Is P90X a Scam? Or does it work as advertised?

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hubby
Is P90X a Scam? Or does it work as advertised?

As some of you may recall, I've been working on my 'awesomeness' for about the last year or so.  Just over a year ago i was asking about treadmills - but we ended up not buying one.  I figured why should i spend money when there are miles of walking trails right outside my door?  Well since then i've been walking and running almost daily and I have lost all the baby/cookie/pizza-fat that i've gained over the last few years (about 25Lbs) bringing my weight down below where I was several years ago when I got into shape the first time.

So now that I've lost the extra weight i'm looking to burn off those last tiny bits of fat around the belly and start working on building some muscle.  I've been doing (a lot) of daily push-ups, chin-ups and dumbell curls and i've toned-up well, but since i dont really know what i'm doing and want to get a bit more 'cut' I decided on joining the gym.. BUT, the gym is expensive and it can be real easy to make excuses not to go.. and.. i HATE the gym anyway.  I dont like people looking at me, dont like paying all that money every month, etc.  So when I saw the P90X fitness system on TV it caught my attention.  I've read dozens of reviews on P90X and they are virtually all positive.  The biggest negative comments tend to go along the lines of "it's not easy!" and "if you dont pass the fitness pre-test you arent supposed to do the program (but, you get your money back)"..  The program does not require you to buy anything more than a chinup bar and dumbells which I already have.  It costs around $120 which is only 2 or 3 months of gym membership - so I figure I can't go (too) wrong.

Before I pull the trigger and fork over my $ i'm curious if anyone has tried the P90X Fitness Program or knows anyone that has - and if anyone has any feedback..

PS - If/when i do buy the P90X, i'll take some before/after pictures and post them.. Maybe I'll even post updates in my GuG blog..

   

   

Bruce9997
Re: Is P90X a Scam? Or does it work as advertised?

Well, you're right.  I never heard of it.  From my days as an athlete, and later as a coach, I can tell you that the combination of walking, running, lifting, and sit-ups is probably your best bet.  Always remember when lifting or doing sit-ups that it's not the amount of the weight being lifted, but the number of repititions that count, and the consistency of the exercise (i.e. every day).  Do as much as you can, and always strive to do just one more repitition whether it be one more curl, one more sit-up, one more step (running, walking).  And combine it with just one less piece of pizza, one less scoop of ice cream, and sooner than you believe you'll be "too sexy for my shirt."

hubby
Re: Is P90X a Scam?

Well.. i ordered the program the other day so it should be here by the end of the week.. it's basically an extreme aerobics and lifting program, but using nothing more than your own body-weight (pushups, pullups, etc) a few dumbells. it also has 3 diet plans broken down into 30-day sections to coincide with the types of workouts being done during that time..

So basically, less pizza and a lot of structured workouts.. We'll see how it goes..

Edit: oh yah.. after doing more research pretty much everyone agrees that it's not a scam, not a 'lose weight fast program' or anything like that and is more of a "if you work hard, you'll get results" program.. Although there ARE several 'get P90X cheap' scams on ebay and craigslist to watch out for..

Bruce9997
Re: Is P90X a Scam?

hubby wrote:
Well.. i ordered the program the other day so it should be here by the end of the week.. it's basically an extreme aerobics and lifting program, but using nothing more than your own body-weight (pushups, pullups, etc) a few dumbells. it also has 3 diet plans broken down into 30-day sections to coincide with the types of workouts being done during that time.. So basically, less pizza and a lot of structured workouts.. We'll see how it goes.. Edit: oh yah.. after doing more research pretty much everyone agrees that it's not a scam, not a 'lose weight fast program' or anything like that and is more of a "if you work hard, you'll get results" program.. Although there ARE several 'get P90X cheap' scams on ebay and craigslist to watch out for..

 

Well, in that case, the diet plans to coincide with the workout plans is probably worth the $120.00 cost you mentioned.  Back in the age of dinosaurs, when I was an athlete, we tried to limit the number of dinosaur burgers we ate, as a food conservation measure.

hubby
Re: Is P90X a Scam?

Trust me.. i've had my share of dinosaur burgers and pterodactyl pizza.. i think i still have some in the freezer.. Part of the appeal of this particular program is that it is supposed to work well for us geriatric-types. The trainer in the videos, who looks like he's built of chiseled stone, is 45.. he's 50 now, and looks even better.

animestrinity
Re: Is P90X a Scam? Or does it work as advertised?

Have you started this yet??

I got the Insanity workout... I haven't started it (I'm trying to convince myself that I won't die from it)...

You following it exactly? Nutrition plan included? Is it killing you?

hubby
P90X workouts and nutrition plan

Yep! on week-2 starting today. The workouts are tough - but they wont kill you, and they encourage you to go at your own pace and take breaks as needed. as you progress through the week they get easier, but they still arent "easy" .. i'm in pretty good shape already, but on last Monday's workout I could only keep up about 50%.. but by Saturday's workout i was keeping up by about 99%..

i'm following the nutrition plan also, and it's as hard as the workouts. my diet has been 'good' for the last 8 or 9 months, so it wasnt a very drastic change for me, but keeping up with the % of protein vs carbs IS difficult. i have also been having a hard time actually getting enough calories in each day. For my weight/height i should be shoveling in 2400 calories/day and so far i dont think i've broken 1900.

animestrinity
Re: P90X workouts and nutrition plan

I'm sure I eat enough calories for both of us and then some.

The insanity workout doesn't really allow for breaks (like 30 second water breaks at best)... that's kind of the point of that particular workout... so... if you stop seeing me after a few days, I'm either hospitalized or dead...

I'm hoping my endurance will go up... seeing as walking across the yard makes me outta breath... granted my yard is 3 acres, but now that it's hot, I start panting after about 20 steps...

yay cardio.

I probably won't follow it to the letter anyway, since I have no interest in gaining too much muscle... I imagine I'll prolly exchange some of the muscle building exercises for some extra cardio...

So do you do it as often as you're supposed to and exactly how they do it?

hubby
Re: P90X workouts and nutrition plan

if you arent in good (great) shape, why are you starting with Insanity? The Power 90 (different from P90x) might be a better start? anyway, you wont build muscle unless you want to.. at least with P90x, you can customize the workout plan and diet based on if you want to tone or build muscle. like i said above, i'm in pretty good shape (walking/running between 4 and 10 miles several days a week for the last 10 months or so) and i have trouble keeping up with P90X - Insanity is the next step UP from P90X.

I do it as often as they intend (6 days straight, one day of rest which was yesterday) and i do it exactly how they do it, except on some sets i cant keep up on everything - for example, instead of shooting for 15 reverse-hand chinups like the pros on the video, i shoot for 5 or 6, and by the 3rd round of the workout, i cant even do one, so i'm using a chair for help. but the whole idea is to do as much as you can up to the point of muscle-failure, and my muscles fail quite well.

animestrinity
Re: P90X workouts and nutrition plan

Oddly enough, my level of 'in shape'-ness has a lot to do with my motivation at the moment... I get winded much easier when I'm doing something I don't want to do... I could sprint a steep hill with little effort if what I was getting to was worth sprinting for... and if I didn't want to, I'd probably give up half way up.

Also insanity doesn't require any equipment... lotsa cardio.. and any workout that someone sticks with, they'll eventually be able to do it with ease... and I want to be able to run circles backwards around other people my age without breaking a sweat.. 

That and I don't do well with things that take forever to get results. If I do something for two weeks and see no difference, I stop doing it because I become unmotivated... at the dramatic results one seems to be able to get in a little over 8 weeks with insanity, I think I'll see change quickly enough to keep me interested and working at it.

So when you going to start your p90x blog? lol

hubby
Re: P90X results

well good luck.. i probably wont start my blog until i actually see some results.. should not be long since my stick-arms have a lot of room to grow some muscle.

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