Video Workouts: P90X Vs. Insanity

Posted by bridalbuds on Feb 22, 2011

Yes, I love to workout.  I’m not talking about taking a walk or jog for 30 minutes.  I’m talking about high intensity exercises where I can get a good sweat after 10 minutes.  Even though I love to train for marathons and run for miles and miles…running by yourself can be a bit…boring.  After getting used to a free gym membership at the university and at my local YMCA where I worked at during summers, I just couldn’t get myself to pay for a monthly fee.   That is where my journey began with these video workouts.  Right before I graduated from college, my friend introduced me to the P90X video workout.   I instantly fell in love with the workout.  It was the perfect intensity level for me.  Anyways, after I finished the p90x series, I went onto p90x plus, and then I started to get sick of it.  That’s when I decided to go with Insanity.  Anyways, here’s some information about the experiences that I had with both video workouts:


P90X is a 90 day at home video training workout program that includes 13 DVDs.  This workout series focuses more on weight training/muscle building.  Each video is about 1 hour to 1 and a half.   9 of the DVDs focuses on a specific area on your body.  For example, one video may have back and leg exercises.  Another day would be focusing on the arms.  The other 4 DVDs in the workout includes Plyometrics (jump training), Yoga, Kenpo, Cardio, Ab training, and Stretching (for rest days).  Most of the days, you do a 1 hour workout with an   additional 15 minute ab workout called Ab Ripper X.

My Results: From my experience, I got a lot more defined toning all around my body.  The most significant toning I got was in my arms (especially the biceps!) and legs.  Overall, I lost a total of 10lbs from this workout.  In addition to this workout, I ate a little less than my normal diet.

Pros: Toning is more visible.  If you love corny jokes, you’ll love Tony Horton!   The aerobic aspect is not as difficult as the cardio.  If you’re looking for more weight training, this would be the way to go.   Also, there’s a nice variety of workouts (not just weight training) such as yoga, plyometrics, and cardio.

Cons: It does require equipment.  The minimum that you need to have is a pull up bar, resistance bands or weights, and a yoga mat.  The duration of each workout per day is about an hour and fifteen minutes. 

Safety Precautions: I would highly advise you to be careful on the pull up bar.  During the video workout, you’re going to be doing plenty of these.  After the workout, my shoulders began to hurt a little more.  Just make sure to rest and take it easy if you begin to feel pain.  Once I completed this workout series, my shoulders stopped hurting.

Cost: $150


Insanity is a 60 day total body conditioning program.  The whole package encompasses 10 DVDs which include plyometric training, cardio conditioning, interval training, sit up free ab workouts, and a fitness test to see your progress throughout the 60 day period.  Unlike p90x, Insanity focuses more on cardio/aerobic conditioning.   If you’re looking for a workout where you’ll be drenched in sweat and get your heart pumping fast after 10 minutes, this is the workout for you.

My Results: Since I did this workout every other day due to my knee pain, I didn’t get as much dramatic results.  Even though I did lose weight (7lbs), the toning of my body is not as defined as it was when I did the p90x workout.  On the other hand, I didn’t change my diet.  I pretty much ate the same amount as I did before.  For p90x, I did eat less.

Pros: The best part is that you don’t need any equipment.  Plus, the first 30 days, the workout is only 40-45 minutes long.  After the 30 days, your workout increases to 1 hour.  Lastly, the workout is a 60 days rather than 90 days.

Cons: Look at safety precautions below.

Safety Precautions: If you have bad knee problems, then I would highly recommend taking it easy.  After 2 weeks into the program, my knees began to hurt.  I began to take Glucosamine pills from Costco and ended up doing the workout every other day.  This actually worked out perfectly.  My knee pain went away once I began this routine!

Cost: $170

Final Note:
Ultimately, if you want to lose weight it really starts with your diet.  As much as you workout, your diet will dramatically effect your weight loss or body definition.   When I ate less or healthier, I noticed more of a change then when I ate the same amount of food that I typically eat.