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My Review of P90x
Please note: I am not getting paid by Beachbody to endorse this product; I am sharing my review of it because I've gotten excellent results with it and want to share information on it with others.
Back in July 2012, I decided to try the P90x workout program - I had been doing other workouts for quite some time, including Beachbody's Brazil Butt Lift Workout, and felt I was ready for more of a challenge. I was also looking for a way to reduce my body fat and increase my muscle some more. After looking at the different programs Beachbody offers, I decided to try the P90x program. I started with the P90x Lean routine after looking a the different workout plan options - the Lean routine consists of two days of cardio work, two days of weight training, one day of core work, and one day of yoga. Though I did not follow the P90x routine to the letter - for example, I didn't follow the eating plan, I didn't do the fit test, and I didn't always follow the workout plan to the letter due to schedule conflicts, I'm still very pleased with my results. This hub will discuss the P90x program and my experience with it.
What P90x Consists Of
The P90x program consists of 12 different workouts - a few cardio workouts, several different strength training workouts, a core workout, a stretching workout and a yoga workout. Don't worry though, you won't be doing every workout every week - the P90x program lasts 13 weeks - there are three cycles of three weeks, and at the end of each cycle there is a recovery week, which consists only of cardio and flexibility workouts, no strength workouts. The rest of the weeks consist of at least six days of workouts - each week, you'll do at least a few strength workouts, a few cardio workouts, a stretching or yoga workout, and possibly a core workout, depending on which routine you pick. For example, the first cycle of the P90x Lean routine, which is the routine I started with looks like this:
Day 1 - Core Synergistics
Day 2 - Cardio X
Day 3 - Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper X
Day 4 - Yoga X
Day 5 - Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X
Day 6 - Kenpo X
Day 7 - Rest or X Stretch
Week 4 (recovery week)
Day 1 - Yoga X
Day 2 - Core Synergistics
Day 3 - Kenpo X
Day 4 - X Stretch
Day 5 - Cardio X
Day 6 - Yoga X
Day 7 - Rest or X Stretch
Then you'll move on to the next cycle, which is similar to the first, but there are some different strength workouts used - that's the muscle confusion aspect of the P90x program.
What Kind of Equipment Do You Need to Do the P90x workouts?
At a minimum, you'll want to have a few sets of hand weights or a resistance band and a mat. You'll also need other things for certain workouts - for example the Cardio X workout and the Plyo X workout require a stool or chair, or another small object you can swing your leg over (I used a small garbage can) for one of the exercises. Also certain arm exercises will require the use of a sturdy chair or bench for dips. Other equipment that you can start out without, but may want to purchase as you get stronger, are a chin-up bar (you can use resistance bands for the chin-up and pull-up exercises if you don't have a chin-up bar), and a heart rate monitor to keep track of your heart rate during the cardiovascular workouts.
How Hard Is It To Follow The Workouts?
It's not hard to follow the workouts at all. Tony always has at least one person showing modifications of the different exercises - for example there's always at least one person using resistance bands in the strength workouts, and there's always at least one person doing less intense moves in the aerobic and stretching workouts.
What Kind of Results Can You Expect?
That depends on how closely you follow the program - if you do the workouts in the order listed and follow the nutrition program, you'll probably get much better results than if you follow the workouts but don't follow the eating program or use the supplements they suggest. Having said that, I should say that I can definitely tell a difference in my strength after doing P90x - though I didn't follow the diet plan or use their supplements, I did try to follow the workouts as closely as I could, and logged all of my sets and repetitions, and I was definitely a lot stronger by the end of the first 90 days. For example, at the beginning of my first 90 days doing P90x, I couldn't do 25 repetitions of all of the Ab Ripper X exercises - now I can do all 25 repetitions of every ab exercise in that workout. I also can tell that my back is getting stronger, because I can do more chin-ups and pull-ups (even though I'm still using my P90x Chin-Up Assist) than I could when I first started.
What Kind of Resources are Available to People Following the Program?
There are a ton of resources available - you can register at the Team Beachbody website either for free or as a paid member - if you register as a free member, you'll only have access to a few features - you'll be able to create a profile, post on the message boards, communicate with other Team Beachbody members, track your progress on your profile page, and download worksheets for P90x and other Beachbody programs. However, you won't have access to any of the fitness and nutrition tools or the trainer tips, videos or VIP chat rooms. If you're just getting started with P90x, you may want to start with a free membership at first, and then upgrade to a paid membership later if you really get into P90x and other Beachbody programs. In addition to the resources on the Team Beachbody website, there are also other resources on the web - all you have to do is Google "P90x Resources," and several results will come up.
Check out this P90x Trailer
- P90X Workout Schedule PDF | P90X Workout Schedule - Classic Doubles Lean
If you decide to continue using P90x, you'll need more workout sheets - you can download them at this site.