Attack a Weakness: Working Out with Tony Horton (P90X)

Sure, I thought it would be fun to run a 5K this weekend (adios humidity, hello September PR-potential!). Of course I thought it’d be pretty cool to meet Tony Horton – the P90X brain. I didn’t hesitate to jump on a chance to join a “Tweet-Up”…

But no, sir, I am no P90X enthusiast. Confession: I do not bootcamp much these days. I’m not a fan of burpees. My sister has made me do your “Yoga X”and it almost killed me. She can do a pull-up thanks to your workouts, and I can run a 3:34 marathon. Different strengths…right?

Well, Tony, when you said “Yoga is the foundation of youth. I wouldn’t be where I am without Yoga,” tonight, and that “it forces you to work on your weaknesses”?  Well, then I knew we were on the same page. And I knew that your workout might totally demoralize me, but that’s 100% okay.

I definitely have some weaknesses, and there’s only one way to make them strengths. Work it out…


A few of us had the huge privilege of some one-on-one time  (#NPCTweetUpTony) with Tony before the Beat the Deadline 5K workout at the National Press Club tonight. We literally sat around the table with him, exchanging stories, picking his brain, laughing loudly and writing notes furiously. So much to remember! Great quotes! Freaking. Great. Stories.

Quite the character, this fitness guru!


Then we all headed down to the Ballroom for a “Tony Horton Workout”. He warned us it would be about an hour, which really meant closer to 90 minutes, and actually (luckily) flew by.

Thanks for the photo, Erika!

After our warm-up & stretch, it was right into the sweat-sesh! Push-ups, planks, down-dog crunches, MMA/boxing-inspired burpees, side-plank crunches, jump-spins, warrior lunges, banana-crunches-to-boat-pose, more burpees, more push-ups, more planks….


This guy can MOVE, but his teaching style seems more yoga-inspired. He offers modifications, encourages you in a great way but also reminds you to do what works for you. Know where you are, and know your limit – then know exactly how far you can push it, and attack your weaknesses.

DONE. Whew.


I would workout with him again any time, any day. His motivation is you – he wants you to succeed, to gain strength, to really LOVE physical fitness and to have a blast. His energy is nonstop! As a mostly-runner, this workout shows me a completely different level of exhaustion. But if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

“The first two letters of NOTHING are “No”. If you say “no” to experiences, you get nothing. If you go for it, you have a story!”


My not-quite-as-weak (now) muscles might still be screaming at me by the time we toe the starting line on Saturday, but it’s worth the burn. Challenge, accepted!

Who else is running / racing / challenging a weakness this weekend? Anyone joining us at the NPC Beat the Deadline 5K?


  1. September 6, 2013

    So cool that you got that experience! I’m with you – I love running, cycling, cross-training, and yoga, but “real” strength (and burpees!) is my downfall. I had P90X and did it for a while but it’s just not as fun to me as going for a run. Still, I think Tony Horton is pretty awesome, and he’s done a ton for the fitness world!

  2. September 6, 2013

    So jealous! After my first half marathon, I got into the weight room and restarted p90x. I was addicted before I started training for my half and am pretty sure its what kept me injury free.

  3. September 8, 2013

    LOVE THIS! So jealous you got to meet and work out with Tony! I have a lot of the P90X workouts on my computer if you’re interested. 😉

  4. September 11, 2013

    I have done P90X three times… I still have not mastered it but you definitely have the right mind… it’s about working through the weaknesses. I have come a long way since I started and I even have to say if I got the chance to workout with Tony Horton, I might not be able to hang yet… but I am sure I will get there someday! And I would love to meet Tony Horton!

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