The P90X workout is pretty intense. What it really is though is a commitment. Its kind of like the Marines commercial where “we don’t accept applications, we only accept commitments.” If you are not ready to embark on this journey to get into better shape than this is not going to workout for you.
I’m going to cover to areas that affect people the most if they can’t finish the P90X workout. There is the time when you’re half way through the P90X workout of the day and are just exhausted. And then there is the time when your life is just getting in the way.
P90X is a life changing workout. If you really get into this workout you will see the results and you will start to realize what your body is truly capable of. When you start out you will struggle with every move that Tony Horton throws at you. I mean who really does push ups and pull ups. I bet if you currently go to a gym and look at the pull up bar in the corner your not going to see anybody on it. The majority of people will be hanging out near the benches or the machines.
After you do P90X you will realize that a lot of your muscle building will have to come from other types of workouts. The reason why most people don’t finish P90X is because they usually workout 3 days a week and P90X demands 6. This forces you to make another 3.5 hours a week available in your schedule for your fitness.
P90X Is Hard Because Most Of The Moves Are New To You
Lets say you are getting started with P90X Legs And Back. The first leg routines are pretty tough. You are doing those lunges and it puts quite a strain on your knee because you have never done this before. You are able to make it through and now its your first time ever trying to do a chin up.
Its pretty intimidating especially if you are doing this by yourself. Its always better to do P90X with a friend but if you must go by yourself just do your best. Get a chair to help you with getting use to the motion of doing a pull up. It might take you a month to do one without a chair and that is fine.
Taking Breaks With P90X Is Ok
Continue on as far as you can go. Don’t feel bad if you have to press pause to catch your breath. The cast on each P90X workout are all in great shape and can keep up. You can’t right now. Most workouts not including the pull ups or chin ups you do anywhere from 8-15 reps if your using weights or 25 reps if its like lunges or squats. Just do as many as you can and with time you will be able to do the full set.
Doing Half Of A P90X Workout Is Better Than Doing Nothing At All
The biggest excuse people have when doing P90X is time as many have an all or nothing approach to P90X. They know its going to take a little over an hour to do and don’t want to get started unless they know they can finish. Life gets in the way and while its best to set aside a designated workout time every day with no distractions it is still hard to come by.
At the same time its better to do 30 minutes of P90X, stop, and do Ab Ripper X then to do nothing at all. I would say that 30 minutes of P90X is the same as most people who go to the gym for 1.5 hours because of the pace that P90X goes at. Its better that you do something then nothing at all. You won’t get the ripped results as fast but who cares. Your body is moving and changing.
What If Your Very Out Of Shape And Overweight?
This goes back to the previous point. Do as much as you can and then stop. There are two ways to approach P90X and this also goes for people who are in shape.
You can either play the entire P90X workout and do as much of each move as you can while missing a exercise or two to catch your breath.
Or you make it a goal to do each move in sequence while pausing and catching your breath until you just cannot do anymore leaving the rest of the workout to do at a future time. These are both things to take into consideration if time is going to be an issue.
Personally, I recommend doing as many reps with good form in order, pausing, catching your breath, and only moving further into the workout as you get stronger. Mornings are usually the best time because nothing in your day has happened yet. It takes awhile to get use to waking up an 1.5 hours earlier but you will feel that much more energized through out your day.
There is no reason to ever give up on P90X. The people at Beachbody made this workout as efficient as possible to do from your home. Think about it this way. You would normally spend 15 minutes driving to and from the gym. Then spend another 5 minutes getting dressed. You think your working out for an hour but you only workout for about 35 minutes because you spend a lot of time waiting for the gym equipment to open up.
So you spend about 1 hour and 35 minutes going to and from the gym for a 35 minute workout. With P90X you are getting 1 hour and 15 minutes of blood pumping good old fashioned working out in the comfort of your home. The P90X results will be showing in your body in no time by going this way. Its just, you and Tony Horton getting at it to get into the best shape of your life.