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Fitness Review: Insanity Program

Insanity: Cons

The Insanity workouts are highly intense and designed for people who are already in good shape. It is not intended for special-need populations, such as cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic disease patients, diabetics, or obese people, and people with orthopedic limitations. If you are extremely unfit and looking for an “easy fix”, then Insanity is not for you. The program will work best for people who already exercise on a regular basis and are willing to work hard.

The program takes a huge amount of self-discipline and dedication. As with any home-based exercise regimen, the various distractions that often occur can easily interfere with the workout program.

The program is not intended for people seeking to increase muscle size and gain a lot of strength. There are no weights involved with the Insanity program. There are only a small amount of resistance-based moves that use your body weight, such as variations of push-ups and squats.

The $120 price may be a bit high for some people, though you can split it into three payments. Beach Body offers a 90-day money-back guarantee, but you'll still have to pay shipping costs if you end up returning Insanity.

The “Elite Nutrition” plan offers minimal dietary advice. It consists primarily of healthy recipes for each meal.

Insanity: Bottom Line

Insanity...the name says it all. It is a maximum intensity workout program that will push you to your physical limits and will test your mental toughness. It’s great for cardiovascular fitness and achieving a lean body, but it is intended for people who are already at least fairly fit. The workouts are very challenging and require a great amount of dedication and willpower to complete.

People who are extremely unfit and out of shape, or just beginning an exercise program should begin with a less intense workout plan, then gradually build up the ability to begin and finish Insanity. If you are in decent shape, enjoy working out in a pool of your own sweat, and have the ability to push beyond your current physical limits, then Insanity may be the workout program for you. You will definitely see great results if you are self-motivated enough to complete the entire program.

Michael R. Esco, PhD, CSCS, HFS is an assistant professor in the department of physical education and exercise science at Auburn University  in Montgomery, Ala. His opinions and conclusions are his own.

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