Does the P90X Workout Really Work? A P90X Independent Review by ACE
Does the P90X workout really work? I get asked this question quite frequently. Of course, the first thing I do is tell my story, then Monica’s story. That’s enough for most people. But, there are some who want unbiased info…so I went and found a P90X independent review. Actually, it’s a study performed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
The study provides plenty of technical data for you analysts out there. While the science comforts me, I don’t claim to understand it all. What I know is that P90X worked for me. It taught me how to eat and how to train. I still to a lot of the workouts. I believe in functional fitness. I’m not the sort of person that exercises because I want a six pack. I’m the sort of person that wants to ride my bike 50 miles or surf on my stand up paddleboard for 90 minutes without too much struggle.
Before P90X I was well on my way to being a broken old man at age 37 due to an ACL injury. After P90X, I realized that the limits of my fitness were self imposed. Now, I realize that if I want to get faster on my bike or be a better surfer – and avoid injuries, I need to maintain my physical fitness. P90X and Insanity make that pretty easy. The workouts are challenging every time I do them, which is important to me. I want to feel like I did something significant for my body after I exercise.
I do think the conclusion of the study is interesting. Here’s the bottom line:
“There’s no doubt that if people want to get into shape, the best way to do it is with high-intensity, interval-training like you’re seeing here with P90X,” says Dr. Porcari. “The muscle confusion—that’s one of the biggest draws because you don’t get bored, you’re doing a lot of different workouts in a different sequence and your body never gets a chance to plateau.
“When it comes to your muscles and your cardiovascular system, if you break them down, they bounce back stronger,” continues Porcari. “But they kind of get used to any chronic stimulus, so by doing things differently you’re just constantly challenging the muscles and cardiovascular system to respond and improve.”
Porcari’s fellow researcher, Joel Woldt, M.S., agrees:
“If you do P90X, at least the four workouts I’ve tested, and if you do it to the best of your ability,” he says, “there’s no way you’re not going to get results.”
So, will P90X work for you? Based on this P90X independent review, I’d say it’s highly likely. But, it ultimately depends on you, your goals, how hard you are willing to work and – most importantly – whether you follow the P90X Nutrition Guide or some other nutritionally sound approach to fueling your body.
If you are interested in giving it a shot, let us know. We offer FREE coaching for P90X and all the other Beachbody programs. We’d love to help you help yourself.