Swimming might be my favorite cardio workout. Its no-impact and hard as hell. I cannot think of another workout that has a tagline as good as “treading water”. Get in the pool, lake, or ocean a couple of times a week for an hour and you’re going to start getting into shape in no time. My gym has a pool and its the only reason why I keep the membership.
What About With P90X?
I go to the pool once a week and swim a mile. But when I’m doing a round of P90X I skip the pool and my weekly swim. It’s just too much. And its my opinion that if you’re doing a round of P90X you do all 90 days and cut back on other workouts you do as its the best way to get results.
Isn’t swimming a shoulder and arm workout anyways? I’m pretty sure swimming is a far better workout than Kenpo X. It just is. And swimming is blasting your core. So missing one of three weekly Ab Ripper X sessions might be welcomed.
You could probably cut both of those workouts and go down to five days a week instead of six if you included swimming. That’s still a lot of working out with the other P90X workouts.
Don’t Do P90X & Swim In The Same Day
I was feeling quite good one day. So good in fact that I did Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X and said “lets go for a swim.” I was feeling that good.
Oh, I did all of it. Including the mile swim. But man did I pay the price the next day. And the day after that.
The P90X Recovery Drink helped a little but I could barely walk and my upper body was sore everywhere. With all the chin ups in Legs & Back plus the swimming I was destroyed. Let’s say I won’t do that again. Or at the very least do a half a mile instead of a mile.
Helps Both Ways
If you swim before starting P90X then you’ll be prepared for P90X. If you’ve done a round of P90X and want to get into swimming then you’ll be in much better shape for it.
I took a good two minutes off my mile time the first time I went for a swim after finishing my first round of P90X. That says something about how much it helped.