5-Minute Workout vs. P90X vs. Crossfit – Which is Best for You?

       5-Minute Workout           vs.         P90X            vs.         CrossFit

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If you’re considering beginning a new workout I’ve picked the top three workouts for your review.

If you need a reason or 19 of them, see this article from Psychology Today.


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5 Min Routine



Fitness expert Jorge Cruise & Dr. Oz (see video) designed the 5-Minute Workout to “transform your body.  By committing for just 5 minutes a day, you can burn fat and calories.”

As an advocate for training the mind first for fitness, this program is short enough to not be overwhelming at the same time sustainable.

For a beginner, this is a great program to introduce fitness.

After a month, you’ll be asking “what’s next?”





P90X programP90X (see video) is a 90-Day program that through modification, is designed for the beginner through advanced. The goal is in creating functional fitness through resistance training, core strengthening, plyometrics & yoga.

The program claims “to get you into the best shape of your life”.  As a P90X graduate, I can attest to that.  I was in great shape after training 10 months for the Ironman Triathlon in Kona.  Today, I am in the best shape of my life.


The 12 DVD’s are based on “muscle confusion” or Specific Adaptation of Imposed Demand (SAID principle).  You watch Tony Horton, and follow along with the DVD modifying the exercise as necessary.  The workout is a “split routine” (Chest & Back on Monday, Plyo on Tuesday, Arms & Shoulders on Wed., etc.). Every four weeks the exercise for a muscle group changes.  Workouts average 60 minutes including warm-up and cool-down.  It’s an investment, but the results will validate your time.


One of the benefits of this program is the minimal equipment required.  Workouts can be done at home, on-the-road, or at the gym. You can get away with a resistance band, but you’ll probably want  pull-up bar and a few dumbbells to complete your P90X gym.



crossfit-gym-2CrossFit (see video) , “The Sport of Fitness” optimizes fitness by varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.

CrossFit was initially designed for police and tactical operations teams, military spec-ops and other elite and professional athletes worldwide.




Olympic Lifting (Clean, Snatch, Squat), Box Jumps (20″, 24″, 30″) Ring Work, Kettle bells, Med Balls…Lots of cool equipment that will make you hurt, then feel good.  Workouts are about 40 minutes including warm-up and cool-down.  One of the most technical exercise systems produced.


You’ll need a gym for this one.  The camaraderie is unbeatable and the experience is unforgetable.


If you’d like to know more, drop me an email and I’d be happy to share my experience with you and help you choose which is most suitable for you.





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