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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Here is what people are saying about this in the PEERtrainer Community:
What Is P90X?
"This is a complete exercise and nutrition program designed to get you in shape and lose weight. In order to do so however, you have to follow a very, very regimented program. I got the dvd’s to supplement my exercise program and while I am in pretty good shape, some of them are pretty tough. If you can’t pass the fitness test, I would not bother spending your money since you will quickly give up on them. The DVDs are hard, but doable. Also, you can just pause or rest during them if you need to."
What Should I Know Before I Start P90X?
"I have P90x and I love it, that being said there are a few things that you should know before you go out and spend the money (and it is expensive).
1. You need to already be a good shape to start there is a fitness test in the book that you get to make sure that you are even ready to start. (yes its that hard)
2. You will need weights or bands and keep in mind that the stronger you get the more you will need, a chinup bar, a yoga mat and yoga blocks if you aren't good at yoga
3. You will need to be able to work out 7 days a week some days more than an hour.
4. You will need plenty of space
5. You will need lots of motivation (it is as hardcore as it looks)
If these things sound doable to you than by all means try P90x because its awesome and you will see results and feel so much stronger. "
P90X Success Stories:
"i am currently in the second month of p90x. the first month i lost 19 lbs. checkout beachbody.com for more info. i assure you this video workout is great for those who want to achieve overall fitness and durability.
there are 3 workout plans to follow, they all consist of 90 days. obviously changing my diet has also helped me drop 19lbs. "
How Much Is P90X and Who Makes It?
P90x is made by a company called Beachbody. They have an excellent reputation for creating products that people love. They have a long track record creating things that catch people's attention, but also that they actually do.
The P90X Nutrition Program:
"The nutrition program is fine if you know little about it, but its pretty basic. It does however tell you what to eat if you want to lose weight. . . veg, fruit, chick, salmon, duh. . . it does lay it out for you so like I said its good if you are new to this game. If you follow the program, you create a pretty hefty calorie deficit while working out probably a lot more than you are used to . . if you are stressed or busy, this may or may not be and additional burden in your life"
How Do I Get The Best Deal On P90X?
With a company like Beachbody, they have a very high marketing budget, and like any company, they have to get the word out. Which means their margins aren't as high as you might think, which limits their ability to offer deals.
That said, take a look at their website
and see if they are offering any sort of deal. We will reach out to the company and see if there is anything they can offer PEERtrainer members.
Is P90X Anything Like Turbo Jam or Hip Hop Abs?
All the products are made by the same company, Beachbody. Turbo Jam has been out for a while and has been very popular on PEERtrainer. Hip Hop abs is newer. Both products are focused more on cardio. P90X will help you build muscle and lose some weight, while Turbo Jam and Hip Hop abs will focus more on weight loss. In fact, some people complain about having a hard time losing weight on P90X. The following links can help you find Turbo Jam and Hip Hop Abs for the best price and are better than any coupon:
in my second recovery week before the third phase of the lean program. i did substitute 2 kenpo days for a 4 hour hike and a hour of a boxing class, otherwise it's been all P90X. i've lost a total of 22 pounds since january 1st. my 90 days will be april 4th. i plan on joining the local boxing gym for a month and then get back on the P90X. will probably try the classic program as well as the P90X plus.
Posted by: t | 02/25/2009 at 12:52 PM
I have just started the P90x and was wondering will it help me loose weight I would I be better off sticking to my elliptical?
Posted by: Ann | 01/25/2010 at 11:53 PM
If you want to purchase the P90X Extreme Home Fitness System for yourself, the best place to begin is online. Many Internet sites-such as http://www.p90x-buying.com, for example-have great pricing($59.99) and shipping discounts, as well. Even with the shipping cost, you could end up paying less than you would in a local store.
Posted by: p90x dvds | 07/12/2010 at 10:11 PM
Boyfriend's sister is on the P90 x and simply put her body looks fantastic. She was a much bigger woman and there is absolutely no comparison in her body. If you want a hardcore workout, P90 is right for you.
Posted by: csutherland | 01/08/2011 at 02:31 AM