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The P90X System

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What this means is that over the 90-days of the P90X program, you'll change your weekly workout schedule every 3-4 weeks. You can also tailor your routine to the kind of results you want - focusing more on strength, cardio, or going the super-intense "Doubles" route of two workouts in a day. 

The classic P90X program involves 13 weeks of alternating the three following weekly routines. 

Weeks 1-3, and weeks 9 and 11:

  • Day 1: Chest & Back and 16-minute Ab Ripper DVD
  • Day 2: Plyometrics
  • Day 3: Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper
  • Day 4: Yoga
  • Day 5: Legs & Back and Ab Ripper
  • Day 6: Kenpo
  • Day 7: Rest, or Stretching workout 

Weeks 5-7, and weeks 10 and 12:

  • Day 1: Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps; Ab Ripper
  • Day 2: Plyometrics
  • Day 3: Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper
  • Day 4: Yoga
  • Day 5: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper
  • Day 6: Kenpo
  • Day 7: Rest or Stretching workout 

Weeks 4, 8, and 13:

  • Day 1: Yoga
  • Day 2: Core Synergistics
  • Day 3: Kenpo
  • Day 4: Stretch
  • Day 5: Core Synergistics
  • Day 6: Yoga
  • Day 7: Rest or Stretching workout 

To determine whether you're capable of completing this regimen, Beach Body offers a fitness test on its web site. The test suggests minimum requirements for various exercises, such as push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups. If you don't meet the criteria for P90X, Beach Body recommends that you begin with a less intense program, such as their Power 90 workout DVDs. 

The P90X nutrition plan that accompanies the fitness DVDs has three phases you can follow at any time, based on your current fitness and nutrition level:

  • Phase 1, the "Fat Shredder," is a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fat.
  • Phase 2, "Energy Booster," calls for a more balanced mix of protein and carbohydrates, along with a small amount of fat.
  • Phase 3,"“Endurance Maximizer," has higher levels of complex carbs, a moderate amount of protein, and a small amount of fat. 

The P90X System: Pros

If you're already fairly fit, the P90X system is an excellent workout for losing body fat and increasing muscle tone. 

Instructor Tony Horton does a nice job of explaining each exercise. The workouts can easily be done in your home, without a lot of equipment. Although the workouts are tough, you can pause the DVD if you need more rest. 

The variety of DVDs allows you to change your workout frequently, which keeps you on your toes and prevents boredom.  

The exercise and nutrition regimens are easy to follow, as workout schedules and daily eating plans are laid out in the booklets. The nutrition booklet also includes a variety of recipes

You'll get a great workout with each DVD if you can maintain such an intense level of exercise. If you're a fitness enthusiast, you’ll enjoy the challenge of completing the 90-day program.

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