Connect with us


The New P90 – COMPLETE REVIEW: Part 1



I don’t want to say that the original Power 90 was simply dated because that would be an understatement.  How dated was it?  So much so that the Carbon 14 results are inconclusive.  The music sounds like a porn shoot at a K-Mart and production values look like they were made with my old Commodore 64 as it has that weird banner on the right hand side during the entire workout.


The workouts were also easy.  I mean over the top easy.  Sometimes I wonder how an amazing feat like P90X ever came to be with Power 90 as a predecessor.  But in all fairness, this was back when Beachbody was nothing like the fitness behemoth they have become today where every almost product they come out with now is a near perfect mix of sound, talent, production, and solid fitness science.  Times have indeed changed.

Simply put, the old Power 90 program no longer fits with the honor of the Beachbody name.  But no more.  Like all things Hollywood, another reboot has come and this time it is the new and vastly improved P90…hold the X.

No longer is Tony Horton the new kid on the block making quick workout videos.  He is now in his A-game and doing what he does best at the prime of his fitness knowledge.  So sit back kids and allow the most trusted name in fitness reviews ( and not a Beachbody coach ) to give you the full picture of the new P90.

What you get:

p90_boxIncluded in your standard package are the following goodies:

– B-Lines resistance band with a door attachment.

– Bonus P90X3 DYNAMIX workout disk. ( nuts…already have it )

– Food guide

– Free T-shirt contest which frankly, I’m all over that like catnip.  I collect these things like a serial killer.

– P90 disk pack containing 4 DVD’s

There is an option for a fifth disk which has 4 extra workouts if you’re feeling loaded.  My advice?  You’ve come this far so you might as well get it.


Everyone has to start somewhere, so Stage A is where the beginner kicks it off.  Those accustomed to the P90X series will find much in this a bit easy but try to remember…the hard core crowd is not the intended target audience here.  Each Stage is broken down in three workouts: SCULPT, SWEAT, and AB RIPPER.  Every Saturday has a the Saturday Special workout to end the week.

There is a short intro video that introduces you to the program which of course mentions Shakeology.  Tony also points out the need to place a large H ( no…it does not stand for ‘Horton’ ) on the floor with tape which will be used as a guide for proper positioning and will be especially handy during cardio.

The set should seem familiar.  It is the same as P90X3 only the colors have been changed to a lighter, more pleasant atmosphere.  Unsurprisingly, P90 has come a light years from its small beginnings.



Time: 25 minutes

This is a fairly simple routine that uses a lot of MMA style moves such as punch combos.  Yes, it’s easy if you allow it to be.  For the more experienced cardio-bunny, don’t be afraid to modify by going deeper and faster.  Remember, to get the most out of the Sweat workouts, having the “H’ guide on the floor is a must.


Time: 27 minutes

This is a total body routine with rows, curls, squats and presses.  The nice thing about even a simple routine like Sculpt A is that if you load up with enough weight, the difficulty ramps up accordingly.

What I noticed right away was the inclusion of short demo reels before each move.  They are unintrusive and move along quickly so they are unlikely to get bothersome over time.  I seem to recall the same method used in Tai Cheng and it looks really professional.  For a beginner series like P90, this is a brilliant idea.



Time: 8 minutes

The first of three gut busters, and it has to be simple right?  Well, you might be a bit surprised.

Each move is only for ten reps as this is supposed to be a beginners workout, but the moves have an old-school feel that are truly effective.  It moves fast so there are no demo-reels.

The cast is naturally there for demonstration, but one of the guys is 52.  Don’t get me wrong, he looks in great shape…but Tony is what…56 now?  Either Tony Horton is a cyborg, has daily infusions of Dick Clark’s DNA or is from the planet Gallifrey.  I have old videos of Power Half Hour when he was in his early-forties and he looks practically the same.  Honestly, the man doesn’t freaking age.


stagebSTAGE B

As expected, it is time to increase the intensity as you will have done STAGE A for almost a month.  That means you’ll also be dying to change things a bit for your own sanity.


Time: 32 minutes

“B” might stand for Bad hair day with a couple cast members, but to each their own when it comes to fashion.

The MMA gets more complex with some kicks thrown in and I found I was moving more actively than in Sweat A which was to be expected.  Already this is superior to Cardio X, which if you know me, was never a workout I liked.


Time: 30 minutes

Still keeping with the total body concept, you will do squats, rush-ups, rows, curls, kickbacks, and presses.  The movements now go from simple to deeper range of motion.  Push-ups are now full range and there is a bit of plyo thrown in to spice up the leg work.  Simple curls now work up to advanced moves such as 21’s.  You get the idea.



Time: 14 minutes

Many moves are from AB Ripper A, but now there are a few more that come to the party.  What began as an introductory abdominal workout has now begun to blossom into something with teeth.  In terms of intensity, this comes just short of hitting the original P90X.

Most moves are still 10 reps.


Time: 25 minutes

Tired of bouncing back and forth between Sculpt and Sweat?  Thankfully there is a nice bookend in your cycle that breaks the monotony.  Saturday Special is as you might have guessed, on the calendar as a once a week workout.  It has a very heavy core focus which is evident from many of the move names:  Mountain climber twists, kick twists, standing twists…it’s a bounty of twists sure to lay waste to the layers of instant pudding that line your midsection.  No need to do an Ab Ripper after this one.

PART 2 of 2: STAGE C, the Mrs. Parrot commentary on the P90 Food Guide, and the final score. 

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.



  1. matk

    March 25, 2021 at

    I like the original power 90! It’s still a workout that is a complete circuit routine that hits almost the whole body. If it is easy you can increase the weights and reps until it is challenging.

    • Alicia

      August 30, 2022 at

      Me too! I got in great shape with the original P90. I was hoping for the same workout/moves with updated music/background/outfits.

  2. Richard A Nielsen

    March 20, 2021 at

    How does this compare to the Power Half Hour in terms of difficulty?

    • John Paul Parrot

      March 23, 2021 at

      Wow…that’s going back! I remember PHH as being very hard for the time allotted, but that was quite a while ago too. P90 is certainly more diverse with yoga for example. With what I’ve learned since PHH, I’d give the edge in terms of difficulty to P90.

  3. James

    August 3, 2017 at

    This is what I’ve done and it seems to be working well.
    Body Beast total Body 3 Days and 2 alternate days of X3 MMX.
    Same concept as new P90.
    In 4-6 weeks I drop Total Body and do Body beast Lucky 7 3 and 2 alternate days a 30 minute version of kenpo x on the bag.
    Would Parrot agree with my hybrid workout?

  4. Olaf Biesot

    July 17, 2017 at

    Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! And then you have this cheating Christine, who looks like a Russian …
    O.k. I love this programm. Did P90X and P90X2 and 3..but I did nothing for 7 months..and decided to pick up again doing P90..and it is ideal. Love it! Stage A almost done, curious for stage B.

  5. man

    June 10, 2017 at

    Hi! Great reviews. So I finished 21 DF and I’m currently in my second week of 21 DFX. I’m planning on doing 2 rounds of that and then moving on. Im fairly in shape, prefer weight training to cardio, and need to lose 7lbs. I like the portion containers. Do you think P90X3 or P90 is the better next step? I’d love to do H&C but don’t have tons of room for equipment. My toddler has toys everywhere. And I hate stability balls.

    I’m a 37 year old working mom. Time is of the essence. :)

  6. Wayne

    February 21, 2017 at

    Mr. Parrot:
    3 days of full body weight training 30-45 minutes alternated with 2 days of treadmill 20-30 minutes and Saturday do a 20 minute calisthenics routine bodyweight pushups, chinups, situps VS. New P90…which will give better results or are they equal?

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      February 22, 2017 at

      What you are currently doing will probably be vastly superior to P90. P90 is designed to be a beginner program and it looks as if you have advanced beyond that point.

  7. Hvd

    January 24, 2017 at

    3 days of lifting with 3 days of cardio what any body could be doing them selves but its fun to work out at home vs the gym.i got p90x,p90x3 and body redoing p90x but taking the x out of

    im doing the p90x weightlifting routines/abx 3 days a week and walking 45m-1hr 3 days a week and im taking the yoga out and changed it up a bit.great workouts just not extreme.

    im also doing other things like intermittent fasting and working out fasted and seeing great results.i did a 16/8 hour fast the first phase and im on the recovery week and phase 2 im doing a 18/6 hour fast then in phase 3 a 19/5.

    you dont need to do plyo or yoga to get in to shape.thats what p90 shows you.

    remember the hardest part about working out is sticking with get past the first 2 weeks and it becomes normal.

    • Diego

      February 21, 2017 at

      If I do the same, only P90X weight routines ab ripper x 3 days and my boxing classes 2 days will I get decent results?
      I already do stretching in my 1 hour boxing so no yoga needed.
      On the KenpoX day I will just hit the bag for 10-3 minute rounds.
      I really like the original over X3, 2 or the new version of P90.

      • Dysfunctional Parrot

        February 22, 2017 at

        Anything is better than Kenpo X, so bag work would be more than fine. Modern yoga is really just glorified stretching anyway ( yoga enthusiasts are probably going to stone me for saying that ) so you’re cool. Your results should be more than similar as to what you would get doing the regular program.

      • Hvd

        February 22, 2017 at

        cardio is doesnt matter if you box,cycle,run,slow paced fasted cardio all cardio does is make a bigger deficit.if you look at the p90x routine in full they only mix up the upper body routines everything else is the doesnt matter the cardio really i like 45m of slow paced fasted cardio in the morning.kempo x is pretty lame imo especially after leg day.

        what p90x does is 3 days of circuit training weightlifting,2 days of cardio and a yoga day id rather sub in my own cardio for yoga for 3 days of lifting and 3 days of long as you follow the routine and off week i think you can set it up how you like and still get great results.

        remember its always calories in vs calories be honest if you just weight lifted and set lower calories then maintenance say 1800 you will lose weight and dont need cardio but if you want to make a bigger deficit you can eat more or lose more weight.

  8. Tito

    November 24, 2016 at

    Is it me or are the B and most definitely C workouts of the new P90 as hard if not harder than most of the X3 workouts?
    In fact my buddy went through the entire program and surpassed gains in muscle compared to those of his friend who started P90X3 at the same time his started new P90.
    And their similar in stature(height, weight, and age).
    Can you lend your input as to why you think this occurred at least in their particular case?
    I viewed P90 and it’s a solid no nonsense program.
    Weights alternated with cardio, simple to follow.
    I think yoga instead of dynamix would have been a better choice for recovery and flexibility.
    Look forward to your response.

  9. hcornetto

    November 20, 2016 at

    My question for this program is – if I have completed rounds of Chalean Extreme and Hammer and Chisel, will this program still be challenging, or should I move on to P90X3?

    I went to the beachbody website to do comparisons of their products, and they placed Chalean Extreme as an advanced routine, and this program as beginner/intermediate. I am considering purchasing, but if it is less difficult than the programs I have already completed, then I’m not sure this is worth the money for me personally. I’d like to hear your input of which is the more challenging program.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      November 21, 2016 at

      It is very challenging even today, although I would ditch several workouts in favor of superior ones. Cardio X is pretty tame, and Kenpo X just plain sucks. The resistance workouts are where P90X shines. If you want to take it to the next level, X2 is the most challenging, while X3 packs a lot for a convenient 20 minute package.

  10. K.D.

    August 13, 2016 at

    i bought P90X a few years back because the infomercial assured me that it was great for beginners. Well, maybe young beginners. i hurt myself in no time, and really couldn’t do many of the exercises. Worked out okay, though, because i resold it for almost as much as i paid. I am now trying Tai Cheng and it looks more like my speed. When I’m done, maybe i can go to P90x!

    • Hvd

      January 24, 2017 at

      im doing p90x just the weightlifting/abx and 3 days of dont need plyo or yoga to get in to shape its all cals in vs cals out.

  11. Jerome

    May 1, 2016 at

    Really like the simplicity of the new P90.
    Strength training alternated with cardio.
    The only drawback is no real yoga in the program.
    I think a brief 20-30 minute yoga session once a week would work great.
    Where in the weekly schedules would you suggest the yoga session?

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      May 3, 2016 at

      One way might be to substitute one day of yoga in each week in place of cardio or strength, but alternate each week which one you replace it with. Other possibilities are to do it on the weekend, or do two workouts each day with one being yoga.

  12. Pat

    August 3, 2015 at

    Enjoying your site immensely. Impulsively purchase p90 the other night and was wondering what the heck I got myself into. (Wine, credit cards & late night infomercials are a bad mix apparently) Anyhow, I fell off the exercise bandwagon a couple years ago and hope p90 will ease my out of shape body back into working out. I hope this can be modified very low impact as my knees and one reconstructed ankle won’t tolerate too much impact.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      August 6, 2015 at

      Absolutely this can be modified. It is also very easy on the knees so don’t worry about “Insanity” levels of joint carnage!

  13. John Paul Jones

    June 5, 2015 at

    DP, as you mentioned bad hair day with Sweat B, I had to do that workout first. I thought that the haircuts worked, but as with everything, YMMV. The one bit I found infuriating was Tony’s truly horrendous attempt at a Pom accent. I cringed each time for the British guy when Tony pulled out a bollocks Austin Powers impersonation. However, the singing at the end made up for all that, as it was Tony Horton goofiness at its best.

    As for the actual workout, it was what I was looking for, a glorified cool down for the Insanity month 2 workout I did right beforehand. For a beginner/back into fitness workout, solid. The difference in “flow” between Tony and Shaun T provides a good example of how to do things in fitness videos.

  14. Cynicalman

    February 27, 2015 at

    I was just watching the Master series videos and noticed Tony was doing the demo reels even back then.
    BTW I love your site. Thanks for all the hard work.

  15. Andreonna Garrett

    February 17, 2015 at

    Hi, I was wondering if you could focus on the difference between the old version of Power 90 and this new one. I have the older version, and find it quite boring and monotonous. I was wondering if there is a greater variety of exercises in the new version? I am trying to determine if it is worth the money to upgrade to the new version. Thanks!

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      February 17, 2015 at

      The difference is night and day! The old one is as you say, boring and monotonous. It was made back when Beachbody was three guys and an office in a broom closet.

      The new version has vastly improved variety, much more workouts, and doesn’t stab your eyeballs to look at it. It has nothing in common with the original.

      If you survived the original, then you of all people deserve to try the new and improved!

      • Andreonna Garrett

        February 18, 2015 at

        I hate to say I did not survive the original. I made it to phase 2 and realized it was pretty much phase one. Are the phases in the new version actually different, or just more reps?

        Would you say this is a little more similar to P90X, instead of the other P90?

        Sorry for all of the questions, you’re the first person to actually compare the two.

        • Dysfunctional Parrot

          February 18, 2015 at

          The phases A, B and C have a lot in common, but they are more than simply adding a few reps which is all the original did. Here there is some complexity added and many times additional moves as well.

          I would say that no, it is not similar to P90X much at all. It is really its own thing. There are 3 workouts in each phase that get steadily more complicated. P90X is a little different.

          If you want a program with more variety but allows for beginner options, another way to go might be P90X3. I find myself doing a P90X3/T25 hybrid quite a lot.

          • Andreonna Garrett

            February 18, 2015 at

            I’m actually looking for a program to use alongside training for a 5k. I was hoping to utilize this program to increase my performance, and build muscle to loose fat faster.

  16. Jett Batmanonfilm

    October 23, 2014 at

    Great review. As someone who had done P90X multiple times, I’m looking for something new from Tony. I got P90X3 last January, but couldn’t get into the full program for some reason. Of late, I’ve been doing a lot of the workouts from Mean’s Health which I really like. I’m definitely going to check this out, though I might need to skip Stage A all-together.

  17. Keith

    October 8, 2014 at

    Recently discovered your page and really enjoy your reviews. I’m wondering is this reboot also intended to replace the P90 Masters Series as well? Those were supposed to be for people not quite ready for the full intensity of P90X. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts about how the Masters Series compares to the new P90 workouts and how those ones now fit into the P90 universe. Thanks.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      October 8, 2014 at

      Wow, I just about forgot about the Master Series! I did them quite a few years back before I shifted the focus of this site to fitness reviews and have since sold my disks. I really should see about writing a review for that.

      But yes, I would imagine there would be significant overlap with P90. Naturally P90 has better music and production values than the Master Series, but as I recall it was still a very well made program. It seems Beachbody has more or less chosen to place it on the backburner in favor of P90 which makes sense from a financial point of view.

      The format between P90 and the MS is very different as MS has separate leg workouts, but has fairly simple cardio and no ab rippers. Given a choice I would take the new P90 every time. Still, a review is warranted!

      • Toddster

        November 19, 2014 at

        DP, this is my first visit to your site, and I’ve had a grand time reading various reviews. Thank you for both the information and the comedy!! I completed P90X twice, then P90X+, and switched to the P90 Masters Series as a maintenance program. I thought that P90MS was a great balance of variety, intensity, and time (most workouts were at about 45 minutes, which for me is just right). I encourage you to review it – I greatly anticipate your insight, and whether you would still rate the new P90 above the P90MS. I am currently doing P90X3…

        • Mark Gandy

          July 28, 2015 at

          Big DITTO on P90MS … I did a sandwich round between the old P90 and P90x in 2011. My only gripe on P90MS was the long rest periods or gaps of time between exercises, especially in the cardio workouts.

          Plyo was awesome. Wish there could have been a second sculpting routine … got old after a while.

  18. Vivek

    October 6, 2014 at

    Nice Review Jean!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YouTube Channel

Copyright © 2022 Dysfunctional Parrot Productions