P90X vs. Body Beast – Is One Better?

By Nancy Andrews

Which Program is Best? P90X or Body Beast

Aug 10th, 2012 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: Coach Nancy - The Way I See It..., Product Reviews

Like most things in life, picking the ‘better’ workout is a matter of personal opinion.  Is P90X better than Body Beast?

025 side front 02272011 450 225x300 P90X vs. Body Beast   Is One Better?Well that depends on what your fitness objectives are.

The truth be told, the two workouts are designed to deliver different results.  P90X is pretty much an all inclusive workout designed to increase a person’s level of fitness.  This means it’s not just targeting muscular development but strength, flexibility, balance, stamina and power.  It accomplishes this goal by incorporating resistance training workouts with plyometrics, yoga, kenpo and other optional workouts.  Only half the workouts are really focused on resistance training.

Body Beast, on the other hand, is designed to grow muscle.  So it’s six day workout schedule has 5 resistance training workouts and one ‘cardio’ which is really a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout.  I’ve described this high intensity workout as a cross between Insanity plyo circuit and Les Mills Pump.  What may come as a surprise is that the workouts really don’t look to build strength but focus mostly on muscle development.  That doesn’t mean you won’t get stronger – you will – but the lifting techniques are designed to pump you up.

Shortcomings of P90X (there aren’t many) include growth limiting structure by focusing mainly on push ups and pull ups for chest and back development.  But this limitation has the benefit of not requiring much in the way of equipment.

Body Beast doesn’t have that limitation as it’s more weight based so you continue to grow in size and strength.  But this also means that you need more weights.  Also Body Beast is best done with a bench (although there is always one person showing a work around if you don’t have a bench).

I like both workouts.  If you are just starting out, I’d suggest you start with P90X first and then work up to Body Beast.  This is hardly cast in stone but my thought is that you get a better overall conditioning with P90X which then puts in you a great place to really capitalize on the muscle building benefits of Body Beast.

Either way, if you want to be stronger and lose body fat, both will get the job done.

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