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P90X

The program has been devised by Beachbody LLC, a fitness company based in California that has created some of America’s most popular in-home fitness programs and weight loss solutions. It would appear that the P90X fitness program is their leading product, based upon general media publicity and marketplace response.

At the request of customers of the original P90 fitness program, P90X (short for P90 Extreme, as it is sometimes also called) is a program devised by renowned celebrity fitness trainer Tony Horton, and is essentially based upon a series of 12 DVD fitness workouts, which in combination are designed to transform the body over a period of 90 days.

Assisting Horton in the development of the P90X program were nutrition specialist, educator and chef Carrie Watt, fitness and nutrition expert Mark Sisson, while Mason Bendewald and Ned Farr managed the creative production side of the product.

The basis of the program is what Horton calls Muscle Confusion (TM), a concept of constantly introducing the body to new moves and workout routines (so-called cross-training), so that the muscles never experience a plateau effect (ie. where the muscles adapt to – and get used to – certain exercises over time) and to keep the user motivated.

To understand more about the program’s patented Muscle Confusion concept, visit the official P90X website and click on any of the 12 workout image thumbnails, via the link at the top of this page.

The 12-set DVD package is reportedly an intense and rigorous training program and is complemented by a nutrition plan, a fitness plan, calendar and free online support tools to assist in implementing the program successfully.

Through this technique of muscle confusion, P90X claims to be able to deliver best results: an evenly fit and healthy physique which has been thoroughly worked out in a well-balanced manner.

The program claims to assist those who are seeking to simply become fitter and leaner, and also those whose fitness is already established and want to build muscle.

P90X has been on the market since 2004 and is to date Beachbody’s best-selling product after years of positive word-of-mouth and heavy rotation via infomercial TV advertising. It is proving to remain one of the most popular fitness programs in the in-home fitness marketplace (source: Beachbody).

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

As stated above, the P90X fitness program is essentially a series of 12 fitness DVDs, with each one targeting different skills and muscles. Most of the workouts are around one hour in duration, although the abdominal workout (Ab Ripper X) is performed after six of the DVD workouts, which adds approximately 15 minutes to each routine concerned.

To read more specific information about the Ab Ripper X routine, follow this link: P90X Ab

Therefore, if the consumer is prepared to set aside one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes per day, the program may be implemented.

The P90X 12 workout DVDs are outlined as follows:

  • 01 Chest and Back A strength/definition workout emphasizes 2 classic upper-body exercises (53 mins)
  • 02 Plyometrics An intense jump-training cardio routine proven to improve athletic performance (58 mins)
  • 03 Shoulders and Arms A combination of pressing, curling and fly movements to build strength (60 mins)
  • 04 Yoga X Combines strength, balance, flexibility and breath work to enhance physique and mind (92 mins)
  • 05 Legs and Back A workout based on squats, lunges and pulls for a total body workout (59 mins)
  • 06 Kenpo X A workout including punching and kicking for endurance, balance and coordination (59 mins)
  • 07 X Stretch Achieve a higher level of athleticism over time and prevent injuries and plateaus (57 mins)
  • 08 Core Synergistics Build and support multiple muscle groups to build and support the body core (58 mins)
  • 09 Chest, Shoulders and Triceps A routine that targets both large and small upper body muscles (56 mins)
  • 10 Back and Biceps Targets biceps and focuses on toning and tightening arm muscles (51 mins)
  • 11 Cardio X Low-impact cardio, fat-burning routine that is designed to assist lean body muscle (43 mins)
  • 12 Ab Ripper X An intense short workout designed to develop the abdominal muscles (abs) (16 mins)

Each of these workout routines is explained in detail via a short video presented by Horton himself, should the consumer have questions prior to any possible purchase of the product.

To access these videos, visit the official P90X website and click on any of the 12 workout image thumbnails on the home page, via the link at the top of this page.

As stated above, the DVDs are complemented by a comprehensive nutrition plan which the makers of the product claim is as important in achieving success as using the fitness workouts themselves.

According to Horton, the nutrition plan has been designed to operate in tandem with the P90X routines, and aims to provide the perfect combination of foods to satisfy the body’s energy needs while the user is applying the program.

The nutrition plan is essentially a 3-phase eating plan, and can be summarized as follows:

  • Phase 1: Fat Shredder A high protein-based diet designed to assist the user strengthen muscle while at the same time rapidly shedding fat from the body
  • Phase 2: Energy Booster A balanced mix of carbohydrates and protein with a reduced amount of fat to provide additional energy for performance
  • Phase 3: Endurance Maximizer An athletic diet of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and lower fat, with an emphasis on more carbohydrates

To read more about the nutrition plan, visit the official P90X website via the link at the top of this page.

PRODUCT RESEARCH

Based upon our online research of this product, the following pros and cons can be fairly established:

Pros

  • the product appears to be extremely well-received in the marketplace (see Customer Testimonials below)
  • Muscle Confusion concept has proven very popular and convincing with users
  • excellent program for weight loss, general fitness and muscle toning/definition
  • cheaper than hiring a personal trainer or gym membership
  • may assist with reducing cholesterol (see Success Stories video – David C.)
  • accompanying guides are designed to carry the user through the program with relative ease
  • nutrition plan contains recipes and shopping lists that are easy to follow
  • recipes contain nutritional information
  • also ideal for women (P90X allows the individual to use the routines to achieve any preferred physique…
  • women need not fear looking like a bodybuilder or bulky (see Success Stories videos – Amanda B., Katie V.)
  • ideal for women who want to achieve their pre-baby body again (see Success Stories video – Jill W.)
  • only equipment needed (strictly) are dumb-bells and chin-up bar
  • some users report better results than the gym (see Success Stories video – Rod M.)
  • excellent online support via Beachbody Message Boards for user motivation and assistance
  • considered to be a very solid and comprehensive fitness program routine by users
  • proven-to-work fitness program (assuming standard user commitment)
  • appropriate routines to achieve general health and fitness
  • product provided with full 100% 90-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • definitely not for everyone (designed for those who are already in what Horton calls decent shape)…
  • quite strenuous and may not be suitable for the severely overweight
  • unsuitable for those with pre-existing injury (too intense)
  • meal plan is considered by some to be restrictive (note: diet flexibility depends on user)
  • due to low carbohydrate intake in Phase 1, some users may experience initial fatigue
  • possibly too expensive for some users (3-part payment plan of $39.95USD each, totalling $120USD)
  • normal delivery time is 2 to 3 weeks (therefore patience required)

To assist potential consumers of this product, PX90 Reviews has published a separate page to help determine whether the P90X fitness program is suitable for them. To read more, follow this link:Is P90X For You?

CRITIQUE

As stated above, the product has been very well-received in the marketplace since it’s launch in 2004. Most users have experienced very satisfying results, judging by the overall positive word-of-mouth and many customer reviews provided by Beachbody and other sources.

From our research, it seems the essential question regarding the product is not the effectiveness of the program, that is – as to whether it works or not (most users claim satisfying results – see Pros above, Customer Testimonials and Feedback below and Success Stories on the official website), but rather the pre-physical condition an aspiring user must be in, in order to satisfactorily and successfully implement the program.

This is simply due to the intense nature of the fitness workout and schedule.

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