Today's program review is going to focus on Beachbody's Power 90 program. Beachbody is the company behind the very popular P90X (which is going to be reviewed probably next week). Power 90 is the predecessor to P90X (which is short for Power 90 Extreme).
We were clearly out of shape when we started Phase 1-2 as our breath was heaving, sweat was rolling and we thought we might pass out. Basically you alternate a cardio day with a sculpt day, and after 45 days you move up to phase 3-4, which is slightly longer but still easy to follow because for the most part it is adding an extra set to most of the exercises. There's also the Ab Ripper 100 and 200, which is 10 exercises x ten reps for the 100 and 20 reps for the 200.
The bands are easy to travel with and so are the dvds. Tony Horton is my favourite workout leader EVER. I usually laughed a bit, and he is easy to follow. The exercises are not super fancy you must be dancer-like coordinated to do - this is more like boot camp. By the time I was in Phase 3-4, I could run again. I did running club and didn't feel like my lungs were going to explode. I also stopped having the constant hip pain I'd had for a few years, because the exercises support the whole body structure. I was simply amazed.
Tony is very big on a good warm up and cool down as well, which really helps with the soreness. In the corner of your screen is a counter, too, so you can see how much time you have left. And the time flies by while you're doing this workout, thanks to doing repeating sets of various moves.
The program comes with a food guide etc. for those who want nutritional support.
If you're not ready for anything extreme, but you want a good workout without having to have a lot of extra equipment, this is perfect. While the workouts do get "easier" (you don't feel like you're going to die), you still break a good sweat and your heart gets pumping. Did I lose weight? Yes, not as fast as I'd like but I put that down to diet more than exercise. If I'd been stricter with myself, I probably would have lost more, but while I was doing it my weight did keep creeping downwards.
Definitely a recommended buy.