What Is The Difference Between P90 X And Chalean Extreme?

By Jake Devenz

Two very popular home DVD workouts created by two very popular personal trainers. I am talking about the P90X workout and the Chalean Extreme. These two workout systems are amongst the best home workouts in the nation. So what is the difference between the two, and if you are thinking about picking on of these up what are the differences you should know about? Let us first start by explaining what each workout consists of.

The P90X Workout by Tony Horton:

P90X could arguably be the best and most effective home DVD workout video in the history of home DVD workout videos. It has been used by regular Joe’s like you and me as well as some of the world’s finest professional athletes. All with one purpose in mind, to get your body in the best shape it has ever been in. The P90X may not be for everyone. This is a high intensity and fairly difficult workout that should not be taken lightly. Someone who is not in moderately good shape should not start out with the P90X.

The Chalean Extreme by Chalene Johnson:


The Chalean Extreme is a newer workout then the P90X, and definitely in the same league as the P90X. The Chalean Extreme has not been tested by time, but everyone that tries this workout absolutely loves it. This workout is much better to start with if you are not in that great of shape. But do not underestimate it, I nearly threw up on day two my first time doing the workouts. This home workout system has the goal of building muscle in order to burn fat. Chalene Johnson says often, ‘Muscle Burns Fat.’ And burning fat is the goal.

The Differences:

Time: P90X is 60 to 90 minute workouts every day, where the Chalean Extreme is typically 45 to 60 minutes. Both workout programs have a length of 90 days and options for advanced training that goes beyond the 90 day mark.

Equipment: The P90X uses resistance bands a lot more and in my opinion a lot more effectively. Plus the P90X involves chin-ups. Therefore you must have a chin up bar for your doorway. The Chalean Extreme is much more effective with dumbbells, and does not use chin ups or pull ups. Therefore you do not need to purchase the chin up bar, but I would suggest having a good set of dumbbells.

Exercises: It is obvious that the exercises are going to be pretty different and the only real way for you to know what you like more is to experience both. With that said, the P90X is slightly more intense in its workouts, but both are extremely effective.

Trainers: P90X is taught by a man, Tony Horton. Chalean Extreme is taught by a woman, Chalene Johnson. Do not be fooled to thing that Chalean Extreme is easy because it is taught by a lady. Sometimes I think Chalene Johnson is a robot. She is crazy strong and will stretch you to your max.

Both workouts are intense, and the right one for you is going to come down to what you prefer.

About the Author: Jake is a fitness junkie who writes to let people know the importance of working out and eating right. Jake suggests checking out the

P90x DVD Set

or the

Turbo Fire Workout




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