Interview and video with P90X creator Tony Horton

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    Feb 11, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
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    Wall Street Journal, Feb. 11, 2012, By Kevin Helliker

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    In the fitness studio behind his home, Tony Horton grabbed a chin-up bar and lifted himself, attempting to execute a routine called the gyrating lever. The first part—the lever—came easily enough, his legs rising until his body formed a tight line parallel to the ground.

    But when he tried gyrating—twisting side to side—nothing happened. He dropped to his feet and grimaced. "I didn't get it," he said, rubbing his hands. "Not even close."

    As the star of P90X, a top-selling series of fitness DVDs, Mr. Horton is known as a muscle man who can do 35 pull-ups, knock out 100 push-ups, then climb a rope upside down. But what makes his workouts stand out from the pack may be his commitment to facing his own limitations and struggles.

    In a recent interview, Mr. Horton talked freely about his lack of athleticism as an adolescent, about the speech impediment that he overcame in early adulthood, about the modest earnings that confined him to a one-bedroom rental until he was well into his 40s. And, yes, about his inability to execute a gyrating lever, a move so difficult that even Olympics-bound gymnasts find it difficult.
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    Late last year Beachbody, with no marketing campaign, released P90X2, a five-day-a-week sequel featuring routines, poses and exercises that Mr. Horton learned or created after the launch of the original series.
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    Meanwhile, Mr. Horton is searching for new challenges to offer on future DVDs. As the ultimate exercise in cross training—a strategy proven to reduce injury—P90X has gained a large following among professional and Olympic athletes.
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    Feb 11, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    Awesome, his videos have changed my life. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 14, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
    I actually had a question about P90X, a budy of mine was going to start it cause he converted his basement (which is really rather large; 14 foot ceilings and lots of space) into a makeshift gym. and asked if i wanted in on it. Has anyone here tried it? if so what's your opinion and why? pro's vs con's that sorta thing? glad i don't have to start a thread now thanks OP icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 15, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    SA1911 saidI actually had a question about P90X, a budy of mine was going to start it cause he converted his basement (which is really rather large; 14 foot ceilings and lots of space) into a makeshift gym. and asked if i wanted in on it. Has anyone here tried it? if so what's your opinion and why? pro's vs con's that sorta thing? glad i don't have to start a thread now thanks OP icon_biggrin.gif


    I don't care for p90x for cardio or muscle building. Too repetitive for my tastes, and as an intermediate to advanced lifter, it didn't do much for me. I prefer Insanity, but for cardio only.

    But God bless Tony Horton. The man has changed lives.
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    Feb 15, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    SA1911 saidI actually had a question about P90X, a budy of mine was going to start it cause he converted his basement (which is really rather large; 14 foot ceilings and lots of space) into a makeshift gym. and asked if i wanted in on it. Has anyone here tried it? if so what's your opinion and why? pro's vs con's that sorta thing? glad i don't have to start a thread now thanks OP icon_biggrin.gif



    I really believe it's all about where you are in your level of fitness and what your goals are. After more than a year doing it, I can say it's completely changed me physically, both in terms of appearance and endurance/athleticism. I've now started to modify it, taking certain routines out and replacing them with non-P90X workouts that will build on what I've accomplished so far.

    BTW, your profile photos scare me. All of them.