Does Power 90 / P90X Work? An Honest Review


In 2001 personal trainer Tony Horton released ‘Power 90′ through Beachbody, a fitness company dedicated to delivering at-home workout routines. Power 90 was so successful that in 2004 Tony Horton released P90X, a program that has gone on to sell 2 million units, become a household name and favorite celebrity workout. However, even as P90X claimed the spotlight, Power 90 continued to sell, and today remains one of the most popular at-home fitness programs on the market. In this article we ask: has Power 90 remained a relevant workout? Can it deliver outstanding results? Has it not been superseded by P90X?

First a brief overview of the Power 90 workout itself: meant to take 90 days, the workout is designed to pass you through 4 stages of gradually increasing intensity as you cycle through six distinct workouts contained on 2 DVD’s. These workouts consist of two ‘Sculpt Circuit’ workouts, two ‘Sweat Cardio’ workouts and two ‘Ab Ripper’ routines. The onus is on the user to decide when they are ready to transition from one difficulty level to the next; Power 90 clearly states that you need to listen to your own body and progress at your own rate.

The actual workouts are quite brief. The longest runs at Sculpt and Sweat workouts range from 29 to 42 minutes, while the ab routines are very brief, ranging from 4 to 6 minutes. Anybody familiar with the P90X workout will recognize the components that go into each of these routines. Sweat Cardio begins with yoga as a warm up, and then continues into a variety of cardio exercises including martial art strikes that culminate in a stretch/yoga cool down. The Sculpt Circuit also begins with some stretching and light yoga, and then proceeds through a weight resistance routine that is demonstrated with both free weights and resistance bands. As such, they progress through a mix of different styles and workouts in their 40 minute durations.

What is immediately apparent upon watching these workouts is that they do not have the intensity or production values of P90X. The setting is a bland, featureless studio space and you will definitely want your own music playing to keep you pumped. The workouts themselves are simply not as extreme as those in P90X, given that not only is their duration brief but the actual exercises will fit within the upper reaches of most people’s comfort levels.

Is this a bad thing? No. Of course having a beautiful stage with all the props and effects such as P90X boasts of is more impressive, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the workout. The only effect such a cheesy setup has is to make it more difficult to take the workouts as seriously. However, anybody who is serious about getting physical results should be able to look past this early iteration of a Beachbody product made when the company was still young, and focus on the exercises themselves.

It is important to note that P90X and Power 90 are meant for different audiences. P90X is literally an extreme program, and should only be attempted by those in already good physical condition. This is not meant to be a provocative statement designed to sting your pride and goad you into ‘manning’ up, but rather the plain truth. P90X is very, very hard, and just as somebody setting out on learning how to run should not adopt an Olympic marathon routine, novices and those who have not exercised in some time should not attempt P90X.

Instead, Power 90 is the perfect program for them. This is where Power 90’s moderate intensity level is of value. While anybody can push their workouts while undertaking this routine to their personal maximum and thus achieve greater results, Power 90 is a more flexible routine that lends itself to a greater variety of athletes and people.

In conclusion: the principles behind Power 90 are solid. If you follow the workouts and the nutrition guide for three months, you should achieve impressive results. The degree of results will depend on your dedication and effort; Power 90 will tell you how to achieve them, but it will fall on you to do the exercises and eat correctly. Has it been superseded by P90X? No. It is the logical precursor to P90X, and should be seen as a challenging routine for all people interested in going from a beginning or mid-level of fitness to a more advanced position. What is required on your part is that you set aside ego and pride and ask yourself where you are at, and how best to achieve the results you desire. Some athletes can jump right into P90X, while the rest of us have to earn that level of requisite fitness. Which is exactly where Power 90 fits into the picture.

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P90X – Why it Works and What Are the Results?

A lot of workout schedules and systems have been developed in recent years and each claims to be the best. Some are aimed specifically at weight reduction and toning up of the body in specific areas, while some are general purpose workout routines, giving you a viable mix of melt-down and build-up exercise options. The P90X, turbo jam and the hip-hop abs program are some such systems which have been developed in recent years, and have become immensely popular. Diet plans, such as the Atkins’ diet, have had many followers too, but Atkins’ diet has slowly, but surely faded away into the background. In this write-up we would be examining if the power 90 extreme, or the P90X is really as good as it claims to be, or if it is just a popular misbelief.

Something that really makes the P90X stand apart is the fact that you do not need the expensive gym equipment to carry out the workout routine. You can do with simple dumbbells or tension strings, some mats and a chin-up bar with a push up stand, at most. With every P90X, you would get a training manual, a video called “how to bring it” and a fitness guide coupled with a “three way” diet and nutritional plan. You would also get 12 CDs packed as a workout kit, and this kit is the main portion of the whole system. Five out of these twelve CDs focus on strength training, while the rest revolve around Yoga, stretching, cardiovascular workouts and polyometrics- which is the art of jumping and working your muscles out in the process.

Additional tools are also supplied with the pack, but these are wanting and can be improved. The customer support for example is very limited, and you would have to shell out more money if you want more personalized customer support. A calendar is also supplied, which is provided with columns alongside the dates. You can maintain a log of your P90X performance in this calendar and keep a day0to0day record of what you have achieved in terms of your exercising potential.

This is not an easy program to follow and would require an hour’s hard-work at least on your part, for six days a week. The power 90, P90X’s predecessor was an easier program, but you should not consider the extreme version to be as soothing as the standard one. The results are pretty evident if you have followed the program as prescribed in the manual and people have been seen getting real results in a matter of just 90 days. People have actually realized ‘ripped’ bodies, as promised by the program’s designer- Tony Horton, but only after putting in a good amount of hard-work. Apart from getting good results, there is a flipside to the P90X program too. The program comes for $300 and you would need to spend an additional $500 to $1000 on getting started itself. A pair of good dumbbells could cost you anywhere between $400-$500 and the pull up bar plus the push up stands would cost your another five hundred bucks. So, if you are not sure about the program, do not end up wasting a fortune on it.

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Power 90 and P90x – What is the Difference and Which is Right For Me?

You’ve seen the TV commercials, you know people who have purchased the products, you have researched them on internet, but you are still not sure what they are all called and how they differ. Power 90, P90X, PX90, Power 90X are not the same workout and some of the names are not even real. There are actually four programs in the Power 90 series and they are Power 90, Power 90 Masters, P90X, and P90X Plus.

Power 90, the first program in this series, is an “in-home boot camp.” It is a series of fun, easy-to-follow workouts designed to help people lose fat and inches while strengthening and toning muscles. The workouts rotate between a cardio routine and a full body resistance circuit training routine. This is a 90-day program. Workouts are scheduled six days a week, about 40 minutes a day.

P90X was originally titled Power 90X before having its name shortened to P90X. P90X was developed to take Power 90 to the next level and was initially introduced in 2004, but was not widely accepted. It was later repositioned and in 2007 began gaining in popularity. It is not considered an entry level fitness program and is better suited for people already in decent shape. There are 12 workout routines consisting of weight training, core training, yoga, plyometrics (also known as athletic jump training), kenpo karate, and stretching. This is a 90 day program. Workouts are scheduled six days a week, about an hour a day.

Power 90 Masters Series was introduced in 2005 after the original introduction of P90X. Power 90 Master Series was developed to be an intermediate level program or warm up for P90X. This series brings in a greater variety of workouts than the original Power 90, and rotates between cardio, plyometrics, interval, core and full body resistance circuit training. This is a 90-day program. Workouts are scheduled six days a week, about 50 minutes a day.

If you completed P90X and want to know what’s next, the answer is the P90X Plus Series. This program incorporates some brand new moves and concentrates on muscle endurance. This is a supplemental program to be used in conjunction with P90X. There are five videos in this series and they are each about 45 minutes long.

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