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Travel Workout Review: P90X for Business Travel

P90XOver the last three months, I’ve embarked on the P90X journey. For those of you who haven’t heard of P90X, it’s an Extreme Home Workout program sold by Beachbody and Tony Horton. I’ve stuck with the program through business travel, holidays, gym closings, you name it. I never went off of the program…not even for a day. Because I’ve continued it while traveling, I wanted to share my thoughts about the workout program with my Healthy Road Warrior readers.

Does P90X Work? Many people do P90X because they want to get “extremely cut.” If this is YOUR goal, understand the following:

  1. Compared to Other Workouts: P90X works just as well as any well designed workout program that incorporates strength training, cardio and flexibility. If you are doing all three today and workout regularly, then you are not going to see any real difference in the results from the workouts alone.
  2. P90X Nutrition Plan: P90X results are dependent on both the workouts AND the P90X Nutrition Plan. Well, actually, ANY nutrition plan that is healthy. As you know, eating healthy during business travel is challenging unto itself, but  maintaining a very restrictive diet can be nearly impossible. As a result, be mindful that eating healthy is a huge factor in how extreme your results will be.

The Assets of P90X for Business Travel

  1. Convenience: The P90X workout can be very portable. Either you can use the guidebook, or if you travel with a laptop, you can use the workout DVDs.
  2. No Gym Required: If your hotel gym has little to no equipment, or your hotel doesn’t HAVE a gym, you can still do the workouts. All you need are some resistance bands and a door anchor and you can do the workouts virtually anywhere.
  3. Hotel Room Workout: If you get a king size guestroom, you should be able to do any of the workouts. You may need to be a little creative in utilizing the floor space for the cardiovascular workouts, but most king size guestrooms provide you with more floor space than two double bed guestrooms.

The Liabilities of P90X for Business Travel

  1. Resistance Bands: If you do these workouts with resistance bands, they can be cumbersome. Some moves have to be modified pretty extensively to accommodate resistance bands (especially the Core Synergistics and Chest, Shoulders and Triceps workouts). If you can do the workouts in a hotel gym and have access to free weights, you will be better off.
  2. Tony Horton: When people watch Tony Horton, they tend to either love him or hate him. Personally, I find him to be tremendously annoying. To find out why, read my Top 10 Most Annyoying Things about Tony Horton post for pure entertainment value.
  3. Time: Some of the workouts are longer than they need to be and for business travelers, this can easily present a problem. I recommend learning the moves of the workouts and using the workout guide rather than the DVDs. This will shorten the duration of your workouts, as a good portion of the workouts are long because Tony Horton chatters so much.
  4. Cardio: Although the Plyometrics workout get’s your heart rate up, Kenpo and Cardio X are not really great cardio workouts if you are in good cardiovascular shape. Further, they do take some floor space. Personally, I haven’t wanted to do any of these workouts in the hotel gym, as I’d feel a little self conscious doing Karate moves with other hotel guests watching. If you take P90X on the road and I’d seriously consider substituting these workouts with traditional cardio.

My Final Results: Personally, I wasn’t coming from an extraordinarily unhealthy or unfit place, so I didn’t have a lot of change that I could make. That said, all of my results were completely dependent on my changing my diet in the last month. It was a diet that most of you would probably find extremely limited, and not very sustainable for travel. I just happened to be home for the last month, which allowed me to make the dietary changes I needed.

All in all, I lost 7 pounds and 4.75 inches across my body. Here are the detailed P90X results that I saw over the course of the program:

Measurement Pre P90X Mid-Program End-of-Program
Weight* 127 126.5 120
Chest 30″ 29.5″ 29.5″
Waist 28″ 27.5″ 27″
Hips 34.5″ 34″ 34″
Hips @ Widest Point 36″ 36″ 36″
Right Upper Thigh 22″ 21.75″ 21″
Left Upper Thigh 22″ 21.5″ 21″
Right Mid Thigh 19″ 19″ 19″
Left Mid Thigh 19″ 19″ 19″
Wrist 6.25″ 6.125″ 6″
Neck 12.5″ 12.5″ 12.5″
Right Bicep 10.5″ 10.25″ 10.25″
Left Bicep 10.5″ 10.5″ 10.25″
Right Forearm 9.5″ 9.5″ 9.5″
Left Forearm 9.5″ 9.5″ 9.5″

Final Thoughts: If you are a business traveler, I would urge you to do whatever activity you can that is reasonable within your travel schedule. If you think that the P90X program will motivate you, then I would urge you to try it. If, however, you are exercising regularly and are happy with what you do and the results you have, then P90X may not be necessary.

Do you think you want to try P90X? Buy the P90X Extreme Home Fitness Program on Amazon.

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