Tony Horton (personal trainer)

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Tony Horton
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Born Anthony Sawyer Horton Jr.
(1958-07-02) July 2, 1958 (age 56) [1]
Westerly, Rhode Island
Nationality American
Other names Tony Sawyer Horton
Alma mater University of Rhode Island
Occupation Personal trainer
Known for P90X
Home town Trumbull, Connecticut
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

Tony Horton is a personal trainer, author and former actor best known as the creator and star of P90X.

Early life[edit]

Horton grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut as a self-described "98-pound weakling" with a speech impediment[2] Horton became interested in fitness when he took a weightlifting class while attending the University of Rhode Island.[2] He moved to California where he worked various jobs, including one as a 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 - Howard Martin (as Tony Sawyer Horton) - 1998
  • P90X (Power 90 Extreme) - Himself (as Tony Sawyer Horton) - 2004
  • The Gymnast - Chad - 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]