When I first started P90X back in 2008, I knew that there were quite a few things that I needed to get if I wanted to do it properly. However, I wasn’t too sure what equipment for P90X I should purchase, but after doing quite a bit of research, I determined that there were some things that were absolutely necessary. What are they? I’ll talk about them below, along with why they are important.
(1) Dumbbells or resistance bands. Getting one or the other is absolutely necessary because you will be using them A LOT in the program! I prefer dumbbells because I have always felt like I got in a better workout with them, but the resistance bands will work as well. I understand that dumbbells can be quite expensive, and that’s why the bands are a good alternative. When you purchase the bands, though, it’s CRUCIAL that you spend a little extra money and get good quality ones. If you get something that’s cheap, you risk the bands snapping in the middle of the workout and you could injure yourself pretty badly. If you are looking into getting dumbbells, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Powerblocks, which is what I now have! A few years ago I was comparing the Selecttechs and the Powerblocks, tried both of them out, and liked the Powerblocks much better. Why? Less bulky and higher quality. I got the Polyurethane U-90’s, which have a lifetime warranty. Can’t go wrong with them.
(2) Pull-Up Bar. If you are looking to purchase equipment for P90X, the pull-up bar is one of those must-have items because you will be doing a lot of pull-ups. Again, you can use the bands as an alternative, but in my opinion you can’t get anywhere close to as good of a workout with them as you would doing actual pull-ups. There just isn’t enough resistance. The one I bought was the actual P90X pull-up bar, and that thing has lasted me FOREVER, and I have given it all I’ve gotten over the years. It’s very high quality and can hold a lot of weight. When you do look for a pull-up bar, though, make sure you get one with numerous grips. You want to have the wide grip, narrow grip, and an inner grip that goes perpendicular with the bar.
(3) Yoga Blocks. Yeah, I know, us guys have a tendency of skipping the dreadful P90X Yoga workout, but regardless, it’s important for flexibility. If you lack flexibility like me, the Yoga blocks are an absolute life saver! I’m telling you, I might be one of the most inflexible people on this planet, but I can do most of the Yoga moves if I have the Yoga blocks. Definitely helpful and something I recommend.
(4) P90X Power Stands. I love these things! Now, they aren’t necessary equipment for P90X, but they are helpful. I’ve had a lot of hand and wrist issues in the past, having 2 hand surgeries, and doing push-ups on the ground without any pain was tough to do and that’s the main reason why I purchased the Power Stands. On top of that, though, I wanted to get them because they gave me a greater range of motion with my push-ups. I’ve had mine for many years and like the pull-up bar and Powerblocks, they have held up very nicely.
As far as equipment for P90X goes, that’s about it. There’s nothing else that I can think of that you will need! I do want to give you a few other tips, though, if you’re just starting the program. For one, understand that the DIET is the most important part of the program! When you purchase P90X, you should have gotten a Nutrition Guide that came with it. Take your time in reading through the guide so that you understand what you should be eating on a daily basis. When you do figure out your diet, start logging what you eat into My Fitness Pal. It’s a great site that allows you to keep track of your calories and macros. Also, get yourself a Beachbody Coach for accountability and support! My wife and I are both full-time Coaches and have helped THOUSANDS of people successfully go through the program, and we would love to help you out as well. If you don’t have a Team Beachbody account yet, just click here to make me your coach (it’s free), and if you do have an account, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can let you know what to do.