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Alternatives to P90X

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Alternatives to P90X
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The P90X 90-day workout and nutrition plan claims to get you in the best shape of your life by working out for one hour a day. Although exercisers report that P90X is effective if you're motivated enough to tackle the program, it's not the only way to blast back to fitness in a short time period. Almost any fitness program that meets and exceeds the American College of Sports Medicine's exercise recommendations of cardio three to five days a week and strength training twice a week will do the job, if performed diligently and to the proper intensity level.

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Power 90

The Power 90 workout system is a scaled-down version of P90X, which stands for Power 90 eXtreme. The Power 90 workout comes with access to online diet and fitness tips, and six different cardio and muscle-sculpting workouts that follow the P90X principle of keeping your body guessing so that you never hit a plateau. Although Power 90 won't provide the same level of results in as short a time as P90X, because Power 90 is less intense, it still represents a well-rounded, effective workout program.

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels' website offers customized meal plans and a complete cardio and fitness program, plus access to others making the same weight loss journey, all online. It's just as easy to ignore your online meal plan or workout as it is to not push play on the P90X DVD, but if you're motivated and diligent, the two-pronged nutrition-and-fitness approach will show fast results.

Train With Me Online

Train With Me Online offers a mix of fee-based subscription services and free offerings. You get access to printable workout plans and video demonstrations, diet and nutrition advice and member forums. You may find it more difficult to be consistent with this loosely structured program as opposed to the rigorous P90X, but if you're self-motivated, this type of service can help you lose weight and change your eating habits, regaining your fitness at little to no cost.

Boot Camps

Boot camp-style workouts remain a popular fitness trend. They provide intense, varied cardiovascular and muscle-building workouts in a limited amount of time. Boot camp classes usually run in cycles, so contact fitness facilities in your area to locate a series of boot camp classes that you can attend.

Mix and Match

One of P90X's greatest strengths is the varied workouts that keep your body guessing. You may be doing plyometrics one day, yoga the next day, then martial arts. You can create your own multi-faceted workout program by mixing and matching your favorite workout DVDs for kickboxing, yoga, cardio and muscle sculpting. Use brick-and-mortar or online DVD rental programs, online streaming video or cable on demand to get access to the widest variety of workouts at the lowest cost.

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