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LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
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LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/9/09 12:51 PM
Don't mean to be a hater, but....

I love insanity. I'm in my fourth week. It's awesome.

But I HATE that chick Tonya (sp?). She's the girl to our left (Shaun T's right) on the Fit Test video and other workouts.

There is something about her over enthusiastic yelling and intense blowing-out face she makes while working out that I HATE. It really pulls me out of the workouts unless I focus hard.

I much prefer the other people working out around Shaun (and Shaun). They are working out hard, but they are not so ridiculously over the top as Tonya.

I had thought that Dreya could be annoying in p90x, but she's got nothing on this girl.

Sorry again to be negative. I love the program. But why oh why did they have to feature her so prominently?

If they are ever going to re-edit any of this, I would love if they cut Tonya down as much as possible.

I know people might disagree, but wanted to throw that in.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/9/09 9:21 PM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
Well I got no problem with her myself. Maybe you should turn the volume down and turn up the stereo.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/10/09 4:57 AM as a reply to novemberwolf.
I plop a wall mirror in front of me and just listen for cues. I hate watching other people work out and I would think watching the people on Insanity would pull you out of the workout unless you are totally keeping up with them. I watch myself and my form so I don't get distracted.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/10/09 6:55 AM as a reply to splurt.
I'm too busy concentrating on myself to worry about someone else. The workouts are hard enough without adding the stress of worrying about Tonya. One thing that does bug me about her is that she cheats on the Fit Test especially the power knees.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/10/09 10:33 AM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
Personally, I love watching fit athletic women during the workout. It is a great distraction from the pain and agony of the intense workout...emoticon
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/17/09 7:58 PM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
I'm usually too busy trying to breathe to pay much attention, TBH.
Today I showed Cardio circuit to a friend cause she wanted to see what I was doing. It was vastly entertaining to watch the people making faces, being tired, dying on some of the jumps, etc. But that was from a comfy couch.

I don't find her motivating, but that isn't why she's there.

I did find watching CC on a big HDTV much different than my small CRT TV.
everyone looked so much....bigger....and you saw all the sweat much more clearly.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/17/09 8:10 PM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
Tania is great. I find her motivating, hehe she's so tiny..but honestly, if you're working hard enough, grunting and any other out of this world noise is going to be the result when you try talking and you're concentrated on the task at hand. Also, she's featureed so much because she's Shaun T's best friend, not to mention she is probably the only one in most of the videos that is consistantly doing the workouts, 100% power and nonstop, with correct form. She also just got married recently and he was her "man of honor". (Saw the pictures on Facebook a few weeks back, hehe)
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/17/09 8:36 PM as a reply to ameno.
Tonya is gorgeous! She is a great example of womens' fitness. She might seem over the top in the videos, but she gets paid to be enthusiastic.
Does she have a website? I'd love to e-mail her.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/27/09 7:55 AM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
LOL...that's funny. I have to admit some of her facial expressions are a bit over-the-top at times...but if you pay attention, she really only goes all drama-queen when she knows she's on camera. Other than that, she's usually stopping with her hands on her knees gasping for air. I don't have a problem with any of the cast members- but if we're on the subject of gasping for air and taking breaks, the black chick that stands near Tonya is ALWAYS taking breaks- anyone notice that? She's cut, very cut, but dang, she sure does take a lot of breaks. K-Fed in the back is pretty notorious for taking breaks too...and his form is always slipping (and it's usually when it says "NEVER COMPROMISE FORM" on the screen...lol)

But as far as Tonya goes, I agree- she's a great motivational tool in my opinion, I mean for girls who want to get all tiny and cut like she is, she's motivating!
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/27/09 8:49 AM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
BB background exercisers are notorious for hamming it up for the camera. I agree w/ the OP that it is over the top & not really motivating to see that (energy, strength & physique is inspiring to see, not cheesy facial expressions). But I just focus on the good workout that I am doing, and tune out the other stuff.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/30/09 12:16 PM as a reply to cardiomama.
This thread is funny, it reminds me of all the "I hate Dreya" posts from P90X...

FYI, if you don't like Tonya, don't buy Hip Hop Abs...she's in that one too emoticon
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/30/09 1:43 PM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
I totally agree. I had to show my sis this chick and her over-the-top facial expressions. I find her very annoying, especially on the fit test.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/30/09 1:51 PM as a reply to sgpratt.
sgpratt:
This thread is funny, it reminds me of all the "I hate Dreya" posts from P90X...

FYI, if you don't like Tonya, don't buy Hip Hop Abs...she's in that one too emoticon


There were "I hate Dreya" posts here? Wow, I like the fact that she is very athletic, strong & really working hard. I don't find Dreya annoying at all. The youngish woman in "Back & Biceps" gets on my nerves, she is supposed to be a P90X test group grad, but she needs Tony to tell her to up her weights and she has to act like she is working so hard w/ her light weights (seems like she is acting, not really challenging herself, like the other female background exercisers in P90X).
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
10/30/09 2:00 PM as a reply to sgpratt.
sgpratt - there's an "i hate dreya" thread?! i need to find it emoticon
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
11/1/09 9:43 AM as a reply to cardiomama.
Thanks, Cardiomama. I totally agree. Background people overly hamming it up are distracting and demotivating.

And I'm saying this not to just be a hater, but to hopefully send a message to BB. When we're watching these DVDs over and over and over and over again, you start to notice the smallest things. Even if you try to keep your focus, when people are over the top, you start to notice and get annoyed. And a message

So when the next series comes out that blows away p90s and Insanity, and we're all clamoring to buy it- BB (and the people working out) will hopefully know to say "Hey guys, don't ham it up so much. You're gonna look goofy to people after a couple viewings".

With that in mind (ooo, I'm feelin' saucy- it's right after Halloween, I guess), I present to you my list of most annoying and most motivating people in Insanity and p90x. Any thoughts on anyone I left off?

MOST ANNOYING


5. Frankie (Insanity) -he's the guy that whenever the camera's on him, he picks up the pace to ridiculously cartoon levels. I laugh (not in a good way) every time in the warm up that he turns on the turbo when the camera gets to him, and then when it leaves, he slows down out of utter exhaustion.

4. Dreya (p90x). Partly because Tony is so horny for her, and partly because she's pretty smug at times. Other times, she's okay. But in general, annoying.

3. Frizzy haired girl (Insanity)- she looks kind of like a muppet (sorry). There is some part of a warm up where the camera's on her she turns it on and it looks so goofy.

2. Wesley Idol (p90x) He's kind of likeable, but it seems like he thinks he's King of Kenpo, and it seems like he's really not that good or flexible

1. Tonya. For sure. It seems like she always thinks the camera is My bf came in and watched her puffing and doing 1-2-3's and he said "Is she crapping her pants?" Anytime the camera is near her (whether or not she's working out) she wants to make sure we all know that she is the best, works out the hardest and thinks she's the hottest. This is not motivating. On top of it, Shaun goes to her too often, instead of some of the other women (and guys) who are just as hot, and more motivating.

MOST MOTIVATING


6. Rachel (Insanity) - strong, beautiful and works her ass off. And she does not ham it up.

5. A bunch of the blond chicks (Insanity)- similar to Rachel. Don't know the one girl's name, but when Shaun comes up and says "Yeah you're doin' Insanity" to her and she says "Yeah!!!" it always makes me laugh and work out harder

4. Pam for Blam (p90x)- I love her. She's intense, fit, and puts up with Tony's constant cornball jokes.

3. German Girl (p90x)- don't know her name, but she's really lovable and works out hard. her accent is adorable too

2. African-American girl (Insanity)- I know some people complain about her taking breaks, but she's beautiful, works out hard and when she does take a break, I feel like she's human

1. Shaun T. (Insanity) Hands down. He's earnest, seems to know what he's talking about, gorgeous.

BOTH MOTIVATING AND ANNOYING

Tony (p90x)- sometimes I can take him for weeks, others times I can't stand him for a minute. He does seem overly enamored with a) bad jokes and b) Dreya, and often repeats his corny lines on different DVDs. But he's also sometimes super motivating. And one out of every 12 jokes is amusing. And I love p90x. So I thank him for that.



Again, I don't say all this to just complain. It's a message to BB. I want to enjoy these DVDs more. I don't want to just tune people out who are in the DVD. I don't want to just put something in front of the TV. I want to see motivating people who inspire me to work out harder.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
11/1/09 10:52 AM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
This is hilarious. I sent my sister in law a couple of workouts for her to see if she liked it and this was her first comment to me when I called her: "I hate that asian chick"

I had to laugh, and now I can't help but chuckle every time she is on camera making her "taking a crap in her pants" look. I have to admit though she is in view like 80-90% of the time and kicks ass. Not like the bottom feeders in the back row, my first goal was to kick their butts during the workout.

What I tell friends who are starting out is to focus on the back row and do better than them for the first two weeks, then gradually raise your level to that approaching Sean T.

My favorite part is when Sean T sends that dude in the back row to sit down for the rest of the workout (Pure Cardio I think?) --- he should send that whole back row home.

Favorite line #1: "You didn't wear a sports bra before insanity did you?!"

Favorite (most dreaded) line #2: "I don't know about you, but I'm a little nervous about todays workout" - Sean T during the warm up for Pure Cardio, scared the crap out of me each time I did this wokrout
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
11/1/09 11:59 AM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
I have no problem with fit strong women showing a good example on these DVDs. I find Tonya inspiring, and Dreya as well. Shaun and Tony encourage the others to strut their stuff and to share their results to show us what we can do if we stick with the program. I see no reason for the women to have to be humble about it. It's not the 1950s.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
11/1/09 1:27 PM as a reply to madamefit.
madamefit:
I have no problem with fit strong women showing a good example on these DVDs. I find Tonya inspiring, and Dreya as well. Shaun and Tony encourage the others to strut their stuff and to share their results to show us what we can do if we stick with the program. I see no reason for the women to have to be humble about it. It's not the 1950s.


Madamefit- you are misreading the spirit behind this post. This is not a women's lib, "I am women, watch me workout" issue at all. I totally agree women don't have to be humble about being fit.

That's why I am motivated by other women working out just as hard. And why I didn't limit my criticism to only women (read my above "most annoying" post), and why I gave praise to women who work out just as hard, but don't seem to have something to prove (again, read my "most motivating" post).

Read the other posts from other people in this thread. Clearly there are other women (and men) who agree. Acting like you're the bees knees, and overacting for the camera, is obvious, corny and distracting. I don't care if it's a women, man or a donkey. I don't want to see people glomming for attention for the camera. Viewers are smart- they see what you're trying to do. Especially on the 10,000th viewing. I didn't buy Insanity to see people preen.

Otherwise, I'd go to muscle beach and watch guys pose all day.

I love that people (myself included) are getting fit. My note was to make future BB videos more effective for people like me. Again, clearly I'm not alone. And someone had to say it, because, let's admit it, it really does look like she's taking a crap in her pants.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
11/2/09 10:41 AM as a reply to cardiomama.
cardiomama:
sgpratt:
This thread is funny, it reminds me of all the "I hate Dreya" posts from P90X...

FYI, if you don't like Tonya, don't buy Hip Hop Abs...she's in that one too emoticon


There were "I hate Dreya" posts here? Wow, I like the fact that she is very athletic, strong & really working hard. I don't find Dreya annoying at all. The youngish woman in "Back & Biceps" gets on my nerves, she is supposed to be a P90X test group grad, but she needs Tony to tell her to up her weights and she has to act like she is working so hard w/ her light weights (seems like she is acting, not really challenging herself, like the other female background exercisers in P90X).


I don't mind her. She's a little annoying, but not like Dreya or the other peeps I mentioned.
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RE: LOVE Insanity- HATE Tonya!
11/4/09 5:29 AM as a reply to werkinoutgirl.
Gang,

Thanks so much for the laughs! I have to admit tho, Tania is one of my favorite reasons for watching. If I can keep up with her, I know I'm in the zone.

Shanita(?)in the front during Plyo tends to annoy me. She really shoots daggers with her eyes at the camera during the 'ski jumps', and I swear she takes a swat at the camera at some point during the workout.

Can't remember her name -- I thought in the beginning it was 'Shauntay.' When Shaun said, 'Shauntay is starting to sweaaaaattt,' I didn't realize he was refering to himself (Shaun T) in the third person...

Keep up the great posts. I never realized I could enjoy collapsing in a pool of my own sweat at the end of a workout!

Nifft
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