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INSANITY vs. P90X Workout

Beachbody has almost taken over the at-home fitness world. Insanity and P90X are two wildly popular home-based fitness workouts offered by the company. Both programs promise results if followed judiciously — Insanity in 60 days and P90X in 90 days.

Intensity is the common theme in both programs. P90X uses a technique called muscle confusion, developed by renowned trainer Tony Horton. Insanity's point man, Shaun T, introduces a max interval technique to provide intensity. Each technique targets the entire body effectively, providing results based on your commitment to the program.

Insanity Overview

The Insanity program is a complete fitness regimen that can be completed in your home with no extra equipment. Fitness trainer, Shaun T developed Insanity based on plyometrics and muscular endurance. With Insanity, you work out daily for 60 total days, to one of 10 different DVD workouts.

The workouts include cardiovascular, strength, abs and explosive plyometric intervals. Moves such as burpees, plyometric jacks and high knees feature prominently. Included with the DVDs are a workout schedule, in the form of a calendar, an eating plan and a fitness guide.

P90X Overview

The P90X program is a complete fitness regimen that you can do at home with some equipment required, including dumbbells, resistance bands and a pull-up bar. Personal trainer, Tony Horton developed the program based on sound physical fitness principles.

Participants of P90X work out nearly every day, for 90 days, to one of 12 different DVD workouts. The workouts include cardiovascular, strength, yoga, abs and explosive power intervals. Included with the DVDs are a three-phase nutritional plan and fitness guide.

Read more: What Equipment is Needed for P90X Workouts?

Benefits of Insanity

Insanity provides you with many benefits including weight loss, muscular strength and endurance, core strength and some flexibility. The DVDs consist of the following titles:

  1. Dig Deeper and Fit Test
  2. Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  3. Cardio Power and Resistance
  4. Cardio Recovery and Max Recovery
  5. Pure Cardio and Abs
  6. Cardio Abs
  7. Core Cardio and Balance
  8. Max Interval Circuit
  9. Max Interval Plyo
  10. Max Cardio Conditioning and Abs

Benefits of P90X

P90X offers participants many benefits, including weight loss, muscular toning, muscular strength and endurance, core strength and flexibility. The DVDs are organized as follows:

  1. Chest and Back
  2. Plyometrics
  3. Shoulders and Arms
  4. Yoga X
  5. Legs and Back
  6. Kenpo X
  7. X Stretch
  8. Core Synergistics
  9. Chest, Shoulders and Triceps
  10. Back and Biceps
  11. Cardio X
  12. Ab Ripper X

Which is Best?

Insanity and P90X provide comprehensive workout programs to help you reach your fitness and weight-loss goals. But, they're only as effective as your commitment to the plans, including the recommended nutrition and lifestyle changes. If you're not interested in investing in extra equipment, have some experience in working out and have no joint problems, Insanity is the perfect choice for you. P90X may offer a little more scientific programming if you're looking for an entree into the workout world.

Neither workout program is easy, however. Both challenge your commitment and physical fitness levels.

Read more: P90X Workout Program Pros and Cons

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About the Author

Catherine Christy began writing in 2000 for the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. Christy is an American Council on Exercise-certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight-management consultant. She is also certified as a yoga and pilates instructor. Christy holds a Master of Arts in community-health education from University of Northern Iowa.

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