Why I Prefer Insanity Over P90X

This is no dig on P90X. 

I know with P90X you can get excellent results. And I am positive muscle confusion and cross training is one of the best ways to get fit. Insanity is mainly max cardio interval training.

Though I have never tried P90X, I personally know many people who have earned great results with it. I’m only a week into Insanity thus far.

But here is why I prefer Insanity over P90X:

I’m Fat

I recently weighed myself at 236 pds. I haven’t been that heavy since I was playing OL/DL during my HS football days; and unlike now, much of that was muscle. So I consider this a pre-emptive strike against love handles and man boobs, before my beautiful wife starts throwing up in her mouth when she catches a glimpse of me naked.

So I need the cardio badly. Instead of “getting ripped” I’d rather be able to run around the yard with my son without pulling a hamstring. Functional fitness is what I want. If I’m walking down the street and random flash mob pickup ultimate frisbee/touch football game breaks out I will be physically ready to dominate.

Shaun T is Not Annoying

Shaun T (Insanity) and Tony Horton (P90X) are both encouraging, intense, and informed. They both work for the Beachbody organization. But this is what separates Shaun T from Tony Horton: He is not annoying. If an intense program is going to push me to the brink of puking near every vid I don’t want to add to that the emotional anguish of a goofy drill instructor. If I am going to invite someone into my home by DVD every night his voice shouldn’t be a jack hammer to my last nerve. 

Left: Stallion Right: Dork

If I wanted to endure an entire hour of bad jokes I’d simply watch George Lopez.

Shaun T is like the cool big brother you never had, if your mom was black and your dad played middle LB for the Pittsburgh Steelers of course.

I Don’t Want My Son to Bust His Head Open

P90x calls for bands, weights, mats, pull up bars, etc. All you need for Insanity is gravity. It is not rare for my Insanity workouts to be conducted in nothing but a pair of sneakers and boxer briefs. When I want it to go away I just hit the stop button on the remote.

My son, Josiah, will even playfully attempt to join in during Insanity. I’m just glad I don’t have to worry about him cracking his head open on some dumbbells, or the frame of my door crashing down on him because of the crushing weight of my fat butt.


Insanity guarantees results in 60 days; P90X is a 90 day program. I’ve never been one for longterm goals, so the shorter the payoff the more motivated I am. Insanity workouts are also a little shorter than P90X workouts. Something this action packed and intense has to melt the fat off.

I’m Fat

Whoops, already mentioned that one.

I could probably add “I’m vain” to the list. I guess there is always that bent towards superficiality in the human nature. So I’ll add it here: I’m vain.

 Have a blessed and healthy summer!

Bryan Daniels

Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

2 thoughts on “Why I Prefer Insanity Over P90X”

  1. I come to you as a fellow follower of Christ, and endurer of annoyances. I’ve done both p90x and Insanity. I will forever agree with you on this. Thanks for the awesome laughs with your remarks regarding TH.

    In Christ,

    1. Thanks for the thoughts JP!

      I’m just now a week in to the “Max” portion of the Insanity workout and it is kicking my butt still. I’ve lost well over 15 pounds and that is with very little diet change. I’m doing a couple days of weights on the side cause my wife doesn’t want me to shrivel up too much!

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