P90X vs Insanity – Which Workout is Better?

P90X vs Insanity

P90X and Insanity are two massively popular home workout programs which are well known for their intensity and also their effectiveness.

Both programs are aimed at individuals who are physically fit and come from the same Beachbody brand. But in spite of those similarities, there are some very key differences between P90X and Insanity.

This article will take a look at both P90X and Insanity, highlight those differences to help you choose between them and pick the right program for you.

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Overall Program Lengths

One of the biggest differences between P90X and Insanity is the total program length. P90X lasts for 90 days. That equals 3 months or 13 weeks in total. Insanity lasts takes you through just 60 days, or just 2 months in total.

Duration of the Workouts

Another big difference between these two programs is the actual duration for each workout. An average P90X workout lasts for 60 minutes, with the shortest one being 43 minutes and the longest workout being 92 minutes.

With Insanity, the workouts are much shorter and will last from between 30 minutes and 45 minutes during the first month. For the second month you progress to around 50 minutes long.

Styles of Workout

P90X is a total body workout program based around the principle of ‘muscle confusion’ which is where you vary your workout schedule and routines so that your body cannot adapt to a fixed workout schedule or routine. As a result, it includes a wide range of different exercise styles which include balance exercises, cardio, mixed martial arts, plyometrics, stretching, strength training and yoga.

Insanity is much more specific and mainly focuses on fat loss through a more limited selection of cardio based bodyweight exercises. It uses the HIIT method (high intensity interval training) as well as plyometrics. But not employ nearly the same variety of movements as in the P90X program. Plus there is no resistance training with stretch bands or weights.

Equipment Required or Not

P90X requires a variety of equipment, including a chin-up bar, dumbbells, resistance bands and a yoga mat. For some, buying this training equipment can be costly, plus it makes it difficult to travel and do this program. But on the plus side, it does help to add more variety to your work outs.

Insanity is more of a cardio workout and does not require you to have any exercise equipment. Instead, it relies completely on using bodyweight movements. Though this does make it quite convenient and allows you to get started without any additional investment, it does limit overall muscle gains. Keep this in mind if building muscle mass is what you are after.

Diet & Nutrition Plans

Both P90X and Insanity include their own nutritional plans as part of the package. The P90X nutrition plan is a more complex 3 phase program which involves eradicating fat from your diet and cutting back on carbs. It includes 3 main meals and 2 snacks each day.

The Insanity nutrition plan is much simpler and involves eating 5 small meals each day and consuming a simple mix of 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 20% fat.

Want the full review and breakdown for each? Check out my full length P90x review here and Insanity review here.


Hopefully you have a much clearer idea and now understand the main differences between P90X and Insanity.

P90X is a longer workout program requiring a greater commitment but does an amazing job of developing multiple areas of your fitness. It’s an excellent choice if you want to maximize your overall fitness levels and can stay committed for a full 90 days.

However, if you’re looking to burn off a lot of fat and want a shorter, simpler, more focused workout program, Insanity might be better for you. It will shred through body fat and boost your cardiovascular fitness levels.