Once upon a time in 2007 I was 27 years old and had finished my first round of P90X. Its also when I wrote my first review of P90X.
Its 2018 and I am now 37 years old. And I decided to update my original P90X review.
A decade has passed since I finished my first round of P90X and I believe I would not be anywhere near the shape I am in at 37 if I never did P90X.
Since that first round I’ve probably done three more rounds, a number of hybrids, and individual workouts from time to time. Its my humble opinion that P90X is still the best at home workout program ever made.
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.
So I’m not going to go into all of that here. What I am going to do is share all of my before and after photos from multiple rounds and everything else I had ever written about P90X.
As of 2018 I have only documented (took before and after photos) two rounds of P90X.
Round 1: 2007. Age: 27
Before starting P90X my workouts consisted of running 20 miles a week followed with 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 was “skinny fat.” And I ate and drank whatever I wanted before starting P90X.
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.
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.
P90X kicked my butt those first 90 days. Here I am thinking I’m in phenomenal shape from running a marathon and then I 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. 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.
It took me 100 days to finish my first round of P90X. Started at 165 pounds and ended at 175 pounds. Body fat percentage went from 13% to 11%. All the resistance training with P90X burned away the fat and turned it into muscle.
Round 2: 2010. Age. 29
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
If I would of not partied every weekend that summer my P90X results would have told a different story. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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 new clothes. None of my old clothes fit anymore. My “runners body” clothes were obsolete.
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 and I took it every day. My best guess is Shakeology did more for me than the other two did.
Sports And P90X
I play a lot of sports and will continue to do so for as long as I can. Here are some results I noticed with the sports I play after finishing my first round of P90X.
- Golf – Before starting P90X my average drives were around 230 yards and was a bogey golfer. After finishing P90X my average drives went up to 250 yards with the occasional 270+ yard drive. Went from hitting 4-6 iron into the green on 420 yard long holes to hitting 7-9 irons. Started “going for it” a lot more now.
- Running – The five years preceding my first round of P90X I ran the 10k Bolder Boulder in Colorado and the Detroit Marathon (4 hours: 21 minutes). Upon starting P90X I scaled back my weekly running from 15 miles to 3 miles. 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. Surprisingly my 5 mile time dropped by 2 minutes while carrying around 10 extra pounds of muscle.
- Softball – Before starting P90X 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.
- Swimming – During my first round of P90X I did not go swimming once. 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).
- Mountain Biking – Again, during P90X I did not do that much outside of P90X. All of the core and legs work from Ab Ripper X, Legs and Back, and Plyometrics really made a difference riding my bike. Endurance went way up.
- Skiing & Snowboarding – 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.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. Made it through all four days without having to take too many breaks.
What You Need
Not Necessary But Helpful
- Shakeology – Shakeology simplifies the meal plan.
- Recover – 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.
And if you want to buy P90X cheaper than the prices below you will have to sign up as a Beachbody Coach like I did. With a coach account you get a 25% discount on all Beachbody products.
Follow the coach link above and go through the sign up process. You will see the discount during sign up. If that does not interest you than the items below are still available.
P90X DVDs, 3 Resistance Bands, Pull Up Bar, P90X Recovery Drink, Chin Up Assist, & 2 Free Bonus Workouts. $270.
P90X Combo Pack
12 P90X Workouts + 2 Bonus Workouts
30 Day Supply Of Shakeology
$205 ($35 savings + FREE Shipping)
12 Intense Workouts.
Comes with P90X Workout Guide & Meal Plan.
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.
P90X 3 Phase Nutrition Plan
P90X Workout Guide Book
Free Online Support Tools
Back in 2007 when I was running a lot this workout was tough. And here it is 2018 and I still think Plyometrics is the toughest P90X workout.
My legs and ass hurt after every time I do Plyometrics. And at the same time its also one of the better workouts in P90X. Especially if you play sports. My legs are always stronger when I’ve been doing Plyometrics consistently.
Sweat is flying everywhere and calories are burning. Tony Horton does a great job showing how to modify if you have a knee injury (which I do).
Even though I don’t do as much P90X as I used to I still make an effort to do Plyometrics. Its Jump Training 101.
Tony has you doing moves like “Run Stance Speed Squats”, “Side To Side Lunges” and the mother of all P90X moves “Jump Knee Tucks”. They are hard.
It does not matter how many times I do P90X Plyometrics as I know I am going to be sore for two days. Going up and down stairs becomes a chore and walking around is funny. But the results are worth it.
P90X Chest & Back
Thats what was going through my mind the first time I did Chest & Back in 2007. And of course this is Day 1 of P90X.
I’ve always thought Chest & Back to be the most challenging P90X workout because every move demands full effort.
100% of every time I ever did Chest & Back did my arms, chest, and back feel so sore the next day resulting in pain from putting on a shirt. 100%. It is impossible to not feel sore after this workout.
I felt this way about this workout in 2007 and feel the same way about it in 2018. Its been awhile since I’ve done Chest & Back and it kind of scares me thinking about it. Oh, I still do push ups and pull ups but haven’t challenged myself like that in at least five years.
What makes this workout so great is its simplicity. Do two max sets of:
- Push Ups
- Reverse Grip Chin Ups
- Military Push Ups
- Wide Front Pull Ups
- Diamond Push Ups
- Closed Grip Overhand Pull Ups
- Dive Bomber Push Ups
- Decline Push Ups
Throw in some “Lawnmowers” , “Back Flys” , and “Heavy Pants” to complete the thrashing of your back.
My first time doing P90X Chest and Back I was able to do 8 total pull/chin ups during the entire workout. For my last workout during my first round I did 53 total pull/chin ups.
Some 10 years after doing P90X Chest & Back for the first time I still believe this is the best upper body workout Beachbody has made. Its that good.
P90X Back & Biceps
Pull Ups, Curls, Pull Up, Curls, Pull Up, Curls, and repeat. My arms were absolutely dead after doing this workout for the first time. Its is extremely hard. And to make matters worse your boy Tony Horton moves at a pretty good pace.
I hated doing Back & Biceps during my first round of P90X. It exposed how weak I was. Especially doing pull ups. But as the second month ended and as I made it to the end I started to enjoy Back & Biceps. I think its because there aren’t all of the push ups like in Chest & Back.
This is one workout I don’t mind doing on its own from time to time as I know I’m not going to destroy myself like how I would with Chest &. Back. Oh, I’m going to feel it the next day for sure but this one is more fun.
P90X Chest, Shoulders, & 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. What is most surprising about this workout is it is mostly body weight you are using for it. Tony Horton does a pretty creative job of getting you to blast these muscles.
Sliding push ups, chair dips, and everybody’s favorite one arm pushups. I presently struggle with doing anyone of those.
I remember thinking back in 2007 how much of a relief it was to have a month off of Chest & Back when you go into the second month as you do Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps and I still believe that to be true. Reason being is you’re prepared for it.
This is a tough workout for sure but its not one of my favorites. Rarely do I do Chest, Shoulders & Triceps outside of when I’m doing a round of P90X.
P90X Shoulders & Arms
I wouldn’t say Shoulders & Arms is all that hard of a workout unless you are really loading up on the weights. Tony calls this workout the “glamour workout” because it works the muscles you’d see in a tank top.
This is a classic gym type workout that you’d see people doing. Lots of curls, presses, with some dips and straight arm flys.
This has always been a workout where I’m either feeling great and I’d be adding weight and doing more reps or kind of just cruise with Tony doing what I normally do.
It is an hour long and Tony moves at a quick pace resulting in multiple pause buttons being pressed to switch weights or to write stuff down. Throw in Ab Ripper after it and its taken me an hour and a half to complete sometimes.
P90X Legs And Back
The very first time I did Legs & Back I did 1 chin up and 0 pull ups. End of round 1 I did 59 total chin up / pull ups. End of round 2 I could do 71 total pull up / chin ups. End of round 3 I could do 82 total pull ups / chin ups.
You do two sets of the following pull up / chin up in Legs & Back: Reverse Grip Chin Ups, Wide Grip Front Pull Ups, Closed Grip Overhand Pull Ups, Switch Grip Pull Ups.
How Tony set up Legs & Back is you do two leg exercises followed by the back moves. In most cases you do 25 reps with each leg. And those leg exercises are the following:
Balance Lunges. Calf-Raise Squats. Super Skaters. Wall Squats. Step Back Lunges. Single-Leg Wall Squats. Deadlift Squats. Three Way Lunge With Two Kick Option. Sneaky Lunges. Chair Salutations. Toe-Roll Iso Lunge. Groucho Walk. Calf Raises. 80/20 Debbie Siebers Speed-Squats.
100% of the times I have ever done Legs & Back resulted in my ass being sore for at least two days after. No joke. Sure, pull ups and chin ups are hard but its the leg exercises that get you when you least expect it.
P90X Yoga X
I was sweating my ass off the first time I did Yoga X. Thankfully I’ve been fairly flexible most of my life so I was able to do most of the poses. Holding them was another thing.
I was not a big fan of it being 90 minutes long but after the first couple of times doing it the workout seemed to fly by. At the end of my first round and still to this day I add 5 push ups every time Tony commands you to do one. Add it all up and thats an extra 75 or so push ups.
With it being a long workout you do a number of different Yoga poses including:
Runners Pose, Crescent Pose, Warrior (1, 2, & 3) Poses, Triangle Pose, Twisting Triangle, Standing Splits, Half Moon to Twisting Half Moon.
From there you get into the balance moves which are:
Tree, Royal Dancer, Standing Leg Extension, Crane, Frog, Plough into Shoulder Stand.
The last hard part of Yoga X is the “Yoga Belly” portion which includes moves like “3 Part Touch The Sky”, “Boat” , and others. Its not too tough but your abs will be quivering.
Tony takes it down a notch after that as you move into “Happy Baby” and the “Ohms”. After all 90 minutes of Yoga X I’ve always felt pretty good and glad that its over too.
To make Yoga X easier to do I started using the Beachbody’s Jump Mat which I typically use for Plyometrics. Reason being is I would start to slip on my carpet during all the Warrior Poses.
After my second round of P90X the Yoga X routine was starting to get a little easy. I became very stretchy. To make the workout a little harder I bought some yoga blocks.
From time to time I would get ambitious and do Yoga X and another workout like swimming, mountain biking, or running the same day. Typically I’d do Yoga X in the mornings of the days I played softball at night.
Giving Yoga X a chance some ten years ago was a good idea. Yoga has been a important part of my fitness ever since that first round. I occasionally do Yoga X but lean towards X2 Yoga because its only an hour versus an hour and a half.
P90X Kenpo X
During my first round of I really enjoyed Kenpo X. It was so much different than any workout I’ve ever done. Sweat was flying everywhere once I hit the thirty minute mark. And the last minute where you’re throwing jabs as fast as you can is fun.
What surprised me the most after a Kenpo X workout was how sore my upper back was the next day. The amount of punches you throw in a workout has to be near a thousand.
The variety of punches you throw include Upper Cuts, Jabs, and Hooks to name a few. And in most cases your boy Tony Horton has you doing them in a Horse Stance or moving from a punch into a kick. To make it more intense I started using weighted gloves, a weighted vest, or both.
After you have done Kenpo X a couple times you might not feel like you are getting much out of it. While it is a great workout, Kenpo X is designed to be a cardio / recovery workout. More or less something to keep the body moving and having fun as it comes at the end of the week after doing lots of hard resistance workouts.
All in all, P90X Kenpo X is a fun workout. My most memorable times were when I worked out with my brother or my friends. Since those first couple rounds I have rarely ever done Kenpo X nor have I thought about adding it to a hybrid workout.
P90X Core Synergistics
Most P90Xers dont know that much about this one. I have a lot of friends that have done the P90X workout from start to finish and have never done it once. The reason behind this is that its not in the routine manual until you get to doing the P90X doubles.
Its kind of a full body workout. Some of the moves you do are Staggered Push Ups, Banana Roll, Sphinx Push Up, Plank To Chatarunga Run, and Prison Cell Push Ups.
I really tried to like Core Synergistics during my first couple of rounds of P90X but I never did. There is something about total body workouts like this that don’t do it for me. Not once have I thought about adding it into a hybrid workout or just doing it for shits and giggles since those first three rounds a decade ago.
P90X Cardio X
The first time you see Cardio X is during the recovery week. And thats really the only time I’ve ever seen it. Its means to be a toned down Plyometrics mixed in with some lateral moves and push ups.
This is more of a fill in sort of workout and its more about getting the body moving instead of challenging the body. And thats why its used during the recovery weeks.
I was not really a fan of this workout during my first round and I replaced it with more Yoga and stretching during my second and third rounds. Not once have I done this workout since my first round and it hasn’t crossed my mind to do it randomly or to add it to a hybrid workout.
P90X Ab Ripper X
My abs were on fire the next day after every time I did Ab Ripper X during those first three rounds. Holy Crap was it hard. I have had some friends of mine call this “thigh burner x” because you do use your legs a lot.
And what really makes Ab Ripper X tough is it comes right after a workout like Chest & Back or Back & Biceps or Legs & Back. Those are demanding enough and here you go with 15 minutes of pure ab hell.
Thankfully you don’t do Ab Ripper after Plyometrics, Cardio X, Kenpo X, or Yoga X. Reason being is Tony says “you don’t work abs everyday.”
There are 11 different moves done during Ab Ripper X with each one consisting of 25 reps. And the name of those moves are:
In & Outs, Seated Bicycle, Seated Crunchy Frog, Crossed Leg Wide Leg Sit Up, Fifer Scissor, Hip Rock & Raise, Pulse Ups, V-Up Combo, Oblique V-Up, Leg Climb, and Mason Twist which is probably the hardest and of course it is the last.
Ab Ripper X on its own is tough but can be done well as you just didn’t exhaust yourself with an hour long resistance workout. And thats why from time to time I still do Ab Ripper X. Its that good of an ab workout.
It took me over 60 days to be able to finish the workout completely with good form after one of the resistance workouts. It has to be one of the top 3 Beachbody ab workouts ever created.
P90X 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. P90X X Stretch does not even come into play until the recovery week.
If you already do Yoga X than you are going to notice a lot of similarities. The main difference between the two is X Stretch does not include all of the “Warrior Poses” in Yoga X and is about 30 minutes shorter.
To be honest, I’ve only done X Stretch during my first two rounds of P90X. By the third round I decided to do stretching on my own time instead of following along with Tony. In most cases I’d rather do Yoga X again instead of X Stretch.
Not once has X Stretch made its way into a hybrid workout or just a random workout I’ve done in the past decade.
P90X Fitness Test
I never did the Fit Test. I went right into Day 1 and never looked back. Its also because there was no mention of the Fit Test on the calendars nor was there a disc titled “Fit Test” like how there is with Insanity.
It wasn’t til during the second round did I accidentally find the Fit Test written in the guide book and actually watch the “How To Bring It” dvd.
What Do You Need For The P90X Fitness Test?
- Heart Rate Monitor
- Body Fat Tester
- Tape Measure
- Chin-Up Bar
What Are The P90X Fitness Test Moves?
- Resting Heart Rate – If you don’t have a heart rate monitor than take your pulse by counting the beats on your neck or wrist for 30 seconds than multiply by 2.
- 10 Minute Warm Up – Jumping Jacks or a light jog in place. Enough to build up a sweat.
- Pull Ups – Do as many wide grip pull ups until failure. Men should be able to do 3 and women 1. If you can’t do any which is common for a lot of people than use resistance bands instead.
- Rest 1 Minute
- Vertical Leap – Put your arm straight up against a wall and record the height. Then take one step back and jump up. Record the differences between the two to get your vertical leap. Men should have a leap of at least 5 inches and 3 inches for women.
- Rest 4 Minutes
- Push Ups – As many as you can do to failure. Men should be able to do 15 and 3 for women.
- Rest 4 Minutes
- Toe Touch – Measure how far you can reach past (or not) past your toes. No less than minus 6 inches for men and women.
- Rest 4 Minutes
- Wall Squat – Record how long you can stay in a chair position pressed against the wall. Should be able to do at least 1 minute.
- Rest 4 Minutes
- Bicep Curls – Do as many front facing bicep curls as you can. Should want to select a weight you think you will max out at 10-15 reps. Men should be able to do 10 curls with 20 lbs and 10 curls with 8 lbs for women.
- Rest 3 Minutes
- In & Outs – Raise feet off the ground. Bring knees in towards your chest and then straighten them back out. Do as many as you can without touching the floor. Should be able to do at least 25.
- Rest 4 Minutes
- Heart Rate Maximizer – Jumping Jacks for 2 minutes non stop with the last 30 seconds being as fast as you can go. Record your heart rate immediately after, 1 minute after, 2 minutes after, 3 minutes after, and 4 minutes after. You should be able to complete the 2 minutes of jumping jacks.
Write all of your numbers down as you will record them on day 90 also. This is the best way to compare how far you’ve come with P90X. The Fit Test takes about 40 minutes to do.
What Is The Hardest P90X Workout?
- Chest & Back
- Back & Biceps
- Chest, Shoulders & Triceps
- Shoulders & Arms
- Legs & Back
- Yoga X
- Kenpo X
- Core Synergistics
- Cardio X
- Ab Ripper X – Only because its 15 minutes long.
- X Stretch
Can You Buy P90X In Stores?
No. Beachbody does not sell the P90X DVDs in retail stores. The only places you can buy P90X from is Beachbody.com or from a Beachbody Coach.
Can You Buy Used P90X DVDs?
Beachbody does not sell “used P90X DVDs”. The good news is its 2018 and nobody buys dvds anymore. With Beachbody On Demand being available you’re better off creating an account and following P90X along there.
If someone is giving the P90X DVDs away for free on Craigslist then go get it. You can sign up for a Free Beachbody Account and access the workout guides, workout sheets, calendars, etc. just as if you bought P90X from Beachbody.
How To Buy Replacement P90X DVDs?
If a P90X DVD is scratched or not working and you bought P90X from Beachbody or a Beachbody Coach within 30 days of purchasing then Beachbody will replace it for free. Sometimes Beachbody will replace broken discs within 90 days.
Beachbody doesn’t offer single P90X DVDs. You can however buy single workouts for $20 from the P90X One on One series or what used to be called Tony Horton’s One on One workouts.
The workouts are all done at Tony’s house hence the One on One title. The camera guy, Mason Bendewald (Mason Twists from Ab Ripper X) is the only other person in there. It’s a different setting than P90X without the cast members. Instead of trying to keep up with somebody in the background you now have to pace yourself against Tony.
Don’t have P90X Yoga X? Then get the “Fountain of Youth” or “Yoga MC:2”. Missing P90X Chest and Back? Then get “30/15 – Upper Body Massacre”. I have done the 30/15 workout and will say its one of the hardest workouts Tony has come out with.
Missing P90X Ab Ripper X? Then get “Killer Abs”. Thats one of my favorite ab workouts. Tony combines some of the Power 90 and Ab Ripper X moves into this one. Most of the workouts titled P90X One on One are actually P90X2 workouts.
With millions of before and afters posted all over the internet I think we can unequivocally say P90X works.
I have read stories of professional athletes to out of shape people to in shape people using P90X to get results. Some use it in the off season and some during the season.
Here it is 2018 and I have yet to hear someone who did all 90 days say P90X did not work for them.
Can Overweight People Do P90X?
Of course there are success stories but 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 the moves but that 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.
The Ultimate Reset gets you started on a 21 day eating plan that will probably drop 10+ pounds and inches everywhere off your body.
Power 90 workouts range from 20 – 35 minutes long and are not too tough. 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.
Can Bodybuilders and Powerlifters Get Results With P90X?
Well, I don’t do either of those workouts so of course I’m not going to look that way. That does not mean that P90X is weak by any means.
Recently I had the best comment ever left on my site. (This is him in the photo bench pressing.)
“thanks, Just a note. My beautiful girlfriend and I started p90x yesterday WOW, I am a competitive powerlifter 5′10 235lbs. I bench 430 lbs. deadlift 640lbs. also I have a 36″ waist I’m not one of those potbelied power guys, and after the workout yesterday not only was I sweating like a motherf#@$%^ but I puked, rather explosively. This program rules.”
Here is a guy who is three times as strong as me saying he’s getting his butt kicked with the P90X Chest and Back workout.
Another comment I received about a guy using only P90X to train for a bodybuilding contest.
Let me add…P90X if followed by the proper diet and supplement regiment on it’s own can and will get you ready for a bodybuilding contest(natural)on at least the local and state level. There is a guy who placed top 5 in the Mr. Trenton contest and trained at home with P90X and resistance cables only. He was however averaging 500 reps of pushups on the chest days and 200 reps on chins. Horton may not be ever popular among the “hard core” bodybuilding groups and maybe bodybuilders and powerlifters in general don’t agree with P90X. The program benefits everyone…that includes bodybuilders, strength trainers, MMA guys and fighters.
While P90X may not be the bodybuilding program that Body Beast is it does not mean people who lift heavy or are into bodybuilding can’t get results with it.
Can’t Do Pull Ups In P90X?
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. Here are some ways to get better at pull ups.
- Use A Chair
- Workout With A Friend
- Resistance Bands – Wrap one of Beachbody’s B-Lines resistance bands around the P90X chin up bar and do what Tony Horton tells the people in the workout to do.
- 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.
- 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.
How Much Space Is Needed For P90X?
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. I would say that this area is about 7″ x 10.” I did Plyometrics in another room with taller ceilings.
How To Get Started With P90X
- Read The P90X Workout Guidebook – Every time someone has asked me a question about P90X I replied with “did you read the guidebook?”
- Put Up The P90X Calendar – Don’t you want to know what workout you’re doing today?
- Read The P90X Meal Plan – The P90X 3 Phase Meal Plan is a beast. If you want to get P90X type results than follow that plan. Otherwise I’d recommend a Paleo way of eating like the Primal Blueprint.
- Follow the P90X Workout Schedule – Commit to a version of P90X (Lean, Classic, Doubles) for your first round and follow the schedule from Day 1 to Day 90. Don’t jump into a hybrid just yet.
- Schedule A Time To Workout – What really helped me during my first round was to schedule a time to workout. It takes 90 minutes from the time you set your area up to the time you put your stuff away to do a P90X workout. Don’t let things get into your workout time.
- Split Up The Workouts – Do the long P90X workout in the morning and then the 15 minute ab ripper at lunch or before you go to bed if you have to.
- 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?
- Do Another Round – I liked P90X so much that I did two more rounds. Yup, 3 consecutive rounds of P90X. My body changed the most during the first 90 days and not so much the following 2 rounds. My muscles were no longer confused and my reps peaked.
- Take A Break – Why did you do P90X in the first place? Lose weight? Get in shape for your upcoming sports season? Whatever your “it” was you now need to go out and do it. Steve Edwards, (who sadly passed in 2016) 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 that you need to use it for the purpose intended. Go out for a hike, mountain bike, swim, walk, run, and any other physical thing you like to do besides working out.
- Bodybuild – You might think of what you just did with P90X as bodybuilding. At the same time, bodybuilding will challenge your muscles to grow in a completely different way then what you did with P90X. How about doing Body Beast?
- Something New – The Insanity Workout was released after my third round of P90X and I moved onto it. 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?
Let’s take it a step further than “Do your best and forget the rest.”
- Take Breaks – Hit the pause button. Its cool. Everybody has.
- Do Half – Its better to do 30 minutes of a workout and move onto the next workout than nothing at all.
- Good Form – Focus on doing the move right with good form than just trying to get through a workout.
Can I Skip A Workout?
I play double header softball games during the week along with going for a bike ride and rounds of golf in the summer. And in the winter I’ll go skiing or snowboarding. Sometimes you need a day off.
If you are skipping P90X workouts make sure to eat healthy. Over 70% of your results with P90X 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.
Why Am I Not Seeing Results After 30 Days?
There are three simple reasons why you are not seeing results yet.
- You’re Not Following A 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 Meal 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 workouts then you are not going to see any results.
What Is The P90X Nutrition Plan?
- Phase 1 – P90X Fat Shredder: The P90X Nutrition Plan begins with higher protein in Phase 1. This helps you begin to shed fat quickly while simultaneously strengthening your muscles.
- Phase 2 – P90X Energy Booster: Taking your P90X nutrition to the next level, Phase 2 offers a balanced mix of carbohydrates and protein, and lower amounts of fat. You’ll get an extra energy boost for enhanced performance.
- Phase 3 – P90X Endurance Maximizer: To fuel your workouts in Phase 3, the P90X Nutrition Plan provides an athletic diet centered around complex carbohydrates and lean proteins.
My take on the P90X Nutrition Plan is it is overly complicated. It assumes you already know how to cook and are familiar with a lot of different ingredients. It also assumes you will set aside the time to make the meals after doing a 90 minute P90X workout.
I took a couple of looks at this behemoth of a recipe book and tried it a few times. Its not that I could not make a few things its that the meals are too complex.
Where Can I Get The P90X Fitness Guide?
1. Get a Free Beachbody Account.
2. Click Beachbody On Demand.
3. Click P90X.
4. Click Program Materials.
Not only will you find the worksheets, you’ll also see the Fit Test, Guide, and Calendar.
You will be able to print all of those out at anytime.
What Order Do You Do P90X In?
Its best to create a free Beachbody account first. Then click on the Beachbody On Demand link and then P90X. You’ll find all three calendars from each of the phases.
Over the years I have had a number of friends and coaches share their P90X results with me. All of the before and afters you see below were done following the P90X Classic routine.
Contact Anastasia McCune at her Transformation Workout website.
Contact Gianni Licari at PhattyFit or his coach website to talk about his P90X results.
You can contact Mark Heupel at his Coach Website to talk about his P90X results or flying helicopters for the Coast Guard.
P90X Halloween Costume
In 2011 my buddy Joe showed up as me for Halloween. Being that it is me who was really into P90X and the whole Beachbody Coach thing. Its funny because Joe was the one who introduced me to P90X.
He called my girlfriend and asked her to swipe my P90X T-Shirt and give it to him when he showed up at the house. For the entire night he went around telling every body that he was Beachbody Coach Brad Gibala.
Before showing up at the party he went to a Kinkos and made a flier to give to people to read along with as he read it out loud.
To prove to everybody he was committed to being a Beachbody Coach, Joe (me) would drop down and do push ups after getting done talking to somebody.
Even better was while talking to somebody he would do bicep curls with a resistance band. He even drank water through out the night.
The next morning Joe said he must have done over 200 push ups and 150 bicep curls. Its tough work being me.
Is There A P90X Affiliate Program?
There are actually a couple options here. And there is no P90X affiliate program. Beachbody, the company who made P90X has an affiliate program. How it works is you get a 10% commission on any sales you refer. Currently the program is administered by Viglink.
What I would encourage those who are looking to make money with P90X to do is what I did and sign up as a Beachbody Coach.
This is a Multi Level Marketing (MLM) or sometimes called Network Marketing program. Its not like a traditional affiliate programs where you sign up for free, put a couple banners on your health/fitness related website and when people click on the banners and buy something you get a commission.
As a Beachbody Coach you get a 25% commission on each product you sell and you get to keep the customer. This is vastly superior to the regular Beachbody affiliate program.
I cover more at my Beachbody Coach Business Opportunity post.
The good news is you don’t have to do that anymore with Beachbody On Demand.
You can view P90X and every other Beachbody workout online whenever you want for $99 a year ($8.33 a month) or semi annual for $60. There is even a 14 day free trial.
If you still really want the ability to download P90X than there is good news. With your Beachbody On Demand membership you can download the P90X files to your phone, laptop, computer, etc. and view them offline with an encryption key that Beachbody gives you.
As long as you keep your Beachbody On Demand subscription active than you can view them offline.
Ten Years Later
I think about how much my life has changed since 2007 when a friend told me he was doing P90X to get into shape for basic training for Marines Officer Candidate School.
He told me I should buy P90X, 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.
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 definitely got me out of my fitness comfort zone and it brought my base fitness level way up.
I cannot say for sure if I will do another round of P90X but as I approach 40 years old I probably should as Tony Horton was 45 when P90X was released. Hopefully I’ll be able to hang with him when I’m 45.
If I decide to do another round of P90X I’ll document it here.