Overall, a great low-budget alternative to P90X. To do the workouts, I did have to invest in two sets of dumbbells, an exercise ball, and an exercise mat for my hard basement floor, which totaled about $60. Even with that, I think this program is a great value. Even though I wrote more below about cons of this product, I believe the pros far outweigh the cons. Pros:
- Videos are challenging and stay interesting since you rotate through ten different ones (I normally hate workout videos). I'm on day 49 and have seen significant results.
- Program grows with you. As you get more endurance and strength it doesn't get easier, you just work yourself harder and still get a good workout. Cons:
- Packaging is very cheap. The DVDs are in a thick, fibrous paper that sheds on them and scratches them. Even though I immediately put my DVDs in a good storage album, one of them is scratched and freezes every time I use it. The others would freeze the first couple times I would use them because it was difficult to get all the little paper fibers off them.
- Warmup and cool down is the same recorded track for all of the workouts (except one I believe). I think this is boring and not very effective. I would like a warmup/cooldown specifically focusing on the same muscle areas that the workout focuses on.
- Also, FYI, especially for women, this program is designed to build muscle. I've started to use lighter weights than I'm capable of, usually doing more reps than they do in the video, because my arms/shoulders/thighs have been getting huge (I build muscle easily). I usually don't use weights anymore for lunges and squats because they are hard enough anyway and I don't want my thighs to get any bigger.
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