Monday, November 7, 2011

How to Spot a Pirated Copy of P90X

Pirated Copy of P90X vs. The Real Deal

Pirated copy on the left and the copy I purchased from my
coach page (directly from Beachbody) on the right.

As I mentioned in a previous post (here), before I decided to become an Independent Fitness Coach for Beachbody I wanted to start the P90X fitness program. I also wanted to try to save a little money by buying used. I decided to buy from Amazon. I had no idea that I was supporting criminals and buying a pirated copy. And like I said before, I'm going to be buying this type of thing from the source from now on. It is pretty impressive how well these "pirates" do in replicating the original program, but the price will reflect itself immediately and over time.

In reading reviews from many others who have also accidentally purchased bootleg copies of P90X, I found a few alarming facts:
  • Some of the DVD's might be missing, and even if they do all come in the package some may not even work on the first try.
  • Some people reported that their DVD's worked fine at first, but one by one they would stop playing.
  • Some reported that the bootleg copies would only play on their lap top computer.
  • The food guide in the "Nutrition Plan" book has some missing/incorrect information that messes with equations. And the guide books are FILLED with typos.
  • Beachbody does not offer support for any products purchased outside of or their coaches. I read many angry reviews about people who bought from places like Ebay, Amazon and Craigslist, and then when their "P90X" had issues they called Beachbody. Of course, Beachbody knows how rampant the pirating is, and is not going to support this. (On the other hand, if you purchase materials from Beachbody's website or their coaches they offer great support if there are any problems with the products.)
  • And so on...

I purchased the copy of P90X from on October 15th. It took 2 weeks to get to me! I was starting to think that it wouldn't come. When it did come there was no invoice, only this note (without a signature.) A very suspicious note, in my opinion.

Luckily, after contacting the seller he issued me a refund and told me that I did not need to return the product. I reported the seller to Amazon anyway, because after reading this seller's reviews from other clients, it was obvious that this was not the first copy of P09X they have sold on Amazon.

As soon as I realized I had purchased this bootleg copy, I bought a real copy. It came quickly, in only 3 or 4 days and was packaged well. Just in time too!

Now for the comparison:

Pirated copy on the left, actual copy on the right

Pirated copy

vs. Real copy 

I knew that I had a pirated copy as soon as I opened the box and saw Tony Horton's name spelled "Tony Horon"! Come on Piraters, of all the things to misspell...Plus all of those missing spaces and a bad print job.

vs. Real copy

Pirated Copy: The whole box came shrink wrapped, but none of the items inside were.

vs. the Real copy. The box was not shrink wrapped, but all of the items inside were.

The pirated copy had strange little plastic covers on all the DVD's

The Real copy does not

This is center of the DVD case on the pirated copy. The DVD case came looking worn and damaged.

Vs. the Real copy: The DVD case was shrink wrapped and brand new looking. Plus a much better print job.

Pirated copy: All of the materials have an inferior print quality.

Vs. Real copy

Pirated copy: It's truly amazing how terrible the guide books are duplicated. They are filled with typos.

Vs. the Real copy: Good thing the editors at Beachbody completed HS. ;)

My real copy came not only with 2 bonus workouts (located on the "How to Bring It" intro DVD), but also this free "One on One" workout sample.

Going along with how the pirated copy's materials are inferior in quality. The pirated copies feel more like magazines. When I picked up the real copy's guide books I immediately noticed a difference. They are actual paperback books and feel heavier. The print job in them is even, professional, and well edited.

And just an FYI- P90X is not the only Beachbody product that has been boot-legged. It's always best to buy from the source. In general, you get what you pay for. Sometimes spending more is an investment, and can even save you money in the long run.

Or any of their other great programs. I am a Independent Beachbody Coach and an authorized distributor of their products. To see my official Beachbody Site click here.


  1. I wish I would have read your post sooner. I went to Las Vegas with my wife and bought several "insanity" sets of dvds. They looked real to me so I bought them. I then sold them on amazon. I never even thought about piracy because of how they looked. I joined BeachBody as a coach and found out how bad the problem is and immediately issued a refund to the people who bought the dvds. Now I am worried about getting in trouble for selling the dvds that I didnt know were fakes. Im sick to my stomach and dont know what to do.

  2. well done with this piece, probably the best example of real p90x vs fake p90x i have seen

  3. Thanks for posting this. I bought a P90X set from a seller on amazon and couldn't get it to work on computer, DVD player, or Playstation. Now I know it's a fake. Mine looks exactly like the fake one in your pics.

  4. I've recently seen this on telly and I'm very tempted. Did it work for you? Did you see results?
    P90X Review

    1. Yes, I completed P90X after my 2nd baby and was able to get my body back. I gained strength and tone. Tony makes it fun. It can be a little time consuming, but you will get results. Beachbody has some other great options for people more strapped for time. For example, T25 with Sean T. Check out all the programs at

  5. Ironic that the dvd has a giant triangle on it....seeing how the p90 coach thing is just a giant pyramid scheme, lol.

  6. You mean the play button? The saying for P90X is "Just Push Play" which is meant for inspiration and to push your yourself to your goals. While yes, Beachbody is an MLM company there is no other MLM company that GIVES you paying customers. That then makes is Network marketing.


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