While I’m waiting on my P90X home fitness training program to arrive in the mail, I thought I would briefly cover the workouts included in the system and summarize what can be expected with each one. The workout program is broken down into 12 different parts, and each is featured on a standalone DVD.

  1. Chest and Back – This superset-style chest and back workout focuses on the two classic upper-body exercises, push and pull. Push-ups and pull-ups have been proven to be one of the best combos for building strength and physique. In addition to building these muscle groups, this routine is also a great calorie burner.
  2. Plyometrics – The plyometrics program features more than 30 jumping moves and is a highly intense cardio routine. Plyometrics, or “jump training”, is extremely effective in improving athletic performance.
  3. Shoulder and Arms – Strong shoulders and arms play a very important role if you’re trying to build a better body. This workout routine features an intense combination of curling, pressing, and fly movements. This shoulders and arms program can be customized to tone, slim down, or pack on muscle mass.
  4. Yoga X – *Please note: I am against the practice of yoga due to its connection with eastern spirituality, and I strongly recommend that you skip this part of the program
  5. Legs and Back – As you probably guessed, the main focus of this workout lies in the strengthening and developing of leg muscles (hamstrings, glutes, quads, and calves). Along with squat lunge exercises, there are also several pull-up exercises incorporated during rest periods.
  6. Kenpo X – Kenpo X is a high-intensity cardiovascular workout which features punching and kicking combinations. Kenpo X aims to improve endurance, flexibility, balance, and coordination.
  7. X Stretch – Stretching is one of the most underrated activities when it comes to fitness. Flexibility greatly enhances athleticism and helps enhance the results seen from a workout program. The X Stretch routine is an important part of the P90X program and it helps to prevent injuries and avoid plateaus. This program features full-body stretches from to ensure that your body is prepared to meet the challenges that the P90X program creates.
  8. Core Synergistics – The Core Synergistics workout taps into multiple muscle groups to support and strengthen the core, which consists of the trunk muscles and lumbar spine. This video routine is also an excellent conditioning workout.
  9. Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps – This exercise routine targets both large and small muscles and does wonders for the upper body. A combination of flys, presses, and extensions help to build lean muscle mass and definition in the upper torso.
  10. Back and Biceps – Utilizing a variety of pull-ups and curls, the P90X back and biceps routine makes it easy to build powerful arms. The workout can be customized for women who are looking to tone instead of add size. This program also helps to build a strong, well-defined back.
  11. Cardio X – This workout is a low-impact cardio routine which can actually be used in several different fashions. It can be used as an “add on” to your P90X program to burn extra colories, or as a substitute if your body needs some recovery time to rest.
  12. Ab Ripper X – This workout program strengthens the core and abdominal area through the use of 11 different exercises. Ab Ripper X is an important part of the P90X system as it helps to develop defined 6-pack abs.