Can You Handle P90x? Take the Fit Test 14

When people talk to me about P90x one of the main concerns I always hear from them is the difficulty of the exercises. I tell them that P90x is for people who are already in fairly good shape and they hear the workouts are grueling, challenging, and they often wonder if the P90x program is too difficult for them. They aren’t sure if they should try P90x because they don’t know if they are fit enough to take on such an extreme program. So what do I do? Tell them about the fitness test!

P90x Fit Test The P90x Fitness Test consists of a set of exercises and P90x points out the minimum amount of reps or height or length of time you should be able to perform in order to be “fit” enough to take on the P90x program. I did the P90x fitness test before starting it and I recommend it for those of you who are unsure of what you are capable of doing.

Want to know if you can handle it? Check out what P90x expects from you:

  1. WARM-UP, of course 😉
    Minimum of 3 pull-ups if male, 1 pull-up if female.
    * However, many people won’t be able to do any pull-ups when starting P90x. You’ll get more out of the program if you can do pull-ups, but you can substitute by using the B-LINES Resistance Bands with the door attachment for pull-downs.
    ** (I cannot do a pull-up!)

    Rest 1 minute.

    Should have a vertical leap of at least 5 inches if male, 3 inches if female.
    Stand sideways with shoulder against wall and raise arm straight overhead against the wall. Record that height.
    Then lower arm, take just one step back and proceed to jump straight up, trying to touch highest point on wall (no gathering up a head of steam prior to your jump- think “jump ball”). Record that height.
    Subtract the first measurement from the second, that is your vertical leap.

    Rest 4 minutes.

    Should be able to do at least 15 if male, 3 if female (or 15 on knees).

    Rest 4 minutes.

    Reach should be no less than 6 inches from your toes or a “-6”.
    Sitting down, legs straight with feet straight in front of you. Measure distance from fingertips to toes, use a “-” if unable to reach toes and “+” if you are reaching beyond your toes.

    Rest 4 minutes.

    Should be able to hold wall squat for at least 1 minute.
    Place back flat against the wall and lower your body into a seated chair position (think 90 degree angle here). Start timer as soon as you get into the chair position.

    Rest 4 minutes.

    Should be able to do at least 10 curls with 20lbs if male, at least 10 curls with 8lbs if female.

    Rest 3 minutes.

  8. IN & OUTS (No, NOT the fast food place!)
    Should be able to do at least 25.
    Starting position: Seated with hands on the floor at your sides, knees bent with feet on the floor. Raise feet off the ground and bring knees in towards your chest. Straighten legs back out and repeat movement without touching floor.

    (Rest 4 minutes)

    Be able to finish 2 minutes (non-stop) of jumping jacks at a quick and steady pace.

Download the official, more detailed P90x Fitness test by clicking here (PDF file via / link updated 02/12/12)

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14 thoughts on “Can You Handle P90x? Take the Fit Test

  • Rolando

    You got me here Maria. I don’t think I could do have the stuff here. How sad. I better hit the gym tomorrow for sure lol. Can you do all these reps? I’m sure you can.

  • Mary Carmen

    Hi Maria,

    WOW nice, I see that you are into P90X.. that’s so great, i am in the 3rd week of the programs. Hey so do you use any other Beachbody Products???? Beachbody its a great company that has a lot of great products… ;0)

  • AnotherMaria Post author

    Congrats on the 3 weeks! Keep it up! And I answered your question in the other blog post as well but no I haven’t tried any others yet because I’m hooked on P90x right now but I do want to try Hip Hop Abs hehe. Have you tried other Beach Body programs? I love recommendations 🙂

  • Jeff Grace

    Your P90x review for minimum requirements of fitness was good. Thanks to that, I have a better feeling that I could do the course.

    There also might be some “mini” version of exercises to get a person ready to go for the full course plan, huh? Basic moves scattered over a several week period. I am older with health issues and don’t want to push it too hard or waste my time attempting something that is meant for a person who already has a “young-body-type”.

    Thanks again.

  • John


    There are some great “progressive” programs that Beachbody has too. The original Power 90 is still an excellent workout. You program comes with 4 levels ( you start out with Levels 1 & 2 – then as you get stronger and can, you progress to levels 3 & 4). P90X was the “next” place for people to go, who completed Power 90.

    The new 10 minute trainer is another program, that’s progressive in nature… or the Power Half-Hour.

    Just depends on what your looking for, and your fitness goals. P90X is also, relatively speaking, partially progressive too… most of the exercises and routines, Tony shows you three ways to progress into them – and tells you ” to do your best, and forget the rest”… but – overall P90X is extreme…

    So again.. just depends on what kind of training you like, what your goals are… and also, something you can have fun with… if you hate it and struggle, you’re not going to stay with. ( we have all been there)

    john —

  • AnotherMaria Post author

    Hey Jeff! Glad I could help! Like John said, if you feel like you need to work out a bit more before tackling P90x there is the Power 90. Thanks for all of the info John!

    I know before I started P90x I worked out a bit more, focusing on the exercises that were in the Fit Test. Good luck!

  • cc

    ok for some reason my other post did not post…what i wrote before “i guess i should have specified, i want to try the lean routine” was that i am an avid runner. and i want to start doing the p90x lean version but i dont want to stop running. i was wondering what i could replace with running…any suggestions??

  • AnotherMaria Post author

    Hi cc! Well since you are talking about the Lean routine I would say you could substitute running with Cardio X or Kenpo X since those are both purely cardio with no weights. I would personally substitute running with Cardio X since it is the “easiest” of the workouts (and I love Kenpo X 😛 ) Hope that helps, good luck!

  • Michael

    Well i am going to try the p90x. I am 25 5ft 10inch weights 160lb and i have 11% body fat. in in 2007 weight 132lb 5% body fat. it all in my stomach. with working all the time with two jobs. I am going to try to fit it in with my work. work my self into it slowly. I am going to eat better first because right now i eat 2 meals a day. I am going to up that to 5 meals day and retrain my body first. I am going to race motocross this year. I haven’t race in 4 years. i road my dirt bike the anther day on a track and only lasted one lap and i was done, very unhappy with my self because never got that tried like that.

  • ben

    yeah the fit test is easy, as long as you’re not overweight, but p90x is really quite hard.

  • K

    I am doint P90X I am way overweight and the only thing I couldnt do was a pull up. But even when I was a lean strong college athlete (um-teen years and lbs ago) and had an incredible ripped body I couldnt do one, never been able to. So, if I can pass the test I think you can too. It is all mental!