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P90X- An At Home Dad’s Review

May 21, 2020

We all have our various fitness routines, whether its fitness classes, gym workouts, cardio sessions or team sports. Whatever it is, more than likely it was affected the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us now have to build a new routine, something that we can do at home with little or no equipment needed. A popular at home workout program series that you may have heard of is P90x. Created by Tony Horton in 2005, this at home workout series was made for folks who want a complete workout series that they can do at home. Now this series takes 13 weeks to complete, so you probably want to read a review or two before you try. No problem! This article is for you.

Back in September, I also had to start a brand new fitness routine, when I started paternity leave! The plan was for me to be at home for 7 months, returning to work in April. Over that time I would complete the P90x, P90x2 and start the p90x3 programs, doing the workouts when my daughter took her morning naps.  When I went back to work in April, i ended up in my basement office instead and still going through p90 as a fitness program in the morning before I started my day. So after going through each program back to back to back, I can now offer my non-professional, completely personal, but hopefully helpful review of each P90 at home workout program!

P90X– first released in 2005, Horton’s mega success builds off of the Power 90 series he stared in. This 13 week program features 12 separate workouts, everything from yoga to kempo, cardio to plyo. There are different formats to choose, and I went with the classic format, which meant one workout per day.  This also features the famously challenging, AB Ripper X, a 13 minute ab workout that is incredibly hard. This series is the building block for the other two and features a wide array of exercises that work the entire body.

For this series and the remaining two, the only piece of equipment you must have are exercise bands, between that and body weight you can participate in all the exercises. However, if you can, I would suggest using more the exercise equipment suggested, which includes dumbbells, push up stands and chin up bars. My one major critique of P90X is the yoga class. I found it to be boring, repetitive and far too long in duration, I often switched it out with another yoga class i found on youtube.

P90X2-2011, The follow up series featured 15 workouts, and again included yoga, ab, and plyo specific workouts. There are two main differences from p90x. First is the formatting, P90x2 is structured over 3 phases (like the other P90 programs) but the length of each phase is up to you. I went with 4 week phases, to match P90x.

The other major difference is the focus on stability, mobility and balance work. Many of the exercises require an exercise ball and/or medicine balls. The stretching and mobility sessions often use a foam roller. The program does offer modifications to the exercise if you don’t have the equipment, but if your going to do P90x2, you should have an exercise ball and a foam roller.

What I liked most about P90x2 was that you only had to workout 5 days a week, the workouts themselves I found more challenging than P90x, but the rest days were great! Using the exercise ball  was a nice change up, but not something I want to use daily in workouts.

P90x3– 2014 The latest and my favorite program, P90x3. This series is structure similar to P90x, and I completed the program in 13 weeks. I am using the standard structure, which means one workout per day. The biggest difference in this time is length of workout, with each one lasting 30 minutes. With the workouts being 30 minutes, the intensity is ramped up. This is my preferred style, work harder, but for a shorter period of time. This program also has 16 different workouts, including yoga and pilate classes that are much improved. Again, the only equipment need are exercise bands, but having weights, push up stands and a chin up bar is beneficial.

Overall, I think the P90 series is a solid at home workout program. It is definitely not for beginners, and like any new exercise, if you have any concerns, consult your doctor beforehand. Horton is a good instructor, full of energy, and he gives straight forward advice and tips. Granted his personality isn’t for anyone and some might tire of him after a few weeks. However, once you get to know the workouts, you can enjoy them on mute! Or with your own music playlist motivating you.

I hope you enjoyed my review, if you want to share your experiences with P90x or other workout programs or have some questions, feel free to email me at or reach out in social media @rrcrebels

Thanks for reading,