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P90X – Is It A Scam?

p90xHere is the quick answer for the attention-span deficient: no. P90X is not a scam. Neither is it anything new or revolutionary. I’m fascinated by this idea that any time a product is released, its detractors immediately start trying to prove why it is a scam. The fitness industry is certainly rife with charlatans and exploiters, but there are just as many products that are just…meh. Something doesn’t have to be a scam to be senseless or the Same Old Thing.

I’ve tried a couple of the P90X workouts. They kicked my butt, no doubt about it. My brother has been through most of the 90 days. Has he lost weight? Of course he has, how could you not?

But there is absolutely nothing new here. Nothing. P90X is not revolutionary, it is a challenging series of circuit workouts. A circuit is when you string several exercises together in a row. P90X has you do them quickly. That’s it.Dumbbell workouts and bodyweight exercise. Jumping and lateral movements. Squats and…well, you already know, because we’ve all seen this before.

Oh, you also make an X with your arms occasionally as Tony Horton shouts at you. I’m not saying it’s bad. I’m not saying it’s a scam. But it is nothing new, besides the new packaging.

The marketing has been good, though. I will say that. It has obviously been worth their while to keep churning out the infomercials.

If you want to build muscle, get stronger. If you want to lose weight/fat, eat fewer calories than you expend. Get some exercise. Eat healthy food. The end.


Strength Training for body and mind

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  • Amanda December 25, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Hey Josh,

    Have you tried Turbulence Training or even been to a Body Pump class? Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

    • Andrew Lowry December 26, 2010, 11:23 pm


      I am not Josh but I have done both Body Pump and Turbulence Training. I much prefer the later for its continued improvement and the wider range of exercises.

      If you like group exercise BP is great IMHO if you challenge yourself with the weights and keep improving. Some users do not do so.

      TT is great if you work out at home or are self motivated to hit the gym’s free weights 3 to 4 times per week on your schedule. I currently do TT and I really enjoy it and get great results.

    • Josh Hanagarne December 27, 2010, 12:00 pm

      I haven’t, Amanda. Have you? I’d be happy to let you enlighten me!