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Insanity vs P90X for push ups
Hi all!

I recently finished TurboFire and lost 25lbs, but now I am in the process of joining the Army Reserves as an officer candidate and have to take the APFT and pass it with flying colors. 90 days ago when I started Turbofire, I was 190lbs and I never worked out. Now I am down to 165lbs and I can definitely tell Turbofire helped with my cardio conditioning, because I ran a mile for the first time in my life without having to stop and walk the other day. Now, I need to find a program to help me pass the sit up and push up portion of the APFT. As of right now, I can only do 4 push ups. My goal is going to be 25 in 2 minutes. Has anyone tried both P90X and Insanity and can you suggest which program you think would be better for improving my push up score in the shortest amount of time?

Thanks for all the help!
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RE: Insanity vs P90X for push ups
1/12/13 8:56 AM as a reply to hnsmith116.
Hi there,

Congratulations on your success with TurboFire, that's awesome! Great job.

As for p90x and Insanity, I've done both and I think either one could really do wonders for your push-ups. I couldn't do more than 1-2 before I started and both helped me tremendously (now I can go non-stop to about 50ish). I think there's a couple of things that you can consider and it'll probably come down to your personal preference. p90x has workouts that make you do a lot of push-ups, of various kinds, spread out over three months. Insanity also has a variety, in a different way, but it's only two months. Personally, I thought I got more out of Insanity because you're going hard and fast and you just do a ton of push-ups, while p90x is a bit lower intensity and the focus is on building muscles all over. So part of it may depend on how you feel about doing lots of cardio at the same time or using equipment/weights.

If you are hitting the Reserves, I would almost say Insanity is the way to go. It'll definitely up your push-up numbers, strengthen your core for sit-ups, and it'll really improve your overall endurance and conditioning. Plus, depending on how much time you have before the tests, Insanity will squeeze in more into less time.

Either way, both programs will help improve your numbers.

Hope that at least helps a bit!

Best of luck to you!
Doro
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RE: Insanity vs P90X for push ups
1/12/13 9:01 AM as a reply to hnsmith116.
I've done both P90X and Insanity. You may get mixed answers but based on what your goals are I would go with P90X. I enjoy Insanity workouts more than P90X because I love working on my cardio but P90X helped my strength level explode with push-ups. I would use dumbbells or pushup stands to get the extra range of motion that they'll demonstrate in the videos. I'll send you a buddy invite so if you have any more questions. Larry Shelton - Endurafit
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RE: Insanity vs P90X for push ups
1/12/13 10:20 AM as a reply to hnsmith116.
Yeah, I think both are good, but P90X will help with total upper body strength which will not only help with the push ups, but everything you do.

Insanity is great for the cardio though, so you might even want to consider a hybrid where you do the P90X strength training and the Insanity cardio, thereby getting the best of both worlds.

Best of luck!!

Coach Zarno
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RE: Insanity vs P90X for push ups
1/12/13 1:32 PM as a reply to hnsmith116.
Congrats on your success with TurboFire, that's awesome!! It's amazing the progress you can see with these programs.

From a push-up perspective, you would be much better off going with P90X. Insanity mostly focuses on shedding weight and fat, but P90X has more of a focus on strength. I've done both and would definitely recommend P90X.

Tom
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RE: Insanity vs P90X for push ups
1/16/13 7:00 PM as a reply to hnsmith116.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I have been battling the flu, but I think I have decided to start P90X come Monday morning!
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