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 57)
Westerly, Rhode Island, U.S.
Other names Tony Sawyer Horton
Occupation Personal trainer, author
Known for Creating P90X
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Anthony Sawyer Horton Jr. (born July 2, 1958),[1] known professionally as Tony Horton, 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]

Tony Horton was one of three children born in Westerly, Rhode Island to Anthony Sawyer Horton (Sr.) and Jean (née Gencarelli) Horton,[2] and was raised in Trumbull, Connecticut. He has two sisters. His family is Roman Catholic.[3] He was a self-described "98-pound weakling" with a speech impediment.[4] By the time he was 10 years old, his family had moved more than five times. His father served three years in the Army as a 1st Lieutenant, and the the family was stationed at various bases around the U.S. His father was a minor league baseball player, golfer and yachter. Tony Horton became interested in fitness when he took a weightlifting class while attending the University of Rhode Island and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. After graduation, he moved to Southern California and worked various jobs, including as a stand-up comedian and gofer for 20th Century Fox.[4]


Horton became[when?] a personal trainer to an executive at 20th Century Fox, working out of his garage and charging $20 per lesson. His clientele grew, eventually including Tom Petty, Billy Idol and Annie Lennox.[4]

He did some improv and worked as an actor.[5] He appeared in the Thighmaster infomercial[6] and a spokesperson for NordicTrack.[5] He 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 went on to create variations of P90X, such as P90X2 and P90X3.[citation needed]


  • Rebecca's Secret (TV movie) - Howard Martin (as Tony Sawyer Horton) - 1998
  • Power 90 - himself - 2001
  • 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)[7][8]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Jean (née Gencarelli) Horton obituary,; accessed July 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Anthony Sawyer Horton (Sr.) obituary,; accessed July 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Profile,; accessed July 7, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Q&A with P90X Creator and Fitness Guru Tony Horton". August 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "P90X The All-Star Workout Video - ABC News2.mp4". YouTube. December 4, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Profile,; accessed July 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Profile,, January 31, 2014; accessed July 7, 2015.