About P90X Fitness
By Dawn Marcotte
, last updated February 12, 2012
Consumers may want to know more about the P90X fitness system before they decide to spend their hard earned money. This system promises to create a sculpted body in 90 days, provided the user follows the exercise regime, adheres to the diet program, and sticks with it for 90 days.
The system includes 12 videos. The videos cover strength training, cardio training, yoga, plyometrics (exercises such as hopping and bouncing), stretching, and abs. There is also an instruction manual for an overview of the program, a nutrition guide, and fitness guide. Purchasing the system includes an online support system. This online component brings users together and provides support for users who need help.
The program does require the use of a chin bar, dumbbells, and resistance ropes. The videos show how to use each of these items in specific exercises to tone and strengthen the muscles. The cardio workouts help the body burn through fat, and yoga helps maintain elasticity in the joints and ligaments. Review each exercise completely before trying it, and if possible, try it in front of a mirror to check for proper movements.
Diet and Exercise
The exercise portion requires a minimum of 1 hour a day, 6 days a week for 90 days. The diet program must be maintained for the entire 90 days. The exercise program will not work as well without the diet portion. The first step is to keep a log of everything that is eaten, an enlightening process for many. The diet is strict and reduces the amount of calories consumed, so the body burns fat and muscles can be seen more clearly. This fat loss and regular exercise will increase overall energy levels and improve sleep. The program is very intense, but it has been known to work if all of the programs are followed.
The program requires daily exercise 6 days a week, so put it on the calendar! Pick a time of day when you will consistently have time to work out and make it a priority. The program doesn’t work if it isn’t properly used. It can be a good idea to prepare for beginning the program by exercising three or four times a week for an hour each time. This will make the transition to 6 days easier, and you will be less likely to give up.
Set some short-term goals to work towards. This will help keep you motivated. It is also a good idea to get a base line of body measurements. This isn’t just weight but also the muscle to fat ratio and size of waist, hips, and any other muscles you want to measure.
Get involved with the online community or with a local support system. People who are being held accountable by others are more likely to continue with the program.
Always check with a physician before starting a new workout program, particularly one as intense as P90X. Now that you know more about the P90X program, you can make a more informed decision.