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P90X

What Else Should I Know? continued...

Good for beginners? No. This workout pushes your muscles and your heart. You may want to try another type of workout before plunging into this program.

Outdoors: No. You’ll need to follow the DVDs, so plan on working out in your living room or home gym.

At home: Yes.This fitness program is an option if you don't belong to a gym.

Equipment required? Yes. You’ll need the DVDs. If you buy a more expensive package, you’ll get equipment like a chin-up bar and resistance bands that can be used in the workouts.

What Physical Therapist Ross Brakeville Says:

P90X is a well-structured exercise program that you can easily adapt for most fitness levels.

The workout is demanding, taking 60-90 minutes of exercise 6 days a week. It may not work for you if you have a busy schedule or if you haven’t been active in a while.

If you're new to exercise, you can help yourself avoid injury and illness by starting slow and staying hydrated during and after your workouts.

Is It Good for Me If I Have a Health Condition?

If you are looking to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, or manage diabetes, P90X is a great choice. Get the OK from your doctor first.

During a P90X workout, you may do more than 100 reps with your legs, arms or back, which could worsen any knee or back injuries you may have.

There are variations that can be good for people with arthritis. If you have other physical challenges, there aren’t many alternatives to the moves.

If you're pregnant, you can do P90X workouts as long as your pregnancy doctor approves. Because a session can last over an hour and may raise your body temperature, it’s important to drink water and not get too hot or exhausted.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on July 10, 2014
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