P90X vs Insanity vs CrossFit- Which is the Best Workout Program?
P90X vs Insanity vs CrossFit. The great debate is upon us. Let's examine each of these popular workout programs and determine exactly which is the best program to turn you into a muscular and super conditioned machine. I have tried all these workout programs so let me go ahead and share my thoughts.
The Marketing Behind the Programs
P90X is a 90 day workout program that focuses on the principle of muscle confusion. Most people that workout tend to train the same way for an extended period of time. For example, you may be doing the same chest workout. Week after week, you do flat bench press, incline bench press and pec deck for your chest workout. You do the same type of exercises for other muscle groups. You may switch some exercises here and there, but a majority of your routine stays the same whereby you are hitting a plateau. Muscle confusion centers on the idea that you keep on changing your workouts so your body muscles have difficulty adapting and preventing any exercise plateaus. You are essentially "shocking" your muscles to grow by consistently switching up the kinds of routines that you do.
Insanity is a 60 day workout program that is based on the theory of Max Interval Training. This focuses on performing bursts of high intensity exercises followed by short rest periods. These high intensity bursts can last from a few seconds to upwards of a minute, usually spaced out by short rest times or lower intensity exercises. This is more of a cardio-based routine to try and get you ripped by shredding the fat, but actually places a minimum focus on muscle growth.
CrossFit is a workout program that features dynamic exercises like plyometric jumps, and Olympic lifts while using non-traditional weightlifting equipment such as kettleballs, sandbags, suspension systems or water-filled implements. You are challenged to do a certain number of repetitions of a particular workout in a specific period of time. The more advanced CrossFit users and fans will compete against each other to see how their performance stacks up against the rest of the competition.
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Benefits and Critiques of Each Program
P90X takes a more conventional approach, where you get a little bit of everything. There's days when you lift just weights to other days when you do cardio, stretching and yoga. Overall a good program to do something in the convenience of your home, however, the amount of muscle your body can gain through bodyweight exercises, light dumbbells and resistance bands is suspect. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. Also, does P90X offer much more after the 90 days are over? That seems to leave A LOT of users lost.
Insanity incorporates more endurance and fat burning exercises. With Insanity, you are constantly exposed to plyometrics, core, and cardio training. These workouts tend to be very intense and at a faster pace. Great for fat burning, but cardio should most definitely be a COMPLEMENT to strength training. It shouldn't be the mainstay of your workout. You need to hit the weights and provide progressive overload to build muscle mass. If you just perform cardio, your body will actually eat into your muscle tissue as energy to get through the cardio workout.
CrossFit has developed into a cult following based on its ease of use and results. CrossFit relies on high intensity weightlifting and cardio exercises. You mainly do circuit routines, so the intensity is always kept high and you are forced to complete the bout in as minimal a time as possible. Circuits are great if done with the proper methodology, however, many users of CrossFit actually perform these workouts without understanding the science behind building muscle mass and burning fat. Your muscles NEED roughly 6-8 days of rest between working them out. However, these circuits, which are suggested to be performed multiple times a week, involve generating work from the same muscle groups over and over again. CrossFit does a great job at providing good workout routines, but if consistently following their routine, you will overtrain. Overtraining is detrimental to your muscle building and fat loss gains.
Which is the Best Program?
If you are looking to get the best results out of the three workout programs, definitely go with CrossFit because it focuses on constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity. CrossFit focuses on this concept of trying to bring your muscles to failure. It neglects to achieve scientific muscle pumps and so forth, but working out intensely with weights will build muscle mass. The circuit training will definitely blast you into fat burning and increase your basal metabolic rate as well. Nevertheless, even though CrossFit is the better of the three workouts, I wouldn't say it's the best workout program on the market and here's why...
Why These Workout Programs Aren't the Solution
Examining the Science and Price of the Programs
In order to build lean muscle and to maximize muscular strength, you need to adapt the principle of progressive overload into your routine. This means presenting your body with a stimulus it has never experienced before so it can adapt and grow. A large part of P90X focuses on bodyweight exercises and also using resistance bands and light dumbbells to train with. Insanity mainly focuses on cardiovascular workouts, failing to really stimulate the muscle fibers through heavy and intense weightlifting. CrossFit does do a lot of heavy movements but a lot it incorporates bodyweight exercises, which won't put on the strength and lean muscle mass to your body.
In order to involve 100% of the fibers in a particular movement, two conditions are required:
1) The muscle (and its related body part) must be in a position of full contraction; AND
2) A heavy enough load must be imposed in that position
So, in order to recruit enough muscle fibers for muscular growth and development:
-The stress must be specific and above your threshold
-The stress must be with heavy enough weights to stimulate the central nervous system
-The stress must be progressive overload, meaning you are doing more than your previous session
-The stress must be intense enough
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To build muscle, you need movements that recruit tons of muscle fibers to stimulate the muscle with an impetus to grow. Also, you need to perform SPECIFIC exercises and at the right rep ranges to stimulate the body to produce higher levels of important hormones, primarily testosterone and human growth hormone. This is used to provide the proper anabolic environment for maximum muscle mass accumulation and body fat reduction.
You see, your body's hormonal environment is far more important than the developments you are trying to gain during exercise and these hormones get compromised with too few calories, too much exercise, and lack of sleep to produce at their optimal levels. Muscular development occurs after you provided a stimulus, but working out actually breaks down the muscle tissue. It is up to your regimen outside of the gym to actually start the reparation process so that your muscle fibers grow back bigger and stronger. This is explained fully in the MP45 program, which also provides you with a 45 day plan scheduling everything out for you in terms of your workout and diet. All the science is explained so you know exactly what to do for the rest of your life not just after the 45 days are over. This is a life altering program.
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The type of high intensity training explained in the MP45 Program increases these metabolic processes to burn more body fat in two essential ways. First of all, the higher you elevate your metabolism through intense workouts, the more fat you will burn during the workout as well as to stimulate your body to burn fat for multiple hours afterwards. Secondly, muscle tissue requires a greater amount of oxygen, nutrients, and fuel to perform than other tissues. Since more muscle mass can be acquired through weight training, more energy from fat stores will be used under weight training conditions, thus dropping your body fat levels more.
There is no such thing as spot reduction, so doing bicep curls with resistance bands won't burn fat in the area around the biceps. Instead, it needs to be a whole lifestyle change, where you make the proper tweaks in your training regimen and your diet to burn the fat throughout your whole body. That change will result in you losing fat in your stomach, chest, and ultimately, your biceps. The same goes for building muscle. Bicep curls by themselves have a limited effect on building muscle in the actual bicep. But by performing squats, you actually build muscle in your upper body because exercises like squats, deadlifts, and lunges (when performed with heavy enough loads) release tremendous amounts of those precious hormones, which creates the proper anabolic hormonal environment for you to build muscle in your upper body and burn fat throughout your whole body. The implementation of these exercises is extremely limited when trying to work out in the convenience of your own home.
What is also practically negected in P90X, Insanity, and CrossFit is the concept of nutrition. Nutrition is going to make up a huge composition of gaining muscle and burning fat also. You need to be taking in an adequate amount of nutrients very frequently. Particularly, your pre and post-workout meal and breakfast are extremely important if you want to pack on LEAN muscle.
P90X, Insanity and CrossFit are all super expensive. The P90X workout DVDs cost $120.00. To get the most out of the program you need a set of resistance bands for $30.00 and a chin-up/pull-up bar for another $30.00. Throw the $20.00 for shipping and you're looking at a whopping $200.00 to buy the program. All you need with Insanity is just the DVDs but that comes with a hefty $120.00 price tag. CrossFit courses and gym memberships can cost hundreds of dollars a month. The MP45 program is only a one time fee of $97.00.
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This is Jaret now. Jaret is the creator of the MP45 Program.
This was Jaret during his wrestling years as a college All-American. He knows how to stay lean all year round using his philosophies.
You can follow the workouts posted by P90X, Insanity, and CrossFit, but what do you actually learn from those programs? Do you even know what muscle groups you are actually working? What rep ranges your muscle groups are most responsive to? What the most beneficial meal is to eat before and after your workout? How your body is effected by stimulation and the process of how your muscle actually breaks down muscle and then repairs itself? Being told what to do is not as important as understanding why you are doing it. You'd never be able to solve a math problem alone by having a teacher tell you how do it step by step. Why should working out be any different? You need to learn why first! Then, you can apply it with ease! MP45 will teach everything you need to know about the entire process of getting ripped and lays out a very detailed foundation of what exercises to do and what meals to eat for you to get the body of your dreams for all 45 days. But more importantly, you'll know what to do after those 45 days are over.
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Date Published : 2012-01-21 12:13:43
Written By : Eric Summers
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