P90X Workout Routine

Hailed to be an 'extreme body workout', P90X workout routine promises significant results in a relatively short period of 90 days. This FitnessVigil write-up provides information on this workout.
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Power 90 Extreme (P90X) is a home-based exercise program that has been developed by Tony Horton, an exercise instructor who rose to fame after he conceptualized this high intensity training workout. While working with the health and fitness firm, Beachbody home fitness company, Tony Horton and another trainer called Debbie Siebers chalked out a series of workouts known as Great Body Guaranteed in 1998. Tony further enhanced his previous workout methods. In 2003, Tony tested this program on graduates of Beachbody training program owing to the physical strain and physically demanding nature of this workout. Later, it became one of the most popular infomercials. It is one of the best selling products for the Beach Body Company.
The P90X workout schedule is divided into 11 DVD routines, and an additional twelfth DVD for ab exercises called Ab Ripper X. P90X workout has also become famous as P90X affiliate program on the Internet.
Program Overview
This program is designed on the 'science of muscle confusion'. As per this science, rapid sessions of different workouts impart strength and stamina to different parts of body, besides balancing extra physical strain on the body. The training sessions are meticulously fabricated with varied workouts. So, you don't have to worry about getting bored due to repetition. Another principle that is involved in this program is 'the Plateau Effect'. As per this effect, the more your body is stuck on traditional workouts, lesser will be their effectiveness.
Workout Schedule
Stretching over a period of 13 weeks, with exercises to be performed 6 days per week, P90X workout schedule allows three rotations with the program: Classic, Lean, and Doubles routine. With combination of different types of exercises, this workout is holistic in nature. The 12 workouts of this routine are as follows: Chest and Back, Plyometrics, Arms and Shoulders, Yoga, Legs and Back, Kenpo, Ab Ripper X, X Stretch, Core Synergestics, Chest, Shoulders, Triceps-Back and Biceps, and Cardio X. The DVDs set costs around USD 120, besides shipping costs. Moreover, if you don't have specific gym equipment like dumbbells, chin up bars, etc., you may have to purchase them too. Many regard it to be a very fair deal, considering the cost involved in joining a gym. Besides that, the nutrition guide is free. All you need is to buy groceries and their mentioned diets from shops.
Classic P90X Workout Routine
Phase 1
Week 1 to 3
Monday Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Plyometrics
Wednesday Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 4
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Phase 2
Week 5-7
Monday Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Plyometrics
Wednesday Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 8
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 9 and 11
Monday Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Plyometrics
Wednesday Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Weeks 10 and 12
Monday Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Plyometrics
Wednesday Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 13
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Lean P90X Workout Routine
P90X Leans
Phase 1
Week 1 to 3
Monday Core Synergistics
Tuesday Cardio X
Wednesday Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 4
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Phase 2
Week 5-7
Monday Core Synergistics
Tuesday Cardio X
Wednesday Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 8
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Cardio X
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 9 and 11
Monday Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Cardio X
Wednesday Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Weeks 10 and 12
Monday Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Cardio X
Wednesday Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 13
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Cardio X
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Doubles P90X Workout Routine
P90X Doubles
Phase 1
Week 1 to 3
Monday Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Plyometrics
Wednesday Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 4
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Phase 2
Week 5-7
Monday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday Plyometrics
Wednesday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
Thursday Yoga X
Friday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 8
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 9 and 11
Monday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Plyometrics
Wednesday Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X
Thursday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Yoga X
Friday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Weeks 10 and 12
Monday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
Tuesday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Plyometrics
Wednesday Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
Thursday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Yoga X
Friday [AM] Cardio X
[PM] Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Saturday Kenpo X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
Week 13
Monday Yoga X
Tuesday Core Synergistics
Wednesday Kenpo X
Thursday X Stretch
Friday Core Synergistics
Saturday Yoga X
Sunday Rest or X Stretch
The pros of this routine are that it has been around for 5 - 6 years and has achieved substantial success. To add to that, it's a great workout for those who wish to get a toned body in a short span of 3 months. While the nutrition guide is free, you also get a good fitness guide, P90X calendar, and simple videos explaining everything. On the flip side, this workout is not meant for beginners. It's tough for an average person. Also, you would need to buy extra equipment. So, do go through the reviews in order to take an informed decision.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only. Always consult a physician before starting any physical fitness program in order to reduce the risk of injury.
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