Does P90X Really Work?
Does P90X Really Work?
Yes. The end.
OK, it’s not really that simple. Although the popular program whose infomercials I can’t seem to avoid will get you in incredible shape, there are five things you should know before shelling out the $119.85 plus $19.95 shipping and handling for the program.
1. P90X is not for beginners.
Those just getting into fitness should not buy this program. Likewise for those who currently do only light daily activity, like walking or working up a small sweat on a stationary bike. P90X is meant for people who’ve already been following a fitness regimen that involves at least moderate cardio and strength training. The workouts are very intense and involve some advanced moves. Beginners are likely to injure themselves or just get incredibly frustrated with the program because they can’t keep up.
2. It’s time-consuming.
The program requires a time commitment of 60 to 90 minutes a day, six days a week. Can you just do parts of the workouts to save time? Of course, but then you can’t ask for your money back if you don’t get “absolutely ripped in 90 days.”
3. A nutrition plan is part of the program.
Don’t expect to follow your current diet unless you’re already eating pretty clean. A key component of P90X is a nutrition plan. But, in fairness, the infomercial doesn’t imply that “you can still eat what you want!” Fitness guru Tony Horton also tries to sell his supplements during the workouts, which can get a little annoying.
4. Additional fitness equipment is required.
You’ll need a pull up bar and resistance bands to perform some of the moves. For the pull up bar, I recommend the Door Gym. It’s one of those bars that don’t need to be screwed into walls or trim work. It really does go on and off your door jam in seconds and is extremely stable. You might want to give the similar-but-cheaper Iron Gym a try, but I can’t vouch for that one.
5. P90X is not a magic fitness potion.
P90X doesn’t contain any special fitness formulas or secrets. There’s nothing all that innovative or earth-shattering in the DVDs. What it does is map everything out for you and keep workouts diverse. And that’s great! Bottom line is it works and any exercise program that keeps you following it is the perfect exercise program for you. So, now that you’re aware of all P90X involves, if it’s attractive to you, go on out and get it!
–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
(Laura is a certified personal trainer and weight management consultant. Want to train with her? Visit Personal Training at Living Fit. Want to learn more about her? Visit the About page.)
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