A Graduate’s Review of P90X

P90X is a home based fitness program created by Tony Horton and Beachbody that challenges you to commit to 90 days of workouts and nutrition. The promise for that commitment is you will emerge with a fitter body, increased endurance and flexibility. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the infomercials and have wondered – Does it really work? The answer is yes and no. I’ll explain what I mean a little later.

P90X works on the principle of “muscle confusion”. Basically if you do the same workout routines month after month, you will eventually plateau because your muscles become use to the exercises. The beauty of this program is the variety in workouts. This variety is designed to confuse your muscles and avoid plateaus.

Here is a brief description of the workouts–

By Month 3 forget muscle confusion, your muscles are in bewilderment!

Equipment I use –

  • Variety of Dumbbells for the resistance programs
  • Pull-Up bar for back exercises
  • Bands – You can use bands in place of dumbbells or a pull-up bar. Each video show a person using the bands versus other equipment.
  • Yoga Mat and Yoga Block – These are optional, but I find them helpful.

Time – The workouts are 50 – 90 minutes long 6 days a week for 90 days. I’ve heard from some people that this is a big time commitment and a negative factor. If you are serious about getting in shape, you will find a way to make this work. You might have to sacrifice some sleep or leisure time, but remember we are all given 24 hours a day. How you spend it is up to you.

Nutrition – P90X comes with a complete nutrition guide. It includes a daily meals you prepare yourself for maximum control of your diet. It also has a guide to the quantity and types of foods you consume daily if you are unable to follow a rigid daily meal plan. Finally it gives guidance for road warriors that hit restaurants on the types of meals to order. Shakeology is also a good product to drink while using P90X. It ensures your body gets all the vitamins and nutrients it needs while you are losing weight.

Support – With all Beachbody products, you have access to the free on-line Supergym . This is an area where you can log your workouts, track progress, visit message boards for support or find chat rooms. It is a great tool for accountability and additional motivation.

So does P90X work as advertised? The answer is yes with a big BUT. You have to be willing and determined to follow the program and push play every day. P90X is a tool to help you get the body you want, but it isn’t easy. It’s an extreme program that works you 6 days a week. This program works if you follow the instructions of showing up, pressing play and following the nutrition guide.

I’ve personally completed 2 full rounds of P90X over the years and I’ve also started and stopped on a few occasions. I believe it is one of the best home fitness programs on the market and it’s fun to do. Tony Horton is a riot and he keeps you engaged during the 90 days. The variety is staggering and if you are in any type of workout funk, this will pull you out of it.

Hopefully this helps you understand Beachbody’s P90X a little better. I have many workout programs and this continues to be one of my staples that I go back to often. Please comment on your experiences with P90X. I’d love to hear your journey with the program.

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