Business Traveler (USA) - - HEALTH & WELLNESS - Sally Brown

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In­san­ity has cult sta­tus in the US and a grow­ing fol­low­ing in the UK. It’s a 60-day pro­gram of 10 work­out DVDs that you do in a pre­scribed or­der, six days a week. Why it’s de­scribed as“one step from im­pos­si­ble” be­comes clear from the first warm-up. It’s an in­ter­val-based pro­gram – think ex­plo­sive sui­cide jumps, switch kicks, high knees and push-ups, all at su­per-fast pace. What makes it so chal­leng­ing is that the “hard”bit of the in­ter­val lasts for three min­utes, not the usual 60 sec­onds, fol­lowed by a mere 15-sec­ond re­cov­ery. It’s not cheap but com­pared to per­sonal train­ing, it’s small change, and gets sim­i­lar re­sults.You start and fin­ish with a fit­ness test to mark your progress and there’s no doubt you’ll get lean and toned – if you can hack it.

Ho­tel-room friendly? Yes, but per­haps not for the people in the room be­low. Equip­ment needed Train­ers, and a towel for mop­ping up sweat.

Ir­ri­ta­tion/bore­dom fac­tor This DVD gets top marks for cre­at­ing a truly mo­ti­vat­ing vibe. Un­like most pre­sen­ters, Shaun T does the work­out while he in­structs, so he sweats and gets out of breath. He leads a bas­ket­ball court full of six-packed hip­sters, and they go red in the face and get out of breath too.

Time From 40 min­utes (Car­dio Power and Re­sis­tance) to 86 min­utes (Max In­ter­val Cir­cuit and Fit Test), with likely the world’s most chal­leng­ing warm-up, and cool-down.

Diet plan in­cluded? Yes. Comes with 70-page Elite Nu­tri­tion book­let, a work­out cal­en­dar and ac­cess to an on­line fo­rum.

Best for Intermediate and ad­vanced ex­er­cis­ers. If you’re prone to in­juries, par­tic­u­larly knee prob­lems, it’s prob­a­bly not for you.

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