P90X3 vs INSANITY

Hey guys and gals and welcome to my P90x3 vs Insanity 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.

This is probably one of my most requested comparison articles due to the fact that both of these are extremely popular products for working out at home. Overall there are some significant differences between P90x3 and Insanity that I will be talking about. Hopefully by the end of this article you will know which program (if either) is right for you. Let’s not waste any time and get right into my Insanity vs P90x3 comparison!

also if you want more specific information on each program individually, check out my P90x3 review here or my full Insanity review here. Also make sure to check out my other popular comparison article: the original P90x vs Insanity.

P90x3 vs Insanity: what are the differences?

P90x3 uses functional workouts with weights and bands to tone whereas Insanity is meant to burn as many calories without using equipment. The differences between both programs depend on your goals. Both of them are great at-home workout products. Either P90x3 or Insanity will change your body in the comfort of your own home. 

Check out the chart below to check out the major differences between P90x3 and Insanity:

CriteriaINSANITYP90X3
Program length60 days90 days
Average length of workoutsClose to one hour30 minutes
Number of workouts10 workouts16 workouts
InstructorShaun TTony Horton
Recommended fitness levelAdvancedIntermediate/advanced
Style of trainingNonstop circuit and HIIT trainingFunctional full body resistance training mixed with a lot of coordination
Muscle building/toningMuscle toning but not muscle buildingYes - muscle building and toning
Weight lossYes extreme weight lossYes
Recommended/required equipmentNo equipment requiredAdjustable dumbbells, resistance bands, a pull-up bar and a floor mat
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
$119.85 for the P90x3 base Kit
Check out the P90x3 base kit here
$239.70 for the P90x3 Deluxe kit
Check out the P90x3 Deluxe kit here
$329.55 for the P90x3 Ultimate kit
Check out the P90x3 Ultimate kit here
$205 for the P90x3 challenge pack
Check out the P90x3 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.

P90x3 vs Insanity: Overview

P90x3 overview

Just like all of the other P90x series before it, this is a 90 day program. The biggest difference between p90x3 the previous P90x series is that all of the workouts are a half an hour long as opposed to close to an hour long. Overall I think that 30 min. is much better for a lot of people especially if they’re just starting out with exercise. It is also great for people that only have a short amount of time every day to get exercise in. The instructor for all of the P90x routines is Tony Horton. He is a fantastic trainer and will keep you interested throughout the whole entire routine.

P90x3 is a giant combination of lots of different types of exercise including mixed martial arts, Pilates, yoga, plyometrics, strength training and that is just to name a few. P90x3 includes a total of 16 different workouts, a nutrition guide and a fitness guide. To get a better look at the P90x3 program you can check out the full workout calendar here!

There are four different packages to choose from in P90x3. Let’s go over them. If you want to learn more click on the links. 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 package includes the 16 primary workouts as well as the one bonus workout. You also get six free gifts which are the fitness guide, nutrition guide, workout calendar, how to accelerate DVD, resistance bands and 24 hour support. It also comes with a 90 day moneyback guarantee.
  2. The deluxe package includes everything that the base package did with three additional workouts (so 20 total), 3 different resistance bands, and a one month supply of beach body performance energizes, which is basically a pre-workout.
  3. The ultimate package includes everything that the deluxe package did as well as  a beach body jump mat, beach body performance recovery (post workout drink), a quality chin up bar and the chin up Max (resistance bands to assist pull-ups).
  4. The last option is the P90x3 challenge pack which combines shakeology nutrition with P90x3.

Insanity overview

Compared to the 90 days for P90x3, The insanity program only last two months long. Insanity utilizes the principle of high-intensity interval training which I use with a lot of my clients that are trying to lose body fat. It is a proven method to force your body to burn a ton of calories into keep on burning them after exercise is completed. Overall the program is 10 DVDs that consist of 10 different workout programs.

The instructor for the insanity program is Shaun T. And although I think that Tony is a great instructor for the P90x series, Shaun is definitely my favorite instructor out of all of the workout programs that I have tried. He is extremely motivating and will make you reach deep down into your willpower to power through the exercises. Overall the workouts are longer than P90x3 ranging anywhere between half an hour, up to an hour. 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.

P90x3 vs Insanity: who are they meant for?

Who is P90x3 meant for?

P90x3 is meant for people that have tried the previous P90x series and would like to try something new, but similar to what they’re used to. It is also meant for people that want to squeeze in 30 min. of exercise but want to see results at the same time. Compared to insanity, the P90x series are definitely easier. So if you are somebody that is just getting started with exercise, I recommend P90x3 over insanity. Not only because it is only half an hour, but because it is performed at a slower pace as well. If you are really new to exercise I suggest T25 or 21 day fix for women.

Another reason it is better for beginners is because there are much better modifiers for the P90x3 series. This means there are people in the classroom that are performing a easier or harder variety of the exercise that Tony is performing. If you feel you are not quite strong enough or in shape enough to do what Tony is doing, you can always follow along with the easier modifier. Insanity does not have modifiers!

Who is insanity meant for?

Insanity was meant for people that are already in shape and would like to break through a plateau in their fitness. You will definitely see a lot more weight loss from performing insanity compared to the half an hour from P90x3. The workouts are longer, they are at a faster pace and they have shorter breaks. Shaun T really pushes you to your limit. Even if you are somebody who is relatively in shape, you will be shocked about how hard it is to finish one exercise program of insanity. The weight loss results you will see from insanity are pretty mind blowing if you stick with the program, diet program and use shakeology.

P90x3 vs Insanity: Differences in the diet programs

The insanity program will have you are following a macronutrient ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 20% fat. They give you instructions on how to calculate your basal metabolic rate and will tell you how many calories you should be consuming throughout the day. Overall they are generous with how many calories you can consume throughout the day because of how grueling the workouts are.

The P90x3 diet plan is pretty similar to the insanity program overall. The biggest differences are the amount of calories allowed which is slightly less than insanity. The other difference is that the recipes provided are completely different as well. But besides that they give you the same information and suggest that you read the same types of food.

Both programs work extremely well with shakeology. I recommend to all of my clients to combine the program with shakeology if they can because it makes it extremely convenient to get all the nutrients and cut down on food cravings. You could check out my full review on it here or see how it works of my other article here.

P90x3 vs Insanity: equipment that is required

P90x3 requires resistance bands/dumbbells. For the whole entire program I usually use between 5 pounds and 50 pound dumbbells for the programs. I suggest getting a set of adjustable dumbbells off of Amazon. You also need a pull-up bar, a workout mats and I suggest getting a good pair of comfortable shoes.

Insanity on the other hand requires absolutely no equipment. It is done completely using body weight exercises. This is great because you could do it anywhere you have access to TV. You could bring it over to a friends house and could easily do the workouts together as long as there is enough space for both of you. The convenience factor for insanity is great.

P90x3 vs Insanity conclusion: price and overall value

Will this is the end of my P90x3 vs insanity article everyone. I hope I helped you guys decide which one would be right for you based off of your goals and your schedules. Both are fantastic workout programs and you will see great results from either insanity or P90x3!

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!

Check out the links below for the most current information and the most current prices on both programs.

The four packages for P90x3

  1. P90x3 base package costs $119.85
  2. The P90x3 deluxe package costs $269.70
  3. The P90x3 ultimate package costs $329.55
  4. The P90x3 challenge pack cost $205

Here are the packages for the original Insanity program: Check out the links for current price and more information.

  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

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.

You may also be interested in some other similar workout program such as Body beast, insanity Max 30 or P90x2.

Also if you liked this comparison article don’t forget to check out some other comparisons related to P90X and Insanity such as: INSANITY vs INSANITY ASYLUMTurboFire vs InsanityBody Beast vs Insanityp90x2 vs p90x3 and 21 day vs p90x3! Enjoy!

You can also see the individual workout calendars for p90x3 on my site. Here is the Classic p90x3 calendar, the lean p90x3 calendar and the mass p90x3 calendar.

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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