My husband Joe normally writes for this site, but today I’m going to share my thoughts in this P90X review for women. My name is Debby, and I’ve been through P90X from start to finish. I tried the classic version, even though it’s the intermediate level. The lean version is meant to be easier, but I usually hear people recommend that you start with classic anyway as it gives a better workout.
At first, I was skeptical if P90X would be the right workout for me as a woman. I didn’t want to bulk up, just lose some belly fat and tone up a bit. I’m going to share my results with you today, after a short review of P90X. I was inspired to try it out by my husband, but also because I found so many stories online of normal ladies like myself succeeding with P90X, so I’ll share some of those P90X women reviews with you as well.
P90X Reviews Women – A Woman’s Perspective
Joe recently put up a comprehensive P90X workout review – so click through (link opens in new window) if you want further details on what P90X is, the equipment you might need and where to buy it online safely and securely. I’ll cover the basics here in any case.
P90X was designed by Tony Horton and the Beachbody team as a kind of ‘advanced’ fitness program. However, it’s actually highly flexible and if you’re a beginner, that should be no problem at all. So whether you’re just looking to get into a regular fitness routine, or you want to trim your body fat or even gain a bit of muscular definition, you can tailor P90X to your needs.
As I said, there is a lean workout, which removes all plyometric style workouts (these are the fast, powerful style movements to build strength and athletic performance ). So you can take that option if you want a slightly easier workout and you just want to work your cardio and lose some weight. There is also the ‘doubles’ routine, which involves extra cardio workouts after each resistance workout. You should only consider this if you are really ready to push your body to its limit.
It comes with 12 DVDs with different workouts in each. The types of things you can expect to see are cardio workouts, chest, back, shoulders, legs, biceps + triceps, and then things like Kenpo and Yoga. Kenpo is a type of karate or martial arts that utilizes rapid movements. There is a warm-up and cool-down routine before and after each workout to help prepare your muscles and prevent injuries.
Each workout is around an hour in length, although sometimes it may be supplemented with an additional workout and the time is extended to 90 minutes. You’ll be working out 6 days a week, with one rest day. However, Tony recommends that you maintain a stretching routine even on this day off. It’s certainly not as tough as the workouts, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Here is a great visual example of the kind of results you can get. This girl tried the lean workout and even with that, you can see remarkable progress:
As you can see, she isn’t using any special equipment when you see her working out. I’m too shy to make a video of myself working out but this video shows you a bit of what it’s like.
You can invest in a pair of dumbbells or a set of resistance bands, and the P90X chin-up bar is also useful, but you can get by without them. I didn’t go for the Shakeology as Abby did in this video, but I’ve heard good things about it.
P90X Reviews For Women – My Results
Now if you’ve read our main P90X review, you’ll see that Joe listed quite detailed results including leg and arm measurements and all that. I’m a little less strict about all the small details as he is (and men usually are). So I took down my body fat percentage and my weights on the first day, after 30 days and after 90 days.
Here are my results:
Weight = 140 lbs
Body Fat = 24%
Weight = 131 lbs
Body Fat = 23%
Day 90 (final day)
Weight = 124 lbs
Body Fat = 19%
I was very pleased with these results. I didn’t bulk up or anything monstrous like that. I just looked and felt slimmer.
Also something I should tell you is that I’ve never felt like I’ve had so much energy as I do now. All throughout the course, you just feel this buzz going through you even hours after working out. You know you’re treating your body well and your body is responding well.
In terms of diet, I didn’t follow any strict plan as such. I tend to avoid junk foods anyway, and I always check to make sure the ingredients list isn’t very long when I buy my groceries. I eat meals like chicken salad, salmon and ratatouille and other things my mother used to make for me. I like to keep things simple. Some people complicate things a bit much, but if you like to record calories and all that, then power to you!
Okay, I think I’ve said all that needs to be said. P90X is great for women. There’s nothing to fear about it – you can do it in your own way, and in any case, it comes with a fitness guide, a nutrition guide and a calendar to help you out. Plus there is online support if you have any questions. We bought through Beachbody. I think Joe says that you won’t get the online support if you don’t buy through the official vendors like Beachbody or Amazon.
So that’s it. Go out there and show that women can get amazing P90X results, and share your story with the world too.