So many of you know that I’ve been doing P90X this month. Well, I’ve now finished my 4th week, which is my last week of following the program as mandated because at the start of April I need to start training for the CapTex Triathlon (which I talked about here). I wanted to give you guys a little review for anyone who hasn’t tried out P90X (I know – I’m always late to the party on things like this! Many of you have probably already tried it at some point!)
First, although there are 12 different videos, they are extremely boring and offer pretty much zero incentive to listen to the guy talking. I usually listen to the radio while P90X is on TV muted.
Although the videos were really challenging the first week (and still challenging, a little less so, the second week), by week 3 I was pretty burned out on them. It’s hard to consistently push yourself to the max for a video that you’re bored with, and even though the principle of P90X is based on “muscle confusion”, the fact of the matter is that when you are rotating through the same 12 DVDs, you get used to them after awhile. That means it is not as challenging the longer you stick with the program. Judging by how bored I was with the videos during week 4, I don’t know how I’d get through all 90 days (Yes, there are a couple new videos that get introduced, but a lot of the “core” videos are the same throughout the entire 90 days).
(On my mat, about to get my Ab Ripper X on!)
To address the claim that P90X is hard on the knees (I know relatively recently Caitlin said that fitnessista had reviewed P90X and said it was hard on the knees???). I did not find this to be the case. If you are on a carpeted floor or a rug with a mat, then I don’t see the problem. I don’t think its any worse than what you encounter running outside (probably easier, actually). There is one DVD that consists almost entirely of lunges, and that can be rough on the knees, but that’s only 1 out of 12 DVDs.
Also, the DVDs are LONG…sometimes you’re doing DVDs for almost 2 hours a day! I’m of the belief that it’s better to have a shorter workout where you REALLY work hard, rather than a longer video where you are totally burned out by the end and, therefore, don’t push yourself as much so you can maintain stamina until the end. It’s difficult to push yourself 100% all the way through the painfully boring videos, and there is little motivation on the part of the P90X people in the videos, too.
But I guess what people mostly care about are the RESULTS. From my 1 month doing P90X, I did see modest improvements in the areas of weight, percent body fat, and BMI. I will give a caveat that I didn’t follow the food program as strictly as I could have, and that there were 3 days over Spring Break when I didn’t do any videos and ate…well…crap. I think that’s fairly normal Spring Break activity though. And lots of people are likely to fall off the program for a few days here or there, so I think my results are pretty typical of the average person.
Overall, I lost 2 lbs, 5% of my body fat, and my BMI dropped 2.5 points. This is why it’s so important to use multiple forms of measurement, because by weight only, it doesn’t seem like P90X did a lot for me, but in terms of percent body fat – I’m very happy with going down 5%. I would have liked to see larger results given that this was an entire month, but I’m not overweight or obese, so I think this is good progress. Slow and steady for lasting results, right!?
-Minimal Instruction on Proper Techniques
-Minimal Motivation to push through the videos
-Very long videos
-Pretty pricey ($140 on Amazon), but I got mine from a friend who didn’t want it anymore, so maybe you can find it on Craigslist, etc., for much cheaper.
-Challenging (for at least the first couple weeks)
-No harder on the knees than running
-Modest weight-loss/fat-loss results
So in the end, I didn’t have a body transformation of this magnitude
but although my P90X journey (strictly following the program) is now over, I’m moving onto another exciting workout regiment, which will prepare me for my upcoming triathlon. I’m a little nervous about the intensity, but I know I can do it and I look forward to being able to compete in my own hometown, where family can cheer me on!
Do you have any big fitness/health-related goals you are working towards?
Have you done P90X before? Do you agree/disagree with my review?