Skip to comments.The Power of P90X
Posted on 04/25/2011 5:36:18 PM PDT by Immerito
Tony Horton used to be a stand-up comedian. Now he's the front man for P90X and a millionaire exercise guru. So is he an infomercial salesman? Or a fitness savior?
Beyond the compelling marketing, there are two reasons why P90X is so popular. First, Horton is the perfect front man. At 5´10* and 180 pounds with 9 percent body fat, he is genuinely ripped. He says he can consecutively do 110 pushups, 80 dips, 35 pullups, and eight 260-pound lat pulls. Plus, he can hold a handstand for a minute and even do a backflip off a wall. To prove it, he often drops to the floor and pumps out a few reps of whatever exercise he's talking about. His motto, which he wears on the back of his shirt, is "Bring It!" Along with the brawn, he has a full head of hair andeven under the harsh QVC makeup lightsno telltale signs of any nips or tucks. And, to the delight of the housedress set, he's not married.
But second, and most important, P90Xunlike the garbage heap of other "miracle" infomercial productscan deliver results. That's because it's built on such proven fitness principles as consistency, intensity, and variety, and you don't need special gadgetsjust a pullup bar and dumbbells (or resistance bands). Simply pop a disc into your DVD player, move the couch out of the way, and follow along with Tony and his gang.
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You like this burn out fast approach?
I think, like all forms of exercise, it is better suited for some than for others, and has its place in an exercise regimen.
I take it that you decided P90x was not for you?
Just curious, why do you think this is thread worthy ?
Thanks Tony, I guess.
oh yes... we bought p90x last month... i guess i should start using it...
I’ll admit, I broke down and bought the P90X workout a week ago. I haven’t received it yet, so obviously haven’t started it. In my research, it was amazing that this program gets almost zero negative reviews or feedback from users. It’s worth a shot, although I remain skeptical until I try it.
Lost 65lbs in 7 months with P90x and eating clean. Best shape of my life. A program not for someone who thinks “walking” with the wife after dinner is exercise. Wanna lose weight and keep it off, it’s do resistance training to muscle failure, get your heartrate up 4-6 times a week and stop shoving garbage in your pie hole. I puked the first time I did P90x and by my second round, I could run a 5k in 21 minutes, do 60 pushups, 15 pullups and make love to the wife like a college sophomore. “Bring it” or go for a “walk” and stay soft and full of excuses.
The HIT approach is the most effective approach to becoming fit, but it is hard.
hey- we’re not ALL politics here!
I have been thinking about getting P90X- anyone have experience with it?
I love freeper referrals- I trust them more than anything else and have never gone wrong...
Wait, learned people actually buy this stuff? I think I’ve seen the commercial for this product mixed in with the “coaching” (aka: create a website and make millions) programs at like 4 AM on the SyFi channel. I had just assumed this was another bowflex type rip off.
P90x works and is like you said, not for wimps.
You’ll never look at P90x’s German potato soup girl, Maren, the same way again after reading this:
GRrrrrrrrr..~! I could almost see you gritting your teeth through all that!
How does the wife feel about the college sophomore thing?
Your mind adjusted your body. Not this ‘magic pill’.
I used to do HIT for weight training and I got very good results.
I got strong enough to squat 400 pounds twice. I weighed 140 lbs.
I have been doing P90X for 2 years and I am a big believer. I look like a freaking Adonis now! All kidding aside, I do switch workout regimens in the fall and winter due to burnout.
What chemicals did you ingest to make yourself feel superior?
Eat less, eat better, exercise more. Those 3 things do the trick for almost anyone willing to stick with it. Gradual lifestyle changes work in the long term, crash course fitness usually doesn't because it becomes a labor and people quit and go back to their bad habits.
I can’t tell you if 90X is good or not.
But I can tell you that working as intensely as possible, for as long as possible is the most effective exercise for becoming fit.
In principle, intensity builds fitness and endurance burns calories.
I’m glad it works for you. Do you have any tips for someone about to start doing P90x? What helped you succeed?
Do it. I was in shape to begin with, but lost another shirt size and dropped down to a 34 waist. I nearly set a record for the PRT sit up score.
Push play everyday! If you are not used to getting exercise, you half to change your mental outlook and follow the work out plan. I have never followed the diet plan, but I have changed my own diet to include better food and not eat garbage.
“I love freeper referrals- I trust them more than anything else and have never gone wrong...”
I knew nothing about steroids or anything at the time.
High intensity training works, but it takes a lot of getting used to.
If I were advising somebody who wanted to learn to train intensely, don’t expect to be able to do an entire workout at high intensity at first. it may take months to get used to it.
Has anyone on Free Republic done any of the other Beachbody programs (Insanity, etc)? If so, what are your thoughts?
Basic breathing exercises work better than chemical injections.
I’m currently on day 60 of P90x. I wouldn’t say it will get me ripped like Tony and I haven’t lost a whole lot of weight (6 pounds) but I have better definition and it has made me much stronger overall. It is exactly what I needed to get stronger for some scrambling and climbing up mountains this summer. I’ll likely do a second round late in the year.
It sounds like your approach to fitness is more in line with Matt Furey. I’m glad that works for you.
That is not a very good looking Adonis. I would like to hope I look a tad better than that.
The workouts alter from weight to cardio every other day. I dont follow the diet plan they provide, but I do switch to eating more salads and vegetables, as well as cut out alot of carbs.
I have insanity. I can run 5 miles in under 45 minutes, but Insanity has kicked my ass so far (just started last week).
I have a good friend who got very ripped up just doing P90x so maybe I should have bought that insread of Insanity.
No clue. You attribute it to me so therefore I know you are a liar.
It sounds like P90X to build muscle, Insanity to lose body mass and then relax while watching Charlene Johnson.
I did P90 Master Series and lost 40 lbs of fat and got a 6 pack for the first time in my life. Diet is about 70% of the equation. If you do the workouts and don’t change your diet, you won’t see much. Give your body the right fuel and you’ll get ripped in no time.
What lie did I tell?
LOL! Thanks for the reply.
You see this about Maren?
Steroids do work. It’s why bodybuilders take them.
Aside from shrinkage issues, they work.
I would never take them myself. I’d rather bench 200 lbs, knowing that I worked hard to be able to do that, rather than 500 lbs knowing that I had help doing and had future health problems as a consequence.
“I would never take them myself. Id rather bench 200 lbs, knowing that I worked hard to be able to do that, rather than 500 lbs knowing that I had help doing and had future health problems as a consequence.”
I agree; I would rather have functional muscle gained through exercise than fake bulky muscles gained through any steroid.
High intensity exercise doesn’t burn a lot of calories.
You have to cut your calorie intake to lose weight.
The figures I’ve seen is 10 calories per per pounds of desired body weight if you’re sedentary. 12 calories per pound if you’re getting regular exercise and 15 calories per pound if you’re training like an Olympian.
Temporarily. Enjoy being a cattle hormone recipient. Stay away from actual humans please.
Where did Jonty30 state that he took steroids?
It’s irrelevant. Why do you ask?
Those were my results. My legs are short, which helps, in terms of moving weight.
I had only gotten up to 145 on the bench press.
I tend towards having a high amount of muscular endurance and not strength.
At the time, though I wasn’t as strong as others would have been, who had a similar amount of training, I could push my maximums several times and not just once.
Allmost: “Enjoy being a cattle hormone recipient”
Where did Jonty30 state that he took steroids?
On a machine, for safety.
I admit it probably would have been somewhat less with free weights, though I don’t how much less, since the only difference would have been an issue of safety and not the muscles involved.