P90X Series: Chest and Back

Tony Horton
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Upper Body Strength

The workout is a very tough gym style workout which alternates pushups and pullups in various incarnations.

You do two very hard cycles. You go at your own pace, and you do as many reps as you want (there is a timer, but no countdown of reps).

I used a chair with my pullup bar, in addition, I used bands wrapped around my pullup bar to simulate pullups.

There are some dumbbell/band back exercises: 'Heavy pants', 'Wide Pants', 'lawnmowers'

At the end is the fabled Ab ripperX - a brutal ab workout - I think it's 15 hard exercises - 25 reps a pop.

I give this an A+. A solid workout with great music. Great for men and women alike. You can go for heavy, or you can go lighter for endurance. It's your choice, and the p90x literature helps you build a rotation that suits your needs.

Instructor Comments:
Tony does very well in this dvd. His bantering with the crew seems natural and the entire crew seem to be having a lot of fun.

This workout is truly gym style. So the background instructors decide how many reps they will do, and what speed they will follow.

Tony is diligent about informing us to write down what we did, and to follow our own body. He also encourages us to really push to failure, instead of sticking with the number we chose.

I'd give him an A in this one.