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HAPPENINGFISH SparkPoints: (0)
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1/4/13 8:48 A

I haven't yet gotten to insanity (I let my fitness base slide for a while and now I'm building it back up), but I've watched it and I've done p90x. I think all the advice you're getting is the right stuff.

I thought I'd mention that I think what will help you get the most out of Insanity is if your form is solid. For me, when I'm at the point when I can complete most of P90X with good form and without phoning it in, I'm ready for Insanity. It's the difference between flinging myself through a workout just to get through it, and being able to have the focus to devote attention to every move.

SNAZZYMC Posts: 268
1/4/13 8:29 A

I am on Week 3 of Insanity....and yes, it's INSANE!!!
Words of warning - this is not an easy program. If you are just starting out, or don't have much of a fitness base, I do not recommend it. You're likely to get injured and/or get discouraged and quit. I have been working out for over 3 years and also run long distances (HM) and find this program wicked hard.
Re: P90X vs Insanity -- I debated between the 2, and eventually went with Insanity because I didn't have the extra equipment needed with P90X. I also wanted something with a higher cardio focus as a cross-training option with my running (it's winter, I'm a wuss, and don't want to lose my stamina/endurance while it's freaking cold). I stick with the gym for my ST.
One other note -- eBay! I paid half of what it's going for in stores (including shipping)!

1/4/13 6:47 A

This was great information. thanks!

AMSUPPA SparkPoints: (965)
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1/12/12 11:53 A

I have done both. p90x is more of a strength training with some cadrio excerises and insanity is literally insane cardio fat burning and strength training combined. Insanity is very very tough to start out with though. I would start with p90x then move up to insanity. They are both amazing work outs

LEHERSELF SparkPoints: (5,341)
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12/9/11 11:49 P

Basically, P90X is a cross-training program that uses a mix of weight training, yoga, cardio, and plyometrics to improve overall fitness and body composition over the course of a twelve week program.

Insanity is a high intensity cardio bootcamp type of workout that involves a lot of bodyweight calisthenics like push-ups, squats, jumping jacks, etc. as well as a lot of plyometric movements pretty much every day for the duration of its 8 week program.

Which one you want depends on your goals and current fitness level. I would say that P90X is much more modifiable for people who are more beginner/intermediate level - you can use lighter weights, fewer repetitions, more rest, etc. to make the workouts doable for you. Insanity is harder to modify in the sense that so many of the movements are high impact, even if you do less of them, if your body isn't prepared for it then you're not as likely to do well.

P90X is much more strength and muscle building oriented. Insanity is all about the cardio and burning fat. There's more variety in P90X workouts than Insanity workouts - Insanity is a lot of the same stuff day after day.

P90X requires more equipment - ideally a set of dumbells and a pull-up bar, although you can also use resistance bands. Insanity just requires open floor space.

P90X workouts are generally at least an hour long, with yoga being more like an hour and a half. Most Insanity workouts are less than an hour long.

A lot of people do P90X first, to build up general fitness, and afterwards do Insanity to "take it to the next level". Then a lot of people also do a P90X/Insanity hybrid, where you do P90X strength workouts and replace P90X's cardio workouts with Insanity workouts.

Hopefully that gives you a bit more information to go on. Good luck with whatever you pick :)

Reference: I own both programs.

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12/9/11 1:51 P

I did P90X and don't know much about insanity. I had pretty good results. I lost about 15 lbs and went down a little over a pant size plus I of course got way stronger. I think it's a good investment if you use it properly-meaning making that commitment to do every work out. If you skip days or don't finish the 60+minute workouts then you shouldn't expect good results. Good luck!

MOM2HANDH Posts: 45
12/9/11 11:54 A

So I'm looking to step up my exercise plan a notch (or five) and was wondering what the differences are between the two. Any recommendations for one over the other? I currently exercise 3-4 times a week, 20-30 min, though I trained for a half marathon last spring.

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