Hey fellas. In my office there are a few older guys contstantly talking about how difficult the P90X program is. I don’t know much about it nor have I done my homework and reseacrh, but I have to think that this is a joke.
Does anyone have any experience with this? This may already be a topic somewhere but I wanted to get some fresh reviews on this.
No, P90X is not a joke.
P90X is like any other program, it is goal specific. If you are a power lifter, P90X is not going to assist you in achieving your goals. If you are an elite BB then P90X…‘as written’ is not going to help you achieve your goals (however, with modification it CAN be a very effective program for an advanced BB). If however a person is ‘Joe Average’ or ‘Joe Couch Potatoe’ then P90X can get you WELL above average as written.
Look at the program; the lifting part starts out as chest/back, shoulder/arms, legs/back. Not a bad split. It has lots of sound exercises such as chins, pull up, lunges etc. The other days such as Yoga X, Plyometrics, Core Synergistics etc have lots of full body movements. It has warm ups, cool downs, stretches and lots of stuff most people have never done.
And if you put your sweat equity into it…it’s damn hard and yields excellent results if your goal is loss of BF and the gain of some lean muscle mass and increased energy. If you half-ass it then you get out of it what you’ve put into it. Just like any other program.
Nothing really new or revolutionary…just hard work that has been put into a system for you with a sound, clean diet.
Looking at the before/after photos of Mr. and Mrs. Real Person on their discussion board I have to say that when the effort is put into the program the results are excellent.
Some people have their own motivation, others need help in that area. Either way the point is to get off the couch and getting it done. If P90X helps someone accomplish this then great. If a program here on T-Nation does the same thing then great. The source material isn’t as important as putting the time and effort in.
I have the program, I’ve used the program, I’ve modified the program to meet my individual needs, I insert parts of the program in the program I’m doing now and I learned a few good things along the line. More importantly, I’ve seen positive results from the program as well as the modifications and inserts. It has been just one more useful tool to move me towards my goal of competing next year. To me that is a win-win.