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Local Students And Faculty Join The "Insanity" Craze

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SALISBURY, Md. - Insanity. It's a world renowned exercise craze, and apparently students and staff at Salisbury University are hooked on these videos.

"I love it. I mean personally, It's a lot more entertaining than going to the gym. I've never been so sore in my life. I started doing this and I was winded after the first exercise," accounting and information systems major Josh Emsurac said. "I hear people saying if they miss a day, they feel bad. They feel like they've got to go again. So it's just, once you're in it, you're in it. And you start loving it even though how crappy you feel and how sore you are the next day. It just keeps you coming back," exercise science major Helene Aulisio said.

WMDT's Jemie Lee laced up her sneakers to find out if the program lives up to it's name. "I just got finished with the warm up and you can see I'm sweating like crazy. I was dying for a break. Is my makeup messed up? This is crazy," she said.

It's a workout regimen that claims to improve fitness in 60 days. "I definitely thought I was in shape before this. This is a lot harder than I thought it would be," athletic training major Travis Severe said. "People have been saying each week they're able to do more than they did the previous week," professor and organizer Art Lembo said. "I know why it's called Insanity - because it's insane!" Jemie Lee said.

But fitness experts warn the program may pose a health and safety threat. "You're watching it on TV. Are you paying attention to yourself? It's very easy to have your neck bent the wrong way, not using full range of motion. Those type of things can put pressure on your knees and your back if you're not given the right direction," certified trainer Donta Finney said. He emphasizes the importance of proper form and staying focused. He recommends having a mirror to the front and side of you while working out. "If you have a mirror where you can quickly glance to make sure you're in good posture or getting low enough, then that's very useful," he said.

Professor Lembo, who organizes the workout group encourages people to go at their own pace and take breaks. He says this program has brought a sense of unity between students and staff. "It serves some of the wellness needs, but it also breaks down the barriers. I mean, I'm sweating alongside my students and everyone's just enjoying being together," he said.

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