Beachbody Insanity vs. P90X: Which One Is Better?
My Critique of Insanity
I tried the Insanity workout program for then weeks then I stopped. I decided to move back to P90X. I stopped using Insanity because the Insanity workouts were very hard on my knees. In , trainer Tony Horton says that it is about getting results not about getting hurt. I took his advice when my knees started getting sore from all of the jumping involved in the Insanity workouts. I can handle the little bit of jumping that P90X requires during the Plyometrics work out, but the daily jumping in Insanity was too much for my knees. P90X
I looked around on the internet and I am not alone with this opinion. A lot of people have complained about knee pain while doing the Insanity workout. I did break my kneecap when I was a kid, so that might have something to do with it. But, In my opinion, the knee pain is not caused by my past injury. It is caused by the serious jarring exercises that Insanity incorporates into its workouts. Toward the end of my three weeks, Jumping Jacks were getting painful on my knees. Since I moved onto P90X, I’ve done Jumping Jacks with no pain at all. It isn’t the jumping jacks that causes the pain. It is the constant jumping throughout the Insanity workouts that creates a condition where any small amount of jumping was causing me knee discomfort.
Another reason that I quit doing Insanity was the lack of results. My weight fluctuates from day to day, so it is hard for me to nail down my exact results after 3 weeks. It could be a pound or two lost or it could be no loss at all. As with any workout plan, I know that results are not immediate. I use the philosophy that working out is good for me, and if I do what I have to do the results will come with time. I know that sitting on my butt isn’t going to change anything, so working out is only going to improve my current conditioning.
With that in mind, I needed to see something to encourage me to work through the knee pain and continue with Insanity instead of P90X. I wasn’t seeing any results from Insanity. I looked on the internet and a lot of people go through 3 or 4 weeks on Insanity with no weight loss. The common claim by the trainers is that people are not eating enough to keep their bodies from going into starvation mode. I used the same eating habits through Insanity that worked for me in P90X, and the results were not the same. The Insanity workouts are intense, but my results were insignificant. That is why I think that P90X is better than Insanity.
Beachbody Insanity vs. P90X
We have seen the Beachbody Insanity and P90X work out infomercials on late night TV, but how many of us know which program is a better fit for our personal fitness needs. We are going to face off Beachbody Insanity vs. P90X to see which program is right for you.
Insanity is considered by many to be an alternative or follow up to the popular P90X workout program by Beachbody. There is a significant difference between P90X and Insanity. Insanity is a cardio intense workout plan that utilizes interval training to get you the "best workout of your life" where P90X is a program that incorporates cardio but focuses more on strength training using dumbbells, pull ups and your own body weight to provide the resistance needed to build muscle and burn calories .
The Insanity workouts are shorter than the P90X workouts. Insanity workouts typically last only 45 minutes. Insanity workouts start with a warm up that is a cardio session for the first 10 minutes or so. That is followed by a stretch/yoga session for about 10 minutes. Then the main workout follows. The Insanity main workout lasts about 20 minutes. Twenty minutes may not sound like much, but trainer Shaun T will have you sweating before it is finished. Insanity workouts are six days a week with one day off to recover, just like P90X.
Insanity Will Improve Athletic Performance
Just because Insanity was not better than P90X for me, does not mean that Insanity isn't right for you. I am not a Beachbody coach. I am just a guy looking to pass along some honest information on this product. If you are a basketball player, tennis player, football player, soccer player, etc with good young knees, then Insanity could improve your performance more than P90X. Insanity incorporates a lot of moves that work on your lateral movement, jumping ability, cardiovascular endurance, quick twitch muscle development and sprinting. It even mixes in a small amount of strength training. If your main goal is to get quicker, and jump higher, then Insanity is going to do a better job for you than P90X.
What Is P90X?
A quick description of the P90X workout consists of the following:
- 6 days a week of workouts
- 3 of those days are strength training
- 2 days are cardio training
- 1 day of yoga.
There is plenty of variation throughout the 90 days of workouts to keep it interesting and effective. Each workout is about 1 hour, but the strength workouts are followed by a tough 15 minute abdominal workout called Ab Ripper X. Yoga day is the longest workout and it lasts about an hour and a half. Insanity is a much shorter workout than P90X. It could be a better option for someone that wants a high intensity workout, but doesn't have a lot of free time.
Another disclosure is that I do not use any of the recommended supplements while I'm working out. The use of supplements and meal replacement shakes could give you significantly better results than I was able to achieve without supplementing my routine. I was able to drop anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds a month during the P90X program.while building up both my muscle mass and overall body strength. If you have a huge lack of energy maybe supplements will help. If you are looking for a lot of muscle gain, then supplements will help. If you are looking to get fit, lose some weight, and gain some muscle definition then you do not need anything other than a healthy diet. It is recommended that you consult a physician before starting any workout program.
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Who Should Use P90X?
If you are someone that is looking to lose a few pounds and doesn’t really care about your 40 yard dash time or your vertical leap, then I wouldn't recommend Insanity to you. P90X is better than Insanity in my opinion when it comes to maintaining or losing weight while building muscle. P90X is not only easier on your joints, but it also incorporates more of a full body workout than Insanity. Even though I didn’t complete the Insanity work out, I think that I gave it enough of a trial to give an honest critique. The strength training days of P90X give me more to look forward to throughout my workout. The strength training also ads a sense of accomplishment to the P90X workout. It is nice to see muscle development and an increase in strength as you work through the P90X program. P90X gives you that with it's strength days, while Insanity left me wanting more. Insanity is more monotonous than P90X because the cardio never stops and a lot of the workouts are very similar. Insanity seemed like Run, Jump, Stretch and the workout is done to me.
I may try to incorporate a few Insanity work outs into my P90X workouts as many people like to do. They call it a hybrid work out where you do the P90X strength training days with Insanity replacing P90X on cardio days. Three days a week of jumping might be more tolerable on my knees than the 5-6 days of jumping required while doing the Insanity program. It may not be necessary though, because P90X has it's own cardio workouts that seem to get the job done.