25 thoughts on “P90X: A Bit Overhyped and Do Runners Actually Do This Thing?

  1. I can see how people find an appeal to P90X but personally I don’t care for it. I think that functional strength always trumps aesthetic strength, but most of the population has a difficult time coming to this logic on their own. Strength training has always been a major part of my training. Runners have so many imbalances that training the core, glutes, and hammies can help build a well rounded body. As always you are spot on girlie!

  2. I have always wondered how much it would have helped my running to do more things like plyometrics, but I never did get into them. I think for most of America, they just need to get out and move however they like to do that.

  3. yeaaa P90X is totally overhyped. I think the one thing it does have going for it is that for the general population, it makes working out easy – you just pop in a dvd. If people aren’t motivated to do cardio, strength, and plyos on their own, I guess having it in all in one dvd complete with a coach and in your living room works? For those of us who train for a sport rather than for a body though….P90x is totally irrelevant hah. and hey, training for a sport is a pretty good route to a great body too! 😛

  4. I for one loved P90x. Ive actually gone through the program about 3 times now. It dosnt get much better then this IMO. But i may be a little biased since my sister-in-law was one of the trainers on the dvds.

    If anyone is interested I wrote a personal review with my results video here:

    I would have to say YES! most definitively. I’m on my second time through it and still going. It can be very very tough at first. I threw up my first couple of times. Take it slow and don’t over work and you will see the results very quickly.

    I wrote a personal review with my results video if anyone is interested 🙂

    good luck to you all.


    • thanks for stopping by and adding your insight! it’s always nice to hear from the opposite point of view, and i’m glad it worked for u…once u were able to keep ur lunch down. 😉 jk. hey, at least u kno u were working hard!

  5. I did P90X for a year straight with great results. I was already fit – a dancer and aerialist and I already was doing strength training. But I got sweet 6pack abs, the ability to do 15 pull ups without stopping and good all over tone. I didn’t do the diet I did my own. However I burnt out and have been able to just incorporate parts of the program to fit my current needs. I’m not a distance runner though (yet!) and I did find that I got bulkier then I wanted which seemed to slow me down a little. and I did the Lean program.

    • thanks for stopping by and adding your experience with it! and my gosh, can u please give me a little bit of ur flexibility, beauty and grace…i always wished i could be a dancer!! 🙂

  6. I agree with you that it’s nothing revolutionary – 90 minutes of intense workout and dieting to lose weight is not a new concept! But I did do the plyometrics disk once a week for a few months, and that was the strongest my legs have been. That being said, I could just do the work on my own…but I rarely do!

  7. I have never done P90X but I’ve been doing Insanity which is also by Beach Body for about 6months and I love it. I don’t think it’s just as simple as picking apart the basics (plyo, core, etc). I think that what makes it work is the combination and the sort of choreography of the moves (doing a specific exercise after another). I’m a highly motivated runner and I am a runner who actually goes to the gym to strength train and to do cross-training, and after incorporating Insanity into my training schedule I have never been in better shape, never had such great abs and arms, and never run as fast. I only had about 5wks to train for a 10k recently, running 3x a week and doing Insanity 3x as well, and I PR’d from high 49 to a low 47. I know that’s not superstar fast but I’ve been running a long time and never had that quick results. I credit the Insanity a lot with giving me more core strength to run faster. I never was able to get as strong a core with what I was going in the gym, and I think the stuff I did on my own in the gym was smart and well thought out. I guess my point is don’t knock something until you try it. I don’t need to be motivated but I find the instructor in Insanity really motivating- it sounds silly and I can see why you’d think that but if you try it you might change your mind. I’m glad I spent money on Insanity- okay so I can’t speak for P90X but with the same type of marketing I think it did what it said it would- in addition to making me a faster runner!

    • interesting about the Insanity one, i haven’t heard/seen that one…glad that u were able to rock it and get the results you wanted! and psshhh, any PR is worth bragging on…don’t be downplaying that! 😉

  8. I’ve never used the P90x deal, but I do have the Insanity workout set. And while I agree it wouldn’t help distance runneres on it’s own, being a runner myself, but I do think it really helps in making sure you’re well balanced. I do it in addition to a running workout. And it really helped me to improve my core, and upper body strength, something that I hate doing in a gym. It’s also kinda fun as weird as that sounds, but the instructor is really motivating and seeing the other people on the video actually sweat with you is a really good motivator.

    • thanks for the comment and we have another fan of Insanity! thanks for the runner/user perspective on it and i certainly agree that a stronger core and added upperbody strength will improve ur times. hey, and i guess with the other virtual sweaty peeps as company it helps make u wanna push it too! *cue C+C Music Factory here* 😉

  9. I have to say, I’ve never been tempted to try P90X because I didn’t want to buy the junk that came with it. I DID however, try Insanity & I LOVED IT. It was exactly like the conditioning I’d done for other sports. Obviously, once I stopped training at that level my fitness declined, but it was a great way for me to get some good training for other sports. Running….eh. I noticed I was faster & my resting heartrate was a lot lower, but that’s about it

  10. I agree with you on the hype… I borrowed my moms CD’s to try it out and I did no find a revolutionary product. What I do like about it is it forces me to do the stretching (yoga) and strengthening of muscles to help with my running. If it were not for the CD’s.. I get bored, cut the workout short, and go run instead.

    • forced stretching…that is something i DO need…i’d never slack on the running/strength, but i need someone to tie me down and force me to stretch! 😉

  11. Personally, I think P90X is great if you want to add some great muscle tone and drop body fat fast, but it is no conducive to endurance sports, it wipes you out and leaves no energy needed to perform well.

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