P90X & Insanity Hybrid

P90X & Insanity Hybrid

Jul 5, 2012

I often get asked of the best way to mix two of Beachbody’s most loved programs together in one schedule. So what would be the best to mix the Cardio giant Insanity with the awesome resistance training P90X offers into a hybrid? Well let’s break it down!

I’ve done multiple Beachbody programs, and love them all, but P90X and Insanity in particular just stand out as something that could be a POWERHOUSE when mixed together correctly.

For phase/month 1, I would keep all of the lift days exactly the same as they are in P90X. Chest & Back, Shoulders & Arms, and Legs & Back will remain on the same days for phase 1. For phase 2, I would still keep the P90X lift days the way they are (Chest, Shoulder, Tri & Back & Biceps) but replace the Legs & Back with Insanity’s upper body workout. If you don’t have the Deluxe edition of Insanity, you may not have the Upper Body routine in which case you can buy it separately [HERE]. Alternately, you could keep Legs & Back in there the way they are. For the final phase, I would keep the the same workouts in the normal P90X phase 3 schedule, but carry over the Upper Body Insanity workout and sub it for Legs & Back once again.

As far as Ab workouts on the lift days, I would just alternate between Ab Ripper X and Insanity’s Ab workout just to keep it fresh and give some variety… as both of them are awesome.

Now for the biggest change, where to put those Insanity Cardio workouts? For phase 1, I would keep the Insanity schedule almost the same and fill it in on the non-lift days (except for MAX cardio workouts), and keep Plyometrics from P90X into the mix. The reason for this is to try and avoid any pushup-based exercises whenever possible on cardio days.. since you’ll be getting plenty of resistance training on the lift days. If you prefer to keep Yoga in there, you could also bring that in on Day 4, but I personally prefer the Cardio workouts!

For month 2 and 3, you could start to transition to the MAX workouts, using MAX interval on Day 2, MAX Cardio on Day 4 and Max Plyo on Day 6. Again if you have the Deluxe Edition (or want to buy the extra workouts separately) you could mix in MAX Sports, and even Insane Abs.

On Rest weeks, you could keep it exactly how the P90X schedule has it. Or if you want some change, you could throw in some Insanity Recovery (or MAX Recovery) that would work perfectly fine!

The best part about a P90X & Insanity Hybrid, is that you can really do it anyway you want, so long as there’s the right mix of cardio and resistance. Hopefully my schedule can serve as a template for you, and help you start to get an idea of when and where to place each type of workout. And from there, just have fun with it!

P90X & Insanity Hybrid Schedule:

Phase 1
Day 1 – P90X Chest & Back + Ab Workout
Day 2 – Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit
Day 3 – P90X Shoulders and Arms + Ab Workout
Day 4 – Plyometrics / Yoga X
Day 5 – P90X Legs & Back + Ab Workout
Day 6 – Insanity Pure Cardio
Day 7 – Rest

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Phase 2
Day 1 – P90X Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps + Ab Workout
Day 2 – Insanity Max Interval Circuit
Day 3 – P90X Biceps & Back + Ab Workout
Day 4 – Insanity Max Cardio / Yoga X
Day 5 – P90X Legs & Back / Insanity Upper Body + Ab Workout
Day 6 – Insanity Max Interval Plyo
Day 7 – Rest

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Phase 3 (Week 1 & 3)
Day 1 – P90X Chest & Back + Ab Workout
Day 2 – Insanity Max Interval Circuit
Day 3 – P90X Shoulders and Arms + Ab Workout
Day 4 – Insanity Max Cardio / Yoga X
Day 5 – P90X Legs & Back + Ab Workout
Day 6 – Insanity Max Interval Plyo
Day 7 – Rest

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Phase 3 (Week 2 & 4)
Day 1 – P90X Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps + Ab Workout
Day 2 – Insanity Max Interval Circuit
Day 3 – P90X Biceps & Back + Ab Workout
Day 4 – Insanity Max Cardio / Yoga X
Day 5 – P90X Legs & Back / Insanity Upper Body + Ab Workout
Day 6 – Insanity Max Interval Plyo
Day 7 – Rest

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Recovery Week in between Phases:
Day 1 – P90X Core Synergistics
Day 2 – P90X Yoga
Day 3 – P90X Kenpo
Day 4 – P90X Core Synergistics
Day 5 – P90X Yoga
Day 6 – P90X Kenpo
Day 7 – P90X X-Stretch

OR Insanity Recovery/MAX Recovery on any day

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