- Beachbody P90X: Tony Horton’s 90-Day Extreme Home Fitness Workout DVD Program
- I Failed P90x and Here’s What You Can Learn From My Experience
- The P90x workout schedule isn’t for everyone
- We all need to work at our own pace and that may not be the P90x schedule.
- You won’t always hit a home run
- Tony Horton Introduces New P90X iPhone App
- P90X 1.7.5
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Beachbody P90X: Tony Horton’s 90-Day Extreme Home Fitness Workout DVD Program
I wanted to wait until I finished Day 60 before I do this review and now that it’s done, here’s what I think.
Just for comparison to people thinking of purchasing this program, I’m a 36 year old asian male, 5’11 tall, 198.6 pounds before I started P90X.
At Day 30 I’m at 187.2 pounds, yes, I lost more than 10 pounds in 30 days and my considerably round belly is halfway gone, chest and arms forming muscles.
At Day 60 I’m at 181.6 pounds and my belly is mostly gone with signs of abs showing up, my arms clearly shows muscle growth and my back is looking nice.
I just started the last 30 days of the program but I got to tell you that P90X, simply WORKS, that is, if you COMMIT to it.
I have to tell you that the exercises in P90X range from fairly easy to merciless, it is really designed to push you. BUT do not let that deter you from considering this program. When I started my first week, I can barely keep up, I was only able to do 20 minutes of each workout, especially the strength training. I was so out of shape that I was breathing so hard just after 15 minutes and really struggling with the strength training, BUT I committed to it and after week 3 I noticed it is getting easier to breath and was able to keep up and I was so happy when I was able to finish one whole 60 min. session. And I kept at it.
Each DVD is 60 minutes long, 10 minutes of warm-up and cool down and 50 minutes of workout. Tony Horton shows you proper technique and tons of tips on how to do each exercise properly. For each exercise, there is also a modified move which they show for people who are just starting, these modified moves really helped me out during the first few weeks.
Another thing I just love about this program is how Tony keeps saying, Don’t be a hero, if you feel your legs buckling, arms aching and losing proper form, STOP, you have reached your limit, get some rest or move on to the next one. He also recommends extending the breaks in between sets if you need to. These words from him always reminds you that it’s good that you are committing to this program but don’t kill yourself doing it, and that it’s okay to get some rest and not feel bad about it.
Equipment wise, I found that all you really need is a good set of resistance bands with the door attachment so it will serve as your pull-up and chin-up exercise equipment as well as other strength training exercises. That’s what I have been using since day 1 and it still gives me a good workout. Just keep adding those bands together as you get stronger to get more resistance. But if you do have a pull-up bar and a set of weights already, then by all means use them.
Now, DIET. The product includes a diet program you can follow. But this I DIDN’T do, but I still got results. All I did was watch my calorie intake and did my best not go over the limit. Another thing is to try to keep away from soda and pastries. I still do the occasional cheating but it’s still best to minimize it.
So there it is. Remember, you have to COMMIT to this program and give it your all. Do not do the exercise just for the sake of doing it. You have to give it your best, if Tony tells you to do a jab and uppercut combination, do EACH SINGLE one with as much intensity as you can. That is the only way you’ll succeed through this program and get great results. Do not listen to naysayers about this program, the only reason it didn’t work for them is because they didn’t give it their all and just plain gave up. Commitment applies to everything in life doesn’t it? If you want to get better at something, you have to commit to it.
Hope this review helped. I can’t wait to see the results when I finally finish the last 30 days.
I Failed P90x and Here’s What You Can Learn From My Experience
A few years ago I spent about $150 on the entire P90x DVD set. This included all the DVDs, nutrition guide, the official protein powder and a set of workout resistance bands. The late night informercials finally convinced me that I was going to look like Tony Horton and all the successful “beach body” people in just 90 days. Spoiler alert: I failed P90x.
Once my package of death (I mean, P90x package) arrived I had all the tools at my fingertips to get in amazing shape and become a much healthier person.
I only made it to P33x.
The P90x workout schedule isn’t for everyone
When I popped the first DVD in, starting my P90x workout schedule, I expected to start at P1X; Day one.
Something really simple and really doable on Day One, right?? Instead, I was met with a full-blown 52 minute chest and back workout, that included a 6 minute warmup. By the end of the warmup I was drenched in sweat and I felt like my heart was going to explode (not a good sign).
I knew at that moment, on just Day One, I was out of shape and was going to be fighting a painfully impossible up-hill battle.
While Tony Horton and all the other incredibly beautiful people in his workout videos were in great shape, I was not.
I will give credit to Tony Horton. Throughout every single workout video, he tells you to “do your best and forget the rest.” He shows you exercises you can do if you can’t do pull-ups, push-ups, whatever. It seems like he tries to talk to people who are incredibly out of shape and give them hope and inspiration.
So I stuck with Tony and his P90x workout schedule. For 33 grueling days, I shoved DVD after DVD into the black box on my TV stand, and I did my “best” and tried my hardest to “forgot the rest.”
Only, my best never got to be good enough. And during every single punishing minute of every workout all I could think about was the rest.
I spent 33 days trying my hardest to keep up with Tony and the other people in his workout videos, only to feel like I wasn’t good enough every single day. After that 33rd day, I finally gave up. It was after the stupid “Ab Ripper X” workout. I remember it like it was yesterday. I stopped mid “Crunchy Frog,” turned off my TV, tossed my remote aside in disgust, collapsed on the floor and threw in my sweaty towel on P90x.
For many of us, this is the same experience we have with things associated with our businesses.
Maybe you’re just getting started and you feel completely overwhelmed or you’re an existing business and you feel like you’re stuck climbing never-ending uphill battles.
We all need to work at our own pace and that may not be the P90x schedule.
One thing that always killed me with P90x was that I felt like I was constantly behind. I was never doing enough reps of an exercise. I had to take frequent breaks while Tony and his crew moved on to another exercise I could barely do. Eventually I skipped large portions of the workouts because I felt so defeated. I don’t think the pause button on my remote ever got so much use.
In business you can feel the same way. Maybe you’ve laid out a specific launch plan or marketing strategy? As soon as you dive in (P1X) you find yourself overwhelmed, intimidated and hating the experience. All you want to do is quit.
If you’re trying to model your business after a successful business in your space, it can feel impossible. If you’re just trying to keep your current business afloat with new approaches or strategies, it often feels like nothing is working.
This is the problem with trying to work at someone else’s pace, using someone else’s tips, tactics and whatnot. You need to understand who you are and in what environment you work the best. Just because something worked for another business doesn’t mean it will work for you.
Does it have the chance to? Sure. But if you’re not comfortable with the pace of whatever it is you’re working on, you’re never going to stick with it.
Just because another business or person can do something the P90x way, doesn’t mean that’s the only way it can be done. Take the bits and pieces you like, if any, and apply them to your own work. You definitely don’t want to get discouraged and give up.
As I mentioned, I only ended up doing P33x of P90x. I realized I could do much easier (and less time consuming) workouts and still see results. The process of starting P90x, while not my favorite experience ever, did lead me to successfully getting back in shape in my own way and at my own pace.
You won’t always hit a home run
I’m not even a baseball fan, but I completely understand the sport, and I know players won’t always hit home runs (maybe if they did, I’d actually like it?).
Sometimes they only hit triples. Sometimes they only hit doubles. Sometimes they only hit singles. Heck, sometimes they even bunt the ball. Triples, doubles, singles, and bunts are perfectly acceptable outcomes when a batter stands at home plate. The only thing they need to avoid is striking out (or never stepping up to bat at all).
When I watched the P90x videos, and I certainly did a lot of watching while catching what seemed like my last dying breath, it felt like I was watching a bunch of home run hitters. No one struggled like me. I simply couldn’t relate to the people on screen that were supposed to inspire me.
What you don’t want to do with your business, the promotion of your next product or service, or your next marketing strategy is strike out.
Yes, you might swing and miss on a few things here and there, but you should be able to learn from your mistakes without moving so quickly in the process that you’re bound to repeat them.
Timelines will change and that’s okay.
I completely understand the structure of P90x and how it works. The problem is that not everyone is wired like Tony Horton and his band of merry fitness freaks (er… merry men and women).
Because I felt so discouraged in the beginning and still felt discouraged on Day 33, I didn’t think 90 days would be realistic for me and I gave up. In business, it’s easy to set goals and milestones, but it’s nearly impossible to hit them perfectly. There will ALWAYS be things that come up and delay the process. Knowing this ahead of time and not handcuffing yourself to these things will keep you sane and able to deal with adversity when (not if) it comes.
I also never felt like I was celebrating the small victories in P90x. I only ever felt behind. With your business, you should appreciate and enjoy the small successes that come your way. You should embrace the journey to reach your bigger goals and not loathe every single sweaty moment of the process.
Taking some action is better than taking no action.
Doing P90x led me to creating my own workout and nutrition plan that worked for me.
Had I not made the commitment to at least try P90x, I never would have given up at it and tried something else.
I guess I do have to thank Tony Horton’s abs for that.
We all have fears and feelings of resistance when it comes to our businesses. The key is trying to mitigate those thoughts and feelings. To understand that they exist in our minds and to push past them and at least do something.
Whether you’re just getting started or have a huge plan of attack, the best thing to do is start. From there you can analyze and adjust as you go. You will make mistakes, hit bumps in the road and eventually start to see success.
Tony Horton Introduces New P90X iPhone App
I’ve loved the P90X Workout (and its creator Tony Horton) ever since it came out. But Tony and I had a fundamental problem in our relationship from the start. He was a home-workout kind of guy, and I’m definitely a gym girl. We were able to smooth over the rough patches at first, but as our love grew (or my love for P90X), it got harder and harder. I need my friends! I need all the equipment! And both are at the gym. What I really need is Tony at my gym. And thanks to the new P90X iPhone app ($4.99 in the iTunes app store, no Android version yet), now I can have that too!
The P90X app has every workout from the original plan (don’t forget, P90X 2 comes out in one month!), and it even allows you to follow the classic or lean programs, tracking your workouts and logging your nutrition on your phone. You can set reminders and the app will text (nag) you if you haven’t checked in by a certain time. You have the option of reading the names of the exercises-a step down from using the booklet, as the booklet contains descriptions and the app doesn’t-or you can buy the video for each workout for an additional $6.99 each. Once you’ve bought the video, Tony times you and leads you through each exercise, just like he does at home. (Sans corny jokes, unfortunately.)
The P90X app has every feature of the full program for a fraction of the cost, so it’s a fabulous deal if you can handle doing an entire workout staring at your tiny phone screen. The original P90X program will cost you about $140 right now, but even if you buy every single workout within the app, you’ll still only spend about $60. Personally, I think the app is best suited for people who have the program already and want the flexibility of doing the workouts anywhere and just need a reminder of what move comes next.
Give it a try-Tony gives you the Ab Ripper and his fitness assessment for free once you’ve bought the P90X app, and those alone are worth the five bucks!
- By Charlotte Andersen
Even the P90X yoga workout is intense: It’s 90 minutes long, and quite challenging, especially to those not accustomed to yoga.
The P90X system is based on the concept of “muscle confusion,” which means varying the workout schedule and introducing new moves so the body never fully adapts. This is similar to the periodization techniques athletes use to get their bodies in top condition. It also has a basis in science; research suggests that workout programs that offer variation bring greater benefits than those that do not.
What this means is that over the 90-days of the P90X program, you’ll change your weekly workout schedule every 3-4 weeks. You can also tailor your routine to the kind of results you want – focusing more on strength, cardio, or going the super-intense “Doubles” route of two workouts in a day.
The classic P90X program involves 13 weeks of alternating the three following weekly routines.
Weeks 1-3, and weeks 9 and 11:
- Day 1: Chest & Back and 16-minute Ab Ripper DVD
- Day 2: Plyometrics
- Day 3: Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper
- Day 4: Yoga
- Day 5: Legs & Back and Ab Ripper
- Day 6: Kenpo
- Day 7: Rest, or Stretching workout
Weeks 5-7, and weeks 10 and 12:
Weeks 4, 8, and 13:
- Day 1: Yoga
- Day 2: Core Synergistics
- Day 3: Kenpo
- Day 4: Stretch
- Day 5: Core Synergistics
- Day 6: Yoga
- Day 7: Rest or Stretching workout
To determine whether you’re capable of completing this regimen, Beach Body offers a fitness test on its web site. The test suggests minimum requirements for various exercises, such as push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups. If you don’t meet the criteria for P90X, Beach Body recommends that you begin with a less intense program, such as their Power 90 workout DVDs.
The P90X nutrition plan that accompanies the fitness DVDs has three phases you can follow at any time, based on your current fitness and nutrition level:
- Phase 1, the “Fat Shredder,” is a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fat.
- Phase 2, “Energy Booster,” calls for a more balanced mix of protein and carbohydrates, along with a small amount of fat.
- Phase 3,”“Endurance Maximizer,” has higher levels of complex carbs, a moderate amount of protein, and a small amount of fat.
P90X3 scheduling and tracking is now available!
P90X has evolved. The breakthrough workout program that revolutionized home fitness now has a companion app that lets you Bring It! on your iPhone , so you can get even more amazing results and work out with P90X anywhere. Keep track of your sets, reps, and weights, view your progress, log your nutrition, and share your results. With interactive features like these, you’ll stay motivated and accountable to get more out of P90X, P90X2 , and P90X3 than ever.
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Don t already own the P90X DVD program? With the P90X Official App, you can take advantage of an exclusive FREE SHIPPING offer on your purchase of the P90X DVD program when you buy it in the Beachbody Mobile Store, accessed through the App. Just tap on the MORE tab, then go to the Beachbody Store. This offer is for a limited time, so act fast!
You ll never have to sweat which workout is on deck each day. Select your program and your calendar simply auto-populates with the correct workouts. You can even schedule your own workouts, like running, hiking, swimming, and more.
Conveniently keep a record of your sets, reps, and weights as you complete each P90X, P90X2, and P90X3 DVD workout. You ll get customized progress reports at day 30, 60 and 90 to keep you motivated and help push through your plateaus to get more ripped than ever.
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Up for some friendly competition? Mark your success! Rack up achievement badges for accomplishments like meeting fitness goals, completing workouts, or even for working out on a Friday night! Then share your results and compete with your friends on Facebook , Twitter , email, and Game Center.
Want to do P90X workouts while travelling? At the gym? Outside? Within the P90X Official App, you can purchase Guided Workouts – versions of the P90X workouts designed specifically for the iPhone. They feature timed video demonstrations for every move, tips on form, and audio guidance from P90X trainer Tony Horton. For a limited time, try the P90X Fit Test and Ab Ripper X for FREE!
Guided Workout Prices:
P90X Fit Test FREE
Ab Ripper X FREE
All P90X Workouts Bundle $59.99
5 P90X Resistance Workouts Bundle $29.99
Chest & Back
Shoulders & Arms
Legs & Back
Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps
Back & Biceps
Chest & Back $6.99
Shoulders & Arms $6.99
Yoga X $6.99
Legs & Back $6.99
Kenpo X $6.99
X Stretch $6.99
Core Synergistics $6.99
Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps $6.99
Back & Biceps $6.99
Cardio X $6.99
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
P90X is a free trial software application from the Health & Nutrition subcategory, part of the Home & Hobby category. The app is currently available in English and it was last updated on 2011-11-08. The program can be installed on iOS.
P90X (version 1.7.5) has a file size of 81.58 MB and is available for download from our website. Just click the green Download button above to start. Until now the program was downloaded 376 times. We already checked that the download link to be safe, however for your own protection we recommend that you scan the downloaded software with your antivirus.
I do use a hrm even though it isn’t really set up to estimate calorie burn for weight lifting or any non-aerobic exercise. In my case, my HRM calorie burn tends to be more than fitbit credits and less than the exercise database would credit. I feel pretty safe using this since when I eat those calories it seems to work out about right in terms of results. The exercise database is based on METs for a certain activity adjusted for your weight. I think logging from the database should put you in the right ball park (and is quite possible my HRM underestimates since it isn’t actually aerobic exercise). Sadly, it seems the search function doesn’t work well for me. The database did have two intensities of weight training (light-to-moderate effort and vigorous effort), circuit training, light-to-moderate calisthenics and vigorous calisthenics. I often do either weights circuits or bodyweight circuits and have noticed “circuit training” and “vigorous calisthenics” give me the same calorie burn estimate (and looking at a MET chart they were listed the same on that chart). I would use one of those if you are taking no or minimal rests and can feel your heart rate/breathing increased from the workout. For ab work, leg lifts, etc I’d use calisthenics light to moderate effort. For heavy weight lifting with rests, I’d use vigorous effort lifting during the work portions. I sometimes will run my activity timer during strength training and pace during my rests. This results in it looking like I am more active during the rests as fitbit often doesn’t pick up a lot fo strength exercises so I can get an idea how long my work vs rest was when I look at the activity report steps view. This does not work for workouts where you do plyos or cardio drills during the rests though (it might but I would just log that type of workout as “circuit training”). I’ve done P90X original workouts but am not familiar with P90X 3, so this is just very general. With the original my fitbit liked the plyos and the martial arts cardio but not the strength, stretching or yoga workouts.
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A complete companion app for all your 90-day extreme fitness logging needs!
Keep track of your nutritional intake with the handy color-coded checklist, laid out according to your chosen workout phase and nutrition level. Includes water intake!
Tracks reps and weight for each individual exercise for most workouts, and overall progress for all workouts. Simply select a workout for a particular day, and all the exercises are set up for you; weights and reps are even filled in from the most recent data for that workout! And if you choose the wrong workout, all you have to do is long-press to delete!
Keep notes about your nutrition and workouts each day, and attach photos to each day’s journal entry to keep a visual record of your progress! Photos can be deleted at any time, and you can even email them to yourself (or anyone else)!
Review and edit any data for any day; fill in missed days and get caught up if you’ve already started the program. View progress graphs for any exercise, and email yourself a complete log of your activity at any time!
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