P90X Review

Today marked the last day of my P90x/Turbofire/Running hybrid training plan.

Tony Horton’s Beachbody workout p90x has been in my workout collection for a while.

There has been a workout done here and there, but never the program in full from beginning to end. There were some workouts that I didn’t care for.  Like Kenpo – it’s just not my style.  So that’s why I opted for a hybrid with Turbofire (my soulmate workout).

I will come back and revisit p90x next year as I really enjoyed it. Even though Tony is a bit of a dag/dork, his dad humor is one of the reasons I like it.

P90x does require you to have some gear. While I did have some bands, and a few free weights, I knew that a pull-up bar would be something I would need if I wanted to work on that chin-up/push-up goal.

P90x Workouts

  1. Chest & Back
  2. Plyometrics
  3. Shoulders & Arms
  4. Yoga X
  5. Legs & Back
  6. Kenpo
  7. X Stretch
  8. Core Synergistics
  9. Chest, Shoulders & Triceps
  10. Back & Biceps
  11. Cardio X
  12. Ab Ripper X

You also get your workout schedule, the fitness guide, and workout sheets.
It’s really important to use the workout sheets, so you can see how you are progressing.

P90x Thoughts

Strength training brings me joy, with actual weights. Bands, while good for travel, are awful.

I had this same hatred problem when I tried Chalean Extreme (aka CLX) at the start of the year.  However, I found it less annoying with the bands with P90X than with CLX.

If your budget allows, then invest in free weights or adjustable weights to do this workout.

On a side note, I only just purchased adjustable weights (yes right at the very end of my p90x program), as I was not financially able to afford them previously.  They are a fantastic investment.  Mine go from 2.5kg to 24kg.  I don’t exactly see myself using the 24kg however if I ever need it it’s there.  And for the price I got them for, I’m not complaining. 

One of the workouts is a 90-minute yoga workout. While I do enjoy my yoga, this one is a little long for a home workout.

When this workout would come up in my calendar I would break it up into two 45-minute sessions. Doing the first half in the morning, and then completing the rest of the workout in the afternoon or early evening.

Stretch X while a shorter workout, you will benefit more from Yoga X holistically.

The hidden gem of a workout in this program was Core Synergistics. Did I believe Tony when he said, “it may become your favourite workout”? No, because Kenpo sucked. Yet I did it and was pleasantly surprised.

Doing a core workout for 1 hour was more enjoyable than doing a 10-20 minute abdominal work, tacked on to the end of the session.

Ab Ripper X is intense (well that’s what I found at least).  If you find it too hard, then do P90 ab 100 or P90M ab 200.  I’m not going to lie, I did, I also did Turbofire ab10 or Nike Training Club abs or core instead.
Alternatively just don’t do as many reps, and then work up to the full 15-20 reps.

So if you are looking for a STRENGTH workout to do at home, then I would recommend P90X (it is also p90x2 but I haven’t tired that so I can’t comment on that yet).

The reason I have strength in capitals is that it is predominately a strength workout with cardio on the side.

If you are looking for a cardio workout with strength on the side, then P90X is not for you.

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