Insanity and P90X by Beachbody are the latest rage among the work-out-at-home fitness programs. Each program comes with a set of trainer-based instruction DVDs and a nutrition plan. While both programs have earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, Insanity is better suited for people looking for a high-impact cardio workout and aim to lose weight; people who are already fit and want to see muscle results usually tend to choose P90X.

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Insanity Workout versus P90X comparison chart
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Introduction Insanity is a workout regimen that claims to improve fitness in 60 days through strenuous stamina training. P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a commercial home exercise regimen, known for its intensity.
Cost $140 on Amazon $140 on Amazon (base kit)
Goal Weight loss, stamina Toning or building muscle, endurance
Program Includes 10 DVD workouts, single nutrition plan, workout calendar, online support Base -- 12 DVD workouts, three-phase nutrition plan, workout calendar Deluxe – Base kit plus a chin-up bar, resistance bands and post-workout shake mix Ultimate – Deluxe kit plus 5 additional workouts, power stands, additional chin-up equipment
Creator Shaun T Tony Horton
Current supplier Beachbody Beachbody
Program Basics Plyometrics works legs and glutes Upper body resistance Cardio Cardio abs Interval circuit Interval plyometrics Cardio conditioning Each DVD targets a body part or exercise style Chest and back Plyometrics Shoulders and arms Yoga Legs and back Kenpo Stretching Core training Chest, shoulders and triceps Cardio Abs
Length of Program 60 days Two three-week phases with one recovery week 90 days Three phases of three-week programs with one recovery week
Workout Length Average 45 minutes Average 1 hour 15 minutes
Nutrition Plan Five small daily meals Three-phase nutrition plan – fat loss, energy boost and endurance
Equipment None Free weights, pull-up bar
User Reviews 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon. People who need to lose weight prefer over P90X 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon. People who are already fit and want to see muscle results prefer over Insanity


Both Insanity and P90X are home workout programs by Beachbody that come as a set of workout DVDs.

The Insanity package includes:

The P90X Base kit includes:

The P90X Deluxe kit a chin-up bar, resistance bands and a post-workout shake mix in addition to the base kit. The Ultimate kit has the deluxe kit plus five additional workouts. power stands and additional chin-up equipment.

Trainer and Equipment

Instruction on Insanity is by its creator Shaun T. Users call him "intense" and "in your face", quite the qualities of a trainer who makes sure you meet your goal.

P90X features creator Tony Horton, described as "funny" and "charismatic" by users.

If you buy just the base kit, P90X requires you to buy free weights or resistance bands and a chin-up bar, which are included in the higher packages. Insanity does not require any additional equipment.

Fitness Level

Insanity is appropriate for all levels from beginner to advanced. Anyone can complete the workouts at some level, although it gets quite demanding as you progress. The approach is almost straight cardio, which includes plyometric drills. Workouts last an average of 45 minutes. The program includes a nutrition plan meant to complement the workout plan. The goal - and if done right, the result - is weight loss and improved cardiovascular fitness.

P90X is targeted more towards an intermediate to advanced level of fitness. The users have already been following a fitness regimen and are usually in it to increase endurance and bulk up or tone muscle. The approach is to confuse the muscles by introducing regular new moves. Usually, muscles become used to routine movement over time, and it takes less and less energy to complete a move. "Muscle confusion" as done in P90X keeps muscles from getting used to the same moves, increasing toning efficacy. P90X also includes some cardio as well as a nutrition plan meant to complement each phase of the workout. Workouts last an average of one hour and 15 minutes.

Program Content

Since the goal of Insanity is primarily weight loss and stamina building, most of the program is geared towards high-impact cardio exercise. Users participate in plyometrics or jump training to workout legs and glutes. They also do upper body resistance, straight cardio and cardio for abs. The second month they do an interval circuit, interval plyometrics and cardio conditioning. The nutrition plan consists of five small meals each day. The program consists of two three-week phases and a recovery week for a total of 60 days.

P90X emphasizes on toning or building muscle and on increasing endurance. Each DVD targets a body part or an exercise style: chest and back, plyometrics, shoulders and arms, yoga, legs and back, Kenpo, stretching, core training, chest, shoulders and triceps, cardio and abs. The 90-day program consists of three phases of three-week programs with one recovery week. The nutrition plan also includes three phases: fat loss, energy boost and endurance.

Which one Should You Buy?

Both Insanity and P90X kits are available through the Beachbody website, and for a cheaper price ($140) if bought through Amazon. For P90X, that price is for just the base kit.


This video gives a realistic view of the workout program so you can make your decision:

Where to Buy

If you think this workout regimen is for you, Amazon will have one that suits you.


A glimpse of the Tony Horton routine:

The DVDs and accessories for P90X can be purchased on Amazon for more serious toning, sculpting and muscle-building.


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