P90X Workouts – Extreme Fitness Made Simple!

If you have found this page then you are looking for more information on the p90x workouts. Most people are looking for information on the workouts to serve two purposes. The first is usually to find out what they are and if they can be reproduced without buying the program. The second are usually interested in what the workouts are and if they can even do the workouts. In this series of posts, I will answer both these questions. In order to give people the most information about each of the workouts in the program, I will break the article up in to multiple parts. This is so as much information can be delivered about a specific exercise that people may be interested in reading. Over the course of a week, I will release all the different parts so you can see what exercises you will be performing with p90x. To start the series off, I will start with part 1. This article will be a brief overview of all the workouts and some tips to get the most out of the program.

Table of Contents:

  1. Overview
  2. How to select a workout plan
  3. Description of each workout
  4. Getting the most out of the workouts

Overview of p90x workouts:

What are p90x workouts? This is a simple enough question and a great way to start. The workouts in this home fitness program are based on the idea of muscle confusion. This is the theory of changing your workouts every couple of weeks so your body does not get use to the workouts. This theory is not something new, fitness gurus have been using this practice for years to get people back in to shape. Guru Tony Horton, the self-proclaimed master of home workout programs, presents the workout routines to you. Tony provides the instructions in the training videos and explains each of the exercises before each of the workouts. The workouts are delivered to you on 12 DVD’s in the set, each of these video usually take about an hour to finish. Each DVD holds multiple exercises that are designed to help you with being ripped in 90 days.

Selection of a workout plan:

This is the hardest part of starting any program and it is made even harder since p90x is considered by many to have some of the extreme workouts on the market. In order to start p90x you have to figure out which of the three plans to start using in the beginning. I personally started with the lean calendar since that was the easiest of the three workout plans. Once you have selected a workout plan, which will tell you what DVD’s you will need to use. Some of the plans do not use all the DVD’s, so make sure you are paying attention to what calendar you are using.

Description of each workout DVD:

  • Chest & Back – Multiple exercises focusing on building the muscles on your chest and back. A couple examples are push-ups and pull-ups.
  • Plyometrics – One example of the workouts is jump squats.
  • Shoulders & Arms – One example of the exercises is alternating shoulder press.
  • Yoga X – An arraying of balance postures to help you build endurance.
  •  Legs & Back – Focusing on the lower body, an example would be chair lunges.
  • Kenpo X – High intensity cardio workout.
  • X Stretch – Similar to yoga x but a lot easier.
  • Core Synergistics – Exercises that will work your core Abs.
  • Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps – Exercises to build muscles in these three areas, in and out should flyers is an example.
  • Back & Biceps – Example of the workouts is elbow out lawnmowers.
  • Cardio X – High intensity cario workout designed to the heart pumping.
  • Ab Ripper X – The best workout you can do for six-pack abs.

Getting the most out of the p90x workouts:

In order to get the most out of the workouts, you have to follow the entire program. This includes fine-tuning the diet and making sure you complete all the workouts. When starting the program the workouts will take longer than the normal hour to complete. This is normal because you will have to pause the workouts in order to catch your breath in the beginning. Take it slow in the beginning and you will find over time the workouts will get easier.

Tracking your workouts:

Keeping track of workouts is important regardless of workout program you are using. P90x just makes that process a little easier for by keeping the workout sheets with the master spreadsheet. This helps you keep track of how much you could do in the beginning with each workout and how much you have improved month over month. There are other methods for keeping track like using a smartphone app or a journal, but the important part is tracking your workouts.


There is no doubt about it the workouts are hard. Getting back in to shape is never easy, but if you put in the hard work, the results will come at the end of the program. Over the next couple of weeks, I will discuss each DVD in more detail.