My Experience with P90X

What is P90X?

P90X is a workout program set up so that you work only a few muscle groups a day, maximum capacity, in 3 30-day phases, for a total of 90 days. The crazy workouts stress out your muscles and set you up for prime "muscle confusion" which I guess causes your muscles to repair at a faster rate, so that you see results. When I say "muscle confusion," I like to think that my muscles were not just confused. They were like, "WTF is she doing to me?!"

Here's what the first 3 weeks looks like:
Day 1: Chest/back (push-ups and pull-ups) and the Ab Ripper.
Day 2: Plyometrics (jumping and squatting... my least favorite.)
Day 3: Shoulders/arms (weights) and the Ab Ripper.
Day 4: Yoga (by Day 4, I think yoga feels aweeeeeesome.)
Day 5: Legs (lunges, wall squats) and the Ab Ripper.
Day 6: Ken Po (kind of like tae bo/self defense - punches, kicks, combos.)
Day 7: Rest or stretch.

Week 4, the "recovery week": is:
Day 1: Yoga (ahhhh!)
Day 2: Core synergistics (working several muscle groups together)
Day 3: Ken po
Day 4: Stretch
Day 5: Core synergistics (Superman... banana. Superman... banana.)
Day 6: Yoga
Day 7 Rest or stretch.

 

Photographic evidence!

My stomach, week 1, week 2, and week 4!
My stomach, week 1, week 2, and week 4!

The above is what 3 weeks and 2 days of P90X has gotten me. I've lost about 4-5 lbs. since beginning. Inches? I dunno. I didn't measure. Probably should've. Whoops. But I think the pictures sort of speak for themselves. Am I completely ripped?  No.  I've only been at it a little while and don't expect to be. 

But I can definitely see a difference. My stomach is flatter and more defined, and my waist is cut in more.  Even my lower back seems to be more taut.  I have also noticed a huge difference in my stamina and flexibility.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Quick results.
  • Doing something different every day.
  • From a quick check at the beginning, I think all 3 phases are set up differently, too.
  • Tony Horton (P90x creator) isn't as annoying as other exercise dvd hosts.
  • He's actually kind of funny. Listening to him doesn't bug me.
  • And, he's not a bad lookin' dude, either.
  • The video suggests that you use what weight you are comfortable with, as long as you are feeling the burn. I don't feel bad using my 5 lbs. to start. And on some exercises, 5 lbs. is still plenty of weight for me!!!
  • With all the people in the background, they show many different ways of doing exercises - lots of modifications, different weights, resistance bands, etc.
  • The people on the video are in wicked good shape... but they still struggle. It's kind of nice to see the chick's legs wobble in the Ab Ripper video, too. 'Cause if she looks like THAT and has a hard time with some of the exercises, then I sure don't feel bad if I get wobbly.
  • I feel awesome when I'm done!

Cons:

  • You will definitely be sore when you first start out.
  • You might even feel nauseous the first time you finish plyometrics.
  • You might not want to continue. (But you should!!!)
  • It's 6-7 days a week.
  • Most videos are 1 hour - almost 1 1/2 hours long. It's time consuming!
  • I've also heard that the entire program (videos, manual, etc) is super expensive. A friend gave it to my husband, so that wasn't the case for me.
  • You might have to buy some equipment: weights ($ varies) or resistance bands ($11 each at Sports Authority) and a door-mounted pull-up bar (got ours for about $40 at Sports Authority)

 

So, there ya go. That's my experience thus far: 3 weeks and 2 days. I'm pretty pleased with the current results. If it weren't for actually SEEING a difference right away, I probably would've given up on this butt-kicking workout MUCH sooner. But it's paying off!  I'm sticking with it!

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