P90X vs Insanity

Many people have been asking me to write a P90X vs Insanity review. Since I have completed both of them individually and a P90X / Insanity hybrid workout I decided to spend a couple minutes to give as best of a evaluation of both that I could. So here we go.

P90X vs Insanity

Build MuscleP90X -You are using weights in 5 of the workouts including the pull up bar. There are no weights used with Insanity at all besides your body weight.

Intense CardioInsanity– Hands down winner here. All of the Insanity workouts involve cardio training while just half of the P90X workouts do.

Strength TrainingP90X– This was a close one but I chose P90X because of the weight training along with the cardio. Workouts like P90X Legs & Back, P90X Chest & Back are similar to some of the Insanity workouts but the addition of weights help build more strength.

FlexibilityP90X – Yoga X, X Stretch, and the almost 10 minutes of stretching for each workout top the basic stretching with Insanity.

AbsInsanity– It seems like almost 80% of each movement is geared toward the core area in the normal workouts not including the Cardio Ab workout. P90X has the killer Ab Ripper X workout but Insanity has more plank work and ab focused moves.

Weight LossPush – Both P90X and Insanity will help you lose weight if you really get at it.

ToningInsanity – Very close here again as both workouts will tone you up but using your body weight for resistance will tone up any bulk that you have.

CostInsanity– If price is a issue then Insanity is the way to go as you only need the DVDs which are $119. For P90X you need dumbbells or resistance bands and a pull up bar. If you have those then you only need the P90X DVDs which are $119 also but you can get the P90X Deluxe set for $239 which includes bands, pull up bar, P90X, and the recovery drink. Of course you can get a 25% discount if you sign up to be a Beachbody Coach or a 10% discount with a Beachbody Club membership too.

TimeInsanity – Most of the workouts with Insanity are under 50 minutes long while P90X is about an hour plus Ab Ripper X three times a week. If time is an issue then go with Insanity.

BeginnerP90X – Tony Horton has three people in the background showing you how to modify each move from a beginner to advanced. The goal is to build up your strength to keep up with the person doing the advanced move.

AdvancedInsanity – Don’t start Insanity unless you are already in some kind of shape. I think of Insanity as two a day football practices wrapped up into 45 minutes. You’re basically trying to keep up with Shaun T, who is a college track star, doing power jumps, squats, and push ups at a ridiculous pace.

VarietyP90X– Yoga, Kenpo, and using a pull up bar are things not done in Insanity.

ValueP90X– Since it comes with 12 workouts to Insanity’s 9, you can switch them up to your liking after the 90 days. This means you can make the investment of the DVDs go a lot farther then the 90 days. Heck, I did P90X 3 times straight before doing Insanity. Try to spend $119 for a 9 month gym membership.

What Were The P90X vs Insanity Results?

OverallP90X – The strength training, variety, and ability for people of any fitness level to be able to jump in and get great results over a 90 day period put it just a tad farther than Insanity

It was a close one: P90X 7 Insanity 6.

What Did You Think About The P90X vs Insanity Review?

All of these are my opinions from doing P90X 3 times, Insanity 1 time, and a P90X / Insanity hybrid workout. I’ve had great results with both of them individually and together. If you are confused on what one to do right now I usually tell people to pick one based on cost and time. If you don’t have the extra money to buy the dumbbells or pull up bar then go with Insanity and if you do have those then do P90X. If time is your issue then the 45 minute workouts with Insanity will be better for you instead of the 55 to 70 minute workouts with P90X. Either way you go each will help you reach your fitness goals because when your done with one just go and get the other one. If you are ready to start Insanity or P90X you can get them at the Beachbody Store. Check out the Beachbody Coach program to get discounts on them. I hope this P90X vs Insanity review helps you out in choosing a program.

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192 Comments

  1. Hi Brad,

    I read your article. You’ve definitely done your homework on these work outs. I myself have done P90X a couple of times and Insanity. I agree with majority of the statements and have noticed a difference in my bodies appearance with alternating with the work outs. My stomach is a lot more defined and harder with Insanity, but my arms were smaller during the Insanity work outs apposed to P90X. I have noticed the P90X seems to focus more on glory muscles such as chest , arm muscles (bi’s, tri’s, shoulders) back and of course the stomach. Where as Insanity focuses more on the legs overall strength and endurance and overall core strength as well. I think the two are based upon two entirely different looks. Insanity being that “insane” toned I can go for ever look (and results) where as P90X gives you that Bulkier (even if you went for the leaner look) can you tell I work out look? I honestly agree with you on every statement. But I think P90X is a better choice for those starting out apposed to Insanity. P90X’s muscle endurance training and flexibility really preps you and breaks you in for what Insanity does to you. I dropped dead a lot more from Insanity than I did for P90X and Couldn’t have imagined if I did Insanity first. Honestly a very tough debate that can only be settled one way……do both 🙂

  2. Hi Brad,

    Thanks for the detailed comparison.I am a 29 year old female, 5.4” and 120lb. I’m not looking to lose weight but would like to add muscle definition to my arms and legs. Get a flat stomach, lift my butt and get rid of the flab, without becoming bulky .
    Right now I do 3 days of kick boxing practise(1.5 hours) and workout 2 days at home. But I’m not getting the tight body I want.
    I was thinking of purchasing the insanity or P90x program. Which one do you think will work for me? And can I still go to my kick boxing classes as well?

    Thanks alot
    Azi

  3. @ Azi

    Start with Insanity. It uses your body weight for resistance which will help you define your arms and legs. Every thing else will come with it. You can of course still do your kick boxing but you might want to do 3 days of Insanity and 2 days of kick boxing. This way you start seeing the results from Insanity faster.

  4. Hey Brad,

    I am a high school wrestler who is going to be a senior and I want to do either p-90X or Insanity over the summer. Which one do you think i should do? I’m 5 foot 11 and i weigh about 170. I also did cross country and Track to keep my weight down. I’m sort of leaning towards insanity since it can get me leaner and not as bulky. what do you think?

  5. @Jeremiah I’d definitely go with Insanity. I used to wrestle in high school and Insanity is very close to the stuff you’d be doing for conditioning those first couple weeks of the season before the regular meet schedule kicked in. If you’re really wanting to go nuts, try the deluxe stuff in month 2. Good luck!

  6. hey Brad,
    I am a sophomore in High School in Brownsville Texas. 15 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches and 175 lbs. I’m in the marching band and have no idea how I survived last year. We started band practice this week and I play the marching baritone. I need to carry a 10-15 lb. instrument in front of me and hold it steady for an 8-9 minute marching show. I want to show that I can keep up with the guys in my section (I’m the only girl). which would you recommend?

  7. @ Olivia

    Either program will work. I would start with Insanity because its going to get you “pound for pound” strong first as you use your body weight.

  8. Hey hi I really need help!! I don’t know which one to chose? I’m super over weight carrying around 230lbs it’s the worst. I want muscle( i know muscle burns fat) but i want the fat to melt off the quickest. I’m not concerned with price of extra stuff(weights, pull-up bar ect.) or time of the work outs. I was also wondering when your done with the 60 or 90 days then what? Which work out is best for that???

  9. @ Jinger

    You should do P90X. There are so many different workouts that you will be doing that will help you burn through the fat. When you are done with the first 90 days you can either go and do another round (I did P90X 3 times before doing Insanity), mix in P90X Plus, or start doing Insanity.

  10. Thanks for the help I just have two more questions 1) will you bulk up on P90X I don’t want to be a body builder type chick and 2) what if in ALL your life you’ve never been able to do a pull up is there an alternative to the pull ups? Well Brad thank you so much so far I great appreciate you and your time!!!!!

  11. I am 51 years old, in decent shape. I jog 3 – 4 miles twice a week, work out twice a week on Bowflex (about 45 min. – 1 hr) and add a couple of Turbo Jam aerobic workouts in the mix each week. I hit a plateau a while back with the Bowflex and Turbo Jam and have been frustrated at trying what to try next. My main goal is to fine tune/tone my body and lose about 15 – 20 lbs. I’ve been looking at the reviews for P90X and Insanity. I figure both will kick my butt to start off with.
    So what do you recommend for a 51 year old trying to tone/lose weight? And take it a step further, what would you recommend to be my next step after finishing your original recommendation.

  12. hey need help… i was once into sports but have no time since i work now am 23 and about 200lbs
    i want to be FIT and ripped bu find it hard to choose between P90X and Insanity. i really want hard core abs and sport star in shortest time possible. i hear everyone talking bout doing either two or three rounds but which can give me most results in one round???

  13. @ Kayne

    Based on what you want you should do Insanity first. You’ll drop the weight faster and get cut up. When you are done with Insanity then go onto P90X.

  14. @ Scott

    I would recommend P90X first. Reason is because you do a lot of cardio already. Tony Horton told me that when people age they need to do more resistance training. I think he knows what he’s talking about since he’s 52. The resistance training with P90X will burn off the 15- 20 pounds you want to lose while toning you up. When you are done with P90X then go onto Insanity. Its like Turbo Jam times 2.

  15. Hey Brad,

    I cant decide which workout program is right for me. I’m 19 years old, 5’2″ and between 130-140 Ibs. I was on track in High School but not very good at it and I am currently in the Navy. I am unhappy with the way I look, mostly in my arms, thighs, and deffinetly my stomach. I dont wanna look like a body builder chick but I deff. want to see results in those “problem areas.” Which videos do you think would be better for me?

  16. @ Shelby

    Based on what you are trying to do I would recommend you start with Insanity and then do P90X. Reason being is that it uses your body weight for resistance so you’ll get that lean toned look.

  17. Hi Brad,

    I am 39, 5′ 4″ and 158 lbs. I have lost 40 lbs in the past year and a half just by changing my diet and walking. I turn 40 on October 19th and have set a goal to be 140 by the time i am 40. This means I need to lose another 18 pounds. I also have had three children, although not recently, and have the stomach to show for it. I would like to lose those last 18 pounds and get rid of my flabby stomach, butt, thighs, and arms, but I do not want to be bulky. Which would you recommend?

  18. @ Dawn

    Congrats on losing the weight so far. It’s crazy how little things like watching what you eat and just a little bit of movement can result in big changes. Both programs will help you get there but I will say that Insanity is advanced while P90X can be modified. I’d recommend something like ChaLean Extreme or Turbo Fire for the next 3 months to get your body use to those workouts and then do P90X or Insanity. You can check them out inside the Beachbody Store.

  19. As far as price range, I like P90X they allow you to use installment plan payments. You also get a longer guarantee. I do not like Shaun T’s egotistical attitude in his informmercial in regards, if you can not do it 110% that you need to go home. Tony is different he is willing to work with you, no matter what level you are at. You can have an illness or have a disability and he does not give off this superiority complex. Tony is a better sales man–business man than Shaun T. He knows how to reach other demographics.

  20. I have started Insanity and its INSANE! never sweat so much in my life! done my first week and i feel good feel i look thinner already thanks Brad hope to be ripped after insanity is P90X!

  21. I am in week 3 of the Power 90 DVDs and once I finish those was looking to go to either P90X or Insanity. I do not want to look like a body builder (I’m female, 130 5’5″), I just want a tight body, but I am definately not sure if Power 90 will prepare me for Insanity or if I should go for P90X next.?

  22. Hi!!! Like everyone else I would like to know which program is right for me. I am 27, I have had two babies in the last 3 years. I have lost all of the weight ( I am back down to 115) I just need to tone up. I have a nasty spare tire hanging around my tummy 🙁 I am not in shape AT ALL! I know it is going to be tough but I am motivated. Initially the insanity sounds good because of time, but do you think I can handle it being that I am not is shape at all right now?

    Thank you!!!

  23. @ Tracy

    You can do Insanity as long as you go into it with the mindset that you’ll probably struggle a little more than someone who is in shape. Its no big deal though as everybody needs to take that first step. I say go for it. I bet that spare tire starts going away pretty fast. Just stick with it.

  24. Hi Tracy 🙂 I’m not disagreeing with Brad that Insanity would be a bad choice…however if you’re anything like me (31, 112lb) you might like something a little more fun, like Turbo Fire. It’s a lot like Insanity, just not AS crazy and the workouts are shorter and very intense. Turbo Fire is 90% High Intensity Interval Training…a lot like Insanity…but has WAY better music, lol! I like it because it makes the workouts more fun and not seem as long.

    Just a suggestion 🙂 Good luck on whatever program you pick.

    Andrea

  25. Andrea,
    So what workout would you recommend to a woman looking for a program and they ask should I do Chalene Extreme or Turbo Fire and why?

  26. Hey brad,

    I am a junior in high school, and i’ve done a good 55 days of straight P90X, followed by not-so-straight P90X, due to time constraints. I confess i haven’t been following the eating plan, yet i’ve been following healthier approaches to eating. I’ve defintley seen improvements with what i’ve done so far, but i’m looking to not so much get abs, but rather flatten my stomach out, as well as to lose fat around my buttocks/legs. Should I just continue with P90X, or start insanity?

  27. Hey brad

    Im 26 male. In high school I was 5’11” 200lbs. Athletic played soccer baseball basketball to keep fit. Now 8 years later 5’11” 300 lbs. I dont get to do sports as much anymore and sit in office all day at work. Im way overweight and my dream goal is always to be 180-190. I want to lose weight thats all. Im big boneded big calfs and arms and hardly ever workout. So my concern is not gaining muscle I just want to lose weight badly. I want to be healhier again. Which program is for me to help me lose weight and keep it off forever? I want to shed pounds and once I do ill want to be fit and toned. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  28. Hi Brad,
    I am 6’2″ about 240 pounds and I would like to lose alot of the excess weight which I carry. I am only 23 years old and when I was in highschool I used to sport around a nice 6 pack and finely tuned arms. I would like that back which one of these programs do you think would help me reach my objective. Price and equipment is of no concequence. But my biggest concern is is this even a realistic goal can I get back to being a really good shape, or is it too late? I am highly motivated and want to succeed. What should I do or should I do both of them and in which order?

  29. @ Darryl

    Finish P90X. The last 40 days of it is where it gets very challenging. You start mixing in all of the workouts which burns through the fat and builds strength.

  30. @ Michael

    You should start with P90X. Reason being is that Insanity is a advanced program with very little room to modify the workouts. P90X is still advanced but shows you how to modify each move to burn through the fat and keep on progressing. You’ll have a advantage over people who have never worked out with your athletic background. When you are done with P90X, then do Insanity.

  31. @ Anthony

    Both programs will help you reach your goal. You should start with P90X and then move onto Insanity. It is never too late to start getting back into shape. There are 40 year olds who have written on my website that never worked out before and now have toned arms and abs. Fitness is for life, its not just a 90 day thing.

  32. Hey Brad,
    I am considering doing either P90X or Insanity, but I am not sure which one to choose. I have just graduated law school and am in mediocre shape. Even in the best shape of my life, I have never been very good at running or cardio activities. I was a college softball player, and I have done Body for Life about 5 years ago. I am headed into the Air Force in about 4-5months and want to be as prepared for training as possible. Which would you recommend? Thanks! Oh yeah, I forgot, I am a 25, F, 155lbs, 5’4″.

  33. @ Jen

    If you’ve never been good at cardio or running and you’re going into the Air Force then I think you should do Insanity. Reason being is that its a lot of cardio and its better to work on your weaknesses now then have them exposed at boot camp, OCS, etc. Do the 60 days with Insanity and then P90X.

  34. Hi,
    I’m 16 and weigh 185 and i’m 5 ft 8 in. I have been going to the gym and have gotten stronger and more in shape. Unfortunately my free membership expired. I have not gone for about a week and i need something to help me stay in shape and get stronger. This November i will be wrestling for my local high school and i would like to know which program you recommend. Also i know i said i want to be stronger but not excessively strong just tone and in shape. And i also will be trying to wrestle at 165 so i need to lose 20 pounds. Hope to hear from u soon, thanks in advance.

  35. @ Brian Love

    You should go with Insanity as its all about body strength conditioning. This will help you drop the weight needed along with toning everything else up. Good luck wrestling this upcoming year.

  36. Hi Brad,
    I am currently on week 2 of the Insanity Program (day 11). I feel like I am gaining weight rather than losing weight. I tend to build muscle quickly but don’t want to bulk up. I am 5’5″ 135 lbs but would like to tone my legs. Will this workout help me achieve toned legs if I stick with it? I am getting a little discouraged b/c i feel like the numbers on the scale are going up! I didn’t think I would bulk up on this b/c there aren’t any weights just your own body for resistance. I am not looking to gain muscle mass especially in my legs just tone what is there.

    Thank you for your advice.
    Candice

  37. @ Candice

    Have you taken your measurements? Insanity is almost all leg work. My legs were in much better shape because of Insanity. Don’t focus on the number on the scale. Take your body fat % measurement now and check it again when it says to in the Insanity workout guide.

  38. Hey Brad!

    I’m a 18 year old female college student who played basketball and volleyball in high school but hasn’t stayed in shape since college started. I’m going into my sophomore year and I want a leaner figure back. I’m still considered thin but I want more muscle but not bulk. I’m 5’6 and about 140 pounds and wear a six 6 in jeans. My stomach, thighs, and calves are chunkier than I would like. Which program would you suggest?

  39. @ Shanda

    Insanity is the way for you to go. With Insanity being body weight training you really cant get bulky. You will tone up and slim down every where.

  40. Hi brad, i’m 55 athletic and in good aerobic shape. I work out 5-6 days a week on elliptical, stretching and would like to add tone (especially abdominal), lose about 10 pounds, and lose the love handles. Later, would like to increase strength and muscle definition. Which program do you recommend first?

  41. Hi brad
    im 21 5’7 and about 150 lbs. i dont have too much body fat but i have enough to look chubby. I want to lose some fat but also gain muscle mass. I want to get the best bang for the buck and dont mind going with either program. Which one would you recommend?

  42. Hi,

    Can I mix P90X and Insanity? Meaning, for the focused Ab moves (to get my pot belly out and get six pack), can I just pick specific Ab workouts in Insanity and for the rest do P90X? In other words, replace Ab Ripper X from P90X with Insanity Ab focused moves? In this way, I get best of both worlds? The reason I’m asking is because you have mentioned this:

    Abs – Insanity- It seems like almost 80% of each movement is geared toward the core area in the normal workouts not including the Cardio Ab workout. P90X has the killer Ab Ripper X workout but Insanity has more plank work and ab focused moves.

    Please reply.

  43. Brad,
    Thank you for answering my previous question. Do you see any issues with someone completing the Insanity program and then starting it all over again once it is finished? Does you body get too used to the moves and it no longer works? Just curious. I am only on week 3 but really enjoy it and it fits in my schedule well at home! I would lke to repeat it when I am done to take me through the winter months as well.

    Just didn’t know if it was a good idea or not. Do i need to do something different to shock my body?

    Thanks for your advice.

    Candice

    P.S. I gave up on looking at the number on the scale and had my husband take my measurements a week ago. We will see 🙂

  44. @ Candice

    You can do Insanity again. You will see a whole new side of Insanity when you start the second month. You could also get the Insanity Deluxe workouts in the Beachbody Store. Its another 3 workouts you can mix into the Insanity schedule. I have them and use them. I usually will do a program over and over until my numbers / reps start to peak or when I get bored of it.

  45. my best adivise for anyone is if you are wanting to get in the best possibal shape of your life, with being extremly stronge,with extreme stamina,do p90x for 90 days, then insanity for 60 days, then just switch back and forth and it should all even out, with the strength yet with insanity giving u that great indurance to keep going using your strength.

  46. Hi Brad

    Sorry I am a little late to the party here but I just read your review along with the comments and it seems like you recommended most of the people to do Insanity instead of P90x. I’m confused because your review showed that P90x won. I’m asking you this because I just ordered P90x and am waiting for it the mail and am trying to find any and all tips before I get started.

    Thanks

  47. @ Christine

    I recommend Insanity most of the time because people’s main concerns revolve around time and extra equipment needed. Each Insanity workout is about 15 to 30 minutes shorter than P90X and you don’t need extra equipment.

  48. Hi and thanks for putting up this website, it answers a lot of the questions I’ve had about insanity/P90X. My question is where do you work in the extra workouts you get with the Insanity kit?

    Also I noticed the insanity calendar that says “Cardio Circuit” is that a typo?

  49. @ Andrew P

    I add the extra Insanity Workouts at the end of the 60 Days. The cardio circuit thing is a type. I do the Plyo Cardio Circuit dvd when it says to do it.

  50. I am very interested in the insanity workout but not the meal plan. I am looking to lose inches, lose weight and tone not build muscle. Can you give me some suggestions as far as diet is concerned please? Low calorie? Low fat? Low carbs? High protein? Please help point me in the right direction. Thanks ~ Kate

  51. Can I do either of these forever? Meaning…I don’t want to buy this to use for just a few months and still have to purchase gym membership afterwards. I’m considering leaving the gym to do this, but want long-term program that I don’t get tired of. It’s hard to leave Body Pump and Body Combat at the gym, but my infant is making it difficult to make these classes! Thought it would be easier to work at home…

    Thanks!

  52. @ Kate

    To lose weight and build lean muscle you need to eat. The Insanity Meal Plan will show you how to hit your goals. I had to eat almost 1k MORE calories a day just to be able to get through each Insanity workout. Once I did that I started building lean muscle. Shakeology helps.

  53. @ Jade

    I don’t know about forever but you can do them for a long time. I’ve done 4 rounds of P90X since 2007, 1 round of Insanity, 1 P90X / Insanity hybrid round, and a couple other Beachbody workouts. I’d say I spent about $600 on workouts over the past 4 years. That’s $100 less PER YEAR then my old gym membership. So I’ve probably saved $2100 over the past 3 years by working out at home and have been very happy with the results. You might save more if you had to pay for daycare at the gym. I have friends who put their kids in a crib or chair watching them workout so they can keep an eye on them.

  54. Brad,

    I would really like to thank you for all of this information!! In addition, I am 32, 115lbs and use to be a muscular track runner from 16-24. My body builds muscle quickly but I’m nowhere near what I used to be especially as a mother. I am looking to bulk up a little, put on a few pounds (5-10) of muscle, and tone up. My legs are primary focus for me…and somewhat my stomach. I want to try to accomplish this by the beginning April. Which one would you recommend?

  55. Hi Brad,

    I have a bunch of exercise videos that I’m pretty bad at using because I get bored quickly (The Firm series, Windsor Pilates, Gunnar Peterson’s Core Secrets and John Basedow’s Fat Burning Workout, Jillian Michaels, etc.). My percent of body fat is increasing over the past 4/5 years from about 18/19% to about 25% due to inactivity and start/stop. I’m most interested in muscle definition (abs, butt and legs) but recognize that cardio is also important. I already own weights, resistance bads, cardio equipment etc. I’m intrigued by both programs due to the 60/90 day goals but am wondering if it’s already incorporated into some of the videos I own. Any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks,

    Jennie

  56. Hi Brad,

    I’m 5’3 and I weigh about 135. I work out at the gym doing 20mins of level 7 on an elliptical, 10 mins on level 12 of a bike, and 10 mins running at speed 5.1 on a treadmill–plus I lift weights daily alternating days between arms/abs and legs. I’ve heard great things about both programs. I am a full time student and I’m interested in losing 20 pounds of fat and toning my stomach–it has always been a problem area for me. Which program do you suggest for me? Thanks.

  57. @ Jennie

    I’ve never done the workouts you listed so I can’t compare. What I can say is P90X and Insanity are very program based. They work your entire body on different days. The key with any workout is consistency and that’s something you need to work on. Based on what you wrote I would suggest doing P90X first and then move onto Insanity.

  58. Brad,
    I am 31 year old male 6′ +/- 215 lbs looking for a taget weight of about 185-190 lbs. Right now weight loss is my main focus as I have always been able to add muscle fairly easy. I am not in great shape, but not in terrible shape either. I have done p90x before and when I started I was about the same weight I am now, by the end I had droped a ton of weight but it felt like it was 2 months before I was droping anything because I was trading muscle for fat. I also found it kind of hard to stay focused on because until you really got into a groove with it.

    Do you think it would be better to do insanity first then p90x. Again, main focus is to lose weight (stomach).

    Thanks.

  59. @ Michael

    I hear you about the change thing. The two month mark is usually when people start seeing big changes. That’s what happened to me. Insanity will definitely help you drop the weight. I leaned up quite a bit from doing it. Most of what Insanity does is work the core area. With it being all body weight training you’ll be able to drop weight pretty quickly.

  60. I’m way late to this but i’m a 27 year old 6’6″ male who weighs about 360lbs. I don’t have a problem with muscle I just want to lose the stomach and tone up, and i have no problem pushing myself because my hs basketball coach might as well have been a drill sargent. With February coming up soon i want to be able to take my shirt off by summer time and not be embarrassed. I want my high school 8-pack back. So p90x or insanity?

  61. Brad,
    I am 28, M, 210, 10%bf, and I work out religiously. I am waiting for a call from a federal agency for a job offer and need to make sure that I am in the best condition possible when I get to the academy. I need to do 55 push-ups/min, 47 sit-ups/min, 11 dead-hang pull-ups, and would like to get my 1.5 mile run under 10:30. I currently can do 45, 47, 8, and 11:24 in each category respectively. Would either of these programs be beneficial for me or should I continue my current program?
    Thank you in advance.

  62. @ Justin

    I feel P90X would be a better fit for you since most of the things you need to do are resistance based and that’s what P90X is all about. Check it out in the Beachbody Store.

  63. @ Jon

    Your coach sounds like Coach Hines from MadTv. Either program will work but if your goals are to tone up then Insanity would be the one to start with. Its all body weight training and will work on toning / leaning what you currently have.

    You’ve had an 8 pack before? That’s serious.

  64. Hi Brad, would you still recommend Insanity over P90X even though my focus is legs, but I want to bulk up a little and not loose weight?

  65. @ Chyna

    Insanity is a lot more legs and core. However if bulking up is equally important than do P90X as you will be working on the legs twice a week with P90X.

  66. Hey brad,
    I’m 15 and about 30 pounds overweight. I don’t have much money but i know my parents will pitch in and pay for at least half. I also want to be in shape before soccer which starts February 24th. What do you think i should get Insanity or P90X.
    Thanks for your time bro.

  67. @ Joseph

    Since you play soccer I would go with Insanity. It will get your legs in wicked good shape and lean out the rest of your body so you can be quick on your feet.

  68. Hey, I’m 17 years old, 6 foot 6 inches tall, and about 220 lbs. I’m looking for something that will get me into better shape by the summer. I’m in school right now and don’t have the most free time, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes. I’m not ‘fat’, but I could get into better shape. What do you recommend?

  69. I am a 17 year old girl, 4’9 and 165 lbs. I reall would like to slim down tremendously before i graduate in May. Which one would work best for me?
    Thank you in advance.

  70. @ Austin

    Both P90X and Insanity will work. For your situation you should do Insanity. It will get you in shape in less time. Go to the Beachbody Store to buy Insanity.

  71. Brad:

    I am 27 years old, 5’1″, and 115lbs. I do NOT want to lose weight. Do you recommend P90X or Insanity? I want to tone my body.

    Thanks!

    B

  72. @ B

    Both P90X and Insanity will do that. However, Insanity will lean you up more and you might lose some weight. That’s what happened to me. P90X might be the way you want to go first and then do Insanity. You can get P90X at the Beachbody Store.

  73. Hi Brad,

    I am a 34 yr. old mother of three with Sarcoidosis. I am as I say really really fat 282 Ibs. 5’7 1/2. I pay $62 a month to go to our local YMCA which I feel out of place. I would like to reach my goal of 175 Ibs & live well with my children. What do you recommend?

    Thank you for your time.

  74. Hi Brad,

    I am 25 5′ 7″ 122 lbs. I want to tone up for my wedding in November. I also have not worked out in 2 years. Which would you recommend; P90X or Insanity?

  75. @ Alana

    Go with Insanity as you will tone up for sure. With a November wedding you will have enough time to do a couple rounds of Insanity to get warmed up to it. You can buy Insanity at the Beachbody Store.

  76. @ Mia

    I had to do some searching on Sarcoidosis and I think its one of those things that you need to talk to your Dr first. I’m going to say that P90X and Insanity would not be a program that you should start with first. Instead I would recommend Slim in 6 and Shakeology. This will help you with building up your strength and weight loss. I’ve read many stories about people having great success with these two and move onto something more advanced after doing them. You can buy them at the Beachbody Store.

  77. Hey, I’m 19 years old and I’m 5 7 and about 156 pounds… I completed my first round of p90x in January. I play hockey and I want a workout that will really help me succeed in it. What do you recommend? Another round of p90x or Insanity?

  78. When I first did P90X I did it with a friend who plays hockey on adult leagues. He’s always been in great shape but got into even better shape with P90X. He did Insanity on his own and when I asked him how it helped him play hockey he replied with “I’m blowing people up.” Insanity is all body weight resistance so you get the most out of your body as you lean up. I had the same results when I finished Insanity. My legs and core were in awesome shape and my cardio was better. Both things that will help in hockey. You can buy Insanity at the Beachbody Store.

  79. I am enlisted in the Marine Corps, waiting on a waiver.. Need to use this time to prepare.. I need to work on cardio and strength training.. P90X or Insanity?? I can just run in addition to P90X and still get great results right??

  80. @ Tanner

    You can do that with P90X. Both programs will work. If you want more Cardio then Insanity. Resistance training then P90X. You can get them at the Beachbody Store.

  81. I work construction going up and down like 40 times a day. I belive that p90x is better, but insanity is good too,i am doing this work out now because i want to get my core in good condition first and them i will star p90 x again to get strong.

  82. Hey Brad,
    I am 24, 5’6″ and 172 lbs. I want to lose weight and tone. I have been on nutrisystem for four weeks and have only lost 5-6 lbs. I figured I need to increase my workouts. I have been doing taebo and toning moves on alternate days. Its not very intense and its not always a regular schedule. Not sure im ready for either program but I was wondering what you would recommend. I have had a history of knee pain and recently had knee surgery to fix it. It healed well and Im virtually pain free now but it makes me weary of these type of workouts. Any suggestions on which would be better? Thanks

  83. Hi Gina

    Congrats on the 5 pounds lost. Every pound lost is a step in the right direction. I would not recommend either of those right now because of your surgery. Maybe P90X because there is only one high impact workout in it. Insanity is all high impact. I would recommend you do Slim in 6 and start using Shakeology as it has cleansing properties in it. Both of those combined will get you on a regular schedule. After completing Slim in 6 you would be better prepared for P90X. You can buy Slim in 6 and Shakeology in the Beachbody Store.

  84. I am a 29-year old male weighing around 250lbs and measure about 6’2. I’ve had knee surgery about 7 or 8 years ago due to a torn ACL and meniscus and have remained fairly inactive since then. I am definitely out of shape and looking for a great way to lose weight and get into shape. I’ve heard P90X was a great tool from several friends who have used it and confirm it really does a great job, but I don’t know anybody personally that has had a go at Insanity.

    Based on my age/weight condition, which of the 2 would be a better solution for me?

    Thanks!

  85. @ Stew

    I would not recommend P90X or Insanity for you. Definitely not Insanity as its a lot of wear and tear on the knees. I would suggest starting with something like Power 90 to get you back into things and then moving onto P90X. Power 90 workouts are about 20 minutes less and are still very challenging. Check it out in the Beachbody Store.

  86. Hi,

    I’m a 38 yr old woman, already in decent shape, I really don’t want to loose that much weight if any. I’m looking to tone and tighten (although, I don’t want to get bulky muscles) I guess I’m looking to achieve a longer, leaner look, like a dancers body. Which program do you think is better for me?

    Thanks much,
    Jen

  87. Hi Brad,

    I am 21 year old male, about 5’8 , 145 pounds. I have always been an athlete and a runner. I did however hurt my knee quite badly in september and I have not done any work outs since. I know I am still in good shape, however I am still worried about my knee (no pain, however its not exactly the same). I would really like to start working out. Before going back to sports I would like to gain about 20 pounds of muscle so I can be stronger and not get pushed around as much. I was thinking that I would start by doing P90x once or twice and if my knee was holding up and then move to Insanity. Ultimately I would like to start running again so I do not want to bulk up too much. Any suggestions? Should I do a different type of work out first, because of my knee?

    Thank you!

    Brian

  88. @ Brian

    P90X would be the way to go. The only workout you might have to take it easy on the knees with at first will be Plyometrics as it involves lots of jumping and lunging. Maybe P90X Legs and Back too. Insanity is all jumping so it will put some pressure on your knees. I have to take it a little easy sometimes doing Insanity as I also have a bad knee from not getting new shoes, getting cut off snowboarding and smacking my knee on ice, and having my brother hit a line drive softball off the same part of my knee. Do P90X first to put on the 20 pounds you want and then see how you feel. You can buy P90X at the Beachbody Store and I’ll become your Coach.

  89. Brad,

    I am 21, M, I recently just finished my college baseball career and have spare time while I am finishing my degree. I am looking for something to gain definititon. I am 5’10 180lbs and work out 6 days a week, I am satisfied with my muscle mass but I wouldnt mind gaining more. However, I want more definition in my abs and arms and I rather not lose weight and focus more on gaining muscle and definiton. Which one would be best for me? Thanks.

  90. @ Bryson

    You and I have similar height and weight. If gaining more muscle and definition is your goal then P90X would be the answer. It has more resistance workouts than Insanity. P90X will be a good change to your normal routine and I bet you will be surprised how much more in shape you’ll be at the end of 90 days.

  91. I am 26 female and have 2 kids. I work and am going to school. I need something to fit into my life. I am not in shape at all, but am looking for something to give me results quick. I need something that is kinda fun or I will not stick with it. Please Help me out, befor I go spending all this money on stuff

  92. @ Heidi

    I don’t think P90X or Insanity are the answer for you. I don’t know if I would call them fun but more challenging. Since you are not in shape right now I don’t think you’ll have fun doing them. I would recommend Turbo Fire instead. My girlfriend does it and she always looks like she’s having fun doing it. Go to the Beachbody Store to buy it.

  93. Brad,

    I thought your comparison was good, and I found it helpful. I am 5’8″ F and I weigh about 150. I am currently in the military and I am very active. I do triathlons, I run, lift and am a huge outdoor person. That being said, I have found that while I may not need to lose a lot of weight, I have a hard time toning up certain parts of the body. I think I would enjoy both P90X and Insanity. Right now I am looking at toning the core and cutting some inches. Do you think Insanity would accomplish that? I think I would move onto P90X after, once I get the money to pay for it. Do you think this approach would work? Thanks.

  94. I was wondering how you went about combining the two during your Hybrid run? Sounds like something I’d be interested in

  95. Hi Brad,

    I’m a 19 year old male who’s 5’10 140 lbs. I am very active, playing soccer, lacrosse, and run a lot. I would like to bulk up, but have a leaner body type. Which would you recommend?

    Thanks,
    D

  96. I am 56 year old male who was always active and athletic, but have been inactive a couple of years. 6 foot 208 probably 20-25% bf and feel just incredibly “weak”, once laughed at those struggling to run 8min miles. Not laughing now! Would you suggest p90x since the extra muscle mass would boost nearly dormant metabolism? Also have some elbow trouble that really causes pullups to be very. Painful well before muscle fatigue. Sick of lethargic, lazy feeling, any advice much appreciated.

  97. Brad,

    I am 27, M, 185, 5’8″. In high school I was runner and did both cross country and track. Once I started college though I have not done much in the way of workouts. I want to do something to get in better shape and build a little muscle. I currently work retail and go to grad school online, so time can be concern until I get into a routine.

    Thanks for any advice!

    Josh

  98. Josh

    If time is your issue then Insanity is your best option. However, I think you will see more changes from P90X because it is more resistance training and less cardio. With your running background you should have a good cardio base already.

  99. Eric

    Yes, P90X would be the workout I would recommend. You can buy the resistance bands and a door attachment to mimic the pull ups instead of using the pull up bar. Should be less painful then normal pull ups but still getting you results. Along with P90X you need Shakeology. Its the one product I tell people to buy even if you don’t do a workout program. It helps with boosting energy and losing weight. You can get those in the Beachbody Store.

  100. All I have to say is THANK YOU SO MUCH for this review! This helps a LOT! I have always been athletic and have an athletic body, but I always lacked the definition I wanted. There was always that stubborn belly fat that girls particularly have a hard time with. That’s why I’ve been so interested in getting involved in a program to actually define my shape and tighten up those “flabby” spots. Thanks so much!

  101. So I am a 6′ 280lb male, and I am wondering workout would be best for me. I am wanting to lose weight, but at the same time build muscle. I was athletic all throughout high school, played many sports, and lifted for 2-3 hours everyday. Now I am in college and have lost most of what muscle I had, and am looking to get it back. In your opinion which would be best for me? Thanks in advance for any help!

  102. I am a softball player and my coach wanted us to work on our speed over the summer. I am looking for a program to help me lose fat but gain muscle and help with overall speed. I don’t want to lose any of my strength that I already have either. Which program would be better, P90X or Insanity? Thanks for any help.

  103. Caitlin – Both programs will work. I’m on a couple softball leagues myself so I can relate to this. I did P90X first and went from a skinny guy with no muscles to being stronger every where. Speed increased a little but I was now able to hit for power, make better throws, and overall fitness went up. I did Insanity afterwards and speed increased along with small gains in the infield at short stop. However, I did lose some strength but was still hitting them off the fence every once in awhile. This might be because I did P90X first so the base was there. In your situation I would go with Insanity because it will tone up what you already have and make you faster.

  104. Hey Brad,

    I’m an 18 year old male, about 5’10”, and I weigh about 163 pounds. I build muscle easily as I’m a dancer and I used to be a short distance track runner. I don’t really want to get any heavier and add mass in muscle until later as I already have very strong legs, I just want to get ride of some stubborn fat around my stomach and thighs and get leaner, more toned, and defined, especially in my abs. I was thinking of doing Insanity first to lose the fat and get more toned, and then if I feel I want more muscle mass, I would do P90X. Do you think this is a good plan, or is there something else that you recommend?

  105. Brad,

    I’m 32, M, 220 and 5’8″. I used to play a lot of sports and work out 6 day a weeks. Never considering myself as fit, but agile for a bulky guy. Ever since I was diagnose with Gout, am unable to play sport, and do any activities that have higher impact on my joints, especially my ankles and feet. Meanwhile, I need to loose some weight to relieved that tension on my joints. I love to just tone it down, still maintain or gain muscles, especially set of abs be nice. Not looking for to be skinny. What you think is the best option for me?

    Jeff

  106. I’m a 58 year old guy, 6′, 180, looking to get fitter. I’m in decent shape now-hit the gym 3 times/week for good workouts, and run a little, although not as much or as fast as I used to. Mainly want to lose 5-10 lbs from my waist area. Would either of these be okay for me to do?

  107. Jeff – I’m not a Dr so I cant give any medical advice. P90X would be the better of the two workout programs as there is only one workout (Plyometrics) that will have any high impact on your joints. That whole workout can be modified to still be done. I suggest you buy P90X and Shakeology as from what I read about Gout is that a leading factor of it is dietary. Shakeology will help you with that issue.

  108. Hi Brad,

    Like a lot of folks, I am torn between these 2 programmes. Was planning on doing P90x this summer, but a mate challenged me to Insanity instead. I did some research on Insanity, but some people say the cardio is so intense that it burns off both muscle and fat, and I think p90x is a little too time consuming.

    I won’t claim to be in the best shape of my life, but I have a job that involves a lot of pushing and pulling of heavy stuff and also walking an average of 7miles a day. I am 6 ft 1 inch, I weigh about 87kg.

    I want to get muscle definition/ripped and banish my gut.

    What would you advise?

    Thanks!!

  109. Hi Brad I am 27 played sports all through out high school golf mostly but have always had the same body shape and i want to get definition and ripped but I live in an apartment on the 2nd floor do u think these workouts will be to noisy for me on my neightbors below me. I am 6ft 2in and weigh 185 do u know which one would be better for me thanx Jason

  110. @ Ace

    Insanity will burn off both fat and muscle. I had the same issue during the first 30 days of Insanity. I read the meal plan guide and it said I needed to eat more. Once I did that the fat burned off and the muscle stayed and in some areas grew. Yes, P90X is a little long in time and some people can only do half if they have a busy schedule. Either program will get you want you want as long as you follow the plan and eat right. Shakeology helped me with the meals. Based on what you are already doing I would recommend Insanity for the next 2 months and then do P90X.

  111. Jason – Yup, your neighbors will probably hate you if you do Insanity. Its all jumping. P90X only has one jumping day, Plyometrics, and Tony Horton instructs you how to “land like a cat” so your neighbors don’t hate you. Go with P90X and do that one. I’m very confident you will see changes and have fun doing it. Many people with a sports background enjoy P90X because it reminds them of the structured workouts you’d do back in the day. I recommend buying Shakeology with P90X. The two together are a great combo to get results. I buy Chocolate Shakeology on auto ship for free shipping. You can get them at the Beachbody Store.

  112. Hey Brad, thanks for the review, but I was still wondering if I could get a little more help.

    I’m an 18 y/o, about 5’10” and weigh somewhere between 170-185 (haven’t checked in a while.) I just got done with high school and want to drop some weight and look kinda decent while I walk back to my room after taking a shower in the dorms, if you understand what I’m saying. Haha. Not to impress or anything, I’ve just always been very shy, seeing as how I’ve never been incredibly in shape most of my life. I did Tae Kwon Do from 10-16, but it’s been 2 years, and a lot has changed. Lol. I was kinda hoping to lose my gut, oddly everything else isn’t very “fat” looking. I don’t really understand why, but, my problem. What do you suggest I do? I tried P90X for about a week, but taking some classes at a JC to get some quick credits kind of cuts my time, but I’m not gone all day. Also, I’m a vegetarian. I understand that I should be taking protein supplements because of the protein lack. But, anything else I should do? I’m pretty broke, but my friends were offering either one or the other (I have friends that have both.) What can I do to aid the eating-process? I’m fairly new to all this.

  113. Insanity does not involve as much time so that might work. The other option is to just do half of each P90X dvd. This way you still get in a good workout. Not sure how vegetarian you are but Shakeology has probably made the biggest differences in my results. You can find Shakeology in the Beachbody Store.

  114. Hi Brad,
    Another seeking direction after reading your comments about the two programs…
    I’m 35yrs old 5’6″ 130 lbs and mother of 4. I haven’t work out in 5 years probably unless you count all I do chasing around four girls all day. I can usually keep up pretty well on the rare occasion I work out with friends or go walking/running with my 10yr old, or head to the mtns to hike with the family. My weak spot is my belly after all the c-sections, so I mainly want to burn off my belly fat and drop 10 lbs. My hubby is 40yrs old 6’2 220 lbs and works a ton of hours (like 5am-8pm). He’s on the treadmill each night for an hour and does some stretching and handheld weights. He’s had 3 back surgery’s but is pretty flexible, golfs each weekend, etc.
    Can you tell me which you think would be best for the both of us as I’d like to only buy one program that we both could use and would be beneficial for both our needs – if possible.

  115. Hey Brad,

    I’m a 19 year old guy, 6’1, 280, but look around 240 or so i’m told. I played football all my life and in college but had to quit recently due to injuries. I still consider myself to be pretty strong, though not as much as I used to be. I want a workout that will trim me down to make me look lean and muscular. I’m not looking to put on much more muscle, don’t want to look like a muscle head. Just wondering if Insanity would be better to trim all the fat off if I already have a decent muscle base, or if P90X would be the better option?

  116. Brad- I am a softball catcher that is probably stronger in the arms than the legs and i want to build more muscle in the legs because it will also help my hitting too. I am a pretty decent runner when it comes to running the bases so i dont want to lose the speed that i have. If i could choose one program, which would you recommend?

  117. Hi Brooke – I also play a lot of softball. If you are already strong enough in the arms then go with Insanity. It will improve upon everything else. After I did Insanity I realized I had a lot more range playing short stop, was faster out of the box, and had a lot more stamina.

  118. Hi Ashley – Start with P90X. Insanity might be a little bit much on his back because a lot of it is high impact jumping and such. P90X is more balanced giving you an opportunity to build up your strength as you go.

  119. Mike – Go with Insanity. Its all body weight resistance training. I’m betting that if you really give Insanity a go that you will probably get shredded. Pushing all of that weight around will get you much stronger and ripped.

  120. Hello,

    I am currently torn between p90x and insanity. I am 5’10” 165 lbs. I currently work as a police officer, but am in the process of testing to become and Air Force Officer. Basically, I would like to get a little more muscle mass, not too much, and increase my cardio drastically. I am in pretty good shape, but have slacked a bit the past few months with working out. I used to run on a treadmill 3-4 times a week between 8 and 10 miles. I am thinking insanity may be a better fit for me. What do you think?

  121. Andy – In your case I would go with Insanity. It will get you more fit from head to toe because you’ll be using your body weight for the resistance.

  122. hey, I’m wondering if you can tell me if I’m in some sort of good shape. I run sometimes in the morning. I don’t play sports (i’m a musician). I’m not over weight, but I just haven’t been going to a gym for a while. What would you say? Could I still do insanity?

  123. Hello Brad,
    I played basketball in HS and 2 years of college. I have added about 20 pounds since those college days. I am 6′ at 200 pounds. For women our problem areas seem to be gut and thighs. My stomach is not sloppy, just a little handle, but I want to lose it and get some definition by June 8th for my 30th bday cruise. I live on the 2nd floor of my apartment but I really like Shaun T as I did Hip Hop Abs a few times, and enjoyed the results. I really just want a flatter stomach and tone up.

    Thanks,
    EnJanique

  124. Hey Brad…I am 5’10” and weight 150 now. I have always been in pretty good shape do to running and playing basketball. I’m looking put on about 10-15 lbs of muscle mass. I have a ridiculous metabolism and I have decided to start doing creatine/weight gainer to help that since nothing else seems to work (no matter what I eat) and I am wanting to increase my already decent cardio. I work a lot and don’t have time to do the gym thing right now. Which in home program would be best for me?

  125. Hi,
    I’m currently 21, 5’5 weighing in at 120. As you can see, I’m quite a small guy. I’m not really sure to do either P90X or Insanity. Time is not an issue, and I eat a lot. What is your opinion on this? I’m looking for an increase in muscle / weight / general tone / more cardio.

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

  126. Hey Brad,
    Im 14 years old Male weigh 125 and 5’6″ and i wanted to know if insanity is better at getting abs and definition of abs then p90x. The thing is i have already started insanity and im on my 4th day. Which one is better at get definition on your body? Also i want to gain weight also i dont want to lose weight so any tips for gaining weight with insanity and if so what types of food should i eat? thanks.

  127. Brad, I was wondering what you would suggest for my dad. He is 44 yrs old, is 6ft 4 in and weighs 300#. He is currently in Med School and has gained alot of weight this last 1 1/2 years. He was in the Army years ago and was Airborne. He dislocated his elbow and has a bad knee, both which have had multiple surgeries. He was always active in weight lifting, biking and weighed 225 # but that was seven years ago before going back to school. Last week he lost a good friend to cancer and we want to get him a program for his birthday to help get him back into shape or at least shed some weight. He does love a good challenge. Thanks for any advice you may have to offer.

  128. I like Tony Horton’s quote on the abs and stomach issue. “Abs are made in the kitchen.” If your neighbor doesn’t mind a little jumping around sound coming through the floors then Insanity will help you hit your goals. I’d recommend Insanity and start using Shakeology daily.

  129. Sam

    Sorry to hear about your dad’s lost. I might tell him to do Power 90 instead or P90X or Insanity. This will help him get back into the swing of working out and to get the weight down. Go to the Beachbody Store to check it out.

  130. I am a 33 y/o female with two small children. I currently weigh 160 pounds, the biggest I have been my whole life. I am looking for a way to lose my belly, butt and leg fat plus make these areas toned. I am not athletic, cannot do a full sit-up, have minor back issues and can devote about an hour a day. Which program would be best for me?

  131. Brad,

    i’m a mother of 3, full time student, and work part time. i don’t have much time to do anything but since i had my last baby 4 months ago, its been harder to lose weight. its like, no matter what i do i can’t seem to lose weight, i just can’t seem to keep it down. i’m eating good, even counting calories, and walking everyday. i’m thinking about getting either insanity or p90x. time to pump it up. what do you think? please, any advice would be GREAT!!!

  132. Hi
    I’m 32 years old. I have a 1 year old and I’m still trying to lose those last 10 lbs!! I’m 5’9 148lbs. I really want this to be the summer I have that long lean toned look. The bulk of my weight in my thighs like most women do. What do you recommend?? I want to stay motivated so I don’t get bored, but not too hard so I don’t quit!!

  133. Hey i am looking into getting one of these because i want to get a six pack and get ripped (for the chicks). I am 12 years old, 130 lb, 5’7 and trying to find a good workout system to get a ton of muscle built up. What workout system is best? I also do krav maga and i am just asking out of curiousity what muscle puts more power into your jabs and hooks?

  134. hey brad im 14 in hs and have p90x. Also i am playing on my schools baseball team an a travel soccer league. And for me i found it hard to stick ti p90x. I weigh about 130. And about. 5’7. I was wondering what u think i should do to be able to build up muscle for baseball and speed for soccer thanks very much.

  135. Brad:

    I am desperate to loose weight, this time around, keep it off and for the first time, see how I will look if I stick to the program and go all trhe way. I have both, P90 & Insanity but Insanity looks like what it is! I want to try it because I’m so outta shape and over-weight that I think moving at that paste and getting my heart rate up even if I can’t keep up with Shaun and the others, will do miracles for me. I want to loose a good amount of weight by the summer which gives me two months. I have 60 pouds to loose according to a boot camp I use to attend but because of my culture and where I come from, I am not looking to be thin. I liked the way I looked at 169 because I had lost so many inches, I looked a lot smaller that whatI really was but for me at 5’3″ that’s still over weight. I am african american and I like butt and thickness but I know that I must be healthy at the same time. I feel desperate and a little overwhelmed rite now. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

  136. I am 14. I’m a guy. Im about 5’9″. I wiegh about 145. I lift 3 times during the week. I do soccer times a week and I do track 5 times a week. All for about 30minutes to 2 hours. This is all during the school year. During the summer, I do soccer three times a week for 2 hours. I then go lift for 45 minutes and then have speed camp for 30 Mounties to a hour. I need to know what will get bigger and faster. Thanks

  137. First off, thanks for the article. I recieved the insanity workout today, but was looking to cleanse before using it. I really don’t have an extra 230 to drop on the beachbody reset, so do you think that maybe a 14 day cleanse and a multivitamin would have a similar effect? I also eat pretty well so that can’t hurt. I played hockey up through college and was looking to drop some weight for this summer. Thanks!

  138. Tim

    I don’t know about the 14 day cleanse with those things. The Ultimate Reset was very thorough with the foods and supplements. Go ahead and do Insanity over the summer and check out the Ultimate Reset in the fall.

  139. Sounds like you’re very busy with sports to begin with. In your case I think P90X will help you get bigger. Based on your schedule, P90X might be something you do instead of lifting and on the days you have off.

  140. Nikia

    I hope you’re not trying to do too much too soon. You have to ask yourself how long it took you to put on the weight first and then recognize its going to take time to get it off. I think you should do the Ultimate Reset first and then P90X. This will help you get the weight off and you’ll feel better about attacking Insanity when its done.

  141. Thanks Brad. I got both your messages and I totally agree with you. I do know it’s too much for me at the weight I am now. I had so much success with a boot-camp class a little while ago that I thought I could get even better and faster results with Insanity. I just hate that I ordered it and spent all that money and will not be using it. I went to a program that focused more on getting body fat off than weight and for the first time of “dieting”, I felt better and looked better and even looked smaller than what I was because I lost inches and fat vs when I would do all these programs, I would loose weight but you couldn’t tell unless I lost a whole lot and I would be tired and hungry all the time. I alos didn’t want to deal with that I had to work out at taht time so I was willing to do whatever to get rid of the fat without working out. Now, I shop at Whole Foods and the whoel family does it so I’m no longer cooking regular unhealthy food for them and trying to eat right myself. I would like to loose fat and atleast 30-40 pounds by June. I normally loose 5 pounds a week when I start working out at the boot-camp place and eating correctly. But thanks, I have a lot to take in and to decide what’s going to be the best way to get started and with what. I so appreciate your support and response because I have realized that I will need support and I am not going to be able to do this on my own. That’s why I always fall right back into my old ways. NO accountability and no support and no encouragement. Thanks Brad.

  142. Hi Brad, I so want to try Insanity and try to get my husband to do it. My husband is overweight 6 feet, maybe 230-245 lbs, but can do 50 mile + bike rides with no problem. I on the other hand am 5’1″ maybe 110 lbs. I’m little but not in shape. I want my husband to get rid of the “man boobs” and me to get my 6-pack abs back with killer legs. I want something that is exciting and will challenge me. I don’t want to do P90X because of the long workouts, but I feel like everything I read is pushing me towards P90X and even then maybe not towards either. I want to get my assed kicked. I won’t do P90X, so my question is should I do Insanity? Can I do Insanity? Can my husband? Can you even answer this question for me?

  143. Insanity will kick your ass. Even the people who are in the DVD have to take breaks. You can do Insanity but you have to be patient. Go slow and focus on form. The speed will come. I’ve seen people like your husband who have some weight to lose and drop a lot of weight with Insanity. It might take longer than the 60 days but so what. What’s important is you are doing it.

  144. I understand where you’re coming from. You should join one of my challenge groups. The accountability and support are what helps people get through it.

  145. Brad,
    I’m a 19 year old female. I’ve been overweight my entire life. I’m 204 lbs. at 5′ 2″, and i’m tired of it. I want to be healthy. I want to be fit and strong and lose this weight. I need something fast and challenging but not so much that I quit because I can’t do anything, and something that is easier to stay motivated with. Please help me!

  146. Hello Brad, I am 22 years old and had a baby 2 months almost 3 months ago. I use to work out at the gym but with the baby I cant make it. Due to the pregnancy I had to slow down and stop all together due to a c-section. I am healed and my doctor says I can start working out again but I don’t know which one would be in my best interest. I have both the P90X and Insanity. I’m not trying to bulk up or loose a lot of weight, I just want to get my pre-pregnancy body back. Which should I do? I am about 5’5 and 130 lbs.

  147. Jessica

    Instead of jumping into fast and challenging we need to recognize how you got to your current situation. My best guess is you haven’t been taught proper nutrition and what to eat. So instead of jumping into a workout plan we need to start with what you eat. I would recommend you starting with the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. This will have you focused on what you put into your body for 21 days. We will move onto the workouts when you’re done.

  148. Hi Brad, I was wondering what would be best for me. I have both p90x and, Insanity. I am 6’1 229 lbs and 16 years old. I want to lose weight and gain muscle, but i was wondering if either would be better to start with maybe lose weight then gain muscle. I can’t afford the ultimate reset being as I’m 16 and don’t have a good source of income. hope to hear from you soon.

  149. Either one you pick will be ok. Whats important is to follow the meal plan. 80% of your results come from what you eat. Try to get your family involved in making the recipes in the meal plan books. Create a Free Beachbody Account and then click on the Eat Smart tab. There are tons of tips in there and grocery shopping lists.

  150. Brad,
    Both of these workouts sound great. I am 19 years old, starting my sophomore year of college. I was an athlete in high school and now, since I don’t play in college, I feel like I want to become my ultimate self by staying in shape. I have read so many reviews of both workouts, but was unsure of which one might be best for me to use. I am 5’8″ weighing 165 lbs. My main goal is to drop pounds and tone up. Just curious on what you would recommend. Thanks!

  151. Hey Brad,

    I am 20 yrs. old, 5’3 and weigh about 120 lbs. I am not looking to lose weight but rather stay toned and learn to eat healthier. I am very interested in Insanity but don’t know if that is the right thing for me
    as I am not trying to lose weight but rather maintain it and work on getting abs and gain upper and lower body strength. Would you recommend Insanity for me? And also, I am looking for a good food nutritional guide whether it be a website or book… Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

  152. I’m a 40y/o mother of two, full-time physician who is still trying to remove cellulite from my abs and thighs. I now run 3k obstacle courses 3-4 per year under an hour. I tried insanity and like it but I’m still struggling to get “ripped”. I don’t think I can go any faster with insantiy, my heartrate runs around 130-140bpm during the intervals. I’m 5″4 , weigh 144 lbs, and a size 6. I like the obstacle courses because there is no weights and I really use my core. I’m thinking about trying Tapout. Any suggestions?

  153. Insanity is exactly what you’re looking for. There is a nutritional guide that comes with it so all you need to do is follow the plan. Shakeology helps too.

  154. Ive never tried Tapout. The only way you get ripped is by having your diet 100% spot on. Insanity will get you ripped if you follow the meal plan. Shakeology will help a lot too.

  155. Hey Brad! I am recently engaged and would like to drop these few extra 10-20 pounds for my wedding. The wedding isn’t until next september and I started up my p90x today. I dont want to get ripped, just tone up and lose the excess… My question is, when I finish It will still be 9 months before the wedding, so do you think it would be smart to start up insanity in the spring or do P90x again?? Also, last time I tried p90x I started noticing results after 1 week and stopped after 2, how do you keep yourself motivated and driven to keep going??

  156. Since you have a lot of time before the wedding I would suggest doing the Ultimate Reset first. No working out for 21 days. You focus on eating and taking supplements. I dropped 16 pounds. When you’re done with it then get back to P90X and Insanity. Your results will really pop. What keeps me working out is that I still like to play sports. Yes, I could just show up and play but there are a lot of guys I play against who are out of shape. I also like to snowboard, ski, and mountain bike. I like to enjoy these activities and its hard to have fun if you’re out of shape. I also don’t like shopping for new clothes so it motivates me to keep my sizes in check.

  157. Hello my name is Zoila and I am a mom of three children and a full time student. I wanted to know what work best to loose body fat and get toned. I weight 122 , I am 5″0 in height and I am 29 in age. I want to have toned arms and a flat stomach because I have a saggy stomach. I do not want to have to go through surgery to correct my stomach. Any help would help me out. Thank you.

  158. Both will work. Its just a matter of picking one and sticking with it. Insanity might be best to start off with due to most of the moves being core moves. Add Shakeology in with it everyday and you’ll see a difference in your stomach very quickly if you stick to the plan.

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