Final P90X Results and Review

30 May

After 3 intense months Adam and I are officially P90X graduates!  It has been a lot of hard work, planning, and early mornings, but man alive it has been so worth it!  Adam and I have both seen big changes in the mirror, but more importantly in strength and overall fitness.  I love what P90X has done for my running and my overall durability.  I just feel strong.  And I like it. This is a program that I highly recommend and can personally attest to the results.  Check out the P90X page to see more tips or thoughts on getting started.  The information below is based on Adam and I completing the “Classic” version of P90X. Onto the final results (and embarrassing pictures)!

What is P90X?

P90X is a home fitness program designed by Tony Horton and produced by Beachbody.  They are the same producers of Insanity, Turbofire, and many other at-home workout programs.  The program calls for a minimum of 6 days a week of workouts which vary from heavy lifting for the arms, legs, and shoulders, to high intensity plyometrics, to Yoga.  P90X is known for being an intense, but well-designed comprehensive fitness program.

Final Tape Measure Results:

(Kelly in blue, Adam in green, in inches.  Feb – May).

Waist: -2.25      -3

Chest: -3      +1.25

Hips: -2.5    -1.75

Calf: +.25     +.125

Bicep:  0    0    (I swear we did the arm workouts)

Body Fat Percentages:

(This is from Phase 2 – we didn’t get a fat caliper initially)

Kelly: -2%

Adam: -3%

Weight:

From Oct – May (We didn’t weigh ourselves again at the beginning of Round 2 Phase 1)

Kelly: -8.5 lbs. (down 10 lbs. from my heaviest last spring)

Adam: -9lbs.

Running:

While training for my half-marathon this spring I have consistently noticed higher and higher paces.  I believe a huge part of this is due to P90X.  I am stronger and faster.  P90X also helped me to attain my fastest half-marathon to date!  A full 15 minute PR from last year!

Photos:

Adam and I initially started a first round of P90X in October.  With this round we ate generally healthily, but didn’t follow the nutrition guide to a T.  Additionally we started this round over the holidays and got a little over half-way.  Adam had to drop after about 5 weeks of P90X so in week 9 or so I jumped ship and we started a brand new round so Adam could join in again.  This explains the transition from Oct – May.  The plan from Oct – Feb was based on healthy eating, completing a minimum of 4-5 workouts per week.  The plan from Feb – May was based on following the nutrition plan and a minimum of 5-6 workouts per week.  There were some cheat meals in there around the holidays as well.  These photos show our complete progress of the entire 6-7 months of following the workouts.

Kelly Back and Side Oct-May

Adam Back Oct-May

Pros:

  • If you put the work in, you will get results.
  • There is a wide variety of exercises (yoga, lifting, plyo, kenpo).
  • You can literally do the whole thing in your house.
  • It’s well organized and set up for you – you don’t have to think!
  • Tony is motivating and knowledgeable (and intense).
  • They show a wide range of levels and modifications.  I used these modifications heavily in the beginning.
  • Tony never makes you feel bad if you can’t do something initially – Do your best and forget the rest!
  • It’s a great program for men and women.  Adam and I could successfully do it together even though we desired different results (gain muscle vs. lose weight).
  • It’s a great program to do with a partner of either sex!  It was great to have something Adam and I could share and do together.
  • The videos include a warm-up and cool down which makes each workout comprehensive and complete.
  • From a woman’s perspective: you don’t bulk up.  This was a big fear of mine.
  • From a man’s perspective: you build muscle and can get bigger!
  • After purchasing P90X you get to keep it.  Unlike a gym membership, you have the videos and program as an investment.

Cons:

  • The workouts are long and a commitment.  Minimum of 60 minutes, but average 75 minutes.  Yoga is 90 minutes.
  • 6 days a week workout.  I would’ve loved 5 days a week.  This gives you flexibility and you can always get another workout in another way.  6 days a week made it hard to plan around P90X if you are super busy or travel often on the weekends.
  • Some of the ‘characters’ might annoy you, including Tony.  For me this was never a deal-breaker, but something to note.
  • From a guy’s perspective: To really maximize results it can get expensive.  Adam really could’ve used heavier weights.  He needed more of a range of weights (and at $1 a pound, 2 thirty pound dumbells is 70 bucks).  It’s an investment that you’ll use over the course of time, but it’s certainly an investment.
  • The nutrition plan can get a bit stale.  At times I felt there weren’t enough options in each of the categories (we did the portion plan).

 Final Thoughts

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my P90X results.  When I look back on my pictures I don’t remember looking that way.  It’s pretty amazing what hard work and dedication can do!  I really enjoyed the set-up and ease of the program and it is something I have recommended to family and friends.  Personally I think it’s an awesome program for both men and women.  Initially I couldn’t find a lot of info for P90X for women, but after completing the program myself I can definitely say it’s effective for either gender.

P90X is intense so I would make sure you’re relatively fit before beginning the program.  You can always do a “pre-P90X” in the form of Power 90 or another Beachbody program.  Another option is modification.  Many moves I couldn’t complete in the beginning and made modifications to make the moves easier.  This strategy worked great for me.  Then it was super thrilling when I could complete them!

This program can change your fitness level and life, but it is definitely a commitment.  Do your research and prepare before diving into it.  If you’re able to stick with it the program is very rewarding.  It has taught me a lot of good habits that I look forward to carrying forward with me.  P90X is something I will definitely hang onto and do again (probably before the wedding :)).  This has been one investment I’m thrilled I purchased!

Thanks P90X for an awesome program!

-Kelly

Note: I am not affiliated with Beachbody or P90X in any way, shape, or form.  I am not a coach nor do I work for the company/know someone who does.  The opinions expressed are mine alone and I was not compensated in any way.

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30 Responses to “Final P90X Results and Review”

  1. thehappyguide May 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Great results ! :)

  2. terry4505 May 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Awesome review Kelly!

    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Insanity.

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks Terry! Agreed – I’m super curious to see how I like Insanity now that I’ve completed P90X. I have a feeling I’m going to love the somewhat shorter workouts!

      • terry4505 May 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

        The shorter workouts… The Intensity… I love P90X (I am going back to it after a two-year hiatus in two weeks) but Insanity is a whole different beast.

        The first time through the warm-up, I didn’t know what hit me.

        I think you are going to love it.

        • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

          That’s what I’ve heard – shorter, but super intense. I’m excited and nervous for Monday! Good luck with P90X again – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it after such along time away from Tony!

  3. jojo922 May 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Looking good!!!

  4. hkzwart May 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    I could “second” almost your whole experience… it was very equivalent to my husband’s and my experience 4 years ago when we first invested in this program. Now, (and many Beachbody programs later!) I’m taking on P90X2 for the second time and completing my P90X Qualification program as a Beachbody coach. Watching the training videos makes me excited about it all over again. Love the unbiased review from a participant’s perspective!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      Wow – sounds like you’ve had a pretty incredible journey since starting P90X! It is such a great springboard though! I feel it is an awesome foundation and addicting :) Glad you liked the review! Congrats on your qualification!!

  5. Lucy @ Lucy On The Lookout May 31, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Wow you can really see the results, way to go! Particularly impressed that you can get these sorts of results from just doing it at home, and I also like how both you and your fiancé(ee:)!) could motivate each other to stick with the plan. Awesome Kelly!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Thanks so much Lucy! Yeah it’s pretty amazing that everything can be done right at home, surprisingly convenient! And at first working out with Adam was difficult (we both annoyed each other by correcting the other!!), but then we set a “no comments” rule for the first few weeks. After awhile we got used to it and really enjoy it now! :)

  6. atwostoreyhome May 31, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Awesome! You can totally see a difference in all the photos. Look how narrow Adam’s waist is! He looks like a swimmer. You probably said this in a post somewhere, but how did you incorporate running into your routine? Were there days that you ran AND did P90X?

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      I know that little skinny minnie!! His pants are smaller than mine! Though we always want what we can’t have – he’d prefer to be bigger and I’d prefer to be smaller! ;) I did incorporate running into the mix. I ran 3 times a week – 2 short runs and 1 long one on the weekend. During my short runs I almost always did both P90X and ran. I’d do P90X in the morning and go for a run on my lunch break. On the weekends I normally just did my long run instead of P90X or just on what should’ve been my rest day. Oops. :) I have a post about it in the P90X section – P90X and Running. I actually really liked the training and didn’t find it to be too much. Let me know if you have any other questions about it!

  7. megbek May 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Good job posting your pictures and results – along with a thorough recap. You can absolutely see differences in both you guys and that is the best kind of result. I think that programs like this are wonderful, and I’m loving seeing real life results. I believe you said insanity is up next, right? WOOOOO! :) I didn’t know that P90x came with an eating plan.. Interesting. I’m glad you’re happy with your results, congratulations on completing it. So, question: is it something you’re going to keep using? Have a wonderful weekend!!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Thanks!! Yeah we both are pretty excited! It’s neat to see the progression – very motivating. Insanity starts Monday – eeek!! And yeah.. P90X has a nutrition plan. I thought it was pretty good and was helpful to learn better eating habits. Because Insanity has it’s own little nutrition guide (that I haven’t read yet) I will likely switch to that one. But if it’s weird or I don’t like it I will probably stick to P90X. Essentially P90X just breaks food groups into servings – for example, today I get 2 carbs and 3 proteins or whatever.. it was nice to focus on variety and proportion of food groups (instead of straight calories). It took awhile to get used to – but I’d definitely use it in the future. Enjoy your weekend too!! :)

  8. Chani135 May 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    What amazing results!!! So awesome to see your progress through the whole program! Way to go!!! You look awesome!

  9. TheDailyRunner June 1, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    Congrats! That’s such great results! I remember when I first started P90X, it was just so intense that I couldn’t continue. Maybe I’ll start it up again!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings June 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

      Thanks so much! Yeah you should definitely think about it! It’s certainly intense, but well worth it. I made many modifications in the beginning to make it easier and gradually worked into the harder stuff. It’s been awesome for my running! :)

  10. Alyssa (@RoadToRD) June 1, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    What an awesome accomplishment! So cool!

  11. Jess_A June 2, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Great review Kelly, everyone else has pretty much said what I was thinking (looking great and v. impressed with dedication). It’s funny that your biceps didn’t get bigger? Big change everywhere else though. I have convinced my gym-shy husband to give it a go and he is getting more into it than me! It’s really nice to do it together, like you say. We have the resistance bands though, not the weights and I am struggling to figure out the best one to use. Practice I guess…

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings June 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      Thanks Jess!! Oh I know – isn’t that funny…no change in bicep. I will say that my arms look totally different. So it’s possible I lost fat/gained muscle and they just don’t measure differently. Great job on convincing the husband!! I can’t wait to hear about your experience! As far as the weights we just used standard free weights and it worked well for us. Lots of luck and good energy your way for getting started!

  12. vivnow June 2, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    You look terrific! I loved P90X!

  13. AngelEstep June 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Awesome job with the program. It is definitely no joke, and it is a huge commitment, time-wise. You ROCK!!

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