Tony Horton Explains P90X for Fat Loss

Just finished up a powerful interview with one of the most well-known fitness experts in the world, Tony Horton. Tony, as you may know, is the creator of the programs Power 90, P90X, 10-minute trainer, and One-on-One with Tony Horton.

He’s a heck of a guy, and we covered everything including…

– Tony’s story about how he created P90X (you’ll also find out why Tony originally moved to LA)

– How Tony got Power 90 on TV (and you’ll discover who the original Power 90 program was designed for…this is very cool info for all you rock and roll fans)

– What his favorite workouts are in the program (and which type of exercise he dreads…I’ll give you a hint, it’s the kind I don’t like either!)

– The truth about what folks can do in 10 minutes to get great results (and why his 10-minute trainer program is so important)

– What type of intervals he likes best

– Why Tony thinks cardio is important

– What he REALLY thinks about yoga (he makes some pretty bold statements)

– His simple and powerful nutrition tips for fat loss and energy (and what he thinks about counting calories)

– His unstoppable inspiration and motivation secrets

– Amazing inspirational stories of P90X users who cut their body weight in half and lost over 100 pounds

And a lot more. It was just a great, great call.

Click here to listen to Tony Horton’s fat loss coaching call

And make sure you join Tony’s Facebook Fanpage where he is dedicated to bringing a healthy lifestyle to the world through fun, entertainment, and fitness.

Unlike most personal trainers, Tony doesn’t have his windpants pulled up to his navel, and he actually makes fitness fun and easy to understand. Download this call to your Ipod, it will make for a powerful workout motivator.

NOTE for Personal Trainers:

Without realizing it, Tony also happened to drop 3 killer business tips for all personal trainers who want to create their own workout programs, books, and DVD’s, including:

1) How he leveraged a program he designed for a major celeb (you’ll find out who) into a mega-info product

2) How Tony took one of Time magazine’s “Top 10 Future Trends” and used it in P90X to set it apart from everyone else

3) The “testimonial secret” that Tony and I agree on, 100%!

Find out all of that and a lot more in our interview here.

And feel free to share this interview with everyone you know who is interested in improving their health and fitness.

Pay it forward just like Tony,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

  • Tony is a great guy. I got to meet him at one of the Beachbody Coach events. It was different doing Yoga X with him walking around you as you could not do any cheat mvoes like you can when you are at home.

  • Jim

    Great interview Craig. Tony was on his A game tonight. Great stuff.

  • Jim

    Sorry, one more comment. Tony obviously thinks very highly of yoga. I have to tell you, the yoga routine in P90X is probably the hardest workout in there. It’ll definitely challenge your ego. It did mine.

  • Great interview Craig,
    Jim is right about the yoga routine, it will challenge you. I love P90X just have a problem with the hour long work out.

    Between working 2 jobs, kids and trying to stay in shape, that hour seems long (I know but worth it). Since listening to the interview, guess I’ll be getting up a lot earlier to give it another go.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great stuff Pamela, let us know how it goes!

  • bill

    My work schedule changes week to week. 12 hour days, 2 hour commutes, going from nights to days every two weeks. Going through the program and sticking to it is tough. I find the easiest time is when I get up at 3:30 am, have a cup of tea, take my vitamins and watch a dumb show till 4:15, then get at it. Working nights it a bit tougher, as my son takes up quite a bit of my time, but I figure what better way to show him good habits than too actually do them myself. Hopefully good habits are as easy as bad ones to pick up, if it’s true kids learn from their parents. Let’s hope it is anyway.

    Love P90x when I’m done for the day, getting going is tough.


    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thanks for the feedback Bill, keep up the great work! It is awesome that you are setting a great example for your son.

  • Naomi

    Excellent! thanks for posting this Craig!

  • Dee

    I have done Tony’s program a couple of times and I recommend it highly!I am also anxious to learn how he started p90x and he business tips. Keep bringing the good stuff Craig!

  • Jeff

    You mention that the “Follow-along” is such an important part. Are you considering creating that type of DVD or workout?

    • Craig Ballantyne

      You bet Jeff, working on TT for Abs follow along right now. Its a mammoth task (takes about 2 hours to film a single 4-week program), but eventually there will be a lot more TT follow along dvd’s. Thanks for asking!

  • mg

    I have a neighbor who did P90x–I didnt see much of a change in him-he said his strength increased–BUT these workouts are over an hour in length–doesn’t that go against TT thinking and getting great resutls can be done in a 45 minute workout.

  • Denise Chervenak

    I got all the P90X stuff about 3 months ago and really loved Tony’s “personality”, which made it fun and made me want to keep going. It didn’t feel like BS, sort of like this call. It was a great confirmation of what I got after my first introduction – – he is just a real guy sharing what he has learned over the years. Maybe that is why I have levitated to you and TT as well. Tony hit it on the nose – – real people trying to find there happy “health” place want to see REAL PEOPLE doing the things that will help them get there. Not some hot, stand in model. Great call…..I am going home with my calendars and making sure my PLAN AND PURPOSE is plastered everywhere.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Cool Denise! I should have got Tony to do some of his stand-up comedy for us on the call. Glad you like P90X!

  • Great interview Craig. I think this is the first time I’ve heard a non-official Beachbody candid interview with Tony. A lot of insightful information and I love the behind the scenes stuff. I’ve done a few rounds of P90X and I like the “work along with the DVD” aspect and wish there were more programs like that in the market.

    Have you ever done a round of P90X? Just curious how you know Tony or got him to do the interview.

    Thanks again for posting this.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hey Chad,

      I know Carl Daikeler and he set me up with Tony.

      Have not done P90 myself.

  • Gabi

    I’ve been using P90X and am on my second round.. I love it. I love Tony. Never thought I would enjoy Yoga..but it kicks butt.. I can do pushup! I used to do girlie ones…and every once in a while I go back but I can actually do 25 straight legged pushups… IN A ROW!

    I see a definate definition in my abdominal area..a line that goes down which excites me to no end…and my back has definition as well.

    I will say that Turbulence Training helped.. The balance lunges, which YOU use are just the like ones in TT.. I forget which routine..I’m sorry..but that prepared me.. as well the prisoner squats.

    Thank you both for helping me improve my body shape..


    • Craig Ballantyne

      Awesome Gabi!

  • great info, very informative. got me motivated especially on the nutrition

  • Great interview. Love P90X. Getting ready to start a second round.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thanks Jeff!

  • Chris

    Great interview! I have been using p90x for a
    few years…. Hardcore workout! Try the plyometric pushups..Awesome.
    I could go on and on…. Just “keep pushing play”

  • Cassie

    Hello Craig, I just wanted to tell you that I started with P90x and then actually moved on to you. I like your workouts more because they just make more sense to me. I came to you mostly because I am a huge believer in interval training. Thanks for your program. It helps me every day.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thank you Cassie, you rock!

  • Body2Shape

    The impression I get from Tony is a man who’s remarkably enthusiast about Health and Fitness and of course believe a lot in his product the p90x workout which is impressive!

  • MIchael M

    I bough Power90 (aka P90) because I wanted to start working out but I did not really know what I was doing (at least not back then) and I was not about to go pay a personal trainer, so I figured a “follow along” video was the answer. I am glad I bought it. Although P90 is a fairly hard work (it all depend on how much weight you use and how hard you push yourself) it is a beginner program and I was soon looking for the next thing. AND then Tony started talking about something he was going to do call P90X. Well I bought it the day it came out and I love it. I also like Tony Horton and his overall personality.

    I am so glad you interviewed him. He reminder me of what I know and opened my eyes on some other things. For instance, every once in a while I consider counting calories and then someone reminds me that is not really the key to fat loss. Paying attention to what you eat is. One of the best things you ever said Craig was “you can’t out train a bad diet” and your video were you are running on a treadmill while some other guy is eating a pizza is great.

    Craig I just wanted to let you know I believe you are a stand up guy. I also believe your product is everything you say it is. I will say this though; the reason I have never bought any of your stuff is simply because I don’t feel like reading another book and/or trying to follow a long from a list of exercises. Call me lazy, but that is just me. So if you ever have some serious workouts (high level) and they are something I can follow along with, count me in.

    Thanks for all the free stuff.


    • Craig Ballantyne

      Cool Michael, thanks!

  • This was a great interview. I love using my P90X. Tony is the man! I will be putting the audio file up on my site to share with all…Thanks!

  • Jules


    Just heard the interview and it was awesome! This is by far the best fitness interview I’ve ever heard. My favorite part was when he talked about EGO. I see so many people who lose weight for all the wrong reasons, whether it be to: impress someone they really like, go out to clubs and bars to smoke, drink, and pick up someone, or to impress their co-workers and generally people who don’t care about them, or so they can flirt when they are already married. That is why I think in my opinion that fitness and health is more than just exercise and nutrition. Somehow as a society we have painted the picture that fitness/health is ONLY about lifting weights, running, and eating right. Those are definitely major components that can help with the others, but its not the only thing. Fitness and health go so much more deeper than just exercise and nutrition. For example a person can lose weight and look like a model, but then they go to a bar, like the atmosphere, starts drinking and smoking (if they didn’t before), meets a guy who hates to work out or beats them, and then bam, all of a sudden that persons fitness and health starts to deteriorate. Its like those people who lose weight by dieting alone. They lose the weight, but then when they fall off the wagon, then gain it back. Had they been exercising and lifting weights along with their diet, this may not have happened, at least not as quickly. Now let’s say they had everything under the fitness/health umbrella such as: exercise, nutrition, supporting friends/family, good value system, etc, then that person might not have been going to the bar in the first place. Or maybe they went because a co-worker was having their birthday there. Either way their value system would tell them how many beers are enough, how often to do this sort of thing, what they really want in life, etc.

    Health and Fitness = values, exercise, nutrition, support, education, and more. Its like a table, the more legs you have supporting it, the better.

    • Jules

      Also, just thought I’d add that I still think you have the better program. It is easier to follow video I must admit, but I can always pause the DVD after each instruction you give. Your exercises also seem more concerned with with joint health, mobility, and very functional moves that help to reconstruct your body, not just on a muscular level, but also from a chiropractic stand point. Once again, your workouts are made to go the distance. They can be done for the rest of someone’s life without barely ever having to repeat a single workout since there are so many of them. Your doing an amazing job, keep up the good work!

      • Craig Ballantyne

        Thank you!

  • RAC


    Great interview with Tony. It gave some insight to his early career days. I have done many, many rounds of P90X and P90X+. I can personally testify that his system works but I always felt that they were not very efficient with time. BeachBody did a better job with the P90X+ DVDs and the pace was much faster. However, I felt that time was not being used efficiently. That’s when I ran into your training materials. I bought them and learned the methodology. I created my own workouts following your guidelines with great success. I saw more definition in my body and specially in my core area. I was very pleased with the results. And the workout lasted less than 40m. Bang!

    Several weeks ago I bought your bootcamp material and began experimenting with it right away. Man, I already see a big change in my upperbody definition. My arms and shoulders are getting more defined. I did modify the rest time between each exercise (15s) and between each group (60s). Very challenging. Love it!

    In conclusion, I think that your material is more efficient with time and the results are excellent. Live long sir.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thank you RAC!

  • Genesis

    Does anyone know if Tony Horton smokes or if he ever has?

  • Great interview. I could not agree with you more, Tony does pay it forward. I did a fairly serious yoga practice for years with bikram and ashtanga and it’s clear that Tony knows what he is doing.

  • Anne

    I bought P90x to see what the hype was all about. I think the exercise demos are sloppy (to the point of being unsafe!), the program is not well-designed (I find it to be completely antiquated), and Tony’s ego is completely out of control.

    I have been training since ’92 (ACE, NASM, USA Weightlifting, NESTA, etc.). When friends ask me what training program I recommend, I send them to you, Craig. Your training style is almost identical to mine. Your workouts are well-rounded, functional and effective.

    While I appreciate your marketing sense, and your willingness to promote other businesses–I do not think Tony or his program are in your league.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your full-length videos. You have SO much to offer!

    Keep up the good work!


    • Anne, thanks. I thought the interview was great though.