Q: Should I do Insanity before P90X?
A: Insanity is a very intense program and is usually taken on by people who have already completed P90X and looking to lose that last bit of fat. Insanity only involves body weight for resistance, and is mostly cardio based.
Q: What programs have you used?
A: I’ve used Power 90, P90X, Insanity, One on One’s, P90X Plus, Chalene Extreme, TurboJam, TurboFire, Slim in 6, RevAbs, and Insanity: Asylum.
Q: I don’t really enjoy the Yoga workout in P90X. Can I substitute it with something else?
A: Yoga is very beneficial, and I recommend that you complete the workout. It increases balance, core strength, and flexibility. It’s an important workout if you’re looking to take your fitness to the next level. Think about it… YogaX is the ONLY workout in every single week of P90X. Somebody thinks its pretty important <cough cough Tony Horton> and he knows much more than we do!
Q: Is it OK to do Ab Ripper X later in the evening instead of right after my workout?
A: You can do this if you really have to, but I don’t recommend it. By doing it right after your workout, you won’t have to worry about warming up or stretching again.
Q: I’m struggling with Ab Ripper X. Do you have any tips?
A: With ARX, make sure you complete all the reps, even if it means you have to pause 20 times! It will get easier and easier each week. Also, it’s important that you make sure you are using proper form for all the exercises.
Q: I just finished P90X, now what should I do?
A: You have many options: (1) You could do another round of P90X. (2) You can move to the next level by purchasing P90X Plus, Chalean Extreme, or Insanity. (3) You can combine P90X Classic with other programs like P90X Plus or Insanity. It will depend on what your next goals are.
Q: I just finished Round 1 of P90X. How long should I wait before jumping into Round 2?
A: I recommend waiting at least a week or two in order to let your muscles completely heal. However, if you feel it’s necessary to work out during that “rest week,” then add in a light resistance day and/or a few cardio days as well.
Q: Should I take pictures of my progress?
A: Yes! It’s important that you take all the necessary photos, preferably on Day 1, Day 30, Day 60, and Day 90. Here are the proper poses: front with hands down, front with hands on hips, front flex, back with hands down, back with hands on hips, back flex, side with hands down.
Q: I’m getting shin splints. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them?
A: Shin splints are usually caused because you don’t have good shoes or the right shoes. Make sure you use shoes with the proper padding so that it lessens the impact. I also used to ice my shins to help with the inflamation. If it gets too bad, then you need to see a doctor.
Q: What version of P90X should I do?
A: There are 3 versions: Classic, Lean, and Doubles. I recommend the Classic version for anyone who is looking to put on some mass or tone up, and lose body fat. This version is very popular among the men, but many women (like me) enjoy it as well. The Lean version focuses mostly on cardio, and is popular among women. Doubles is for all the crazy people who can’t get enough exercise! It involves doing an extra cardio workout on resistance days.
Q: Should I do Doubles?
A: Doubles is very demanding on the body, and it’s very important that you take in the proper pre and post workout nutrition. If you decide that Doubles is for you, I recommend following the Classic version for the first two months and then switch to Doubles for the last month.
Q: I’m a woman, will I gain mass with P90X?
A: This is a common worry that most women have. There is no need to worry because men develop muscle much easier than women. I’ve completed 4 rounds of P90X. I am NOT bulky! I’ve also coached many women through the P90X who have gotten great results.
Q: I’m having a hard time staying motivated. Can you help?
A: Whenever you’re struggling with anything, make sure you send me an email so I can guide you back on track.
Q: How many reps should I do?
A: If you’re looking to get toned, then focus on 12-15 reps, and if you’re looking to gain mass, 8-10 or 6-8 reps is best.
Q: Should I work out when I’m sick?
A: If you are sick with some sort of virus, I highly recommend letting your body rest and recover first before you work out. Especially don’t work out if you are running a fever. You have to remember that when you are sick, your body is trying to fight off that sickness, and you are going to feel very weak. I believe that you need to be close to 100% when you work out so you have that ability to push yourself to the max. If you are sick, it is hard to get in a good work out because of your low energy levels.