The Muscle Confusion Deception

A lot of time has passed since the release of P90X. The popular routine is based on what the creator Tony Horton calls “muscle confusion”. The idea is pretty simple – your body adapts to what you do and you change your routine after a certain time in order to confuse the muscles and promote further development.

It’s obvious why such an idea would be appealing to the ‘Mall’ mind set most humans have. After all you are supposed to be living like a movie star and constantly experiencing new things in your life. At least that’s the impression extracted from most people’s Facebook posts and tweets, isn’t it?

It may surprise you, but muscle confusion is as relevant to success as driving a different car to the office.


The success of P90X hides in two very simple principles – clean diet and exercising. People lose weight on P90X not because they are treating their muscles like lawyers who need to be confused into working harder, but thanks to the constant caloric deficit which promotes body fat loss.

The Muscle Confusion Deception

I am confused….what now?

Your metabolism does not care about what exercises you are doing. Whether your are doing push-ups on your palms, handles or medicine balls is not incredibly important for the end result. Persistence and continuation of the right habits and action is what promotes growth. There may be many ways to build a house, but so far nobody has found a way to build one without construction materials. You can’t replace the essence. It’s irreplaceable.

Humans have proven that the flashier the product – the higher the interest. You may have a completly average product, but if you make it shiny and spread the rumor that Justin Bieber uses it, you will sell more copies. On the other hand you may have a product that is just as good or better and yet sells poorly because it does not have flashy marketing to back it up.

The point of the muscle confusion principle sold by Tony Horton and his team is to sell an ordinary apple for twice the price.

The results you see in the over edited videos presenting the effectiveness of P90X could very well be achieved by doing only: push-ups, pull-ups, running a few days a week and cutting out the unhealthy sugars from your diet. There’s no need to change your program every few weeks in order to ensure muscle confusion. Don’t confuse your muscles. Be honest with them. Tell them they need to get good at something. Constantly changing the task is just a distraction from looking at the bigger picture.

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