P90X – What You Need To Know As a Tennis Player
P90X is a 90-day DVD-based fitness program developed by Beachbody LLC. The program consists of 12 DVDs, a nutrition plan, and workout guide. The P90X includes resistance training, body-weight training, cardio, plyometrics, core, martial arts, stretching, and yoga. Tony Horton, the developer and head trainer, utilizes a technique called Muscle Confusion™ to eliminate plateaus. The P90X program costs $120 ($39.99 x 3) + $19.95s&h. Lastly, the program comes with a 90-Day Money Back Guarantee.
Please note: I have done P90X for 90-days. If you have any questions about the program or this review, please contact me: info (at) fitnessfortennis (dot) com.
P90X Review – What Is It?
Here is what you get with P90X:
- Disk 1 – Chest & Back
- Disk 2 – Plyometrics
- Disk 3 – Shoulders & Arms
- Disk 4 – Yoga X
- Disk 5 – Legs & Back
- Disk 6 – Kenpo X
- Disk 7 – X Stretch
- Disk 8 – Core Synergistics
- Disk 9 – Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps
- Disk 10 – Back & Biceps
- Disk 11 – Cardio X
- Disk 12 – Ab Ripper X
- P90X Fitness Guide
- P90X 3-Phase Nutrition Plan
- "How To Bring It"
- A workout calendar
- P90X Community
You will need to provide the following items to do the workout:
- A small space (roughly 6×6’)
- Dumbbells or resistance bands
- A pull-up bar
P90X Review – What I Like
The Workout – The P90X Workout is effective and challenging. It will make you gain muscle and lose fast, if you follow the workouts as instructed.
The Exercises – The exercises are straight forward and easy to follow for people who have experience working out. The videos are easy to follow and provide good instruction.
The Instructor – Tony Horton is a good instructor. He is very positive and upbeat. Also, Tony really knows what he’s doing.
Gym Replacement – P90X is a good replacement for a gym, especially if you are looking for a well-rounded fitness program.
The Eating Plan – The eating plan is really good. If you workout and follow the diet, you will lose weight and gain muscle. It is a solid plan
P90X Review – What I Didn’t Like
The Eating Plan – The emphasis of the P90x advertising is on the workout plan. You need to follow the nutrition plan very carefully if you want to achieve the results advertised in the plan. If you don’t follow the eating plan strictly, you will not lose fat.
Time – P90X is a major time suck. It requires a minimum of 60 minutes of time 6 days per week. If you are active tennis player, work, and have a family, you just won’t have time to follow this program.
The Exercises – Some of the exercise are hard, so there is a risk of injury. You need to emphasize form early in the program, which Tony Horton is good about, in order to avoid injury.
The Exercises (Shoulder) – There is a fair amount of chest and shoulder work in the program. I found that my rotator cuff was sore on a consistent basis. If you are a tennis player, I would be very careful about this!!!
The Instructor – Tony Horton can be a little annoying. You cannot blame someone for being “happy,” but sometimes he’s too much.
The Cost – P90X is expensive at $120 + $19.95 s&h. If you are committed to the 90 days is worth it, but if you are looking for a workout supplement, it is costly.
P90X Review – Overall Thoughts
P90X is a great general fitness program. You will lose weight and gain muscle if you follow the entire plan.
Is P90X good for a tennis player…NO! Here’s why…
- Time – P90X is too time intensive. If you are playing 2-3 times a week, you don’t have time to do 6+ hours per week of P90X workouts.
- Frequency – P90X assumes that you are not doing anything outside of the program. If you are playing 2-4 times per week, you will workout out 8 -10 times per week. This frequency is fine if you are a collegiate or professional tennis player, but it is risky for the average tennis player.
- Exercises – P90X is really hard on the shoulders, specifically the rotator cuff. I had to ice and do rotator cuff exercises while doing P90X.
- Exercises – There is not enough lateral movement work in the program. Lateral movement is critical for tennis success.
- Exercises – There is not enough speed work in the program.
- Equipment – P90X is more equipment intensive than it advertises. The program requires dumbbells or resistance bands and a pull-up bar.
- Cost – P90X is $120 + $19.95 (versus $67 for Fitness For Tennis).
In conclusion, I am a fan of P90X for most people…but P90X is not the magic pill for a league and/or tournament tennis player who is logging 2-4 hours on the court weekly. I suggest 3-4 workouts per week comprising of speed work, plyometrics, resistance training, and core work…sorry P90X.