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P90X Vs INSANITY comparison

P90X vs INSANITY – Which one is BEST for you?

The big war on P90X vs INSANITY is right here at As someone who has tried BOTH P90X and INSANITY, I will give my opinions on both. I’ll also share some facts for those of you who may be looking for some basic information on what each program is all about.

I get a lot of questions from my team members on what would work better for them, P90X or INSANITY. When I’m asked to compare the two, they really are different machines.

The answer behind whether P90X vs INSANITY is better for you is based on what you want out of the program. So read on and let’s dig into which one WINS the WAR for you!


P90X vs INSANITY – the Basic Facts

Here is a quick comparison that you may have seen, but as you will see there are some differences already. If you check it out, INSANITY is shorter as far as time. P90X usually lasts about 60 minutes, with the exception of Yoga which is about 1 1/2 hours.

Celebrity TrainerTony HortonShaun T.
Length of Program90 Days60 Days
Primary Game planMuscle ConfusionMax Interval Training
Number of Workout DVDs12 DVDs10 DVDs
Workout Schedule6 days per week / 1 rest/stretch day6 Days per week / 1 rest day
Equipment Needed (Minimum)
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Weights (Dumbbells or Resistance bands)
Recommended Equipment
  • Yoga Mat
  • Yoga Blocks (2)
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Push up Bars
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Yoga Mat
Recommended Supplements
  • Shakeology Nutrition
  • P90X Results and Recovery Formula
  • E&E Energy and Endurance (Pre-Workout)
See P90X
DifficultyExtreme, But Easy to ModifyVery Extreme, cardio-based
Guarantee?30 Days Money Back30 Days Money Back


My Experiences and Opinion on P90X vs INSANITY

When I originally was desperate and trying to lose weight, P90X was my first program (and yes I was wondering the difference of P90X vs INSANITY). It was the first program that I did that helped me lose 70 pounds and look much better.

However, when I say this to people, the question comes up: “Well, what if you started with INSANITY?” And, I will be quite honest with you: I don’t know if I would have gotten the same results. The reason being is that I was overweight and never worked out ever (who would have thought that some day I would be a fitness geek HAHA).

Regardless, INSANITY is highly cardio based. It makes the P90X Cardio look like a stroll in the park.

With this in mind, I feel that if I would have started with INSANITY, as larger as I was, I would have got short-breathed too quickly and gave up. With P90X, it is still difficult, but it is targeted to getting you modifying the moves and helping you get awesome results.

Once I achieved results with P90X and lost the weight, I picked up INSANITY (it was still a big challenge) and was able to maximize that program much better.

But this is my own personal opinion – you may have a different experience based on what you like. If you like cardio and running, pick up INSANITY. If you like overall muscle building and weight loss, P90X may be your best shot. Either way P90X vs INSANITY, it is different depending on who you are. So, let’s check out the Pros and Cons of Each:


Pros of P90X – P90X vs INSANITY

  • Three Different P90X Workout Schedules you can choose from (Classic, Lean, Doubles)
  • Good Resistance Training (muscles burn fat faster!). And for my ladies out there, no, it will not make you look like She-Hulk – it will slim you down.
  • Muscle Confusion. This is the secret behind why the program works. You can get some awesome weight loss because the program consistently changes (it also helps you stay committed and less bored)


Cons of P90X

  • The workouts are longer than INSANITY, about 60-75 minutes
  • There are different P90X equipment needs, such as Pull-Up Bar and Weights/Resistance Bands



  • Intense workouts to burn body fat (for those able to keep up with the intensity)
  • No Equipment needed at all
  • Workouts are only about 45 minutes (shorter than P90X)



  • Not the program for beginners. If you haven’t worked out for a while, try P90X on modifications
  • More cardio to help you burn fat. Might not be the best workout for building muscle


So, you might say, “Hey Coach Bob – what is your favorite then knowing all that we know now??”

To give my honest opinion, my favorite and preferred starting program is…P90X. It is the one that gives the most results that I’ve seen in people. It is also easy to follow, good for starters, and has less cardio. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I hate cardio. I used to be that person that just despised running (in fact, I still do hate running). The cardio in INSANITY will remind you of running a 1 mile race. If you love that stuff, INSANITY is for you, if not…P90X is your medicine!


It’s now up to YOU – Is it P90X or INSANITY?

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I hope you enjoyed this post on P90X vs INSANITY. Please make sure you comment below and let me know what other questions you have and say HI!

I look forward to hearing about your success with P90X or INSANITY once you are finished with the program!

Bob Sharpe

In 2010, Bob Sharpe was 70 pounds overweight and struggling with Acid Reflux. After getting his life in shape, he dedicated himself to a healthier lifestyle. Now, after losing 70 pounds and being in the best shape of his life, his goal is to help others do the same through his Beachbody coaching and assistance here on Bob Sharpe on Google + | Leaders Only – Click Here

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