P90X Insanity Hybrid

P90X Insanity Hybrid — The Ultimate workout!

p90x insanity hybridI’ve done many hybrids, and I get asked all the time about hybrids, so I figured it was time to post some ideas about how to best formulate a pure P90X Insanity hybrid.

On my first round, I did P90X (with a few substitutions of p90X routines for others).  For round 2, I Did a P90X Insanity hybrid — I added Insanity for the cardio days, but kept the P90X lift days.  And from there, I started adding even more routines from the Tony Horton 1-on-1’s, Asylum, and P90X2.

But for those looking at a straight P90X Insanity Hybrid, here’s where to start =

First, I’d keep the Month 1 P90X lift days the exact same.  For month 2, I’d keep the Day 1 and 3 lift days the same, but I’d substitute the Insanity Upper Body lifting for Day 5 (as a sub for Legs and Back).  I’d carry that same substitution through the 3rd month.  If you have only the base Insanity package, you won’t have the Upper Body Lift workout from Insanity, so you’ll need to keep the Legs and Back in the rotation every single week (not my favorite option).

P90X Insanity Hybrid Ab options = For the Abs that are scheduled after each lift day, I would alternate ARX and Cardio Abs to provide variety.

AP90X Insanity Hybrid Cardio options =And as for the biggest variable in a P90X Insanity hybrid, which cardio workouts would I use and where?  During month 1, I would use the month 1 Insanity workouts (not the Max workouts), and I would keep Plyo X in the rotation as well.  I would use PlyoX for day 2, Pure Cardio for Day 4, and Plyo Cardio Circuit for Day 6.  Now, if you like yoga and want to keep it in the mix for your P90X Insanity hybrid, you can do that and only do 2 cardio days, but as for my preference, I’d drop yoga and do more cardio!

For month 2 and 3, I’d transition to the MAX Insanity workouts, and use Max Interval Circuit on Day 2, Max Cardio on Day 4, and Max Plyo on Day 6. If you have the Deluxe edition, you have a 4th option here, Max Sports, that you can rotate in.  You also have the option of doing Insane abs if you want.

The best Insanity workouts for your P90X Insanity hybrid = And as for which specific Insanity workouts make the best cardio workouts for the hybrid, I’ve selected the ones that use the least amount of pushup exercises, since I don’t particularly want to work the chest and triceps on a cardio day.  The ones I’ve selected are those that keep pushup-type exercises to a minimum.

I would take a rest day on day 7 of each week.  And my recovery weeks would still look like the P90X recovery weeks with Core Synergistics, yoga, etc.  Although if you want to put an Insanity recovery (or Max Recovery) workout into that week, you could definitely do that.

The beauty of a P90X Insanity hybrid is that you can do it any way you want.  This P90X Insanity hybrid that I’ve developed makes a lot of sense if you are just finishing either P90X or Insanity and looking to create a hybrid between the 2 programs.

So here’s what my P90X Insanity hybrid looks like (Downloadable Excel Spreadsheet):

P90X Insanity Hybrid

And here it is in a PDF:

P90X Insanity Hybrid

I hope you find this P90X Insanity Hybrid helpful as you continue to push yourself to new levels.  Maybe one day soon I will see you in the teamRIPPED Hall of Fame :-)

A little more product info for the P90X Insanity Hybrid  =

P90X = P90X includes 12 sweat-inducing, muscle-pumping workouts, designed to transform your body from regular to ripped in just 90 days. The secret is an advanced training technique called Muscle Confusion™, which accelerates your results by constantly introducing new moves and routines so your body never plateaus. Read more here – P90X.

Insanity = Are you ready to dig deep? Then you might just complete the hardest workout program ever put on DVD. Your personal trainer Shaun T will push you past your limits with 10 workout discs packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and ab/core training moves. No equipment or weights needed—just the will to get the hardest body you’ve ever had.  Read more here – Insanity.


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187 comments
JakeZ
JakeZ

Hey Coach,


I am training up to do all three Spartan Races (Sprint/Super/Beast) - would this hybrid work well for that ???


Many Thanks :)

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@JakeZ  Definitely! Lots of strength work and pull ups (needed for good races) and tons of cardio. I think this is ideal!

Justin Morris
Justin Morris

Hey coach. How do you feel about insanity cardio power and resistance every other day with ab ripper sandwiched in between them for the rest weeks?

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@Justin Morris I would probably vary it up just to keep from getting bored. But there is nothing dangerous about it. I would probably only do that 3x in that week though. 

Steve
Steve

Hi coach Wayne so i am beginning p90x/insanity hybrid ... I have done insanity one round then did p90x twice and p90x3 once .... I am switching to hybrid of p90x because i honestly did not like results from x3 ..... Also during my time away from insanity i did gain muscle mass however definitions in my abs are basically gone now .... If i do the hybrid can i maintain the muscle mass while the insanity portion of the hybrid will burn the fat ? This is my guess and wouod like if you can verify this theory for me ...thanks!

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@Steve During that time, what was your nutrition like? X3 should not cause you to gain BF unless you were above maintenance. Were you tracking? Calories and macros?

seafo
seafo

Hi My name is Saif and I'm 26 years old and I weigh 85 and I'm a big fan of the program and I've got a problem Bozna and suffer weight when it comes to clothes, I like tight clothes, but not for me. I try as much as possible not to become lazy and I PLAY exercises between now and then, but my problem only notcommitted to exercise for another can you help me


CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@seafo Well you have to decide what you want. If you want to lose weight, you need nutrition and exercise. You pick what you want more. The Decide, Commit, Succeed. 

AJ85
AJ85

Hi Coach Wayne,

I did the insanity workouts twice through and only lost around 7lbs total.  However, I did not do the diet along with it, which I'm sure is what my problem was.  That along with working out at 5am without eating anything before hand. Two weeks ago I started P90X and found your hybrid which I am doing along with the p90x diet plan (tracking and changing my workouts to the evening.  I lost 3 lbs the first week and none last week.  Is this normal or should I cut or increase my calorie count?  I am 5'2" 140lb female.  The first week I ate 1700-1800 calories and since have been eating 1600-1700 only because I don't think I'm burning as many calories as the "websites" say that you should.  This is according to my HR monitor that I use for my cardio workouts. Do you have any advice/suggestions for my progress?  I don't necessarily need to lose a lot of weight, but more burn fat and tone my muscles.  Any help would be appreciated.

JoeMagrino
JoeMagrino

Coach Wayne. I'm asking a lot of questions lately and can't believe you find the time to help me and everyone else. Unreal! Anyway, I just finished Round 1 of P90X. Started Round 2 last night, but I think I want to do the P90X/Insanity Hybrid. I never completed Insanity before. Just got to Day 10 and busted my Achilles (doing something else). I still have a lot of body fay to lose. Do I do the hybrid? If so, which one? The one on the Beachbody site at http://www.beachbody.com/category/p90x-online/worksheets.do?code=PRKD&pd=p90xworksheetscom or the one you have on your site?

Jason
Jason

Hey coach, can I substitute Insane Abs instead of Cardio Abs? Cardio Abs seems a bit mild in my opinion. Keep up the good work!

BonderButch
BonderButch

Hi Coach Wayne, can i directly start p90x-insanity hybrid from zero experiene?

my aim is to cut body fat, since i have this man boobs which make me feel really shy to talk to girl..

my weight is 176 lbs and my height is 5.6 ft , n i have high body fat percentage... what should I do to lose body fat faster? how much calories should i take each day? Thanks..

 

MarkLidstone
MarkLidstone

Hey, Coach

Fellow coach here. Noobie. Still learning, haha. I've completed Insanity twice, and Insanity Asylum. I'm halfway through p90x and will do a hybrid once I finish.My question for you:Other than the rest day and the recovery weeks, there's no real max recovery/yoga day during the week. Do you find it hard on your body? I'd rather skip the Yoga (even though Tony Horton would kill me for saying that) but I'm worried about missing that stretch day. What do you think? 

М
М

Hi Coach Wayne, great blog with lots of useful info - thanks for that. As a conclusion, would you choose the hybrid instead of the pure P90X? I have done Insanity and I enjoyed it. Now I want to shred the final few layers of fat and build some muscle. I know what Insanity is about but not sure how it complements P90X, what it takes from P90X when added as a hybrid and what it adds. For example, many suggested hybrids leave Plyometrics X and take Insanity Plyo. For me they are quire different. Insanity is all about fast movements, running, jumping, etc. while Plyometrics X is much slower motions... They do target the similar muscle groups but in a different way... What do you think? Why would pure P90X be better than the hybrid? Thanks for your input. p.s. I am impressed by your results...

Isela
Isela

i have one more question i really dont want to do recovery week usually is when i just give up so can i just do one more week of first phase or can i start phase 2

Isela
Isela

This is my 3th week doing x/insanity i feel great, but yesterday was my christmas party and i cheat i feel really guilty and now i don't know what to do any advice im still working out today but do i have to do something special in food? please help

Bren
Bren

Hi! So I've done both Insanity and P90x (well about 50% of both) and then I had to stop both becasue I started training for some running races. Anyway i have no races coming up in the near future so I was wondering which you would recommend to do? or should I try to Hybrid? Thanks

James Bui
James Bui

Hey Coach! Just curious, with your Insanity/ P90X hybrid, did you use all the Insanity workouts as your leg workouts for the week since you cut out P90X Legs/ Back? If so, did you feel it was a sufficient substitute?

Darin Glueck
Darin Glueck

I can't tell you how much I missed P90x but I'm thankful I did insanity first because I think I'm able to push myself harder with P90X. It's going to be a fun three months. Maybe I'll be able to send you some pictures at my 150 day mark. Love it. BRING IT!!!!!

Darin Glueck
Darin Glueck

Just finished insanity yesterday and started the hybrid today. I have lost 17 pounds since mid june and I amcurrently 14% body fat. I'm looking forward to the next 90 days and hoping to gain muscle and maybe hit 10% body fat.

Edwin
Edwin

Hi Coach Wayne, I just finished my first round of P90X! 27 pounds down. Thanks for keeping me motivation! I'm just now trying to figure out what I should do next. I was thinking about doing the P90X/Insanity hybrid. But I was looking at getting the Insanity t-shirt afterwards. Are the t-shirts primarily for doing 60 days of Insanity only or could I also receive one after the hybrid? Do you just suggest I do Insanity first and then move onto the hybrid? I just want to make sure I'm going through the right route in fitness. It's been a journey, but I definitely have the motivation to continue this journey. Thanks, Edwin

christina
christina

hey coach...k I checked the "dialing it in" and i'm definately in my calorie zone...after I finish my 90 days...I was thinking about doing p90x/insanity...do you think I should just do P90x a second time around or would it be ok to try the hybrid?

christina
christina

hey coach wayne...your results are very impressive...I'm at the end of my third week of P90x...I started at 277lbs... and have only lost 2lbs...I know if I was just doing cardio I would have lost much more weight in these 3 weeks...my husband tells me that instead of just cardio I need to build muscle as I'm losing the weight...do you think that I should be doing more cardio first to drop some weight and then add the P90x? I'm feeling confused on how to start this whole work out thing...the three weeks have been hard but I haven't missed a day...and it seems to be getting easier...and as a woman I want the muscle tone but I don't want to be too bulky....If you have any advice I'd love to hear it...thanks :)

Laticia
Laticia

Hi coach as you know I am new to your team. Before I start out I have a question. Which is better starting with one program (either P90X or Insanity) or can I start with the hybird program? I get bore quick so I am pushing to hard if I start with hybird first?

Marlon
Marlon

Hey Coach, This is my second week of month 2. I get a beating Back and Biceps. That workout is tough. But here is the thing. I am getting a burn in most exercises but in other I just run out of energy to lift. Almost feel like my biceps just run out of gas. I don't know if it's because I am not fueling enough (2400 but I don't feel like I lack energy) or because the workout is just that tough. Also, I don't know if it's the Bowflex 552 but my forearms burn like hell during this workout. I know the bowflex have a pretty thick handle. I mean I am used to Hex dumbbells. But again, I am not sure if it's just that I have weak forearms and this workout also kills them. I am thinking of getting back into Creatine. I haven't used it for at least 5 years.

Marlon
Marlon

Oh ok. I started Month 2 in that order and I really liked it so far. I just gotta find a good substitute for Back and Legs. I am going to try one of the 1-1. Month 2 is definitely more fun for me. And Back and Biceps is pretty good but the Chest, Shoulders and Triceps workout is my favorite so far. Those one arm push ups are killers. I did 10 so my goal is to be able to do 15-20 by the end of the month. Tough!

Marlon
Marlon

Coach, On your hybrid schedule, you switched Back and arms with Chest, Shoulders and triceps. Is there a reason for the switch?

Robyn
Robyn

Coach-whats a good P90X, Insanity, Brazil butt lift hybrid? I hate the cardio axe from BBL but I love all the other routines he has lol?? I'm trying to lose body fat but also want to get muscular definition. help! PS: I get bored very easy to I like to change things up!

Marlon
Marlon

Coach, Sometimes I am at my fiancee's apartment and for obvious reasons, I can't do insanity. Sometimes I have to do back to back P90X strength training. Then the next day I'm at my house and I do my insanity. So I basically swap the days. Is that bad for your muscles? I'm not doing the same workouts in a row. Example: chest and back and the day after arms and shoulders.

Marlon
Marlon

Ok. I agree. I'm doing this hybrid and my legs get plenty of action with insanity.

Marlon
Marlon

Coach, Why do you prefer to use the Insanity Upper Body lifting to substitute legs and back workout?

Marlon
Marlon

Yep, one more question. Your 1900 calorie diet. Now are those 1900 calories net? For example, the P90X suggest I go with 2400 calories total to maintain my weight. Insanity gives me 2700. I try to go with P90. Since I haven't achieved my target BF, should I go with 1900? Am I understanding your other article correctly.? Assuming we use a 500 cal deficit. Yeah, I don't think I can survive on a 1000 cal deficit. I have been averaging 1800-1900 and I have been losing weight but that makes sense especially after reading your thought on skinny cvs. Bulking up.

Marlon
Marlon

Hey Coach, I stumbled upon this information through google. I'm about to start a hybrid like the one you described. I am very confused with my calories though. I am about 150 lbs. maybe about 11% bf. I am looking to re-gain some of the size I lost while doing insanity. Also to bring down BF to maybe 9-10%. I have been averaging 1800-1900 calories a day and it was never enough. I kept losing weight. Im wondering what I should do for the P90X/Hybrid. I want to add some muscle while still cutting my BF. Should I stick to 2400 calories maybe?

Faby
Faby

hi coach wayne. im doing p90x now and i wanna know if it's a good idea to pass at hybrid for round 2, even if i cannot do all the exercise at max reps in p90x. or is better continue p90x until perfection and only after pass at hybrid? thx

brian
brian

IS THE EXCEL SPREADSHEET LINK BROKEN? I AM UNABLE TO ACCESS IT. THANKS

Britnie
Britnie

I am a graduate of Insanity and decided to give P90x a try. I am not that fond of the P90x, mainly because of the cardio. I feel like its just not enough of a workout, especially after having gone through Insanity. I love the idea of a hybrid of these two programs because I would like to add a bit more muscle but not too much. I was orginally going to do the lean version of P90x until I stumbled upon this hyrbrid. Do you have any suggestions for me if I wanted to do a lean hyrbrid of these two workouts? Any advice would be so greatly appreciated!

Ritchie C
Ritchie C

Hey Coach Wayne... Quick question I just finished round 1 of p90x and looking to amp things up gonna do p90x/insanity hybrid and am considering doing three insanity workouts instead of p90x cardio workouts. Would it be alright if I did yoga x on day 7 instead of rest since the yoga isn't as intense....for me at least. Thanks Ritchie

mike
mike

hey coach, again starting hybrid monday, and im currently on 1900 shredder for 1 week. how important do u think recovery week. can i just workout that week? i love core snygerstics so i will do that twice. but not a fan of xstretch or yoga. will do kenpo as scheduled. maybe sub in cardioX since has some stretching in it for the 2 yogas in reco week what do u think? thoughts?

Sherief
Sherief

Thanks Coach, one other thing and I think I know the answer but to maximize the fat loss and I am looking to get that lean and shredded look I should stay on the phase 1 level 2 (2400 cal) for as long as it takes to get the bf% down then move up to phase 2 lvl 2 and phase 3 lvl 2. your thoughts & Thanks again for taking the time. Sherief

Sherief
Sherief

Hey Coach, I wanted your opinion on going to the fat shredder phase one level one while doing your p90x/insanity hybrid in the morning and doing insanity straight in the evening...(two a days)is this to little food/nutrition (1900 calories) or should i up the caloric intake. thanks in advance Sherief

Zikem
Zikem

Hi Couch,I finished Insanity last week and I started again, but only the second month, I get p90X plus and I want to mix with Insanity both to the same time, my quiestion, it is good idea? or its better your hybrid schedule. (Sorry I'm Learning english) Thank you.

Josh
Josh

Okay thanks coach!

Josh
Josh

Hey coach, I forgot to ask, about the supplements, do I take the same amount you did, or should I reduce the amount?

mike
mike

Excellent Hybrid. I think doing P90X and Insanity puts us in a frame of mind where we are thinking in terms of 60-90 day programs. This line of thought keeps us focused, but can also be the catalyst to complacency. My strategy is to devise a new hybrid every 28 days (four weeks) to address a specific fitness aspect while maintaining overall fitness levels. What do you think?

Josh
Josh

Okay, thanks coach! Also, I was just wondering, is there a chance that the workouts in P90X can stunt a person's growth?

Josh
Josh

Coach, which diet plan is better to follow while doing this hybrid, P90X's or Insanity's?

Josh
Josh

Haha okay thanks coach. Can't wait to start working out!

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