Insanity Workout Review

By | June 7, 2015

Insanity Workout Review – My Review

Overall Ranking: 80 out of 100 points
Price: $145
Experience level: Beginner
Type Of Training: Bodyweight / Home Training
For what?: Fat Loss
Owners: Shaun Thompson


Ok so another product of BeachBody company that I’m going to review is their famous Insanity fat loss program made by Shaun Thompson.

I’m going to take a look on the different aspects of the program and give you my own opinion is this a legit fat loss program or just a scam that you shouldn’t waste your money into.

The rivalring product for Insanity is BeachBodys another program you’ve probably heard and it’s called P90X, I will give a quick comparison between these program later in this article.

The Author Shaun Thompson

The creator of the whole Insanity program is an ex dancer and you can see a lot dancing type workouts in the program itself.insanity_author

Shaun T is in great shape there is no way going around that. But once again there is a bit of marketing behind the Insanity since you will not develop a body like Shauns by doing Insanity. I know that the natural reaction for people is to assume that they will look the same as the developer of the program by doing it. Not gonna happen.

To have the amount of muscle mass Shaun has you would have to spend many years of lifting heavy weights and eating right. So don’t be fooled by the basic marketing trick that training like the man shows will get you into shape that he is in.

What Is Insanity Workout System?

Insanity consists of only bodyweight exercises in a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) type of workouts. And everything will be on video and you can watch it on your TV or computer screen and follow along while doing the exercises.

The program has you performing everything from jumps to push-ups. The workouts itself will last from 45 minutes to 60 minutes maximum depending on how long you’ve done the program.

Insanity is build to last 2 months or exactly 63 days.


It is purely a cardio based program so you will not really build any significant muscle mass while doing it. Although in 2 months you will not build a lot of muscle even if you’re doing a proper weightlifting program. Building muscle takes years not weeks or months.

The program also includes a diet to follow along with the heavy workouts you’ll be put through. I’ll go into more detail in the Diet section of this article, so stick around.

Is The Program A Scam?

First of all the workout program is not by any means a scam. It works just as any effective weight loss program by putting you into calorie deficit which means you’re spending more calories than taking in.

Actually the diet part is not some cookie cutter target of calories. It’s tailored by your own body composition by Harris-Benedict formula which I personally use whenever I’m cutting or bulking.

The workouts are simple but effective HIIT sessions so there is nothing scammy there either.

The “Secret” Of The Program, MAX Interval Training

Ok so here we have the marketing bit of the program. This is the reason Insanity claims to set itself apart from the “old school” HIIT and claims that their way going about training is way better for burning fat.insanity_max_interval

So this is a bit confusing because they’re comparing their product with other High Intensity Interval Training by saying that on other programs you’ll train for a minute at high intensity and then you back down to a moderate intensity to catch your breath.

In Insanity you will perform 3-5 minutes block of high intensity cardio and then you rest for 30-45 seconds and according to Insanity this is superior way to train.

Now let me tell you that first of all it doesn’t really matter which exercise you do with the intervals. It could be anything you want and you will dictate the intensity level within the interval. So comparing “old intensity interval” with different time frames is just a sales pitch. HIIT training is HIIT training and that is it. There is nothing groundbreaking doing it by the Insanity way.

So what this really boils down into is the same old LISS (low-intensity training) VS. HIIT (high-intensity training) and according to Insanity their intervals are superior to other HIIT methods because they’re setting you to do 3-5 minutes interval with 30-45 seconds rest.

Insanity is definately riding the latest wave of the HIIT hype going on the fitness industry and it is an effective way to get into shape and burn fat I admit that.

But it’s made of a bit too big of a fuss. It really doesn’t matter that much which type of cardio you do as long as your diet is on point. The best and most effective way is to do cardio what you enjoy doing and not get caught up with these LISS VS. HIIT debates.

So what I’m trying to say here is that there is nothing special in the Insanity workouts. You could get the same results using the same amount of workouts but with a different exercises along with the Insanity diet.

But anyway if you like the jumping, skipping and other dance-like movements along with push-ups and squats insanity is the right choice for you.

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Nutrition Guide

So the nutrition guide in Insanity surprised me with their use of determining your BMR and adjusting calories accordingly. For you who are new to this game BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and it takes to account your age, gender, weight, height and activity level. And the equation figures out a quite accurate number of calories what you have to digest just to maintain your weight.insanity_nutrition

I personally use the same method for myself and people that I help since it’s proven time and time again to be really effective.

And once you figure out your calorie intake the nutrition guide says that you should eat about 5 meals a day.

Then you got different options for every meal such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and “extras”. The nutrition guide will give you couple of different options for each meal so you don’t have to each everyday the same foods.

All the stuff included in the book are really basic nutrition stuff and you can find everything you need in my site so there really is not much of a value in the nutrition department to be honest. But that being said it’s valid information and works.

Can You Build Muscle With The Regimen?

The exercises done with your bodyweight will give you a bit of muscle but nothing that you should get excited about.

By incorporating weight lifting to this program you could get better results for increased muscle mass. Although like I mentioned earlier two months is way too short of a time frame to notice any real gains in muscle mass no matter how effective your weightlifting routine is.

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How Much Does The Workout Program Cost?

Currently they have a 3 month payment plan where you pay $39.95 every month and on top of that you will have to pay for shipping and handling fees for the parcel which adds $24.95 to the $119.85.

So the total cost of the program is $144.80.

Insanity comes with a fair 60-day money back guarantee so if you’re not happy with it you’ll get full refund excluding the shipping & handling.

Insanity VS P90X

So the two of these programs are the big rivals in the market and both are from the same company called BeachBody.

Here is a simple comparison for the both programs:


If you’re a bit lost that which one of these programs to choose I will try to help you a bit.

Insanity is purely bodyweight training so you don’t need any equipment except a Yoga mat for your own comfort. But with P90X You will have to invest to pull-up bars and dumbbells or barbells or both.

When it comes to programs itself P90X is superior but it comes with a price of equipment. So if you have equipment definately go with P90X but if not Insanity is easier for your wallet (which is still quite expensive for this kind of program!)

Both of these programs are working regimens for fat loss so either one you choose to go with you will get results if you do as instructed in the manual.

Check out my full P90X Review HERE!

Conclusion On Insanity Workout Review

When it all comes down to it, Insanity is a working fat loss regimen. If you do everything as instructed you will see results that is for sure.

But that being said, in my opinion it is WAY overpriced. I mean $145 for some basic HIIT drills and really basic nutrition advice? If the price tag would be somewhere around $40 I’d recommend this program to anyone who is interested in fat loss. But to be cashing in $120 for the program like this is quite unfair in my opinion.

You can find HIIT workouts for free in youtube that will yield the same results as Insanity and figuring out your BMR with this calculator and then just drop down your calories by 500 and you’re good to go and all these for free.

The information Insanity contains is valid but paying a total of $145 is just a waste of money in my opinion.

But if you’re a complete beginner and don’t want to screw around and want a ready made basic program for fat loss Insanity might be a good product for you.

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Have you tried Insanity? Or do you have some questions in mind? I’d love to hear what you think. Chime in down below and I’ll get back to you!

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10 thoughts on “Insanity Workout Review

  1. Blake Stone

    Insanity is a great workout no doubt about it, but i’d like to add that If you want to build muscles than you have to start off by watching your diet, you can’t just expect to lift a bunch of weights and build muscle if your diet sucks, lifting weights is easy, but cutting out junk food can be tough, when you have finally gotten your diet in check than focus on lifting heavy and hard, but the most important thing is being consistent and keeping a log and a good routine going, you won’t get very far if your inconsistent in this game, start off by doing big compound movements, such as squats, pull ups, deadlifts and such, I know it’s tough for a lot of folks to find a good routine to keep them going but it’s vital that you do this, I’ve made some amazing gains in just a few months thanks to the advice I got over at this guy really helped me get a great program going that allows me to keep track of my weight and gains using a really neat tool, as well as an awesome routine, anyways good luck and never give up on your journey to making big gains!

    1. Jesse Post author

      Yes you’re correct. I’ve written many articles on my site about how to build muscle and strength and it all revolves around right type of weight lifting regimen that is build upon compound exercises what you mentioned, diet that is sufficient in calories and protein to fuel your bodys muscle building progress and proper rest. Constantly aiming for progressive overload on your lifts and eating enough and resting over months and years are the keys to success here. There is no shortcuts! And like I mentioned in the review and you also stated Insanity is a program for fat loss, not building muscle.

      Anyway thank you for dropping a comment here! Always love to hear what people have to say 🙂

      Keep lifting and progressing my friend.

  2. Muhammad Hamza


    I have 22 years Old and have gyno, i workout since i was 18 years Old

    I’ve completed insanity program AND dropped my bodyfat to 7% and the gyno was there, i did athlean x program, calisthenics

    Basically i tried everything , rite now i do weightlifting and im bulking for 2 months (i gain 5 kgs) so for my cutting phase i was thinking to give insanity one more try

    Do u recommend it ? Im Muslim AND im gonna fast for 13 hours per day and i think is the perfect opportunity to cut. I dont wanna loose my muscle gains so i will have a high protein diet with supplementation such as whey and caseine just before i start fasting

    1. Jesse Post author

      Sorry for the late reply Muhammad. I was quite a busy!

      I generally do not advice people to cut or even stay under 10% bodyfat because it’s really unhealthy. Only few people with right genetics can maintain that.

      I do not like insanity because it’s quite aggressive workout regimen and it’s expensive. You do not have to workout like crazy to attain low bodyfat. Lifting weights and getting stronger is far more important than doing tons of HIIT cardio along with some cardio and correct diet. Eating right is everything when you want to lose bodyfat.

      Although if you really enjoy insanity and you can stick with it, why not to use it. It’s not my preferred method although.

      The fasting is ok there is nothing bad about it. If anything it might assist your fat loss!

      Thanks and everything best to you 🙂

  3. eric

    Ive been personally stuck in a cycle of trying to build muscle and lose weight (like trying to sink while trying to swim) for a long time. I bought insanity on craigslist for 20 bucks complete. Im using it to get down to a healthy weight and get my diet in check (good habbits) and to get my cardio up to speed. Im really enjoying the workout and i think ill do a couple rounds before i start lifting again. I do agree with the author thats its way over priced new (hence craigslist). Im not looking to build muscle but i can see where this will help tone me up. Its 40 min a night, 6 nights a week…the most ive got off my butt in a long time. In other words, whatever gets you to take the first step toward a healthier life….do it

    1. Jesse Post author

      True but in my opinion it’s better to find some activity that you actually enjoy doing rather than just getting through it. The problem with all these beach body products is the fact that you cannot stick to them for the rest of your life. Fall in love with certain activity and everything falls into place.

      Like if you really hate running and someone demands to run multiple times per week in order to lose weight, it usually ends to nowhere. You might stick with it for a couple of weeks or months but then you’ll give it up. Beach Body knows this and that is why they have so many different programs so you can hop from a program to another all the time and cough up $100 or more per program and add their shakeology to the mix the bill grows even greater.

      But each for their own. If you like Beach Body products and their mindset and their products keep you motivated go for it. But just know that they are basically just telling you to exercise, which you can do for free from youtube and learning all you need from nutrition in order to recomp you can find with 30 minutes in my website for free or from google search / youtube.

      All the best Eric and keep working at it 🙂

  4. Richard

    I’ve been weightlifting for 6 months. I have muscle gains and I feel great. My Arm, Chest, Back and Legs developed better than ever. My eating habits are good. My Protein intake has been high. And my temptation to eat junk is a thing of the past. Though, I still have body fat around my mid-section. I never took cardio into consideration in the past 6 months of weightlifting. I want to give Insanity a try because I’ve been wanting to try it way before I lifted a my first dumbbell, but I had no motive. Now that I’ve been lifting and gotten past the ‘ Beginner’s Point’ in fitness I’m willing to try Insanity for 2 reasons (1) I want to get it done, since I’ve been wanting to try it for 8 years now. Personal issue, I guess (2) I’m desperate to burn fat. My major concern about insanity is losing muscle mass since it’s pure cardio. Do you think that’ll be a problem for me?

    1. Jesse Post author

      If you will hop on insanity and you’ll just do that, you will lose muscle mass. Ditching the weight training and using only cardio to drop off excess fat is the worst thing to do if you want to preserve your gained muscle mass. Why not check out my #1 recommendation review which has both a fat loss and muscle building module and it’s cheaper than insanity. It’s also A LOT in-depth program information wise than insanity. To me, in your situation, that program sounds a lot better. All the best to you!

  5. Inna

    let me start off by saying that I’m a female. A lot of times women are driven to exercise because they want to lose weight. Yes, if you stick to the recommended caloric intake and do Insanity as adviced 5-6 times a week you WILL lose weight, you’ll also get some tone, but not much. But these two months will be extremely difficult! Trust me when I tell you that you will be starved by eating around 1700 calories (my recommended intake to lose weight based on the calculations provided with Insanity). You will be exhausted! Eventually what will happen is you will break down and overeat! Whenever I have done Insanity, I would either maintain my weight or gain weight for the simple reason that it takes an enormous amount of effort and dedication to just do this program. You need energy to do this and your body will make it insanely difficult for you to limit your caloric intake. Insanity is for somebody who wants to run faster, jump higher, improve your endurance and strength. If you want to lose weight, go for a simple jog 5 times a week. Because otherwise you will be putting your body through a performance workout on a limited amount of calories, which is unnecessary and simply dangerous.

    1. Jesse Post author

      You are spot on here Inna. Insanity puts you into such grueling deficit that the rebound effect is almost inevitable. I promote weight training and slight calorie deficit (10-20%) for weight loss along with couple cardio sessions of your own choice. This kind of template will stand the test of time in my experience. Crash diets / programs like insanity will usually leave you where you started in the end.


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