Should Army Soldiers Use P90X?

Should Army Soldiers use P90X to stay in shape and prepare for the APFT? My answer is MAYBE. In the paragraphs below I want to talk a little bit about the P90X Program to educate you about what it has to offer and see if it is the right fit for you.  I’ve personally never done the P90X Program.  But I do have several friends who tried the program and highly recommended it.  On a side note, I did the Insanity workout and that was an amazing exercise program.

p90xHere are a few basic details about the P90X Program:

  • It’s also known as P90 Extreme
  • The program uses cross training, weight training, martial arts, yoga, and calisthenics and periodization
  • The program also features a nutrition and dietary supplement plan
  • Known for its intensity
  • It is a home workout regimen
  • It’s a 90 day program
  • The program was created by Tony Horton, CEO of Team Beach Body
  • It was first launched sometime around 2003 or 2004
  • It was originally sold through infomercials, but is now available online

Listed below is a short video from YouTube that shows some of the routines and workouts.

What I found most interesting were the P90X Success Stories and testimonials online.  Here are a couple neat videos. I included one man’s and one woman’s success story. Please check them out.

My Thoughts

From everything I’ve read online, I believe the P90X Program is a great workout routine for any Army Soldier.  It will definitely help you get stronger and more physically fit.  While you are doing the program you might want to keep doing some push-ups, sit-ups and 2-mile runs from time-to-time, so your body is still trained for the APFT.  In addition, you might want to talk with your doctor before you start the program, especially if you have any type of medical condition.

What I like most about the program is the variety.  You confuse your body and change your routine often.  In addition, you get to work out from the comfort of your own home, so you won’t have to wait in line at your local gym to use a certain piece of equipment.  Plus, there are support forums for anyone using the program.  Finally, you can get a great workout in less than an hour.

What Is Your Experience with P90X?

What are your thoughts about the P90X Program? If you are in the Army and have ever tried the P90X program, I would love to hear from you.  Please tell us how the program helped you and what type of results you got.  Did it help you improve your APFT score?  Did you build muscle mass? Contact us and tell us about your experience.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Team Beach Body.  P90X is a registered trademark.  Please consult with your doctor before you start any new exercise program.

2 thoughts on “Should Army Soldiers Use P90X?”

  1. Justin Long

    I think the obvious answer to this question is YES! Every Soldier should utilize ANY fitness program that gets them working out and increasing their APFT scores. P90X is a great workout (particularly P90X+). Soldiers, however, should be educated and know what to tweak to get the most out of it. Personally, I do all the MWF workout pieces (the weights and pushups and pullup stuff) but I don’t do the yoga and other BS. Those days I reserve for the cardio workout that I prefer to do as well as abs. I think that we should use the P90X as a resource and adjust fire from there to shape it to get the most out of our workouts. For those new to fitness, it is a great starting point.

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