Insanity P90X Hybrid - 90 Day Challenge - Insanity vs P90X

Insanity P90X Hybrid

Awhile back for a 90 day challenge we had, I decided to do a P90X / Insanity hybrid. I go into more details below, but let me tell you… This combo is going to get your results! Results city as Tony Horton would say.

I dropped 20lbs of real fat at the end of this and never felt better. Check it out!



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Insanity VS P90X

This is not about which workout is better. They are two of the best workouts you can do. If you do either one to completion your are going to have life changing results.

Benefits of Insanity

  • Cardio to the MAX!
  • Shorter Workouts
  • Less time only 60 days vs 90 days
  • 2 Phases of Workouts Regular & Max Workouts
  • No weights needed. Only your body.

Benefits of P90X

  • Put on Muscle lifting weights
  • Wide Variety of Routines
  • 90 Days of Life Transforming Workouts
  • Get Stronger & Leaner
  • You get to laugh with Tony Horton 😉

Like I said both workouts are superb and if you do either of them you are going to get results plain and simple.

How I would recommend Insanity or P90X to you?

Here is my take on things. If you are in somewhat decent shape and really just want quick workouts to shed the pounds then jump into Insanity. The workout times range from 35-55 minutes. If you are not in the best shape then I might say start out with P90X and for the simple reason that you are lifting some weights in the beginning so it is not like insanity where you are dripping sweat right from the warmup. P90x is a bit longer with workouts ranging from 60-90 minutes. Again either one will get you results.

So Why the Insanity / P90X Hybrid

I love both workouts. I have finished a full round of Insanity a few years back and got about a month into P90X and occasionally will do a week or two of P90X. I did Insanity first so when I started P90x the cardio workouts to me were not as intense as Insanity. I loved the weight lifting aspect of P90x and really felt stronger and harder doing them. So this time around I want the best of both worlds. I want the hard hitting weights of P90x with the INSANE cardio of the Insanity workout finished off with AB ripper X from P90X.


Check out the Calendars below to see how I am going to work this. This is my basic road-map and it may very well change. If you look at the image to the right you can see my Beachbody Workout Arsenal, and my P90x/Insanity are not even there. So if a day comes where I am just not feeling a P90X or Insanity routine I may reach for some Les Mills Combat, Asylum 2, or even some P90X2, but for now I am sticking to the calendars below.



My Beachbody Arsenal Of Workouts

My Challenge Calendars – February, March, April

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February 2013 Insanity - P90X Hybrid

February 2013 Insanity – P90X Hybrid

March 2013 Insanity - P90X Hybrid

March 2013 Insanity – P90X Hybrid

April 2013 Insanity - P90X Hybrid

April 2013 Insanity – P90X Hybrid


What about Diet

Basically I am going to be eating a lot of veggies, meats, shakeology and some other supplements.

For the first month I really want to focus on giving my body what it needs since I am going to be working out really hard.

Breakfast 7am ish….

  • Shakeology w/banana, scoop almond butter, ice and water blended

Mid Morning Snack 9:30am ish…

  • 2 eggs or 2 chicken sausage, some kind of veggies… mushrooms, carrots, and half avocado

Pre Workout 11:15am ish…

Post Workout 1PM ish…

Lunch? Take the recovery formula, shower then I have this about 1:30PM ish..

Late Afternoon Snack 3:30Pm ish..

  • 1 Chicken Breast – Some Veggies, Carrots, Mushrooms, Asparagus, whatever I have.
  • 1 Cup Brewed Green Tea

Dinner 5:30-6PM Ish…

  • Whatever my wonderful wife is cooking 😉

Snack ??

  • If I feel hungry right after dinner I know I should not be so I try to chug a glass of water. I will usually snack on some carrots or raisans, cashews, or almonds. Couple handfuls of each.

Late Night – Before Bed 10 PMish…

  • I have 1 scoop of the Gaspari Myofusion. This is a blend of protein and has casein as well so it digests slower to keep feeding my muscles through the night. Learn More

Vitamins & Other Supps

I basically take the Beachbody Core Nutrition Pack. I split the serving and take it with breakfast and dinner. This consists of a multivitamin, omega 3, and Calcium. Learn More Here

Again all of this is just a road map. It can and will change. The first month I just want to fuel myself. After I get through Feb I will prob switch things up a bit so stay tuned. In the last month I will try to get really lean so I will prob cut out some fruits later in the day, but I have to see how I am feeling and where I am at. It is good to have a roadmap to start with, just expect to take a different road here and there and don't get frustrated about it.

Anyways this was a long post. I hope it makes sense. I hope you get something out of it. I think it is a really overall great plan to get stronger and leaner.


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  • William Prebendarcik says:

    Hi Chris,

    I like what you have done with both of the programs – getting the best of both worlds. I previously dabbled in P90X and am now working my way through Insanity (just about finished phase 1). I am wondering about your surprise workout at the end of the week – how would you decide what that is?

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Chris says:

      Hey thanks man it was a great workout. As for surprise work out it’s usually consisted of either a good run at least 5K distance or I would try to get in some type of CrossFit workout. I feel like my body responds much better when I’m getting some weeds in and the cardio.

  • William Prebendarcik says:

    Thanks for the response. In your opinion, is the P90X program best when used with Insanity (they really seem to complement each other) or would P90X2 or P90X3 be better? From reading reviews the original P90X seems to be the best fit…

  • Samantha says:


    Would you recommend your hybrid version of the program to someone who WAS in good shape a couple of months ago and wants to get back in quickly? In the past couple of months life got in the way and I gained quite a bit of weight primarily around my stomach and thighs. I really only weightlifted before in a gym but I want faster results for a trip I’m taking in August.

  • Sam says:

    Hi Chris,

    Just wondering, but have you kept to your schedule so far? what kind of results are you seeing?

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Chris says:

      Hey sorry! I started doing some more running and biking to get ready for some races, but the overall results were awesome! If you really want something to follow a hybrid like this is perfect!

  • sam says:

    Hi Chris, just curious but how have you found it?

    Did you change your schedule, or decide on the latter months?



  • will says:

    hi Chris, what do TBD mean on your April calendar

  • Agni says:

    Hi, Chris , I am 2 weeks into the hybrid program, I already did p90x and insanity at different times , eventhough I did both the programs I couldnt reach the peak of the results because I couldnt maintain a proper diet, but now things are different, I am following the insanity nutrition guide, my questions are
    1. Is the insanity nutrition guide good enough for the hybrid program? because the diet which you mentioned is almost 7 meals a day , and I cannot currently follow that , but my goal is to eat 2000-2500 calories per day through the insanity nutrition guide
    2.In the third month the workouts need to be determined, could I repeat the second month schedule again?
    Looking forward to your reply, thanks in advance and thank you for the schedule

    • Chris says:

      I would really find out your BMR “basal metabolic rate” and then figure out how many calories you are burning during the workout and adjust from there. Sure spreading your meals out helps, but if you can’t do it like that you should still try to keep your calories and macros in check. You are working out hard and eating right so it won’t be a huge deal if they are not spread out. Make sense? And sure you can repeat or just whip up your own version… that is always fun 😉

  • Agni says:

    My most important question ,since am a student I sometimes have to work a night shift, what do you think is the best food that I can eat during this period, essentially between 11 pm to 7 am?

    • Chris says:

      Yikes when are you sleeping? I would try to change your eating around to accommodate your schedule. I know it can be tough, but if you can’t I would try not to eat too much sugar and high carb means. How used to this schedule are you?

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