1.Too many exercises
P90X is a routine built on the so-called muscle confusion principle. That’s why it contains so many exercises. Variety, however, 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. Movements like bench dips can hurt your shoulder joints whereas the marathon of abdominal exercises often causes lower back pain.
3.Too much hype
P90X is successful thanks to its marketing. There’s nothing special or new about it. And yet It’s advertised as the ultimate program that every human should be doing. P90X is 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 in a vacuum often fail to build basic weightlifting habits such as proper back positioning during heavy lifting.
5.Too much supplements marketing
P90X comes with a lot of supplements promotion. As expected, Tony Horton is bashing all regular supplement lines, except for his own – shakeolgy. This is what we call a smart businessman.
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 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 expect more of an ‘open source’ community.