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What P90X Equipment do you need for Home Workout

Updated on July 11, 2012

The Equipment you need to get started with P90X

A good friend of mine completed the P90X workout. If you aren't familiar with the workout or have never seen the infomercials, P90X is a diet and workout that you can do from home. While you can do it at a gym, you can save the money on gym fees and invest in some equipment to be able to complete all the workouts at home. I've been doing the workouts in my garage with this basic equipment since 2010. It is truly a great workout.

If you want all the equipment that the workout suggests you have, here is a list.

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Body Solid SDRS550 5-50-Pound Rubber Hex Dumbbell Set
Body Solid SDRS550 5-50-Pound Rubber Hex Dumbbell Set

This 5 to 60 lbs dumbbell set will work for most men and women. The nice thing with this set, is there are enough weights where two people can share the set while they both do the workout. This is what I do with my wife, although I purchased dumbbells from craigslist.



Dumbbells are used in many of the shoulder, bicep and tricep exercises. Alternatively you can go with stretch (resistance) bands that provide the resistance. I've done the workouts with both and find the free weights a much better option. However, when I'm on the road, I can take the bands and do the workouts out of a hotel room, so they are nice to have as backups. I purchased my set of dumbbells from Craigslist. You'll need a range of weights. My wife typically uses wieghts between 5 and 15 lbs to complete the workouts, while I use weights in the the 10 to 25 lbs. I think as I get stronger, I'll probably need 45 lbs for some of the tricep workouts. Necessary Equipment

Pull-Up Bar

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar - Extreme Edition
Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar - Extreme Edition

P90X has their own pullup bar, but almost anyone will do the trick as long as you can do narrow and wide grip pull-ups. I went with a bar that fits in a doorway, but the downside of this type of bar is it's a little unstable for switch grip pullups. Besides that it works fine and I don't have the space for a pullup rig.


Pull-Up Bar

Pull-up bar. The back workouts have you do quite a few pullups. I think it's about 120 pullups. You can use the bands to replace the pullup bar, but the bar is much better. I tried to buy a used pullup bar, but instead purchased one for about $35 from a local sporting good store. Pullups are the most important part of the P90X workout. They work the entire body and it's really important to have the bar. Necessary Equipment

ThickYoga Mat

Aurorae Classic Extra Thick 1/4" and Long 72" Premium Eco Safe Yoga Mat with Non Slip Rosin included
Aurorae Classic Extra Thick 1/4" and Long 72" Premium Eco Safe Yoga Mat with Non Slip Rosin included

I suggest a very thick yoga mat if you are working out on a hard surface. Any extra padding is very welcome when you're doing situps, or resting on your side to work your obliques.


Yoga Mat

Yoga mat. I consider this an essential piece of equipment since I do most of my workouts in the garage on the cement. I've done the workouts without a mat on carpet, but the mat is really nice for keeping the sweat off the carpet. It also provides padding for situps, yoga, stretching and I put it under me for pushups. You do a ton of pushups in P90X. If you're working out on a hard surface, get a thick mat. The extra padding really helps your spine when doing situps on a hard surface. Necessary Equipment

Sturdy Chair

Chair. You use a chair for dips, some of the back and shoulder workouts and as a helper for pullups. When I started, I could only do two pullups, so I used the chair quite a bit to help me do sets in the eight to ten range. A flimsy chair isn't going to cut it. Get something sturdy and that doesn't rock easily. You'll be putting weight on the chair with your hands while your legs are stretched out and with your feet doing decline pushups. Necessary Equipment


Water. Every workout requires water. Necessary Equipment

Workout Towel

Towel. I use a towel to wipe my sweat off as well as for some extra padding while doing situps. You'll sweat a lot during P90X, so you will likely use a towel with each workout depending on how much you sweat. Some days, I just use my t-shirt to wipe the sweat from my eyes. Optional Equipment

Sliding Plastic or Cardboard

Cardboard or plastic. There is a pushup exercise where you slide your hand from a wide position to a narrow position. They recommend a piece of cardboard or plastic. I just pick my hand up a bit and forgo the sliding equipment. A cheap alternative is to use frisbees and slide them with your hands or some pieces of cardboard. Optional Equipment

Recovery Drink

Recovery drink. At the end of every workout they suggest you have a P90X recovery drink. I haven't purchased this. Instead, my wife and I drink carnation chocolate milk mixed with nonfat milk. Optional Equipment

Questions & Answers


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        jjenkins238 6 years ago from Florida

        Good Hub. I prefer to use the dumb bells, but it would be so much easier to use the bands!! and cheaper.

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        Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Very thorough and concise. The hydration piece is often forgotten, your muscles need the water. I personally love body weight exercises. As a female, I feel it is safer, I have no interest in building bulk so the progressive weights are not my highlight - the target toning and cardio and as I get older the flexibility.

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        getfitblogger 7 years ago

        I used resistance bands instead of dumbbells. It was the cheapest way I found to get the highest level of resistance. They are kind of fun to use.

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        Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        It's the insanity workout, which is different than p90x that doesn't require equipment. I haven't done the workout, but here it's done with your body weight.

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        sjames4444 7 years ago

        Good luck with the p90x workout it is very intense. Sounds likes your doing great. Great Hub. Its right on.

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        Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        Robin and I do the workout mostly in the garage. Occasionally we'll do the yoga and plyometrics in the family room.

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        Brad Wrage 7 years ago

        Hey Paul, I've been doing some P90x as well in the living room of my apartment. Do you do your work out at home? Or is there somewhere you go to do it with less distractions?

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        Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

        Looks great and sounds great but not anymore for me. I want a rockingchair hahaha

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        Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        I'm on week six and haven't missed a workout. I'm definitely stronger and have lost about 10 lbs. I do a modified diet. Some days I follow it and others I don't. I think if I did follow the diet, I'd be down another 5 lbs or so. The real benefit has been that my stomach isn't bothering me nearly as much. I really like the workouts because I think they are tough, but balanced, although I wish they warmed up a little more for some of the workouts.

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        ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

        Paul, I'll do a write-up on this as well. I have done workouts for the last 20 years and this system is by far the best and I see the results (too 3 months) and I didn't follow the diet too much since I eat very healthy anyway. I've got abs from 15 years ago....but..but... my right shoulder hurts possibly due to the pull-ups. It never ever hurt before. So, I'll lighten up on the pull-ups.. My sister says she & her hubby do it too, & there is one program Yoga where they just say &^%$# it ! I can't do all of that...same here. I do what I can 1st 30 to 45 minutes. I am 200% pleased and I am not even using it to its full effect. just imagine if I did.

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        MartyWare 7 years ago from New South Wales Australia

        I really need to start getting fit again. I have used mostly soft style martial arts system to keep myself trim.

        Luckily I have a gym where I live!

        Marty Ware

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        SEO Expert Kerala 7 years ago from KERALA

        Now lots of all in one equipments are in markets, where you can find all of these facilities in single equipment

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        gredmondson 7 years ago from San Francisco, California

        Paul, how long have you been doing it, and what do you think of the results? Is the infomercial truly representative of the program? What is the diet like that is recommended? How do you feel? Have you found that you have more energy or flexibility? Is this something that you feel you can keep doing?