Beachbody’s P90X is a popular and intense series of home workout videos designed to get you in peak shape in 90 days.  This set of videos is not for beginners.  I have decided to review the first video in the series, titled Chest & Back, in order to give some insight into how this specific workout is set up and what it has to offer.

Chest & Back Review

The Chest & Back workout is a 52 minute video comprised of two rounds.  Each round contains 12 exercises, divided into 3 sets of 4 exercises each.

Each set is separated from each other by a 30 second break.

The exercises in each set are combinations of push-ups and pull-ups, with three exercises using dead weights.

There are 6 pushup exercisesin total, and they are regular push-ups, wide-fly push-ups, military push-ups, diamond push-ups, decline push-ups, and divebomber push-ups.

The 3 pull-up exercises include wide front pull-ups, close grip pull-ups, and reverse grip chin-ups.

The deadweight exercises are heavy pants, lawnmowers, and back flys.

My Opinion

The Chest & Back workout, which is the first workout in the P90X series, is a solid foundation for the series.  It is very old-fashioned, in the sense that most of the exercises employed in the video have been around for years.  There is no real fancy equipment in this video; most of the exercises use the floor or a pull-up bar, and you use your own body’s weight to create resistance.

That being said, this video works me.  I am always dead tired after finishing these 52 minutes and have noticed significant results with this video.

Before I had ever used this video, it was a struggle to finish 20 push-ups.  Now I can crank out 35 with ease.  I could hardly do 3 pull-ups before, and now I can do more than 10. 

If you put the work in, these exercises will get you results.  If you're looking for a good weight set to use with the series, I recommend the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells.

Good luck!  If you have any questions, just ask.