My primary goal going into the P90X was to get a little leaner. I burned a good deal of fat and built a fair amount of muscle, my cardio went through the roof, and I even became more flexible! Their muscle confusion technique is really smart, changing up the workouts every 4th week so you don’t plateau. It’s a pretty big commitment though; I didn’t really understand what I was getting myself into! It probably takes about 10 hours a week to pull it off since you work out every day, although there is the option to take one day off instead of stretching. The workouts range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Every single workout is fun; there’s lots of variety and they’re lead in a funny and entertaining way.
If I had to do it all over again, and I probably will do some sort of variation it again sometime soon, I would do two things different. The first is that I would change up my diet alongside doing the workout. Your diet to some degree changes by itself, for example you’ll crave a higher amount of protein and you’ll get super hungry more often, but I would change my diet up to include more healthy and natural foods and less carbohydrates. I would cut out beer/alcohol for that reason and also because alcohol is a great big anchor chained around the neck of your metabolism. The other thing I would change is that I would supplement with Creatine.
I’ve noticed a couple lasting changes after being off the workout for over a month now. One is that my metabolism has stayed pretty high and two, I feel like working out more often. When I do a single P90X workout, I get somewhat close to the performance I had when I was doing the program consistently, but I’m sorer the next day.
To get started you’ll need a heart rate monitor so you can practice staying in your target heart rate zone for maximum effectiveness during the cardio based work outs. You’ll also need dumb bell type weights or resistance bands for the weight trained based workouts. I highly recommend weights over bands. The first month I did bands before I broke down and bought weights and it was the difference between night and day, they make the workouts so much more effective. I bought the Bowflex® SelectTech® dumbbells for $400 with free stand included at Sports Authority several weeks into the work out.
Overall it was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking to take their current workout to the next level.