P90X is an intense workout program that relies on daily workouts and muscle confusion to help its users tone and build muscles as well as lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. However, when the P90X guidelines are not followed correctly, the workout can quickly become dangerous. These dangers can be avoided by following the P90X recommendations, taking breaks as needed and seeing your doctor before taking part in the program.
Muscle injury is one of the most common dangers of intense workout routines like P90X. Although the videos in the P90X series start with a warm-up and stretching, muscles can still be stressed and overworked by choosing weights that are too heavy, doing the exercises incorrectly or performing more reps than your muscles can handle.
Your joints are also at risk when using P90X videos for fitness. The joints of your shoulders, wrists, ankles and knees are at most risk for injury when using the workout DVDs from bending the joint in an abnormal way, or by placing too much stress on the joint whether from manual exercises like push-ups or from exercises that require the use of weights that place stress on the mechanisms of the joint.
Tendon and Ligament Injuries
Tendon injuries can also occur with intense exercise regimens like P90X, especially injuries the the Achilles tendon. Ligament injuries can also occur, especially around the joints of the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles where the weight stress is placed during the P90X workouts.
A factor that can increase the chances an injury will occur are the often quick changes between exercises, suggests the American Council on Exercise. Although the system suggests that if you need to pause the video between exercises you can, that does not necessarily guarantee that the user will do this.
This exercise system also provides DVD for cardiovascular workouts, or "cardio." If you have a preexisting heart condition -- such as an enlarged heart -- or cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, it's important to talk to your doctor first before taking part in this exercise program, as it may be too intense for your condition.