It’s all about what works for you. Look at these popular Youtubers and how they fared on P90:
Their experiences speak to me because once I found a program (and a general way) that worked for me, I started working out regularly. I started out on P90X (the original Tony Horton workout system, not to be confused with the recent P90 system, same trainer). I remember being afraid at the time of what would happen when I reached the end of the program. The workouts were challenging, the amount of time per day seemed like a lot to invest, and I feared I would quit once I got through the entire system. I found, though, that once I recovered for a couple of weeks, that I was ready to jump back into it and run it for a second round. This was encouraging!
After running P90X for a few rounds, I really wanted to switch things up and find a new trainer with a new program. That was when I discovered Insanity. That program blew my mind (it’s aptly named, let me tell you). It was great to have a trainer with a completely different take to work under–Shaun T is an amazing athlete, and under him I learned a lot about my body, how to do these crazy exercises correctly, and how to thrive. After running Insanity, I went to my cousin’s wedding, and at the reception, danced like a wild man for hours–I never had energy like that before!
I’ve since run other programs like 21 Day Fix, Focus T25, P90X3, and recently came back to Insanity and completely rediscovered that program like I had never done it before (in a good way). I have aspirations to get Insanity Max 30 next (one of my clients bought a copy, and it looks amazingly challenging), and look into Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix Extreme. But the point is, I like to switch things up, go from trainer to trainer, program to program, and grow in that way. But it’s important to have a method of exercising that works for you.
What I need is a program that I can do at home, with minimal equipment. Being able to take it with me on the road is a big plus. It needs to be quick: around 1/2 hour. And I need to be able to do it any time during the day (I workout at different times each day). Flexibility and quick workouts are key to me. And the eating plan needs to be something I can do without a lot of calorie counting.
I find that I can keep up with this pace, and really enjoy my fitness time this way. I have learned to love the sweat, love the burn, and really get into the post-workout glow. At 50 years old, I feel healthier and stronger than I’ve ever felt in my entire life! Today I was jogging past a house I used to live in back when I was in college in my 20s. I realized that there was no way I could have kept the pace I was mustering back then.
It’s never too late to start your life-long fitness journey, but if you can start when you’re younger, it’s all the better. I wish these great programs were available back then!
So take it from these Youtubers: there just is no downside to home-based workout systems, so long as they fit your schedule and deliver on the goods.