Like a lot of other P90X newbies I really hated Yoga X the first time I did it. But week after week I managed to push through, and now I look forward to “Yoga Thursday.” However, while I enjoy doing Yoga X now, I have to admit that some days I wish the workout was shorter.
First of all, if you’re looking for a substitute or alternative to Yoga X I should tell you that if you leave yoga out of the equation altogether, you’re no longer doing P90X. Tony Horton included it for a reason. You paid over $100 for this program . . . if you decide to change it up by omitting what’s probably the most important workout, that’s your choice. But I wouldn’t expect to get the same results. Sorry!
Remember what Tony says during the introduction, “Yoga focuses on your weak spots . . . ” Who doesn’t want to do that? You signed up for P90X, right? Do you want to transform your body or not?
Recently, on the P90X Facebook page, the Beachbody folks posted this question: “How long into the program did it take for your hate for YOGA X to turn into your LOVE for YOGA X?”
As of today, there are 1,306 comments. Here’s a few good ones:
The first time I did Yoga X I never wanted to do it again. However, now I am almost 60 days in and I am really starting to enjoy it, which I never thought that day would come.
Yoga X is starting to give me the strength and flexibility to do a lot of the other workout routines that are part of P90X!!!
I used it for the First Round, but was very excited to find Fountain of Youth Yoga for the next three Rounds!
About a month. When you can actually do more of the moves it makes it really awesome.
So, I guess my point is: you CAN’T substitute Yoga X for another type of workout, like cardio. It just isn’t the same. However, if the 90 minute length really grates on your nerves, a different yoga workout is better than no yoga at all. Make sense?
Probably the best alternative or substitute for Yoga X is Tony Horton’s One on One Fountain of Youth Yoga DVD. At 48 minutes, it’s about half the length of Yoga X. You can think of it as the Cliff Notes version of Yoga X.
Another yoga workout worth considering is Gillian Clark’s Yoga Booty Ballet Pure and Simple Yoga. Unlike Tony, Gillian is a yoga instructor, so her approach to yoga is a bit different (more traditional). However, the level of intensity is less extreme than what we find in Yoga X. But with three levels of difficulty, this DVD may be more appealing to those that are looking to ease their way into Yoga X.