January 31, 2012

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 7

'Insanity' put on hold

by Nicole Mehlman

With 2012 just starting, some NU students will set getting into shape as their new year's resolution. The Kiernan Center offers a variety of aerobic classes to help students reach their fitness goals, and planned to unveil a new course this semester. Insanity was supposed to be Kiernan's most challenging class, but was canceled on the first day of the new semester because of a licensing disagreement.
Due to licensing, the ˜Insanity' program has been put on hold, said Jason Elliott, Kiernan's personal trainer and operations coordinator.
Originally, the class was supposed to meet at 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, in the aerobic studio. It was open to a limited number of students who could sign up when Niagara re-opened after Christmas break.
Insanity is one of the many home fitness DVDs created by the workout company Beach Body. The company claims Insanity's mixture of plyometric drills, nonstop intervals, and core training moves make it one of the most intense in-home workouts.
We were told by Beach Body that ˜Insanity' is licensed to be done in people's homes only. Not in a gym or an aerobics class setting, said a Kiernan student employee who asked to be quoted anonymously. We had lots of interest until it got cancelled. I'm just glad no one started it, loved it, and then had to stop doing it in the middle of the semester.
Elliot and his staff are still trying to create a class similar to Insanity,
The goals for this new class will be to push you to your absolute maximum effort, he said. Since the class is designed around using all body weight, you are your own resistance.
We will be looking to start another class during the second session in March, Elliot said.  
Although Insanity has been put on hold, Kiernan does offer other aerobics classes, such as spinning, yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Elliott is also available as a personal trainer to students who are looking for a more one-on-one experience.

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