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P90X or Insanity: Part 2

Ah yes, the question that many fitness junkies are asking themselves, should I do P90X or Insanity? Well, I guess I can’t say “fitness junkies” because there are quite a few people that are very out of shape and have never worked out in their lives who are looking into extreme programs like P90X or Insanity, which is just fine! In fact, I was an out of shape 180 lbs tubbo looking for a complete program that would challenge the heck out of me, and P90X was the answer, at the time of course! After P90X, I went ahead and did P90X Plus and then the dreaded Insanity. Now that I’ve gone through both programs, though, which one do I recommend the most? Time for you to find out.

Which is it, P90X or Insanity? Which program do I feel has the edge when it comes to getting the best results? And the winner is….P90X of course! I mean, how can I go against the program that helped me lose 15 lbs and 10% body fat, and build muscle at the same time? I can’t! However, let me explain my reasoning. Insanity is a great program, don’t get me wrong, but in my personal opinion, and that’s all it is, an opinion, it lacks one of the most important factors in achieving the best results, and that’s resistance training. When I went through Insanity, I ended up losing quite a bit of weight in the first month, but I also lost a ton of muscle that I gained from P90X. In fact, before I started Insanity I was curling sets of 45 lbs, but after one month of Insanity I was back down to 30 lbs. For some reason if I focus on just cardio training I burn way too much muscle. I’m the kind of guy that likes to have a little bulk, but yet be very cut at the same time, which I can definitely achieve, but not with cardio workouts alone. Because of the balance of cardio and resistance training, along with a well balanced healthy diet, I was able to achieve unbelievable results with P90X! (Check out my full P90X Review)

However, just because I’m the kind of guy that gets the best results from a combination of cardio and resistance training doesn’t mean you are, or that you even have the same goals as me. Maybe you absolutely love cardio workouts and are just looking to get super lean, and if that’s the case, then Insanity would be the perfect program for you. Also, Insanity is a great program if you really enjoy pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and want a real test. When it comes to toughness, Insanity has the edge because I have never had to push myself that hard before. There are points during Insanity where your heart rate is so high that you feel like you’re going to faint, but for some reason I really enjoy that. I’ve always been one to push myself hard, and Insanity was a real challenge. It’s funny because I think back to the cardio conditioning in college and thought that was hard, but then I go through Insanity, making the conditioning look like little pee pee cardio. If you’re a college athlete and looking to increase your cardiovascular endurance, Insanity is the way to go. (Check out my full Insanity Review)

So in conclusion, which is better, P90X or Insanity? I guess when it all comes down to it, it all depends on what you want. If you’re looking to get super lean, go with Insanity, but if you want to get stronger and toned, P90X is the answer. However, now that P90X2 is coming out, I have a feeling that P90X2 is going to take the crown over them both! Because I’m in the new P90X2 Shoulders & Arms video, I got to see the development of many of the other videos, and let’s just say that you all are in for a treat!

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  1. I agree with you Josh. I like Insanity but LOVE P90X!! Insanity definately takes the cardio to a whole new level thought.

  2. Hey Josh! First off congrats on all of your success it is truly inspirational!!! Right now im a week from completing insanity and i have gotten some good results so far my cardio is through the roof!!! But I havent had the ripped results ive wanted around my midsection arms and shoulders still a bit of fat there. Ive been following the fat shredder plan and have been consuming between 1600 and 1900 calories a day. I got p90x a few days ago and im going to be starting in about 2 weeks! I was just wondering if p90x will help me get the ripped results im looking for with all the resistance training? I mean i love insanity but i dont think it really focuses on the core that much and thats what im really wanting to tone up! Im gonna be staying on the fat shredder plan for about the first 2 months when i start.
    Hope to hear back from you soon!!

  3. @John. What I want you to do is replace the P90X cardio workouts with the Insanity workouts. Because you’ve already gone through Insanity, the P90X cardios will be too easy. Personally I feel that if you want the best results, you absolutely have to incorporate resistance workouts, and P90X has the best ones!

    Also, have you made me your coach yet? If not, make sure you do so that I can be here to help you through the program. It’s free, and here’s the link:

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