Hey guys and gals and welcome to another review at PTpioneer! Today I will be doing a comparison of Insanity vs Insanity Asylum. A little bit about myself: I am a certified personal trainer through NASM, hold a bachelors degree in exercise science and am an active beach body coach! My biggest passion is fitness and helping those around me achieve their health and fitness goals as well.

For people that are just getting started out with at-home exercise, these two are some of the most popular programs out there along with others such as P90X. In fact there are so many at-home workout programs that they can be very confusing for somebody that wants to start! A lot of my website talks about all of the different at-home workout programs and which one/s would be right for you based on your goals and your level of fitness.

Just to start off, both of these workout programs are not for beginners. They are both extremely hard and will push you to your limits. If you are brand-new to exercise, I suggest something easier than these two. Let’s not waste any time and jump right into my Insanity vs Insanity Asylum article!

Also if you liked this article I highly suggest checking out the individual reviews of Insanity and Insanity asylum. Also if you are looking for some more comparison articles, Check out my two most popular ones P90x vs Insanity and P90x vs P90x3! Enjoy the article!

Insanity vs Insanity Asylum: what are the differences?

Insanity will leave you drenched with how much HIIT cardio is used, whereas Insanity asylum will leave you exhausted with how much consistent cardio and little breaks you receive. The differences between both programs depend on your goals. Both of them are great at-home workout products. Either Insanity or Insanity asylum will change your body for the better.

Check out the chart below to check out the major differences between Insanity and Insanity asylum:

Program Length60 Days30 Days
Number of workouts10 workoutsSix workouts +2 additional workouts
Instructor/sShaun TShaun T
Recommended fitness levelAdvancedAdvanced
Muscle building/toningMuscle toning - Yes. Muscle building - NoYes to muscle building and toning if you use resistance training
Weight lossYesYes
Good for sports performance?Yes, but it's not designed specifically for.Yes it is designed specifically for sports performance
Required equipmentNo equipment requiredAgility ladder, Speed jump rope. I also recommend using resistance bands or dumbbells.
Works well with Shakeology?YesYes
Price$119.85 for the Insanity base Kit
Check out the Insanity base kit here
$164.70 for the Insanity Deluxe kit
Check out the Insanity Deluxe kit here
$205 for the Insanity challenge pack
Check out the Insanity challenge pack here
$89.85 for the INSANITY ASYLUM base Kit
Check out the INSANITY ASYLUM base kit here
$179.70 for the INSANITY ASYLUM Deluxe kit
Check out the INSANITY ASYLUM Deluxe kit here
$180 for the INSANITY ASYLUM challenge pack
Check out the INSANITY ASYLUM challenge pack here

The biggest three tips in order to be successful with either program.

  1. Purchase either program with a challenge pack. The clients of mine that go through either program on shakeology see significantly better results than those who don’t.
  2. Make sure to sign up with me Tyler Read as your coach (and certified personal trainer) otherwise you will get assigned a random coach that is probably not as qualified, and might not even contact you. My coach ID is 1339221. I will help you on your reach your goals and provide great motivation!
  3. Get beach body on demand instead of DVD packages. If I had this when I first started using P90x it would’ve saved me so much money overall over the last 12 years. No more worrying about scratched DVDs or bringing DVDs with you. Also, most people don’t know which program to start out with (and frequently choose the wrong one),  You have access to all of them with beachbody on demand! You have to purchase the equipment for the program separately.

Insanity vs Insanity Asylum: Overview

Insanity overview

The insanity program is a two-month program that is advertised as one of the hardest exercise routines you’ll ever experience. They use a workout principal called high-intensity interval training to help you shred body fat as fast as you can. High-intensity interval training or HIIT is where you do a bout of very intense exercise (where you give 100% of your effort) and then a slower circuit to help your heart rate come back down. You repeat this for a certain amount of cycles. Trust me this is very short but very intense.

Insanity consists of two different phases. Each phase last one month .The first phase you will be doing workouts the last approximately 40 min. and during the second phase the average length of the workouts the increased to around 55 minutes each. The only equipment you will need for the insanity program is your own body weight. Which makes it very easy to do the workouts no matter where you are!

The instructor for both insanity and Insanity Asylum is Shaun T. Overall he is my favorite workout instructor from all of the dozens of at-home workout products I have tried. He is very motivating and will keep things interesting for the entire length of each workout as well is the entire program. You can check out the entire workout by looking at my insanity calendar here.

There are three general options for the insanity program as well. Let’s talk about them. You can also get the programs on but I will not become your personal coach if you choose that option.

  1. The base package includes all 10 workouts  (and one bonus workout), the elites nutrition plan, a fitness guide, the insanity calendar, free online support tools as well as insane results or your money back.
  2. The deluxe package includes everything that the base package did with the addition of an upper body weight did workout, Max interval sports training workout and insane abs workout.
  3. The Insanity challenge pack combines shakeology nutrition with the workouts of insanity. This is the best way to get results from my experience.

Insanity Asylum overview

As opposed to the two-month program in the original insanity, the insanity asylum is only 30 days long. Don’t let this fool you though, as you only get approximately 2 days off from working out during the entire month. Overall the intensity level gets bumped up in the insanity asylum exercise program. I didn’t think it is possible, but Shaun T made sure to make it harder.

Insanity asylum consists of lots of compound movements, very intense cardio and just like the original, lots of body weight exercises. There is some equipment that is recommended or the insanity asylum but it comes with the package you purchase. You will be using an agility ladder as well as a speed rope. Overall, insanity asylum does not use the HIIT training principles as much is the original counterpart did. Check out my Insanity Asylum calendar here to see the full workout.

There are three general options for the Insanity asylum program as well. Let’s talk about them:

  1. The insanity asylum base package includes six intense workouts ( with two bonus workouts: overtime and sports performance), an agility ladder, a speed rope,  the insanity asylum workout calendar,  a guide playbook, a get shredded nutritional plan as well as a 30 day money back guarantee if you don’t see the results that you desire.
  2. The insanity asylum deluxe kit includes everything that the base kit did with the addition of a quality chin up bar, chin up Max (pull up assistance with bands) and three levels of resistance bands.
  3. The insanity asylum challenge pack combines shakeology nutrition with the workouts (I recommend this for the best results).

Insanity vs Insanity Asylum: who are they meant for?

Who is insanity meant for

The original insanity program is meant for people that are already in decent shape. This meant to push you to your limits to help you break through plateaus that you might be struggling with. It is a workout that even athletes will find difficult and you really need to dig as deep as you can in order to finish each exercise. That being said, you will see amazing results from insanity. It is for people that have finished P90X and want something more challenging! If you’re just getting started with exercise, are post surgery or have problems with joint pain, I recommend something a little bit easier. You can check out my whole chart of at-home workout products to find one that is right for you.

Who is insanity asylum meant for

The insanity asylum program is meant for people that have graduated from the insanity program and would like to push them selves to the next level. When I was first going through the insanity program, I didn’t fully believe that there was a harder program. Oh man, was I wrong about that. It makes sense that the insanity asylum program is only 30 days long. Any longer than that and you might actually die from exhaustion. I saw amazing results from using insanity asylum but you need to dig deeper into your willpower than you ever thought was possible. It is a mental and physical challenge that nothing can compare to.

Insanity vs Insanity Asylum: The quality of the workouts and results

The insanity workouts

The insanity workouts were filmed in a gymnasium scene. The crew members of the film are more of your average Joe type people in the original insanity videos. As I mentioned above, there are tons of body weight exercises that are combined together in a high-intensity interval training fashion. Since the original insanity does not require any workout equipment, the movements are definitely a lot easier to learn. This is not mean that they are easier, it just means that it will take less time for your muscles to learn the actual movements.

You spend a lot of time on the floor in the original insanity. Expect to do a ton of push-ups. The overall quality of the workouts for insanity are amazing and I really liked how you only need to use your body weight for the whole entire thing. You will see great results if you have never tried the insanity program before.

The insanity asylum workouts

The insanity asylum videos were filmed in more of a indoor soccer field. The crew members of the insanity asylum video are definitely more shredded and in shape compared to the original insanity. Overall I really like the music selection for the insanity asylum videos. It is more motivating and kept me going better than the original music.

The insanity asylum requires a speed rope, an agility ladder, resistance bands and an optional pull-up bar. Is not all about resistance training and cardio in insanity asylum. There are tons of coordination and agility movements that you will be using with the agility ladder and speed rope. The use of resistance bands makes the workouts significantly harder overall. If you want, you can use free weights such as dumbbells to replace a lot of the movements with resistance bands. I personally recommend adjustable dumbbells for the best results compared to resistance bands.

The workouts are definitely harder and you’ll see amazing results with insanity asylum. It is great that it is only 30 days long. I don’t think anybody’s body could handle two months of how difficult the insanity asylum workouts are. One of the reasons is because there are so many compound exercises that are used in the insanity asylum program. The use of so many muscle groups helps your power, speed and agility and really forces your body to adapt.

Insanity vs Insanity Asylum: Differences in the diet programs

The Insanity Diet

I felt that the insanity diet was pretty generous compared to some other diet such as P90X or others. You are put on a macronutrient ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 20% from healthy fats. You will be taught how many calories you are allowed to eat per day based off of your basal metabolic rate which they will help you calculate.

Overall I did enjoy the recipes that they provided and I felt like the calories provided were sufficient. Some of the other diet plans for at home workout products provide too little calories to function throughout the day. I felt fine on the insanity diet and that is good because of how difficult the workouts are. You end up burning so many calories, you need extra in order to function.

The first time I did the insanity program I coupled it with shakeology and saw amazing results. Both of these programs work much better with shakeology especially if you are trying to lose body weight. I highly suggest doing a challenge pack (the program coupled with shakeology) with whichever one you choose. You could read more about shakeology in my review here.

The insanity asylum the diet

The diet plan that comes with the insanity asylum program is much different than the original plan. They provide you with a 14 day meal plan instead of a 30 day meal plan. This was strange to me saying that the overall routine lasts 30 days and not 14.

They provide you with a program that consists of plenty of carbohydrates. I never felt tired because I was consuming more carbohydrates than usual. Carbohydrates are essential especially if you are doing weight training to help build muscle and keep your energy levels high. The diet plan provides you carbohydrates earlier in the day and you start tapering off the carbohydrates towards the nighttime where you will have none. They recommend repeating the diet plan for the full 30 days for the best results.

Some of my clients saw amazing results with their insanity asylum challenge pack with Shakology. If you are not quite sure of the benefits of shakeology, check out my article on them.

Insanity vs Insanity Asylum conclusion: price and overall value

I hope you guys enjoyed my insanity vs insanity asylum article. Both of these workout programs are for the elite. Both of these programs are extremely difficult and I do not recommend either for people just getting started with exercise. That being said, I liked the music better for the insanity asylum. I also liked how they included some equipment and resistance training in the insanity asylum program. If you have not done either one, you will see great results from both. I definitely recommend doing the insanity program first before stepping up your game to insanity asylum.

As of 2017, My overall recommendation is to get beachbody on demand challenge pack and get the equipment for the program you would like separately. If you decide to go with either one of these programs use one of the links below to make me (a personal trainer) your personal beach body coach! Or if you decide to wait until later, you can still make me your coach by using my Coach ID number:1339221 when you sign up. Otherwise you will be assigned a random coach. I will make sure that you are successful!

Here are of the packages available for the insanity program. Click on the link to find out more information and current price. You can also get the programs on, but remember that I will not become your personal coach compared to if you bought it from the beachbody site using my coach ID! Amazon is a great place to read ton of reviews though.

  1. $119.85 for the Insanity base Kit
    Check out the Insanity base kit here

  2. $164.70 for the Insanity Deluxe kit
    Check out the Insanity Deluxe kit here
  3. $205 for the Insanity challenge pack
    Check out the Insanity challenge pack here

Here are of the packages available for the insanity asylum program. Click on the link to find out more information and current price.

  1. $89.85 for the INSANITY ASYLUM base Kit
    Check out the INSANITY ASYLUM base kit here

  2. $179.70 for the INSANITY ASYLUM Deluxe kit
    Check out the INSANITY ASYLUM Deluxe kit here
  3. $180 for the INSANITY ASYLUM challenge pack
    Check out the INSANITY ASYLUM challenge pack here


If you want to wait before you purchase any program, you can still sign up for the free beachbody account to get community support, schedule and log your workouts as well as track your progress all for free. And you still get all of the benefits of having your own personal coach! Just make sure to add me (Tyler Read) using my coach ID number 1339221 in the coach referral section. Then we will get started together so you can reach your fitness goals! Here is the link to the free team beachbody account.

If you would like to purchase the insanity program you can get it from the beach body website for approximately $120. If you would like to try the insanity asylum program you can get it from the beach body website for approximately $90. Now get out there guys start making changes that will benefit your life forever. That’s all for my insanity vs insanity asylum article!

If you liked this comparison article I also have a lot more comparisons of the insanity program that you can check out: P90X vs insanityinsanity vs max 30P90X3 vs InsanityFOCUS T25 vs Insanity and TurboFire vs Insanity! I hope you guys find the best at home workout program for you!

Tyler Read has a Masters of Science in Kinesiology. Tyler is also a certified personal trainer with NASM, ACE, NSCA and NSCA CSCS. Tyler’s main goal is to help people get started in the personal training industry and to become successful personal trainers.

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