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Workout promises "Insanity" on your way to getting fit

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By Daniel Hight - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A new at-home workout is built on intensity. It's called Insanity, and it's a program that claims you can burn up to a thousand calories an hour on your way to getting into best shape of your life.

It was a promise that was so tempting that I had to try.  Nine weeks ago, after taking down my measurements and grabbing a few pictures, it was time to leave behind my sanity.

On day one of the program, I was a little nervous. Attempting a workout called Insanity didn't sound very smart, but I was going to give it all I had.

Insanity is interval training to the extreme. The reps are hard and long with few, very short breaks.

My 'before' pictures show my condition in the beginning. I was out of shape and unhealthy, but I was curious to see how my results would compare to my coach, Darryl Williams.

"Four years ago," Williams said, "I weighed 274 pounds. I had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, (and was) pre-diabetes."

Williams' doctor ordered him to change his lifestyle.

"I didn't want to be on medication the rest of my life," he said. "I didn't want to have that crutch. I wanted to be able to enjoy my kids growing up and be there for them when they're older.

Williams' wife ordered a workout DVD from an infomercial, and it was just the jumpstart he needed.

"I started putting in that DVD and working out to it and that little thing, that little sissy workout, kicked my butt," he said.

Williams lost 27 pounds in the first six weeks. Three years later, he is 94-pounds lighter, and has reversed his health problems without ever going to a gym.  He's now part of the infomercials he once mocked, and his story of weight loss is inspiring others around the nation, as well as the Mid-south.

"Here in Memphis we are basically at ground zero for the obesity epidemic," he said.

Today, Williams is using the Insanity program to help others get healthy.

"I just encourage and help people to do what I had done," he said.

That included me, as I spent nine weeks stretching, pushing, and jumping. I gave it all I had, and much of the time, I was pushing harder because I knew what I had done previously and I was trying to beat it. It was tough.

After 63 days of testing, I was finally finished. Not only did I feel different, but I could also see changes. I am much thinner in my face and stomach, and more muscular.

I'm healthier and, ultimately, happier - even if I did lose some of my sanity!


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