Is P90X A Scam?

by Kilo on December 16, 2010

So, for the last year or so I’ve been bombarded with commercials for P90X, a “hardcore” workout program that helps you burn fat and build muscle. I’ve been walking around for a year making the X symbol with my two arms, just like the people in the video, but it seems like there is actually a bit more to the program.

My brother was doing it for a while. I checked it out. Are you ready for the new, revolutionary way to work out? Wait for it, it’s…circuit training. String movements together. Work them hard. Sweat. Hurt. Yell. Reminds me of Crossfit in your living room. Oh, and don’t forget to make that X symbol. Take in fewer calories than you expend and you’ll start to see your abs.

This is not revolutionary, even if Tony Horton says it is. I wouldn’t go so far as to call P90X a scam, as many of its detractors and competitors are doing–but saying something is “new” or “groundbreaking” when in fact it is just the same old thing with an X symbol made with your well-defined arms isn’t the paragon of integrity either. And anyway, Triple H patented that move, or he should have.

Absolutely nothing new here. Same old principles, different day. More yelling. More macho posturing. More pain. More infomercials. More ads. More “Insanity,” I guess. The only way this is the best program for someone is if they enjoy doing it more than anything else. I have no idea why anyone would enjoy this, however.Even Crossfit workouts in the gym provide a sense of camaraderie. I have no interest in getting this crazy and worked up and potentially hurt in the privacy of my own home, or anywhere else.

P90X gets great results for women, too! Maybe so, but the cost is more than I would be comfortable with as a trainer. There is simply no reason I can see for experiencing this much pain in a workout.

Get stronger–and yes, you can get stronger without weights–and you’ll look better. It can be that simple. No insanity required.

One of the few useful things I ever heard on the Dragon Door forum was that P90X was a great way to get leaner and weaker. I still smile about that every time I think about it.


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Amy December 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thanks for the video it made me laugh. You remember back in the 90′s when they’d do the low x and say suck it? Yeah that’s what the bring it with the x made me think of. Makes me think turning Smarties into a “diet” pill with an exercise & eating program isn’t such a bad idea after all LOL. It was my big get rich plan in undergrad.


Kilo December 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I hate Smarties!


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