On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m doing a P90X review and answering the question, is P90X the best workout for you and your goals?
This Freestyle Friday topic comes from a viewer question that I have been asked over and over again.
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Lets find out.
If you’re into fitness, I’m sure you’ve heard of the P90X workout program.
I say this because it is probably one of the most marketed products online and on TV infomercials.
So from a marketing perspective, P90X, and all the other Beachbody programs, are doing it right.
But the real question that you want answered is this.
Is P90X the best workout for you to be following for your specific goals?
P90X was created by Tony Horton, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for.
I mean, just look at the guy.
I hope I look as good as he does when I’m 60 years old.
But even though I have all the respect in the world for Tony, do I think the P90X is the best workout program for you?
I have never completed the P90X workout program.
Therefore I may not be the best person to do a P90X review.
But someone did send me the P90X workout program to look at and review it from a programming perspective.
After reviewing the program, I tell you what, P90X looks tough.
So the initial question that came to mind was this.
Is the general population, who are looking to get in shape, ready for this intense of a workout program?
The simple answer is no.
P90x is not designed for everyone, and it wasn’t intended to be either.
So this is your first takeaway.
When you’re looking to start a workout program, one of the first questions you should be asking yourself is:
Is this workout program suitable for my current fitness level?
I give P90X props since they do provide a baseline fit test.
In this fit test, they say up front, if you can’t successfully pass the fit test, you’re not ready for the P90X program.
For example, here are some of P90X’s fit test standards.
There are a lot of pull ups in the P90X program.
Here are the male and female P90X fit test criteria for pull ups.
In other words, if you can’t do this, the P90X program is too advanced for you.
Another fit test criteria for starting the P90X program is based on push ups.
Here are the male and female P90X fit test criteria for push ups.
Another fit test criteria for starting the P90X program is based on the wall squat.
If you’re not familiar with the wall squat, this is where you hold a squat against the wall, with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle.
Here are the male and female P90X fit test criteria for the wall squat.
Another fit test criteria for starting the P90X program is based on the bicep curl.
Here are the male and female P90X fit test criteria for the standing dumbbell bicep curl.
There are a few other fit tests included in the P90X program, but those are the main ones.
If you feel like you can’t hit those fit test numbers, then the P90X program is probably too advanced for you.
But don’t be ashamed as from what I’ve seen from other people doing P90x, this is an intense program.
It really depends on what your goals are.
So this leads me to another question you should ask before starting a new workout program.
Is this program designed to help you accomplish your specific goals?
Based on the program design, P90X seems to be a workout program that is designed for fat burning.
I would recommend you follow a gym based workout program, specifically designed for muscle building.
Sure you can still build muscle at home, but the most effective place for muscle building is in the gym.
This is simply due to the fact that gyms are equipped with heavier weight and a wide assortment of equipment.
Our best selling Live Lean MASS 2.0 muscle building program teaches our trainees how overload the muscle with proven muscle building techniques.
Yes, it’s important to lift heavier weights, with good form, in the muscle building rep range.
However, Live Lean MASS 2.0 also focuses on other muscle building mechanisms such as time under tension.
In contrast to this, the P90X workout program is designed more for muscle endurance, by extending sets for longer durations.
Again, one of the main mechanisms of muscle building is progressive overload.
This can be done using heavier weight or increasing the time under tension.
It really depends on your goals.
I highly recommend you go take our Live Lean Body Quiz to find the best program for you, based on your:
Regardless of which workout program is best for you, to get results, you must commit, and stick to the program guidelines.
Remember the world’s best workout program is only the best if:
Again, since I’ve never completed the P90X program, I don’t claim to be a P90X expert.
However, when people see me training at the gym, they often ask if I am a P90X guy.
This reason is, depending on my phase of training, I’m usually moving quickly from exercise to exercise, in circuit format training.
Typically I love to keep my heart rate going and I love to sweat at the gym.
I hope this gave you clarity on is P90X the best workout for you, your goals, and current fitness level.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.