Three weeks ago, my husband and I started the P90X at home fitness program. We know four people that have used this program with great success. We were looking for a more convenient way for us to both exercise and DVDs really work well for us. This way we can both work out at the same time while the children sleep. It’s been surprisingly easy to carve out 60-75 minutes out of our weeknight evenings and weekend mornings to exercise.
My initial impressions of the program are quite good. Tony knows his stuff and his program offers a lot of variety. There is a good blend of strength training and cardio and the exercises are quite challenging. You can customize the program to fit your goals (there is a classic, lean, and doubles program depending on your desires and time commitment) and you can adapt every exercise to either build strength/size (fewer reps) or to tone and stay lean (12-15 reps). We are doing the classic program, with a couple twists (we don’t have 90 min for the yoga, so we’ve cut that back considerably, and we like core synergistics so we do more of it). So far, my favorite workouts are the plyometrics and core synergistics. This program is heavy on the pushups and pull-ups, which may be a turnoff for some women. I have modified (I use bands instead of doing pull-ups) and I just grit by teeth and push myself, quite literally, through the push-ups. The biggest downside so far was the purchase of all the equipment needed–bands, dumbbells, etc.
Neither my husband nor I really have any weight to lose, but we’d like to tone up and be more fit. I personally have seen no changes yet, which surprises me a little given the intensity of the program and how much I’m exercising. However, I truly believe that all programs deserve a full 6-8 weeks of commitment before evaluation of effectiveness. I will give an updated review and progress report halfway through the program (week 7) and when we’ve completed it (week 13). I should note that we have chosen not to follow the diet, because we already eat a very healthy diet rich in organic fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole grains. The high protein (50%) dietary recommendation for the first phase of the program just doesn’t work for us. But while I’m making no major dietary adjustments, I am trying to practice really good portion control.
Wish us luck!