Go Extreme With P90x

By: Derek Cladek

P90X takes at-home workouts to the extreme. In just 90 days, P90X transforms the body into a lean fat-burning machine. The formula behind P90X is muscle confusion. Studies have shown that workouts that use the same moves allow the body to adapt and weight loss to plateau. The purpose of P90X is the combat the body's attempt to adapt. Introducing different moves in different rotations confuses the muscles and prevents the body from adapting to workouts in P90X. The 12 workouts provide enough new moves and routines so that the body is not allowed to plateau.

Tony Horton is not new to 90-day transformations. His Power 90 series and Power Half Hour have used circuit training to get thousands into shape in a short period of time. However, P90X takes this to another level. It's not just another strength training program that keeps you busy doing squats and crunches. There is variety. There is a challenge. These workouts include Chest & Back, Plyometrics, Shoulders & Arms, Yoga X, Legs & Back, Kenpo X, Core Synergistics, X Stretch, Chest Shoulders & Triceps, Back & Biceps, Cardio X, and Ab Ripper X.

The great thing about P90X is that you work within a certain timeframe. After 90 days, the body should be completely transformed. People typically track their results in 30-day increments. The incredible thing is that a lot of people actually see noticeable results after the first 30 days. This is because the workouts challenge the body while the diversity prevents the body from adapting to the moves and plateauing.

Not all of the workouts sound beneficial. After all, how extreme can yoga be? Still, changing things up keeps the body guessing. The P90X results are not only more lean muscle mass and reduced body fat but also increased flexibility and more endurance. Although most of the workouts are self-explanatory, not all will know what Plyometrics, Kenpo X, or Core Synergistics entail.

Kenpo X is a cardio workout that uses punching and kicking to promote endurance, balance and coordination. Plyometrics is also a cardio workout, and it focuses on explosive jumping training to increase the heart rate and improve athletic performance. Finally, Core Synergistics is a workout that focuses on working multiple muscle groups simultaneously in addition to strengthening the core. These unique workouts push the body to its limits and put the X in P90X.

Keep in mind that one of the most important keys to P90X is nutrition. P90X includes an eating program to complement the intense workouts for maximum results. This eating program is designed by nutritionist Carrie Wiatt to provide individualized nutrition suggestions for each of P90X's 3 phases.

P90X requires extreme commitment to achieve extreme results. The workouts are so intense and challenging that it feels as though Tony Horton were your own personal trainer. With these extreme workouts and the 3-phase nutritional plan provided with P90X package, results come quickly. The muscle confusion prevents plateaus and 90 days after you begin the person, the mirror will reflect a completely new you.

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