Q: What is P90X?
A: P90X is a 90 day Home Workout Program that will get you ripped and toned! Josh ended up losing 25lbs and 10% body fat in 90 days, and I lost 15lbs and about 8% body fat in my first 90 days as well. To learn more about P90X, click here.
Q: How important is proper form?
A: Form is extremely important if you want to maximize your results! Always pay close attention to how the instructors of the program are doing each exercise.
Q: I’m skinny and want to gain mass. Should I follow the regular P90X workouts or make some adjustments?
A: If you’re looking to gain mass, you will need to focus on 8-10 reps, but also make sure you’re taking in enough calories and carbs as well. Josh will also tell you that the timing of post workout supplements and nutrition are crucial to your success in gaining mass.
Q: Can I add in some extra lifting on top of P90X?
A: If you’re looking to lose weight/body fat and get ripped, you need to follow the program strictly, at least for the first round. Once you shift goals to gain some mass, then you can start adding in some additional heavy resistance training.
Q: I don’t really enjoy Yoga. Can I substitute it with something else?
A: Yoga is a very important part of the program and has a ton of benefits. It increases core strength, flexibility, and balance. I highly recommend that you complete Yoga!
Q: I’m really struggling with Ab Ripper X. What should I do?
A: The most important thing is that you complete all the reps, even if you have to pause it many times. However, you need to make sure you push yourself as well.
Q: When doing Ab Ripper X, I feel it more in my lower back and upper legs. Is this normal?
A: Ab Ripper X works the entire core, not just the abs! It’s very common to feel it in your lower back and upper legs, especially when first starting the program.
Q: Can I do Ab Ripper X later in the evening, or do I have to do it right after the workout?
A: I will occasionally do ARX right before the workout instead of after because I like to get it out of the way. There is nothing wrong with doing it at a different time, just as long as you get the workout in!
Q: What should I do once I finish P90X?
A: You have a number of options after you finish P90X. You could do another round of P90X, or start a new program like P90X Plus, Insanity, RevAbs, Chalean Extreme, etc. I did what Josh did after his first round, and that’s mix P90X and P90X Plus together.
Q: Can I skip the Recovery Week and just continue the regular workouts?
A: The Recovery Week is there to give your muscles a rest from all the activity from the previous 3 weeks, so I recommend that you stick with it.
Q: How long should I wait after round 1 to begin round 2 or another Beachbody program?
A: Really, it’s up to you when you want to start another round! I didn’t even wait a day to start round 2. However, most people take a few days off.
Q: Should I take before and after pictures?
A: Yes! It’s going to be important for you to take before pictures as soon as you start the program so you have something to compare to when you take your after pictures. Take pictures every 30 days.
Q: I’m having a hard time staying motivated. Can you help?
A: I am putting together a complete Motivation section on this site, so you will have something to go to when you are discouraged. Also, feel free to send me an email and I will help get you back on track!
Q: I am really struggling with pull-ups. What do you suggest I do?
A: Don’t get discouraged if you can’t even do 1 unassisted pull-up when you first start the program because I was in the same position. You need to make sure you do the modified versions that Tony shows, which involves a chair. However, you should always try to do some unassisted during each back workout. If you push yourself with the modified versions, you will make progress and eventually be able to do unassisted.
Q: What version of P90X should I do?
A: I recommend the Classic version for everyone, including women, because it contains a balance of both cardio and resistance workouts.
Q: Should I do Doubles when first starting P90X?
A: I don’t recommend starting out with Doubles unless you’re already in pretty good shape. Josh and I didn’t do double workouts until the 3rd phase of our first round.
Q: Did you add in any extra lifting or cardio during your first round of P90X?
A: I did not add in any extra cardio or lifting during Round 1. However, like I said above, I did switch to the Doubles program during the last phase.
Q: I just had a baby and want to get back into shape. What program do you recommend?
A: I had a baby in April, waited 6 weeks, and then started P90X, which is the program that I recommend. You might be very out of shape from the lack of exercise and poor eating habits during your pregnancy, and will probably struggle with the workouts. If you struggle, there are modified versions that you can follow if you can’t do the regular versions. I had to modify most of the exercises during my first round.
Q: I’m training for a marathon. Will it hurt me to run along with P90X?
A: Josh posted information about this on his website, and you can read that post by clicking here.
Q: Should I do the workouts while I’m on vacation?
A: It’s important that you exercise while on vacation, especially if you’re in the middle of your first round. Fortunately, you can pack the DVD’s and resistance bands easily to bring along with you. Many people tend to eat unhealthy and not work out on vacation, which can easily set you back a month or more.
Q: Since I’m a woman, will I gain mass with P90X?
A: No, you shouldn’t worry about gaining mass with P90X. I had the same fear when I started, but focused on high reps with light weights, and just got toned. Also, women don’t have the testosterone levels that guys do, which doesn’t allow us to build muscle like men.
Q: How many reps should I focus on?
A: 12-15 if you’re looking to lean out and 8-10 if you’re looking to add mass.
Q: I’m getting shin splints. Is there anything I can do to stop them from hurting?
A: If you get shin splints, you need to go out and purchase new running shoes that absorb the shock. If the shin splints get too bad, then you need to see a doctor.
Q: Ab Ripper X is becoming too easy for me. Do you know if anything I can do to make the workout tougher?
A: Josh actually created his own advanced ab workout program, but it’s only available to those who have purchased a product from his site or mine. If you have done so, you can email Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org.