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‘P90X,’ ‘Insanity’ offer fast results, some say too intense, impersonal for beginners

Extreme workout videos like “P90X” and “Insanity Workout” are exploding in popularity but may not be the most efficient way to get into shape.

They are among many high-intensity DVDs that claim to show results within a certain amount of time. “P90X” users can expect to be ripped in 90 days, while “Insanity Workout” claims clients can hit the beach in 60.

Health Sciences faculty member Brett Knight said these extreme workout routines are not meant for average consumers.

“These DVD workouts are more for people that are already fit and looking for that next level of fitness,” Knight said. “Although it is good to be burning so many calories because they‘re high-intensity, the workouts are not designed for beginners.”

CMU students are turning to workout videos to see the results they want in the convenience of their own private locations.

“I usually take my laptop and the ‘Insanity’ DVDs to the gym in the Merrill basement to workout,” Shelby Township freshman Kyle Nicholson said. “Shaun T. (the video’s instructor) is really motivational and he pushes me to break my limits.”

Grand Blanc senior Ricky Hargraves said it is more beneficial to take a trip to the gym rather than to the video store.

“I don’t recommend these workout DVDs to my clients because they aren’t personalized enough and it is better for someone to work out in a more social environment,” Hargrave, a senior Student Activity Center personal trainer, said “In the gym, people are more likely to meet friends and motivate each other.”

Landon Revord, an exercise science graduate assistant from Standish, said it is important for people to set their fitness goals before starting a plan, especially when using a generic routine.

Knight said the videos tend to cause some participants to drop out altogether.

“A lot of people that do these videos don’t know if they have the right form, which could result in a bad workout all together,” Knight said. “It’s also not necessary to go that hard everyday.”

Knight said the key is for someone to be moving and doing something they enjoy.


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  2. P90X Graduate says:

    This article is a joke. The social aspect of a gym limits many who are not dedicated to get a good work out and see real results. People need to go to the gym to focus, get in and get out. Having an intensive workout supports this. Its ironic the author mentions the most important thing to do is to keep moving and do something they enjoy. In effect, that is what their doing! I say don’t knock the products until you try them for the required duration. You might be surprised at what you discover: you could push yourself harder than in any gym or session with a personal trainer.

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