P90x has a reputation for a reason. One Google search will give you dozens of success stories and “before and after” pictures with dramatic results. If you follow the program and and give it your best effort, you WILL get results. I don’t need to tell you things you already know. Instead, I wanted to list a few other things I feel it is important for you to know before buying- after all, this is a rather expensive and time consuming investment.
The benefit of exercise videos that you can do it home is that you don’t have to follow the tapes exactly- if you feel you’re not ready to move on, don’t. As Tony Horton says repeatedly in the videos, all you have to make yourself do is show up and push play.
Just watching the videos and doing the exercises a few times teaches you how to properly do the movements. From these movements, you can form your own workouts, which you can repeat in your spare time. For example, if I have a few minutes to kill at home, I will pop up and start doing some of the aerobic exercises just to get in a little extra cardio. Though, I wouldn’t try to form my entire workout by myself based on these. You should try to stick to the plan as much as possible- the workouts really are fantastic and the order matters.
The best part, in my opinion, is that Tony Horton isn’t excessively annoying. He is good at motivation, even through your TV screen. He can even be downright funny sometimes. This point is especially important for me, having been annoyed to death by both Tae Bo with Billy Blanks and the one and only Jillian Michaels video I have ever done.
P90x is not cheap, but when you keep in mind all that you are getting (several workout videos, plans, a nutritional guide, a workout chart and calendar, etc) it is well worth the price. Unfortunately though, you will also need some additional equipment.
Some parts will require you to either use a pull-up bar (which you can buy and mount in a door frame) or have a sturdy place to drape elastic bands over to simulate doing pull-ups. I had particular difficulty with this living in an apartment with wimpy, weak doors and frames I am not allowed to drill into. If you choose to buy the bands, you’re covered, but otherwise you will also need to have access to a set of dumbbells of varying weights. The easier and less expensive option is to buy the bands, but I think once you progress past the beginner stage you will start to want the dumbbells and pull-up bar for added difficulty.
If you are a normal person and not a genetic mutant or a professional athlete, P90x will be on the difficult side when you start out. This is good, except for one thing: as with other workout videos, you have to watch a bunch of people who are in so much better shape than you that you feel like putting your foot through the TV.
All in all, I would recommend giving P90x a try if you can afford it. If you stick to it, the results will definitely be worth it.