You’ve seen the P90X infomercial more times than you’re willing to admit. You’ve watched testimonials of those who have completed the program, with great interest. You’ve marveled at their claims of going from “regular to ripped” in just 90 days. Flush with excitement, perhaps you ordered the program, but now feel apprehensive about starting. You wonder if you're up to the challenge. Well, worry no more. Drive, determination and the will to succeed are keys to measurable results with this revolutionary home fitness program. Just make sure you are armed with important information and basic supplies before you begin.
Watch the “How to Bring it” DVD that comes with the package to orient yourself with the program.
Read the P90X Fitness Guide thoroughly to become familiar with the program. The guide contains valuable information designed to give you the tools you need to get started and help you succeed. Pay specific attention to the term “muscle confusion” as this is the science the program is built around.
Record your body measurements, recording your chest, waist, hips, thighs and arm measurements; weigh yourself and record your weight. Using a body fat tester, measure and record your body fat. This starting point information will be valuable for comparing your progress as you move through the program.
Snap “before” photos wearing either a swimsuit, or your underwear to get a clear idea of what your body looks like now. The photo is essential for giving you an accurate comparison to the “after” photos you will take later on.
Take the P90X Fit Test according to the Fit Test guidelines contained in the Fitness Guide. Tools required to take the Fit Test include: a heart rate monitor, body fat tester or caliper, measuring tape, scale, chin-up bar, stopwatch, towel, water and finally, a friend or family member to keep track of your Fit Test results during the test.
Review the P90X Nutrition Plan book to learn about the three eating phases of the program: Phase 1—The Fat Shredder, Phase 2—The Energy Booster and Phase 3—The Endurance Maximizer.
Purchase vitamin supplements, a recovery drink, protein bars and / or whey protein powder. These items are fundamental for providing your body with the proper nutrients it needs after each workout.
Perform a check to be sure you have the additional equipment required, including a yoga mat, yoga blocks, chin-up bar, a set of dumbbells or resistance bands.
Photocopy the worksheets (from the Fitness Guide) to record exercises (how many reps you complete etc.) during each workout. These worksheets can also be downloaded from the Beachbody.com website.
Set aside a block of time to watch each workout DVD so you'll know what to expect.
Sign up for a member account on the Beachbody.com community message boards. The message boards are an excellent source of information and encouragement and a great way to share your progress with others who are doing P90X.
- “P90X Extreme Home Fitness: Fitness Guide”; Beachbody; 2007
- “P90X Extreme Home Fitness: Nutrition Plan”; Beachbody; 2008