Jason and I started P90X 12 weeks ago and the results are in!
… But before I get to the cold hard numbers, I want to begin by saying
that we didn’t follow the program. Not 100% anyways. Hell, probably not
even 50%. P90X requires 6 workouts a week and a low-carb nutrition
program. I never had any intentions of going low-carb as I’m still
breastfeeding. The workouts were fun (and HARD), and I looked forward to
most of them, but life happened. I probably shouldn’t have started the
program with a newborn who wasn’t sleeping more than a few hours at a
time. There were a lot of workouts that I was just too tired to start
and I’m sure I wasn’t “bringing it” the way Tony Horton would have
wanted. Then, we had two deaths in the family — one being Jason’s dad.
Needless to say, with the stress and time involved dealing with
everything, pushing play wasn’t at the top of our list. Add to that a
couple of trips out of state and Jason’s work schedule drastically
We definitely didn’t do P90X the way it was intended.
I still saw results, even with my half-hearted attempt and I still
recommend everyone try it. In fact, my brother and a couple friends are
going to be starting P90X while I’m going through Round 2. Yes, I’m
doing it again and hopefully this time, I can do the program right. I
got pretty decent results doing about half the workouts so I’m dying to
see what happens if I follow it all the way. (Still breastfeeding, so
still no low-carb though.) As for my thoughts on the actual workouts:
Chest & Back — Lots of push-ups and pull-ups. A little dull, but the basics work.
Plyometrics — I love plyo. It’s hard. You’ll hurt the
next day. But it’s fun and I’m sure it’s the reason why I’m running
faster even though I haven’t been running nearly as much as I used to.
Shoulders and Arms — My delts and triceps are my
favorite parts to work and it was really similar to my arm workout prior
to P90X so I may be a bit biased, but I enjoyed it. My problem was not
having enough different weights. My 8s were too light and my 15s were
too heavy for most of the exercises.
Yoga – Eh. I still don’t like it (and I really love my
other yoga dvds) and it tends to be the first dvd that gets skipped
during the week.
Legs and Back — Sneaky lunges! Love the calf workout.
Kenpo — It’s fun, but not much of a calorie burn. You really have to push yourself if you want to get your heart rate up.
Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps — Confession here… I’ve
only done this workout once. It was HARD. Like, too hard for me to even
do half the reps. So, I went back to the Phase 1 dics. Of course, Jason
LOVED this workout.
Back & Biceps — Never did it. Again, Jason preferred it over Phase 1.
I did leave out AbRipperX and Core Synergistics because I like to
pretend they don’t exist. You know, I hate it, but I love it sort of
thing. Overall, it’s a great system although the Classic program is a
bit light on cardio. Tony is funny although after 90 days, his
“Tony-isms” start to get a little old. I still want to punch Dreya Weber
in the face. Karen pot-stirrers are amazing.
Okay, now on to the results.
Jason’s lost almost 10 lbs and 3% bodyfat.
I’ve lost over 13 lbs and almost 3% bodyfat. I’m down 2.5 inches
off my waist, 2.5 inches off my hips, and over an inch off of each
thigh. I haven’t taken my official final fit test, but as of month 2,
I’m jumping higher and squating longer. I’ve more than doubled my
push-ups and more than tripled my ab strength. I also doubled my bicep
curls. (Keep in mind that all of this is without doing P90X every day.)