Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cut P90X Down To Size

I've said this once, I've said it about a bizillion times, P90X is too hard.

But you saw the infomercial and want to get in shape so badly, so you purchased the program and it has arrived at your home. Well, you have three choices, you can 1) Open it, realized it's really hard and never look at it again 2) Jump in to the program full throttle, then either hurt or exhaust yourself after 30 days and abandon it. OR you can do the smart thing and 3) Cut it down to size.
(My suggestions are in bold.)

P90X Classic

Weeks 1-3, 9-11
Day 1: Chest & Back (~60 min), Ab Ripper X (~10 minutes)
Cut down: do 30 minutes: stop at the final exercise of the first round, Back Flys. Weeks 1-3, skip Ab Ripper, weeks 9-11, do it.

Day 2: Plyometrics (~60 minutes) Cut down: Weeks 1-3: do 30 of DVD, Weeks 9-11: do full DVD.

Day 3: Shoulders & Arms (~60 min), Ab Ripper X (~10 min) Cut down: do 30 minutes of Shoulders & Arms, stop after Upright rows. Weeks 1-3, skip Ab Ripper, Weeks 9-11, do it.

Day 4: Yoga X (~92 minutes) Cut down: Weeks 1-3, do it for 30 minutes, weeks 9-11, do it for 60.

Day 5: Legs & Back (~60 minutes), Ab Ripper X (~10 minutes) Cut down: do 30 minutes of Legs & Back, stop after Switch Grip Pull-Ups. Weeks 1-3, skip Ab Ripper, weeks 9-11, do it.

Day 6: Kenpo X (~55 minutes) Cut down: Weeks 1-3: do for 30 minutes, weeks 9-11, do full DVD.

Day 7: Rest or X Stretch Cut down: Same


Weeks 4,8,13
Day 1: Yoga X (~92 minutes) Cut down: do for 30 minutes

Day 2: Core Synergistics (~58 minutes) Cut down: do for 30 minutes, stop after Prison Cell Push-Ups

Day 3: Kenpo X (~55 minutes) Cut down: Do full DVD or other cardio for 60 minutes

Day 4: X Stretch Cut down: Same

Day 5: Core Synergistics (~58 minutes) Cut down: do for 30 minutes, stop after Prison Cell Push-Ups

Day 6: Yoga X (~92 minutes) Cut down: Do for 30 minutes

Day 7: Rest or Stretch Cut down: Same

Weeks 5-7, 10-12
Day 1: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps (~60 minutes), Ab Ripper X (~10 minutes) Cut down: do for 30 minutes, stop after Lying Triceps Extensions. Do Ab Ripper X.

Day 2: Plyometrics (~60 minutes) Cut down: Do full DVD or other cardio for 60 minutes

Day 3: Back & Biceps (~60 minutes), Ab Ripper X (10 minutes) Cut down: do 30 minutes of DVD, stop after Static Arm Curls, do Ab Ripper X

Day 4: Yoga X (~90 minutes) Cut down: Do it for 60 minutes

Day 5: Legs & Back (~60 minutes), Ab Ripper X (10 minutes) Cut it down: do Legs and Back for 30 minutes, stop after Switch Grip Pull Ups, do Ab Ripper.

Day 6: Kenpo X (~60 minutes) Cut down: do DVD or other cardio for 60 minutes

Day 7: Rest or X Stretch Cut down: same

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It's not too late to dust off your P90X program and get in better shape. Just be smart about it!
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