(Closed) Insanity vs. P90X

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I did Insanity and it didn’t do much for me.  If you decide to do it, I would be really strict about sticking to their diet plan because I  think that may have been why it didn’t work for me.  I lost an inch in my chest, stomach and hips each, which was great, but I didn’t lose one pound and I couldnt really see a muscular different.  To me, it was not worth the pain it took to get there.  🙂 

Post # 4
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I personally like Insanity better because you don’t need to have equipment.  Buying equipment is such a hassle and big expense.  Have you tried some of the less expensive videos like Jillian Micheals?

I haven’t heard of the 17 day diet but I’m not sure about it.  Any diet that promises you will lose a lot of weight in 17 days is probably a starvation diet that will put you back in the same place after it is over.

Post # 5
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Never tried P90X but I love Insanity. I lost 15 pounds my first time around and currently on my 2nd round. Oh, and I am watching my caloric intake with My Fitness Pal, but not following their recommended diet.

Post # 6
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Haven’t tried Insanity, but I LOVE P90X.  I hear it’s not as good for weight loss as insanity is, but I love it for toning and building muscle!

Post # 7
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@soonergirl518:  In addition to any excercise, there needs to be a change in diet. Portion control and TONS of water and fruit and veggies.

You can excercise all you want, if it isn’t followed with improved eating habits you won’t get the results you desire.

Myfitnesspal.com is a great way to enter in your information and where you want to be, and it will help you count calories. Now, a lot of people hate to count calories and it isn’t the most important thing to watch but keeping track of EVERYTHING you eat really helps to put things into perspective.


Post # 8
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve done both programs and personally prefer Insanity:

1) In general I find Shanun T to be less obnoxious than Tony Horton.  For some reason Tony really got on my nerves and by the third week I was muting the DVDs. 

2) Like PP mentioned, there’s not equipment in Insanity.  This not only means less expensive, but it’s also a lot easier to keep up with the exercise program if you are traveling out of town.  (When I was doing P90X I had to lug around weights/bands/etc. or not do the workouts for the weekend whenever I traveled) 

3) I think Insanity’s mix of cardio and strength is excellent.  You get the interval cardio workout that helps with weight loss, but by using your own body weight for strength exercises you also get toned.  


Post # 9
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

If you want to lose weight fast, my experience is that changing your nutrition is more important than the workouts… Whenever I want to lose a bit of weight, I cut out starches, scale back on my protein portions (two portions per day) and have lots and lots of veggies to feel full. I then gradually reintroduce starches when I want to stop losing and just maintain. I eat a gluten free diet because I’m intolerent to gluten and I don’t know if it makes a difference.

As for Insanity vs P90x, I haven’t done Insanity, but tried P90X twice. They are good workouts, but it is a huge commitment. You workout 6 days per week, which is not difficult for me to do, but it is 1h15min per day, always inside… This I had a hard time with, since I love to vary my workouts and get out as soon as the weather allows. I only managed to do 60 days… If you don’t follow their diet, you will not see big results. I did get stronger but the fat in my problem area remained there.


Post # 10
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’re goal is strictly weight loss, I would recommend Insanity. I’m just about to complete P90x and, as Tony would say, “I hate it but I love it”. I really have to drag myself to do it and I have to put on my own music as the music in the DVDs leaves much to be desired. But my muscles are way more toned and hoping I can get almost one more round of P90 in before the wedding. I haven’t lost much weight since I’ve started doing it though, only a few pounds. I am not following their diet though, I have been using my fitness pal. If you want to tone up, then P90 is the way to go. As long as you can get in cardio in other ways (I bike, walk and now that the weather is warmer am going to swim again) it should be good. My goal was to build muscle, particularly in my arms and back since those will be exposed in the dress, and it has worked very well.

Post # 11
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Beckster329: I agree. I’ve done both programs, and I think Insanity is better for weight loss, but you absolutely must have good nutrition, or the results will not be signficant. Weight loss is 80 percent diet, 20 percent exercise. If you get your nutrition in line, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have awesome results with Insanity. P90X is still great, but it’s better for toning and building muscle, in my opinion.

Also, I just looked up the 17 Day Diet, and I don’t think it’s the best option for Insanity. During the first cycle, 1,200 calories is not enough if you’re doing Insanity. Insanity is an extremely intense workout, and your body needs to be fueled properly. 

Post # 12
1289 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Agree with PP.  I have both Insanity and P90X but I prefer insanity for faster results.  Its better for weightloss, in my opinion, and its really fun!!! I get board with cardio but I love the insanity workouts! But everyone is right; eating ring is the key.

Post # 13
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve done both and I prefer Insanity, mostly for the things PPs mention. I think it’s a better overall work out, and Tony Horton is an effing tool. Also, P90X is very joint intensive, which is why I had to eventually stop. I was in great shape before I started P90X (those were the days), but it just burned up my knees, shoulders, wrists and elbows. So if you have any joint issues, definitely go with insanity. 

In terms of nutrition, I highly recommend you just cut out all grains. Your body processes grains as glucose, the same way we process sugar. And most dairy. Eating mostly fruits and vegetables with some proteins in the form of legumes or eggs or meat (if you eat it) is an excellent way to eat in general, and if you’ve been eating a traditional American diet until now, you should see immediate results combined with the working out (I did). Leafy green things are going to really help (kale, spinach, bok choy), and they’re chocked full of vitamins – some of the best foods you can put in your system. 

Feel free to PM me if you want ideas on recipes that aren’t complicated but still adhere. Half the time I’m too lazy and I just ‘assemble’ meals. 

Good luck! And please try to stick with the working out and eating steady healthy meals, we’ve all tried to put big restrictions on ourselves before, it never works and it’s not healthy. Bests!

Post # 14
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

If you aren’t already diesel, P90X is borderline impossible. Like, keep in mind that it’s geared toward ex-marines, former gymnasts and gym rats who have hit their max and aren’t seeing results from their already-rigorous routines. I do a lot of weight training and am generally in good shape and my attempt at it was, like, demoralizing. LOL. I don’t know about Insanity…


Post # 16
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Insanity HURTS!

I started it on thurs day and I can barely walk today.  But I feel better… So it’s a trade off i think. 🙂

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