The two most popular Beachbody workouts are P90X and Insanity. I completed p90x a little over a year ago (and am down to the short rows of P90X2) and completed half of Insanity. (But plan to surmount the whole thing beginning in about a week). I am excited about both products and have talked about them with friends, family, coworkers, people on the street who ask me for change 🙂 in short, everyone. The number one question I am always asked is “WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN P90X AND INSANITY?” And for those individuals who are concerned about their health, the second is usually “WHICH IS RIGHT FOR ME?”
The answer to the first is easier than the second because the second depends on the fitness goals and the current health situation of the person asking. So let’s answer the easier question first.
P90X is a muscle-building, fat blasting workout that includes cardio workouts, but its concentration is getting stronger and leaner. P90X is based on the theory of Muscle Confusion. P90X changes the workout every 30 days so your muscles do not get used to the workout. Therefore, muscles are having to continually adapt. Muscles GROW as they adapt. (And ladies, please don’t worry about becoming “too muscular” — see Coach Crystal (she has done P90X multiple times).
Insanity is a cardio intense program that uses your body weight for resistance. Insanity’s scientific advance is Max Interval Training. Max Interval Training is training very intensely with short recovery breaks to catch your breath and allow your heartbeat to slow down a little, before cranking the intensity back up to max levels.
LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM AND WORKOUTS:
P90X lasts 90 days (6 days per week). The average workout is about 60 minutes (Yoga is longer at about 90).
Insanity is shorter in both days and time. It is a 60 day program (also six days per week) and the workouts last around 40 minutes.
P90X requires a pull-up bar and either resistance bands or dumbbells.
Insanity has no minimum equipment (though a heart rate monitor will let you know if you are dead… hahaha!!)
P90Xhas Tony Horton. He is a superfit guy. He is also quite corny. He loves his jokes and they make me smile even as I groan. Some of his catchphrases include: “Just Bring it!”, “Keep Pushing Play”, “Do your best, and forget the rest” and my favorite… “Don’t smash your face!!”
Insanity has Shaun T. Shaun T is superfit as well. He is a motivator and his workouts are enjoyable, though his program has less chance for jokes due to its intensity. Some of Shaun’ catchphrases include “Dig deeper!”, “We good, ya’ll?” , “Shaun T is starting to sweat!”and my favorite “That sh*t is bananas!!” (It really is!! haha.)
Now the second question “Should I choose P90X or Insanity?”…
I tried to do Insanity straight from the couch and couldn’t complete it. I could with P90X. I think those who are just getting back into fitness should start with P90X. You can modify enough to do the workout and work yourself back into shape.
If you are getting in shape and want to drop fat fast, I think Insanity is the way to go. While you can certainly drop a lot of weight in P90X (and you will), Insanity forces weight loss with the intensity required. (Now if you finish either off with a whole pizza, it’s not going to matter. Abs are made in the kitchen.) (By the way, both workouts come with nutrition plan which you should follow, too. That is more a “do as I say and not as I do” suggestion. 😉 ).
If you are looking to get stronger, P90X would be my suggestion, though you will also get stronger going through Insanity.
I think both of these programs are excellent and would highly recommend them. You can watch videos of both workouts here. Tell me what your fitness goals are and I will give you my opinion as to which one may be right for you! (Opinions are like elbows, everybody has one. haha, but I have at least tried these workouts! 😉 )
What are your thoughts on P90X and Insanity?