Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Insanity sign-up

IS anyone out there mad enough to sign up to an exercise class that calls itself “Insanity”?

The answer apparently is yes. At least 50 people have joined the new exercise regime at Expert Fitness in Bell Street that started in May.

This new craze has swept America and is now taking root in the UK courtesy of a company called Beach Body. I went along to a class to find out what all the fuss was about, thinking that if nothing else, the people behind it had a good marketing team.

Emma-Jane Taylor, personal trainer and dance teacher, heads the classes and the half dozen of us (most of them at least two decades younger than me) started with a 10-minute warm-up of jogging and light exercises involving things like star-jumps interspersed with touching the floor. It sounds tame, but we were all soon out of breath and pink.

“Don’t push too hard at this stage, don’t forget it’s only a warm-up,” cried Emma-Jane. What followed was pretty mad. The idea of Insanity is to do short, three- to five-minute bursts of intense exercises, then rest. It’s like doing interval training, only with very short intervals — just enough time to grab a mouthful of water and a breath before embarking on the next set.

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