Q: What do you think about P90X? -Chelsea T.
A: P90X, or Beach Body, the umbrella company, is the behemoth of the infomercial fitness world and now is expanding their market through an affiliate program. Tony Horton, the head trainer on the P90X DVDs, has done an amazing job of marketing the concept of getting fit in your home and the chaos theory of training (Muscle Confusion). One of the primary teachings of P90X is that you want to constantly have muscle confusion and that muscle adapts to new stimulus. The program is very intensive and has a proven track record for success for those that stick with it.
The P90X program is a well rounded program in the fact that it includes exercise, nutrition, and the opportunity to supplement. P90X is probably the most useful for people that are slightly overweight (10-30 lbs.) and that have been exercising regularly. The emphasis on keeping your heart rate up and doing strength training movements should create significant fat loss for the participant if they are following a healthy eating protocol. The workouts are very intense and they build on each other and will take you to the limits of what you are capable of doing in an hour training session.
It would be very difficult for an obese person to do the P90X workouts. Generally, when you start a weight loss program as an overweight or obese or really anyone you want to make sure that basic movements can be performed correctly. Mastering basic movement patterns will help prevent injury and allow you to get stronger. Once you can perform basic movements, like a squat, correct the intensity of a workout can increase. This program doesn’t have a good progression for beginners.
We believe it is essential that a program have a pre-habilitation program to help individuals learn the basic movements correctly and to prevent injury. Foam rolling or myofascial release is essential to improving the quality of the muscle and to help in recovery. Active stretching is going to help strengthen you through the whole range of your muscle and will increase flexibility. Pre-hab movements enable you to do basic movements correctly and address weakness in areas that most people have problems or could have problems with an aggressive workout program.
P90X is a good fitness program if you are trying to lose those few extra pounds. If you are just getting started working out again and have more weight to lose check out a program like www.coreperformance.com and do the twelve week program found in the core performance book. After the twelve weeks on the www.coreperformance.com workout you will be better prepared to start the P90X program.