Almost a decade has past since I finished my first round of P90X. Knowing that, it means a bit of updating is needed to bring this review of P90X up to 2017 standards. A lot has changed in the last ten years but I am keep my original before and after photos up along with pictures from my third round of P90X.
Looking back on it, P90X started my fitness transformation. Without P90X I believe I would not be anywhere near the shape I am in at 37 versus 27 when I started P90X.
In 2007 a friend of mine told me he was doing P90X to get into shape for basic training. Hewas training to go into the Marines via Officer Candidate School. It was not until half way through P90X did I start to notice the infomercials. He was doing P90X to get into shape before heading off and told me I should buy it, start on my own, and when we had the same workouts on a particular day to go to each others house. That is what we did.
- 1 P90X Workout Results – Rounds 1 & 2
- 2 Golf And P90X
- 3 Running And P90X
- 4 Softball And P90X
- 5 Swimming And P90X
- 6 Mountain Biking And P90X
- 7 Skiing / Snowboarding And P90X
- 8 P90X FAQ
- 9 What Do You Need To Do P90X?
- 10 Does P90X Work?
- 11 Does P90X Build Muscle?
- 12 Can’t Do Pull Ups In P90X?
- 13 What Is The Hardest P90X Workout?
- 14 How Much Space Do You Need For P90X?
- 15 How To Get Started With P90X?
- 16 What To Do After P90X?
- 17 What If You Can’t Finish A P90X Workout?
- 18 Can I Skip A Day Or Two With P90X And Get Results?
- 19 Why Am I Not Seeing Results After 30 Days Of P90X?
- 20 Where Can I Get The P90X Workout Guides?
- 21 What Order Do You Do The P90X Workouts In?
- 22 Should I Do Other Workouts With P90X?
- 23 What Comes With The P90X Workout?
- 24 How To Buy P90X For Cheap?
By now, you probably know P90X is a 90 day workout program based on the concept of “Muscle Confusion.” You do 12 different workouts over a 90 day period. During those 90 days you will do a set number of workouts the first 30 days, the next 30, and the final 30.
My friend undersold P90X and told me nothing more than “its extreme”. What “extreme” means could mean a number of things. Six months prior to starting P90X I ran the Detroit Marathon and thought that was extreme. When I went looking to buy P90X I viewed the P90X infomercial on Beachbody’s website. Did I see people doing pull-ups?
P90X Workout Results – Rounds 1 & 2
I have included two sets of before and after photos with my photos of round two first. Round one before and afters along with my original review is below it.
Edit: 10/11/2010: Its been 2 years (man, I’m 30 years old now) since I completed my first round of the P90X workout and to be honest after looking at my original P90X results I don’t think they give P90X any justice. I was very happy with my original results but to get the most out of P90X you really need to follow the meal plan and that was something I did not do. So I decided it was time to post my new P90X results.
I have a lot more definition now then after my first round of P90X. It should be noted I did a round of Insanity and various Tony Horton 1 on 1 workouts in-between rounds of P90X.
What is interesting to know is many of my reps (pull ups & push ups) along with the amount of weight I could lift were slightly higher. The biggest factor came from following the meal plan 90% of the time along with using Shakeology everyday. What a difference it made. I felt better and it was the one meal of the day where I knew I was getting all the vitamins, proteins, and other healthy stuff into my body.
Original Post from 10/17/2008 Below
You will have to excuse my picture taking. Clearly I did not do a good job with lighting and editing as some pictures are different sizes. Forgot to take a day 30 picture too. Could have done a better job of documenting P90X. Never intended to put before and after pictures up in the first place. Please read the entire post and not just look at the photos as I go in depth about my first round of P90X.
I can see from these photos that my upper body got bigger. From day 1 to day 60 I can see the V shape coming from my shoulders to waist. My forearms look bigger too. Probably could of gone without the flash on the camera for the Day 90 photo and not stuck out my chest either.
I can definitely see that my back, shoulders and arms got bigger and there is some definition now. I contribute a lot of this to doing chin ups and pull ups. I think all of those pull ups made me a little wider so I now have more of a “V” shape.
My back looks a little meatier now.
Either I had a little gut and no chest muscles when I started or I lost the gut and now have chest muscles. My arms and shoulders look bigger now too. I can see the outline for my oblique ab muscles now too.
Sorry about the photo sizes. Day 1 photo looks dumb. What was I thinking? What’s up with the beard? I can see from when I started that I was skinny with little muscle definition. At Day 60 my arms, chest, and shoulders started to take shape. Chest and stomach look a little more defined even from this side angle photo. Arms and shoulders look bigger too.
Before starting P90X my workouts for the previous two years consisted of running 20 miles a week. After each run I would do about 50 push ups and chair dips with 100 sit ups. Six months before starting P90X I completed the Detroit Marathon. I was in good cardio shape but did not have a lot of muscle because of all the running. I would say that I was “skinny fat.” I’d give my diet a B- up to starting P90X.
P90X kicked my butt those first 90 days. Here I am thinking that I’m in phenomenal shape from running a marathon and then I can barely do 2 pull ups the first time I do Chest & Back. It was an eye-opener.
The first week resulted in soreness like I had not felt since practicing 5 days a week for soccer when I was growing up. It hurt to walk, lift my arms, or do just about anything normal I used to do. The first month was a real challenge as I still struggled to do pull ups. Was barely able to do 3 at one time at the end of 30 days. I did however feel myself getting stronger.
After the first recovery week I felt re-charged and ready for month 2. Reps and weights used started gradually increasing every week. Started to get that burst of energy where I’m thinking about doing more reps of whatever instead of hoping I could just do a couple. Definition started to show all over.
Month three was a lot of fun. I was not as sore anymore. Was really starting to put up some serious numbers in regards to reps. The first time I did P90X Legs and Back I was only able to do 3 total pull ups. At the end of the 90 days I did 82 through out the workout. The first time I did P90X Chest and Back I could only do 75 push ups and 2 total pull up / chin ups. At the end of P90X I could do 220 push ups and 52 pull up / chin ups.
Started at 165 pounds and ended at 175 pounds. Body fat percentage went from 13% to 11%. I was surprised with this as I thought it would go up based on how skinny I was. Turns out I was wrong. All the resistance training with P90X burned away the fat and turned it into muscle.
I did not follow the P90X meal plan during my first round and I wish I would have taken a peek at it. While I did have ripped 6 pack abs they were hidden under a thin layer of fat. One of those “have to be in the right light” type of poses to make them pop.
I started P90X in the beginning of summer and went out on my buddies boat almost every weekend that entire summer partying my ass off. We only get a couple months of sunshine here in Michigan so if you can get out on the lake, you do it.
I know I was feeling a little bloated from all of the beer I drank so of course its not going to show off the abs. They are there, but hidden under a thin layer of beer.
If I would of not partied every weekend that summer, my P90X results would have told a different story. Just being honest here as I’m sure your looking for real P90X reviews. After the weekend was over I pushed myself as hard as I could during the week with P90X trying to burn through those empty calories I consumed the previous weekend.
So yes, you can get results with P90X if you drink beer (liquor, wine). I drank beer almost every weekend during my first round of P90X. My guess is I’d drink 2000 calories in beer those weekends. It was a fun summer going on the boat.
As I’ve shown in my before and after photos you can see I was skinny before starting P90X and put on weight. Maybe all those calories from the beer helped me put on some mass. For me, P90X transformed my body. The only results I did not get were “visible” ripped 6 pack abs. Oh, my abs were ripped from Ab Ripper X. They just were not cut.
What you have to ask yourself when starting P90X is what kind of results do you want? If you want those ripped 6 pack abs showing off how cut you are then do not drink beer for the entire 90 days.
It was not about getting ripped 6 pack abs my first round of P90X. It was just about doing something new and challenging. Thats it. Changing my eating and drinking habits were not a thought those first 90 workouts. Just don’t ask Tony Horton to have a beer with you.
It took me about 100 days to finish my first round of P90X. Missed a couple of days here and there with work and other sports I play. Put on 10 pounds of muscle and dropped my body fat by 2%. All of the running I did prior made me skinny fat. P90X built up my muscles and cut the fat.
My chest, arms, shoulders, and legs were much more defined and visible. On rounds 2 and 3 of P90X I took the nutrition aspect a little bit more serious and the visible results have shown up more.
Friends and family were telling me I looked different after my first round of P90X. In a good way. All of them had never seen me with muscle before, especially in my arms and shoulders. This continued on through my third round of P90X.
The only downside to getting into great shape with P90X was I had to buy a new wardrobe. None of my old clothes fit anymore. My “runners body” clothes were now obsolete. Some would be happy to buy new clothes after going through a positive body transformation. Not me. It was expensive.
During my first round of P90X I used a Whey Protein Powder from GNC. After hearing Beachbody sell me on why I need to take the P90X Recovery Drink a hundred times after each workout I went and bought it for round two. Results I noticed from taking it was soreness did go down.
I continued to buy the P90X Recovery Drink and P90X Protein Bars for round two. At this time, Shakeology was introduced I took it every day. My best guess is Shakeology did more for me than the other two did.
I would highly recommend somebody giving P90X a go. If you’re a gym rat then take 90 days off from the gym and do it at home. The gym will be there when you get back. I bet you’ll be surprised how much you get out of it and catch yourself doing P90X moves when you go back to the gym. If you’re a beginner or out of shape then follow what Tony Horton has to say.
P90X opened up my eyes into what kind of results you can get working out from home and what fitness is truly about. My base level of fitness has been elevated to a whole new level due to P90X. I enjoyed all 90 days of the pain and soreness that came with it.
Golf And P90X
When I started doing P90X I was a bogey golfer. My handicap hovered around 17 for 18 holes. There was not a part of a game that was better than others. Average drives were around 230 yards. I live in Michigan and you can only golf from March til November. I started P90X in late January 2008. Golf was not on my mind yet.
Our fraternity from college has a spring golf outing at the Pohlcat in Mount Pleasant, MI. I was excited to see some old friends and ready for a good time. The good times started at the first tee. It was my time to tee off with my new found P90X strength. I pushed it a little harder the week leading up to it because there was some pride involved with the day. I absolutely crushed that drive.
The sound it made leaving the club left a ringing sound in my ear. It cleared the bunker down the left hand side of the fairway which is 279 to carry it. I was amazed and my brother was shocked. It was by far the farthest I have ever hit a golf ball. The rest of the day was more of the same. In the 90 days leading up to the outing I was able to gain enough muscle to put 50 yards on my drive with the same Taylor Made R5 Draw Driver I had the summer before. Yes, 50 yards. Thanks to P90X.
What I remembered most about that day and now with every time I go golfing is the second shot. Instead of hitting a 4-6 iron on a 440 yard Par 4 for my second shot I am now taking a 7-9 iron. The distance has transferred to my irons and fairway woods giving me the opportunity to “go for it” sometimes but more importantly giving me the confidence to know that I can at least get it there.
Running And P90X
Nowhere in the P90X Guidebook does it say anything about running. Yes, you could do P90X Doubles and replace the recommended morning P90X Cardio workout with a run if you must.
Over the five years preceding my first round of P90X I was really into running. During those five years I did the 10k Bolder Boulder when I lived in Colorado along with running the Detroit Marathon (4 hours: 21 minutes) when I moved back to Michigan.
Upon starting P90X I scaled back my weekly running from 15 miles to 3 miles. I was concerned that I was going to lose the endurance I worked so hard to build up but I stuck with the P90X plan. Surprisingly my results came back better even with me putting on 10 pounds of muscle with P90X.
Even though I ran less than half of what I did before, the endurance was still there. I remember being hesitant about going for a 5 mile run after completing P90X as it had been four months since I had last done it. My 5 mile time dropped by 2 minutes while carrying around 10 extra pounds of muscle.
For any of you runners out there who are thinking that P90X will mess up their routine I can personally tell you that it will not. You’re running will take a back seat for 3 months but in that time you will be working on muscle groups that need to be worked on to improve your times and limit injuries. Once you are done with the 90 days you will have a revamped body that is strong from head to toe.
Softball And P90X
If you have taken a glance around my site you can probably see I play softball. Have played double headers at least once a week and sometimes twice a week along with playing tournaments one summer. You can probably guess that I enjoy getting out there and competing at least once a week and will continue to do so as long as I can.
My first year playing organized adult mens softball was when I was 27. My brothers friends and I formed a team. A few years had passed since I played on an intramural team with my fraternity in college but playing was nothing new.
This first year was during the time I was running a lot. Needless to say I was in good cardio shape for running the bases and didn’t get tired playing our second game. All I could do was hit line drives and try to beat out ground balls. Played second base and didn’t have to have all that great of an arm to make throws.
The following season I had just completed my first round of P90X and the results were instantly noticeable. Strength, agility, flexibility, and overall power was up. Immediately started hitting line drives in the gaps that either rolled to the fence or hit it. Played short stop most of the season and now had the strength to make sharp throws to first. Never hit one over the fence (300 feet) but came close a number of times. P90X made all the difference that season. Brought out a whole new level of play from me. P90X made playing softball more enjoyable because of what I could now do.
Swimming And P90X
The only reason I keep my gym membership is because it has a pool. Living in Michigan keeps my options limited to outdoor swimming. For that reason alone is why I keep it. Usually I swim one mile a week and when I’m feeling sprite I’ll go twice.
During my first round of P90X I did not go swimming once. Really wanted to see what I could get out of P90X so I saved my energy for it.
Was I ever surprised how much faster I was in the water the first time back in the water. Shaved nearly five minutes off my mile time from 50 minutes to 45 minutes (freestyle stroke). There was new found strength everywhere and it made quite a difference.
Did not feel like I had to work harder with my upper body to do all of the work. Even though my back and arms were much stronger from all the chin ups I believe it was the legs and core that moved me quicker through the water. In my case, it was taking four months away from the pool to find a whole new speed in the water.
Mountain Biking And P90X
While there are no mountains near me in Macomb and Oakland County, Michigan there are however some decent trails to ride. From time to time I would go to those parks and ride them. When summer hits I try to get in 20 miles a week wether it be on trails or paved paths.
Again, during P90X I did not do that much outside of P90X. The time P90X demands is extensive. Throw in regular life activities and there isn’t much left over.
Saying that, similar to what happened when I went for my first run after my first round of P90X I noticed a lot more strength pedaling. All of the core and legs work from Ab Ripper X, Legs and Back, and Plyometrics really made a difference. Throw in the fact my endurance went way up to made longer rides much easier and I could stay in higher gears on my Specialized Rock Hopper much longer.
Skiing / Snowboarding And P90X
Coinciding with the completion of my first round of P90X was my annual ski trip with my buddies. We decided to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming on this trip. Previous trips included Colorado, Utah, and for me the Alps when I lived there. Being in ski/snowboarding shape is not new to me.
What I did not expect to happen was the endurance I gained from P90X. I still remember the first run at Jackson Hole and how steep it was. Upon reaching the bottom we all kind of looked at each other like “that run was a burner”.
P90X was all the difference on that trip. Legs and core were in much better shape from Plyometrics, Yoga, Ab Ripper X, and Legs & Back. Made it through all four days without having to take too many breaks.
I have been asked a number of questions about P90X and I’ll do my best to answer them here.
What Do You Need To Do P90X?
Many people ask me what you need to do P90X so here they are.
- P90X DVDs
- P90X Pull Up Bar
- Resistance bands or dumbbells
I bought the P90X Results Package. Its a package deal and you save on shipping costs.
P90X DVDs, 3 Resistance Bands, Pull Up Bar, P90X Recovery Drink, Chin Up Assist, & 2 Free Bonus Workouts. Normally $309.50.
Save $39 with the P90X Results Package for $269.70.
12 Intense Workouts.
Comes with P90X Workout Guide & Meal Plan.
Any Other Items You Need To Do P90X?
- Shakeology – Everybody struggles with the meal plan. Shakeology simplifies this.
- P90X Recovery Drink – Great tasting after workout drink.
- Push Up Bars – Takes the stress off your wrists when doing push ups.
- Yoga Mat – Soft mat to cover your hardwood floors or carpet.
- Yoga Blocks – Helps with balance moves and stretching when doing Yoga.
- Bowflex Selecttech 552 Dumbbells – These are what I have.
With millions of before and afters posted all over the internet I think we can unequivocally say P90X works. What needs to be asked is who does P90X work for?
Elite Athletes – These are people who get paid to play sports to those who run ultra marathons. These are countless stories of athletes using P90X in the off season along with Iron Man participants using P90X too.
In Shape People – I fall into this category. Not overweight or out of shape. Just not in P90X shape. This group of people is usually surprised with how in shape they get from P90X.
Out Of Shape People – Those who are 10 – 30 pounds overweight but have a history of working out, playing sports, or being active but have been out of the game for awhile. These people tend to lose the weight and get the “kick in the ass” they’ve been looking for.
Overweight People – People who are 50+ pounds overweight, have never worked out, are far removed from their “playing days”, and are at a point where they know they need to do something fall into this category.
There are success stories (Tommy, Jeremy, Richard) from overweight people who have done P90X. What I have heard from people who are overweight is P90X is too much too soon. Tony Horton does a great job showing how to modify moves but even those might be too much. Those who have had success with P90X have had to do two or three rounds before they reach a normal weight.
I tell every overweight person asking about P90X to pass and start with the Beachbody Ultimate Reset followed by the Power 90 workout and then P90X. Going in this order will start working on breaking old bad habits and replacing them with new good ones. The Ultimate Reset gets you started on a 21 day eating plan that will probably drop 10+ pounds and inches everywhere off your body.
Get a handle on the eating then start working out with Power 90. Workouts range from 20 – 35 minutes long. Its challenging but not too challenging. Then move onto P90X. You’ll have a much better grasp on the eating, built strength, dropped weight from Power 90, and be ready for the crazy hour long P90X workouts.
Does P90X Build Muscle?
Absolutely P90X builds muscle. The kind of muscle you are going to put on with P90X will be the lean and strong kind. The majority of P90X workouts will work your muscles to failure while using your body weight for resistance. This cuts down on the fat and you get a “pound for pound” strength to your body which is ideal for most adults nowadays anyways.
This is what happened to me. I put on 10 pounds of lean muscle doing P90X. My weight went from 165 to 175 over the 90 days. Body fat percentage dropped too.
If your goal is to bulk up, Tony Horton shows you what to do to achieve those results in each workout. Your not going to be doing bench presses 3 days a week so you look like one of those guys at the gym with a huge chest and chicken legs. Instead you will be working each major muscle area once a week.
Can’t Do Pull Ups In P90X?
Pull ups are one of the most intimidating exercises for people to do. It’s the one move which shows how strong you are from head to toe. It’s really easy for people to give up after not being able to do one pull up on the first day of P90X. We’ve all been there.
The good news is you will be able to do them the more you try. Nobody is expecting you to go from 0 pull ups to 20 pull ups in a week. Be patient and keep showing up. You’ll be surprised how fast you go from 1 to 3 to 8 to 15. If you want results you’re gonna have to understand it will take time.
Ways To Get Better At Pull Ups
- Use A Chair – This takes some of the weight off the bar so you can focus on doing the move.
- Workout With A Friend – If you are doing P90X with friends or family then have the other person spot you. I remember my first time doing P90X Chest & Back and not being able to do any. Had my buddy Joe there to spot me through 15 reps. My biggest issue was finding the strength at the very bottom of the rep to start upwards. After 2 weeks I could do a couple on my own and increased from there without any help.
- Resistance Bands – Wrap one of Beachbody’s B-Lines resistance bands around the P90X chin up bar or something else in your house and do what Tony Horton tells the people in the workout to do. This is an easy way to start building up your strength. $40 for three resistance bands.
- Chin Up Max – Has three resistance bands and a foot strap that clip onto your P90X Pull Up Bar. Put your foot into the hole and use the momentum for the bands to assist you with the pull up. As close as you can get to doing unassisted pull ups. $40.
- Door Attachment Kit – Known as the B-Lines Bands Upgrade Kit is simply a loop you wrap around a door hinge or put a resistance band through it. $10
I use all three of them. My favorite would be the Chin Up Max because you work so much more of your body. The Door Attachment Kit is nice to have if you don’t have a lot of energy that day and is easy to put in a suitcase when traveling. If doing unassisted pull ups is a ways away yet then get the door attachment kit. If you can do one pull up or are not that out of shape then you will want to get the P90X Pull Up Bar because you will be doing pull ups in no time. Here is how I have them set up at my house.
What Is The Hardest P90X Workout?
Since I consider myself an expert in the P90X field. I decided to make a list from hardest to the not as hard (not easiest) workout. My factors in deciding these are based on what is going through my mind when I pull the DVD out of the booklet and how sore I feel the next day.
- Plyometrics– I have been doing P90X for almost a year now and Plyometrics still kills my legs. Of course this is the workout that does the most for me as I am a big skier/snowboarder and runner. My legs have never been in better shape. The next day my legs are on fire and my ass hurts from all the lunges and squats.
- Chest And Back – Push Up, Pull Up, Push Up, Pull Up, Push Up, Pull Up, and then repeat. Really? Is that chain of events necessary. Tony Horton does not like us. With so much emphasis put on those muscles it really is a killer. My arms are on fire and veins are popping out. Guaranteed to be feeling it the next day.
- Back And Biceps – Pull Ups, Curls, Pull Up, Curls, Pull Up, Curls, and repeat. My arms are dead after doing this. Switching from the pull up bar to dumbbells and going at a quick pace always keep me on my toes.
- Chest, Shoulders, And Triceps– Push Ups, Shoulder Press, Tricep Extensions for an hour. There are different varieties of those exercises. I have never finished this workout without feeling exhausted after it. My arms are destroyed when I am done.
- Shoulders And Arms– Lots of shoulder presses and curls along with some tricep work. I struggle with this one because my right shoulder has a small injury I got when I was younger. It does feel good to stretch out those shoulder muscles even if I have to use a lighter weight. Do I need to say anything more about my arms getting a workout here? I think you get the point.
- Legs And Back – This is one of my favorite workouts and I was debating about putting this higher. I kept it lower because it is working the upper and lower body. The workouts above focus on one or the other. With two different body parts being worked there is a lot of energy to crank out as many pull ups and lunges/squats as I can. This workout is the one that I do the most pull/chin ups on as it is the only exercise you are doing for the upper body. My legs, especially the calves, still feel tender the next day.
- Yoga X – I never realized how much I would get out of doing Yoga until after I did it a couple times. The only weight involved is your body weight. All of the poses and balance postures put so much emphasis on those little in between muscles. The stretching really loosens me up. I have noticed a big difference in my softball and golf swing from doing Yoga. It sounds easy to do but when I am done I still break a sweat.
- Kenpo X – This is more of a fun workout to me than anything. Lots of kicking and punching going on. When I started using weighted gloves it felt like a workout again. That little bit of extra weight makes a differnce when throwing punches as it now forces the core to work.
- Core Synergistics – To be honest, I have only done this workout a couple of times. It’s probably because it fell on the off weeks and I was too focused on the other workouts to enter it into my routine.
- Cardio X – Since I am big into running I never got around to doing this one except for the couple of times it feel into my recovery week. I remember it being good but to me I’d rather run for an hour because I know that the other workouts are going to be back the following week.
- Ab Ripper X – I must be crazy right? Abs at #11. Ab Ripper is tough. I am not denying that. My take on it is that since it is right after the toughest workouts it makes it harder to do. The few times I did Ab Ripper without doing anything else made a big difference. I was able to complete the whole thing with no problem. I still felt the burn but not as much as if I was trying to do a ton of pull ups for an hour and then do abs.
- X Stretch – This is a tamed down version of Yoga X. The workout is under an hour where Yoga is near an hour and a half. I like it but not as many balance poses.
This list could change at a moments notice as they are all pretty tough to do. I feel pretty confident about numbers 1-7. These workouts always kick my butt. Even after doing them each dozens of times I still “feel the burn” the next day. If one of these particular workouts decides to attack me then I will redo the list and award it the #1 position. In the mean time these are what I feel to be the hardest P90X workout.
How Much Space Do You Need For P90X?
As you can see from the photo there is not a whole lot of space that I workout in. Its actually the second floor landing area at the top of the stairs outside my bedroom. The photo was taken from the doorway of another room in the house. I would say that this area is about 7″ x 10.” In the photo you can also see that I have all of the things you need to do P90X with. This way you know that I am showing you everything.
Its not the greatest place to workout but it works for me. A lot of the workouts done with P90X don’t involve a lot of moving around anyways. Plyometrics is the only workout I do not do in that area but its not to say that I couldn’t. Its just that the ceilings here are about 8 feet tall and I would be touching them every time I jumped.
I do plyometrics in another room with taller ceilings. I keep all of my workout equipment like the pull up bar, resistance bands, dumbbells, push up stands, and P90X DVDs in my room. They take up very little space. The Bowflex Selecttech Dumbbells are on a stand which makes them easy to roll around but I usually just walk over to the weight rack in between exercises to get a new weight without having to stop the DVD. I use my laptop to play the DVDs so I am not stuck to one area of the house on a TV.
So don’t feel like you need a lot of space to do P90X with. As you can see from my “home gym” you can get by with just a small amount of area. If you live in an apartment, have small rooms in your house, or a college kid living in a dorm, I am sure you can find the space to do the P90X workout.
How To Get Started With P90X?
Of course you should get started with P90X as soon as you get it. But there are a couple of things you want to do before you get at it. If you fail to do these then you might not not see the results you want or realize you messed up and feel like you have to start over. These should take no longer than an hour to do.
Read The P90X Workout Guidebook – Tony Horton and the people at Beachbody put this book together to give you the knowledge behind P90X. You’ll learn what each move is called, why the meal plans are important, what equipment you need to do P90X, and most importantly what version of P90X (Lean, Classic, or Doubles) to do.
Put Up The P90X Calendar – This way you see it when you walk in or out of your house everyday. Cross off workouts as you go so you feel like your making progress.
Read The P90X Meal Plan – Over 70% of your results will come from what you eat. The P90X Nutrition Plan is a in-depth plan that tells you exactly what you need to be eating to provide the right balance of fuel your body needs to get through P90X. I thought I ate right before starting P90X so I didn’t read it. While I did get much stronger in my first round of P90X I didn’t see the definition I was expecting. Went through the guide, made some small changes in my diet, and what a difference it made. What worked for me was picking a few meals I could easily make and stuck to those.
Follow the P90X Workout Schedule – Too many people make the mistake of grabbing whatever P90X workout they feel like doing or jumping right into a hybrid workout. Do not do that. At least not during your first round. Commit to a version of P90X (Lean, Classic, Doubles) and follow the schedule from Day 1 to Day 90.
Schedule Time To Do P90X – What time of the day you do P90X is less important than setting aside the time. The biggest complaint from people (especially parents) is how P90X is an hour long and making the time is tough. Hardcore P90Xers would call those excuses but they need to be addressed. While you are doing P90X for you, you are also doing it for the people in your life. They will be getting a better version of you at the end of P90X.
- Split Up The Workouts – Going from an hour long P90X Legs and Back routine to 15 minutes of Ab Ripper has a tendency to mess up people’s psyche. Do the long P90X workout in the morning and then the 15 minute ab ripper at lunch or before you go to bed.
- You Just Don’t Have An Hour – Do 30 minutes of the resistance workouts with ab ripper. That 45 minutes of working out will still kick your butt. You’ll probably be wanting to do the entire P90X workout in no time because your body will be ready for more.
What To Do After P90X?
This is a very good question and is one I asked myself. When I completed P90X I was so pumped with my P90X results I decided to go and do another round of it.
Mostly because I wanted to get more reps doing pull ups and did not want to lose what I had gained. There are a number of options to decide what to do after P90X. These are the best ones I have found.
Do Another Round – After completing round two, P90X was starting to become a part of my lifestyle. When completing round two I went on and did one more round. Yup, 3 rounds of P90X. It was embedded into my brain that I was doing it as I had grown so accustomed to it. The one hour workouts did not bother me anymore and I looked forward to doing them.
My body changed the most during the first 90 days and not so much with the following 2 rounds. My reps started to peak and I really couldn’t get that much more out of my body or the time alloted to do each program. When I could no longer get any more reps and Tony Horton’s jokes were no longer funny I moved on. Talk to anybody who has done multiple rounds of P90X and you know every word that is said in every P90X workout.
Take A Break – Lets step back to why you wanted to do P90X in the first place. Was it to lose weight? Get in shape? Train for your upcoming sports season? Whatever your “it” was you now need to go out and do it. Steve Edwards, who is a fitness/health guru employed by Beachbody, says that it is time to take a break and live a little.
Your body should be in such great shape now that you need to use it for the purpose intended. What Steve is saying is its time to go out for a hike, mountain bike, swim, walk, run, and any other physical thing you like to do besides working out.
Bodybuild After P90X – You might think of what you just did with P90X as bodybuilding and in a way you’re right. Your body is now built up more than what it was when you started. At the same time, bodybuilding will challenge your muscles to grow in a completely different way then what you did with P90X. Yes, you could do P90X again and wear a weighted vest while doing every workout or only do 8 reps when you have to lift weights. But is that what you really want to do? Don’t you kind of want to take a break from all of Tony Horton’s jokes instead? What you should consider doing is taking a break from P90X and doing Body Beast instead.
Something New – The Insanity Workout was released after my third round of P90X and I moved onto it. Was perfect timing as there was little more for me to get out of P90X at the time.With Beachbody On Demand having every single Beachbody workout ever created you will always have something new to try.
Hybrid Workout – Do you have a number of Beachbody programs already? Mix P90X and another one up. I did a P90X – Insanity hybrid workout.
What If You Can’t Finish A P90X Workout?
P90X is a commitment. Its kind of like the Marines where “we don’t accept applications, we only accept commitments.” If you are not ready to embark on this journey to get into better shape than this is not going to work out for you.
I’m going to cover to areas that affect people the most if they can’t finish the P90X workout. There is the time when your half way through the P90X DVD and are just exhausted. And then there is the time when your life is just getting in the way.
P90X is a life changing workout. If you really get into P90X you will see results and will start to realize what your body is truly capable of. Upon starting, you will struggle with every move that Tony Horton throws at you. I mean who really does push ups and pull ups. I bet if you currently go to a gym and look at the pull up bar in the corner your not going to see anybody on it. The majority of people will be hanging out near the benches or the machines.
The reason why most people don’t finish P90X is because they usually workout 3 days a week and P90X demands 6. This forces you to make another 3.5 hours a week available in your schedule for your fitness.
P90X Is Hard Because Most Of The Moves Are New To You
So lets say that you are getting started with P90X Legs And Back. The first leg routines are pretty tough. You are doing those lunges and it puts quite a strain on your knee because you have never done this before. You are able to make it through and now its your first time ever trying to do a chin up.
Its pretty intimidating especially if you are doing this by yourself. Its always better to do P90X with a friend but if you must go by yourself just do your best. Get a chair to help you with getting use to the motion of doing a pull up. It might take you a month to do one without a chair and that is fine.
Taking Breaks With P90X Is Ok
Continue on with P90X as far as you can go. Don’t feel bad if you have to press pause to catch your breath. The people on P90X are all in great shape and can keep up. You can’t right now. Just do as many reps as you can and with time you will be able to do the full set.
Doing Half Of A P90X Workout Is Better Than Doing Nothing At All
The biggest excuse people have when doing P90X is time as many have an all or nothing approach to P90X. They know its going to take a little over an hour to do and don’t want to get started unless they know they can finish. Life gets in the way and while its best to set aside a designated workout time every day with no distractions it is still hard to come by.
At the same time its better to do 30 minutes of P90X, stop, and do Ab Ripper X then to do nothing at all. I would say that 30 minutes of P90X is the same as most people who go to the gym for 1.5 hours because of the pace that P90X goes at. Its better that you do something then nothing at all. You won’t get the ripped results as fast but who cares. Your body is moving and changing.
What If Your Very Out Of Shape And Overweight?
This goes back to the previous point. Do as much as you can and then stop. There are two ways to approach P90X and this also goes for people who are in shape. You can either play the entire P90X Workout DVD and do as much of each move as you can while missing a exercise or two to catch your breath or you make it a goal to do each move in sequence while pausing and catching your breath until you just cannot do anymore leaving the rest of the workout to do at a future time. These are both things to take into consideration if time is going to be an issue.
Personally, I recommend doing as many reps with good form in order, pausing, catching your breath, and only moving further into the workout as you get stronger. With P90X you are getting 1 hour and 15 minutes of blood pumping good old fashioned working out in the comfort of your home. Results will be showing in your body in no time. Its just you and Tony Horton getting at it to get into the best shape of your life.
Can I Skip A Day Or Two With P90X And Get Results?
We have all been in the situation when you really don’t want to workout that day and skipping sounds like a better idea. You feel tired, work got you down, things around the house are crazy, its 10 pm at night, there is a big game on and you can’t miss it, etc. You give in and skip working out that day.
I’ve missed a day or two in the 4 rounds of P90X I’ve done since 2008. Those things happen. Sometimes your schedule is overtaken by outside forces that you cannot fight against.
In the winter I go snowboarding or skiing once a week and in the summer I play double-header softball games twice a week. Throw in a weekend tournament, round of golf, or the 40 miles of bike riding I do a week and that adds up. It takes a lot out of me but I enjoy doing those things.
As long as I’m being active then I don’t think its going to hinder my results at all through P90X or whatever program I’m doing. Tony Horton would probably agree. I workout to be able to enjoy those things. What’s key is to plan P90X around the things you like to do. Who cares if it takes you 120 days to complete P90X if you are being active during that time. You will still get results.
If you are skipping P90X workouts make sure to eat healthy. Over 70% of your results with P90X (or any program) come from following the meal plan. Keep drinking Shakeology every day so your body is getting the nutrition it needs to properly function. This way you’ll feel ready for tomorrows workout.
Do everything you can to not skip workouts. If your playing sports, training for a 10k, or doing something else active then don’t kill yourself about skipping a P90X workout because in the end your really not. It’s all about living a healthy and fit life. P90X is just a plan to help you get there.
Why Am I Not Seeing Results After 30 Days Of P90X?
Too many people carry the “I want it now” mentality that our society has grown accustomed to over to P90X. I cannot tell you how many times people have emailed me complaining about why they are not seeing results with P90X in the first 30 days. Many give up because there isn’t instant gratification.
There is a little bit of science that goes along with P90X and the first 30 days are there to wake your body up. Its no reason to give up because the results typically start rolling in around day 45.
There are some things you can do to make sure you start seeing results in the first month and this is what I’ve found people are not doing to get them.
- You’re Not Following A P90X Workout Plan – You need to pick the Lean, Classic, or Doubles routine. If you do not know what those are then it means you did not read the P90X Guidebook.
- You’re Not Following The P90X Nutrition Plan – 75% of your results come from what you eat. You can power through the workouts like I did and get results but following the meal plan is better.
- You’re Not Pushing Play Enough – Quite simply, if you are skipping a lot of workout then you are not going to see any results.
Where Can I Get The P90X Workout Guides?
1. Get a Free Beachbody Account.
2. Hover over the Get Fit tab.
3. Click on the Fitness Tools tab.
4. Click on Workout Sheets.
Inside you will find the P90X Fit Test and P90X Workout Sheets available to be printed. Its not the actual P90X Workout Guides but it does tell you what week to do each workout. It will also help you keep track of your reps and weights used.
What Order Do You Do The P90X Workouts In?
If you have borrowed the P90X DVDs from a friend and they did not give you the P90X workout calendar with it then I’m sure you are wondering where to start. It’s very important you follow the P90X workout guide and do them in order as that’s were you get the maximum P90X results. There are three different versions you can do of P90X. The classic, lean, and doubles routine. I recommend everybody start with the P90X Classic Routine. Here it is.
**What I recommend you do first is sign up for a Free Beachbody Account. When that’s done, hover over the “Get Fit” tab on the top left of the Team Beachbody site, then click on the Workout Sheets tab. You can download the P90X workout sheets there so you can keep track of your progress.
Month 1 of P90X Classic Routine
Weeks 1-3 Week 4 is a Recovery Week
M – P90X Chest and Back with Ab Ripper X M – Yoga X
T – Plyometrics T – Core Synergistics
W – P90X Shoulders and Arms with Ab Ripper X W- Kenpo X
Th – P90X Yoga X Th- X Stretch
F – P90X Legs and Back with Ab Ripper X F – Core Synergistics
S – P90X Kenpo X S – Yoga X
Su – Day off or P90X X Stretch Su – Day off or X Stretch
Month 2 of P90X Classic Routine
Weeks 5-7 Week 8 is a Recovery Week
M – P90X Chest, Shoulders, Triceps with Ab Ripper X M – Yoga X
T – P90X Plyometrics T – Core Synergistics
W – P90X Back and Biceps with Ab Ripper X W – Kenpo X
Th – P90X Yoga X Th – X Stretch
F – P90X Legs and Back with Ab Ripper X F – Core Synergistics
S – P90X Kenpo X S – Yoga X
Su – Day off or P90X X Stretch Su – Day off or X Stretch
Month 3 of P90X Classic Routine
Weeks 9 & 11 Weeks 10 & 12
M – Chest & Back with Ab Ripper X M – Chest, Shoulders, Triceps with Ab Ripper X
T – Plyometrics T – Plyometrics
W – Shoulders & Arms with Ab Ripper X W – Back & Biceps with Ab Ripper X
Th – Yoga X Th – Yoga X
F – Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X F – Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X
S – Kenpo X S – Kenpo X
Su – Day off or X Stretch Su – Day off or X Stretch
Week 13 is a Recovery Week
M – Yoga X
T – Core Synergistics
W – Kenpo X
Th – X Stretch
F – Core Synergistics
S – Yoga X
Su – Day off or X Stretch
Should I Do Other Workouts With P90X?
It seems like everybody wants to jump into a hybrid workout right after buying P90X or mix and match it with what they currently do.
After doing 4 rounds of P90X in the past 4 years my experience is you have to give the program a chance to work for you to see results. If you go picking and choosing what workouts you want to do with P90X you’ll never get to the mastery phase.
This is important because it’s when your body starts to understand the moves. You’ll be able to start pushing even harder from this point moving forward. Here are some tips for those people who want to do other workouts.
- Already A Gym Rat? – Skip the gym for 90 – 100 days and do the entire P90X program at home or bring the DVDs to the gym. If you don’t like the results after the 90 days then you can go back to what you were doing before. My buddy Brad was in awesome shape before P90X and got even more ripped. He said his bench press went up by 5 pounds his first time trying it in 3 months. He catches himself doing many P90X moves at the gym.
- Extreme Athlete? – I’m not an expert on this and can only assume that triathletes and marathoners use the off-season to recover. If your one of the people who only do 1 or a couple of them a year then plan a 90 day period with no event specific training and do P90X. You’ll be surprised how much more fit you are from head to toe the first time you go out for a run, bike, or swim.
- Play Sports? – Make P90X a priority to do in the off-season. It will work on your weaknesses so you’ll be ready to get at the sports specific workouts when the season comes around. If you like the results then stick with it. I seem to be having games all the time and I like to schedule Yoga or a stretching workout on game day. Sometimes I don’t workout that day and just play. They key is I stick with the workout plan and mix game days around it.
From my experience I would recommend seeing P90X all the way through before trying to do hybrid workouts or only some of the DVDs. It will take you much longer to see results or any at all if you mix. The goal is to treat the P90X workout like the challenging program it is. The only way to do this is to follow the program for the entire 90 days.
What Comes With The P90X Workout?
Disc 1 – Chest & Back – Targeted chest and back workouts.
Disc 2 – Plyometrics – Jumping athletic performance cardio routine.
Disc 3 – Shoulders & Arms – Extreme press, curl, and fly movements.
Disc 4 – Yoga X – Strength, balance, flexibility, physique and mind.
Disc 5 – Legs & Back – Squats, lunges, and pull ups.
Disc 6 – Kenpo X – Punch & kick to improve endurance.
Disc 7 – X Stretch – Athleticism, prevent injuries, and avoid plateaus.
Disc 8 – Core Synergistics – Condition your core.
Disc 9 – Chest Shoulders & Triceps – Intense upper body workout.
Disc 10 – Back & Biceps – Build the biceps and back muscles.
Disc 11 – Cardio X – Low-impact fat burning cardio routine.
Disc 12 – Ab Ripper X – Sculpt your 6-pack abs.
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How To Buy P90X For Cheap?
Some say P90X is expensive at $120. There are ways to save money when buying P90X.
P90X = $119.85 at Beachbody Store
P90X = $108 with Beachbody Club
P90X = $89.89 as a Beachbody Coach
With the Beachbody Club membership you get 10% of all Beachbody products and you get access to Beachbody On Demand. With Beachbody On Demand you can view P90X and every other Beachbody workout ever made. It’s a great deal especially if you want to buy supplements like Beachbody Performance or Shakeology. Costs $42 every 3 months.
As a Beachbody Coach you get 25% of all Beachbody products and can earn money by referring people to buy from you. There is a $40 sign up fee which can be waived if you buy the Insanity Challenge Pack for $205 (includes Shakeology) during sign up. Is $16 a month afterwards to keep the coach account. I’d recommend going the coach route even just for the discount.