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Fitness Review: Insanity Program

Insanity Workout

A typical Insanity workout begins with a warm-up. The warm-up consists of a few interval bouts of jogging in place, jumping jacks, jumping side-to-side, and various kicking moves performed back-to-back, followed by several minutes of stretching.  Insanity is so intense that as you begin the program you will probably have a difficult time keeping pace with the warm-up.

The actual workouts involve specific movements that are not overly hard to perform. Most of the moves are variations of jumping jacks, sprinting in place, various sports-like drills, squats, lunges, push-ups, plyometrics, and kickboxing moves. However, it is the pace of each movement and number of repetitions performed that make each workout very intense and hard to complete.

Insanity: Pros

Insanity is an excellent method of exercise for people who desire to lose body weight/fat and increase cardiovascular fitness.

The workouts can easily be performed at home to the instruction of the creator, Shaun T., who does a great job motivating you to complete each workout.

You will get a great workout with each DVD if you can maintain such intense exercise. Although each workout is extremely tough, the pause button allows you some control of the pace of each workout.

If you are a fitness enthusiast you will enjoy the extreme intensity of each workout, as well as the challenge of completing the 60 days.

You do not have to purchase weights or any additional equipment.

The variety of DVDs allows for the program to be changed on a weekly basis, which will always keep you on your toes and decrease the chances of becoming bored.

The workout schedule is laid out in an easy-to-follow calendar.

The "Elite Nutrition" plan that comes with the Insanity program discusses the importance of getting sufficient calories each day to support the rigorous workout routine. It provides various equations that will help you estimate the calories you’ll need on a daily basis.

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