P90X

If you haven’t yet heard, the latest weight loss trend is the new P90X diet and fitness plan. Celebrities like Pink, Ashton Kutcher, and Sheryl Crow all claim that they use P90X to get in shape. I myself was unsure about what the P90X system was all about so I set out to do my own research.

P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a home fitness training system that aims to improve your physical physique in 90 days using vigorous interval training. This full body fitness plan includes cardiovascular, strength training, and stretching exercises divided into 3 30-day phases. It also consists of nutrition and supplementation plan.

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The idea behind P90X is “muscle confusion.” Different movements and new exercises are introduced during each phase which prevents the body from becoming accustomed to any one exercise thus resulting in continuous improvement. Since the P90X system is an at home regimen, it requires that users have dumbbells, a pull-up bar or resistance band, a sturdy chair, a yoga mat, push-up handles, and a heart rate monitor.

Similar to the exercise portion of the program, the nutrition plan of P90X is also broken down into 3 30 day-phases. The first 30 days focuses on a high protein, low carbohydrate, and calorie restricted diet. The second phase includes a more moderate calorie intake with a balanced amount of protein and carbohydrates. Finally, the third phase aims for higher calories and more carbohydrates in order to supply the body with more energy to sustain the vigorous exercises. It is recommended that users also consume a post-exercise P90X recovery formula that consists of a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to whey protein – a supposedly ideal ratio for muscle growth and increased endurance. Optional supplements to be taken during the program include L-glutamine, L-arginine, and creatine.

Have you heard of the P90X home fitness training system? Are you or someone you know giving it a try? Please leave a comment! I am not selling, promoting, or discouraging the P90X system, but rather I am most interested in getting some feedback from anyone who is or has used it just out of curiosity!

Comments

  1. I just finished up my second round of P90X and am very happy with the results I’ve gotten. Check out my before and after pics at MyHealthyFitLife.com.
    I was never overweight but was less than “in shape”. I’ve put on some muscle and have really toned up. Good luck with P90X. Bring It!

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