P90X vs Insanity

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to my P90x vs Insanity comparison article. 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.

These are hands-down the two most popular at-home workout products on the market today. But what are the differences between P90x and insanity? Which one would be right for you based off of your individual goals? In this article I hope to answer all the questions that you need answered in order to make an informed decision about which one to purchase. Overall both programs are very different from one another. Let’s not waste any more time and learn all about P90x vs insanity!

If you would like to know more detailed information on either one, check out my full review on P90x here or on Insanity here.

P90x vs Insanity: what are the differences?

P90x is meant to Tone, burn fat and teach functional movements whereas Insanity is meant to burn as many calories as possible to get you shredded. The differences between both programs depend on your goals. Both of them are great at-home workout products. Either P90x or Insanity will change your body for the better.

Check out the chart below to check out the major differences between P90x and Insanity:

Program length90 Days60 Days
Average length of the workoutsClose to one hourAround 1 hour as well
InstructorTony HortonShaun T
Recommended fitness levelIntermediate/advancedAdvanced
Who is the program for?For people that want to tone up with resistance and cardioFor people that love cardio and body-weight exercises
Muscle toning/buildingYes bothToning - Yes
Building - No
Weight lossYesExtreme weight loss
Style of trainingFunctional training mixed with traditional resistance trainingNonstop circuit and HIIT training
Recommended/required equipmentResistance bands, adjustable dumbbells, workout mats and a pull-up barNo equipment required
Works well with shakeologyYesYes
Price$119.85 for the P90X base Kit
Check out the P90X base kit here
$269.70 for the P90X Deluxe kit
Check out the P90X Deluxe kit here
$329.55 for the P90X Ultimate kit
Check out the P90X Ultimate kit here
$205 for the P90X challenge pack
Check out the P90X challenge pack here
$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

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.

P90x vs Insanity: Overview

P90x overview

P90x is a huge blend of different disciplines of exercise. It combines mixed martial arts, yoga, Pilates, weightlifting, flexibility training and cardiovascular training into one big 90 day workout routine. Uses what they call “muscle confusion” to keep your body guessing so that it can adapt and transform. The program was released in 2004 and has had other workout series since them such as P90x2 and P90x3. But still to this day, P90x is still very popular and overall a very effective workout program. The program consists of 12 different DVDs with 12 workouts in total.

The instructor for P90x is Tony Horton. Overall I think he is a great instructor and is a fantastic job of keeping things fun and keeping your motivation high for the three-month program. I am absolutely astonished by how shredded he is for his age. If I could be that in shape at my tender age of 31 I would be very happy with myself haha. To get a better idea of the P90x program you can check out my P90x calendar here!

There are four different packages that are available for the original P90x. Follow the links to find out a little bit more in information about each package. You can also get the programs on Amazon.com, 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. The base kit includes all 12 workouts (with two bonus workouts), a three phase nutrition plan,  a fitness guide, how to bring it video, a 90 day calendar, online support  as well is a 90 day moneyback guarantee.
  2. The deluxe package includes everything that the base package did with the addition of a chin up bar, program grade jump mat, one month of beach body performance recover (postworkout drink) and three levels of resistance bands.
  3. The ultimate package includes all of that as well as chin-ups Max (resistance bands that help assist pull-ups), Tony Horton’s power stands and three additional one-on-one advanced workouts.
  4. The challenge pack option combines shakeology nutrition with the P90x workouts (highly recommended).

Insanity overview

The original insanity program on the other hand came out in 2009. This program was created for people that absolutely wanted to be pushed to their limits during exercise. It self proclaims to be one of the toughest workout programs to ever exist. And if you have ever tried insanity, you would know that they might just be correct. The program itself lasts 60 days, contains 10 workout DVDs and 10 intense workouts but you will be cycling through for the two months.

Insanity uses the principle that has been around and scientifically proven to help with weight loss and body fat reduction. This technique is called high-intensity interval training otherwise known as HIIT. I use this type of training with my clients of personal training all the time when they really need to push themselves to the next stage of weight loss. This technique Burns calories long after the exercise has been performed.

The instructor for the insanity series is Shaun T. Shaun is hands-down my favorite instructor of all time. I think that Tony is great as well, but he does not keep me motivated or push me as hard when compared to Shaun. This is very important because of how difficult insanity is. You will want to quit on yourself so many times throughout each workout. If you do not have somebody there by your side to push you through those hard times, you will not reach your full potential. 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:

  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.

The differences between P90x and Insanity: Who are they meant for?

Who is P90x meant for?

  • P90x is meant for people that would like to do weight training in the comfort of their own home.
  • P90x is great for people that don’t want to pay for a whole gym membership.
  • P90x is good for people that want to build some muscle through weight training.
  • P90x is good for beginners because there are modifiers you can follow to make the exercises easier.
  • P90x is better for people with joint problems compared to insanity.

Who is insanity meant for?

  • Insanity is meant for people that want to push past a weight loss plateau.
  • Insanity is meant for people that love to do cardiovascular exercise and would like to get pushed to the next level.
  • Insanity is great for people that don’t like to do weight training.
  • Insanity is great for people that like to work out with her friends because it requires no equipment.
  • Insanity is not meant for beginners. It has no modifiers to follow and it is tougher on the joints compared to P90x
  • Insanity is great for athletic training, especially endurance athletes.

Overall both programs hover around 60 min. per workout. P90x does have a couple programs that are longer than 60 min. especially the yoga X program which is closer to 120 min. But overall they take about the same amount of time per day to complete each routine. The differences can come down to if you want to build muscle wall burning a little bit of fat, P90x is a better option. If you want to purely focus on fat loss, insanity is up your alley.

P90x vs Insanity: The quality of the workouts and results

When it comes to the quality of the workouts between P90x and insanity, it really just comes down to what type of goals you want to achieve. Both of the instructors as well as all of the workouts for insanity and P90x are fantastic. You will feel motivated, you will get pushed past your comfort zone (which is good) and you will see results if you stick to the diet program provided as well as push yourself during the workouts.

If you do go through one program over the other, you will end up looking slightly different than if you chose the other one. Which One Should You Choose? With both programs you will definitely lose body fat and weight. You will definitely look more toned from P90x due to the fact that there is a significant amount of weightlifting involved. You will however lose more body fat with insanity, but your muscles will not pop as much.

If you are a beginner that is just starting out, I think that P90x is a better choice overall. If you are somebody that is already in good shape and would like to test your limits, I think you might see the better results with insanity. You will also gain more athletic benefits from doing insanity because there is a lot more jumping movements, lateral movements and endurance exercises. You will develop your quick twitch muscle fibers better from insanity. This also means that it is a lot tougher on your joints.

P90x vs Insanity Diet: The differences

Neither program would be good without a great diet plan to go along with it. In my opinion diet is close to 80% of the results that you will see. The food you eat is the fuel for your body to perform these high-intensity workout programs. You need to fuel with the right ingredients in order to have success.

Both programs will provide you with the knowledge you need in order to have success. They will help you calculate your basal metabolic rate and how many calories you need per day. Overall both of the diet plans are pretty similar. The tell you what foods are good for you to eat and which foods you should stay away from. I’m sure you you have heard it from plenty of places before what is good for you and what foods.

The insanity nutrition plan puts you on a 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 20% fat macronutrient ratio. The P90x nutrition guide in my opinion is a little bit more detailed and thought out compared to the insanity diet plan. But overall they’re very similar to one another and both contain fantastic recipes that are easy to follow. I suggest that you take advantage of the recipes, they helped me a lot.

Both programs work extremely well with shakeology. My clients that use shakeology in combination with either program see significantly better weight loss results compared to those who don’t. It makes getting the nutrition you need extremely convenient. Check out my full review on shakeology here or my article on how it works for here.

The differences between P90x and Insanity equipment

The differences between the insanity and P90x equipment is one of the things that differentiates them. For P90x you will need resistance bands or dumbbells. I suggest investing in a good pair of adjustable dumbbells. It is one of the best investments you can make for getting fit at home. The other things you will need are a pull-up bar, some push-up stands and a floor mat for the ground exercises.

Insanity on the other hand is marketed as the” no equipment needed” at-home workout program. This is almost true besides the fact that I highly suggest using a mat as well for some of the ground exercises that you will be performing. It makes it way more comfortable overall. Besides that, insanity is great because you could take the workout program over to a friends house and have a fun workout. All you need is sufficient space in your good to go.

P90x vs Insanity conclusion: price and overall value

Well that’s about it for my P90x vs insanity comparison article. I hope I did a good job of breaking down the differences between the two so that you can make an informed decision on which one would be right for you. Overall both are fantastic workout programs and I guarantee great results as long as you complete them.

As of 2017, My overall recommendation is to get beachbody on demand (instead of the DVD’s) 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!

Check out the links below for the most current information and prices from the beach body website.

Here are the packages for the original Insanity program:

  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 the packages for P90x:

  1. $119.85 for the P90X base Kit
    Check out the P90X base kit here

  2. $269.70 for the P90X Deluxe kit
    Check out the P90X Deluxe kit here
  3. $329.55 for the P90X Ultimate kit
    Check out the P90X Ultimate kit here
  4. $205 for the P90X challenge pack
    Check out the P90X challenge pack here

Like I tell all of my other clients of personal training, the hardest thing about exercise is is simply getting started! Once you get going it is a lot easier build momentum and reach your goals! Your results will keep you motivated! The worst thing to do is freeze up and not choose a routine. Get Started today so that you can start seeing the results that you desire tomorrow!

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.

P90x is better for beginners overall because there are modifiers that you could follow along with if the exercises are too difficult. Insanity has no modifiers. So if you cannot follow along with what Shaun is doing, the workout program will be nearly impossible. This program is meant for people that have been exercising for a while. Too many people end up purchasing the program, and then getting discouraged early on and quit. This is the last thing that you should do! Instead I suggest going with something a little bit easier. You might want to check out T25, 21 day fix or P90x3 for some easier workouts.

So which will it be everyone, P90x or insanity? The biggest mistake you could make is getting frozen on which one to purchase. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will see the fantastic results that you deserve!

If you liked this comparison article  you may also like some other comparison articles related to the insanity, check these out: T25 vs insanityBody Beast vs Insanity, TurboFire vs Insanity or INSANITY vs INSANITY ASYLUM!

If you would like to see some more comparison articles related to P90x, check these out: P90X vs P90X2Body Beast vs p90x and p90x vs p90x3! Enjoy!

Tyler Read has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Tyler is also a certified personal trainer with NASM, ACE and CSCS. Tyler’s main goal is to help people get started in the personal training industry and to become successful personal trainers. Tyler is the owner of Personal Training Pioneer which helps people get started in the personal training industry and become successful.

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