there has certainly been a lot of discussion lately
about these two products! Every month I see
more reviews, Facebook posts, and blog/forum
questions regarding how P90X compares to INSANITY or
vice-versa. I've provided my input regarding
P90X in a
previous article, but I haven't really
said much about INSANITY yet.
P90X and INSANITY are DVD sets that are
a company that
offers other weight reduction DVD programs such as
"Hip Hop Abs", "Turbo Jam", and more.
are marketed to people as programs that will help
you loose weight and get cut in 90 and 60 days
I cannot claim to have completed either of the full
60-90 day programs for P90X or INSANITY... I did
purchase both sets and have gone through each of the
DVDs in order to understand them better, as well as
to pick and choose what I wanted to use. I
still use some of the DVDs for my cardio workouts in
the bad weather and winter months and have learned
to incorporate the upper body warm-up from the P90X
DVDs prior to my weight training days... very
important to get those warm-ups in as I get older
So what's the difference? Which product should you
get? There are a few questions that you need to answer
before I can provide the response to these questions.
Fitness level is a very important question that you need to
understand about yourself. There's no point in
attempting a program that you're not ready for, and the last
thing you need is a reason to bail! The other question
has to do with what type of program you are looking for and
what you expect to get out of it.
To break it down
in simple terms... P90X (Tony Horton's follow up program to
Power 90) is a very comprehensive program that includes a
little bit of everything (cardio, resistance training,
stretching, yoga, etc...), requires some basic equipment
(chin-up bar, dumbbells, yoga mat, pushup bars), and
provides for various levels of fitness so that most people
can start the program without already being fit.
INSANITY (Shaun T - creator of Hip Hop Abs) on the other
hand is extremely cardio intensive, requires absolutely no
equipment (aside from a water bottle and towel), and is
geared towards people that already have a decent base level
of fitness. INSANITY is by far the most challenging
workout that I have EVER done on DVD!
So what do I
mean about "most challenging"? Think of it this way...
for those of us that have wrestled, played football, or any
other sport that requires significant conditioning... think
about those end of practice conditioning sessions that you
always hated. INSANITY is pretty much like that... but
tougher! Non-stop, high intensity, full body
movements, that will make you beg for mercy! The thing
that I like about the DVDs is the simplicity of the
exercises... I don't mean simple.. just that no equipment is
required. The routine takes place on a basketball
court with a couple dozen people following Shawn T through
the routines. You realize the reality of the exercise
intensity as you frequently see members of the workout crew stopping,
gasping for air, and taking breaks during the program...
Yeah, it's that tough!
I picked up
INSANITY (MSRP $120 + s/h) for about $60 on eBay and have
not been disappointed. Although it can sometimes be
humbling to your opinion of your own fitness level, it
certainly gives you something to aspire to! Both P90X
and INSANITY include a nutrition program to help you to eat
right while participating in the fitness programs.
Whether you decide to tackle the entire 60 day program
(following the included calendar that tells you exactly what
DVD to do on what day) or just pick your favorites to
incorporate to your existing routine, I think you will feel
both challenged and motivated to keep it up... if you are
like me and looking for a good butt kicking!
Here are the DVD
titles that are included in the INSANITY box set along with
the description and times:
Deeper & Fit Test - To start, Shaun will put
your body to the test and see what you're made of.
Plyometric Cardio Circuit - Burn fat with
intervals of intense lower-body plyo and
sweat-inducing cardio. (40 minutes)
Cardio Power & Resistance - Build lean muscle
and upper-body definition with strength-training
and power moves. (40 minutes)
Cardio Recovery & Max Recovery - Shaun goes
easier on you once a week so you're ready for the
next round. (80 minutes)
Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs - Skip the intervals
- this nonstop cardio workout is all extreme. (40
Cardio Abs - Do explosive intervals of cardio
and core moves for rock-hard abs. (20 minutes)
Core Cardio & Balance - Take a break after
month 1 and gear up for month 2 with this workout.
Interval Circuit - The interval circuit that's
more intense than anything you've ever done
before. (60 minutes)
Interval Plyo - Push your legs 'til they beg
for mercy with power and plyo, all at your MAX.
Cardio Conditioning & Cardio Abs - Get pushed
to your limit with this extreme cardio workout.
Bodyweight Exercise of the Month!
Here's another great push-up
exercise that gives you a killer ab burn as well. This
one makes use of some furniture sliders to provide you the
smooth mobility of your legs while crunching your abs.
By following up the standard push-up immediately with the pike
up, I can guarantee that you are going to feel this one
Target: chest, shoulders,
triceps, abs (pectoralis major, deltoids, triceps brachii,
Description: Start in
a standard push-up position (high plank) with your feet on a
pair of furniture sliders (a 4-pack of super-sliders will run
you about $10). Do a push-up, and immediately pull your
feet towards your hand, attempting to keep your knees
straight. Slide your feet back out to the high plank
position and repeat for desired repetitions.
Belly Fat -
Where Are My Abs?
"How do I get rid of
this?" has got to be the most frequently asked
question to any personal trainer! Typically
the "this" is referring to that layer of fat around
the midsection, although it really can be directed
at any accumulation of unwanted fat.
There is no such thing as "spot reducing" or
targeting an area where you want to lose fat.
Fat does not turn to muscle... you burn fat and
build muscle. Where you lose fat is determined
by patterns established by your anatomy and
typically occurs systematically throughout your
A pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. A Big
Mac contains 570 calories. Doing 20 crunches
burns about 9 calories. In other words, a few
minutes of abdominal exercise isn't going to make
much of a dent in a lifetime's worth of accumulated
fat. You need to understand that exercises you
do to build midsection muscles won't have much
effect on the fat that surrounds them.
In addition to a standard abdominal routine, one
that is performed 2-3 times per week, the most
effective means of displaying your six pack is to
eat healthy with a good nutrition program and
combine regular cardiovascular workouts (aerobic)
along with your resistance training (anaerobic) for
the most efficient calorie burn. Once you get
rid of that layer of insulation, you'll find that
your abs are indeed under there... somewhere.
history, whether it be artwork or media, a sculpted
midsection has been the idealized epitome of strength
and attractiveness. Muscles in general and abs in
particular are undoubtedly a status symbol. Everybody
wants to be like the guys and gals in the media ads with the
washboard abs. Unfortunately, there are a few things
that people don't take into consideration: those "ab models"
that you see on tv and in magazines
are genetically gifted, it's their job to be in perfect
shape, you only see them on their very best days (nobody
stays shredded all year round), they often use unhealthy
fat-burning drugs to speed up metabolism and melt off the
last bits of fat around their midsection, photographers play
tricks with lighting and touch ups, and you typically see
them when they are holding their breath and flexing.
Although this is not meant not discourage you from your
abdominal goals, it can help you to understand and ensure
that your goals are realistic and achievable.
I posted another good
article on "The
Pooch Belly" in the
newsletter if you are interested
It's Go Time!
So here we are in
July of 2011 and Independence day is a few days away.
Just what is independence anyway? Webster defines
independence as "freedom from the influence or control of
We all have good influences and bad influences in our lives.
Sometimes when we really need to make changes in our
lifestyle, we have to make tough decisions regarding the
influences that we allow around us. Hey, I'm not saying
that you need to cut all ties with your buddy that makes you
eat and drink too much... but controlling the places you go
and frequency might be in your best interest if the results of
the get-together have significant damage on your personal
goals! The same goes for certain places or even stuff
that you watch on TV... you know what your kryptonite is... do
something about it!
good influences and use them to your advantage! Workout
with a buddy... go to lunch with someone that favors salads
over that Wendy's Triple... avoid the "bad" aisles at the
supermarket. Surrounding yourself with good stuff can
really help guide you on your path. Happy Independence
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