P90X First or Insanity First?

If you are interested in trying out both Tony Horton's P90X and Shaun T's Insanity home workouts, but don't know which one to do first, then you have come to the right article. Below, you will firstly find a breakdown of both the P90X and the Insanity home workouts and then after that a section discussing what you should consider when deciding on which home based workout you should start out with -- P90X or Insanity first.

Tony Horton's P90X Workout

The P90X workout lasts for 90 days of varying exercises aimed at 'muscle confusion' to stimulate muscle growth as well as weight loss. The workout comes with a 12 disc work set varying from Yoga to Abdominal workouts, it also provides you with a full fitness guidance plan as well as a nutritional guide aimed to promote and aid healthy muscle growth. Only simple gym equipment is required, namely a pull up bar as well as dumbbells or resistance bands.

Shaun T's Insanity Workout

Shaun T's workout lasts for 60 days and which although it encompasses varying exercises, it is mostly constituted towards a cardio regime through max interval training (MIT), that is primarily aimed towards weight loss and reducing fat percentage levels. The workout comes with a 10 disc workout set, and a nutritional guide that is dedicated towards healthy weight loss. There is no need for gym equipment for the insanity workouts, although a Yoga mat is advised.

P90X or Insanity First?

Firstly, what would you like to ultimately achieve first with the home workout, muscle growth or weight loss (ultimately you will want both, and both workouts can provide you more muscle and weight loss but simply to varying degrees)? With the Insanity workout you are likely to see weight loss quickly and overall -- more fat lossed by the 60th day than P90X, however if you are wanting to see more muscle gains (with which Insanity will provide little), you are far more likely to see them with the P90X workout.

How experienced and fit are you now? It has to be said that the Insanity workout can get real tough, and perhaps maybe too much for the standard beginner -- where as in the P90X workout you can at least control the number of reps and weights you are doing etc. So in this regard, if you are a beginner it may be worth considering carrying out the P90X workout before starting a more advanced cardio session with Insanity (but remember, P90X isn't exactly a walk in the park either).

Time requirements -- not only does P90X last longer (i.e 90 days), but the actual workouts themselves tend to be a fair bit longer usually lasting just over an hour (75 mins) whereas the Insanity workout is not only shorter (i.e 60 days) but the workouts also tend to be shorter at just under the hour (50 mins). So if you are going to be particularly busy over the next couple of months, it may be that you would want to carry out the Insanity workout as it is shorter first.

Summary: Should You Do P90X or Insanity First?

For me personally, I believe that someone who is not really sure as to which one they should be choosing and doing first as well as just generally wanting to get 'fit', 'healthy' and 'lean' then P90X is probably the way to go, a more well rounded exercise program that will leave you with more muscle and less fat -- hence allow you and your body to be more prepared for whats to come ...Insanity! However, if you are adamant that weight loss and cardio is the way for you, then the Insanity workout is more likely for you, and from which you can build muscle later. But one last word of warning, Insanity is hard... real hard. Tell me whether you have chosen to do P90X or Insanity first and why below in the comments box below, as well as any general questions or remarks regarding doing P90X before (or after) Insanity.