My P90X Journey

October 29, 2012

P90X Before and After

By now you’ve probably heard about P90X.  P90X is an acronym for Power 90 Extreme.  It’s a workout program developed by Tony Horton (for Beachbody) that has been out for a few years now.   It’s a favorite amoung celebrities and politicians alike and is an extreme fitness program designed to completely transform your body.

To borrow from Tony Horton, for me P90X is “the mother of all workout programs” so I was really excited to start it.  I basically decided to do P90X for two reasons:  first, I knew it was a really challenging program so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and second, I wanted to experience first-hand what all the hype was about.

So, how does the program work?  P90X includes 12 workouts that cover the full spectrum of workout styles from power yoga to jump training to good old-fashioned weight training.   The concept behind the program is that the workout sequences are intended to use muscle confusion to produce exceptional results – thus avoiding a plateau.  Once a P90Xer “gets used” to a particular set of workouts – Tony switches it up!  P90Xers need tons of fuel to get them through the workouts so subsequently nutrition is a huge part of the program.  The nutrition guide and the supplements are great.  I drank Shakeology every day and ate a lot of the P90X protein bars.  (They are the best tasting protein bars I’ve ever eaten – I’m not exaggerating!)

I have to admit, working out 6-7 days per week for 1 hour plus per day for 90 days was grueling at times.  It’s tough.  Tony expects a lot out of his P90Xers.  This is not a program for beginners.  It is a program for someone who is committed to fitness and is willing to put the work in to change their body and their life.  At the end of the day, I’m not sure how anyone can follow this program and not see results.

Prior to P90X I had already completed Slim in 6 and ChaLEAN Extreme so I was in good shape.  With P90X I lost an additional 2 lbs and 4 inches off my body.  The statistic that I’m most proud of is the number of standard push-ups that I can do in a row without stopping – 22!  That is amazing for me!  Back in February I could probably do one.  When I started P90X I could do 12.  I can also hold a plank for 4 minutes.  Again – that is huge progress for me.

I am very glad that I decided to undertake the program.  Having finished the program and earning the title of “P90X Grad” is a big accomplishment for me.  I feel like a warrior and I’m excited to try P90X 2 next year!

I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking to push themselves to the next level.  This program would be good for someone who is really ready to change their life and has the confidence to pick themselves up the next day when the going gets though.  I can assure you the going will get tough.  As Tony says, “do what you can and forget the rest!”

If you are interested in learning more about P90X or joining a challenge group that would support you through your own fitness journey – send me a note.  I host challenge groups every month.  These groups provide an enormous amount of support – which goes a long way towards achieving success with a challenging program like P90X.

Decide.  Commit.  Succeed.

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