P90x is probably the most popular workout product that Beachbody makes - it easily has the most recognizable name and the largest following - just check the facebook group! But at the end of the day, p90x is still an extreme workout program. It is one of the complete combinations of workouts ever created on video, and is full of modifications but there are still people who may not be suited for p90x. I am in awe by EVERYONE who tries p90x - some people and their stories are absolutely incredible. You just have to remember, in the p90x guide there is actually a physical fitness test, where if you can't do a minimum number of reps on some exercises, it suggests you try a different workout first. So here are a few other options:
Buy a gym membership and get a personal trainer
Honestly, there is nothing wrong with the old fashioned gym membership! Having your own personal trainer will help you realize your goals and put together a tailor-made program that will work for you.
Pros: Individual attention, variety of exercises that suit your needs
Cons: Expensive. p90x = $120, depending on how much you utilize your trainer, you could pay $120 per month
Power 90 or Slim in 6
These would be the logical DVD programs in "Beachbody Chronology" that would come before p90x. P90x stands for Power 90 extreme, so it is essentially an advanced version of Power 90. Realistically, p90x is formulated completely differently in isolating certain muscle groups across the week, whereas Power 90 only has a handful of workouts that you repeat multiple times a week. Still, any 90 day workout program and healthy eating will give you results - with Power 90 it's more about getting in the routine - it is still a challenging workout program, just not as intense as p90x. Slim in 6 is another total body workout led by Debbie Siebers, and is a six-week program with a variety of workouts.
Pros: Less intense but still excellent workouts, will build consistency and routine before p90x
Cons: Power 90 can get repetitive after a while, and Slim in 6 is only a 6 week program
ChaLEAN is an amazing alternative in that it is built on a similar schedule to p90x, but the workouts are shorter and there are only 5 days a week of workouts. ChaLEAN workouts (led by Chalene Johnson of Turbo Jam) are only 30 or 45 minutes instead of an hour. You still get 3 days a week of upper body strength training, in fact the premise of the workout is "muscle burns fat." The two other days are cardio based workouts that are lower impact than p90x, but still intense. There is an optional recovery DVD for a 6th day, or you can take another rest day.
Pros: Similar to p90x, advanced workout, but takes less of a time committment
Cons: I can't really think of any! This to me is the perfect workout for people to try out before doing p90x.
Turbo Fire is another advanced option, but is mostly cardio and interval based. Turbo Fire is considered one of the "advanced" Beachbody workouts along with Insanity and P90x, but while it is not as intense as Insanity, it has a huge following because of the success of Turbo Kick/Turbo Jam and Chalene Johnson. Many of the workouts are choreographed kickboxing sequences, so at first your brain will be doing as much work as your body. There are also a variety of interval (HIIT) workouts that will get your heart rate up and make you sweat! Not a major emphasis on weight training exercises, so perhaps not a logical choice to precede p90x, but more an alternative! There are a couple scuplt and tone days which include use of the resistance band.
Pros: Excellent sequence, well-formulated, and fun! Will burn calories and fat
Cons: Only a few workouts with weights, not best to get ready for p90x, better for people who want more cardio
Hope that helps, everyone!