A number of my patients have recently been talking to me about the P90X home workout program. Concerned about what they were getting themselves into, I decided I was going to do some research into the program. With full disclosure, I personally haven’t tried the workout, I’m just sharing with you the information I learned about it.
From everything I have read and everyone I have talked to, this program is not for someone who wants to get in shape. It’s for those who are already in shape and want to get into BETTER shape. The workouts are long and hard so you need to make a commitment to the program before you consider purchasing it. With that said, some people may just not have the time or the motivation to consistently use the program.
The P90X is a series of workouts presented to you by professional fitness trainer Tony Horton. There are 12 different workouts that you do over a 90 day period. The twelve workouts include: Chest and Back, Plyometrics (an explosive jumping cardio routine), Shoulders and Arms, Yoga X, Legs and Back, Kenpro X (an intense cardiovascular workout with punching and kicking), X Stretch, Core Synergistics, Shoulders & Triceps, Back and Biceps, Cardio X, and Ab Ripper X. P90X also includes a 3 phase nutrition plan, dietary supplement options, a step by step guide, calendar for tracking and more.
Each P90X workout resistance day (Chest and Back, Shoulders and Arms, Legs and Back, etc.) is roughly around 1 hour. Each resistance workout is then followed by the 16 minute Ab Ripper X. On Cardio Days (Kenpo, Plyo, Cardio X, etc.), you are looking at around 45 minutes to an hour depending on the workout. Finally, on Yoga X you are looking at 1 hour and 30 minutes. So with these times you now know that you will need at a minimum 45 minutes a day to complete your workout and at a maximum you will need 1 hour and 30 minutes. This means you will need from 7 hours and 15 minutes to 8 hours and 15 minutes a week to exercise, depending on if you perform the Stretch X portion.
The P90X itself is an incredible system that will undoubtedly get you in shape if you follow the program consistently and also eat a clean and healthy diet. You just need to make the commitment to use it consistently.