With worldwide lockdowns and gym closures due to coronavirus, everyone is scrambling to stay in shape. Luckily, there’s never been a better selection of quality at-home workout programs.
Workout programs usually come in DVD form and offer a guide for exercise, diet or both. Whether you’re new to fitness and dieting or a seasoned bodybuilder, these at-home workout guides are a great idea. They’ll teach you basic exercises, workouts and effective diets while guiding you through a fat-burning, muscle-building routine each day. The programs eliminate the need to research and plan a daily routine, meaning you’ll get more results and you’ll be more likely to stick with a program.
The most well-known at-home workout guide is P90X. The commercials are everywhere and the program is actually very good. However, P90X is only one of several great at-home workout programs — and it’s certainly not the cheapest. In fact, it’s actually quite expensive.
If you’re looking for an alternative to P90X, read on. The best P90X alternatives will keep you fit without putting a strain on your wallet. We’ve rounded up seven best-selling home workout programs that are as good (or better) than P90X.
1. X-TrainFit Personal Trainer
Like we said, you don’t need to shell out $140 for a good at-home fitness program. This fitness guide costs just $25 and includes 12 workouts for 90 days of training. Each workout is lead by expert trainer Stephanie Oram and takes 35 minutes. Besides the workout DVDs, you get a calendar tracker, a training guide and a nutrition guide that provides a meal plan with easy, healthy recipes.
2. Circuit Burnout 90
This Circuit Burnout 90 is another great option for anyone looking to get fit on a budget. The DVD pack comes with 10 workouts and costs just under $40. We like this program because it offers a range of varied workouts including ab routines, full-body circuits, lower/upper body isolation workouts and even sport yoga workouts. This variation is key for building muscle and burning fat because your body won’t have a chance to get used to the exercises, and you’ll be much less likely to get bored.
3. Body Beast DVD Workout – Base Kit
Two-time Mr. Israel trainer Sagi Kalev leads this 90-day bodybuilding routine. Unlike many programs, this one offers two separate schedules for people looking to get bulky and people looking to get lean. The program’s 12 workouts are separated in a more old-school style with chest and tris one day, back another, legs another and so on. You also get a helpful nutrition and supplement guide, which will be key for building lean muscle and burning fat.
Divided into 14 “intense” workouts targeting specific body parts, RIPT90 ships with nutrition guides, easy-to-make recipe suggestions and all the motivation one can glean from a 90-day training calendar from personal trainer Jody Hendrix. However, you’ll need sets of dumbbells, resistance bands and a pull-up bar to get the most out of RIPT90.
5. TapouT XT
With workouts inspired by mixed martial arts and notable MMA fighters as instructors, you’ll be sweating to 12 different programs that target specific body parts. Also included in the TapouT XT package are resistance bands, a 90-day training calendar, a nutrition guide and closed-loop leg training band. But what really makes this one of the best alternatives to P90X is the included resistance bands, which is ideal for those without a home gym setup.
6. Focus T25
T25 is a bit different than the others in that each of the 11 workouts only lasts 25 minutes, so if you’re short on time, this might be the one for you. The kit includes nine DVDs, a quick-start guide, a nutrition plan, workout calendars, a B-LINES resistance band (15 lb.), as well as a 5-day fast track guide.
7. Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred
Jillian Michaels is one of the biggest names in weight loss thanks to her role as a trainer on the reality TV show Biggest Loser. Now, you don’t have to be on the show to enjoy her killer workouts. This “30-day Shred” program is offered as a TV show on Amazon prime, so you can purchase it episode by episode or buy the whole season for $6. This makes it by far the cheapest P90X alternative, but it does have some downsides. There are only three workouts, so you’ll need to repeat them, and there’s no included nutrition guide or logbook.