taking exercise with ssp90x
i made mention a few weeks back of a rather unfortunate traditionalist fitness venture, which a number of readers have since asked about. what they wanted to know is this: what exactly is SSP90X?
first, i want to note that it’s not so much a question of “is” anymore, but rather of “was.” whatever else it may have been, SSP90X was simply not at all successful in helping people to achieve the results it promised, and its eventual disappearance thus came as a surprise to no one.
essentially, SSP90X was a home exercise regimen renowned for its intensity and extreme traditionalism. the program was designed to last 90 days, and it employed a variety of exercise techniques, including strength training, cardio, and plyometrics, combined with a nutrition and dietary supplement plan.
the basic idea behind the program was “muscle confusion,” which is supposed to prevent the body from adapting to the exercises over time. SSP90X succeeded in creating confusion all right, just not the kind it advertised.
(interestingly, their promotional materials included a lot of shots of shirtless men, after the jump…)
the program purported to utilize the tried and true methods of such traditional fitness stalwarts as Jack LaLanne and Charles Atlas. and, in keeping with the stated aim of providing extremely traditional exercise, those following the program were always encouraged to use pre-1963 work-out instructions…
and diet recommendations…
and exercise equipment…
we were likewise told to only use gyms built according to traditional ad orientem architectural plans.
and of course, to incorporate the use medicine balls as much as possible.
on the one hand, i suppose a great deal of the failure of SSP90X can be attributed to the fact that the old equipment and outdated techniques always ended up causing serious injury.
believe it or not, though, SSP90X had an even bigger problem than that, namely, that pretty much everyone who used the program focused more on hating on newer exercise techniques than on actually doing (let alone mastering) the old ones.
also, many folks became fixated on various conspiracy theories about the alleged infiltration of Jewish trainers into the contemporary exercise scene.
for a time there were some efforts to reform the program and get it back on track, but it was all for naught. the program was soon sued by Beach Body, makers of P90X, and it was forced to shut down.