Chalean Extreme
The Chalean Extreme workout retails for $119.95.
P90X
The P90X workout retails for $119.95.

The basic kit (not the deluxe kit) comes included with the following:

Burn Basics and Band Basics. This is an instructional DVD that guides you through the basics of how to lift the weight or use the bands.

Burn Circuit. The Burn Circuit has three workouts. Circuit 1, 2 and 3. Typically you will perform each circuit once each week, for a total of 4 weeks, if you are following the program guide.

Push Circuit. The Push Circuit also has three workouts. Circuit 1, 2,and 3. Again, performing each one, once a week, for a total of 4 weeks.

Lean Circuit. Just like the first two circuits, three circuits, performing each one, once per week for 4 weeks.

Burn Intervals. Burn Intervals is a weight/cardio workout, performed during each week of the program.

Burn It Off. Also a cardio workout but with no weights. Shorter, and somewhat easier than the Burn Intervals. Performed each week during the program.

Recharge. Recharge is a stretch/yoga routine, performed each week of the program. Performed each week during the program.

Two Ab workouts. Extreme Abs and Ab Burner.

Bodyfat calipers and guide to measure your badyfat throughout the program.

A thigh toner band, used throughout the program for additional resistance during the circuits and the cardio routines.

A Motivational audio CD and a “Healthy Eats” and Kitchen Makeover DVD.

Also included with Chalean Extreme is a Fitness and Nutritional guidebook.

The basic kit (not including P90X+) comes included with the following:

“How to Bring It” DVD. This DVD is a short instructional/introduction to the P90X workout. Explaining briefly the program, what is needed, and what to expect.

Chest & Back. This DVD, depending on which rotation you follow, will depend on when you perform. In the most popular rotation the “Classic”. You workout with this DVD in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd week, and then again in the 9th and 11th week.

Plyometrics. An extreme cardio routine, “jump training”. This workout is done every week, except on “recovery weeks”. Make no mistake, the recovery week, is not a time where you sit on the couch and eat potato chips. it’s a tough week in it’s own right, Just different than the typical weeks where you lift weights.

Shoulders & Arms. This DVD goes right along with the Chest & Back, and used during the same weeks.

Yoga X. This is a Yoga/Stretch DVD. This workout is done every week, and on the recovery weeks, it’s often done twice per week.

Legs & Back. This DVD is used in every week of P90X, with the exception of the recovery weeks.

Kenpo X. Kenpo X is a cardio kickboxing type routine. This cardio routine is used in every week of P90X.

X-Stretch. A stretch routine which is performed every week in P90X. It’s not a requirement, and is done on your 7th day, if you choose to use it.

Core Synergistics. A total body workout. Used with lighter weights, and is mixed with cardio moves as well.

Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps. This workout is used in the Classic rotation on the 5th, 6th, and 7th week, and then again in the 10th and 12th week.

Back & Biceps. This workout program is used in the same weeks as Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps.

Ab Ripper X. This ab routine is brutal, and is used in every week of P90X, with the exception of the recovery weeks. It is usually performed on the same days as the resistance/weight workouts, or 3 times per week.

Cardio X. This DVD is not used in the Classic rotation, however, it does have its place in the other rotations. It can also be a substitute for Plyometrics if you are not “ready” for Plyo yet.

Also included with P90X is a Fitness and Nutritional guidebook.

Equipment needed for Chalean Extreme:

Resistance bands or dumbbells. The program demonstrates the use of both, and you can get a great workout using either. It’s personal preference which you decide on. I personally enjoy both, and use the bands when traveling, and weights while at home. If you are looking for a alternative to dumbbells, and want an “all in one” dumbbell setup, you might consider PowerBlocks as an option.

Equipment needed for P90X:

Resistance bands or dumbbells. The program demonstrates the use of both, and you can get a great workout using either. It’s personal preference which you decide on. I personally enjoy both, and use the bands when traveling, and weights while at home. If you are looking for a alternative to dumbbells, and want an “all in one” dumbbell setup, you might consider PowerBlocks as an option.

A chin up bar, or a place to do pull ups. As an alternative, you can use the resistance bands to simulate pull ups. You only need a door attachment for this option.

Chalean Extreme vs P90X, Similarities:

  • Both programs are led by two of the best fitness trainers at Beachbody, they both motivate and inspire you throughout the program.
  • Both programs utilize Muscle Failure and Muscle Confusion. I have linked both of these terms to articles I have written, explaining what this is.
  • Both programs offer variety in the program, by changing the workouts to prevent boredom, and again, to promote Muscle Confusion.
  • Both programs have a detailed fitness guidebook. An invaluable tool throughout the program.
  • Both programs utilize weights/resistance bands and cardio has the basis of each program.
  • Each program provides a Nutritional guidebook, which includes recipes and nutritional information to assist you in your nutrition throughout the program. Each guidebook provides details on what to eat and when. Your diet, will change along with the program, for the best results. Let’s face it, your success in either program is going to be a direct result in both the exercise AND diet. Having a detailed guide, like both of these program is a definite benefit!

Chalean Extreme vs P90X, Differences:

Chalean Extreme:

Shorter workouts. Chalean Extreme lasts about 35 minutes on average, with the longest workout lasting 45 minutes. The ab workouts are 11 minutes and 16 minutes.

Well suited for all fitness levels. Chalean Extreme is best suited for those between beginner and advanced fitness levels. It’s only my opinion, but I believe people just starting out can use this program. The program is so well developed, that you can easily use this program as a beginner by using lighter weight on the weights, and taking breaks as needed on cardio and ab routines. As you grow stronger and advance in your personal fitness level, you can add more weight, and take less breaks.

Chalean Extreme does not have chin ups. For those people that enjoy chin ups, you will miss this in the Chalean Extreme program. For those that don’t like them, or don’t feel the need for them, you won’t miss them a bit. It’s also one less piece of equipment you will need to complete the program.

Chalean Extreme combines muscle groups. Chalean Extreme groups multiple muscle groups, such as a squat exercise for the legs, while doing a bicep curl for the arms. This combination of muscle groups is also one reasons the workouts are shorter. P90X, with the exception of Core Synergistics, works muscle groups separately. For example, while using the Chest & Back DVD, you perform a chest exercise, followed by a back exercise. Both are done individually.

Chalean Extreme emphasizes slow controlled exercises. This is one of the great things about Chalean Extreme. From beginners to advanced it’s difficult to not lift weight properly when you are using very slow concentrated movements.

P90X:

Longer workouts. P90X lasts about 60 minutes on average, with the longest workout lasting 92 minutes (Yoga X). The ab workout is about 16 minutes.

Best suited for advanced fitness levels. If you are a beginner, and have weight loss as your primary goal, you are better off starting with Chalean Extreme, Power 90, or any other “Getting Started” program. Let me state that this is only my opinion. I have seen beginners start with P90X and achieve excellent results! You can also modify the P90X program and start with it. You can do half of the weight routines, and take breaks on cardio and abs. But having done both programs, P90X is just harder.

P90X has chin ups. I love chin ups personally, and missed them terribly during my Chalean Extreme rotation. That doesn’t mean you can’t add them to your Chalean Extreme rotation. However, I am trying to make a comparison on the base program without modifications. For an article I wrote on the benefits of chin ups, check that out here.

P90X focuses on one muscle group at a time. With the exception of Core Synergistics, P90X focuses on working one muscle group at a time. For example, while using the Chest & Back DVD, you will perform a chest exercise, followed by a back exercise. Chalean Extreme groups multiple muscle groups. Such as a squat exercise for the legs, while doing a bicep curl for the arms. This combination of muscle groups is also one reason the workouts are shorter. Exercises are combined, whereas P90X works them separately.

P90X emphasizes controlled exercises. Each rep and exercise is done with an emphasis on control. Perfect form and when the form starts to diminish, you should stop the exercise. The movement itself is a normal average speed.

Chalean Extreme vs P90X: Summary

Some of the statements I made in my above review are my personal opinion. I have completed both P90X (several times) and Chalean Extreme (once). I completed Chalean Extreme after P90X. I believe that both programs are solid. Each one has it’s advantages and disadvantages, and it really comes down to personal preference. I would without a doubt say that you will be happy with either. Both are complete in every way from nutrition to exercise, to providing the exercise rotation etc.

Having said that, I personally feel that if you have completed P90X already, and like that level of intensity, then Chalean Extreme will be a step down. If you have not completed P90X, and want a solid program to stay fit and healthy, and don’t necessarily want the extra added intenisty of P90X, I think you will love Chalean Extreme. Taking it another step forwards, if you are wanting to do a round of P90X, then I think Chalean Extreme is the perfect program to get you ready.

When I did my complete round of Chalean Extreme, it was with the goal of staying or maintaining my current level of fitness that I had previously achieved with P90X. After 12 weeks, (with the exception of getting weaker in chin ups), I don’t believe I took a step backward by doing Chalean Extreme. Of course, I can’t do as many chin ups as I once could, but I will quickly get back to speed in no time.

If you have done a round of P90X and would like to maintain your results and not lose the results you have achieved, and are looking for a nice change, I think Chalean Extreme will work nicely for you.

I am basing my reviews on the base programs of each. You can easily modify and make a hybrid routine of either program. For example. I am used to working out 6 days a week from P90X. So when I noticed Chalean was only 5 days, I simply added in an extra cardio day. If I wanted more ab workouts than Chalean Extreme has in the base program, simply add them. These programs are completely customizable to best suit the individual. Likewise, if you want to try P90X, without doing an entry program first, you can. You may start and decide to do the entire program, or you may start and decide to do the best you can on each workout, that may or may not be the entire workout.

I do not regret doing Chalean at all! I had previously completed 8 rounds of P90X and was looking forward to changing up my routine. If I do another round of Chalean, I will likely throw in some chin ups, and be perfectly content.

In my final words about Chalean Extreme vs P90X, I’m going to go out on a limb. I like the intensity of P90X, it’s harder than Chalean (as a base program). I don’t believe someone with weight loss as their primary goal should do P90X as a starter program. However, I believe Chalean Extreme would be an excellent choice for weight loss and a starter program. I also think that Chalean Extreme is a great program for those of you that have completed a starter program. So depending on where you are at in your fitness level, would really determine which to choose, and then of course, your personal preference.

Chalean Extreme has some of the best cardio I have ever done. I love Burn Intervals, Get Lean Intervals and Fat Burn Challenge. Excellent. I thoroughly enjoy these cardio workouts! To get the Get Lean Intervals and Fat Burn Challenge, you will need to get the Deluxe version of Chalean Extreme, or get the regular Chalean and upgrade to the Deluxe DVD later. Either way, you want these extra cardio workouts!

People all over the world, are getting incredible results with both programs! Some are doing them as written in the guides, others are making hybrid routines to satisfy their personal preferences. Either way, I strongly encourage you to pick one of these programs, you can’t go wrong in getting started in a fitness program, and either one of these can take you to your fitness goals. Even Tony Horton (fitness instructor in P90X) will tell you, that variety is the spice of life. So do both, build a fitness library, change it up, spice it up, keep your fitness moving forwards and break through the plateaus of doing the same old cardio and weight routines. I sincerely hope that you have found this review beneficial, as I have spent 3 days working on it off and on, I wanted to be as complete as possible, to help you in your decision. If I missed something you feel is important in the “Similarities or Differences” feel free to send me an email. Good luck on your journey, and I’m here if you need some help along the way! robert@extremely-fit.com

Don’t for get to take a look at my ChaLEAN Extreme Reviews. You may also review my P90X Reviews as well.