Tony Horton (personal trainer)

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Tony Horton
Tony Horton and fans.jpg
Horton in 2010
Born Anthony Sawyer Horton Jr.
(1958-07-02) July 2, 1958 (age 56)
Westerly, Rhode Island, United States
Other names Tony Sawyer Horton
Occupation Personal trainer, author, actor
Known for Creating P90X
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Anthony Sawyer "Tony" Horton Jr. (born July 2, 1958)[1] is an American personal trainer, author, and former actor. He is best known as the creator of the commercial home exercise regimen P90X.

Early life[edit]

Horton was born in Westerly, Rhode Island. He grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut as a self-described "98-pound weakling" with a speech impediment.[2] By the time he was 10 years old, his family had already moved over five times. His father served three years in the ROTC, so they were stationed at various bases around the United States. Horton became interested in fitness when he took a weightlifting class while attending the University of Rhode Island and was member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.[2] He moved to California and worked various jobs, including as a stand-up comedian and gofer for 20th Century Fox.


Horton became a personal trainer to an executive at 20th Century Fox, working out of his garage and charging $20 per lesson.[2] His clientele grew, eventually including Tom Petty, Billy Idol and Annie Lennox.[2]

Horton also did improv and worked as an actor.[3] He was also in the Thighmaster infomercial[4] and a spokesperson for NordicTrack.[3]

Horton starred in a number of exercise videos including Power 90. He later created a sequel, P90X—or Power 90 Extreme—which was his breakout hit. He has gone on to create variations of P90X, such as P90X2 and P90X3.



  • Rebecca's Secret (TV Movie) - Howard Martin (as Tony Sawyer Horton) - 1998
  • P90X (Power 90 Extreme) - Himself (as Tony Sawyer Horton) - 2004
  • The Gymnast - Chad - 2006
  • 10 Minute Trainer (TV Movie) - 2006
  • P90X Plus - Himself - 2007
  • P90X2 (Power 90 Extreme 2) - Himself - 2011
  • P90X3 (Power 90 Extreme 3) - Himself - 2013
  • Finding Thin - Himself - 2014
  • P90 - Himself - 2014


  • Bring It! The Revolutionary Fitness Plan for All Levels That Burns Fat, Builds Muscle, and Shreds Inches (Rodale Books, 2011)
  • The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life (HarperWave, 2014)[6][7]