REVIEW: One on One with Tony Horton Vol.1

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There are about a zillion reviews out there for other workout videos developed by Tony Horton ( P90, P90X, P90X+ ) but few have taken the opportunity to review his latest package of pain, “One On One with Tony Horton”.

So I will.

“One On One” is a monthly subscription DVD available from Beachbody.com.  Here are they all are, and their reviews:

Plyo Legs

Think of P90 Master Series Plyo Legs, only amped up to the extreme.  It’s similar to P90X Legs and Back ( sans Back )  with some Plyometrics thrown in.  Very versatile workout.  For some reason I hate legs training, but this particular one I look forward to.

Road Warrior

Just you, the floor, and a band.  This is done in a Power 90 circuit format and is a handy one if you’re on the road.  You’re also going for max reps, not the typical 8-12 rule.  Like Tony says, change is good!

Ab Killer

It’s AB 200 followed by AB Ripper X, all in one 25 minute abdominal assault.  You will hurt.

30-15 Upper Body Massacre

This is strictly push ups ( 30 ) and pull ups ( 15 ).  That’s about it.  I would say its difficulty level is on par with Chest and Back from P90X.  But by the time you’re done, you’ll want to die.  In a good way.

Just Arms

Love this one.  Old school workout that focuses on just the arms ( no shoulders ).  I try to do this at least twice a month wherever I can fit it into my P90X schedule.  An adjustable incline bench would be a nice thing to have for this one.  The “crazy 8’s” at the end will have you screaming like Fran Drescher in the late stages of labor.

Super Cardio

This is a spin on Sweat 5-6 from the P90 Master Series with a bit more OOMPH.  A good alternative to your Plyo routines when your legs are still hating your stinking guts from PLYO X.

Fountain Of Youth Yoga

Tired of the 1.5 hour Yoga from P90X?  This one is 45 minutes, so quit your whining and get on the floor.  This one is well done, and Tony turns the “Tonyness” down a notch to maintain a calm mood.  This will likely replace my Yoga X on many occasion.  My lower back loves me for this, and for those with back problems the cure is here!

Mammoth UML

Stuck in a hotel room with no equipment?  Relax, Tony will run you through a sequence that will keep you going.  This won’t give you any gains, but is a good workout for your recovery week.  Combine with Road Warrior to meet your traveling needs.

Bun Shaper

The exercise itself is about 40 minutes of glute-busting.  I also recommend this if you want to strengthen your lower back, as is my situation.  I thought this was going to be one of those disposable workouts, but I may find a way to get this done at least once a week to help out my weak spots.

Medicine Ball Core Cardio

Core cardio is hard enough, but add a 6lb medicine ball and suddenly you’ll want to puke your guts out on the floor while crying for your mommy.  Again…in a good way.

Recovery 4 Results

Maybe you tried the sample copy of INSANITY and feel like you were pushed into an oncoming bus.  Instead of beating your already dead horse of a body, why not do a little yoga/cardio/light resistance training?  Stay in the game, and live to fight another day!

Diamond Delts

A 37 minute shoulder assault.  I found I was working areas that even P90X didn’t seem to quite get, so that makes this a routine something that I must do more often.  And bonus… you’ll even learn what a “log cover” is!

All of the videos are just Tony and the cameraman ( who also has other cameras set up for different angles ).  There’s P90X+ish music in the background and candid talk between Tony and Mason the cameraman.  Tony, as in all of his videos, is probably a “love him or hate him” kind of guy.  Personally, I think he’s about as good as it gets when it comes to workout videos. He’s positive, motivated, yet not phoney about it like so many “hyped up” instructors who have pasted on smiles that I just want to hit with a brick.  He’s a 50 year old trainer who’s been there, not some 20-something punk instructor riding on the wave of their temporary metabolism.

In other words, he’s real.  He’s working out with you and he’s hurting too.

If you’re interested in “One On One”, you better be in good shape first.  This is for those who want to make it to the next level, and although it is made without the high-end production of P90X, it still feels professionally made.

4 Stars out of 5

Disclaimer: I am NOT a Beachbody coach, reseller or in any way connected with the company.  These views are mine and mine alone.

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About Author

John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.

  • Personally I pump to "Body Pump" from Australia. It's the bomb and I look great naked!!

  • DysfunctionalParrot

    Get picture out of head…out of head…out of head…

  • Sorry dude, think of my dog……….. :)

  • Just got Med Ball Cardio in the mail yesterday and I'll be testing it tomorrow :) Nice reviews on these – there's not many in the blogosphere that seem to be doing the 1on1.

  • DysfunctionalParrot

    I love the Med Ball Core DVD! I only wish it were a tad longer, but it absolutely makes you sweat in a way regular cardio does not because resistance is now involved. This ones going to get a lot of use!

  • diss35

    I am almost done with P90x. I want to do another round and then P90X plus. How do you incoroprate these One on One disks with these workouts. Do you have an outline or anything like that?

    • DysfunctionalParrot

      Why…as a matter of fact I do!

      Right now I'm taking a pause and doing the new INSANITY program. However, normally I do a hybrid-P90X/P90X+/OneOnOne routine which goes as follows…

      Phase One, Weeks 1-3
      Day 1: Chest & Back/ Killer Abs
      Day 2: Medicine Ball Cardio
      Day 3: Road Warrior/ Killer Abs
      Day 4: Yoga
      Day 5: Bun Shaper/ Killer Abs
      Day 6: Diamond Delts / Super Cardio
      Day 7: X Stretch

      Recovery Week
      Day 1: Yoga
      Day 2: Upper Body +
      Day 3: Super Cardio or Interval +
      Day 4: Core Synergistics
      Day 5: Yoga
      Day 6: Total Body +
      Day 7: X Stretch

      Phase 2, Weeks 5-7
      Day 1: Just Arms/ Killer Abs
      Day 2: Medicine Ball Cardio
      Day 3: Back & Biceps/ Killer Abs
      Day 4: Yoga
      Day 5: Plyo Legs/ ARX
      Day 6: Diamond Delts / Super Cardio
      Day 7: X Stretch

      Recovery Week
      Day 1: Yoga
      Day 2: Upper Body +
      Day 3: Super Cardio or Interval +
      Day 4: Recovery 4 Results
      Day 5: Yoga
      Day 6: Total Body +
      Day 7: X Stretch

      Phase Three, Weeks 9 & 11
      Day 1: 30-15 / Killer Abs
      Day 2: Medicine Ball Cardio
      Day 3: Road Warrior/ Killer Abs
      Day 4: Yoga
      Day 5: Bun Shaper/ Killer Abs
      Day 6: Diamond Delts / Super Cardio
      Day 7: X Stretch

      Weeks 10 & 12
      Day 1: Just Arms/ Killer Abs
      Day 2: Cardio Intervals v.2
      Day 3: Back & Biceps/ Killer Abs
      Day 4: Yoga
      Day 5: Plyo Legs/ ARX
      Day 6: Diamond Delts / Super Cardio
      Day 7: X Stretch

      Recovery Week
      Day 1: Yoga
      Day 2: Upper Body +
      Day 3: Super Cardio or Interval +
      Day 4: Recover 4 Results
      Day 5: Yoga
      Day 6: Total Body +
      Day 7: X Stretch

      At times I may substitute routines as many of them are interchangeable such as 30-15 and Chest and Back. The important thing is to keep having fun. As a new workout comes in, I just try and find a place for it. Usually I'll do a routine for 3 weeks and then not see it again for a couple months. It keeps me from getting bored with the same workout over and over.

  • diss35

    Awesome! Thanks a lot! I can't wait to get into the One on One disks.

  • Thanks for these reviews. I am just starting Phase 3 of P90X, and am an IT professional also. I am looking at doing a P90X/One on One Hybrid next. Your reviews will help me decide what one to work in. Thanks

    Steven

    • DysfunctionalParrot

      Hey, anything to be of service! Welcome to the site!

  • AVY

    I am a guy but generally use lighter weights than Tony and am debating between a four and six lb medicine ball for his One on One workout. Which one do you guys prefer? I don't want it to be too easy, but then again too hard is no good either.

    • DysfunctionalParrot

      Avy: I'm in the same boat. Not a tenderfoot, but still lift slightly lighter than Tony for the most part. I grabbed a 6lb ball and it did the job. It doesn't seem like much but it begins to get heavy in fairly short order! You can get a 4lb, but if you're an average guy then a 6 might be more versatile.

  • Joe

    I saw a breakdown of the different dvds for one on one. Some interested me and others not so much. And some of the ones that are supposedly in development (parkour) interested me. With One on One do you get to choose which dvds you get? Or do you have to take (and pay for) all of it?

    • DysfunctionalParrot

      Joe: In the beginning that's all I did. I just got the ones I wanted. I believe they're $19 a pop with pretty cheap shipping. I'm with you, some I keep coming back to and other I hardly ever touch. The "Just Arms" DVD is a must!

  • Love this review. I love the point you make about having a 50+ year old who's fit as they come, verses a young guy who's riding the wave of his metabolism. At over 50, you KNOW that Tony's the real deal, so why wouldn't you listen to him? Great review.

  • Lisa

    Thanks so much for your reviews. I am finishing up my last two weeks of P90X and just ordered Volume 1 (has not yet arrived). After reading your reviews I am really excited to get started. Keep up the great work. I will be checking back often!

  • I love that hybrid workout you came up with. We're considering making it a module for our workout tracking software (XtremeFit Pro). If we do, how would you like to be credited? Contact us offline if you'd like to discuss.

  • Tom

    I recently came across a bonus DVD called Holiday Horton that I believe was a free 13th they came with Volume 1. It’s pretty bad in my opinion. He employed a coupe little people dressed as elves to call out his exercises. You should review that disk if you can just for the sheer awfulness of it.

    • That was hands down one of the worst workout DVD’s I have ever witnessed! I recall watching it, unable to actually participate due to my disbelief at what I was witnessing. I might consider doing a “Best of Worst of” article down the road. “Holiday Horton” would absolutely make the list!