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  • What do we think about P90x and Insanity?

    I'm guessing the response is that both are excessive.... but I'm curious to hear what you have to say and what your experience has been with these programs...

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    I personally like both of these programs. They give me a great workout and I have gotten stronger using them. Its all about personal preference I guess. Utilize the programs how you best see fit for yourself.

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    • #3
      I actually did them both together for over a year. Not so great, imho. I got much stronger in a single month of starting strength than i did the whole time i did the beachbody workouts - all they got me was tired. The volume on p90x is way too high for optimum strength gains, but the two combined might lean you out a bit if you're new to exercise. That said, kenpo x is fun, and i like the yoga too. But most of the weight exercises are bodybuilder-type isolation movements. You're better off sticking to basic compound movements and sprint intervals. Besides, watching the same dvds over and over gets really tedious after awhile.

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      • #4
        Though I'm a personal trainer I'm also very biased when it comes to training protocols. I'm honestly not a fan at all of either. They may work for a while, but they aren't really results-oriented for long term gains. Insanity especially is not at all results-oriented. It's also a lot of volume to jump right into. That being said, I know people who have had success using P90X as a short-term kick start. It all depends on you and how you feel doing it. If you have the opportunity to try it out, give it two weeks...that's usually all you'll need to know whether or not it might work for you.
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        • #5
          Mark did a good post talking about P90X.

          P90X and CrossFit | Mark's Daily Apple
          If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive. --Audre Lorde

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          • #6
            Not much............
            You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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            • #7
              I'm not a fan unless you just got a ton of time to kill and your so young as to not care about the health of your joints. Basically I think there are just far better ways to skin that cat.

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              • #8
                I have a dominatrix for that.
                In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                • #9
                  I think that people confuse marketing with effectiveness. And that people are also idiots.
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                  • #10
                    I may use them in the beginning but only in the beginning...
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                    • #11
                      MC from Begin to Dig has a very in-depth review of the claims made by P90X- begin to dig: Reflection/Critique of P90X review: Part 1 of 3 - muscle confusion confuses the issue Basically they are a bunch of liars. On a side note, B2D is a great, completely science-oriented blog for fitness practices and all things related, though it is definitely not paleo or primal.
                      "Its not about how strong you are, its how well you can move with that strength."

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                      • #12
                        Ok, so there are a couple of ways of looking at this. I'm gonna give y'all mine

                        1. Women who do crossfit for any sustained period of time are yummy. I mean, seriously, that whole met-con thing of crossfit does good things to women aesthetically. And I say this as a happily married man with 3 kids in case my wife is reading this.
                        2. If you have a lot of time and spare energy, P90x will get you leaner and put on some muscle in a hurry. It really is a crash course. For normal people, however, it is too much, too fast. And it isn't sustainable. You do more than one, maybe two cycles, and you'll burn out unless your body craves punishment.

                        --Me

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                        • #13
                          I'll support p90x - well rounded and balanced program. Alot of people slam it (and insanity), but many people (including myself) have gotten great results from the program. The only reason I don't use it anymore is my goals are different then they were when I did the program, but I'm seriously considering starting another round this summer.
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                          • #14
                            I hate these things so much, I just invented a MEGA PROTOCOL called HILLXTOUGH77, it's where you run up a hill as fast as you can for 30 minutes and then do 200-400 pushups. Do this 7 days a week for CRAZY RESULTS.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JLW1084 View Post
                              ....Its all about personal preference I guess. Utilize the programs how you best see fit for yourself.
                              What is this nonsense?!? "Personal preference"?!? The OP explicitly asked what "we" think, as in we're all part of a hivemind who must get permission of others to have thoughts on a subject! Your self-motivated, individualist, just-do-your-own-thing worldview has no place here. Join the Borg!

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