Writer accepts the challenge of an Insanity workout

How often in our lives have we heard a story about someone who has taken on a personal challenge and thought, “There’s no way I could do that!”

In the past few years, I have taken on a few challenges myself, in which my initial reaction was that I didn’t think I could do it – which honestly made me want to do it even more.

Some of those challenges were quitting smoking “cold turkey.” Now I am seven years smoke-free.

I joined the Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens roller derby league, and I have been playing with them for almost three years now. I challenged myself to a vegan diet for one month, which turned into a one-year challenge.

My next challenge is the Insanity workout. Insanity is a 10-DVD workout by BeachBody that you do at home. You work out six days a week, with one rest day, for nine weeks.

If working out six days a week doesn’t already sound like a challenge itself, this workout has been said to be THE hardest workout put to DVD. It claims to whip you into shape in only two months, so it’s got to be insane.

I did a little research before I bought it and also talked with a friend who is doing Insanity for the second time to get a little more information about the program before I decided to do it. Everything I have found on the results of the program seem to be positive, but the journey to get to those result sounds frightening.

There are a few things you have to keep in mind before committing to the program. First, you have to pay for it. On the website, the program is about $120, but I found it on Amazon.com for less.

It may sound like a lot of money, but purchasing it is a way to make you more accountable for doing it. You paid for it – so now you have to get your money’s worth.

Second, there is a nutrition guide included with the program that shows you how to calculate how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain your weight while on the program.

Third is time. I have a super busy schedule and it will be a huge challenge just to find time to work out each day. But if you really want to do it, you’ll find time.

I plan to try to get up early some days and try to do it before I go to work, and other days I will just make sure to do the workout before I go to bed, even if it is 10:30 p.m. and right after derby practice and I’m already tired. I have to do it.

The program also provides you with a calendar to follow, so you know what day you are on and you know which workout to do on what day.

Since you work out six days a week on the program, you get one rest day a week. The calendar suggests that your rest day be on Sunday, but you can pick whatever day works best for you. Saturday works best for my schedule, so that’s the rest day I chose.

Before I start, I have to get an accurate weight of myself in the morning before I have anything to eat and I also need to take my measurements so I can keep track of my progress on weight and inch loss. I made some personal goals that I would like to reach. I think losing 20 pounds is a realistic goal for this program, so I will start there.

So now, I bought the program, read the literature, chose my rest day and now it’s time to begin. I have to say, I’m excited to see what I can do and if I make it through – can’t wait to see how I look and feel!

But I’m also a bit scared because I really don’t know what to expect, except for an insane workout.

I just have to keep pushing myself and I can get through it. I also have asthma, so I will have to be mindful of that while I’m doing the workouts and do what I can – not give up, but also make sure not to push myself to the point of an asthma attack. Anyone doing the program should be mindful of their own body and pay attention to it, to prevent any injury.

I will be writing a weekly column about my Insanity workout challenge experience, and I will share my progress as well as what I do in my workouts, how I feel during them and how I feel after completion of each week’s workouts.

So, ready or not, here I go!

Reppert is the Sun-Gazette lifestyle editor.