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Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
Has anyone done both Les Mills Combat and Insanity? How do they compare in intensity? I just started Insanity and it's kicking my butt.
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
11/4/12 2:18 PM as a reply to SeniorFitCoach.
Les Mills Combat hasn't come out yet.
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
11/6/12 11:28 AM as a reply to SeniorFitCoach.
I havent done it, but I was told its pretty intense. Now I dont know if its as intense as Insanity but I sure hope its more fun. My coach has done the pre-workout. Ill ask him about it and come back to you.
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
11/6/12 3:19 PM as a reply to SeniorFitCoach.
Ok so Combat has different intensity levels because you can modify the moves. My coach says its not as intense as Insanity but you can make it very intense with the weighted gloves and the extras you get in the ultimate kit. My guess is they made it more readily available for everyone, so that people looking for low-impact moves can still do it.

Let me know if you have any more questions.
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
11/6/12 4:59 PM as a reply to SeniorFitCoach.
azfatboy:
Has anyone done both Les Mills Combat and Insanity? How do they compare in intensity? I just started Insanity and it's kicking my butt.


Hi! It has not come out yet, but sampling of the workouts moves from Les Mills PUMP combat and it is going to be intense, but as I have done Insanity I feel it will be less intense. I think it will be pretty intense though- it is meant to be a kick butt program. I ordered it and got the gloves (which are not weighted). I think they are two totally different programs- what intrigues you?

Cheers,
Christina
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
12/17/12 9:47 AM as a reply to CoachCBove.
Just started Combat. So far it's much, much easier than Insanity. Lots of fun, though.
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
12/20/12 8:24 AM as a reply to SeniorFitCoach.
Hi AZ. I've finished Insanity in the past and started Combat a couple days ago. As far as intensity, there aren't many programs that can match the cardio intensity or difficulty of Insanity. So if it's kicking your butt then that means you're actually doing it right, just be sure to use form over speed at ALL times because those jumping exercises come with a high risk of injury. Sadly, Shaun T shows very little, if any, modifications to the moves so modify however you need to. Better to be able to workout tomorrow than to have an injury that resulted from "digging too deep"! Anyway, IMO Insanity is king as far as cardio intensity.

But I think Combat gets the nod with the weight training intensity. I just did Power HIIT which uses weights for most of the workout. The amount of sweat and the temptation to beg for mercy (lol!) during Power HIIT was about the same as during any Insanity workout! So while Insanity's ability to improve your cardio may be second to none, Combat fills a void that Insanity seemed to leave out. The Insanity deluxe package has an upper body weight training dvd which is actually a great workout but rarely gets attention due to all the emphasis on cardio and improving your "lower half".

So that's how I think they compare in intensity. Even though I've only done 2 Combat workouts so far, I also watched the other videos. While Insanity might be more difficult overall for many reasons, Combat brings a "fun" element that differs from the usual aerobics or cardio kickboxing-type classes while including weight training. For that reason I think Combat is better as a total body workout. The fun aspect itself can encourage people to work harder and not dread working out the next day. I'm sorry if I sound like I'm trying to discourage you from continuing Insanity. I'm not. By all means do what you can with Insanity because it deserves all the praise it's gotten ever since it came out. Just remember that with any workout, the key thing is whether or not you want to do it. If you want to do it, then you'll make it intense enough.
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
12/28/12 12:18 PM as a reply to bigalxc.
i started and finished insanity and LOVED it, now im on week 2 of les mills combat and as an ex boxer i cant get enough of it! honestly they are both pretty different but im sold on les mills combat for sure!
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
12/28/12 1:30 PM as a reply to CassyDF.
I am LOVING Combat! emoticon
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RE: Les Mills Combat vs Insanity
1/12/13 10:53 AM as a reply to rise2occasion.
You know, I've done both as well, and can say that initially Les Mills Combat seemed easier.

Yeah, you read that correctly, initially.

When I did the first few Les Mills Combat workouts, I was sorely let down after doing Insanity. But I fought through it and now feel like I am getting an extreme cardio workout with Les Mills too. (This is not including the HIIT workouts--they would make even Shaun T. hurt)

The trick seems to be, when you're doing the combat cardio workouts, to punch and kick as hard as you can. Try it. You'll be taking the same breaks you took in Insanity right in the middle of the workout.

Since I started doing that, wow. What a difference. I am loving Les Mills Combat now.

And I really like the shortened warms ups too. And every warm up is different, unlike Insanity where they got to be pretty boring after a while (How many times does Shaun T have to go "straighten legs"!?)
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