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Insanity vs P90x vs ...?


Hi ladies,

Have any of you tried or know anyone who tried the Insanity workout (workout and meal plan) or P90x?  How hard was it to do and follow?  Any input on this would be great!

If you've tried some other 'plan' then please share that too :-)  I'm looking to start *something* very soon... trying to decide on what that something should be right now!  There are so many choices nowadays!

I found these awesome forums on workout / diet: HERE  and another one  HERE

I always tend to start workout / diet and never finish, or give up half way.  This time I'm trying to equip myself with every info, idea, review and motivation to help me stick to it.

I'm like the chickadvisor weightloss guinea pig lol  ..sigh! ;-)
Jan 05, 2012 @ 11:07 am

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My opinion

.....is Insanity.

But I would preface that with saying you should be in decent to moderate health and physical level before attempting it because it is VERY hard. I work out 5-6 days a week (kettlebells, bosu, spin, power yoga, etc) and found it very challenging.

If you want your ass kicked, join Twist Conditioning or CrossFit. Look it up...there's nothing like it.
Jan 05, 2012 @ 02:29 pm


My boyfriend started going to work an hour or so early every morning to meet up with some of the guys that he works with and they do P90X every morning! The fact that there is a group of them to support each other and give him $hit if he doesn't show up for the work outs is great motivation to keep it up. It is working for him! He feels great and is starting to look more sculpted and trim. He says it's very difficult but a great work out. I would love to try it myself, but I need a support group to be that motivated!

Good luck with your work outs!

Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:01 pm


I've done Insanity and I like the plans that he goes through and how there are tough days and then recovery days. I think it really gets you active and uses every single muscle group. It is definitely tough to get through an exercise in the beginning but eventually your stamina will pick up.

If you don't like the extreme intense workout, another one that's great is the 30 Day Shred video by Jillian Michaels. It's just a 20 minute workout set that still gets your heart rate up and gets in some great exercising.
Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:13 pm


P90x is very intense. My favorite is "ply metrics". The only draw back for me is it is very repetitive and it tends to get boring in my opinion.
Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:42 am

I've done both

I've done both of these programs. I'd vote for P90X. I like that P90X incorporates more weight training and you can increase your weight as needed giving you a bit more flexibility. I also like the variety in workouts. Though I think the cardio kickboxing workout isn't very good and substitute that one with something else.

Insanity is well. . . insane :P I did this after P90X and to me it seems more cardio based while P90X will work on strength and cardio. I wanted to build muscle and get stronger and although Insanity does have elements of that using your own body weight there's definitely less focus on strength training.

I found Insanity more repeatitive than P90X because although the workouts change, they're similar enough to each other that I don't like. P90X workouts vary a lot from each other day-to-day - cardio, jump training, weights, yoga, etc.

I also find Tony Horton more fun as the host.

Lastly, I would definitely caution that you should have an ok base fitness before trying any of these or modify and take breaks as needed because they are difficult. They're also a large time commitment. With the Ab Ribber X it can take anywhere from an hour to 1.5 hours for me to do and it's 6 days a week so that's quite a bit.

Jan 22, 2012 @ 03:20 pm

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