P90x or Insanity??

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    Jun 15, 2011 6:09 AM GMT
    I know from listening to people that these programs work but what are the pros and cons of both?? they both sound like theyre the same thing but cant decide which one i need to burn fat.

    have you guys tried one of these out??
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    Jun 15, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    i'd also be interested to hear this.. especially from someone who has done it.
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    Jun 15, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    I've been doing P90X, but haven't done Insanity. But as I understand it from friends who have done Insanity, the difference is that it's more of a cardio program that builds your athleticism and fitness and is good for getting lean. P90X is a full-body routine that focuses on resistance training (weights or bands) so is great for building mass.

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    Jun 15, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    mayBbignow saidWhich ever has quicker results works for me



    I guess that depends on what kind of results you're going for, right?

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    Jun 15, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    I have not heard of Insanity before but I know p90x works wonders for me and my friends. I just wanted to gain lean muscle I could use (not bulging muscles to flash) and p90x definitely helped with that...even provided a guide with the dvd set to help me with proper nutrition. So it seems you can use the program to develop different ranges of muscle growth which I think is awesome. I would at least buy the ab ripper x dvd - that definitely works!
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    Jun 15, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
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    hideki saidI know from listening to people that these programs work but what are the pros and cons of both?? they both sound like theyre the same thing but cant decide which one i need to burn fat.

    have you guys tried one of these out??


    You don't need to burn fat, you need to put on some muscle. And the best work out is the one you make your self. P90x did something at the start, but in the long run it fucked me over and was a waste of time. You much better off making one that works best for you.


    I realize no workout is right for everybody, but I'm curious how it fucked you over. Can you be more specific?

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    Jun 15, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    Gym_bull said
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    Gym_bull said
    hideki saidI know from listening to people that these programs work but what are the pros and cons of both?? they both sound like theyre the same thing but cant decide which one i need to burn fat.

    have you guys tried one of these out??


    You don't need to burn fat, you need to put on some muscle. And the best work out is the one you make your self. P90x did something at the start, but in the long run it fucked me over and was a waste of time. You much better off making one that works best for you.


    I realize no workout is right for everybody, but I'm curious how it fucked you over. Can you be more specific?



    It just made me fat, and it stopped my progression with the weights. It also fucked up my should and gave it an inflamed ligament. I followed it exactly, and in the end I ended up fatter, hurt, and weaker.



    Thanks... well whatever you're doing now, you're looking great so keep it up.

  • Orias

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    Jun 18, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    I used p90x when I was an out of shape slob. I lost 35kg on it (about 66 pounds). I didn't view it as anything other than a bridging program though, it's great for people who don't know how to excersize and such but is no way meant for a permanent solution.

    Once your body is out of slob mode and you're starting to see good stuff you can probably cross the bridge into a more proper gym routine.
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    Jun 18, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    I can't comment on either of these, but I will give my opinion having read many books over the years on various work-out programs and done quite a bit of experimenting. Can't say how customizable either of these is, but I do know that a program that works for one person will not be as effective for another because of numerous differences from person to person. Without having an extremely competent trainer (a rare breed, IMO), if you want to create a good workout for yourself, you need to do research and trial and error, which most people won't take the trouble to do.

    I'm a fan of Stuart McRobert's books since the mid 90s. He is a proponent of the major lifts, deadlift and squat, among others. Probably the most effective and common sense guidance, but these big lifts can cause injury if not done perfectly.

    New Rules of Lifting by Schuler and Cosgrove is also good. Also like the program in The New Power Program, Protocols for Maximum Strength by Colgan, but I found some of his superset recommendations are difficult to do in a moderately crowded gym.

    I think the best approach, which many would not consider, is to focus on the process as well as the results. If you consider yourself as always a student of weightlifting and are willing to do your own research you get more out of the activity and are more likely to reach goals, and then go even further.
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    Jun 18, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    Orias saidI used p90x when I was an out of shape slob. I lost 35kg on it (about 66 pounds). I didn't view it as anything other than a bridging program though, it's great for people who don't know how to excersize and such but is no way meant for a permanent solution.

    Once your body is out of slob mode and you're starting to see good stuff you can probably cross the bridge into a more proper gym routine.



    Disagree, I think that's bad advice. It's not meant simply for "getting out of slob mode," in fact most "slobs" couldn't do P90X for more than a few weeks. It's meant for people who don't have a personal trainer and/or time to make their own routine, for people who don't belong to a full gym or have a ton of space at home or money for a ton of equipment. It's motivating, it's pre-programed, it's intense. Maybe not for somebody who wants to get HUGE... but doesn't mean it's just for "slobs," or that it's in some way not a "proper gym routine," whatever the fuck that means!



  • gymguymi

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    Jun 18, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    I have done both p90x and insanity. I used them when I felt I needed a change from my regular workout routine at the gym. I found insanity to be the harder of the two. If you want lose body fat, it is definitely the one to go with.
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    Jun 18, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    I actually liked the P90X program... had a lot of fun with it until
  • umphreak

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    Jun 18, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    I've done both. And I highly disagree that this program is for people who don't know how to work out- at least any more than someone who uses a trainer. It is a comprehensive workout routine that requires little equipment and hits all aspects of fitness. Sure, you're not going to use is if you're a bodybuilder, but for being "everyday fit", p90x does the trick. Dont let the at-home fitness fad nature of this product make you draw incorrect assumptions. It is a good workout.


    Now, p90x is very different from insanity. Insanity is primary cardio. No weights. So it you want to build muscle, this isn't the right workout for you. It is aptly named. It is a killer cardio workout that will require you to really push yourself. It's hard. You will be doubled over gasping for oxygen. Frequently. I personally find it kind of dull compared to p90x. There isn't enough stretching, too few tips on form and I'm not a fan is Shaun-t (some love him and hate Tony Horton, so that is purely subjective). Workouts are around 45 minutes (shorter than p90x)

    P90x is a well rounded workout. You will hit every muscle group from a number of different angles along wih some good, fun cardio and yoga. The warmups/cool downs and stretching is pretty good. You should use dumbells instead weight bands. Bands are worthless. Get some adjustable dumbbells-they're worth the investment. Chest workouts use a variety of pushups--so if you're trying to get huge pecs, this won't cut it when compared to a bench press. Back exercises are primarily pull ups and a few dumbbell moves. Shoulders and arms use dumbbells. Plyometrics is a fantastic cardio workout. Its basically jump training. Good calorie burn. Kenpo x is a kick/punch cardio routine that can be easy or tough, dependng on how much you put into it. I like it because it is solid ballistic stretching for your legs. The legs routines will smoke your legs/glutes with various lunges and squats. Ab ripper is hands down the best ab workout I've seen. It is very tough. Yoga is boring and too long--it is important, but I swap out core synergistics instead because I think there needs to be more core workouts. I hear the new p90x will have a lot more core-focused. I find the third month to be a little boring since it essentially repeats prior workouts. I have a lot of the one-on-one workouts, so I typically swap out routines when I get bored. It works. The nutrition aspect is key difference between ok results and great results.

    Overall, I like p90x better. But you can't go wrong with either.
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    Jun 21, 2011 9:49 AM GMT
    I’ve done both, love both but I’m actually a big fan of Insanity. Firstly, it’s easy to spare 45 minutes a day, so I manage to get that workout in no matter how crazy my day has been. Also, all the cardio gets your heart racing and leaves you feeling really good. And it really does sculpt your body.