Extreme Shreds: P90X, Insanity, or JM's 30 Day Shred?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Which extreme fitness workout have you tried and recommend?
    P90X : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Insanity : (13 votes)
    32 %
    Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred : (20 votes)
    49 %
    Other (please specify below) : (4 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I did Insanity to get in shape for my wedding. It works really well. It’s definitely hard. And sometimes it was a pain to do it every day for 60 days… But I made it. I probably would’ve had better results had I stuck to a stricter diet plan… But overall I like my results 🙂 I was actually going to started up again this month but I found out I’m pregnant so it’s gonna have to wait until next year! 

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I’ve only done JM workouts – 30DS and Ripped in 30. I recommend RI30 over 30DS, though they are both good!

    While I haven’t actually done P90X or Insanity, I have looked into it, and they both seem much more intense than JM. They are also usually longer. I prefer working out for 30 minutes with JM rather than spending an hour+ on it, but if you don’t mind long workouts, then something like P90X will definitely get you working hard! I’ve heard lots of good things about both programs.

    Post # 6
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    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @bowsergirl:  This! I prefer RI30 over 30DS, too, but 30DS is a good starting point. 

    Post # 7
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    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I work out a fair amount as well.  I’ve done a few types of workouts and jsut went through the Insanity schedule minus the easy rest week and low intensity work outs since I spin, run and play co-ed softball.  I just fit the next workout into my schedule.  Its hard, but works really well and am now onto the Focus T25, whcih to be honest, yes its 25 minutes of hard work but I always feel cehated, so I normally so one workout and supplment it with either an ab, toning or cardio workout.

    If you have problems with your knees though Insanity is pretty hard on them.  I have had a few sore knee days, while Focus T25 is hard on your ankles I’ve found.  P90x I’ve onyl tried a few of the workouts but they seem ok as well but I hate having to keep track or buy equipmetn to workout after spending teh money for the DVDs.

    Post # 8
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    1301 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I did about a week of Insanity and pretty much threw up. That was when I though I was in moderate shape…going to the give 3 to 5 days a week for an hour at a time. I was wrong. I am going to get back on the horse though because I want to tone up. I just know now that I need to plan to be sore for several days after the first few workouts. 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I really liked Insanity.  It’s harder than JM (which sounds like what you’re looking for, something that’s an ass kicker?)  Didn’t try P90X but it involves a LOT of weights.  I like that Insanity is just you and your body and the video, but you’re dying by the end.

    Post # 10
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Okay so I’ve written this it feels like a billion times this week (people are asking about shreds a lot this week!), so here’s my condensed version: Any of the JM videos are a nice way to get into working out and force yourself to get used to doing something consistently, but I didn’t see many results like…at all. But it did make me confident in my strength enough to do a full 3 month program…Then I did Supreme 90, which is similar to P90x but without so much plyo (I have bad knees), and they encourage going heavier and heavier with weights, and by the end I was in the best shape of my life. I very much recommend one of the JM 30 day programs to get used to doing a consistent program then moving up to Supreme 90 OR P90x/Insanity (if you have the time and knees for it, I’ve seen the Beach Body programs work wonders for DH and friends, I just can’t do them w/ my knees)

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    There’s also Turbo Fire, which I have donea nd is kind of fun but not as intense as Insanity, but not as “easy” as the 30 day shred.  Ripped in 30 is a really good work out program as well. 

    I tend to do most of my workouts on DVD  🙂

    Post # 12
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    Newbee

    I highly recommend 30 Day Shred! Though with the exercise you currently do, this may not be quite the level you’re looking for. 

    That said, I did 30 DS a few years ago semi-religiously and it completely changed my fitness and how I viewed my body’s capabilties. I still have the dvd and do it a few times every other week because it is fast and always makes me feel like I’ve gotten a complete body workout.

    Definitely highly recommended!!

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Try p90, you get a good mix of cardio (especially if you do the lean version), weights, and resistance training. I do love jillian micheals as well. I’ve done insanity as well but to be honest i found it boring. You pay a pretty penny for several videos that didn’t have a lot of variation in my opinion. 

    Post # 14
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m skinny size 0 but I have major belly fat. I run for 2~3 miles 3 times a week and do P90x Ab ripper X only on the days I run. I can totlaly feel my midsection slimming down and FI can tell the difference too. I’ve only done this for 1month.

    I also tried JM’s 30 DS and her 6 pack in 6 weeks. They’re really great workouts but I don’t feel enough cardio burn (no sweating). I did those workouts also on the days I run. I’d stick with running or swimming, or anything that makes you sweat if you want to loose weight because it’s the best way to burn calories.

    Also, you are what you eat so you’ll need to stick to a strict diet or else all your hard work will go to waste. Meaning no junk food, no pasta, no soda, lean meat and plenty of vegies, eat only fruits and veggies for dinner. Good luck!

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

    I did the 30 day shred for a couple months, and saw NOTHING change.  But that might just be because I didn’t follow a good diet at the same time…  It got a little redundant after awhile, but was a pretty good workout, or at least it felt like it.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I’d start with Jillian Michaels.  I have almost all of her DVDs.  If you do them consistently you WILL get results.  30 Day Shred is an easier one and a good place to start out.  Some of her harder ones that I also really enjoy are Hard Body, Killer Buns and Thighs, No More Trouble Zones, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and 6 Week 6-Pack — but Killer Buns and Thighs and 6-Week 6-Pack have easier level 1 workouts. 

    Insanity is good, too, but not where I would start if you are new to workout DVDs.  It’s harder and a much bigger money commitment.  Jillian’s DVDs will only set you back 10-15 bucks, so if you try it and don’t like it your are out almost nothing. 

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