Does P90X Live Up to the Hype?


Henry‘s Rating: 4.0 / 5.0


By now, you have all seen the infomercials for the P90x. They are famous for making the claim that you can attain a complete body transformation in just 90 workouts.

The big question, does it work?

After expecting this to be a big scam, I am actually surprised to tell you that it really does work. But that is… only if you do it.



The workouts work. You can make pretty dramatic changes if you do these workouts—as prescribed.

The exercises are straight forward and doable for most people who have experience working out.

Most people report that Tony Horton (the instructor) is very motivating. For something this hard, it is great to have good motivator.

You don’t need a lot of extra equipment or a spotter.

Again, if the program is done as prescribed and your goal is to lean and defined – then this should do the job. It was hard to find a fitness trainer to say a bad word.

You still have to “eat right” to come close to the results you see on TV

This is big time commitment. It is an hour a day of exercise and the yoga program is a whopping 90 minutes.

Some of the moves may be too much for those who aren’t in good shape [however, they do show you modified moves]

You need a pull-up bar for a lot of the sessions, you make the call.

Some people report that Tony Horton can be a little annoying (but the majority like him)

They up sell you their nutritional supplements on the DVDs which is a little much. You don’t need them.

The Investment

P90X is expensive ($120.00), and the shipping is a whopping $19.95 with some bit about this being “Free” and “Express”. This part is definitely kind of scammy, but all of those television products do it. It must be part of the, “culture”

But, if you truly think you can commit to 90 days of craziness, don’t let that kind of thing stop you. The best thing to do is to find a good deal on eBay and Amazon.

However, If aren’t really gung ho, then the package is just going to gather dust.

The Real Key to Success: The Eating Plan

The package also includes a nutrition guide with meal plans, a workout calendar, a fitness plan and online support. They put you on a really strict diet, which is the real reason why people are losing so much weight!

The truth is, If you do the workouts and don’t follow the diet – you probably won’t lose any weight at all! The infomercial is slightly deceiving this way. I am not saying the workout isn’t great, but let’s be honest…

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  1. i just impulsively ordered the used dvds for cheap and before i start, i’m wondering if the dvds are the complete program or if the diet and other needed information is seperate? clearly i should have investigated sooner but alas here i am with the dvds in the mail, wondering if it is right for me. also wondering if anyone out there who is in tune with real nutrition believes this is a good diet. im very happy with my diet and don’t desire to lose any weight (5’9 and 155 lbs), if anything i wouldn’t mind gaining a few pounds (has anyone out there leaned up while not losing weight?), but the last thing i want to do is get on fad diet that tricks your body into losing weight by depriving it of necessary carbs. not that i’m saying, thats what the p90x is but just wondering?

  2. i am, like frank, tall and thin ( i have grown to hate the word skinny) i am 6’5″ and my top weight ever is 170# and that was after 4 months of being off from work with limited to no exercise at all… i would love to put on about 20 to 25 healthy pounds and seeing as muscle weighs more tahn fat would p 90x be something i should look into?without useing the diet plan?

  3. I did P90X for the first time in May of 2011 and during my first 90-day round I went from 240lbs down to 205lbs and my body fat dropped from 28% to around 14%. It works, but like it says above, you need to follow the fitness and nutrition program. I have since done Insanity, and P90X/Insanity hybrid, and now I have 2 weeks left of P90X-2.

    • If you are satisfied with your results when you are finished with the 90 days they have a maintenance plan which shortens the workouts a bit. Most people do more than one round of it though. It is an amazing workout.

  4. I’ve done over 5 rounds of P90X, most people say you need to be overweight for this program to work. I saw great results when I was actually trying to GAIN weight & bulk up. It all depends on how you work the program to your needs.

    • Hi Lloyd,

      I am thinking along the same lines as you. I am fit already and am not over weight but would like to put on weight, muscle and bulk up.

      So would you reccommend this programme for this?

      Many Thanks

  5. I am incredibly out of shape (5’6, 250 lbs) After losing my pregnancy weight and then gaining it back and then some, I feel very defeated. My question is-is P90x advisable (and do-able) for someone my size? I’m extremely motivated to lose the weight and have already lost 35 lbs through diet alone. I’m thinking about investing in this program but I’m wondering if I should lose more weight first…I’m also wondering if this will have any effect on the excess skin I know I will have after I get to my goal.

    • Rebecca, you can always work at your comfort level. You can modify most exercises to your ability. You won’t be able to do everything right away but even if you try you will get better each time you do a video. I recommend using an exercise band rather than the pull up bar. I am in pretty good shape and still cant do a pull up. Good luck.

    • Hi Rebecca.

      I feel like P90X might be a little too extreme in your case. Before I started my ‘X”, I completed another 90 day program called Power 90. It’s sort of the precursor to P90X. The routines are not as long or as intense. But they are still very good and will burn a ton of calories. Tony Horton runs these dvd’s as well. While it can get a bit boring as the variety of routines is limited, I thought it was the perfect prep course for P90X.

      Good luck wither way.

  6. I’m 5’9″ and 128 lbs., but since my two kids I can best describe myself as a skinny-overweight person (jiggly). I wanted to try this to see if I can tone my arms, abs, and thighs. I haven’t read much about thighs for women. Are the workouts different in P90x for men and women?

    • No, Danielle, the workouts are the same, but women are instructed to use a lower weight, and perform higher reps, in order to tone. Good luck!!

  7. How are the nutrition plans? I’m an awful cooker. I even hate going to the grocery store and get confused when I have to find things like raw pumpkin seeds. Is it pretty simple to make and follow? Are you able to alter or scale back on any of the plans?

  8. I’m 6’0″ and 180 pounds, I’m interested in strating P90X but i’m not trying to lose weight. I’m sole interested in having “Washboard abs” and a better body for myself. Will that goal be accomplished using P90X without the weight loss ?

    • Karl, it will definitely give you washboard abs and then some. What is nice, is that you work your entire body. You hit balance, strength, cardio, flexibilty, ripped, yoga, martial arts, etc. It is the BEST program to commit to. Definitely follow the nutrition guide, that goes hand in hand with the P90X exercises. If you commit to both of those….you will be blown away by the results. Good Luck with your decision!

  9. I’ve been doing the p90x lean version for 6 weeks now. I do NOT need to lose weight (I’m 5’2″ and 114 lbs.), but I was looking to appear more toned. So far, I don’t think I’ve seen any results. I weigh the same and I haven’t lost any inches. This is so hard for me to understand because it IS a great work out. I previously was only taking in 1000 calories per day and maintaining my weight without working out. I had to increase my caloric intake to maintain, but again…I haven’t seen any difference. 🙁 Do I need to do more cardio? Or have I just not given it enough time. I will finish the entire 90 days. I have to…I’m too anal retentive not to. But, I’ve thought about doing my own modified version as a maintenance. Any suggestions?

  10. I’m 6’0″ and only weigh about 150lbs, I obviously by no means want to lose weight. I would like to build some muscle though, my girlfriends weighs a little over 100 lbs and I can barely lift her up. I’m wondering if this would be the right fitness program for me.

  11. I started P90X several weeks ago. I am an athlete. 55 years old. Used to working out. The exercises are difficult but not unreachable. However, I found that I needed to tailor the program to make it more balanced for myself. First,
    I found that the Plyo X was simply not worth doing. It isn’t Plyometrics truly and there are better ways to get a cardio workout so I substitute Cardio X. Second, I didn’t care for Kenpo X. So, instead I am doing some basic Kettlebell exercises in it’s place. Finally, what P90X calls yoga – isn’t. The P90X style makes Yoga into a set of aggressive exercises. Moreover, 90 minutes is overkill. Instead I’ve replaced it with a real Yoga DVD that runs about 45 mins and teaches you technique, breathing, relaxation, etc. So, with these changes plus watching the diet I find that this routine keeps me in peak shape and continues to let me improve by adding weight. Also consider lat pulldowns in place of some of the pullup routines (like do them as the second set).

  12. My question is how much of the diet relies on fresh fruits. I am highly allergic to these and can only eat them if they have been cooked or canned, which kindof defeats the purpose of having the health fruit.


    • If you initially eliminate pastas, breads, potatos, sugars, white-floured foods, and consume fish, chicken, veggies and fruits you can tolerate (cooked or canned), combined with a workout program and a dedication to walk for approximatey 30 minutes 3-4 days a week, I would expect you can definitely be successfully on your way to a healthier body. You have to experiment with foods. Consuming/elimating certain foods work differently for everyone. Once you reach your goal, occassionally consuming the yummy foods (in moderation) probably won’t sabatoge your weight loss succees.

      My life is very busy, my partners and I run several corporations….the P90X meal plan was a bit more complicated for me……..just eating certain foods I know work for me, was easier. Getting up an hour earlier in the morning to walk or workout, parking in the furthest parking spot, overcoming the temptation of the bagles, chips, donuts, etc. that colleagues/emplolyees bring in help me to stay on track. Fitness/weight loss/maintaining healthly weight is a lifestyle, not a six week program. You gotta stick with it. I’m 53 yet feel like I’m 26….age is not a deterent to being overweight or unhealthy. All it takes… all you’ve got. It’s actually easy, once you make up your mind.

      Good luck Jennifer!

  13. I purchased P90X a few years ago – this program kick-started my dedicated fitness regime. I started the program at age 48. It’s very tough at first, but a fit body takes work. My measurements started at 39-34-39, 38D, 149 lbs. Five years later, I’m at 38-30-38, 36C, 135 lbs – some of the weight is definitely muscle. At age 53, I don’t freak out when it comes time to put on a swim suit. I love Birthdays too!

    With P90X, I’ve added Brazilian Butt Lift (which tones the entire body), Booty Bar (which tones the entire body), the Firm Butt Legs and Thighs and do Jillian Michaels Six Pack abs 1-2 times a week. I walk/jog a minimum of 2 miles 3-4 times a week. Breakfast – I alternate between egg whites and spinach (occassionally with sweet potato hash browns) or oatmeal with apples. Lunches/dinners, for the most part, consist of salmon or chicken, with a salad or spinach. I enjoy 1-2 glasses of red wine with dinner. I LOVE potatos (especially french fries!), pasta and bread, but RARELY consume these delish foods. Boring? Maybe, but I’d rather eat healthy/work out 5 days a week and love the way my body looks and the way I feel – that takes precedence over not working out and eating foods that make my body look and feel…..well, not so good. Conclusion: I recommend P90X based on what it did for me. Any workout program/food regime (NO DIETS!) will work – if you DECIDE, COMMIT, and then SUCCEED. And DON’T EVER QUIT! You can do it!!

  14. I had twin girls in September 2011. I’m very small framed; 5’6″ 118lbs and I want to gain weight and muscle, as well as tone up my mommy-belly. I started P90x April 1st but only did it for 3 days. I stopped after just 10 minutes of Plyometrics and passed out 5 times within the hour after, I pushed myself way too hard and was way too busy raising twins and packing the house to move.
    Now we’re settled into our new home, I’m quitting smoking with chantix and the girls are sleeping through the night, and I’m REALLY getting the urge to give it another go! I served in the Army chemical corp for 2 years, so I know I can do it if I put my mind to it, just really hoping after I “Bring It” that it won’t be for nothing.


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