People in the PEERtrainer community seem to be very positive about the P90X workout program. They have started support groups around following the program. Generally it is hard to generate enthusiasm about a product. We went to the P90X website and found this interesting description of what it is:
"The secret behind the P90X system is an advanced training technique called "Muscle Confusion," which accelerates the results process by constantly introducing new moves and routines so your body never plateaus, and you never get bored!"
There is no question that the marketing behind P90X has been masterful. Additionally, the program itself makes a lot of sense in terms of targeting different muscles in different ways.
However, the big issue here is the intensity and time commitment. If you did any exercise for an hour or more per day, every day, it is likely you'd be getting some results? Of course you would.
It is also likely that your level of commitment to this level of workout intensity would fade after time. This does not mean that one cannot get great results and motivation from a program like P90X. It's just that you have to put it into the proper context.
If you are the kind of person who can follow instructions and likes new things, the odds are that P90X will help you.
But if you are looking for a longer term solution to getting fit, you are going to have to find things that are sustainable. A great alternative to something like P90X is burst training. Burst training is simply when you do short bursts of exercise several times a week.
Burst training mimics the natural sports and activities that we do normally in our lives. Sports like tennis and skiing are classic examples of burst training. Short spurts of activity, followed by periods of rest.
These sports are also much more enjoyable for most of us, which will result in a higher likelihood of us doing them for the long haul.
If you are thinking about P90X, you have to realize that the central issue here is to figure out how you get the motivation to exercise. Different people respond to different methods. In our view, one of the biggest factors in getting motivated is to first address any physical pain that you may be in.
If you are out of balance and have muscle and joint pain, there is no chance you are going to do P90X or any other exercise, no matter how good it is for you. At PEERtrainer we have put together a short guide to help you get out of pain. We call it PEERtrainer Fitness Fusion, and you don't have to download anything or enter your email. It will help give you some simple exercises that will help you feel a lot better over time.
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