P90X vs. CrossFit: The Debate Simplified

5 Reasons I Should Be Doing P90X instead of CrossFit:

1.) It’s a cheaper program.

2.) I would do it all alone.

3.) When I fail, no one would know and I could just carry on like I was never really trying anyhow.

4.) I would be working out in my living room.

5.) It’s “risk-free for 90 days!”

5 Reasons Why I Should Not Be Doing P90X Instead of CrossFit

1.) It’s a cheaper program.

2.) I would do it all alone.

3.) When I fail, no one would know and I could just carry on like I was never really trying anyhow.

4.) I would be working out in my living room.

5.) It’s “risk-free for 90 days!”

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Brian Costello
Brian Costello

I didnt finish reading all the comments but for those of you who are upset please re-read the post. Lisbeth does not put down P90x at all really, she just states facts about it. In fact she gives you 5 reasons you SHOULD be doing P90x! As an affiliate owner I think it should be well known knowledge that the two programs ARE NOT the same and YES, CrossFit is more effective, sorry. I have a number of members who started with P90x and "graduated" to CrossFit, so I like the fact that it gets people moving and gives them another alternative to globo-gym style workouts. But when someone says to me "isn't CrossFit like P90x?" my answer is "no". Because it's not. CF is far more effective in reaching elite fitness and that has been proven many times over. So yes, when someone is comparing the product that I offer to P90x, I state the facts about the two. If they straight up ask me which one is better, I tell the truth. Nothing wrong with that.

Liz
Liz

This isn't about Crossfit or P90X or any fitness program for that matter, but I think the idea is the same. (I actually found it the other day while reading after a particularly strenuous CrossFit-inspired workout--I really didn't think my legs would ever work again.) "Please stop patronizing those who are reading a book - The Da Vinci Code, maybe- because they are enjoying it. For a start, none of us know what kind of an effort this represents for the individual reader. It could be his or her first full-length adult novel; it might be the book that finally reveals the purpose and joy of reading to someone who has hitherto been mystified by the attraction books exert on others. And anyway, reading for enjoyment is what we should all be doing. I don't mean we should all be reading chick lit or thrillers (although if that's what you want to read, it's fine by me, because here's something no one else will tell you: if you don't read the classics, or the novel that won this year's Booker Prize, then nothing bad will happen to you; more importantly,nothing good will happen to you if you do); I simply mean that turning pages should not be like walking through thick mud. The whole purpose of books is that we read them, and if you find you can't, it might not be your inadequacy that's to blame. "Good" books can be pretty awful sometimes." — Nick Hornby (Housekeeping vs. The Dirt) Like I said, not fitness related. However, the whole idea of "at least doing SOMETHING" is extremely prevalent in both Lis and Nick Hornby's works. Just a little thought for the day, I suppose.

karen-
karen-

Nice post and what a great way to start a healthy debate. I think we would all agree that any exercise is better than no exercise, no matter what you choose to do. I personally believe Crossfit is the best workout out there but, everybody has to make their own conclusions.

Mel
Mel

I do P90X & have never done Crossfit (nor do I plan to)... & still I enjoy this blog & found your post really funny :) Lighten up, folks.

Tim
Tim

Dan, A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Dan
Dan

It's all about the principle of Specificity. If you do crossfit you will gain strength and power because you do power lifts, if you do p90x you will improve you pushups, pullups, and yoga, because thats what you do. Will either help you run a marathon? No. You need to run if you want to run a marathon. It's all about what you want to do. I think we all need elements from all types of training to be well rounded. Mix it up. Variety brings results. As far as doing it on your own, yeah a community of people to motivate you is great but you have to have self discipline to make any program work. Are people standing in your kitchen everyday telling you what to eat. No you have to commit and make good choices. Your results are on you.

alistair macdonald
alistair macdonald

Having done both p90 and xfit I have found xfit to be way more fun - especially the challenge of learning new skills like muscleups and double unders, and I enjoy the competition aspect. However, while the metabolic pathways for clearing lactate are improved with the xfit workouts, those for longer endurance activities aren't as much. P90 workouts in general are longer and those looking to lose weight will probably burn more calories with p90. Lastly, p90 emphasizes safety - warming up properly, modifying movements, working on flexibility, and stopping when form begins to suffer. In contrast, the potential for injury with xfit is much greater as people do things like speed deadlifting in a 'go before you're ready' state. I think ideally someone should supplement xfit with their own flexibility program, their own endurance workouts, and be careful to know their limitations, especially if they have knee, back, or shoulder issues. Thanks for the opportunity to share my opinion, it's something I've thought about quite a bit.

George
George

Thannks for not deleting my post and for the reply.

Ella
Ella

So wait a minute here... By some of the comments above apparently because I don't do CrossFit, I'm not a "real" athlete? I guess I should sulk over my 4:15 marathon pace. I get the post is tongue in cheek and supposed to be funny-- but I stumbled across this while looking for actual information about both programs and which could supplement my busy life and current training schedule. I have to say that while I'm sure it's a great program that works for people who NEED to be trained, but reading this and some of the comments could really steer someone away from the program. I personally wouldn't want to train with a group that failed to see the benefits (socially and athletically) of both workouts on a body. Because let's face it-- if you spend enough time as a youth/teen learning proper technique in lifting and cardio and continue to know how to do these things as an adult, you don't need to waste the money on either program unless you need more structure or new ideas.

Josh Harrison
Josh Harrison

Hey Lisbeth! What about this one for/against CrossFit: It is an excellent program! Just a thought about becoming too complacent and not accepting new research or different opinions. Too cocky is a better way to put it. Love the thought provoking blog posts. See ya Josh

Tooma Foodie
Tooma Foodie

As a P90X user I thought I would have found something useful. *sigh* While not a perfect program, P90X allows me to workout in the comfort of my own home. Not a gym where people stand on the benches, sneeze/cough/drool/drip all over everything, refuse to wipe down, leave the weighs a mess, and generally lack any common courtesy. I control the temperature, the volume, the lighting. The best part of P90X? I'll never find a man in the woman's locker room again. Yes, P90X has some drawbacks. My biggest issue? I crave Tim Horton's donuts every morning. I'll be in trouble if one opens near me.

Farhad Saberi
Farhad Saberi

There's one other area where P90X beats crossfit. YOGA! If you're not doing Yoga then all your conditioning is only half way. Throw out your 6 packs if they can't do yoga. P90X does not hook onto you draining your pockets every month asking you to subscribe to a Gym! It is more about fitness, strength, breath work and flexibility than working you until you throw up as cross fit does. You need to be strong but yet flexible. You want big muscles? You better have good Cardio and breath too. P90X is the real thing and its success is proven because it has worked for everyone who's tried it and with nothing but word of mouth it has outsold any other fitness program out there. Plus the military has hired Tony Horton to train it. Many Hockey teams and Cirque Du Soleil are also on P90X now. They know a thing or two about fitness and they chose P90X.

George
George

Is this where we are at now? How about if I said the watertown box is trash and the athletes stink compared to Shoreline or USA or somewhere else? Who was the last watertown athlete to get to the games? How did the affiliate team do? I've been crossfitting hard for 2.5 years now and I'm getting a little sick of the constant need to say how good or better we are.

Tanner
Tanner

I don't see why P90X is getting so much hate lately from the CF community (i.e Glassman's "P90X Asshole #1"). It is actually one of the better programs out there, and has helped a lot of people. It, like any fitness program (Including CrossFit) has it's flaws, but takes a pretty decent approach to fitness. Not everyone is competitive, not everyone cares about their Fran time or their Clean and Jerk, and that's fine. It's all about goals. If your goal is to be fit by CrossFit's standards do CF, if your goal is to get "ripped" quickly and not be worried about PR's, do P90x or whatever else will get you to that goal. P90X doesn't fit my goals, and neither does CrossFit to some extent. I don't see why the community has to be so hostile towards other programs, and why everyone is so quick to say "CrossFit is the best, everything else is sub-par." People were fit before CF, just like there were athletes before CF as well. Not so much directed at your posting this Lis, more of the responses it got. -Tanner

LauraPh
LauraPh

I did P90X last summer and it helped me gain the confidence I needed to even think about walking into Crossfit. Everyone has their own path to travel...

Jonathan
Jonathan

I admit I use Crossfit as one aspect of my training. But it must be said that the most Crossfitters are Kool-Aid drinkers. If the daily WOD was to jump off a bridge, half of the people would do it. I remember a couple years ago the Crossfit community would make fun of people that bench pressed, and now its incorporated into their workouts on a regular basis.

Clint White
Clint White

I don't really see why Crossfit feels like it needs to take a competitive tone against P90X. I know many, many people who got into fitness because of P90X and transitioned into Crossfit from there. They both have their place. They both can get people really fit. Can't we all get along?

James
James

@Jon - I agree to extent. If there is one thing that I really dislike about Crossfit is the extreme pride/ego/arrogance that it brings out in most people. I think the whole community could use a dose of humble pie. Something to remember when talking about Crossfit or anything for that matter....Love draws people in, hate pushes them away. Think of Love as postiiveness and Hate as negativeness and apply. James

barry
barry

Wait a minute isn't crossfit free?

Mel
Mel

I agree with Jon. What if you don't have the money for Crossfit. Any workout video is awesome if it gets you moving. It is ideal to work with a professional to learn proper form but bashing one workout for another is childish.

scott
scott

Doesn't matter which one you are doing, it comes down to pushing yourself harder each day. If you continue to do it day in and day out results will come.

Jim
Jim

i have two good friends that saw great results from P90x....personally, I want to get PR's with great instruction variety, and a kick ass community where others progress inspires me as much as my ow. For me, I cant imagine having great success with no one to share it with or compete with.

Andrew
Andrew

I just have to say that I've been doing Crossfit for 3+ years, and while Cardio X is a joke, everytime I dig out AB Ripper X it kicks my ass.

Sky
Sky

Good stuff! My response to that question is always, "they're missing the point on a bunch of things, but most simply, they don't run and they don't pick up heavy stuff"

Daniel Freedman
Daniel Freedman

SIgn of the times: A dollar store around the corner from me in Toronto is discounting brand new P90X packages for $89, according to a hand written sign in the window.

s'more
s'more

yeah CrossFit it's simply the best....kinda bad thing trying to sell more doing curls and that stuff...WE the CROSSFITTERS are NOT globo gymers...WE the CROSSFITTERS are ATHLETES!!!! CrossFit is the way....great article Lisbeth

Jon
Jon

Why would we even promote such a "debate"? Isn't the goal to get people moving and exercising no matter what the means or the program? Why encourage an "us" vs "them" mentality? An out of shape person finally deciding to try P90X and reading this post will now simply have a reason to vacillate and keep doing nothing. Some people like to exercise alone in their houses, others love groups. Some will start getting in shape using P90X and discover CrossFit. Judging and denigrating either isn't going to help.

Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan
Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan

Ha! Awesome. As always. Your words help make me who I am every day -- I share your posts in my blog, in email, on Twitter... but it was this funny one that finally got me to comment here. Lisbeth, thank you SO much for your doses of inspiration, tough love, beauty, laughs, and occasional teary eyes.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

George, we're cool. I get where you're coming from. I don't like the "I'm better than you" parade either - in CrossFit or outside of CrossFit. What I do like is discussion. The fact that yesterday thousands of people actually thought about the pros and cons of P90X and CrossFit? That's a win. Because, overall, we are ALL in the minority -- P90Xers, CrossFitters, Zumba folks, regular gym-goers, recreational softball players, etc. And we need more people to get off their couches and get moving. Our health care system needs that, our economy, our families, etc. I hope somewhere there's somebody training like hell on P90X, determined to prove that it's the bomb and I hope they come to the CF Games. I don't care if they win or they lose. But if they win, you can bet I'm going to be starting P90X! Like Coach has always said, "If you show me something works better, we're going to use that."

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Ella, you're a real athlete. Like with anything that folks are passionate about, emotions will run high. It's just talk. People are proud of what they do. I can say that if you walk through the doors at my CrossFit gym, you'll find a very real, accepting group of folks. And there are thousands of CrossFit gyms like mine. But I can say that I spent a lifetime in the gym -- and raced mountain bikes, participated in triathlons, etc. -- and CrossFit taught me stuff I never knew (Olympic lifting, gymnastics) -- and humbled me quicker than any other sport I ever tried. That's how I ended up here. Good luck in your search. I'm sure you'll find what's right for you.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Tooma -- I hear ya. And you're cracking me up with the locker room and donut talk. Thank you. We could all use some more levity!

Josh Harrison
Josh Harrison

A good CF gym or a good athlete in general realizes that flexibility and strength under flexible positions is important. Thus, they include that as part of their training. In regards to whether it works for everyone, I have personally witnessed age 16 up to 60 performing at peak levels of fitness.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

George, thanks for being so polite! See my answer to Tanner above. I used no hostility -- can you say the same? As for the Watertown box being trash, maybe we are! Maybe we all suck! Maybe we can only lick Shoreline's Innov-8s. Did you think you'd hurt my feelings and make me cry? LOL C'mon George! Go read my words again. I merely pointed out that the same arguments for could be used against. You can do the same thing for CrossFit. Post it here in Comments! I'll read it.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

I get it, Tanner. I like that people are moving and that people are discussing exercise! That's awesome. Am I a CrossFit fan? Yup. No doubt. But if you read my words above, I don't say CrossFit is the best and P90X is horrible. And Coach didn't say that in his talk either. He said prove that it's better. I just pointed out that the same arguments for P90X can be used against P90X also. Anybody coming here with the idea that I'm promoting hostility should read my words again . . .

Ckatech
Ckatech

i've been doing CrossFit for about 4 1/2 months and haven't done 1 bench press. It's only in one or two benchmark workouts even.

Tom
Tom

Having been involved with CrossFit for a year now, I have to say I've not seen any of the arrogance/ego issues that you mention here. I think CrossFit is the most humbling sport you could ever do. After all, you can never win. Every single workout you do can and will kick your ass. It takes a good mix of guts, determination and willpower to keep going back again and again just to shave a few seconds off of your Fran time, or to get a PB on your back squat. I find it very humbling, and the bunch of guys and girls I train with are some of the most amazing people I've ever met. In fact, I don't know if it attracts great people, or creates great people, but I've only ever met amazing people through CrossFit. I do happen to think CrossFit is the best option available for fitness, and I'll happily tell people that and back it up with facts, opinions and experiences...but isn't this just the same with a good car you've owned? Or a brand of coffee you drink? People naturally recommend that which they've had a good experience with.

Richard
Richard

Free for me except all the gear in my garage. I train alone, because the nearest Crossfit is over 25 mi away, and I work long hours. It easy to incorporate into my life this way. I have been at it seriously for 6 months only, yet seen tremendous results. Don't know anything about x90 what ever.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

On the mainsite, it most certainly is. Always has been. At an affiliate, there is a membership fee.

Jose
Jose

I don't agree, people will do nothing because they don't wanna do anything, not because we make fun of P90X.

Rob
Rob

I found crossfit because i got in shape with p90x. The fact that people are putting these two against eachother is stupid. They are apples and oranges. I like both, some days i want an apple and some days i want an orange and other days i want bacon. Lets have an apples vs. bacon debate!

RJ
RJ

I could see where the hardcore crossfitters would find this funny. But there is a lot of truth to your (Jon's) statement. I personally do both and like the differences in them.

lisa
lisa

agree with Jon.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Thank you, Melissa! You are an inspiration too! Keep rocking it, girl!

Jon
Jon

Here, here! That's the spirit! :)

Tanner
Tanner

Lis, I agree, my comment was directed more towards some of the people in the comment section. I feel that this whole "CrossFit vs." debate is becoming a bit too prevalent in the community. When it comes down to it, it's all exercise, none of it is "bad", it's all personal preference. Do I do P90X? Nope, because I like to lift heavy stuff. Is it still a good program? Sure, it's safe, and seems effective for those who've used it. In regards to the original post, I completely agree with some of the points you brought up. Those remarks can most definitely go both ways on the pros on cons list. Again, all personal preference. -Tanner

Amanda
Amanda

Well said! I agree, I love both but they are different. I love crossfit but you do not have to pay 225 dollars a month to do it. Have motivation, get equipment and do it at home. p90x is cheaper and is effective. Try both but don't be closed minded. There are alot of different types of effective exercises the best is to incorporate all different types of training into your weekly routine.

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