For just 3 payments of $39.95 plus $19.95 shipping, you can go from regular to ripped in 90 days from home. Results may vary.
The makers of P90x would have you not pay attention to the bold or italicized text, but looking beyond the type, does P90x really make you ripped? I think it can, if you’re “regular” as their website tosses in the slogan. If you’ve seen the before pictures from testimonials on the infomercial, regular means relatively skinny but not muscular. Definitely not a lot of flab on the participants though so if you think this program is going to burn off your fat in 90 days, it won’t.
The problem with P90x (like so many other programs) is the infomercial portrays the workouts as being fun and centers around an empty gym-like area with 5 in-shape people completing very challenging exercises requiring coordination, strength, and flexibility. In real life, you’re going to get a set of DVDs and not that much space to workout in. You’ll probably give up after 10 or 15 minutes because your version will feel nothing like that portrayed on TV.
The good aspect of p90x is all they’re asking you to have is a chin-up bar and a set of dumbells. The workout also contains concepts (strength, cardio, flexibility) that will work to get you in shape. Their go to premise of muscle confusion is spot on, but save yourself the $140 plus expenses and selectively make your own workout to get in shape over the next 90 days from the web and for free.
If you’re serious enough about a 90 day plan, take this basic outline and add in ideas from YouTube and other fitness sites on different exercises you can use.
4-day weeks with 1 hour for each workout
Take Monday, Thursday and Sunday off (or days with the same space apart)
Day 1: 15 minute abs, 20 minute run, 10 minute pushups, 15 minute stretching
Day 2: 25 minute fight cardio (punch, kick, jump, etc.), 10 minute stretch, bike or other cardio for 25 minutes
Day 3: 15 minute abs, 15 minute pushups, 15 minutes running, 15 minutes stretching
Day 4: 20 minute fight cardio, 10 minute abs, 15 minute cardio, 15 minute stretch
Within these parameters, challenge yourself to find new and diverse ways of working out. For stretching, seek out Yoga to stretch your muscles out completely and make your body more limber and stronger. For abs, seek out at least 10 different ways to work your upper and lower stomach and obliques. Also, incorporate some back exercises to strengthen your overall core.
As far as cardio exercise, don’t just rely on straight running, jogging, or walking. Try backwards running, lateral dashes where you touch the ground, sprints, interval runs, cycling, swimming, stair stepper, and other similar exercises. With push-ups, work on endurance, explosiveness, and other muscles within the push-ups like shoulders, triceps, and biceps. To do this, alter hand position, how far your hands are spread apart, your foot elevation, and movement while you do the push-ups.
When you incorporate the fight cardio, be creative. There are any number of fight combinations and routines that will not only get your heart beating, but also build strength and coordination.
If any exercise is too difficult for you right now, just modify the exercise. For example, if you aren’t ready for a full push-up yet, do the push-ups on your knees and gradually move them further away from your body as you get stronger. If you can’t do sit-ups with perfect form, try laying flat on your back and just touching your toes.
The P90x will work, but so will your own home workout minus all the money.
Here is an example of a “regular” body:
Reviews on the Internet are positive in favor of P90x for the simple fact that everything is laid out in front of you (so you don’t have to do the planning yourself). However, this is no easy program and does require you challenge yourself – as would any other workout that worked.
Here is an example of someone that has made noticeable progress: