DO a couple flights of sprinting, a couple flights of hop squat, all sprinting, all skip a step….   Dang, man.  You’ve got CHOICES.

My legs were talking when I completed this workout!   44 flights.   Roughly 700ish stairs.

Doesn’t seem like much – but trust me.    It’s enough.




Moving along… I have to tell you I took Champ on a walk with me last night.   One block in and I decided to kick it up to a jog.   2 miles later and I can guarantee I had the fastest 2 mile pace I’ve ever had.

Dude – Champ is the KING of pulling.



We had to celebrate with a selfie of course!



And now, on this beautiful Workout Wednesday – I made it to the gym by 5am for a 5 minute elliptical warm-up, followed by a weight lifting circuit of all shoulder work (doing my hair is proving difficult this morning after THAT doozy of a lifting session) and ended with 10 minutes on the stair-master.

Can I get a hell ya?  

Getting it done.

To close – I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom from ol’ Leo.





Work Travels – Not An Excuse – Work It Out Wednesday

Oh hey!  Coming at ya from Overland Park, KS!

I am on the road until Friday night.

Dude.   My travel load this semester.  Whew.

Sometimes traveling + eating healthy and fitness don’t play nicely together.   BUT – they can!  You just have to plan for it.

This morning, I got up and hit the hotel gym.  Of course, it was tiny and everyone and their dog was in it.  Kudos to us!  My plan was to get in a leg workout, however, the weight system available didn’t leave much for options.   No worries.  I improvised.

Using all Dumbbells:

40 lb squats –  3 sets of 12

40 lb sumo squats – 3 sets of 12

25 lb Chest Press – 3 sets of 12

20 lb. Flys – 3 sets of 12

25 lb. Bicep Curls – 3 sets of 12

25 lb. Overhead Tricep – 3 sets of 12

Body Weight:

30 second rocking plank

12 low plank oblique knees (each side)

12 spider lunge pushups.

Repeat set 3 times


After the hotel gym I came back to my room, grabbed my ice bucket and did walking lunges down the hallway, because, why not?  I needed ice for my breakfast shake, the hallway was empty, and I needed another leg workout.





Yes, I carry that mini blender everywhere with me.  Work, home, gym, hotel… my little buddy is with me.     Can’t go wrong with a little PB2 and Chocolate ShakeO.   Hello vitamin, nutrient, mineral, superfood goodness.   You are my love.

Lunch: Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad and a roll.  Andes Mint for dessert.  No choice on lunch since it was catered, but I was pleased with the meal.  At least it wasn’t pizza!

Snack: Clif Bar

Dinner:  Grilled Shrimp, Vegetable Skewer (mushrooms, peppers, onion, corn, squash and carrots), side salad with a wee bit of ranch and 2 Vodka waters with lime.

I’d say I managed to have a very healthy day, minus the vodka.  But – I at least drank it with water.  😉  And after sitting all day listening to people talk – it’s a miracle I am not still out drinking with the rest of the crew.

Cheers to another day of sit-and-get tomorrow.

Hotel gym- I’ll see your gorgeous face at 5:30am.





Workout Wednesday

Fitness has become an integral part of my lifestyle.  I love my solo basement workouts, my gym time and my teaching time.

A year ago I decided to jump all in.   AFAA Certification, TurboKick Certification, Insanity Certification, started teaching at two different gyms and became a Coach.

If you’ve been following long enough you know my stories behind all of the above, except for maybe Coaching.

Why did I choose to become a coach? 

Oh, my friends.   Where do I even begin?

We’ve already established that I love learning about living a healthy and fit lifestyle.  If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you also know that I am all about the balance.  Healthy living and playing CAN go hand in hand.

  • I believe that taking your health seriously is the key ingredient to a long and happy life.
  • I believe that if we take care of our bodies, our bodies will take care of us.
  • I LOVE the feeling after kicking a workouts ass.
  • I love the feeling of accomplishment when I up my weights.
  • My confidence has soared since becoming more serious about my health.
  • I appreciate that I don’t stand in front of my mirror and change outfits 5 times every morning because I don’t like the way it looks on me.

So, again, why?

Because it gives me a chance to help others feel the exact same things.

I want to be able to provide the tools necessary for others to reach new health and fitness goals.  I want to help others find their lost motivation.  I want to do everything I can to make sure people live a long and healthy life.

A couple months ago I reached a milestone in my business.   I hit Emerald.    This was huge for me and MY coach.  A culmination of a years hard work.




I am helping others.  I am making a difference.

I am Fit Focused and I am building a team of other Fit Focused individuals.

Together, WE are making a difference.

I have never been more excited about my fitness journey than I am right now.   I made a decision and I am going for it.  I am living it.   I am having a blast helping others live it too.

Join us.  Join me.  Be Fit Focused.  I promise I will do everything I can to help you.

What is so unique in all of this is most of YOU in turn inspire ME to keep pushing and getting better.


Today’s Workout Wednesday Exercise:

Baby it's Cold Outside Circuit