Does P90x work? Of course it can work. The question should be are you willing to work IT! Let’s take a quick look at why programs like P90x and Insanity! work. On my page, Create a Workout Plan, I give you guidelines to create a successful weight loss program.
Keep reading for Pros, Cons and reviews...
3 "Must Haves" to lose fat and tone up:
P90x works because it meets –and exceeds – these minimal guidelines. The program calls for workouts 6 – 7 days/week that last almost an hour or more.
What is it and why does P90X work?
P90x also provides nutrition guidelines that focus on adequate protein and healthy carbs and healthy fats.
P90x and Insanity! are 2 very popular DVD programs. There are also other programs offered like, Body Beast and Brazilian Butt Lift.
Many of the workouts are done in a circuit which I really love because you move quickly from one exercise to the next with little or no rest.
Circuit training knocks out "Must Haves" #1 and #2 – stimulating big muscle groups and cardio at the same time!
An obvious reason why does P90X work...Just the fact that you do so much physical activity, you will burn off a lot of calories and speed up your metabolism.
Combine that with cleaning up your eating, and you should definitely see some awesome results.
The strength DVD’s focus on muscle groups like chest/back and shoulders/arms.
Other DVD’s focus on explosive power movements (called plyometrics) which are cardio intensive, and others focus on kickboxing, abs/core, yoga and stretching.
The system varies the workout enough throughout the 90 days that your muscles never “get used to” the exercise.
This is another key reason why does P90X work – if you do the same workout more than a few weeks in a row, your body adapts quickly and stops responding.
Pros, cons and reviews
Does p90x work?
Here are just a few P90x reviews…
Shawn M. has this to say about P90x and Insanity:
"They both are great programs. I did them both. The P 90x is more strength and core training which works if you follow the proper diet…
The insanity I got more out of due to the fact that there is more cardio which sheds any fat that you may have. The insanity workouts were more intense and focused on a lot of core work as well. If I had to pick one I would go for the insanity for my personal preference."
Richard C., a police officer, comments:
"Does P90X work? Yes it works. It’s what I used while I was on our Emergency Response Team."
William B. says:
"I have P90X, but I didn’t stay with it for a complete cycle. I did however, use the abs and stretching videos when I didn’t feel like thinking out a routine. I can say they are as tough as you want them to be and seem to give pretty good results.
I have Insanity also. Stuck it out for 8 weeks (full cycle). I can say it burns fat like nothing I’ve ever seen. It works you from head to toe and really ups your cardio level (strength, no so much)."
Caitlyn C. says:
"As a female, I saw crazy definition and strength when I did P90X. ….Right now, I’m training for a half-marathon and am incorporating some p90x with it on my non-run days for C/T and strength workouts. I did research on strength training for runners and the exercises they suggested are verbatim exercises in the Legs and Back routine for p90x."
So there you go – these folks saw results using the whole program OR just parts of it.
There’s not many, but here are some things to consider if you are wondering does P90X work:
At home...all by yourself?
Does P90X work if you want to gain muscle size?
Here are a few candid “con” comments:
Shawn M. admits:
“…it got boring on the yoga days I did not seem to get too much out of that day so it was always skipped.”
William B. says:
“Personally, Insanity killed my knees to the point that I won’t do it anymore as a primary workout or if I do (as a back-up workout), I have to vary the exercises so much that I can barely keep up with the video. Insanity is ALL jumping or bouncing or running in place. Its effective but you pay a price.”
P90x, Insanity and other at-home DVD weight loss programs WORK because they follow the principles that I tell you about all over this website…working your whole body, cardio and better eating.
It is not a ONE TIME fix! Nothing is…You cannot complete 90 days and then think you will always be ripped and full of energy. You will need to continue energizing your body in some way.
Permanent weight loss requires permanent life changes!
Maintaining your new toned body can be achieved with (you guessed it)
1) 2-3 challenging workouts;
2) 2 or more cardio sessions per week and
3) Replacing the old eating habits with the new ones you have learned.
Don’t forget: Circuit training can count as a workout AND cardio at the same time!
Just like every “body” responds differently, different people like different things…some like yoga, some like high impact. Some like strength training, others like endurance training.
P90x and Insanity are just two of the many types of workouts on the “buffet of weight loss choices” to choose from that work.
The key is to pick a program that is right for YOU and adjust it if you need to!