1.Too many exercises
P90x is a routine built on the so-called muscle confusion principle. That’s why it contains so many exercises. This not a good thing because variety does not equal success, the same way working five different jobs does not equal wealth.
Some of the exercises in P90x are borderline dangerous, especially for the untrained which are the majority of the newcomers. Exercises like bench dips can hurt your shoulder joints and many people will experience lower back pain during the endless abdominal sections.
3.Too much hype
P90x is successful thanks to its marketing. There’s nothing special or new about it. It’s advertised, however, as the ultimate program that every human being should do. It’s supposed to do everything – cut fat, build muscle, improve athleticism. If something is too good to be true…
4.Lack of power exercises
P90x includes many exercises but most of them are somewhat gimmicky. Instead of focusing on basic exercises the lifter is distracted by unicorns and butterflies. Training is not supposed to be a boredom killer.
People who do P90x solely often fail to build basic weightlifting habits such as proper back positioning during heavy lifting. That’s because P90X is supposed to be politically correct and avoid legal suits due to injuries from lifting heavy weights.
5.Too much supplementation marketing
P90x comes with a lot of supplementation marketing. As expected Tony Horton is bashing all regular supplement lines, except for his own – shakeolgy. This is what we call a smart businessman.
Without a doubt P90X is very expensive for what you get. The program costs between USD 150 to USD 350+ depending on which package you want. That’s a lot of money for a couple of training DVDs. The knowledge presented in the DVDs can be obtained for free, if you have access to training bodybuilding sites and YouTube.
The community on beachbody.com is formed by hypnotized fans of Tony Horton. They don’t accept criticism very well. This may be particularly hard to deal with, if you have expected more of an ‘open source’ community.