Will P90X really deliver you the results? Or is it just another quick weight loss scam? You may be surprised. Let's have a look at this fat burning program.

By: Shannon Clark

Article Summary:
  • The main marketing strategy of the P90X system is that you will get ripped in just 90 days.
  • The P90X system includes 12 different workout programs to constantly challenge you.
  • Also included in the P90X system is a full meal plan to get you the best results possible.

If you've been on the hunt for the perfect fat burning workout program to start up on, there's a good chance that one you might have come across at some point is P90X. This system has been heavily marketed on TV and is now also appearing in many places online.

What's P90X all about and will it really deliver you the results it promises or is it just another quick weight loss scam that will leave you feeling disappointed? Let's have a look at the real deal of P90X.

What's P90X All About And Will It Really Deliver You The Results It Promises? What's P90X All About And Will It Really Deliver You The Results It Promises?
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What's P90X All About And Will It
Really Deliver You The Results It Promises?

The Promise Of P90X

The main marketing strategy of this system is that by using it, you will 'get ripped in just 90' days. Right off the bat this should throw up a few red flags in your mind.

Let's put this into perspective. Say you have two people, both of whom are thinking of testing out the P90X system. One is 180 pounds, 10% body fat and the second is 180 pounds, 35% body fat.

Which individual is already closer to being ripped? Obviously the answer is the former, thus they are going to achieve the stated goal of the program much easier.

If you're starting out in a position that's far from 'ripped' (you have a higher body fat percentage), then expecting yourself to become incredibly lean in just three months may be unrealistic.

Taking into account that the safe rate of fat loss is between 1-2 pounds a week, and if you're currently 35% body fat at 180 pounds (meaning you have 63 pounds of fat mass), means you could lose somewhere between 12 and 25 pounds over a 90-day period.

Even if you lost the highest safe amount, this will still mean you have 38 pounds of fat mass, which puts you at approximately 24.5% body fat if you assume no lean muscle mass is lost in the process.

At 24.5% body fat, you are anything but 'ripped.' So first off, put the claim into context. If you clearly know you have a lot of weight to lose, it's going to take you longer than the stated 90 days.

To expect to do a complete transformation in that short of a period of time is just setting yourself up for disappointment.

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The P90X 'Secret Weapon'

So what's the secret or technique that P90X claims makes it so effective? Constant manipulation. Your body is highly adaptable and when you go into the gym day after day after day and perform the same workout over and over again, it's going to get used to it.

It's going to realize that it can easily get through that workout and it will see no reason to continue to progress. That's when results stop and you hit the plateau.

To combat this, you must kick your body out of its comfort zone and give it something it's not used to seeing. This could be new exercises, new rep ranges, heavier weight, reduced rest, a different execution order of the exercises and so on. As long as something changes, you should still get results.

The P90X system utilizes this principle to the max. They are offering you a total of 12 different workouts so you can be sure your body never knows what's coming.

P90X Chest And Back
Targeted strength and definition workout emphasizes two classic upper-body exercises.
P90X Plyometrics
Explosive jumping cardio routine proven to dramatically improve athletic performance.
P90X Shoulders And Arms
Potent combination of pressing, curling, and fly movements, that will leave you stronger.
P90X Yoga
Combines strength, balance, flexibility and breath work to enhance your physique and calm your mind.
P90X Legs And Back
Get ready to squat, lunge and pull for a total-body workout like no other.
P90X Kenpo X
Intense cardiovascular workout with punching and kicking for endurance, balance and coordination.
P90X X Stretch
Achieve a higher level of athleticism over a longer period of time, plus prevent injuries and avoid plateaus.
P90X Core Synergistics
Build and support multiple muscle groups to build and support the core while conditioning your body.
P90X Chest, Shoulders And Triceps
Target both large and small upper body muscles to push you to the brink.
P90X Back And Biceps
Flex those powerful biceps and focus on toning and tightening these showcase arm muscles.
P90X Cardio X
Low-impact cardio routine that is a fun fat-burning workout that will leave you feeling lean and mean.
P90X Ab Ripper X
Sculpt the six-pack abs of your dreams and benefit your health and physical performance.
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Why Is P90X So Effective?

It's no secret that many people are having success with the P90X workout program. All you have to do is search for reviews and you find people reporting their 'amazing transformations.'

But before jumping straight into the program thinking you'll be the next to completely transform your body, it's important to ask yourself why this program gets the results it's getting.

dot Reason 1: It Provides A Variety Of Workouts dot

    As pointed out above, the fact that you do such a wide variety of workouts is one key element, from a physiological perspective, that does help you continuously generate results.

    Second to that though, if you are doing so many different workouts, you aren't going to get bored. What's the single biggest reason people fail with their workout program (P90X or otherwise)? Failure to stick with it.

    The drop-off rate for any workout program is very high and you don't need to be told that if you aren't working out, you aren't getting results. Those who have struggled to stick with traditional programs start up the P90X and find boredom dissipate, which then keeps them motivated to continue on. That plays a large role in their ability to generate success.

The Fact That You Do Such A Wide Variety Of Workouts Is One Key Element That Does Help You Continuously Generate Results.
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The Fact That You Do Such A Wide Variety Of Workouts Is One
Key Element That Does Help You Continuously Generate Results.

dot Reason 2: It Provides A Full Meal Plan dot

    The second factor that is playing a role in the success these people are having is that it provides you with a diet. If someone was to just start up a workout program with no regard whatsoever for what they are eating, the chances are high that they aren't going to like the results they get.

    No workout program can overcome a poor diet plan, so without both factors being considered, results will be slim to none. Most people starting a workout program will attempt to 'eat healthier' but unless they are following some type of specific diet plan, chances are low that they will see success.

    Those who are excited about the P90X system get themselves on the diet program as well as the workout, and that is why they actually start losing weight on the program.

Those Who Are Excited About The P90X System Get Themselves On The Diet Program As Well As The Workout.
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Those Who Are Excited About The P90X System Get
Themselves On The Diet Program As Well As The Workout.

The Final Verdict Of P90X

So in closing, does the P90X system work? Yes, it does. But, there is nothing incredibly special about the system that is delivering the results. It's based on the simple fact that you will stick to the workout program, follow the diet and shock your muscles with new training stimuli.

If the truth is told, most beginners who jump onto this program, who have never exercised before will get results simply because they are exercising. It wouldn't have made a difference if they were to have used their own workout program or used this system. It's a new activity for their body and that causes it to respond.

If you're looking for something new to try and feel the system interests you - give it a shot. The nice thing is that it does give you a good variety of activities to perform including cardio training, resistance training, yoga-type workouts, and so on, many of which you wouldn't get with a straightforward weight based program.

But if money is tight or there are any factors that you're hesitant about, don't think that you can't get similar results with another program. As long as you are sure to avoid doing the same things day after day and take care of your diet, you too can be on the path to 'getting ripped'.

Have You Had Any Success With The P90X Program?
Yes - The Results Were Phenomenal
No - I Saw Little Or No Change
I Haven't Tried P90X Yet

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I appreciate your insight. I have had many people say it doesn't work and body builders dismiss it, but for someone starting out, it seems to be a great program to get you in shape and ready for the next challenge.

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I'm on P90X right now, and let me tell ya: IT WORKS!
I'm halfway through and here are some numbers...
28 yr old Male, 6'5"
Start: 270lbs, 0 wide-grip pull ups
Halfway through: 245lbs, 6 wide-grip pull ups

If you have fat to lose and muscle you want to gain and fitness to improve, it's an excellent and convenient program!

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Awesome halfway results. Did you do classic or lean version?

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I love p90x, i dont follow the videos but i read the manual and do workouts from them. Its honestly awesome, its soo energenic and its that type of program that wants you to keep going to complete it! i feel stronger everyday :)

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To say the least, as a Health Educator and wellness coach I would have to say if you are even remotely attempting to use this program as a muscle building program you are greatly misinformed. I think most people just love the word scam, and without proper education you would say this works and that works, but the truth is as soon as you don't see the results you are looking for you blame the product.

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Remember the dedication that comes with a proper diet and weight loss program. I deal with people who won't ever go to the hospital nevertheless even been seen in the vicinity of a gym. They will ask my wife "what is your husband secret formula?" and she'll say diet and exercise, nothing special, just be dedicated!! Here I am reading comments from people who are very dedicated to their lifestyle and some are on the professional level. P90X is for the person who wants to loose unwanted pounds and spend less then $900 to $1300 doing so in a gym, as they already feel inferior to most that are already there. Heck as a trainer myself I have told my former clients to bring their lap tops to the gym and I will just help them track their progress. As a health Educator I highly recommend any program that will create an atmosphere of preventative medicine. I like all of these programs because they are taking my clients of meds like Lantus, Metformin, and even some cholesterol meds as I watch numbers drop, and yes there are pictures of none ripped people out there doing rounds and rounds of P90X, Insanity and so forth. They come to my office after they have seen their doctors, and dieticians; who tell them to keep up the good work, because finally they are at the least moving. As bodybuilders most of you on this forum should know that is better than nothing. We all know there are people spending more then necessary on programs and supplements for more expensive. In the long run, if this program works for a patient or client, and even gets them off at least one medication then I am heading in the right direction toward making them want to change their lives for the best. Nothing like hearing a person say after 270 day of P90X (and yes naysayers there are people who do that many rounds) I can play with my son and not be worn out in the first few minutes is a great thing. Let them spend their money, you do you...if you don't like these products don't ever use them, but know this, as a health educator, I will always tell you if your way works you help me keep you out of the doctor's office for bad visits!!

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I used P90X a loooong time ago, and yes it works with fat burning...it is intense...it is not a muscle building workout (bulking) but it is great for burning fat. I got injured (martial arts) and stopped P90X, didn't use it again since then.

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Ive been doing this program now for 3.5 weeks and I really enjoy doing it with a friend, some of the moves are a little easy, where others are difficult. In my opinion, it's a good system for beginners to intermediate, but once you get to your goal, and obtain a decent fitness level, it would likely become too simple and boring unless you find a way to increase the overall resistance. The inclusion of hand weights to a large amount of the moves does offset this however for a decent portion of the system.

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