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Does it Work Fitness Week: P90X

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - David Likens is 36 and the father of three active boys. He wants to keep up with them. To do that, he said he needs to be in shape.

"For me, getting the food, understanding the program, and ok, I'm gonna make time for it and not take away from my family."

David also works overnights, so this at-home fitness regimen really looked like it could work for him. P90X promises in just 90 days you'll get the ultimate physique, "no machines, no kidding."

All you need is a set of dumbbells or resistance bands and a pull-up bar.

"I think I can make this thing work."

That's the other addition, a can-do attitude and a willingness to change your eating style, perhaps. Aside from the workout DVD's, P90X offers a dieting plan with meal ideas.

"You're pretty much eating every two hours."

And you stick to it for 90 days, no if, ands or but's about it.

"Once I got started there were bumps and hills, and I thought, 'Hey I don't have time for this, but the nice thing about the program, he tells you to just push play and you'll see the results."

Several people tend to quit this program after the first two weeks because it can be so intense. For David, it was a challenge he was willing to take.

"It did take a good week to two weeks of soreness, but this is working. I'm seeing the fat tear off."

And 90 days later David is down six pant sizes and back to the same weight he was in high school.

"Which for me has to be the "a-ha" moment. This thing really does work."

Remember his goal was not to get big and bulky. Instead he upped his cardio so he could keep up with the kiddos and get back to playing the sports he loves.

David says what he loves most about P90X is the diversity, which any personal trainer will tell you is key in sculpting your body. One day you focus on cardio, another it's weight lifting, another is yoga and plyometrics. Again, all in the comfort of your own home. David says he's amazed at his stamina now and flexibility.

He also says the workout instructor is very down to earth. David says it's like having a personal trainer in your own home.

"It is, and I like it because he wasn't cheesy. He's very real."

Now let's get real on the price. For $100 you get 12 DVDs, training advice, and a food guide, plus access to the live chat on the P90X web site in case you have a question or need to find the extra motivation.

"This thing really does work. For me, the letter grade I'd give it would definitely be an 'A' or A+ because of my outcome."

I also think this's your basic fitness and dieting advice that's ramped up and wrapped up into a kit but remember, it only works if you have the motivation to keep doing it. So combine all that and this program could earn an 'A' for many of you on this Does it Work Fitness test.

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