Q: What is P90X?
A: P90X is a 90 day home fitness program that will get you into excellent shape if you commit to both the diet and workouts! It’s the program that took me from a flabby 218 to a ripped and strong 188 in just 90 days! You can learn more about P90X by clicking here.
Q: Should I do Insanity before P90X?
A: Insanity is a very intense program and is usually taken on by people who have already completed P90X and looking to lose that last bit of fat. Insanity only involves body weight for resistance, and is mostly cardio based. I love Insanity as a way to add variety to the P90X program, but I don’t want to go a whole 63 days without doing resistance workouts. I am currently using 2 Insanity days per week in my Hybrid workout schedule.
Q: What programs have you used?
Q: I don’t really enjoy the Yoga workout. Can I substitute it with something else?
A: Yoga is very beneficial, and I recommend that you complete the workout. It increases balance, core strength, and flexibility. It’s an important workout if you’re looking to take your fitness to the next level.
Q: Is it OK to do Ab Ripper X later in the evening instead of right after my workout?
A: You can do this if you really have to, but I don’t recommend it. By doing it right after your workout, you won’t have to worry about warming up or stretching again.
Q: I’m struggling with Ab Ripper X. Do you have any tips?
A: With Ab Ripper X, make sure you complete all the reps, even if it means you have to pause 20 times! It will get easier and easier each week. Also, it’s important that you make sure you are using proper form for all the exercises.
Q: I just finished P90X, now what should I do?
A: You have many options: (1) You could do another round of P90X. (2) You can move to the next level by purchasing P90X Plus, Turbo Fire, Tony Horton One on One, or Insanity. (3) You can combine P90X Classic with other programs like P90X Plus, One on One, or Insanity (Like I plan to do for my Round 3). I wanted more mass for my round 2 so I did the P90X Maximum Mass Hybrid (See my Round 2 P90X Maximum Mass post for ideas)
Q: I just finished Round 1 of P90X. How long should I wait before jumping into Round 2?
A: I recommend waiting at least a week or two in order to let your muscles completely heal. However, if you feel it’s necessary to work out during that “rest week,” then add in a light resistance day and/or a few cardio days as well.
Q: Should I take pictures of my progress?
A: Yes! It’s important that you take all the necessary photos, preferably on Day 1, Day 30, Day 60, and Day 90. Here are the proper poses: front with hands down, front with hands on hips, front flex, back with hands down, back with hands on hips, back flex, side with hands down.
Q: What version of P90X should I do?
A: There are 3 versions: Classic, Lean, and Doubles. I recommend the Classic version for anyone who is looking to put on some mass and lose body fat. This version is very popular among the men, but many women enjoy it as well. The Lean version focuses mostly on cardio, and is popular among the women. Doubles is for all the crazy people who can’t get enough exercise! It involves doing an extra cardio workout on resistance days.
Q: Should I do Doubles?
A: Doubles is very demanding on the body, and it’s very important that you take in the proper pre and post workout nutrition. If you feel like your body can handle the extra workload, and you are wanting to shed a bit more body fat, give it a try.
Q: I’m a woman, will I gain mass with P90X?
A: This is a common worry that most women have. There is no need to worry because men develop muscle much easier than women. Women who go through the P90X Classic version get toned, lose body fat, and get great results.
Q: I’m having a hard time staying motivated. Can you help?
A: Whenever you’re struggling with anything, make sure you send me an email so I can guide you back on track. Also, make sure you read the positive thinking posts in the “Motivation” section.
Q: How many reps should I do?
A: If you’re looking to get toned, then focus on 12-15 reps, and if you’re looking to gain mass, 8-10 or 6-8 reps is best