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What is Manic Training? What makes it manic? Let’s start with the definition of manic.
Manic (adj.): Showing wild and apparently deranged excitement and energy; frenetically busy; frantic
I would say “frenetically busy” most closely relates to the Manic Training training experience, especially at first. There’s a lot going on at once during the workout, and it may appear chaotic. However, once I got acquainted, I was impressed with the methodical program design and structure.
I first heard about Manic Training when I read a FitLo blog review written by Mr. FitLo himself, Paul Olson (Manic Training Highlands Ranch: My Midlife Fitness Crisis). Manic Training sounded awesome to me; after all, I love a challenging workout! I knew I had to check it out.
Luckily, there’s a myriad of daily class options to choose from. Classes start at 5 a.m., with the last class at 6:30 p.m. That range of times appeals to me, and after my first week free, I WAS HOOKED on three days per week! Manic Training has designed their regimen for a three-day per week workout, but you can do more. Ultimately, I’ve found it to be the perfect full-body challenge for me. But where do I begin?
The Manic Training environment
When I first walked in, I immediately noticed that there were no mirrors or screens. I thought to myself, “How would I check my form? How would I keep track of the exercises?” Luckily the Manic Training coaches are always making sure you have the right form and are on track with the program. Pete explained to me the lack of mirrors is done on purpose. This allows you to build awareness of how your body feels rather than depending on how your body looks. After all, there are no mirrors on the slopes and trails.
I’m amazed how everything you need for a diverse workout is neatly placed around the perimeter of the room: battle ropes, kettlebells, plyo boxes of all sizes, rowers, assault bikes, ski erg machines, steps, sandbags… the list goes on and on. Yet everything has a place which allows for a wide open space without clutter, and a variety of exercise options that seem to be limitless. Even after several weeks, I’m still learning new exercises.
The ever-changing, dynamic warm-up
First off, the 15-minute warm-up is my favorite part of class! It could be a workout in itself, and it doesn’t usually involve any of the equipment. But that is what is so great about it. You are readied through a series of dynamic movements, and by the end of the warm-up, your body is thoroughly heated up and ready for the “real” workout. Plus, the warm-up changes every two days just like the workout.
The Manic Training HIIT workout
The workout itself is best described by Manic’s own description:
“High intensity interval training consisting of a purposeful variety of exercises in an intense, meaningful, and fun environment.”
I highlighted “purposeful” and “meaningful” because I think that is what truly makes Manic unique. Although it may initially appear frenetically busy, the workout is not mindless. For example, it challenges you mentally with ladder and hoop drills as well as with creative dumbbell and kettlebell exercises. I’ve been going for over a month, and no workout is the same. As the workout is demonstrated at the beginning of class, my mind is always blown. I think, “Can I get through all of this?” Yet I can’t wait to try it for myself, and the answer is, “Yes. Yes you can get through it all.”
There’s also always a bonus: the “Manic Ready for Life Challenge” of the day. I love a good challenge so this motivates me to strive for more.
I’m one of those people that doesn’t always get it — especially at 5 a.m. Like, you want me to think that early in the morning?! Luckily, the owner, Pete Beuth, is supportive and knowledgeable. He is detailed in making sure everyone has the proper form and technique. Safety first! He’s always good for ball busting too. He knows when you can push a little harder or go a little heavier.
When class is over, everyone helps clean up like nothing ever happened. It’s a team effort from start to finish. What a jam-packed and comprehensive 60-minute workout!
Final thoughts on Manic Training
I cherish each workout, and can’t wait for a Manic Training to open near me in Broomfield. Although, that may not be happening right now, there are locations in Highlands Ranch, Fort Collins and the original in Steamboat Springs. If you are seeking a new challenge like I was, Manic Training should be on the top of your list!