P90X is a 12-week workout program that was designed by fitness professional Tony Horton. It features 12 separate workouts, including chest and back, shoulders and arms, plyometrics, legs and back, chest, shoulders and triceps, back and biceps, ab ripper x, cardio x, kenpo x, x stretch, and core synergistics. Each workout is offered on a DVD, which means they're designed to be completed at home. However, if you don't have access to your own exercise equipment, it is possible to do each of the workouts at the gym as long as you do a little planning.
Print out the P90X workout chart for that day. You won't be able to watch the video, but you can use the list of exercises in the chart where you're supposed to record your repetitions to know what exercises are assigned and in what order. Familiarize yourself with the exercises by watching the video ahead of time if needed.
Go to the gym during off-peak hours. All of the workouts in the P90X program require moving from one exercise into the next. You'll need access to the dumbbells, pull-up bar or machine and exercise mats, so go to the gym when there are not too many people there to avoid someone else using the equipment when you need it.
Bring a watch timer with you to the gym. Each set in P90X is done for a certain amount of time, so a timer is ideal to ensure you perform the set for the assigned duration. If you don't have access to a timer, use the second hand on the clock in the gym whenever possible.
Be ready to adapt if the equipment you need is not available. Part of P90X's theory is to keep you moving throughout the entire workout, minus a few short bouts of rest. Therefore, if someone is using the dumbbells you need at that time, grab a slightly lighter or slightly heavier weight that you would normally use, or trade that exercise's place with another on the list.
Do the P90X workout with a partner. When you're watching the video, you have Tony Horton encouraging you to push through fatigue and continue for the duration of the set. Having a workout buddy will help both of you maximize your workout.
- Before you take off for the gym, jot down any notes on exercise technique that you think you may need as a reminder. If you don't have the video playing, you won't be receiving Tony Horton's technique instructions, so until you've mastered the exercise, write down any tips so you have them when you're working out.