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P90X DOESN’T Work!!!

Thats right you heard me!!! P90X DOESNT work!!! “But, Todd!”, you say; “What about the results that YOU got using P90X?” Okay good point. So maybe P90X just works for some people, or maybe it just worked for me (1 out of over 6 million users)?


So What’s with You Todd? – P90X DOESNT Work!!!

I have this issue. I have this issue with people saying that P90X doesnt work. How on earth can someone say that P90X doesnt work when over 6 million copies have been sold? You would think with that kind of volume, maybe…just maybe there might be somethin to this PX90 (what your mother-in-law calls it) thing. Granted if you had read my article called “Dedicated”, you would know that only 25% of the people who buy P90X ACTUALLY complete the 90 day program. Whats even more astounding is that only 50% of those people that completed the entire 90 days, did so following the nutrition plan. So lets bust out our calculators and do a quick elementary math problem.

6,000,000 copies sold x 25% = 1,500,000 people who have completed the full P90X program.

1,500,000 x 50% = 750,000 people who completed P90X AND followed the nutrition plan.

750,000 ÷ 6,000,000 = 12.5%.

So I guess you could say in fairness that its true…P90X doesnt work for 87.5% of the people who bought it.


But Who’s Fault Is It? – P90X DOESNT Work!!!

And the answer of course is ITS YOUR FAULT. See before December 20, 2010 I had attempted P90X 5 or 7 times. I never made it past week 6! Why did I fail so many times and what did I do differently in late 2010? I am going to tell you EXACTLY what I did wrong all those times before.

#1 Blaming My Circumstances – I didnt get enought sleep, today was exhausting at work, we have friends coming over, I cant NOT eat birthday cake at a birthday party…that would offend them, I am way too sore…Any of these sound familiar? Blaming your circumstances is a nice way of saying making excuses!!!

If you want to succeed with ANY fitness program, or any endeavor in life for that matter, you need to bag the excuses and prioritize. If you really wanted to change…If you really wanted to get RIPPED…If you really wanted to fit into that dress…Whatever it is, if you actually wanted it then you would create a plan and stick to that plan in order to reach your goals.

I bagged the excuses in 2010 when I started P90X again. I set in stone in my mind that I was not to miss a workout, no matter what the circumstance. Travel – screw it! The hotel has a gym. Up late for work – screw it! I got goals that need met!!! When the goal supersedes how you feel…YOU WIN!

#2 I Will Just Eat Healthy – This was my solution to the overwhelming complexity of the P90X nutrition guide (truth is I hated reading) The problem with “just eating healthy” is that you still have no clue about how much of what is going into your body unless you were tracking it. The other problem with just eating healthy is that you allow yourself a little wiggle room since “After all, I have been eating super good lately…I deserve this”.

The more regimented the nutrition plan is, the better success you will have. The more you understand about how much of what you are putting into your body, the better success you will have. If you havent read my “Tracking Your Nutrition” article, you need to do that like now! This will absolutely MAXIMIZE your results and put you on the path to “WE BUILT THIS CITY” ♫♫♫, RESULTS CITY! (You know you like you some Jefferson Starship!!!)


Solution – Get Plugged In Already!!!

One of the most phenomenal keys to my success was the support of my coach and team! If you have not got yourself a coach yet, then do that now! If thats me awesome! Click the JOIN RIPPEDCLUB Button below if you would like to make me your FREE Team Beachbody Coach and become a part of the most wicked awesome team in the known universe! If thats not me, well then you will just stay fat…LOL, totally kidding!!! If you dont choose me as your coach, that is totally fine, just get that accountability. Get someone who has walked the road before you and can show you the best way to get results! One of the advantages of Joining a team like RIPPEDCLUB though is that you get a crap ton of people who have walked that road!! Not to mention the motivation levels are off the charts when you have more than just your coach to rely on. I am there for you 100%, but so is my team! When you get plugged in, your drive cripples your circumstances, your excuses, and focuses your mind on winning!!!


Hopefully you can relate to this article! People need to read this…I know there are so many people that are just like you and I who struggle to stay committed and end up with the conclusion that P90X doesnt work. That couldnt be further from the truth! So be sure you click the Facebook Like Button and Tweet this article. Also, post in the comments below if you have struggled like I did, or if you are currently stuggling or getting frustrated with your results. Or tell us how you overcame your struggles and succeeded!!!


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I agree with your article to a certain extent.  I truly believe that, in any workout, you'll only get out of it of which you put in.  I just don't think everyone has it in them; therefore, won't work for them, to the get the results that they dream about.  Perhaps P90X just isn't the right workout for them and they need something either less intense or more intense.  I think of it like schooling...most graduate by staying on track, but some don't do as well, because they learn at either a slower or faster pace and then lose interest.  Either reason resulting in being held back a grade and/or dropping out.


What people have to do, and is probably difficult, is find a way to make P90X work for them and have realistic expectations (especially for 1st/2nd timers).  They have to know that if they deviate from the strict nutrition plan (which I am sure definitely will happen for most), results will be affected; if you start skipping 1-2 workouts a week (it will happen), results will be affected.  They can't then think "why aren't I seeing the results I thought I'd have?"  Everyone has to realize that you are training your body and there are many variations to consider that can affect the outcome of the results, which is why you have to follow everything to the "T" if you want to see results, like those in the infomercials.  If you still don't see results, it is probably an anomaly, but keep in mind that everyone's body is different and some may take longer to see results.


I found your site by accident, researching Body Beast.  I am glad I have found it...I've been reading different articles everyday.  You provide the most simple and comprehensive guide to working out with these programs, supplements, and nutrition...FOR FREE!!  After researching, it sounds like P90X will be the right fit for me (after I finish my cycle of Insanity--at the end of Feb).  I think Body Beast will be way too intense for me and I would need to be more committed than I think I can invest right now, so that I don't have to say "Body Beast doesn't work."  :-)

Nigel Sanders
Nigel Sanders

Thanks for the motivation, Coach Todd! I am trying to get myself back into the P90X program and know it will be great for my health and physical appearance.


Hello I'm 14 and I want P90x for Christmas because I recently quit football because I hurt my. Arm and they said I was out for the season.. and my coach told me he was never gonna play me again so I quit, but anyways I've already gained 10 pounds in 9 months and I want this really bad, but my brother keeps telling me not to get it because he used to have it and it didn't work for him(but like u said and like I keep telling him, it was his fault, he didn't go by the nutritional guide) sorry to say but he got the disks burrned from one of his friends so he didn't have any extra stuff, but anywyas I just want to know, if I Gt this,work to my best abilities follow the nutritional guide and work hard, will I her results as good on the infomercials? I want this so bad like.. I know if I do this right the first time and try my best it'll change my life forever.. Also do you recommend getting the energy supplement shake thing from beachbody?(you probably do considering I think you work there) but I mean can I still Gt amazing results with out it if I still go by the nutritional guide? Because to be honest its freaking expensive! If I bought enough for trial of P90x it would be $150!!! So please tell me if I really need it or not.