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If something sounds too good to be true – it usually is. That’s the problem with workout plans that promise results and then coddles you along so that you barely move. That type of plan won’t produce the results you desire. If you want results that you can absolutely count on and a body that’s everything you always wanted – you owe it to yourself to check out the P90X workout.

The P90X workout utilizes Plyometrics as its core. Plyometrics is a type of workout that produces fast and powerful movements that are used to increase the performance of top athletes. It also improves the nervous system and helps the muscles develop strength and elasticity so you can jump higher, run faster or hit harder, just to name a few.

Plyometrics, along with other aspects of the P90X workout can help you get fit in a way you never thought possible. As you can imagine – if this system is used by powerful and famous athletes – it’s going to be tough. If you’re a sissy at heart and view a work out as a chore without making a real commitment, the P90X workout isn’t for you.

However, if you want a workout that challenges you every time, one in which you’re never bored with repetitive movements and one that actually transforms your body, the P90X workout can be your answer. Plyometrics isn’t the only link in the powerful P90X workout. Nutrition, diet, motivation and tracking are also a big part of the plan.

Nutrition training in the P90X workout plan takes into consideration your entire physical fitness ability and helps you focus on healthy eating habits and portion size that will make you lose weight and build muscle. But, unlike most diet plans that focus on just helping you lose weight, the P90X workout and nutrition plan is designed to increase your stamina and boost your metabolism for the maximum in weight loss, plus a toned and fit body.

It’s all common sense. There are no pre-packaged meals, costly equipment to purchase or gym memberships to buy. All of the exercises can be performed in your own home with a television and a little room to move. The P90X workout package contains everything you need. Later, when you’re ready to expand the program and enhance your workouts, you can choose to add some equipment such as the P90X Polymetrics mat or the P90X ChinUp Bar that helps with chin ups and pull ups.

The P90X workout fitness plan emphasizes the importance of engaging your entire body and mind for the ultimate experience in fitness training. You’ll also begin to realize the importance of motivation and self-discipline as you continue along with the plan and begin to see results. Online support is available to everyone who chooses the P90X workout plan – and it won’t take long for you to be on your way to a toned and healthy new you.

Shaun T. Insanity or Tony Horton P90X?

Ok so you have decided to start a workout program, maybe because it was your New Year’s resolution to lose those pounds you acquired over the holidays or you just want to look better and feel better.

You have seen the late night infomercials on Insanity and P90X and are wondering which one you should do to get the best results. Before you can answer that question, you need to look at your fitness level, time to workout and how long of a program you want to undertake. With that being said let us look at both programs.

P90X uses the training principle called “muscle confusion” which involves using a variety of exercises, sets, reps, and rest periods. The theory behind this is that if you constantly do the same workouts/exercises your body will get used to it and thus reach a plateau. In other words, your progress will stop producing results and become ineffective. Changing up your routine and exercises will make sure your body does not reach a plateau.

P90X is a 90-day program broken down into 3 phases with each phase harder than the previous. There are 12 workouts ranging from resistance/strength workouts to cardio/plyometrics and even has yoga and Kenpo karate moves. Workouts are from 1 hour to 1 ½ hours long and you get a recovery week between phases.

INSANITY on the other hand is a 60-day program and is broken down into two phases. It is a complete body weight workout program so you will not need any equipment besides a water bottle and towel. A heart rate monitor should also be used to make sure you are working in your zone.

Shaun has added a twist to interval training with his Max interval training he will have you performing long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short 30-second periods of rest. Think of traditional intervals turned on it head. Shaun will have you digging deeper than you ever thought could possible.

You should already have a strong fitness foundation and not have been a couch potato to take on Insanity as even the warm-ups brutal. With P90X, you can gradually work your way up.

With INSANITY you need to make sure that your joints and flexible and resilient as you will be performing a lot of running and jumping moves and if not you will wear them out. A good pair of cross-training shoes is necessary due to the constant pounding from all the jumping, running, squatting and more.

So which one is better? The answer is that they both will get you in the best shape taking very different training approach. What do you want? Do you want a program that is very cardio intense using Max interval or one that incorporates resistance/strength and mixes things up. Do you want your new body in 60 or 90 days? Whichever you choose please note that both workouts are extreme and will give you incredible results.

Before you can answer that question, you need to know some things about the program.

Beachbody the makers of P90X have again come out with a new program that will give you insane results. What is it? It is INSANITY by Shaun T.  This in a sense is like P90X on steroids. Beachbody is well known for having the best of the best when it comes to trainers. Shaun T. has out done himself with this one. INSANITY is a 60-day total body workout using plyometric, nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, abs, and core training with the first half being easier then the second half. Shaun took interval training and turned it upside down.

Shaun has you performing long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises followed by short periods of rest. The reverse is true with regular interval training. Using this method is proving to be extremely effective and popular.

You want a heart racing chest-pounding workout then you got it with INSANITY.  It will have you sweating like never before and the results, well the results are insane.  INSANITY is possibly the most challenging cardio program that you will endure and put yourself through.

This body weight program has you alternating between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your max. Because of its intensity, a heart rate monitor will be needed. The heart rate monitor will let you know how many calories you burn but more importantly if you are in your target heart rate. Burning up to 1,000 calories in an hour is not unheard off.

Along with the DVD’s you will also get their Elite Nutrition Plan, Fitness Guide, and the INSANITY Calendar.

Workout times range from 40 minutes to 80 minutes for the Cardio Recovery & Max Recovery workout. Once a week Shaun goes easy on you allowing you to recuperate and be ready for the next workout.

Because INSANITY is an extreme and physically demanding workout this is NOT for beginners or individuals with any medical conditions but if you are already in some shape, INSANITY will get you in the best shape of your life.

So is INSANITY right for you? If you’re already in good shape and want to push it to the next level and are willing to bust your butt, this is the program for you.

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