125 of 127 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2010
I love P90x, I have not regretted my purchase for a moment. This particular package comes with items that you may or may not want to use depending on your personal situation. For the workouts, what you do NOT get in this package which you will likely need are a chinup bar (I dont recommend the p90x bands for reasons below), a mat, multiple sets of weights or an adjustable set like the Powerblock ones (or use resistance bands). You dont need alot of space if you are creative - I lunge then pivot and lunge again in my tiny living room.
Pros: the dvds are fantastic, yes Tony does talk alot, but I prefer having someone to zone out listening to than have my inner monologue kick in during a silence, telling me how hard an exercise is. Tony's banter is a good distraction, although I am sure some disagree. The dvds are also great in that there is minimal time wasted in explaining an exercise before it is performed. This is great for repeat value since you don't get inordinately long pauses outside of the designated breaks while an instructor explains something before actually performing it - Tony walks around correcting the others or demonstrating the moves himself -while you are supposed to be doing it-, which I find a huge improvement from other programs and dvds I have tried.
The recovery drink. although much touted in the dvds, isn't something I use as frequently. When I do drink it I use a half portion, since I'm five foot four and quite slender, and the relatively few calories I can consume in a day I don't want to be wasting. That thing is just over 200 for the double scoop 'recommended' serving and quite frankly there is alot of sugar in it. Its definitely the best tasting of recovery drinks I have tried though.
The workout guide is excellent, it breaks down how you can do the classic routine, the lean routine (more cardio and somewhat less intense, for those who want to lose weight) or the 'doubles' routine, which is essentially the classic routine but with more cardio in the mid and later phases of the program. There is alot of detail, explanation and a breakdown of the workouts in each dvd.
The nutrition guide is something I havent delved into too deeply, but it does offer meal plans for every phase of the program as well as recipes. I have tried none of them, as I'm following my own nutrition plan while doing p90x.
Now, the resistance bands are my problem. For someone like myself without alot of hand strength, negotiating those things was a nightmare. Just trying to get the bands into the handles was impossible, so I threw them out and used a pair I had purchased from the fitness store nearby, along with a door attachment.
This is definitely an investment if you plan to work out at home and not use a gym nearby for the equipment. I have seen people bringing their laptops downstairs to the apartment gym and playing p90x while grabbing a bunch of weights and cordoning off their little area - if thats your thing, all power to you, but I personally don't like disrupting other peoples workout time with loud clamour from my dvds and by hogging a large number of weights. I made a $300 investment in good adjustable weights, a mat and a chinup bar that all fit in a tiny space when out of use at home, and I have seen results from as early as two weeks into the program. Be aware that if you do make this plunge, a HUGE part of your success will depend on drinking plenty of fluids, eating the right foods and AT THE RIGHT TIME. Don't waste all your hard work and your money by doing this half assed.
One final thing to remember, you should not dive into p90x without having some base level of fitness. I exercised 3 times a week for two months prior to starting this program and if I hadn't, I would never have made it through the plyometrics dvd which is something you are recommended to do from the very first week. Build up to this, I have seen some of my friends nearly collapse because they did not. And good luck!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2010
So far so good, the P90X workout is intense and not for the faint of heart! However within tis package, the strength bands do not work well or at all! I have attempted to use all 3 that came in the package, and each time they have slipped out of the handles whacking me in the leg and almost the face. I will be contacting the seller to see if I can return these items. Outside of that I love the workouts and everything else that has come with it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
Never been in shape in my entire life but with the help of P90X I've dropped 35 lbs. in just under two months and am on the right track. A big thank you to Carl & Tony for making this possible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
super program it defiantly put you back in shape if are out ,all the dvd are top qaulity and easy to follow,for anybody that is looking for a good workout program this is it
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
This program WILL work, and WILL get you ripped. The main challenge is staying with the program after the initial few programs. I recommend buying some protein powder to maximize results of the P90x system.