Posted by: kurunner | May 25, 2010

P90X Results and Review

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 shifting… 

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.) 



  1. WOW awesome results – especially for not following it to a t… really makes me want to try it out! :)

  2. Your results are amazing for a breastfeeding new mom! I had my baby last september and today was my first day of P90X. Your story is inspirational in that you didn’t have to follow the program exactly but you still got great results! You’ll have to keep us posted on round two!

  3. great job! I want to try it but I don’t think I’m at a good enough fitness level to start.

    • They have a fitness test on their website that you can take to see if you are ready for P90X; although, I think that almost anyone can do it with enough modifications. I also have a few friends doing Power 90 (the precursor to P90X) and they really like it.

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