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Power 90 vs P90X - Chris Garrett Fitness | Dream-2-Reality | Team D2R

Power 90 vs P90X

So there have been several people asking me if Power 90 or P90X was better to go with so I will go over the two programs to cover the differences of them both to help you determine which of the two programs are right for you.

Basic Differences

The basic difference with Power 90 vs P90X are the number of workouts. Power 90 has 4 workouts to include: Sculpt Circuit 1-2, Sweat Cardio 1-2, Sculpt Circuit 3-4, and Sweat Cardio 3-4. There is also a bonus “Fat Burning Experess DVD.”

P90X has 12 workouts which include:

  • Chest and Back
  • Plyometrics
  • Shoulders and Arms
  • Yoga X
  • Legs and Back
  • Kenpo X
  • Stretch
  • Core Synergistics
  • Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps
  • Back and Biceps
  • Cardio X
  • Ab Ripper X

Length of Workouts

Power 90 workouts last 29 – 42 minutes depending on the workout and which phase you are on.

P90X workouts are 60 – 90 minutes depending on the workouts and if you have to do Ab Ripper X after the workout.  The 90 minute workout is Yoga X which can be substituted with the 45 minute Fountain of Youth Yoga from Tony Horton’s One on One Series (This disk is currently included with the purchase of P90X from your coach)  You can read Tekoa’s review on the Fountain of Youth Yoga HERE

Equipment Differences

Power 90 doesn’t require much in terms of equipment. The most you will need are dumbbells or resistance bands and a yoga mat. However, P90X can require dumbbells or resistance bands, yoga mat, push-up stands or Power Stands (optional) and a door frame pull-up bar.

Intensity Differences

This is also a huge difference because P90X is more intense compared to Power 90. Power 90 is still challenging but is nowhere near intense. P90X is much more extreme with cardio and weights.  Each lift workout from P90X works specific groups of muscles where Power 90 does the same weight training routines that work a little bit of everything.  P90X will be better in sculpting, building muscle (don’t worry ladies… you won’t bulk up)  You can see what Power 90 has done for us and then what P90X has done for us afterward HERE.  The wonderful thing about both these workouts is Tony Horton gives modified moves in the workouts so that you can do either program and just do what you can.

Which is Better for Weight Loss?

Both programs can be used for weight loss.  We lost a bunch of weight with Power 90 but I give a lot of credit to the nutrition plan for that.  The Power 90 nutrition plan is set up to give you a calorie deficit to lose weight.  The P90X nutrition plan is set up more for maintenance vs weight loss.  You will have to modify the P90X Nutrition Plan to create something that will help you lose weight.  You can read about this HERE.  I have seen great weight loss results from both Power 90 and P90X so either one is fine.

Power 90 vs P90X In Conclusion:

Both programs are great and you can get great results from either one.  If you are on a tight budget Power 90 might be a better option because you don’t need as much gear and the program is just under $60.  P90X needs more gear and is just below $120.   I will say that P90X has blown Power 90 out of the water when it comes to sculpting, building muscle, and giving an amazing physique. Knowing what I know now about both programs, I probably would have started with P90X and modified the moves and nutrition when we first started out.  At the same time we will always believe in Power 90 as it changed our lives!  My best advise is to do what you are comfortable with.  If you are able to do P90X and know that you will stick with it… go for it!  If you are still unsure whether you can handle P90X or you have cut out couch potato time and still don’t have time to fit a 60-90 minute workout, then maybe Power 90 would be better for your schedule.  What is important is that you stick with the program, press play every day, and stick to healthy nutrition.  You WILL see great results from either program!

If you would like to purchase Power 90

CLICK HERE

If you would like to purchase P90X

CLICK HERE

 

22 comments
Stacie
Stacie

Hi Chris! My boyfriend and I have been reading over your site for a while and are considering purchasing either P90 or P90X. We are curious though, is it possible for us to do the daily workouts as a couple? Would we have to purchase 2 sets of weights/dumbbells? And if we did just have the one set of dumbbells, could we do the workout together? Thanks in advance!

Amanda
Amanda

As always you have great advice and info. I am so glad I found you and Tekoa to help me through my journey.

Sarah
Sarah

Awesome ! I'll definitey look into myfitnesspal. Thanks so much for your advice and input ! :)

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Seeing results is great! I do definitely recommend tracking your nutrition with something like myfitnesspal to not only making sure you are running a calorie deficit, but to also make sure you are eating enough, because too much of a deficit can be problematic. Sounds like you started at a great place cutting out the junk and eating more raw veggies, lean meats and salads.

Sarah
Sarah

I don't really have a calorie target, this nutrition thing is kinda new to me to be completely honest. However Ive been doing the obvious, a lot more raw veges and fruits in my diet, lean meats and salads, and staying away from junk foods.My height is 5'6'' I'm starting my 4th week tonight, and I'm seeing more results :) Kenpo is TOTALLY my new favorite workout ! :) I'm definitely going to read through the P90X nutrition plan and follow it through.

Sarah
Sarah

Hey ! I wish I found this website before I started, because now I'm a bit confused. I'm on my 3rd week for p90x, and it is really tough, but I'm slowly starting to keep up with it. I do see some results, but not as much as I expected. I feel like I should have started with power 90, drop some weight, and continue with p90x like how you guys did. My main goal is to lose about 30-40 lbs. I'm not that concerned about sculpting just yet, I'm more concerned about losing weight first. However, I'm already 3 weeks in of p90x, and I don't know how I feel about stopping it and starting a whole new workout. Any advice on what I should do ?

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Yep it sounds like you are really close!

John
John

I'm at 13-14% body fat now and weigh 178. The next 10 to 15 lbs. might make all the difference. I'll keep you posted.

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Hey John! I am 5' 11" as well and I now weight 168 pounds at 8% body fat. Way to go on your success! Once I got to a certain point my abs seemed to suddenly appear (about 10-12% body fat)

Adrian
Adrian

Thanks for this. I've been debating for a long time between the two. I'm currently 305lbs and I feel I'm not ready for the intensity of P90X yet. Going to get Power 90 and use that to prepare me for P90X.

Adrian
Adrian

Thanks for this. I've been debating for a long time between the two. I'm currently 305lbs and I feel I'm not ready for the intensity of P90X yet. Going to get Power 90 and use that to prepare me for P90X.

John
John

BTW - looking at your starting pics, we could be twins. I had an almost identical build (or lack of a build). I'm 5'11" and started at 245. What weight are you at now? I'm down 60, but my abs are still hiding just below the surface.

John
John

I too started with Power 90. P90X would have killed me and I don't think I would have stuck with it for long. I did P90 for 60 days and then jumped to P90X. I'm on a 1700 calorie diet and have lost 60 lbs. in 5 months. It worked for me and probably will for others too.

John
John

I too started with Power 90. P90X would have killed me and I don't think I would have stuck with it for long. I did P90 for 60 days and then jumped to P90X. I'm on a 1700 calorie diet and have lost 60 lbs. in 5 months. It worked for me and probably will for others too.

Rick Britton
Rick Britton

Thanks for the reply Chris I have recently given up smoking with the aid of a fantastic medication called "Champix" and I can really recommend that anyone wanting to quit should ask their doctor about it. So yes, I dont feel ready to really beat myself up with the extreme version and so P90 seems a good start. I have set my goals at losing 50lbs in the 180 days (1 round P90 and 1 round P90x). If I do that I will be at target weight. What happens then I dont know (apart from not going back to where I am now). Mainly I want to be pain free, able to move freely, have more energy and live longer. I'm not so motivated by the "beach body six pack" and all that. Really looking forward to it and I will let you know how I get on best wishes

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Thanks Rick! Power 90 is a great choice... You will want to do something you know you can stick with. P90X is definitely my new favorite, but I was well prepared for it by doing Power 90 first.

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Thanks Rick! Power 90 is a great choice... You will want to do something you know you can stick with. P90X is definitely my new favorite, but I was well prepared for it by doing Power 90 first.

Rick Britton
Rick Britton

Hey, found the link to your site from Coach Waynes site I'm probably in worse shape than you were on Day 0 and I am also pretty banged up with injuries It's great to get the inside view from someone who has been there and done it. Thanks for the detailed description of the differences between P90 and P90x. I reckon I am in no way ready for the intensity of P90x so I am planning to do P90 first and then see if I am ready to step it up Congrats on your results and thanks again for the inspiration

Coach MikeR
Coach MikeR

Thanks for the info. I have been doing P90x, Insanity, and 1-on-1s for over a year. I have Power90 coming as I wanted to get a taste of the original. This is really helpful. Thanks!