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How did Tony Horton invent the P90X program?

Posted by admin | Program | Friday 3 August 2012 3:37 am


If you’re here, you’re probably either really interested in P90X or already a fan. It’s changed many lives over the years, but how did it come about? It’s a pretty interesting story…
Back in 2001, Beach Body (the company behind P90X, Insanity, etc) asked Tony to come up with his own take on a full tilt home fitness program. At the time, Tony was a pretty successful personal trainer helping out A-list celebs such as Tom Petty, Ewan McGregor, Billy Idol, etc. He was already developing custom programs for his clients and Beach Body took note. After a few months in development, Tony came up with the basics of the Power 90 program, an in-home high energy program that would eventually become the precursor to P90X.
Jump to 2004 and Tony thoughts on exercise techniques and plateau triggers had evolved quite a bit. The first real program to maximize the muscle confusion philosophy, P90X was born soon thereafter. A revolutionary mix of cross-training, karate, kick-boxing and more, P90X shook up the entire fitness industry. With Tony’s infectious personality and background in physiology, each video ends up being a perfect complement [...]

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A Deeper Look Into P90X Core Synergistics

Posted by admin | Program | Thursday 10 May 2012 12:26 am


One of the most important parts of any smart muscle-building (and fitness) program lies with strengthening your core. It’s the “glue” to the larger muscles and P90X features it via the P90X Core Synergistics workout system. It’s tagged with the name “Synergy” because it does just that: improve the ability and strength of all the muscles that connect to your core (which is essentially all the primary groups, large and small). In this article, we’ll review the most important parts of the program and how they fit into the rest of your regimine.
Get Your Muscle Groups Involved
There are a handful of muscles targeted, but the main groups involved are abs, transverse abs and obliques:
Upper and Lower Abs – from squats to lunges and intense reaches, Synergistics taxes a wide range of your ab muscles and does so relentlessly. Position is key, so make sure you closely match the video and feel the burn in the target areas.
Transverse Abs – these are the muscles that support your upper and lower abs (ie, transverse through them). They’re widely under-appreciated and if they’re not tout, you’re more susceptible to injuries and early fatigue.
Oblique Abs – this [...]

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P90X Lean Workout Schedule

Posted by admin | Program | Friday 17 February 2012 6:33 am


If you dig P90X but are going for a more lean look (vs bulk/muscle), the P90X Lean Workout schedule is probably right up your alley. It uses the identical 12 DVDs from the original program only in a different order to maximize cardio and calorie-burning potential. During exercise, your body will stack muscle when you offer it finite and progressive resistance (and even moreso with muscle confusion). However, if you limit the weight and match it with long, swift movements, you’ll put the lean back in your workout.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from finding a happy medium between bulk and lean (trial and error works best for those cases), but if you’re just interested in a fit, lean body, the schedule below will get you well on your way.
Lean Schedule – Stage 1: Weeks 1, 2 & 3
Day One: Core Synergistics
Day Two: CardioX
Day Three: Arms & Shoulders and Ab Ripper X
Day Four: YogaX
Day Five: Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X
Day Six: Kenpo X
Day Seven: Rest (or if you’re feeling good, do the X Stretch)
Lean Schedule – Stage One: Week 4, time to give your muscles a break
Day One: YogaX
Day Two: [...]

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