By now, you’re probably familiar with P90X, one of Beachbody’s most successful fitness programs. Hopefully, you’re one of the millions of people who’ve used it to get into the best shape of their lives. But there’s also a chance that after a workout or two, you became so sore that even tying your shoes became difficult, and have used the DVDs as coasters ever since. Or maybe you didn’t even get that far. Maybe the infomercial alone gave you night terrors for weeks. Sure, you liked the idea of becoming fitter, stronger, leaner, and more energetic with P90X, but the program itself just seemed too daunting.
Fortunately, there’s another solution—a program created for someone who’s just beginning their fitness journey; a program that builds in time and intensity slowly; a program that has you in and out of your workouts in an average of 35 minutes. It’s called P90, and it’s your “on switch” to fitness.
P90 is a comprehensive fitness program starring trainer Tony Horton. Not to be confused with its predecessor Power 90, P90 is a complete update, incorporating the latest fitness science, as well as Horton’s years of experience, creativity, and ability to make working out fun and effective. Each carefully constructed workout systematically works your entire body without the “extreme intensity” of Horton’s other programs. Like Power 90, it also alternates between resistance training and cardiovascular conditioning, helping you burn more calories, build more lean muscle, and reach your goals faster. This is fitness for every body, regardless of how fit your body is right now.
But what really set P90 apart are 10 all-new workouts that build on one another to help you build an incredibly strong fitness foundation. We kept the exercises simple and easy to understand, so you won’t waste time trying to master complicated moves. And because many people don’t have hours on end to spend working out, we designed each session to last between 25 and 40 minutes, making them easy to fit into any schedule.
But instead of just reading about P90, why not try it out? Perform the following five moves as a circuit—moving from one to the next without rest—to get a great mini-workout. Do each exercise for 1-minute. After you finish all five, rest for one minute, and then begin the circuit again. Do one to three circuits total, depending on your fitness level.
Sand Crab Push Up
Assume a push-up position on the floor with your feet together and your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Perform a push up, and then “step” to your left with your hands and feet. Perform another push up, and then step back to the starting point. Perform another push-up, and then repeat to your right. Continue alternating back and forth.
Kayak Back Lunge
Stand tall with your feet together and your hands clasped in front of your chest. Simultaneously step back with your left leg into a lunge and “row” your hands, moving them down to your left hip while rotating your torso in the same direction. Return to the starting position, and repeat, this time stepping back with your right leg and “rowing” to your right. Continue alternating sides.
Stand tall holding a pair of dumbbells by your sides or the handles of a resistance band (secured with a door attachment) straight out in front of you. Step back into a deep lunge with your back leg straight, and your front leg bent 90 degrees. Hinge forward with your torso, keeping your back flat, allowing the dumbbells to hand at arms’ length, or keeping your arms extended in front of you if you’re using a resistance band. Row the band or dumbbells toward you, keeping your elbows tucked. Extend your arms, and repeat. Switch legs each circuit.
Stand with your weight on your right leg, holding your left foot a few inches off the floor. Raise your left arm straight above your head (keep your right arm by your side). That’s the starting position. Raising your left foot behind you, push your hips back, bend your right knee, and lower your torso, touching the floor outside of your right foot with your left hand. Now raise your torso back up, reaching for the ceiling with your left hand as you lift your left leg straight out in front of you, Rockette-style. Lower your leg back to the starting position, and repeat. Switch sides after 30 seconds.
Assume a push-up position with your weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Your elbows should be directly under your shoulders. Raise your hips as you walk your feet 6 to 12 inches toward your elbows. That is the starting position. Lower your hips and drive your body forward until your chest is above your hands. Return to the starting position, and repeat.
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