Colbert_Nation saidThanks for posting. The only 'gym' I have access to is pretty sparse so P90X, Rushfit and Insanity seem like the best way to go.
I've been doing P90X which seems like a well thought out and thorough program for overall fitness. Rushfit seems good, and Insanity maybe a little spastic?
I'd def be interested in knowing what you think the overall strengths and weaknesses of each are, which are most effective for you, and which most enjoyable.
Well, here are the pros and cons I see with each.
P90X seems pretty well balanced and I know some real life examples of guys that have gotten really good results with it. I think the best thing about it is that you get a nice balance of resistance, cardio, and flexibility. Plus out of the three routines, it gives the best "pump" - especially on the glamour muscles, the arms and shoulders. Now, the biggest drawback I see is the length of the workouts; especially the yoga routine. Three days a week, the workouts are less than an hour - about 50 to 55 minutes long. But the other three days a week, the workouts are around 75 to 90 minutes long. Since working out in the mornings is the best way for me to stay consistent, that means having to get up super early due to the length of the longer workouts. The other downside is that it requires more equipment than the other routines; a set of weights and pull up bar, yoga mat and blocks, etc. So if you have the time and don't mind acquiring the equipment, it's a solid routine. One more thing - Tony Horten, the guy that coaches you through the routine has a personality that may not be everybody's cup of tea. He tends to make some pretty awful jokes throughout the workouts.
Insanity is great if you like cardio and body weight exercises. The only equipment needed is a jump mat and if you are working out on a carpeted area with good padding you may not even need the jump mat. I definitely believe you can burn over 1,000 calories a workout with Insanity becaue the workouts are so intense. So, unless you have really bad eating habits, I think it's almost impossible not to get leaner with this program. But that's also the biggest downside in my opinion. I think losing muscle mass is pretty inevitable with Insanity. While you'll probably get leaner and tighter, you'll also probably lose some size. Also, out of the three routines, I think this one is the hardest on the body. By that, I mean the constant impact 6 days a week might start to cause issues with knees, ankle and lower back after a while. Once you finish the program, you'll probably want to do something else for a while to give the body a bit of a break before doing another round.
Rushfit is good if you like the intensity of Insanity but want something with a bit of weight training thrown in. The thIng I like best about Rushfit is that the workouts are intense but shorter in length than the ones in P90X. Also, I like that it focuses on a lot of MMA type of moves; it's great for getting the aggression out. If you like the Kenpo routine in P90X, just wait til you try Rushfit's Fight Conditioning Workout - it's kind of like a turbocharged version of Kenpo on steroids. Another nice thing about Rushfit is that because the workouts focus on metabolic conditioning rather than working muscles to failure like P90X, you don't need as many weights. 10,15, and 20 pound dumbbells and you should be good to go. As far as downsides, one is that the same warmup ann cool down/stretch is used for every workout. It can get boring doing the same warmup and cool down six days a week. But it isn't intolerable - after all, most warmups and cool downs are pretty similar anyhow. Another downside is that if you're looking to put on mass, this probably isn't the workout. Because of the way the workouts are structured, even though they are very intense, they are designed to improve overall conditioning and endurance than to put on size. But, i'd say out of the three routines, it's my favorite so far. The workouts are fairly short and go so fast, I never feel bored. And they are so intense that by the end I'm drenched in sweat and feel like I've gotten a good workout in.