P90X vs. Insanity

  • bijockmuscle

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    Oct 19, 2009 2:48 PM GMT
    Which gives better results? Which is harder to do?
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    Nov 08, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    Well, I see you posted this a while ago and didn't get any responses, so I assume you already tried them out for yourself.

    I've watched the videos for both, but I haven't done all the workouts on P90X or any of Insanity. The P90X is a lot more strength conditioning than Insanity, which is basically all plyometrics-type cardio. Somebody on RJ once described Insanity as the Plyometrics workout from P90X at twice the intensity. That's a pretty accurate description. Both of the workouts come with a fit test you're supposed to perform on your first day. If you can't do the minimums suggested, they encourage you to start with an easier program first and after you're in better shape, come back and try the P90X or Insanity program again later.

    For whatever it's worth
    , I was able to complete the minimums of the P90X fit test, but I couldn't even get through the Insanity fitness test once. Which is a sign to me that I need to seriously up my cardio, which I will usually cut back on to do more weights, and my stretching, which I tend to completely ignore until I'm in pain from a cramp. I started today to shift things around. I'm going to be doing a lot more cardio, first, and stretching, and cut the weight machines back to once or twice a week. After a few weeks, I'm going to give the Insanity fitness test another try, and if I can hack it, I may try to do that program for 90 days.
  • bravehound

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    Nov 08, 2009 4:58 AM GMT
    Holy crap. After reading this post, I was curious and downloaded the beginning of the Insanity program. I agree... the fitness test that you do before starting the program was rough... finished it, but I was beaten up - and I do regular speed running interval training as part of my normal routine.

    Based on that alone, I think it's safe to say Insanity will offer all sorts of full body conditioning with cardio and core expectations along the line of "sink or swim"... which for some, is great motivation. I'm one of those icon_smile.gif
  • bijockmuscle

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    Nov 09, 2009 1:55 PM GMT
    bravehound saidHoly crap. After reading this post, I was curious and downloaded the beginning of the Insanity program. I agree... the fitness test that you do before starting the program was rough... finished it, but I was beaten up - and I do regular speed running interval training as part of my normal routine.

    Based on that alone, I think it's safe to say Insanity will offer all sorts of full body conditioning with cardio and core expectations along the line of "sink or swim"... which for some, is great motivation. I'm one of those icon_smile.gif


    any thoughts of p90x? I haven't tried either yet as I am trying to figure out a good 90 day period to do it...thinking after the new year
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    well i just began both at the same time actually. i do one week of p90x and one week of insanity. They both are HARD but insanity takes it to a new level! It really test your core!

    The reason I am doing both at the same time is because one is with weights and one uses your natural strength and pushes it to the limit. I found that if i do one week of weights and one week without weights my body responds MUCH better because your muscles need at least 48 hours to repair.

    Its just like when people say don't do biceps alot if you want them bigger. Well that goes the same for lifting weights in general. Since starting the program(s) I have lost 7 pounds and im only 3 weeks in.
  • bijockmuscle

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    Nov 09, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    TattooJock saidwell i just began both at the same time actually. i do one week of p90x and one week of insanity. They both are HARD but insanity takes it to a new level! It really test your core!

    The reason I am doing both at the same time is because one is with weights and one uses your natural strength and pushes it to the limit. I found that if i do one week of weights and one week without weights my body responds MUCH better because your muscles need at least 48 hours to repair.

    Its just like when people say don't do biceps alot if you want them bigger. Well that goes the same for lifting weights in general. Since starting the program(s) I have lost 7 pounds and im only 3 weeks in.


    and you still go to the gym?
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    Well i do these programs at the gym yes. i have a ipod touch so i watch the workout then do it! You dont really need to do anything more outside of the workout.

    Also if your going to do this workout get EAS Myoplex! Works great and feeds your body right after the workout which is the BEST time to eat!

    Btw when i said 7pounds it was mostly fat. I have a friend who works at my gym before i started my body fat was at 12.3 now its at 9.7 icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
    P90x > Insanity