I HAVE TROUBLE motivating for video workouts. If left alone in my living room, I will jump around for 20 minutes. Then, I usually get bored and hit “stop.” It’s why I pay trainers to keep me accountable.
But I heard P90X was hard. I had never done it even when it was the workout of the moment, and I was curious.
A friend offered up P90X2, the second in the series, that touts “muscle integration,” using every muscle in every move. It sounded like a good fitness challenge.
While researching this column, I learned there is a big subculture of p90x workouts. A surprising number of people volunteered their P90X disc sets — and knew intimate details about the dynamics between trainer Tony Horton and his on-screen cohorts.
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In hopes of making the workout fun, one of my trainers and I rallied some friends at my gym. A group workout was more motivating, and we soon realized a gym stocked with props was helpful.
In case you were wondering, I did not do the full 90-day program. I made it probably an hour, doing “Plyocide” and “Shoulders and Arms.” We skipped “Ab Ripper.”
We started with Plyocide. You can modify without props, but my group of fitness buffs decided to make it harder. When Tony called for twists with a lightweight stability ball, we used 10-pound medicine balls. It seemed like a good call at first, then we did squats holding the ball overhead. My trainer Alyssa’s eyes lit up — new warm-up moves! The rest of us groaned.
Plyometrics is dynamic jump training, and Plyocide seemed to mean jump more, faster. We did lots of fast feet exercises and jumping squats, including jumping side to side over a line on one foot. We did intense push-ups, exploding up so hands and feet came off the ground. I liked frog burpees, with a big jump of elbows to knees replacing a simple jump for the burpee — although I’m not sure I would want to do a lot of them.
Plyocide also included long holds on one foot and slow transitions to challenge balance, such as going from a lunge up onto one foot with the other leg extended behind.
Tony offers plenty of modifications — and more cheesy jokes — though he could have given us more instruction.
After 30 minutes of breathing hard during Plyocide, we skipped to Shoulders and Arms, which I’m sure violates P90X’s rules of use. With medicine balls and light weights, we did simple shoulder presses up with dumbbells, extensions holding weights out to the side and forward, triceps work and biceps curls. You could make it more challenging for a few exercises by balancing on one foot.
I liked the weight exercises, especially while balancing, although biceps curls didn’t strike me as “muscle integration.” After the moves got repetitive, we might have stood around talking, perhaps the danger of doing videos with friends.
According to my expert friends, you do p90x workout schedule six days a week, mixing the 12 weights and cardio videos. It sounds like a pretty well-balanced recipe for getting stronger and fitter. I’ve heard some people will do P90X first, then join a gym. Whatever it takes.
I can vouch that you’ll be challenged, no matter your conditioning, especially if you take on 90 days. Go for it. See what happens. You might be surprised by how strong you get — and how many of Tony’s jokes you’ll know by heart.