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Adventures in P90X: The Final Chapter

by Bryan Stealey


Adventures in P90X - Part 1

Adventures in P90X - Part 2

So I finished P90X on March 28. I wish I could say I got through it in 90 days, but it took me longer. Turns out travel and P90X just don’t go together for me. In the last “month” of the program – which took me about six weeks – I was on the road on two different occasions and I was sick on another, and I did not stick to six workouts a week during those times. As a result, the last month of the program wasn’t as effective as it could’ve been.

A friend of mine asked me if it “worked.” My guess is that he meant, “Do you look like the guys on the commercials?” The answer to that would be no. I definitely got stronger and more flexible, but the results haven’t been as dramatic as the infomercials show. Fortunately my goal isn’t to look like Tony Horton – I just want to be in the best shape of my life when I turn 40 on July 1. I’m close now, and I’m pretty sure I can get there with another couple of months of hard work. I’m getting ready to start another round of P90X, but with some changes this time.

First and foremost, I won’t use resistance bands at all this time. For some exercises they weren’t bad (shoulder presses, lawn mowers), but for others they were terrible (curls). For most of my first round of P90X, I too often didn’t have the right equipment. Near the end, though, I finally got a set of Bowflex Selectech 552 adjustable dumbbells, as well as the stand. Talk about a game-changer. I went from using fraying resistance bands to having every single weight I could possibly need, and my workouts got so much better. They’re awesome pieces of equipment, and I think they’ll make my next round much more intense.

Look for a full product review here on VT very soon.

Next, I’m going to have work harder on the diet side of things. If you read my first two posts, you’ll know that I said I thought I’d be okay diet-wise, because I “eat healthy anyway,” or something like that. I did lose about 8 pounds, but I missed my goal of getting down to 13% body fat by almost two percent. The bottom line is, if I really want a flat stomach – which is essential if I’m going to be in the best shape of my life – then I’m going to have to work harder.

I’m also looking at ways to change up the workouts to include more cardio. (Hear that, racers? There’s not enough cardio in P90X.) I’m actually considering a P90X/Insanity hybrid. I think this will also help keep things interesting through another 90 day round. I need to figure it out soon, because I’m starting my next program on Monday, April 16 – the day after I return from the New Orleans Supercross.

My least favorite workout in P90X, by far, is Ab Ripper X. A friend of mine loaned me the Ab Ripper X program from P90X2, and I like it a lot better. I find it much easier to get a great ab workout with the P90X2 version, so I’ll be using it for the next round. I might also use the Yoga DVD from P90X2, simply because it’s about 30 minutes shorter than the original. I’d also like to start running more, and I’ll either try to work it in on top of P90X, or in replacement of cardio workouts every now and then.

So does anyone want to join me for Round 2? If so, let me know. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @bryanstealey, or just hit me up at

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    Bdog April 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Hey Bryan, Im a 7 round graduate of P90X(Non stop for over 2 years although modified if rounds 3-7) and just recently completed X2. Glad to see someone over at Racer X with the guts and commitment to finish the program. Congrats!!

    You are right about the lack of Cardio in the X ... I think a full round during the off season and a modified program in season w/ insanity would be ideal. Remember, Abs are made in the Kitchen!!! Try Plyocide from X2 - I like it even better than the original although the program as a whole, i do not.

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    kris April 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I really believe P90X to be impossible especially if you travel. Using resistance bands doesn't even compare to using weights. I used to like home workout dvds to save money from gym memberships, but now memberships are pretty cheap. I travel frequently and what works for me is finding a gym close to my hotel and doing short, intense workouts. For diet, I use the Warrior diet protocol which makes it easy to follow even when I am traveling.

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    Otto Nebel April 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Look into crossfit. I started with P90x and went to crossfit. I am 41 with 11.5% body fat, but keep in mind for optimal health your body fat changes depending on the intensity and length of your exercise cycles. You can't keep the same fitness levels all the time. Great idea of mixing Insanity w/ p90x!

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    joe celso April 11, 2012 at 4:07 am

    i too would suggest crossfit... but that's another story.

    you can't build a race bike and expect it to perform well with crappy fuel in the tank. no matter what fitness plan you follow diet is #1.

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    Bdog April 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

    That being said, P90X is more than enough to keep the average weekend warrior in superb race condition all by itself. All of the X workouts have a cardio aspect to them- dont believe me put a HR monitor on while you do them. Joe Celso is right about diet- you gotta be disciplined. I stay at 8 % bodyfat year round now- just eating clean.

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