The Real Difficulty with P90X

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    Feb 02, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    The exercises are fine. They're difficult, but I can do them. But when I'm trying to concentrate on the exercises, give it my full potential, suddenly Tony Horton decides he has some quip or cutesy fitness axiom that he desperately needs to share, and that's when I unplug the TV.

    I always watch the third audio option, where his needlessly flapping mouth is muted during the exercises, but there's still so much talking. Look, Tony -- you have a hot body. That's why we called the number on the infomercial. Nobody said you had anything close to a personality.

    On some discs, Tony remarks that he talks to give people a little longer break, but frankly, I view the exercises as a break from the sheer psychic torture that escapes from his mouth. There's at least one disc where you can see him slip -- I can't remember which one, but after all of his "don't use weights that are too heavy, protect yourself" warnings, he starts to impulsively chastise one of the background exercisers for getting a lighter weight. He catches himself, and kind of apologizes to the camera.

    Tony claims that he doesn't like to look old or unfit, but...does anybody else suspect face lift and hair plugs? He looks like Meg Ryan. One more and he's going to get that burn-victim look.

    (My gym membership ran out on the 31st and I can't afford to renew, so I'm back to working out at home. Fucking Tony. You're the reason I sprung for a membership in the first place.)
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    Feb 02, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    Do what I do for all the resistance workouts. I use spreadsheets I made for the excersies and just do them sans video at all. As for the cardio /yoga well yeah u are stuck with him. At least my approach decreases the doses of Tony-Corn by 50%. icon_smile.gif

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    Feb 02, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    I agree -- Tony tries too hard to be what he perceives to be "cool". He's 45 (at least at the time he made the DVDs), so what does he want to be a teenager for? What's worse, he's trying to be a stereotypical straight cool guy, treating the viewer like he's their buddy, referring to the men in the video as "brutha" (or worse "bru-THA"). I don't want him to be my buddy. I want him to get me into shape. There is no reason why he has to be so bloody chatty while he's doing it.

    The other complaint I have about the system is that there are no demos of the exercises BEFORE he starts them -- you just go right into it. I've found I have to stop the DVD & go back several times during the workout. I suppose eventually I'll remember the moves, but for now (I'm only on Day 2) I'll have to have a longer workout as I stop & rewind.
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    Feb 02, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    I believe you can silence the DVDs entirely icon_smile.gif

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    Feb 02, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    Call out your soups!
  • WILDCARD73

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    Feb 02, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    what i did is print out the excersise sheets
    learn from the dvd what i need to do
    and go to the gym, do the excersises there
    i dont have to hear tony
    i hear music on my ipod
  • gsh1964

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    Feb 02, 2010 8:32 PM GMT
    Thank God I didn't buy that crap.

    But I would agree that watching the videos, then integrating them into a gym workout is best.

    I actually use a couple of the exersices from what I see on the infomercial.
    Also, it would be good to see the diet suggestions he uses.

    But oh well, I'll just have to do it on my own.icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 02, 2010 8:34 PM GMT
    Kill the messenger, eh?
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    Feb 02, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    picky picky picky icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 02, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    "I can't count, but I can punch!"
    "like a pterydoctal flying out of trouble"
    "he makes gumby look like the tin man"
    "I got shot....in the buttocks..."
    i could go on and on. I've watched those videos way too many times. I could certainly stand to write everything down and do it on my own.
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    Feb 02, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    I'm about to start my fourth week going into the recovery phase. He (Mr. Horton) doesn't seem too annoying, but he is a bit cheesy towards the camera. I do agree that previews of each exercise would have been nice, however I guess I can always pre-watch the next dvd to see what is expected of me to learn. The exercises were tough for me at first, but I am glad I am doing it. If for no other reason than just to feel better about my own health and to learn more from each new workout.
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    Feb 02, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    Just mute it. That is what 99.9% of P90x people do.
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    Feb 02, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidCall out your soups!



    "German Potato soup."

    "German Potato soup!?!? Well, if that ain't P90X soup I don't know what is?"
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    Feb 02, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
    I can hack it for an hour. It's not like I have to live with him, come home to him and sit across the dinner table with him. And on the days I really can't hack it, I just opt for the "music and cues" feature.
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    Feb 02, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    gsh1964 saidThank God I didn't buy that crap.

    It is the #1 Fitness system. It is far from crap.

    O, and I know what I am talking about.
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    Feb 02, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    I used Power 90 for years before P90X and I too can recite all of his cheeseball lines from the workouts. Who cares? It works. There are a million annoying people with their annoying quirks at the gym too, and y'all bitch about them, too, so really - does anything NOT piss you off?

    Get over it. Work out. Live yer life.
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    Feb 02, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidCall out your soups!


    LOL yup... the greenbean is getting tired icon_biggrin.gif
  • oursirpeace

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    Feb 02, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    Isn't it for people who are trying to lose weight first? I almost went for it but decided to go with my own routine.
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    Feb 03, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    oursirpeace saidIsn't it for people who are trying to lose weight first?


    No I don't think so... I've gotten much more out of it than that, and it's pretty clear to me that some of the people who were trying this program weren't doing it specifically to lose weight, but to improve their overall fitness... and succeeded in doing so! I hope to be one of them soon, and I'm not going to let Mr. Horton's dumb jokes stand in the way of that!!!

    By the way, here's an update on my progress so far: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/816365/
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    Feb 04, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    I'm surprised this many people agree with me. I listen to "Music and Cues," the third option. I try to mute it, but I tend not to look at the TV when I'm doing the exercises, so I depend on some sort of audio cue to know when we're about to stop (for exercises that are timed, rather than a strict set count).

    The soups are indeed the worst. On some discs, "Music and Cues" mutes it (today's disc, Shoulders and Arms, does), and on others it doesn't (Cardio X is one, I think). I think that the entire program is intelligently designed, but the producers forgot that you watch the discs repeatedly. Things that you grimaced through the first time make you want to die inside the sixth, tenth, twelfth time through.
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    Feb 04, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    The next time Tony annoys you, just recall this early infomercial he did and surely a smile will cross your face:

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    Feb 04, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    Seriously though, you guys are looking at it all wrong. Making fun of Tony Horton is one of the best perks of P90X. One of my favorites has to be when he gets really upset that one of his helpers has "a funnier line" than him ("stirring up trouble") and he tries to jokingly play it off - but you can tell it truly does bother him deep down. Yes on the hair plugs. Yes on the plastic surgery. Yes on the man make-up.

    And I love his latent gay sexuality: "Tony II, stud of the world!"

    "Man oh manischewitz, as my uncle used to say..."
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    Feb 04, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    I love Pee Wee's Big Adventure. But if I watched that movie five days a week I would be sick of it.

    Tony has a tough job. People exercising isn't nearly as entertaining as Pee Wee, and you have to watch it over and over again. GHA!

    Cut the man some slack.
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    Feb 04, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    Yeah, but I think Tony begs for a lot of the criticism that comes his way by being so over-the-top. I have friends who have actually gone to the p90x website and then not bought it precisely because they couldn't stand Tony in the 30-second clips. Tony seems like a genuinely nice guy but I don't think he's presenting a "real" personality which would ultimately be a lot more palatable on a long-term basis. It feels like he is reaching for something - like the guy at the party who is laughing a little too loud at his own jokes. By contrast, Shawn T of Beachbody's "Insanity" is equally energized but far less annoying because he seems a lot more comfortable in his own skin. But, as always, your mileage may vary.

    And, really, all this talk of Tony Horton distracts us from the real issue: the sex appeal of one Daniel Haas.
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    Feb 04, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidI believe you can silence the DVDs entirely icon_smile.gif



    Yeah, P90X with Electro sounds much better than Split Pea Soup!

    Mute Tony and get moving!

    Haha.


    Joe