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Tony Horton

So today marked the last day of my p90x/turbofire hybrid (including running in there too).

I had p90x in my workout collection for a while, and I had done bits and pieces of it, just not the full 12 week program, as there were some workouts that I didn’t care for.  Like Kenpo – it’s just not my style.  So that’s why I opted for a hybrid with Turbofire (my soulmate workout).

I will come back and revisit p90x next year as I really enjoyed it. Even though Tony is a bit of a dag/dork.

So what comes in the box?  Well it depends on what you select. As I already had bands (and some free weights), I just went with the actual workout. Then I purchased a pull up bar.  I couldn’t get the pull up bar I wanted because if you knew my house you’d know how some of the door ways are in awkward spots and positions, but it still did the job.

If you don’t have a pull up bar, or weights or bands, then you will need to invest in these before starting the workout, as you just will not be able to benefit from the workout.

So the workouts are as follows:

  1. Chest & Back
  2. Plyometrics
  3. Shoulders & Arms
  4. Yoga X
  5. Legs & Back
  6. Kenpo
  7. X Stretch
  8. Core Synergistics
  9. Chest, Shoulders & Triceps
  10. Back & Biceps
  11. Cardio X
  12. Ab Ripper X

You also get your workout schedule, fitness guide and workout sheets.
It’s really important to use the workout sheets, so you can see how you are progressing.

So here are my thoughts.  I loved the strength training.  However I HATED using the bands. I had this same problem when I tried Chalean Extreme (aka CLX) at the start of the year.  However I found it less annoying with the bands with P90X than with CLX. So I strongly recommend free weights or adjustable weights if you chose to do this workout.

On a side note, I only just purchased adjustable weights (yes right at the very end of my p90x program), as I was not financially able to afford them previously.  They are a fantastic investment.  Mine go from 2.5kg to 24kg.  I don’t exactly see myself using the 24kg however if I ever need it it’s there.  And for the price I got them for, I’m not complaining. 

I also loved Yoga X, however I found that at 90 mins it was  just way too long.  Don’t get me wrong I can do a workout for 90 mins, but for some reason doing 90 mins of Yoga X just didn’t do it for me. However I found that if I broke it up into two 45 mins portions, so 1 part in the morning,  then the 2nd 45 mins in the afternoon/evening, a lot better and easier.
The other thing I found is that Yoga X is a lot more  flowy compared to stretch X.  Even though Stretch X is shorter, you will find Yoga X more beneficial for you holistically. Well that’s what I found at least. So even if you find that Yoga X is a bit too long like me, just do it, even if you have to split it up into 2 parts.

The other workout that surprised me (in a good way) was Core Synergistics.  When I first saw the description I did think to myself “hmm, I don’t think I will like this”.  Yet I was dead wrong.  Even Tony states in the workout that you may find it may become your favourite workout to do, and he was right, it is one of my favourite workouts.
To be honest, I would rather do 1 hour of a core workout than 10-20 mintues of an abdominal workout.  I know that this is something that I do need to improve one.

Another side note.  Yes I still do an abs workout, I just don’t do it as often as I should, as I do more core workout instead, which I prefer. Yes my core is a lot stronger than it was a year ago.  There are things I can do now with ease that a year ago I found difficult. 

Ab Ripper X is intense (well that’s what I found at least).  If you find it too hard, then do P90 ab 100 or P90M ab 200.  I’m not going to lie, I did, I also did Turbofire ab10 or Nike Training Club abs or core instead.
Alternatively  just don’t do as many reps, and then work up to the full 15-20 reps.

So if you are looking for a STRENGTH workout to do at home, then I would recommend P90X (there is also p90x2 but I haven’t tired that so I can’t comment on that yet).
And the reason I have strength in capitals, is because it is predominately a strength workout with cardio on the side.  If you are looking for a cardio workout with strength on the side, then P90X is not for you.

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