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Does Insanity Workout Work?

Does Insanity workout work? Most of my posts revolve around P90X because it’s the program that I started out with and one that is proven to work. The one thing that I love about P90X is that there is a balance of both cardio and resistance workouts. However, after you do P90X for some time, the cardio workouts, Plyometrics, Cardio X, and Kenpo X become too easy. I can breeze through Plyos without really getting out of breath, and that’s when you know it’s time to up the intensity. That’s where Insanity comes in.

After most people go through a round of P90X, they are looking for something to take them to the next level. If you are looking to lose the remaining body fat, then it’s time for you to try out Insanity. From the different Insanity Reviews I have done in the past, you know that I think Insanity is an excellent program, but it lacks in the area of resistance training. However, if you’re main goal is to lose body fat, then it’s the perfect program for you. Because of it’s high intensity, you will burn through any fat and get ripped! I’ve seen many, many people that I coach get ripped with Insanity if they haven’t reached their goals with P90X.

Even if you have lost all the fat you want, you can still get Insanity and incorporate it into your routine by forming a hybrid workout. One way to do this is to take the super intense Insanity cardio workouts and combine them with the P90X resistance workouts. High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, like the Insanity workouts, are excellent to do if your looking to maintain or even build muscle mass. Because of the high intensity, your body will target carbs and fat for the energy, instead of muscle. However, it’s going to be very important that you eat properly as well if you want to gain mass, which involves taking in the proper pre and post workout supplements and nutrition, as well as taking in enough calories throughout the day. Pre workout, take in 8 oz. of natural fruit juice for the simple carbs, which will spike your insulin levels, and give you enough energy to get in a great workout. Post workout, take in the P90x Recovery Drink, which has simple carbs, protein, glutamine, and creatine, which are all very important for proper muscle recovery. Simple carbs post workout is important because you need to replenish the glycogen stores in your muscles that you used up during your workout. Also, the simple carbs transport the protein to the muscles to begin the repair process.

If you have checked out other Insanity Reviews, you know that Insanity works. From my own Insanity Review, you have seen that the warm-up is intense! When I did my first Insanity workout, I was expected to be done after the warm-up only to find that I was just beginning. I was already winded, but that was the point that I knew the Insanity workouts were intense, and it was going to push me to the max, which is always what I’m searching for! When you receive the program, you’re going to be impressed with the huge book-like case to hold the DVD’s. At first, I actually thought it was a book, only to open it up and find all the DVD’s. You will also receive a diet plan with Insanity, which involves a little more carbs than P90X, mostly to compensate for the added intensity. It’s almost like following Phase 2 or 3 of the P90X Nutrition Guide. As you progress through the program, the workouts get more and more intense! You are going to find that you will struggle to get through many of the workouts, but it’s going to be important that you push yourself if you want to maximize your results. However, that doesn’t mean injuring yourself. If you have to pause it and take breaks, then so be it! Like I have mentioned in my other Insanity review, the program isn’t for people who are very overweight or have knee or back problems. You are going to be doing a lot of jumping around, and can put a lot of stress on those areas.

So does Insanity workout work? YES! It’s an awesome high intensity program that will help you burn fat very quickly.

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  1. LI Girlie /

    Hi Josh!

    I’m actually new to beach body in general and one of my friends told me to try out Insanity. It seems, in this article you’re saying that the Insanity is harder than the P90x.

    Should I dial it back and start with P90x before the insanity? I’m a girl and I’m worried about getting bulky muscles (I just want to get stronger, lean ones) and thought that the insanity would help me slim down and get stronger. What would you suggest?

    Also, I’m not THAT fit. I’m kind of an out of shape athlete. I haven’t done a workout in over 10 months and just started jogging a mile a day. Just to let you know where I am athletically..

  2. Hey! I actually recommend that you start out with P90X instead of Insanity, only because of the intensity level. However, if you feel that you can push yourself and stay committed, Insanity will help you burn the body fat very quickly, and if that’s the case, then you can start with that. It takes some serious dedication and hard work though! Also, you don’t have to worry about getting bulky with P90X because (1) women don’t have the testosterone levels that guys do, making it much harder for you build muscle, and (2) you will be focusing on high reps and light weights, which are for toning.

    Also, have you made me your coach yet? If not, I will automatically become your coach if you purchase either program from this site, or you can do so by clicking on this link:

    Let me know when you have other questions!


  3. Preston /

    Hey Josh, I was planning on doing the hybrid thing with the p90x resistance and the insanity cardio workouts. If i was to do that, should I still take in the same amount of calories and percentages as I was doing with just the p90x workouts? I’m looking to lose weight and I’m currently taking in 2,200 calories. Thanks for the help.

  4. Josh /

    You can still take in the same amount of cals, but if you start to notice that your energy levels decrease, then increase slightly.

  5. Jason /

    Hey Josh,

    I’m on a tight budget, and don’t know if I should get P90X or Insanity. I am a former football player from (like u and baseballl).

    I’m still in pretty decent shape, but don’t know which program to get??? I want to lose weight, but I want to gain some muscle. I’m 13 3/4, and skool’s just around the corner, and I want to get in to really great shape right b4 skool, and idk which program to get, which would be better??? P90X or Insanity???

    And am I to young me, cuz I’m pretty sure I can commit myself to the both programs, but I figure I’ll get one, and do it, and then get the other, do u think that’ll be okay???

    And lastly, can u be my coach, I’ll I got to do is, buy from this website right???

    Thanks alot Jason 🙂

  6. Josh /

    @Jason. I recommend P90X, which has a balance of both cardio and resistance workouts. It’s the program that I followed and still follow. However, I now mix in other workouts like Insanity, One on One, and P90X Plus. Make sure that you’re allowed to begin an intense program like P90X first from your doctor. If you can, then you can purchase from this site! Let me know if you have other questions bud.

  7. Jason /

    Ohh and Josh

    Thanks man, that helps alot, and congrats on your transformation, you had a awsome transformation on YouTube and your pic’s


  8. Josh /

    @Jason. Thanks man!

  9. stephanie /

    Hi there. I am 28 yrs old and overweight. I started 3 weeks ago on Insanity at 232lbs. I am now at 214lbs. I was a very active athlete in highschool/college but haven’t worked out in about 9 yrs and I’ve had 2 kids.

    It is a very high intense workout but I love it. It focuses on high cardio and constant ab focus. I like it because its more cardio then weights like p90x. Its a tuff tuff workout. I can now make it through a full dvd but I can’t always finish each set. Resting is fine because as they say on the dvd, your body needs to fully recover before starting the next set. Also in the fit test I have diubled my ability to what I can do in just 3 weeks and totally feel stronger.

    I do highly recommend if you are overweight to get a good physical before hand.

    I love this hard extreme workout but the weight is falling off!

  10. Maria /

    Hi Josh, Im im my 7 week of insanity when I started the program my weight was 122 and now is 120 pounds so I dont need to lose weight instead I would like to gain muscle (I dont look ripped jet) .what could you recommend me after finish the program? Hybrid workout will help me to reach my goal?

  11. Josh /

    @Maria. A P90X/Insanity hybrid, doing P90X resistance and Insanity cardios. Also, am I your coach?

  12. Hey josh, im already skinny being that im 5′ 10′ and i weigh about 132 lbs. i DO NOT want to lise weight. i just want to get bigger and more defined. will insanity make me lose weight?

  13. @Nathan. Yes it will. You want to Gain Mass With P90X. Just click on the link to learn more about how to do so.

  14. Garrett /

    i want to lose fat and get ripped.
    i’m not too focused on bulking up because I’m small and just want to get lean muscle. Which program should I go with?

  15. @Garrett. Insanity would be a good program if you’re not looking to do much resistance training.

  16. Robbie /


    So this is my 3rd day of Insanity. Previous to this program, I trained for a half marathon just to get myself able to do some sort of exercise, since I had NEVER exercised before. I lost a good amout of weight, but I still have more to go, and I really wanted to do this intense program. I’m following the diet religiously, and I can make it all the way through through the workouts, but I’m having to pause the DVD and take long breaks in order to make it through. Is this okay? Will I still get results from being able to make it through the program, even if I have to take longer breaks? Or should I be doing something else instead?


  17. Josh /

    @Robbie. You will only have to take breaks when first starting the program, but you will slowly improve each week to where you won’t need to take any breaks. Also, am I your coach?

  18. Nikki /


    I started Insanity 3 weeks ago but I’ve missed 2 days and wondering if I should continue where I left off or start completely over? I didn’t rest on my day off because I was laying laminate flooring and my workout has suffered. Trying not to get discouraged…

  19. Josh /

    @Nikki. Just pick up where you left off.

  20. Nikki /

    I did; thanks!

  21. Haley /

    Hi Josh!
    I`m fifteen and a martial artist. I`m used to high intensity workouts. I`m carrying around a little extra weight, probably because I don`t stick to a diet. If I use Insanity I`m afraid that instead losing my extra weight I will bulk up even more than I already have. I want to look feminine but ripped at the same time. What can I do to keep from getting any bulkier and just get toned? I`m afraid to try the program.

  22. Josh /

    @Haley. Insanity is a very high intensity cardio based program, and you’re not doing much resistance training so you shouldn’t bulk up. It’s going to be important, though, that you follow the diet as closely as possible! It’s the most important part of the program.

  23. steve /

    I am a former army mp and am looking to get my military body back. Strong, muscular but not bulky. I’m 5’5 and aabout 132. In the about I was about 154. Will insanity help? Not much resistance traing when I was in the military seems similar to the insanity program

  24. Josh /

    @Steve. If you’re looking to put on weight, Insanity isn’t the program to do so. You will need to add resistance training in there, and either P90X, P90X2, or Body Beast is the way to go.

  25. Robert G /

    Hey josh

    I’m 18, 5 11, and about 185 I wanna be about 175 but gain muscle at the same time. I recently bought insanity but should I change my diet and do it partially to where I can lose weight and gain muscle at the same time?

  26. Josh /

    @Robert. Insanity is more of a cardio program that helps you lose fat, not gain muscle. If you want to gain muscle, I suggest a P90X/Insanity hybrid.

  27. Hey Josh I have a few questions.
    Do most of the insanity results come in month 2?
    What happens if I had a cheat meal(will it bum my results that much I’m in recovery week but it’s a one time thing)?
    And final question is that I purchased insanity elsewhere but would you still be able to be my coach? Thanks alot man

  28. @Viddy. Yeah, most people see the most results during the 2nd month. And remember that the diet is the most important part of the program, and cheat meals will set you back some. If you do have a cheat meal, make it a small one and limit it as much as possible. Maybe like once a month. Yeah, I will still be your coach. To make me your coach, just go to this link:

  29. James Astolas /

    Hi Josh,
    I am 25 years old, 5’8” and 135lbs. I am not looking to bulk up in any way, but I want my cardio and overall fitness to improve. Will Insanity be a good plan for me? Also, I am not looking to decrease my weight. I am worried that this program will help my cardio, but make me even skinnier than what I already am.

  30. Josh /

    @James. Yeah man, I got great results with Insanity, but you will lean out quite a bit and possibly lose weight, which it sounds like you don’t want to do. Have you thought about P90X?

  31. Nikki /

    Hi Josh.

    Just a bit of background first. I’m 15 years old and 125 pounds (5ft 1). I play both soccer and hockey competitively, but hockey season is almost over. I’ve found that my strength and explosiveness are average (because of skating), but my cardio needs a bit of work. I am pretty built and have very strong legs and core, but there is still a bit of fat that is frustrating me. I play at a showcase tournament in 1 month and 1 week, which I would like to be in good shape for as well. If you could tell me which you recommend for soccer and burning fat/losing inches, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.


  32. @Nikki. If you’re looking to better your athletic performance, both programs are very good for it, but if you want to increase your endurance, Insanity is the best for that. However, like everything else, make sure you talk to your parents and doctor first!

  33. Juan /

    I have finished 2 rounds of insanity and have dropped 18 pounds, however I have been wanting to start a hybrid of insanity and P90x. I know that in order to do P90X you need to purchase a few things, any idea where i can get them on a budget? Thank you

  34. Josh /

    @Juan. You will need dumbbells or resistance bands and a pull-up bar. I know Team Beachbody has a pretty good P90X package deal for everything.

  35. Tony /

    Hey Josh,

    Awesome article! I’m on day 5 of the P90/Insanity Hybrid published by Beachboday. It’s crazy to say the least……. Well I just recently found out my job is transferring me across the country in roughly 65 days, so here’s my question. Which program would give me the best results in my allotted timeframe between Insanity, P90x, or continuing the hybrid schedule? My stats are 5’10” 190 lbs, 25% body fat, and i have manboobs that I desperately need to get rid of as their extremely embarrassing! My goal is to get toned/ripped, not super bulky, just cut and toned. Which program would you recommend? I plan on continuing this journey once I’m settled in my new place, but I know there will be about a two week gap in my workouts.

  36. Josh /

    @Tony. Hey brother! If you have 65 days, go with Insanity. It’s TOUGH, but if you follow it properly, you should get results. Also, have you made me your coach yet? I’d love to help you through the program. If you don’t already have a Team Beachbody account, just click on the link. If you do, just email me at

  37. Anabelle /

    Hi! Great article. Im a famele, day 4 of insanity. I’m 5’3” and weight 121. I dont want to lose weight, however I do want to burn body fat from my abdominal area. Is Insanity the right choice?

  38. Josh /

    @Anabelle. Yes! Just make sure that you follow the diet that comes along with the program. Also, do you have a coach yet?

  39. Will insanity give me a six pack and biceps I eat a lot of protein and do insanity every day

  40. And how long will it take for me to start seeing it

  41. I don’t need to be huge I just want the basic six pack

  42. I have been doing insanity for 2 weeks now.
    I want to no if insanity will give me a six pack (it doesn’t have to be huge just the basic) I eat a lot of protein During the day

  43. Are you following the diet? Also, have you made me your coach yet?

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