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Insane not to try Insanity: New Insanity program now in week four at Nordby Center

Posted: Monday, May 13th, 2013

Huron native Kayla Rotschafer, third from left, leads a group of participants in the popular Insanity program that concluded Friday at the Nordby Center for Recreation. PHOTO BY SHANNON MARVEL/PLAINSMAN

The highly popular Insanity program is in week 4 at the Nordby Center. Huron native Kayla Rotschafer currently instructs the program, which has amassed more than 120 participants, the highest number of participants for a single fitness program in the Nordby Center’s history.

The record setting number is not a fluke, but a result of how well the program, under Rotschafer’s lead, caters to anyone’s physical abilities.

Rotschafer would demonstrate the initial exercise then, without missing a beat, modify the speed or body position to accommodate every skill level. Rotschafer went around to everyone, offering advice and positive feedback, and encouraging everyone to push him or herself as hard as they could go. Rotschafer’s energy and attitude was honestly heartfelt and contagious, and a vital key to the program’s success in Huron.

“We are working on getting another certified instructor to continue the program after Kayla leaves but she has been just awesome for the weeks she’s been here,” Buddenhagen said. “We are hoping to springboard off of Kayla’s program here.”

The exercises themselves are surprisingly not very complicated, thanks in part to Rotschafer’s concise and simple descriptions of how to properly execute the exercise. Despite the simplistic nature of the program, it does not fail to get even the most experience athletes into better shape.

Jamye Uttecht has participated in the Nordby Center’s Insanity program each week it has been offered. Although Uttecht regularly lifts weights and runs, this program has helped him get into even better shape than before.

“I could tell that my muscles are toning more and I’m in better shape, but this (Insanity) developed a lot more muscles overall,” Uttecht said.

Monday night’s participants were of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds, yet there seemed to be a sense of camaraderie amongst everyone as a result of doing the program together. Nordby Center Executive Director Shelly Buddenhagen said the program is great for all ages and all fitness levels.

After observing participants talking and laughing amongst one another after finishing the 30 minutes of Insanity, Buddenhagen commented, “Before I saw many of these people working out here at different levels or in different programs, but this is the first time they’ve all come together.”

The most striking part is that during the actual program no one is focusing on anyone but themselves and their workout, as if the workout serves as an unspoken bond between everyone.

“Group exercise seems to be, in my opinion, fellowship,” Buddenhagen said.

At only 30 minutes long, the program abolishes the excuse of having no time to work out. Other common excuses, such as the fear others will judge you for not being as fit or as advanced, are not valid for this program, either.

Participant Ashley Kienow said, “The actual insanity program is intense. It is almost like circuit training. You do a series of different moves for an interval of time, three times, including a warm up and warm down. The half hour goes by fairly fast.”

Rotschafer stresses and encourages the importance of pushing yourself for you, not anyone else. Even during the short breaks, timed perfectly to allow everyone’s heart rate to slow down, the most athletic person is sweating and breathing just as much as anyone else.

In addition to what she does during the program, Rotschafer also offers nutritional advice and personal consultations. “I haven’t met with her for a one-on-one consultation. I follow her on Facebook and Instagram where she posts healthy diet tips. She challenged us as a group to eat five small meals a day, about 300 calories for each meal. She explained that when you let your body go without eating for longer than five hours, even if you don’t feel hungry, your body begins to store fat to ‘survive’, so that’s what I’ve been doing for the last week,” Kienow said.

An alarming number of Americans are facing health issues that before had only been seen in older age groups.

Marcia Skipper, a participant of the Insanity program, credits regularly working out throughout her life to being in relatively good health for her age group.

“In this day and age society needs programs like this. They need the push and drive,” Skipper said.

Buddenhagen has noticed that members in this community are aware of the importance of maintaining health. “We’re more fitness conscious and health conscious here,” Buddenhagen said.

The Insanity and Turbo Kick programs led by Rotschafer, culminated Friday at the Nordby Center for Recreation.

For the complete article see the 05-12-2013 issue.

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