Reviewed: Insanity & Krazi Kebob
In honor of the Affordable Care Act being upheld, we thought it was high time to stop being lazy and exercise our right to sit on the couch and watch other people be healthy.
We chose another Shaun T vehicle, Insanity, because Jen’s husband saw a late night advertisement, and recommended it highly. It promised people collapsing on the floor, wild jumping, and plenty of Shaun T-isms.
Insanity, from what we can tell, is similar to P90X. It claims that you can get a beach body in 60 days through “max interval training.” The definition of which seems to be working out until you collapse or throw up.
We decided that pairing Insanity with Krazi Kebob—Indian, Pakistaini and Mexican fusion—would be thematically appropriate.
Full disclosure: Kira eats Krazi Kebob once a week. She picked up the takeout on her way home from work, so by the time we were ready to get insane, the fusion cuisine could be more accurately described as “cold fusion.“
Host: Shaun T
Length of Workout: 40 minutes per workout
How Long We Managed to Watch: 40 minutes, plus 4 minutes of Intro video
Target Area: EVERYWHERE
Kind of Music: Inspiring, anthemic guitar riffs, and cool down piano ballads.
Midriff Quotient: 99%
Mise en scene: High school gymnasium minimalistic.
New vocabulary words: Plyometrics, C-sit
Time That It Took a Gentleman to Take Off His Shirt: 21:20
Time That It Took All the Gentlemen to Take Off Their Shirts: 25:41
Time That it Took Shaun T to Take Off His Shirt: 28:53
Krazi Kebob Menu
Vegetarian Krazi Grande Nacho: $7.59
Bonus Samosas: Free
Vegetarian Krazi Naan Quesadilla: $6.59
Vegetarian Fresh Naan Burrito: $6.59
Best Name for a Move
Kira: Mummy Kicks.
Jen: Mummy Kicks. However, I loved Shaun T’s explanation of a move he called Butt Kicks: “You kick your foot up to your butt. Hence the name, Butt Kicks.”
Easiest Looking Move that We Didn’t Try
Kira: Jumping jacks and stretching? The stretching was boring to watch. I get that it’s important to warm up your body, but it’s not good television.
Jen: Drinking water.
Hardest Looking Move that We Didn’t Try
Kira: The 1-2-3 move looked very complicated. I’m not coordinated enough to jump-shuffle sideways.
Jen: The Mountain Climber, which looks basically how it sounds, appeared really hard to sustain. The Ski Abs, though, that was the move that took everyone out.
Favorite Back Up Dancer
Kira: Chris was a very sympathetic character. He was in the very back and looked like he was working through a hangover.
Jen: The girl in the blue sports bra with midcalf workout pants, and bangs pulled back in a headband. She was a survivor. She kept Mountain Climbing and Ski Abbing and refused to quit. All the girls were my favorite. They were by far the gender who looked the least like they were about to die.
Kira: Chris’s around-the-abs heart rate monitor!
Jen: Johnny with the braided mullet I suppose? There wasn’t a lot of flare to Insanity. The outfits were plain, as if they were going into combat in a sauna.
Best Motivational Phrase
Kira: “Rest when needed.”
Jen: “It’s like you’re sticking that thing into the mountain.”
Best Dialogue Exchange
Shaun T: “How do you feel?”
Tramp Stamp Girl: “Aahhrogoigoihgoihgoihoihgoihgh”
Kira: I like the juxtaposition of Shaun T asking everyone to go faster, and the message at the bottom of the screen saying, “Go At Your Own Pace.”
Jen: You know, Shaun T sure takes a lot of breaks.
Kira: These people look incredibly fit to begin with, but they look exhausted just by the warm up. Chris runs marathons, y’all.
Jen: I realized things were getting serious when the ladies starting hitting their thigh muscles as if they were trying to jump-start a car.
Kira: I felt stressed. Everyone in the video looked so stressed. Well, except for Shaun T, of course.
Jen: I really felt the insanity when a Jenna Elfman look alike mouthed to the camera, “This is hard.”
Kira: When Shaun T says to check your heart rate, I’m not sure I’d know what I’d be looking for. I know how to check my pulse, but am completely unaware of what my heart rate should be.
Jen: I felt a lot of sympathy fatigue.
Kira: I appreciate the hugs and high fives at the end. I think everyone needed that.
Vegetarian Krazi Grande Nacho
Kira: The chip are housemade and seasoned with spices and lime, but they’re much better fresh. We had to use forks to eat nachos.
Jen: Why is there is rice in my nachos?
Kira: Meh. *shakes her head*
Jen: This is when I realized that there aren’t any kebobs at Krazi Kebob.
Vegetarian Krazi Naan Quesadilla
Kira: Real talk: I love the shit out of it. It may even be a password I use. But you know how you have your usual, and when you don’t get your usual, it seems off? I always have the spicy chicken, so getting the vegetarian with paneer is good and all, but it’s not my usual.
Jen: The quesadilla was my favorite. It had cheese, it was in a manageable form, and the spices were nicely balanced.
Vegetarian Fresh Naan Burrito
Kira: This is my usual go-to, having it with paneer was again lackluster.
Jen: Though the wrap looked like the quesadilla, only cylinder-shaped instead of half-moon shaped, it was my least favorite. It had all the same ingredients as the nachos and the quesadilla, but without the cheese. Why would you do that to a burrito?
High fives and hugs, everyone!