Regular to Ripped in 90 Days?

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Do you want to be “absolutely ripped in just 90 days”? Tony Horton claims that his P90X system accomplishes just that.

These days, workout videos are a great supplement for the gym, especially for the person with limited time and money. The convenience of working out at any hour of the day appeals to many of us who during the week don’t always have time to make it out before or after work. Therefore, it’s no surprise that more and more we see workout DVDs geared towards those busy schedules. The P90X system comes with twelve videos and nutritional plans, in addition to a few guides to help you along the way. The general consensus seems to be that the system is successful if followed rigorously for the ninety days suggested in the program, but upon talking to a few individuals, I discovered that this is tougher than it initially seemed.

The system’s main goal, which is made evident by the number and variety of workouts, is to alternate the use of different sets of muscles so that they never get used to any one type of training. The twelve videos range from yoga, to a kickboxing-type workout, to plyometrics, which is a workout involving fast-paced jump training. And if you don’t want to follow the provided schedule, you can choose any of the videos to follow at your own pace.

p90x313p90x_03On the infomercial promoting the system, the announcer makes no claim that it is an easy workout. After talking to other testers, and trying it myself, I found a general agreement that the workouts kick your butt. Cynthia Solis, a twenty-one year old student, considered herself in-shape before she began the workouts. However, she still felt that they were difficult to accomplish. She states, “I didn’t like that the videos didn’t have space for beginners…On days when I was tired I knew there was no way I could do the workout because it was just too much.” With most of the cardio workouts lasting close to an hour long, many of the people I asked agreed that it is sometimes difficult to get yourself to complete the whole workout. In addition, much of the time there are no options for beginners. At certain points, one of the background people working out along with you in the video will give you an alternative to what the rest are doing; however, this does not always happen. Rosemary Morales, a UCSB student, claims, “I couldn’t finish any of the videos the first time.” So the difficulty is something that discourages many buyers. Another downside is the cost.

Including the nutrition plans and guidebook, the system totals around $120.

I experienced problems myself keeping up with the pace of the P90X videos. For example, in the “Legs and Back” workout, you are required to do a great number of chin-ups, which I have never been able to do. However, I saw a remarkable improvement in my overall endurance and feelings of well being after sticking to the system for even a few weeks. The instructor, Tony Horton, is fun and entertaining, and encouraging without being over-the-top. With continuous determination, it is possible to work through the DVD system. As Rosemary Morales claims, “I would only recommend it to a friend who is really motivated and can keep up with it.” You get out of it what you put in. If you are driven enough, the workouts will become easier to accomplish as the days go on and, in the end, all that matters is strengthening your endurance and seeing the results of your hard work.

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