Special work out plans vs. traditional weight lifting plus cardio/running

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    Aug 21, 2011 10:08 AM GMT
    I recently got my hands on INSANITY and P90X and both these programs intrigued me. but it always made me a little uneasy and I hope you guys can clear my mind:
    All these programs with guaranteed shape in 2 or 3 months with proper diet plans might give you the results but don't you think it isn't possible to eat that strictly based on calories in the long run and what about the sustainability of your body shape because I am sure after a while you will not see the same results especially when you are repeating the program for 5th or 6th time since your body will get used to it
    traditional running/cardio and routine weight lifting/strength training gives you the result in the long run but don't you think it takes a hell lot of time :s
    Please help me out here so that I can focus on one side

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    Aug 21, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    Insanity and P90X are great workout programs and they do work. However, like you said, after some time you need to change your workout. What these programs use are a method called high intensity interval training. A method that makes you work hard and intensely in bursts of maybe 30 seconds or a minute, then follow up with something of low intensity for 30 seconds or so, then back to the high intensity. It is a method that let's you maximize the amount of calories burned. Anyone can do this, and tailor it to their needs and wants. The way these programs are formatted makes it's customers seem like drones. Truth is, not everyone is the same, there are different body types out there and people are at different levels of fitness. It is important to find what works best for you and after 2 months do variations of the previous workout and then later go back. Just continue to make the variations every 2 months to avoid the muscle memory thing. As for the calorie counting; it isn't impossible, I do it all the time. Not only do I calorie count, but I count the amount of fat I take in, fiber, carbs, and protein.
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    Aug 21, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    My recommendation is to ignore most health/fitness advice that:

    1) Is advertised on TV. Especially day time or late nite TV. Do you really think those hot models got that way by using the product they are shilling for? If so, I have some awesome land in the Everglades I can sell you cheap!

    2) Promises results in 1-3 months.

    3) Features a "gadget."

    4) Has "with proper diet" in extremely tiny font as a footnote to the promised results.

    5) Is from a corporation out to make a profit by preying on gullible consumers looking for a miracle cure that doesn't (* cue whiny voice *) take soooooo much work.


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    Aug 21, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    I don't normally write off advertised workout programs without first understanding what they are meant to achieve and if the end results match your own fitness goals. Insanity and P90X are great for slimming and toning, which is fine if that's in line with your fitness goals.

    First things first: write down your fitness goals, then decide if P90X and/or Insanity are going to help you achieve those goals.