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I think that was part I didn't like about Insanity... you'll get a cardio workout but not much in terms of muscle building. Since I got to the gym and lift that was okay but, honestly, I'm not a big cardio guy (would rather swim or play ball).
I saw this comparison online a few days ago and thought it was interesting...
I've done P90X, Insanity, and Crossfit. Crossfit felt like the more all around demanding workout but it also varies by the workout of the day. Insanity brought the intensity every single workout, but felt like it was more cardiovascular than muscle building. It all depends on what you are looking to gain from the ass kickings. I would definitely choose between Insanity or crossfit, though.
Pardon my ignorance but is there a way to do crossfit without a gym? The gyms near me that offer crossfit are all over 100 a month. I could buy insanity or p90x for one month's fee.
The reason i like Tapout over p90x is you don't need a pull up bar and the exercises are easier with bands of you do not have access to weights.
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I haven't done it or any of the others, but i'm a bit of a work out nut. i developed my own workout routines from various sources - mostly fitness websites. i'd say results are equal to or better than these systems that are sold. a big part of the equation is food....i try to eat right during the work week - high lean protein, high fiber, etc. weekends are mine.
I'll put it in terms like this - I was 155 all through college and my friend who is the same height/body type as me was 190. He ended up burning that and got down to 150-155 after running through it 2-3 times. It helped him tremendously with his speed in soccer and muscle endurance. Insanity uses your body weight as the only resistance. You could always add weighted vests and things like that to get stronger through insanity, but it does not have a weight lifting component to the workouts so my friend started to add that into his routine before switching to Tapout.
While I was doing Insanity I mainly did it to lose the extra weight I gained after getting out of college, getting married, and getting a desk job. I went from about 155 to 175. First time through the program I lost about 10 lbs of what I would imagine was water weight in the first week. 2nd week I lost another 5 lbs. During the second week I got jumper's knee and had to cut back on Insanity. I ended up dropping it but got back in it about 6 months later and getting back up to 175lbs.
My second time through I didn't notice insane weight loss like I had the first time, but that's because I was being overly cautious with my knees as I did not want to repeat the injury. I got faster on the soccer field and was a solid 175 instead of a soft 175.
With whatever you do - the key is form. If you are out of form you will end up hurting yourself. When I did Insanity the first time, I could keep form if I kept the right pacing, but I wanted to get the most out of it so I pushed myself to go harder and faster and that caused me to get out of form. Just know your pace and keep form and you'll be fine. Don't be afraid to alter a move if it doesn't feel right when you do it.
Some things I had to do the second time around was supplement moves because I just couldn't do them without hurting my knee regardless of form. But I gotta say, I love doing the Heismans in that workout.
Thanks Scoop. You've sold me and I'm definitely gonna try Tapout XT now!
I might give Tapout a try because I've already eon P90x and Insanity in the past and I'm afraid I'll get bored if I do them again.
Were the exercises rough on your knees at all (jumping exercises really take a toll on my knees after a few days)? Do they supply different resistance level bands or do you have to buy those separately? Did you do/recommend TapoutXT or RushFit (is there a significant difference between the two)?
I did P90X about 3 years ago and had great results. Toughest part is just hitting play every day because, to be honest, there are plenty of days that you won't want to. Ended up losing about 25 lbs (190 to 165), had huge gains in strength (went from 3 pull ups to 18) and speed (without running at all, shaved my per mile times from about 9:00 to 8:00 for a 10K). The lifting workouts are solid, but Yoga sucks (way too long as mentioned above) and the Kenpo "martial arts" workout is a waste of time (do other cardio instead). I looked at the meal plan and followed it for about a week. I ended up just cutting carbs out for the most part.
I did Insanity this past fall all the way through (had half assed it last year). I ended up gaining mass doing it, though not a lot. I went from about 165 to 170 over the 60 days. Saw gains again in speed and stamina (dropped my per mile times for a 10K from 8:00 to 7:30), but not as much as P90X. But it was a lot more tolerable because the workouts are shorter (at least for the first month).
Crossfit's expensive because it requires weights, and racks would be good too. If you don't want to go to an actual crossfit gym, you'd probably gain more from just learning to lift and properly heavy lifting. A lot of the benefit of crossfit is the motivation of doing it with others, but it's not nearly as hard a workout as you can push yourself to do with just a bench and a squat rack.
Any other folks on here do the bootcamp stuff? I've been doing it around 3-4 times per week here in b'burg for around 4.5 months now and love it. While I haven't dropped much weight, my body has transitioned from fat to muscle (pants are all big on me now). I'm 29 and this is definitely the best shape I've been in since high school. I've heard too many horror stories from cross fit. Bootcamp uses weights, but it's more reps versus strength.
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