I figured it was about time that I told everybody about how much I enjoy doing the P90X Yoga X workout. When I first started doing P90X I had never done Yoga before.
I have stretched before playing sports but nothing like Yoga. It had never dawned on me to ever do Yoga. It looked silly to begin with and I wondered if I was going to get anything from it.
Rewind back to when I first started doing P90X some and the P90X workout guide said there was going to be Yoga day. Staying true to the P90X workout program I put the P90X DVD in and begun. If you took a quick look at my P90X results you will see that I was pretty skinny to begin with.
Even though I am in better shape now then when I was in high school I was still pretty flexible back then. The “V-Stretch” was the only thing I could pass with flying colors in the “Presidential Fitness Test.” If I remember correctly I could stretch out some 13 inches past my heels.
Going back to my first experience with P90X Yoga X. The first thing that shocked me was how long P90X Yoga X is. The little counter on the bottom said 1 hour and 20 minutes. I guess it is about the same as the other workouts if you add P90X Ab Ripper X to the original workout.
What Poses Do You Do With P90X Yoga X?
I was intrigued at first with all of the different poses. What weirded me out though was that I did P90X Yoga X with one of my friends and it was his first time too. Definitely awkward but funny too. After going through the first sequence of poses which included the “Runners Pose,” “Crescent Pose,” and all of the variations of the “Warrior Poses” I could definitely feel my body stretching out. I started to enjoy the transitioning between the poses. It made for a very fluid routine.
When the “Warrior Poses” were over it was time to move into “Triangle Pose” and “Twisting Triangle.” The hardest yoga moves are next. “Standing Splits” and “Half Moon to Twisting Half Moon” are by far the hardest poses you will do in P90X Yoga X.
You are bending over at the waist with one hand up in the air, one foot straight out pointing backwards, and one hand touching the ground while holding this for about 30 seconds. This move is working on all of those connector muscles through out your whole body. When Tony Horton talks about “Yoga Strength” he is really talking about those two moves. So much emphasis is put on balancing your body which in turns builds your whole body strength.
Its interesting how Tony Horton makes you do these moves first. I believe it is because they are the hardest ones to do in P90X Yoga X and you might as well get them over with first. You then bust out a couple balance postures called “Tree, Royal Dancer, and Standing Leg Extension.” All are pretty tricky postures because you are standing on one leg while holding your ankle or toe straight out for 30 seconds.
After the balance postures it is time to hit the floor. The one stretch I have trouble with is “Crane.” This involves putting your legs on your elbows and trying to keep your toes above the ground. This takes a lot of upper body and ab strength. Even after doing Yoga X for 9 months I can barely keep my toes off the ground for 7 seconds. Its hard. “Frog” is up next. First time I did this it felt like my groin was going to rip out of my leg. It still hurts and occasionally I get a popping sound from that area.
My favorite P90X Yoga X move is the “Plough into Shoulder Stand.” This involves getting your lower body in the air and resting on your shoulders while supporting with your hands. You then take your legs and move them in every direction finishing by bringing them down around your head. Picture bringing your legs all the way up and over your head while your knees are touching your ears. Talk about a back stretch that looks funny as hell.
The “Yoga Belly” part is a quick ab workout. It is very similar to the “Ab Ripper X” routine with a couple more exercises. I still get a burn doing the “Touch The Sky” move. The last couple of stretches are more of a cool down period. My favorite is “Happy Baby”. This is when you grab your ankles or feet and rock back and forth like a baby. This really works on the legs. Tony Horton does do some “Ohhmmms” at the end but for the most part I skip them. By that time my “Chi” has not been interrupted and I am ready to be finished.
What Results Did You Get From P90X Yoga X?
Even after being flexible to begin with I can see that improvements my body has had from doing P90X Yoga X. My golf and softball swing are a lot more fluid. I just feel better all around after doing. My body feels loose and stretched out. All of those in between muscles really got a workout. Its all of those connector muscles that really get worked.
Picture the shoulders, the hamstrings, lower back muscles, groin (don’t want to rip that thing), and abs. I now look forward to P90X Yoga X day. Its like starting over and getting the body ready for the very next intense workout. I felt sore the day after doing Yoga for about a month. Now it just helps me get refreshed mentally and physically.
“I can’t do a lot of pull ups and push ups because I workout on a pull up bar all day. I can do a lot of pull ups and push ups because I do Yoga.” – Tony Horton
Do I Need A Exercise Or Yoga Mat For P90X Yoga X?
The answer to if you need one is up to you and your comfort level. If you workout on hard wood floors then you are probably going to want an exercise mat. No need injuring yourself while trying to do yoga or ab ripper if you do not need too.
I have carpeting in my house so I don’t really need either but I do use an exercise mat when doing P90X Yoga X as I slide a little bit on the carpet. This is due to me building up a sweat and drifting when I am doing the “Warrior Poses.” The exercise mats give me a little bit better friction so I do not slide anywhere. Beachbody’s Jump Mat is what I have and use for yoga along with P90X Plyometrics.
I have a yoga mat and an exercise mat and I prefer using the exercise mat when doing P90X Yoga X. Its heavier which keeps it from moving around. The yoga mats I own are flimsy and started to fray after a dozen uses. For me, the exercise mat works best in my house.
What About Yoga Blocks?
During my first couple rounds of P90X I did not use yoga blocks. Decided to buy them after many of the moves in P90X Yoga X became a little too easy to do.
There are only a couple of poses where you can use them and in most cases its about helping you balance. Those poses include “half moon”, “reverse half moon”, “single hamstring stretch”, and “double hamstring stretch”.
Yoga blocks are not necessary for P90X Yoga and are really only needed if you need some help with the balance poses or wanting to get a deeper stretch.
Doing P90X Yoga X And Other Workouts On The Same Day?
There have been a few times where I have done P90X Yoga X and another workout. Typically I do non Beachbody workouts like swimming, mountain biking, or going for a run. Something about staring at the TV or computer screen for another hour does not really do it for me.
Doing another workout on the same day as yoga was entirely dependent on how much energy I had after yoga. Was not going to do another workout just to workout or to catch up with a program. Scheduling P90X Yoga X in the mornings on days I had softball at night seemed to work out. Enough to get a workout in but not too much to tire me out.
Yoga is great for people with back problems and for athletes. Many professional athletes do Yoga to add years to their playing careers. Yoga is also a great way for older people to stay fit. Many senior citizens muscles are so tight that there bodies start hunching. Yoga keeps this from happening. I highly suggest to anybody looking for a great workout to incorporate P90X Yoga X into their lives.