I get this question a lot. What is the difference between Insanity and Turbo fire. Insanity came out about July of 2009 and Turbo fire arrived on the scene June 2010. I have done Insanity and it is a very serious and intense program that really will push you to your limits to get you to ultimate condition.
Shaun T is the trainer and does an awesome job with motivating and pushing you beyond your thresholds, But Insanity isn’t for beginners at all. If you haven’t worked out in years or never worked out, Insanity may not be for you. Many people see all the cardio work in Insanity and want to get it to lose weight.
That’s fine. The thing is Insanity is filled with very insane workouts and moves that will be very difficult for those who don’t work out daily or regularly. Also if someone were to take the Insanity challenge and they were a beginner, they would have to go at their own pace because Insanity doesn’t have a modifier or someone showing you how to do the moves with less impact or intensity.
Insanity is also a 63 day (or about 9weeks) program based on the principles of Max Interval Training( doing exercises and drills for longer periods and having minimal rest periods) and gives you calorie burning well after you are done with the workouts.
They weren’t kidding when they said you will be pushed to your extremes! I completed Insanity( right after my 2 rounds of P90x 1 Lean and 1 classic Version). I felt after P90x I could take on the world and Insanity had come out during the last week of my 2nd round.
As for Turbo Fire, also Chalenen Johnson has done a fabulous job with the moves and choreography and music in Turbo Fire. You have the option of making Turbo Fire a 90 day( or 12 week) program or a 140 day( or 20 week program based on the package you purchase called advanced Classes). Also Chalene has added a Hybrid schedule with Chalean Extreme.
Turbo Fire uses the principle of HIIT for their workouts. HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training which also allows you too burn calories way after your workout is over. Chalene calls it the after burn effect. To describe this well and clear…your metabolism will be raised for longer periods in turn burn more calories! Same thing occurs in Insanity. Ok here is a huge difference between Insanity and Turbo Fire…During your HIIT drills in Turbo Fire you will hear a siren the siren signals when the HIIT Drill begins. The HIIT drills last from 30 seconds-60 depending on the workout.
After the HIIT drill you get the equal amount of rest time for each HIIT drill. So if you have a 30 second HIIT drill, you will get a 30 second recovery duration. In Insanity you might have a 4 minute drill and you might get a 45 second break if you are lucky. Back to the music in Turbo Fire I noticed that all the moves go with all the music in the workouts. To describe it better…you normally have to continue to look at the TV when you have to transition from move to move, not with Turbo fire!
Once you have memorized the moves the music changes from move to move so you don’t have to look at the TV! I think this is awesome. Plus the music used in Turbo Fire is amazing. You really don’t think you are working out because the music is motivating you constantly! So is Chalene! The music in Insanity is hardcore just get it done no time for games in. Just get it done back round music. Some of the music tracks in Insanity are cool but they aren’t congruent to the moves. Chalene Johnson used a great amount of time and music that will keep you jumping and kicking and really sweating. Also in Insanity you have higher reps in the moves which gives you a easier time transitioning from move to move during Shaun T’s drills. In Turbo Fire HIIT drills..let’s use a 60 second HIIT Drill, you might do 7 different moves within the HIIT drill about 3 times. Now that is tough trust me! Take in mind like I said the music helps you know when to switch to the next move.
I can honestly say Turbo Fire is fun and challenging at the same time. Turbo fire and Insanity are 2 Challenging workouts. Also beginners can do Turbo Fire because there is a modifier for each move! Also there is a Prep Schedule in the Turbo Fire guide in case you feel you aren’t ready for the Turbo Fire Challenge. Also both Trainers, Shaun T an Chalene Johnson are awesome Trainers and motivators. They have their own styles and personalities. Always pick the workout that is best for you and your current physical condition. I had a great time doing Insanity and I am having a great time with Turbo fire.
Both in home fitness programs are for men and woman. Both will get you into better condition than when you started. Also remember it is good to mix things up in your fitness lifestyle so you stay motivated. Both are set to 6 days of working out weekly. Both programs have a nutrition and program guide to help you along the way to the new you. Both programs require minimal equipment.
In Turbo fire you will use a resistance band and a lower body band( lower body band is included in base package). Insanity uses just your body weight. Both have Deluxe or extended packages with tougher workouts. Insanity has 3 additional workouts in the deluxe and Turbo Fire has 5 additional works in the deluxe. Both suggest you use the results and recovery formula from P90x for better results and recovery. Both require that you bring your game face when it is time to workout!
Both require you to be and stay hydrated for better health.Both can be done in the privacy of your home if you don’t like going to the gym. Or both can be used to in your normal routine at the gym to spice up your current fitness routine.Both will allow you to lose weight and get into great shape if you follow their nutrition guides or a healthy clean diet.
It all boils down to which is right for you my friends! Have a great time on your fitness journey! We only get one life so let’s be happy and healthy. Continue to push play everyday.
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James Bethea aka Coachjaye
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