P90X vs. Insanity

Should you do P90X or Insanity?  Is it better to be working out with Tony Horton every day or Shaun T?  In my opinion, I think P90X is overall a more complete program.  But I also think it’s not so black-and-white on which program is better than which.  I really think it depends on your goals.  Why are you doing the program?  What do you want to achieve?  I want to go over what situations would be a good fit for each program.


P90X is by far the most popular workout program that Beachbody has out there, and for good reason I think.  If you’re looking for a good mix of muscle building, core work, and intense cardio then P90X is definitely the way to go.  It not only has great lifting routines where you’ll be doing lots of work on your “guns” along with your chest and back, but you get great core workouts with Yoga and Core Synergystics.  You also get intense cardio with Plyo X and Kenpo.  So if you’re looking for a program to lose weight and build muscle, then I think P90X is your program.  For people who are out of shape and have been sedentary for quite a while, P90X is a great program to break that trend and help them get back in shape.  Maybe you’re not super worried about performing well in a sport or getting faster on a field/track/rink.  You’re just looking to take control of your health and look and feel better.  For this situation I would recommend P90X.  And if you think P90X might be a little too extreme, then you can always start with Power 90 and work up to P90X.  It’s a great transition.


If you’re wondering if Insanity is really “insane” I can tell you, yes it is.  I remember thinking it was very aptly named during my first round and when I got to the month two workouts, I thought “Impossible” might be a better name!  There’s no getting around it, Insanity is the toughest workout put on DVD.  While I think P90X is a better all-around program, I definitely think Insanity is right for certain people.  For people who aren’t worried as much about building muscle, but maybe want to train for soccer, basketball, track, or a similar sport I would definitely recommend Insanity.  I think even distance runners could get a lot out of a program like Insanity.  Insanity utilizes High Intensity Interval Training, so it leaves you out of breath the whole time.  I remember the first time I played basketball after doing Insanity and I felt like I could run forever.  I was definitely in the best cardio shape of my life.  So if your goal is sports performance, increasing your speed, or increasing your stamina, Insanity will do wonders.  It’s also great for people who have an athletic background, but maybe have let themselves go a bit.  If you’re looking to shed a few pounds you’ve put on, and you’re used to working out at high intensity, then I think you’d prefer Insanity.  Insanity is definitely an awesome program, and was actually my first Beachbody program I completed and I lost 17 lbs. doing it.

So if you’re wondering which program might be better for you, hopefully that helps clear it up a little bit.  If you’re just generally looking to get back in shape, then I would suggest P90X.  But Insanity definitely has it’s place too.  And actually, I think creating a hybrid with both P90X and Insanity workouts is the best of both worlds.  You get great strength workouts while getting crazy cardio workouts on the same schedule.  If you’re wondering how to put a hybrid schedule together, check out my Round 2 hybrid, or message me and I can help you put together a great schedule 🙂  And in all actuality, no matter what program you’re doing, you can’t go wrong if you’re pushing play every day, really bringing it or digging deep, and following your nutrition guide!

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