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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 to the previous and keeps even the most exercise weary folks motivated (I’ll put myself square in that category :)… before P90X I used to hate working out at home, now that’s pretty much all I do).

So, what does the future hold? Well, part of it is already here. After a ton of requests, in 2007, Tony released the P90X plus program. It’s intended to be the next level for P90X graduates and trust me, it’s that and more. It keeps the core philosophy of P90X intact while mixing in new techniques and exercises. All told, it’s a great “new” product for anyone who wants to maintain (and maximize) their results.

Last we heard, Tony was working on a new program not too dissimilar from P90X+ so we’re pretty excited to have something fresh and new in the works. Either way, it’s been a long journey and we’d personally like to thank Tony for his motivation and perseverance to create a radically different program that’s literally accessible to anyone, anytime. All it takes is some initial motivation and Tony will help you stay on track every step of the way.

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