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P90X Success- 5 Easy Tips For Pushing To Day 90

Not everyone who starts P90X finishes P90X. I know, crazy right? I mean, who doesn’t want to see their investment of time pay off in six packs, health and fitness? It’s hard to fathom but on average, P90X is only finished by about 25% of those who start it.


As one Tony S. Horton says:

“It’s easy to think of valid and legitimate reasons NOT to do P90X on any given day. We get sick and tired, overwhelmed, discouraged, overworked, and stressed out, and we travel too much and under-sleep, and well, the list goes on. So what do we do about it? QUIT! Some of us do. What about the people who don’t quit? What the hell makes them so special? Why are some folks successful and others aren’t? The answer is that the successful, committed, and motivated people have tricks. They’ve found a way to do it anyway.”

Of course, everyone has their reasons for quitting but here at HDIGF, we’re the “25 Percenters”– the people after infomercial worthy results and success with a program that hand-delivers change in a nice, tidy DVD and Nutrition Guide package.

That said, maybe you’re not one of the 25%. Maybe you’re in the middle of your journey to become one of those 25%. BUT YOU CAN BE… and that’s really why you picked up P90X in the first place.

Wherever you’re at, you know there’s a mental game at play here. It’s You vs. YOU. The good news is there’s a few things the successful have done that have seen their journey through to completion. So with the P90X rallying cry above, here’s Tony Horton’s list of 5 tips to be P90X successful:

1. Stop Beating Yourself Up

Tony says:

“If you miss a workout! It’s OK to miss a workout once in a while. It doesn’t mean the whole thing has gone to hell in a handbasket. Life happens . . . Priorities shifted that day. So what? Start where you left off. No big deal.”

If there’s one thing that derails people, it’s the guilt complex. I discussed it a bit here but honestly… you don’t have to do doubles to make up for it. You don’t have to quit. Just pick up where you put it down. Your body will do the rest.

2. Don’t Freak Out If You Don’t See Results in the First 30 to 50 Days.

Tony says:

“What, no results in the first month and a half? See, I knew you’d freak out. The point I’m trying to make here is that we all have a different starting point. Some will see results the first week. Based on age, body weight, how out of shape they were when they started, flexibility, athletic background, etc., others will have to wait a little longer. P90X means 90 days, not 90 minutes.”

This is my story to a “T”. I didn’t really notice results until around day 60. But I had faith in the program and knew I was doing exactly what is said. Of course, things were happening but it wasn’t visually dramatic until day 60. Don’t expect instant results. Trust the program and keep after it.

3. Just Push Play

Tony says:

“On your most exhausting, overwhelming, lackluster days, stick the DVD in the player and see what happens. Be fully committed to having a lousy workout. You must be OK with the fact you will be weak and puny and rotten at it. Any workout, no matter how bad it is, is always better than NO workout at all. You just can’t feel bad after a workout. Ever! If you’ve got good energy and you do the best you can, you’ll have a great workout. If your energy and motivation are in the toilet and you do it anyway (even poorly), you’ve had a great workout!”

Progress is in the DOING. You’ll never regret a workout you did. And if it sucks and you’re not into it? There’s always tomorrow. I keep saying this but your body… it will do the rest.

4. Buy a Calendar and a Big, Fat Red Marker.

Tony says:

“P90X has everything you’ll need to rock your world. But for those of you who are having trouble with motivation, I want you to place this calendar where you see it all the time—on the front door, bathroom mirror, or refrigerator, or next to the TV, etc. For every day you do P90X, write a big, fat red X. You might also want to write down if it was a Sculpt or Cardio day. I still do this after 20 plus years of training. X means I showed up. No X means I didn’t show up.”

Sometimes when visual progress isn’t always apparent, visual progress of another sort can pick up the slack. Visual reminders, whether on a vision board, a dry erase goal board… whatever– can go a long way in sparking up the reasons you got into this in the first place.

5. Speaking of Visual Reminders:

Tony says:

“I want you to write this on your calendar: THE JOY OF DISCIPLINE OR THE PAIN OF REGRET, WHICH WILL IT BE TODAY?”

And honestly, there’s real joy in the completion. I know that sounds silly but when you see what your dedication accomplishes– when it’s played out on the basketball court, up a flight of stairs or playing with the kids– you realize it was all worth it and that life’s possibilities are out there for the takin’. As we often say– sure, you’ll look good but this is real world fitness with results that translate into the real world a thousand different and positive ways. That sounds mushy and aspirational but with one final thought from Mr. Horton:

“We have this powerful temple called the human body. If we treat it right, the world is our playground.”

And that’s the truth. I’ve experienced it and so can you as you put the temptation of the %75 who haven’t completed P90X and embrace the challenge of being a successful member of the elite 25%.

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