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Insanity’s Friday News and Views


Over the past 60 days, I’ve gone insane.

No, not just from the offseason or patrolling the comments section…my husband and I decided to go where only crazy people have gone before and do the Insanity workout program. For those of you who haven’t done it before, or haven’t seen their endless informercials, Insanity is a 60 63-day extreme home workout based on max interval training designed to totally transform your body. We took the plunge after Erik Korem and Rock Oliver told us they wouldn’t drive to Nashville every morning, and for the past 60 days, have gotten up at 6 a.m. six mornings out of the week to let Shaun T. whip us into shape. With only two workouts and a fit test left, the end is finally in sight, like a giant frosted cupcake at the end of a tunnel. To commemorate my two-month, crazy sweaty experience, I am dedicating News and Views to Shaun T. and his workout buddies, and will give those of you considering it some tips:

You will do better with a partner

I’d love to see the stats on how many people quit Insanity, and even more, the percentage of those people who attempted to do the program on their own. I knew the only way I’d stick with it is if I had a workout buddy to keep me motivated, and who better than my husband? Mr. TT and I have suffered through Shaun T’s grueling sessions together, and when one of us wants to quit, we push each other to keep going, or try to make the other laugh by pointing out how stupid some of the people on the tape look at times.

You will pick your least favorites

When you consider that I’ve spent more time with the Insanity cast than any of my friends in the past two months, it makes sense that some of them really got on my nerves. Jeff the “B-Boy,” Ariel (both of them), Jimmy, Tonya, girl-whose-name-I-can’t-remember-but-never-wears-her-hair-up…I hope we never meet in person. The only ones I actually like are Frankie and Shanita, and that’s just because Frankie’s terrible at the workout and Shanita makes mean faces at Shaun T. behind his back.

You will also pick your least favorite workouts. Mine is Max Interval Circuit (a whopping 59 minutes long), my husband’s Max Plyo. Favorite? Anything with the word “recovery” in it.

You will sweat more than you thought physically possible

I thought I sweated a lot during hot yoga. This is a whole other level. Bring sweat bands, towels, and go immediately to the shower afterwards. Even your dog will tell you you stink.

At some point, you will want to quit

It happens…it’s early, you are tired, you may have had a few too many the night before. The last thing you want to do is run, jump, and do pushups for an hour. Trust me, I’ve had those moments. Just ask yourself: WWMKGD?

You will see results

My results from Insanity have been a little tricky. I haven’t lost much weight, but I’ve definitely gained muscle and toned down. While not seeing the number on the scale plummet is a little disheartening, there’s no denying that I’m in much better shape than I was 60 days ago. During one workout in month two (the dreaded “Max Plyo”), you have to do almost 100 push-ups, a feat that seemed impossible to me at one time, especially since Shaun T doesn’t believe in girl/knee push-ups. Now, I can do all 96 pushups in that workout like a man, and I have the arm muscles to show for it. Madonna ain’t got nothing on me.

Okay, Insanity promo over, I promise. For those of you who have done it, I hope you enjoyed my recap. For those of you considering it, I hope this encourages you to take the plunge. For those of you who are wondering what in the heck you just read, be grateful there’s a scroll button on this free blog.

News and Views now.


Za’Darius will play against Western

Throughout fall camp, we’ve all been a little worried by Za’Darius Smith’s ankle injury. With each day, it looked less and less likely the big guy would play, but now, thanks to avid KSR listener Lisa, we can breathe a little easier. Lisa asked Za’Darius on Twitter if he was going to play against Western, to which he replied “trust me I will be out there going hard” and that he’s “good to go.” That’s not big, it’s Za’huge.

Photo by @BFLouAndrew

What happens when KSR and the Louisville mayor meet in a Subway?

KSR helped christen the new Subway in downtown Louisville Thursday morning, and in turn, got an interview with Louisville mayor Greg Fischer. Matt talked to Mayor Fischer about a number of things, including the future of the Yum Center. Fischer admitted that the Yum Center needs more open dates and that an NBA team would be good for the city, but also said that in order for UofL to change the lease agreement to allow that, the university would have to see “the win in this” for them. Instead of challenging UofL to be more open about the matter, Fischer said that because there’s no deal on the table right now, “there’s no reason for a bunch of drama around a hypothetical situation.” …Yet, until that lease agreement changes, there may never be a deal on the table. But, many thanks to Fischer for being a good sport and coming on the show.

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Stoops gives the team iPads

The media wasn’t allowed to talk to Stoops on Thursday, but we did find out that he gave the entire team iPads, which will be loaded with game and practice film, a messaging app for meeting alerts and team news, a high-performance training app, and an app for players to keep in touch with their tutors (a digital playbook still to come). UK spokesman Susan Lax told the Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker that it was Stoops’ idea:

“This was Coach Stoops’ idea. He wanted the players to have the best of what’s out there. And (athletic director) Mitch Barnhart made it happen. The rules now allow that to happen, so Mitch got it done.”

This is becoming standard practice at all of the major programs, and is the latest example of how Stoops is bringing the program to the next level. From the moment he stepped on campus, Stoops has been giving UK football some “big name program” touches, like a flashy new marketing campaign including a hefty advertising budget, new uniform combos, and a one-of-a-kind high performance training program. Even moving the Louisville game to the end of the season seems more “big-time.” Most encouraging? So far, Barnhart seems to be behind Stoops 100% on everything. Keep it up, boys.


Four-star wide receiver Blake Bone will announce his decision on Tuesday. He’ll choose between the Cats, Louisville, South Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss, and others, but Kentucky is considered the favorite, especially if you talk to Drew Barker. Who else is ready for a Yahtzee?

— UK’s game against Belmont on December 21st has been picked up by ESPNU and will tip-off at noon. Get ready to wear your Big Blue Santa hat and shimmy to the sounds of the Alumni Pep Band.

— If you’re planning to come to Nashville for the Western game and want to party with the KSR gang (minus Matt and Drew), come to the Tin Roof Nashville (1516 Demonbreun Street) on Friday night for the “Bluegrass Takeover” bash. The band 64 West will be playing and it will be the place to hang out if you’re a Cat fan the night before the game. More details here.

— Didn’t catch Fox Sports’ “Attack Every Day” Kentucky Football preview? It will replay over the next week, but here’s all you really needed to see: a super cut of Bradley Dale Peveto’s “If Mark Stoops Tells You” jokes:

If Mark Stoops tells you we’re going to beat Western in eight days, you better get excited.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

23 Comments for Insanity’s Friday News and Views

  1. Han
    11:29 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    No mention that the Affleck is the new Batman?

  2. JBCat
    11:33 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Saw the defensive guys over at Signature Club today going through some pool work. I am definitely not an expert, but whatever Korem is doing with these guys, it sure looks like it is working. These dudes look more fit than any other UK team I have seen in the past ,and that is quite a few. Very little bad weight at all. Lean and mean. Big Z was walking around without the boot and no noticeable limp or swelling of any kind. Go Cats!

  3. UKBlue
    11:39 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I wanna see Fisher & the rest of the politcos all try running through the same escape door when the Yum Center files bankruptcy.

    Ben Affleck will go down as the worst Batman; after the Daredevil box office nightmare, Really? Exec’s at Warner Bros will be fired after this disaster.

  4. JRock1966
    11:55 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Insanity is tough no doubt about it!

  5. JRock1966
    11:58 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    PS – gotta agree with UKBlue…I cannot see Affleck doing well as the Dark Knight either. Guess $50 million wasn’t enuff for Christian Bale!

  6. 12345678910
    12:15 am August 23, 2013 Permalink–220750011.html

    His name is everywhere in Central Kentucky. Local railroad bridges, the new downtown Dinner Train by Rupp Arena,and especially in Nicholasville considering how much land he owns. He personally flew Coach Cal from Memphis, and Coach Stoops from Florida State to Lexington on one of his own personal jets to his own personal airfield bases. Please remember him in your prayers!

  7. Buckets
    5:27 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Never heard of the insanity workout but it sounds awful. 100 push-ups every morning keeps me in pretty good shape.

    Batfleck … sigh … I’ll reserve judgement but Affleck as Batman is not good news. Not good news at all. I thought it was a joke when I first heard it.

  8. Jen
    6:10 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    CONGRATS on finishing Insanity!! I’ve been doing Beachbody workouts for the last 3 months myself. Hip hop abs, Brazil Butt Lift & T25. My goal is to work my way up to Insanity! Lol

  9. awesome
    6:36 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats on the insanity! Your right, it’s really hard to keep motivated by yourself. Show us those guns!

  10. NoelGallagher
    6:50 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    you should buy a bike, I started cycling 11 years ago & haven’t had to exercize since

  11. UKBlue45
    7:05 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Where the hell are the Twins???

  12. Bozak
    7:29 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    If Insanity is so great, how come Stoops is fat?

  13. Drew Franklin
    7:31 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    @MasterDrewfus: Knock knock: Who’s there?

    Harrison twins

    Harrison twins who?

    Nah..just kidding. They’re still not there.

  14. EK
    7:46 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    NO! Ben Affleck as Batman…. PLEASE NO!! Dude CAN’T ACT!! GO CATS!!

  15. EK
    7:48 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    #7 the only joke is Affleck!! GO CATS!!

  16. Tonydelksarms
    8:06 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    How about some before and after pics, or it didn’t happen Mrs TT?

  17. kentuckyjoe
    8:11 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    I tried Insanity. For about 3 minutes. Nearly broke my left foot doing one of the plyo exercises.

  18. Weight Room Tee
    8:39 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Why keep posting about this new t-shirt when it’s not in stock???
    (And why do I keep checking it with each new post?)

  19. Wedding Planner
    9:30 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    You must have been in great shape to begin with if you did not see that much change. I’ve heard insanity is crazy good.

    I went through P90X. Even without the diet, yoga and ab workout, I saw results

  20. Econ Prof
    9:42 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    I hate Tonya! Loved Insanity and Shaun T, looking forward to T25 after I finish training for my marathon. The optional sports workout in second month is the best.

  21. Delk for 3
    9:47 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    As someone who nearly everyday for two years has ran long distances and sprints, has ridden a bike, and has lifted weights, I can honestly say that two months of very intense workouts will whip you into shape but will not make drastic changes to your figure. You don’t become a fat slob in two months, and you can’t become a ripped specimen in two months either. Don’t be disheartened by the weight total Mrs. TT, your body is adjusting to your new muscle tone (which weighs more than fat). Start doing interval runs in which you nearly sprint for 20 seconds and jog for 40 seconds.Do that 10 different times every day for a couple weeks and then slowly build from there. You can get done with such a workout in 20 minutes or so. It’s great and has been the best thing for me to lose weight. In combination with the interval sprints, one other thing I did to go from 19 percent body fat to 14 percent is to start short-term fasting. I don’t eat anymore in the mornings and wait until 1 o’clock to eat. I then eat again at 7 or 8 for dinner and then do not eat anymore that day. You can eat a huge meal during the times you eat, but just don’t eat until 1 o’clock everyday. Do your workout during your morning fast and you will begin burning fat like you’ve never seen before. If you don’t trust me on this, just look it up. It works. I promise.

  22. sp
    10:27 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats on finishing Insanity. Ive do it myself. My suggestion is to not quit doing the routines. Muscle begins to breakdown in 3 days. You dont have to do it everyday like doing a cycle of it, but if you stop doing the workouts for a few weeks, you will lose everything you gained as far as strength goes. Even if you are sick of those routines, you cant just stop doing something similar at least a few times a week or you will notice.

  23. Matthew
    1:54 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    Great job on Insanity. What are your fitness plans next? I’d love to coach you. I coach for Beachbody and have done most of their workouts. I’d be happy to help you out however I can.

    Congrats again. Insanity is HARD. But just wait until you do Asylum. 🙂