To help you choose the right program, we’ll look at your:
- time available
- workout space & equipment
- workout preferences
P90X vs Insanity: Which Should You Choose?
First, we want to let you know – both workout programs are tough even for an advanced exerciser. Insanity’s cardio is probably harder than P90X, but you’re going to be challenged with both programs.
The easiest way to decide P90X vs Insanity is your goals.
If you’re looking to lose weight and be overall more lean, Insanity is your best bet. It’s Max Interval Training principle and hard cardio routines are going to help you get shredded and burn more calories.
If you’re wanting to gain muscle and burn more fat, you are going to want to go with P90X. P90X uses muscle confusion to help you break down into fitness plateaus you have and continually challenge the body for max results in strength gains.
If you are wanting even an increase lean muscle mass, I would suggest P90X. If you’re wanting max weight loss, I would suggest Insanity.
Insanity is approximately 35 minutes in month 1 and 60 minutes in month 2. Insanity is 60 days long.
P90X is a little over an hour each day, and the yoga workout is 90 minutes long. P90X is, of course, 90 days long.
I personally wouldn’t let time matter a lot because you can always do one of the new versions of either program. P90X3 is going to be very similar to the original and is only 30 minutes. Insanity Max 30 is like Insanity but ramped up for all 30-minute workouts.
Both test groups from the new programs have gotten the same amazing, max results from the new, shorter workouts too. So don’t feel like you aren’t going to be challenged by going with a shorter program. You’ll likely stay more consistent and go harder in a shorter workout.
Insanity requires no equipment! So if you’re in a small area or don’t want to invest in weights, Insanity is the best option.
P90X requires equipment. You’ll either need dumbbells (recommended) or resistance bands. You’ll also need a chin-up bar or a door attachment to modify the chin-ups. Optional equipment also includes a yoga mat and push-up stands.
Insanity feels like a similar workout every day to me; whereas P90X you get a good variety of workouts. With Insanity, you do 6 workouts through the weeks 1-4, and then you advance to 6 new workouts in month 2.
With P90X, you’ll be mixing 12 workouts throughout the 90 days. The workouts themselves are very different too. You’ll be doing kickboxing one day, then strength and then yoga the next. It’s always something new.
Shaun T is pretty hardcore in Insanity. It’s set up as a class of about 20 people, and I personally couldn’t stand a few of them. Shaun T does a lot of yelling – which my husband loved and related it to football practice.
I will say in Insanity Max 30 Shaun T mixes in toughness with motivation which I really love. The people in the class are also less annoying. Shaun T also focuses more on form in Max 30, but in the original Insanity his attention to form and modifications is lacking.
Tony Horton is a goofball (that will still kick your butt). He has corny jokes and is also really focused on using proper form in each exercise. His workouts are set up with about 4 other people who are also his close friends in real life. I really like them, and I could relate to them better than the people in the original Insanity workouts.
The P90X vs Insanity battle stops right here. They are both $119.95 for the full program. You can also stream both of them with Beachbody on Demand for 1 set monthly price.
Beachbody on Demand is pretty new and allows you to stream Beachbody workouts from online to your computer, iPhone or TV (through an Apple TV, HDMI cord, Roku or Amazon Fire Stick). You can read more on the workout streaming membership here.
Streaming allows you to try more!
Along with P90X and Insanity, with the All Access Pass you’ll get access to very Beachbody workout. So you could start P90X and then advanced to P90X2 or try Insanity and then go to Insanity Max 30 if you wanted.
Still not sure?
You could always choose to stream your workouts so that you can change your mind, but I also love being able to have a DVD in my hand. So…
- If you chose P90X, you might also look at P90X3 or P90X vs ChaLEAN Extreme.
- You liked Insanity, but it’s too long? Check out Insanity Max 30.
- T25 is a starter program to build up to Insanity or Insanity Max.
- If P90X sounds too hard, maybe check out P90.
Which program won for you in P90X vs Insanity?
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