What workout program is for you?
That is often a question we are all confronted with at one time or another. You’ve decided to do something about your lack of fitness, your ready to change your health for the better, and you are bound and determined to get it done.
But what workout program will be suitable to get you there?
I am going to talk about a few options giving you the chance to determine which is the best option for you to start with.
As with Beachbody there are so many options for whatever your current level of fitness may be.
P90X for example is a workout program that almost everyone knows thanks to late night infomercials. Another option may be 10 Minute Trainer or maybe Shaun T Insanity.
To figure out which workout program is the best to start with you must first throw your ego to the side. The last thing that would do your body good is to choose the wrong program and injure yourself or just plain not be able to get it done.
So lets take a quick look at the following workout programs and determine for you which may be your best option.
- Power 90
- P90X / X+
- ChaLEAN Extreme
- Slim in 6
- 10 Minute Trainer
- Shaun T Insanity
Keep in mind this article is not going to cover every workout program but we will take a look at some of the most popular, each with it’s own level of difficulty. The full Team Beachbody Store offers other selections aswell so take a look and browse for what suites you best.
This workout program is nothing to take lightly but it may be a better option to start out with than P90X if you are new to the game or just getting back into the roll of things. Power 90 has a variety of different DVDs to keep it fresh and new plus the pace is challenging but allows for adaption.
You will need some extra equipment so keep that in mind.
Power 90 is often a great place to start before you jump into the Extreme version known as P90X. If you feel your not quite up to par and you need some extra conditioning then Power 90 is the place to start.
P90X / X+
I am going to combine two in one here. The P90X workout program and P90X+ (Plus). The plus version is really to follow P90X but is a great addition for those planning a round 2 and looking for added variety.
P90X is the creme of the crop workout program that emphasizes all areas of fitness from cardio, to resistance training, Stretch, and even Yoga!
Most workouts will range from about 1 hour a day up towards 1 and a half hours a day! You must have determination to get it done and also enough time each day to bring it, keep this in mind!
You will also need a set of weights (or bands), a way to do chin ups, a yoga mat, a chair, and a fan can’t hurt.
If you have completed Power 90, 10 Minute Trainer, or you at least actively workout 3 times a week then P90X will be an excellent start. I do always suggest that no matter who you are, take week one as a chance to learn the moves and condition your body, go at it with 70-80% effort.
*If you do not hede my warning I promise that you will be so sore during the first week you may not feel as though you can continue on! This stuff is the real deal and believe me, Tony does not mess around!
Chalene Johnson’s program, ChaLEAN Extreme focuses closer to heavier weight and lesser reps. Most workouts range from 35-45 minutes with only about 9 moves each.
Though this is no joke program either. ChaLEAN is on the level of P90X and should not be taken lightely if you are new to the game. I suggest something like Power 90, 10 Minute Traininer, Slim in 6, or some other lesser intense program to condition pre-ChaLEAN.
I personally prefer the P90X Workout Program of ChaLEAN Extreme but I have heard the opposite from others that stay sided with ChaLEAN over P90X. The choice is yours but they should be considered on the same level of difficulty.
Slim In 6
This workout program is perfect if you are not P90X or ChaLEAN Extreme ready. Slim in 6 is a 6 week program that focuses on cardio (metabolism boosting) and light resistance traning (with bands).
The Slim in 6 workout program is a perfect choice if you need something of less time commitment and of lesser intensity allowing you to adapt and get stronger at your pace.
The workouts here will range from 25 minutes upwards to an hour. I would say Slim In 6 is an equal option to 10 Minute Trainer which we will look at next.
10 Minute Trainer
the 10 Minute Trainer workout program is built for those with very little time but still ready to take action. As the name implies this workout program is built around 10 minute workouts.
How are you possibly going to achieve any results in only 10 minutes a day?
Let’s just say “Synergy“. Lots of things all in motion at the same time. 10 Minute Trainer combines cardio and light resistane (with bands) focusing on “combo” moves to work your entire body through each 10 Minute Session.
For example you may do Lunges combined with curls (with bands) to workout your upper and lower body all while raising your heart rate to create a cardio and resistance synergistic effect.
Slim in 6 or 10 Minute Trainer are great options if you are not ready for the intesity of P90X / X+, ChaLEAN Extreme, or even Power90. Plus the 10 Minute Trainer workout program is perfect if you are tight on time and live a very busy life.
Shaun T Insanity
I had to leave Insanity for the last. Why?
Because well, it’s Insane! As of this writing I am 16 days in and absolutely in love with the program. This is above everything we looked at previously. If you think you can tackle P90X then you MAY be able to handle Shaun T Insanity. But it’s not for the faint of heart.
The workouts are quick in the first couple weeks ranging from 35-45 minutes while towards the end of the 60 days you will be pushing the MAX DVDs which are upwards to an hour in length.
You don’t need any extra equipment here as Insanity is all about Cardio, Core, and Jump Training. It’s lots of running in place, jumping around, squats, and push ups. If you have knee or hip issues I suggest you do something with less impact.
Insanity is the most challenging of everything we looked at but if you like an extreme challenge then I promise you will not be disapointed.
So now that you have an idea of each workout program you should be equipped with the knowledge to make your decision.
Your next step is to click the image in this article of the workout program that is for you which will bring you directly to the Team Beachbody Store. Get your copy and get ready to change your life forever.
Remember, your not just investing in a workout program. You are getting a coach and a community of like minded people to drive you towards your goal of better fitness.
“Alone we try but together we succeed”
Jason Croxford aka Betterbody90
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P.S. Deciding on which workout program is right for you can be a tough decision. If this article did not answer your quesions then I encourage you to call me directly. 239-220-3529