A List of P90X Workouts

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A List of P90X Workouts

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Henry Halse

Henry is a freelance writer and personal trainer living in New York City. You can find out more about him by visiting his website: henryhalse.com.

P90X, short for Power 90 X, is one of the most successful workout DVD series of all time, having sold more than 4 million copies. The workouts are intense, ranging from weightlifting sessions to yoga and kickboxing. No stone is left unturned when it comes to building a better body.

Tony Horton, the charismatic host of P90X, leads you through the workouts with demonstrations, instructions and even a dash of humor. Other cast members during the DVD sweat session show modifications for the exercises in case they are too difficult or too easy.

If you buy P90X as a package, it comes with a schedule of workouts that you should stick to. The workouts rotate as the weeks go on, so you don’t feel like you’re doing the same workout schedule all the time.

The goal is to keep your body from adapting to the same workouts by switching things up every few weeks. The DVD set features 12 workouts total, and most last about an hour.

Chest and Back

This workout combines two of the largest groups of upper-body muscles: chest and back. To work those muscle groups, you’ll use two classic exercises: the push-up and pull-up. You’ll use different variations of these exercises to keep the workout interesting and challenging.


This is a high-impact cardio workout filled with different jumping exercises. You’ll burn calories and develop your inner athlete with this collection of agile movements. Of all the P90X workouts, this is one of the most challenging.

Shoulders and Arms

Grab your dumbbells and get ready to feel the burn in your shoulders and arms. This workout combines variations of the bicep curl, dumbbell press, and fly. If you’re looking to get ripped arms and shoulders, this workout is perfect for you.

This yoga workout combines the fast-paced and muscle burning approach that P90X is known for with traditional breathing and flexibility work. It’s not a break from the physique-changing workout intensity that P90X is known for, however. Your muscles will be challenged.

Legs and Back

Squats, lunges and rows make up the bulk of the exercises in this workout. Once again, you’ll need a range of dumbbells to accommodate the different exercises in this resistance workout. You’ll also find that pairing your upper body and lower body muscles together in the workout works surprisingly well.

Cardio can be boring, but P90X has figured out how to keep it interesting. Kenpo X is their version of a martial arts workout. You’re going to throw kicks and punches into the air to burn calories and improve your balance and coordination.

After pushing your muscles, lungs and heart to the limit in the other workouts, you need a little time to recover. This 60-minute stretching video takes you through stretches for every part of the body and gives you some built-in recovery before you dive into the next workout.

Core Synergistics

This workout has a series of exercises that both strengthen your core and improve your conditioning. The moves are very dynamic, you won’t simply be sitting on the floor doing countless sit-ups. Grab a pair of dumbbells for this workout, but keep them light, around 10 pounds or less.

Chest, Shoulders and Triceps

There are 24 total moves in this workout. You’ll use your arms so much during the workout that they might feel like noodles afterward. The chest, shoulder and tricep muscles all work in tandem to push things away from your body, so you’ll do plenty of push-up variations in this workout.

Back and Biceps

The previous workout for chest, shoulders and tricep muscles left out two key muscle groups for your upper body, the back and biceps. The back and biceps muscles work well together to pull things in toward your body, like you would in a pull-up. That’s why there are plenty of pull-up and chin-up varieties in the video.

This workout combines all of the other cardio elements in P90X together. There’s a yoga section, kenpo and even part of the core synergistics workout. They combine all elements to keep things interesting and motivating.

Ab Ripper X

This workout is short, sweet and to the point. You’re going to focus all the attention on your ab muscles as you follow Horton through this grueling routine. Most of the moves are sit-up and leg raise variations. For the most part, you’ll do exercises on the ground while lying on your back.

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