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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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alinagoodwell alinagoodwell 7 years
You would definitely have considered Tony Horton’s P90X DVDs if you were thinking of getting fit or building muscle. Keep an eye out for special deals or offers on the website to get more value for your money. A book is written: "When the body's blood gas energy is not enough, not enough energy within the body of waste removed from the body
ask2112 ask2112 7 years
I started P90X 32 days ago and have lost 7lbs and some inches. It is hard at first not only to do the exercise but fit it in your schedule everyday. It is really a good workout regardless, I can't wait to finish it. You can see my results at
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I'd love to try it, but I'm not about to pay for it.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've heard good things about P90X. I hope it works well for you!
Jiggiegirl Jiggiegirl 7 years
I just started this week and I know I'm doing good. I only have 87 days left....haha! Then on to the next 90 days....and so on!
shannon_xo shannon_xo 7 years
a friend of mine did P90X and lost about 60 pounds and has kept it off for over a year :)
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 7 years
I love these workouts! I don't follow the diet plan exactly since I like to have more than 1 carb/fruit a day but I have seen results after a few weeks. I was already pretty active and fit but I do think these workouts will help take me to a more athletic level. Good luck to those about to start it!
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
i'm thoroughly intimidated by p90x after someone who had to quit because of rhabdomyolysis. i might give the workouts a try in the future, but probably wouldn't follow the 90 day plan. i think i'm more likely to try the insanity workouts... they seem like they'd be a bit more fun.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
omg i did plyo with my bf and could NOT walk the next day. it's intense! but really really works if you keep at it. the only thing for me is that it's too boring. i'd much rather go to my gym's exercise classes. good luck everyone!
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
I LOVE p90x. My fav is kenpo!!! Though I use it more as a supplimental workout, not an everyday/follow their plan deal. I have no doubt if I did follow the schedule and their meal plan that my body would be bangin!!
Girrly007 Girrly007 7 years
Very fitting post! I'm starting P90X on Monday!! :)
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