P90X is a three month long home DVD workout program. The program is broken up into three phases with a recovery week in between each phase. In my opinion, each phase is harder than the last, so be prepared. The recovery week has less intense workouts to let your body rest a bit before the next phase. It comes with 12 workout DVDs, six of them cardio workouts and the other six weight training workouts. It also comes with 2 books, one with all the exercises and a lay out of the program, the other book is on how to eat healthy. P90X is a program meant for people who are already somewhat fit. The website has a fitness test on it that people can use to see if they're ready for P90X. If not, Beachbody has other programs for people of lower fitness levels. A word of caution, just because you can pass the fitness test doesn't mean the program will be easy. I passed the test no problem, but the program is designed to be hard for anyone who can pass the fitness test. There is also some equipment required for this program. Of course you'll need a TV and DVD player, but you'll also need a pull-up bar (Door Pull-Up Bars are about $10 at Walmart), a set of dumbbells or resistance bands (the bands are much cheaper, lighter and about just as effective), and a normal chair. Other things the program recommends but aren't required are a yoga mat and yoga blocks and push-up bars.
Now that we're past all that, I'll tell my experience with the program. Tony Horton is the coach in each DVD and he always has three other people working out with him. His attitude is up-beat and supportive, and he makes the program a little less intense. There are lots of push-ups and pull-ups. I wasn't able to do lots of pull-ups in the beginning, so what Horton says to do is put a chair in front of you and step on it so some of your weight is supported by the chair. This simple technique made the pull-ups a lot easier. If you've never exercised intensely before, the first phase of this program will be a big load. Each muscle group is worked: chest, abs, triceps, biceps, shoulders, back, legs. Every muscle group is worked at least once a week, and abs are worked three times a week. The cardio workouts will make anyone sweat and are a challenging, calorie burning experience. Yoga is done once a week, and this isn't any regular yoga. This yoga is very hard, made me sweat, and improved my flexibility ten-fold. I believe it also made me a lot less prone to injury. The workout is six days a week, and there is a stretch DVD for the seventh day but is not required. There are sheets that come with it that are for tracking progress, seeing what you did last week and so on. The eating guide is broken up into three categories. You'll calculate what category your in by using your weight, IBM, etc. Then there are meal plans and more than 50 recipes to try out, and even a fast-food section.
The program was very challenging and improved my strength, endurance, and flexibility incredibly. This is top notch program to get people in the best shape of their lives, I've even heard it's used in the military. The price is also very affordable, especially sense it only requires basically a pull-up bar and a set of dumbbells or resistance bands. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to get in awesome shape. But as Tony stated, "Rome was not built in a day, and neither was your body." It's intense work, but the results are worth it.