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INSANITY Vs. P90X Workout

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author image Catherine Christy
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.
INSANITY Vs. P90X Workout
Building a stronger body one DVD at a time. Photo Credit Christopher Nuzzaco/Hemera/Getty Images

Insanity and P90X are two home-based fitness workouts offered by BeachBody.com. 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 Tony Horton, while Insanity's Shaun T uses his own max interval technique to provide intensity. Each technique targets the entire body effectively, providing results based on the users' commitment to the program(s).

Insanity Overview

The Insanity program is a complete fitness regimen that can be completed in your home with little to no equipment required. Insanity was developed by Shaun T, a fitness trainer. Participants of Insanity will workout daily, for 60 total days, to one of 10 different DVD workouts. The workouts include cardiovascular, strength, abs and explosive plyometric intervals. 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 can be completed in your home with limited equipment required, which includes dumbbells, resistance bands and a pull-up bar. P90X was developed by Tony Horton, a personal trainer. Participants of P90X will workout nearly every day, for 90 days, to 1 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.

Benefits of Insanity

Insanity can provide participants with many benefits including weight loss, muscular strength and endurance, core strength and some flexibility. The DVDs, providing these benefits, consist of the following:

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 can provide participants with many benefits including weight loss, Muscular toning, muscular strength and endurance, core strength and flexibility. The DVDs, providing these benefits, consist of the following:

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

Conclusion

Insanity and P90X are two highly effective DVD workout programs that offer variety in their workouts. Each program delivers similar results using different techniques to push and challenge the body. Both programs suggest participants consult with a physician prior to beginning and, due to intensity, may not be suitable for beginners. Selection of one program over the other is largely dependent on participant preference.

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