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What Equipment Is Needed for P90X Workouts?

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Denton Dean has written about current events and lifestyle issues since 2005. He is a former reporter for "Politicker," a "New York Observer" publication. Dean earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where he studied health care policy.
What Equipment Is Needed for P90X Workouts?
You'll need weights or bands for your P90X workouts. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

P90X is a popular at-home fitness program. To execute its workouts properly you will need some basic P90X equipment. Basic equipment includes dumbbells or resistance bands, a chin-up bar and a yoga mat. Beachbody--the company that markets P90X--recommends additional equipment and supplements. While you could complete the P90X routines without this equipment, using it may improve your performance.

Basic Equipment

Yoga mat: Regardless of whether you have carpeted or hardwood floors, you may want to buy a yoga mat. The mat will help absorb shock and protect your joints during the high-impact P90X workouts. While some of the routines require a mat, you may want to use one even on routines that don’t.

Dumbbells or resistance bands: Most P90X routines require some form of weight resistance. Beachbody recommends dumbbells ranging from five to 70 lbs. The amount of weight you will need will vary depending on your fitness level and a particular routine. If you don’t have access to weights, you can modify the routines with resistance bands.

Chin-up bar: To complete the pull-ups and back exercises, you will need a chin-up bar. Most bars fit inside a doorway in your home. Many of these models can also double as push-up stands for the chest workouts.

Recommended Equipment

Push-up stands: Beachbody recommends using these grips to help increase the intensity and effectiveness of the chest exercises. If you prefer, you can use your chin-up bar or a pair of dumbbells.

Yoga blocks: If you’re not very flexible and can’t use your fingers or hands to support your body during the yoga sequences, you may want to invest in yoga blocks to provide extra support and stability.

Optional Equipment

Heart-rate monitor: Tony Horton, P90X’s instructor, often references his heart rate during the intense cardiovascular portions of the series. If you want to exercise at your target heart rate, use a monitor to track it.

Body-fat tester: This tracking tool can help you monitor the way your body changes as you progress through the P90X regimen.


Recovery drink: After cardiovascular and muscle conditioning routines, you will want to refuel and replenish your body with a mix of carbohydrates, protein and other essential nutrients. Beachbody markets a recovery drink, but you can purchase other products or make your own.

Whey protein: Weight trainers often turn to this milk-derived protein to build muscle; Beachbody recommends adding this supplement to make sure you're getting enough protein.

Creatine: Athletes have long used creatine to increase energy production and muscle strength. Check with your health care provider before adding any workout supplement--including creatine--to your diet.

Where to Purchase P90X Equipment

Beachbody sells a branded line of products through its website. Major discount department stores sell basic weight sets, resistance bands and mats. Sporting goods stores usually offer more specialized and varied equipment. P90X products, such as pull-up bars, have become major sellers at online retailers partly because of the program’s large following.

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