When I first got my copy of the Supreme 90 Day System, I thought, ‘Great, a P90X wannabe.’

I actually don’t think there’s anything wrong with wannabes, but these two 90-day systems hold their own, and deserve individual attention.

I will say this however: Supreme 90-Day is about $120 cheaper than P90X. You can buy the whole system, all 10 DVDs, for $20. The workouts are also a whole lot shorter, averaging at about 45 minutes for the strength sessions, whereas Tony Horton’s set comes in at about 80 minutes. If you’re strapped for cash or time, Supreme 90 day is a great way to get in shape at home.

Personally, I think the reason P90X was so successful, was not that it revolutionized strength training, in my opinion it’s because it gives you an end date. 90 Days, three months, is a concrete amount of time, it makes fitness a project, and one that seems doable. Having an end-date makes it more fun to get through, and easier to track progress.

Obviously, fitness is one of those things that you kind of have to work on for the long haul, but the long haul is intimidating, and telling someone you’re going to have to lift heavy objects and eat oatmeal and egg whites for your entire life seems scary and boring. The couch on the other hand seems nice and cushy. I’m all for programs that come up with a game plan for success in a specific time frame.

That’s where I’m going to stop comparing the two. I’ve done P90X twice and really liked it, even if I do think Tony Horton is a blabbering buffoon. I haven’t gone through Supreme 90 day for the long haul, but I’ve done the majority of the DVDs and have a pretty good idea of how the system works. Both sets are based on the same premise: Varied muscle specific circuit based workouts interspersed with interval based cardio for a 3-month period. Neither set is easy, neither set is gimmicky. They are both challenging and they’ll both have you seeing results if you stick with them.

Here are some of my favorite aspects of Supreme 90 Day:

  • Instructor Tom Holland gives a running commentary on proper form throughout the workouts. I would, however, have appreciated it if he mentioned proper core form in the strength training sections. He’s knowledgeable, but doesn’t babble on about himself or soup (ahem, cough, cough, Tony Horton. Oh, right, I wasn’t comparing the two anymore).
  • The ab workouts come first. This is just a personal preference, but my least favorite thing to do is ab work, and in the majority of DVDs I do the ab section is always saved for last. I really appreciate the fact that core work comes at the top of these DVDs so that I can get it over with early. It’s too easy for me to fast forward past it once I’m already fatigued.
  • Tom Holland encourages women to use heavy weights. I really love this. The stigma that women can’t or shouldn’t lift heavy weights is slowly waning, but it’s still there. For the record in order to get ‘jacked’ which is what I think a lot of women fear, you need a high level of testosterone in your system, and to eat a super clean diet. For the majority of us normal folk, you needn’t worry. Muscle definition rocks, and I really appreciate the female demonstrators in this set because they have great physiques and don’t shy away from the bigger dumbbells. Of course, you need to exercise within your comfort zone, I’m not encouraging anyone to lift weights that are too heavy. The right weight should leave you struggling by the last few reps.

     

The things that weren’t as awesome:

  • The warm-up and cool down sections are the same exact recording for each workout. I found this a bit frustrating for the sections that focused primarily on the upper body because the lower body stretching was emphasized more. On those days I skipped the cool down and did my own upper body stretching.
  • The packaging is a wee bit flimsy, but the set is $20 so I can get past that.
  • The nutritional guide provides meal plan suggestions and a few recipes, but doesn’t go into any detail about proper nutrition, or the philosophy behind the structure of the meal plan. It does however differentiate between male and female diets, which I think is interesting and important, because while we may be all sorts of equal in other aspects of life, men generally build muscle easier and can consume more calories than women. Sucky reality for we female folk.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Dumbells, about three sets
  • A Swiss ball, most workouts can be adjusted accordingly without one, but are more effective with
  • A mat. Not entirely necessary, but it makes floor work a lot happier

Overall, Supreme 90 Day is a great set to add to your collection, especially if you’re curious about those 90-day programs. Bonus being that it’s only $20, that’s $2 a DVD.

The good folks over at Supreme 90 Day are being kind enough to giveaway one set to a Kim Challenge reader. Enter by Thursday (4/7) at 11:59pm, and I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday.

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