My "unofficial" review of P90X
I have gotten a lot of emails and blog and Facebook comments asking me about P90X. Is it effective? Would you recommend it? Is it hard? And on and on. So I decided to write my own little review on the workout series.
There are 3 levels of difficulty in the program- Lean, Classic, and Doubles. There are 12 different workout videos- some that focus on the different muscle groups, along with yoga and some stretching. The 3 levels interchange these 12 videos in three 1-month blocks. Lean level focuses more on cardio and yoga and less on the different muscle groups. Classic has an even amount of cardio, yoga, and the muscle groups. And then Doubles, obviously is double the videos.
Each video is at least 60 minutes long (yoga is 90 minutes!) so it is quite a commitment. When I started P90X I was dead-set on doing a video every night. But if you are a normal human being with a job and/or kids, it is almost impossible. On a good week, I do 6 videos. My absolute favorite is Yoga X. I can't do half the moves, but I feel sooo relaxed and limber when it is all over.
After using this program for about a month and a half, I still cannot do some of the moves- especially the different kinds of crazy push-ups. But! I can now do 10 push-ups in a row, and a total of 25 in one minute, and I consider that a GREAT accomplishment. P90X is not some crazy miracle workout program that would transform an overweight person into a slim, ripped person. An already trim person will get ripped. So at the end of my 90 days, I am not expecting a six pack. I will have some muscles in my arms and back, and be pretty flexible from the yoga. I will continue to be able to do lots of push-ups, and have a TON of energy. That, so far, has been the best side effect- the fact that I have more energy! I am more likely to get the girls piled in the stroller or the bike carrier and get outside and exercise with them. And if you have little ones, you KNOW how important that is.
So, would I recommend P90X to anyone? Yes and no. I mean, if I can do it, you can do it. But it is a lot of time- at least 1 hour every day. And I don;t think I would do it if my husband wasn't there with me along the way. A workout buddy is always key. And then there is the cost. We borrowed the videos from Chris' brother and we already had most of the workout equipment needed. All we needed to buy was a second yoga mat for the hub and a pull up bar. So it was virtually very low cost for us. You at least need a yoga mat, 10-20 lb weights or resistance bands, and a pull-up bar. I hope I answered any questions anyone has- let me know, I am happy to answer any other questions!