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One on One with Tony Horton Exclusive Interview

If you ever watch late night TV, then most likely you’ve seen one of Tony Horton’s infomercials featuring his fitness systems and products.

The following article is an interview with Tony Horton by Carol Bardelli who has achieved great success with Tony’s fitness programs. Carol proves that you can be past fifty, be extremly fit, and enjoy a very active lifestyle.

Interview with Tony Horton

Carol Bardelli: Hi Tony, I’m excited to get this opportunity to talk to you.

Tony, I’ve used all of your exercise videos, starting with Great Body Guaranteed. Now I’m using Power 90X Plus and Tony Horton One On One. I couldn’t help but notice you can motivate people, including myself, like no one else.

An example is the portion of Power 90X Legs & Back in which we do wall squats. I’ve got my back to the wall, my legs are burning, there’s about thirty seconds left. And you’ve got me and the gang laughing out loud. What’s your take on you’re motivational skills, combined with your personable demeanor and sense of humor?

Having Fun While Working Out

Tony Horton: I discovered a long time ago that the best way to get through the physical pain and agony of any workout is to have some fun along the way.

Making Working Out FunExercise is hard enough and to turn it into rocket science or make it so serious that it feels like torture, will certainly result in failure. I’m trying to help people look at fitness and exercise in a completely new way. My goofy, light-hearted approach makes the physical intensity of exercise slightly more palatable.

My coaches growing up cared more about winning and losing than the players on their teams. I was miserable during fitness tests and drills and there was never a sense that modifying an exercise was okay. I want everyone to play and I want everyone to succeed. I’m constantly looking for practical techniques that keep people in the game. If you’re busting a gut during a wall squat, then I’m doing my job.

Carol: Your programs are revolutionary, not because of their separate components like resistance training, aerobics, stretching, yoga, karate, plyometrics, and core. The unique way you blend them seems key to the amazing results people are able to achieve in a short period of time. What inspired you to design fitness programs that integrate all aspects of exercise?

Three Downfalls of Most Fitness Routines

Tony: There are three things that cause people to lose faith in their fitness routines. Boredom, injuries and plateaus. When you repeat the same movements over and over again, one of these three will take you down.

After 25 years in the fitness business I’ve seen hundreds of people get hurt, lose interest and stop seeing results because of lack of variety in their routines. Concepts/techniques like Sectional Progression with Power 90, Muscle Confusion with P90X and now Super Stacking with my new 10 Minute Trainer program are all designed to avoid boredom, injuries and plateaus.

Running is great but it’s just one thing. Yoga is the Fountain of Youth in my opinion but it certainly doesn’t improve your Plyometric strength. If you want a well rounded level of fitness and you want to continue to see results over a long period of time then variety is certainly the spice of health and fitness.

Fitness Programs for Everyone

Tony Horton 10 Minute Trainer WorkoutCarol: With exercise systems like Power 90, Power Half Hour, Tony and the Kids!, Tony and the Folks!, Power 90X, 10 Minute Trainer, Tony Horton One On One, and Power 90X Plus, you literally offer something for everyone.

Power 90X, P90X Plus, and Tony Horton One On One, are designed for folks looking to take their physiques to the next level. I can attest to the challenging nature of these workouts, as well as the intensity. Even after years of aerobics and weightlifting, I found myself almost crawling to the shower after my P90X workouts. But, man, did I ever see results.

You’re personally responsible for me finally developing triceps definition. I finally have horseshoes. And now I’m addicted to your extreme workouts.

Do you see a wider audience opening up to your style of extreme workouts? And do you plan new projects along these lines?

Tony: First of all, congratulations on those triceps and thank you for your commitment to the program.

At Home Fitness Boot Camp Training Success

If you had asked me this question a year ago my answer would have been different than today. P90X was intended for gym rats and people tired of spending money on expensive trainers and not getting results. A finite number of people in a niche market. We would have been happy if just these folks realized that you can get better results in your living room. Turns out our little niche in-home boot camp idea had legs. P90X has become a phenomenon. Everybody is doing it. Even folks who probably need Power 90 or some other milder workout program first.

The amazing thing is that people (on their own) are approaching the program with common sense. If there’s a move or exercise that’s out of their comfort zone, they skip it (for now) or modify it in some way. People are listening to what their body can do during these workouts and understanding that trying to keep up for the sake of keeping up is counterproductive. They’re doing their best and forgetting the rest.

Carol: On a more personal note, I have mild Cerebral Palsy. This has never stopped me from doing anything including driving, horseback riding, and of course, Power 90X. I also discovered that pull ups on the program relieved my shoulder tendinitis, while plyo and yoga has improved my balance. Did you think people with physical challenges would use your systems, and that it could be used for rehabilitation?

Overcoming the Challenges of Getting Fit

Positive Attitude Working OutTony: You are living proof that a positive attitude is a huge piece to the success puzzle regardless of your situation.

My nephew Andrew has a more than mild case of Cerebral Palsy and I’ve introduced him to all kinds of fitness routines that might have been considered too difficult for a guy with his genetic birth defect. He has a trainer, works out at the gym and goes to yoga twice a week.

The fact is, we all have different starting points in life. The real measure of a person is determined by how hard they’re willing to work to overcome and deal with the hand they’re dealt. I was the quintessential 98-pound weakling with a speech impediment, afraid of his own shadow, who got beat up at the bus stop by the local bully. That was my starting point. My challenge was great and long but worth it in the end.

I’m not a physical therapist so it’s not my place to say that it’s okay for someone with severe physical challenges to jump into P90X, but I will go out on a limb and say that if you have the will, there is a way for anyone and everyone to benefit from a fitness program that challenges them.

Carol: Tony, thanks again for this opportunity to interview you. And I’ll see you tomorrow for a workout when I slip one of my Tony Horton DVDs into my player.

To learn more about Tony’s Fitness Programs, visit > Tony Horton: Fitness Trainer to the Stars

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7 comments

  1. Octavio Garaycochea

    I would like to purchase the P90x. But, its been awhile since i was in the gym. How hard is it to start with? Please advise.

  2. Hi Octavio,

    Many people question whether they should restart their fitness goals with a beginner program like Tony Horton 10 Minute Trainer, an intermediate program like the original Power 90, or an in home boot camp program like Power 90X. Your choice depends on a few factors.

    First, have you retained a substantial level of your former fitness level achieved in the gym, or have you let yourself go. If you have lost strength or become overweight, it would be wise to start slow.

    Second, how much time are you willing to commit to your fitness goals. Tony Horton 10 Minute Trainer provide the most flexibility for beginners and former fitness buffs who have lost a lot of ground. Designed to be performed in 10 minute intervals, you can do one 10 minute workout per day or as many as you can handle for faster results.

    Power 90 was designed for intermediate fitness levels. This program is a great bridge between beginning fitness workouts and advanced workouts. It’s demanding, but not extreme like Power 90X. You’ll get fitter at a steady pace. The Power 90 workouts average 40 minutes in length, demanding a little more of your time.

    Power 90X was originally geared for fitness buffs at an intermediate to advanced level. The program includes a fitness test to see if you are personally ready for the demands of Power 90X. Generally, before starting the program you should be able to perform a ten minute warm up of jogging in place, followed by stretching. Then, with one minute rest periods between exercises, you should be able to perform at least one full pull up, one vertical leap, 15 push ups, a seated toe touch, a one minute wall squat, 10 bicep curls with 15 to 25 pound weights, and 25 In & Out abdominal exercises. If you can perform the minimum above, you’re ready to start Power 90X.

    Starting any fitness program is more mental than physical. Tony Horton said it himself in my One On One interview with him: “P90X has become a phenomenon. Everybody is doing it. Even folks who probably need Power 90 or some other milder workout program first.” Tony designed all his programs for modification. If you can’t quite met the physical demands of an exercise, simply do a modified version until you’re stronger. Mental toughness to do your best and stay on program are your keys to success.

    Best of luck on your fitness goals.

  3. Tony is a fitness genius! But he’s so humble and down to earth too. He’s my favorite trainer.

  4. I am interested in purchasing a fat burning program. I am 56 years old, 5′ 11″ in height, and weigh 220 pounds. I’ve worked out most of my adult life. I look muscular in a tank top but have a rather soft core. I enjoy the gym and am looking for an in between gym visit at-home fat burning program. I was thinking of Tony Horton’s Ten Minute Trainer but would welcome your expert opinion. Thank you.

  5. Hi Anthony,

    If you’re looking for a fat burning program you can do at home, Beachbody products are for you. Beachbody offers a wide variety of high quality workout DVDs to meet the needs of nearly everyone.

    Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer Workout is an excellent program for beginners and people with time constraints, like young mothers and business people who travel frequently. It combines resistance training with cardio, and can be effective with careful attention to proper nutrition. All you need is a television, VCR and a resistance band. You mentioned you’re already a regular at the gym and reasonably fit. Tony Horton 10 Minute Trainer probably wouldn’t challenge you enough to prompt fat loss.

    For a fat burning program to succeed, you need one that adequately challenges your muscles and provides cardio intensity. The original Power 90 is a great place to start if your present gym workouts are predominately resistance training. If you do at least 30 minutes of cardio three times a week now, you’ll have to amp up your cardio intensity and duration in order to burn fat.

    Power 90X was designed by Tony Horton to take fat burning exercise to the next level. Power 90X is an in-home boot camp designed to take already fit people just like you to a super fit status. The 12 exercise DVDs run from 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Each uses muscle confusion to blast body fat while building muscle. You say you’ve been working out most of your adult life, so Power 90X may be just what you need to take your fitness level beyond one that’s just all right, but not optimal.

    You have two powerful qualities on your side. You enjoy the gym and you have well developed muscle mass. Most people who try to lose body fat with a traditional fat burning program fail, and this is primarily because they’ve ignored their muscles. First, take your resistance training to the next level. You want to keep your present muscular look while banishing a soft core. This also means performing intense fat burning cardio. Both can be achieved with optimal results by using Power 90X, and following the P90X nutrition guide carefully.

    Best of luck with your goals.

  6. Not being overweight and living somewhat healthy lifestyle, but being very inactive for a long time (couch potato syndrome) had me initially question the P90X routine for myself three months ago. At the onset of the program, I was very pleased with Tony’s on-screen direction to modify to make it work for you and work up to a point where you feel comfortable with time and not feel pressured to do what they were doing on screen.

    I went from zero activity to waking up each morning to attack the day’s routine. Was it hard? Yes. Did it require commitment and the right attitude? Yes. Was it physically challenging? Yes. Were there times that I didn’t think it would ever end? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Fast forward three months (90 days) and I have a whole new perspective on the program. It changed not only my attitude and lifestyle, but changed my perception. If I could do it, anyone can. It doesn’t mean they need to attack P90X, but they could attack a different routine and make it a habit that makes a difference.

    During my experience, I struggled like everyone else but I kept pushing the play button and moving. Feel free to read about my journey on tomsmig.wordpress.com. Hopefully it inspires someone else to take action.

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