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P90X Explained

A Reader's Adventure in Exercise: P90, Whaa?

The OnSugar blog Fit90X explains the hows and whys of the P90X exercise phenomenon.

If you've never heard of P90X ($140), then you probably don't pay that much attention to fitness. P90X is an insanely popular home workout system that bases its program on "muscle confusion," so you never plateau. The series comes complete with 12, one-hour-long discs — ranging from plyometrics to yoga — to whip your body into shape in record time: 90 days. And in case you haven't noticed, it's extreme. Says so on the box. But in all seriousness, check out Amazon — there are nearly 600 reviews, and it maintains a rating of 4.5 stars (412 reviews give a full 5-star rating). Numbers like that don't lie.

Check YouTube — there are pages and pages of results videos; devotees exclaiming their love for the product beside a slideshow of pics at day 1, 30, 60, and 90 (usually accompanied by a heavy metal soundtrack), all of which relay the same message: "P90X changed my life!"

Me? I'm not really looking to have a life changing experience. No, no. I just want to lose the junk in my trunk, the wiggle from my middle, and hopefully come out of this with a bod I'd be proud of seeing in a bathing suit. A girl can't ask for much more than to rock a pair of skinny jeans with confidence! Plus, let's be honest — my wedding is in two months, and I'm wearing a strapless gown. So here we begin the P90X challenge. I'm following the program as closely as humanly possible (is there wine allowed in this nutritional plan?), and will "Bring It" 7 friggin' days a week. Three cheers for pushups!

Read more exercise adventures by following Fit90X. Or start your own OnSugar fitness blog and maybe it will be featured here on FitSugar!

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