Updated: 11/14/2017

Insanity Review - Does This Exercise Program Really Work?


Insanity isn’t your grandmother’s exercise routine. There’s been all sorts of discussion about this program, so we created an in-depth review, examining the moves, side effects, level of customer service and scientific studies. Furthermore, we took the time to sort through hundreds of dieter comments and experiences found online. At this point we summarized the information we found to give you the facts you need.

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What You Need to Know

Insanity: the Ultimate Cardio Workout and Fitness DVD program was designed by Beachbody. The program can be found on the Beachbody website and several other online retailers. The program is designed to be used systematically for sixty days. The company claims that following the program for that time period will allow customers to achieve an ‘insane’ body, partially due to the fact that workouts burn up to 1,000 calories an hour.

Beachbody, was founded by Product Partners, LLC, in 1998. They have since developed numerous fitness DVDs and created a variety of nutritional supplements and exercise gear. One of the most important benefits for their clients is their vast online support community. However, most of their products, including the Insanity program, are designed for those who have a small amount of weight to lose or for those who are already at their ideal weight and simply want more muscle or definition.

List of Ingredients

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Product Features

The Insanity program is about $130.00 plus shipping, depending on where it is purchased. The program includes ten workout videos, a limited nutrition guide, and a calendar to record progress. Each of the DVDs contains a different workout. The length of individual workouts range from 30 minutes to 80 minutes each. The personal trainer featured on the videos is Shaun T. Exercise alternates between long intervals of intense anaerobic and aerobic and short rest cycles to make the program more of a challenge. Regardless of where the product is purchased online support is available on the Beachbody website. Beachbody does note, specifically, that while you may lose weight while using this program it is not a weight loss program. Because of the calories burned they recommend specific supplements and adequate caloric intake.


  • The Insanity program can be easily acquired online.
  • There is a 30 day 100 percent money-back guarantee provided with the Insanity program if purchased directly from Beachbody, less shipping and handling.
  • The program offers a nutrition guide.


  • The official website has the feel of an infomercial.
  • This product is not for beginners or those who are moderately out of shape.
  • Although there are weight loss claims, the product is designed more to tone.
  • There are no appetite suppressants recommended.


The Insanity program has received good reviews from people who have been interested in toning their bodies, rather than in actually losing weight. For those who are extremely dedicated to following the fitness program, it is likely that it would indeed be effective in strengthening and toning the body of one who was already at or close to their ideal weight. However, this product is not really appropriate for someone who is moderately to severely overweight because the program requires a great deal of physicality that is not possible for someone who has been primarily sedentary previously.

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What is the Insanity workout?

You work as hard as you can for 3 minute intervals with 30 seconds of rest between each of the 10 workouts. It can help you burn up to 1,000 calories per hour.

How long do you do the Insanity workout each day?

Depending on how long it takes to prepare (getting water or a towel), the first month lasts between 35 and 45 minutes. The second month takes about 55 to 60 minutes.

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Is the insanity workout good?

Using your own body weight as resistance in the comfort of your home, this max interval training can help you burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour.

How much is the Insanity workout?

The DVD Workout costs $139.80, on sale for $92.85 with free shipping, a savings of $46.95.

What is the most difficult Insanity workout?

Going from easiest to hardest, these are the workouts: Cardio Recovery, Fit Test, Core Cardio & Balance, Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs, Plyometric Cardio Circuit, Cardio Power & Resistance, Max Cardio Conditioning, Max Interval Plyo.

Who created the Insanity workout?

Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon from Beachbody LLC are the founders.

Which one is better p90x or Insanity?

P90X is designed to help you lose weight and inches, but is primarily weight training. Insanity contains more cardio which targets weight loss directly.

What is insanity max 30?

Created by Shaun T., the Max: 30 workout is not a short version of the Insanity workouts. It is a 60 day fitness program divided into two months of different sets of workouts.

Is insanity as hard as p90x?

Insanity is much harder than P90X, and is harder than running eight miles. it works all the leg muscles, not just the ones you use for running.

Is insanity max 30 really HIIT?

The original Insanity workout is more like a HIIT program. Max 30 does not have intervals, instead you keep challenging yourself. You can purchase Portion Fix to use with Insanity, but there is no bundle option.

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10 Insanity Reviews

  •  Use protein and ceratine with it.
    scott (Verified User)

    Is it wise to use protein and creatine suppliments while using the insanity program?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Scott. Please refer to the insanity official website for more information on recommended supplements.

  • Is this for Elementary or High School kids?
    Cynthia Williams

    Is this for Elementary or High School kids? Can it be used without the consent of a doctor?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Cynthia. Please refer to the insanity official website for more information to find out the minimum age recommendation.

  •  Hated the product.
    Tex (Verified User)

    Terrible quality. Had two dvds that did not even work and BeachBody customer service refused to replace them. Not a good experience to say the least.

  •  Pretty good but very challenging
    KB (Verified User)

    I tried it and the first month was pretty good, however after the 2nd month, it was a real challenge. Great for those who want to tone!!!

  •  Extreme results
    Sam (Verified User)

    I have own insanity and love how it makes me feel. You really do see extreme results in 60 days. Plus, the work outs are extremely hard so after even 3 weeks of doing it, your energy is boosted. I work with kids at an after-school program and gained about 12 pounds and anytime I would join them in a game. I would feel sluggish and exhausted. Now after, doing insanity for about 3 weeks almost everyday. I am able to run longer than most of the kids! I do recommend that you do P90x prior to doing insanity.

    • chanda

      p90x does work and i am getting bored with it i should get insanity next!

  • I lost 8 pound in one month.
    Lotus (Verified User)

    I have been doing this workout now for almost 7 weeks. I find it very doable AND challenging. I would like to lose about 25pounds. 8 of them fell of easily in the first month, then i ran into the nightmare: i began to overeat again because i felt so hungry. I did not use it as an excuse to fall off the workout, but it is harder with a little xtra chub in there. Here is what i am doing….continuing to work out, actively looking for an appetite suppressant to help me along, eating well, and loving myself. Though it is a very strenuous exercise and I cannot always keep up with the video, my heart rate is more important than keeping up. From the point of view that I am working out to the MAX I can, I am right where I should be. This program really is insane at times, and many of the professionals working with Shaun t in the video take breaks. he really encourages people to take breaks and take care of themselves, BUT NOT TOO MUCH! I highly recommend this program. I am using it to prepare me for P90X.

  •  I love insanity so far
    laura (Verified User)

    I love insanity so far-

    i would not rec. it for elementry or even high school kids- it is an INTENSE workout and requires a LOT of cardio and plyometics,

    and to scott :

    it sugguests protein supplements in the guide and i am also using them so it would be wise.

    have fun!! its an awesome insane worout!!