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P90X or Insanity.

  1. Lukos007 profile image60
    Lukos007posted 8 years ago

    The two most talked about workout routines on the market are P90X and Insanity. I'm sure you have seen the ads on television. So, which one is better for you?

    Well, it depends on your goals and what you want to achieve. Assess yourself and picture what you want to look like 60 or 90 days from now. Both of these workouts are very good and lots of people are seeing results, including myself.

    P90X works different body parts for each day of the week, like chest and back, arms and shoulders, and legs and back or chest, shoulders, triceps. There are also plyometrics, yoga and kenpo routines.

    Insanity focuses on cardio and plyometrics combined with muscle toning/definition and is based on interval training, pushing you to perform at your peak, followed by a lower intensity set.

    I have not tried Insanity but I am interested in finding out more. I definitely see the benefits of using P90X so I can say it's worth a shot.

    1. rellim25 profile image61
      rellim25posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I asked myself that same question. Which one is better, I researched both and found that Insanity was a little too intense for the beginner, so I chose P90X, However, after I bought P90X I found out that it is not for a beginner,  P90X is great if you are physically fit and can do what is expected. In the infomercial they don't tell you that if you can not do everything that is expected in the fitness test, then you should complete Power 90 or Slim in 6, because P90X is an extreme fitness program and you must work your way up to it. I am still glad I bought it. There are some great exercises that can be done by the beginner, but this will depend on your individual strength. It will take time to get to the P90X level, then you can do as they say and "Bring it"

    2. wellnessgeek profile image52
      wellnessgeekposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I've had my eye on both of those! I'm glad I read Rellim25's post, though. I'm definitely not ready to jump right in yet. Somebody suggested the Jillian Michaels DVDs, so I'll start with those and then jump into Insanity.

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        lolapotterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You might want to check out Power 90 before P90X - Power 90 is the precursor to the latter - which is short for Power 90 EXTREME.   Power 90 will prepare you for P90X!

    3. JulieMcDaniel profile image58
      JulieMcDanielposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      i have the insanity program and love it.

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    StormRyderposted 8 years ago

    I have a male friend who has started P90X and while he was no couch potato he was about 10 pounds overweight. He said the first 3 weeks he had trouble keeping up and couldn't finish the entire workout. Now he is in week 5 and says it's getting much easier and he can keep up and finish all of the workouts. I can see the change in his body already and by the time he hits the 90 day mark he will look fantastic!...P90X does work but it is not easy by any means...I might even try it when he gets done with it???

  3. chief3rd profile image60
    chief3rdposted 8 years ago

    I'm doing P90X now myself and I will do Insanity when I'm done will see which has better results for me personally and let you guys now. But Insanity looks just that way..INSANE!

    1. profile image45
      lolapotterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Insanity is pure cardio - be ready to stretch your endurance!

  4. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 8 years ago

    I started the P90X last year and worked it for about 5 weeks. It really does what it is supposed to do and I couldn't keep up. I'll be starting it again in 2 weeks when my move is complete.

    1. weeyo profile image57
      weeyoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Same for me--it was tough to keep up with, but the results were definate.  Looking forward to starting back up after taking a short break from it.

  5. pageantgirl31413 profile image83
    pageantgirl31413posted 8 years ago

    Both are not for beginners. My husband who is military and completely in shape had a very hard time keeping up with the Insanity program although he loved it. Both programs are truly great but people really have to be prepared for it because it will work out even the best in shape people.

    1. profile image45
      lolapotterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Power 90 is the precursor to P90X and for anyone who hasn't exercised before - or in a while - Power 90 is the perfect first step to P90X. 

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    susanlucyposted 8 years ago

    I have done both Insanity and P90X.  My first round of P90x was completed over 2 years ago and since then I have done 8 rounds of it.  I was in fairly good shape when I started however I couldn't do a pull-up or push-up to save my life.  It was a humbling experience, those first few weeks but the program changed my life!!!  I completely transformed my body and my life. 

    Last summer, I decided to tackle Insanity and it is definitely not for beginners.  It was tough but I approached it like I did P90x.  I did my best and forgot the rest.  It really improved my cardiovascular health. 

    You can check out my story on my site:  www.teambeachbody.com/susanlucy 

    Both programs are excellent. With any program, you should find something you like, you think will challenge you and most importantly set you up to succeed.


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    jenp123posted 8 years ago

    I've heard that Insanity is for more advanced exercisers than P90x, so you start start with P90x. One thing to consider is that Insanity doesn't require equipment while I believe P90x does require you to have some equipment to use at home. Both are expensive programs to buy, but from what I hear, they are both effective and definitely work it.
    Tip--try to find these on EBay. I've found them for a bit cheaper there.

    1. profile image45
      lolapotterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If you buy them from Beachbody, you have a 30-day money-back guarantee - plus if you join the online Beachbody club (for free), you'll get 10% off - become a coach and you can get the products for 25% off.  There are also Beachbody program bootleggers who sell their copies of the program, but without the materials that come with it, you won't get the results you want.

  8. wisetobefit profile image55
    wisetobefitposted 7 years ago

    Similar but not. Insanity is meant for the individual who wants it and wants it bad, don't get me wrong so is P90X both are great programs, bottom line it will depend on your style and your personality likes/dislikes. I prefer Shaun T of insanity, but only because he has other programs that are enjoyable.

  9. grejotte profile image77
    grejotteposted 7 years ago

    I am doing P90 right now and hope being able to do P90x after. I haven't checked a lot about insanity, but from what you said, is it more based on losing weight?

  10. rgarnett profile image84
    rgarnettposted 7 years ago

    I got the DVDs for P90X because my father is doing it and he lost a ton of weight doing it. However, I tried it once and it killed me. I haven't had the courage to try again! I have decided to work my up to it. I just sort of jumped into it and couldn't walk for three days. I have since started with some beginner pilates and yoga and I will slowly work my way up to the extreme exercise! smile

    1. jbettauer profile image61
      jbettauerposted 7 years agoin reply to this
  11. KingDrew profile image84
    KingDrewposted 7 years ago

    I bought P90X a while back and loved it.  I dropped 20 pounds in about a 6 week period without modifying my diet.  I still ate crappy food and drank a lot of beer on the weekends.  I would imagine if I started it over, and actually controlled my diet choices much better, the results would have been incredible.  Though the workouts may start out intense, you feel incredible afterward.

  12. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 7 years ago

    Is this kind of like the XB360?

  13. revortay1 profile image69
    revortay1posted 7 years ago

    I would say that just from watching the infomercials that if you want to gain more muscle as you trim down I would go for P90X however if you are just looking to get slimmer the quickest way possible I would go for insanity. Either way I'm sure you will be pleased with the results!

  14. annmeadows profile image58
    annmeadowsposted 7 years ago

    Either one, as long as you eat a healthy diet you'll see results.

  15. ftclick profile image55
    ftclickposted 7 years ago

    well, I looked at and have tried both. I am in have and have gone to the gym for 15 years or so

    insanity is focused more on cardio (or extreme cardio to me) and P90x is more for bulkier muscle strengthening and stretching.

    I can do insanity but don't want to lose weight or tone it really good with these type of cardio workout every day or 5 days a week.

    P90x is to me a lot of upper body strengthening. I could never do a pull-up crunch but now I can do those after a few months. I guess you figured out which one I picked.

    I will tell you, after I returned to the gym for whatever reason and wanted to try the machines, I was actually stronger upper and lower body than ever but leaner from the P90x workouts. 

    I never had great abs until after P90x. I am better now in that area since about 18 years. It is worth it "boys and girls" as the instructor on the video calls us. I am relieved too that I do not have to do all the reps which they say in the videos.

    Guess what, since I kind of eat healthy already I am not even on the nutrition guide they give you but imagine if I was. I would be even better off. It truly works well if you are dedicated to it for 6 days, eat properly, not necessarily like a health grain and seed nut. I do some of Sean's Insanity's cardio along with dips, 45-degree upside down push-ups though just to change it up a bit. My biggest problem or lack of is doing more than 10 pull-ups using the P90. but I am still in shape.

    any tips on an alternative to pull-ups that gives you the same effect?

  16. weeyo profile image57
    weeyoposted 7 years ago

    Started back on P90X this weekend--I forgot just how tough it is, lol.

    1. Just Jay Today profile image55
      Just Jay Todayposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      you're right about that. My brother told me about p90x and how it would be too much if you're out of shape.  So currently, I'm trying the Body of Fire program, I'll be posting my progress on a hub, so stop by if you get a chance.  keep up the good work.
      Just Jay Today

  17. Angela_1973 profile image66
    Angela_1973posted 7 years ago

    My husband has been doing P90X now for 30 days, I join him occasionally for the yoga and even thought I have been doing yoga for some time, this one is very intense, I don't think I could do it if I was a beginner.  We are pretty happy with the P90X though, I would recommend it.