This is the workout that started it all for us! After persistent nagging by my well-meaning husband, I had managed to become a gym rat after my weight loss- eventually spending a great deal of time on treadmills, ellipticals and floating around the free weights most nights. I remained active throughout my pregnancy with our youngest daughter but ate poorly and managed to pack on a good sixty plus pounds! After seeing the infomercial countless times and hearing celebrity success stories involving P90X, my husband and I decided to see if this program was truly worth all the hype and if we really could get a good workout in without having to trek it to the gym – a task made all the more difficult with our newborn daughter.
His goal? To build muscle. Mine? To lose the baby weight. At the end of this challenging 90 Day program, both of us had achieved our goals! I ditched the baby weight and Jon was sporting some seriously sexy muscle. Mission accomplished and proof positive that P90X doesn’t only work for celebrities- it works for REAL people. And, yes, you CAN get a great workout at home.
What is P90X?
P90X is a revolutionary system of 12 life-changing workouts. You also get a comprehensive 3-Phase Nutrition Plan, a detailed Fitness Guide, a P90X Calendar and tracking worksheets, and 24/7 online support. No gyms or fancy sports equipment required. All you need is a small space (about 6 by 6 feet), a set of dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull-up bar, and about an hour a day. The longest workout in the set is Yoga X – you’ll need 90 minutes to do this one!
There are 12 DVD workouts included in the P90X set:
- Chest + Back
- Shoulders + Arms
- Yoga X
- Legs + Back
- Kenpo X
- Core Synergistics
- Chest, Shoulders + Triceps
- Back + Biceps
- Cardio X
- Ab Ripper X
- X Stretch
P90X was actually designed to cater for a new market – people who already have a certain level of fitness, and wish to take it that bit further. That said, even if you are a beginner or you feel you are a bit out of shape, the P90X workout can still cater to your needs.
Classic, Doubles + Lean
Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to P90X. For starters, there are 3 pre-set ways of going through the program. There is the ‘classic’ routine that most people will do. It’s a great workout and includes all of the DVDs and workouts.
If you are looking for a really tough workout, there is the ‘doubles’ routine. This involves doing an extra cardio workout after each resistance workout you do. It doesn’t have to be straight away; it could be later on in the day. It’s important you do the resistance work first however, because that takes the most energy. There is a risk of overtraining here, so only try the doubles if you are really ready to push your body.
If you are after a slightly easier workout, then the P90X ‘lean’ workout is for you. Many people make the mistake of thinking this name refers to making your body more lean. This is not the case – the workout itself is lean. There are no plyometric exercises in the lean workout. However, my recommendation even to beginners is to try the classic first. It gives the best overall fitness workout and most people should be able to handle it. Both Jon and I did the Classic Schedule for our first round of P90X.
Don’t worry about not being able to complete each workout. The key is to work to your own potential. Try not to feel the need to compare yourself to other people, as this can drain your motivation fast. This is why tracking your results is so important. You can visually see the improvement you are making, and you are only comparing against yourself.
What Equipment Do You Need for P90X?
For P90X, you can get away without equipment if you really want to, but you won’t be able to complete all the workouts. It is recommended that you first of all get a Chin Up Bar, and either a pair of dumbbells or a set of resistance bands. This is some basic stuff, and if you are really dedicated to getting fit then you should invest in these.
What’s the Nutrition Plan Like?
In between workouts, you need to give your muscles time to relax, and most importantly, you need to give them the right fuel.
Nutrition is the key ingredient that many people gloss over, and they are wrong to do that. I knew that diet had to be a part of my P90X review. What you feed your body is equally as important as how you exercise it.
When you buy P90X from the official vendors (see the next section), you will receive a the 3-Phase Nutrition Plan as part of the package:
- Phase 1 – Fat Shredder. High protein diet to strengthen muscle while rapidly shedding fat
- Phase 2 – Energy Booster. Balanced mix of carbohydrates and protein with low fat to give additional for performance
- Phase 3 – Endurance Maximizer. An athletic diet of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and lower fat to get you in the best shape of your life!
These phases coincide with the 90-day workout, although you can always go at a pace that suits you and change the timing of the diets to suit your needs. As you can see, everything is carefully planned out. The experts at Beachbody know an awful lot about getting your body into very good shape, and they know that diet is a key component in that formula.
There are also many fantastic recipes, and even some ‘convenience food’ recipes if you don’t wish to get too involved in cooking.
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