Category Archives: Insanity classes

Christmas Insanity Live! classes

Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean we don’t want to stay fit, so here the Insanity Live! Classes coming up over the next few weeks:

December 21 – St Giles Church, Bramhope at 7pm. See here for more

December 28 – St Giles Church, Bramhope at 7pm. See here for more

December 30 – Mercure Parkway hotel at 7pm. See here for more. This is a special one-off class organised by myself after popular demand. The class will start at 7pm and payment will be £5 for members and non members.

January 4 – St Giles Church, Bramhope at 7.30pm. See here for more. Please note this one-off later start time.

 

Changes to Insanity Live!

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So there are some changes to Insanity Live! coming in round 14 that will be with us from Monday, September 21.

Don’t worry, the core of your favourite workout remains the same… it’s still based on blocks of max interval training but you will notice some subtle changes to the format.

For those who are newbies or who have never done Insanity Live! before, there are also more modifications and more of a build up to a session’s intensity, meaning it’s more open to more people than ever – if you’ve never been to a class, come and see what the fuss is all about. Don’t forget, you’ve got nothing to lose, as the first class in Bramhope is always free.

Take a look at this video to see what I mean

For those who come and love Insanity Live! in its current format, here’s what is going to change:

The warm-up – this still consists of six exercises, but we will now be doing two sets rather than three. The warm-up also has more mobility moves in it, which means we can lose the dynamic stretch that followed. Instead there is a…
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Focus section – this 60 second break is designed for you to get a quick drink and come straight back in for a jog on the spot where we’ll talk a little about the blocks to come. You’ve got to keep moving though, to stay warm for…

Block 1 Plyometrics and speed – this takes on exactly the same format as before: 3 sets of 4x30sec moves, followed by a power move, 30 seconds of rest and…

Block 2 Strength and stability – this takes on exactly the same format as before: 3 sets of 4x30sec moves, followed by a power move, 30 seconds of rest and…

Block 3 Agility and co-ordination – this takes on exactly the same format as before: 3 sets of 4x30sec moves, followed by a power move, 30 seconds of rest and…

Block 4 Abs and core – this replaces the old 8 mins of ab work we had to do previously. It brings abs and core into the main session and follows the same rules as the other blocks: 3 sets of 4x30sec moves, followed by a power move, 30 seconds of rest and…

Focus section – another 60 second ‘break’ (notice, I put inverted commas around it this time) is designed for you to get a quick drink and come straight back in for a jog on the spot where we’ll talk a little about the next bit which is…

Dig deeper – 3 of the moves already done… but 60 seconds of each. Here we’ll split the class, team up, go against each other and generally end the session on a HIGH before…

Cool down and stretch – All your favourite stretch moves here, designed to get the heart rate back to normal and prepare the muscles for post-session recovery.

I’ve tried round 14 already, and I know you’ll love it.

Train Insane

James

 

 

Does exercise get any easier?

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Does exercise get any easier

One of the ladies who attends my Insanity Live! classes came to me after we’d finished the other day… “Does exercise get any easier?” she asked me. 

She’s not the first person to wonder if that’s the case … and I very much doubt she’ll be the last. The answer is actually a yes and a no at the same time! If that doesn’t help, let me try and explain – by turning the question around: “Why would you want exercise to get any easier?”

Putting glibness to one side, let’s look at what the body does when we exercise. Exercise is work: your heart beats faster, you get breathless, your muscles tire… sometimes you could end a session exhausted.

So why do we do it? Well the human body is incredibly adaptable. Exercise causes the body stress – and the body’s response is to adapt to that stress. Our heart, respiratory system and muscles all get stronger as a result of exercise… so in theory, the next time you exercise it will be easier.

But what happens next if we don’t increase that stress? If we don’t progress the level of exercise, the distance we run, or the weights we lift? Or if we don’t try something else to change things up?(Insanity Live! classes for instance introduce a new set of exercises every 8-10 weeks, just for when the body has adapted to the stress of the previous routine.)

Well the body is so clever, it ends up adapting to the routine. And when its adapted to that specific stress, it becomes lazy and stops making progress.

So ideally, you want exercise to keep getting harder. When it comes to the lady in question, she might feel as though routines aren’t getting easier – and they aren’t.

But that’s not because she’s not progressing – I make sure I challenge her more in sessions now than I did before – and I can see the results: she’s hotter and more tired at the end of a session than what she used to be… and that’s exactly what we want to happen.

You have to keep progressing to feel the benefit.

As an aside, for anyone wondering about how the fitter they become, the more they sweat – that’s the body adapting again. The body is excellent at thermoregulating – controlling it’s own temperature. And the main way is does this is through sweating.

The more we work out, the more efficient that thermoregulation becomes and the more we sweat. It costs me a small fortune in kitchen roll at classes – but it’s worth it to know people are progressing.

Insanity block booking discounts in Leeds

You asked for them… and now they’re here: Insanity block booking discounts in Leeds.

Save money on your favourite exercises class by taking advantage of the new block booking discounts for classes in north Leeds (Bramhope/Adel area)

At St Giles Church in Bramhope, Mondays at 7pm
Six classes now cost £25 – that’s a class for free for every five classes you book. Simply pick up a card from me and every week when you come, have me sign off a session. When you hit five, your next session is on me. It works out at £4.17 a class, as opposed to £5.

At the Mercure Parkway Hotel, Otley Road, Wednesdays at 7.45pm
Get 11 classes for £50 – that’s £4.54 a class. What’s more, you don’t have to use them just on Insanity, but you can take advantage of other group classes. And you get to use showers, lockers, steam rooms and sauna. Ask at the gym reception. Remember – class sizes are limited at the Mercure, so always ring ahead to get your name down 0844 815 9020 (option 4).

Unfortunately, the two schemes cannot be mixed and matched, but there’s no reason you can’t join both if you want to be an Insanity regular.

Insanity training in North Leeds

Insanity training in north Leeds

Looking for an intense work-out class? Insanity training in north Leeds,  Pool in Wharfedale, Harrogate and Otley is here!

What is Insanity?

Insanity is a group session using high intensity interval training (HIIT) techniques.

You work out to your maximum potential for 2 minutes and then rest for 30 seconds, before starting the process again.

Developed by US personal trainer Shaun T (above), Insanity started out as a home DVD programme, but group classes are now here.

No weights are needed but bring bags of energy, a bottle of water, and a towel – it’s a workout that will make you sweat and torch calories like no other. A yoga mat is useful, but not essential.

See my Facebook page for latest classes and don’t forget to take advantage of the block booking discounts

Is it for me?

You should be in reasonable shape to take part, but I can regress exercises to most levels.
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If you’d like a taster of what the DVD is like, see the below video

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