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Does The P90X Insanity Workout Really Work?

Updated on July 15, 2015

For years P90X has been one of the hottest selling workout programs on the market, from the commercials, to the infomercial, to all of the amazing before and after photos, P90X has been touted as the gold standard for home fitness. With almost a decade of hype behind it, there’s still one basic question that most people ask: “does the P90 X insanity workout, really work”. Well today, we’re going to answer that question. No hype. No gimmicks, just a straight forward review of P90X.

The P90X Infomercial

Does It Work?

The short answer is, yes. Now I know you may think that seems a little anti-climactic, giving away the answer so early in this Hub, but like I said, that’s the short answer. Now ask me if I think P90X is worth the money you pay for it. The answer: absolutely not. P90X is no different than any other workout program on the market. Sure, it’s marketed better, and has a much sexier name than some of the other programs out there, but it’s nothing special.

Why Is It so Popular?

One of the biggest reasons P90 X is so popular is its infomercial. It’s filled with people who had amazing transformations using the program. Admittedly, it’s hard not to get excited when you see the amazing shape these people got in simply by using the program. From women dropping baby weight, to guys getting completely ripped, the results are nothing short of spectacular. So if the results are so great, and it works so well, why then do I say it’s not worth the money?

Why Is P90 X Not Worth the Money?

Before I can answer this, there are a couple things you need to understand about P90X. At its core, P90 X is a high-intensity interval training program. Now when you watch the infomercial they love to throw around phrase “muscle confusion” (if you want to know more about muscle confusion check out my hub: “What Is Muscle Confusion?”), and talk about how changing exercises helps improve your results. While this is true, what they conveniently leave out is that the same can be said for every workout program… ever.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slamming P90X. In the interest of full disclosure, I myself am a graduate of the P90X system. I’m simply saying that there’s nothing unique about what P90 X actually offers you. Is it convenient? Absolutely, the DVDs are easy-to-follow, they’re great motivators, and they give you a visual frame of reference to ensure that you’re performing each exercise correctly. However, with packages ranging anywhere from $100 to over $360 (not including the cost of dumbbells, resistance bands, and a pull up bar), there are plenty of other programs out there that are less cost prohibitive.

The Real Reason Any Program Works

There’s another dirty little secret that the makers of these exercise products don’t want you to know. The real secret behind the success of any workout program is nutrition. I don’t care how great an exercise program is, or how effective it promises to be, unless it’s coupled with a healthy diet and proper nutrition it’s not going to work, and P90X is no different.

More than just counting calories, or watching your fat intake, proper nutrition means you also have to give your body the raw materials it needs to grow. When you improve your overall attrition, any exercise will give you dramatic results, infomercial or not. Your body doesn’t know that you’re doing P90X, or Pilates, or yoga, or any other specific workout, all it knows is that you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in. That, dear readers, is essence of weight loss regardless of what training program you happen to follow.

What Are Some Alternatives

YouTube: Believe it or not YouTubecan be a valuable resource for anyone looking for a new workout. Hundreds of users have posted thousands of different workout videos, each with it’s own unique benefits. this is hands down, my absolute favorite resource on the Internet for workout videos. It’s 100% free, and it’s updated several times a week with great exercises, amazing workouts, user and viewer feedback, as well as a great schedule, and nutritional guide. Before you go out and spend $150 on P90X I would advise you to take a look at BodyRock.TV first, you can thank me later.


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      Billy Hicks 5 years ago

      @nochance, Thanks for stopping by. I think it's important to give people alternatives (especially the free kind) when it comes to weight loss.

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      Chloe Davis Smith 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub. I love the "alternatives" section.