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Areas It Targets

Core: Yes. The program's Cardio Abs workout focuses on your middle section.

Arms: Yes. You'll use your own body weight to sculpt your arms, chest, and shoulders.

Legs: Yes. Insanity uses a technique called plyometrics, which features hopping and jumping exercises borrowed from sports like basketball, skiing, and boxing to tone your legs.

Glutes: Yes. Plyometrics also strengthens the muscles of your back end.

Back:  Yes. The Insanity program is a total-body workout, so it does work the back, but it's more targeted to lower-body muscle groups.

Type

Flexibility: No. There isn't much stretching in these DVDs to improve flexibility.

Aerobic: Yes. Insanity is all about aerobics. It will help you increase your cardiovascular fitness and lose weight/body fat.

Strength: Yes. The max interval program will build strength and really challenge your muscles.

Sport: No. Insanity isn't a sport, although it does borrow techniques from sports training programs.

Low-Impact: No. What makes Insanity such an effective cardio workout are the high-impact exercises, which include jumping jacks, jumps, and sprints.

What Else Should I Know?

Cost. The program costs $120.

Good for beginners? No. Insanity workouts are highly intense. They're designed for people who are already in good shape and are willing to work hard to get into even better shape. If you haven't been exercising, this program isn't a quick fix.

Outdoors. No. You'll need to be in front of a TV to follow along with the program.

At home. Yes. You do the workout right in your own home, following along with trainer Shaun T.

Equipment required? You need the DVD, a good pair of athletic shoes, and a lot of endurance. You use your own body weight for resistance.

What Dr. Melinda Ratini Says:

This is a serious workout for people who are already fit.

It's not for the fitness newbie. With high intensity comes greater risk of injury. To avoid injury, you will have to know the correct form and technique for each move. You really need to know what you're doing and listen to your body.

It is very intense, so be ready to give it your all when you are ready to take the plunge. Working out at that level means results in much less time. The rewards will be some serious cardio along with calorie burning and muscle sculpting.

High-intensity interval training programs like this are not for everyone. If you have any medical problems or take any meds, talk to your doctor before starting this workout.

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