3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use P90X to Get Ripped
Jul 29th, 2012
Since its release in 2004, P90X has been purchased by millions of individuals looking to get lean and ripped from the comfort of their own living room or basement.
Without question, nearly a decade after the inception of Tony Horton’s brain child, the terms “P90X” and “get ripped” are now synonymous with one another.
I’m not here to debate the fat burning effectiveness of P90X workouts.
In fact, if one were to follow the P90X system exactly as described for three full months, I’m confident they’d achieve dramatic results.
The operative word, “if”, in the sentence above is a crucial one. Not just for the P90X program, but for any body transformation system.
It doesn’t matter how effective a program is for improving the composition of the body if those who purchase it aren’t able to use it as it’s intended to be used.
Let’s not beat around the bush… Getting ripped isn’t easy. I don’t care what program you’re following!
As someone who’s transformed their body from fat to ripped on two different occasions over the past 5 years, I know full well the kind of hard work and discipline that goes into such a dramatic transformation of the body’s composition.
If you aren’t willing to follow a disciplined diet, and dedicate 4-5 hours per week to exercise, you aren’t going to be able to get ripped – with Insanity, P90X, or any other system.
Before going any further I need to be fair and say that I’ve never personally used P90X.
But I have interviewed several friends and acquaintances who’ve used it and believe I’ve gleaned enough insight to pass a certain level of judgement regarding this popular system.
You can read about one such encounter with a friend by clicking here.
Besides the fact that I’ve developed my own body transformation program that I believe in 100%, because I’ve personally used it to transform my physique (twice), I want to share 3 other reasons why I will never suggest P90X as the best solution for getting ripped.
Reason #1: P90X Workouts are Unnecessarily Difficult
I remember at least three conversations I’ve had with those getting started with P90X in which they’ve told me the fitness test had them close to passing out and they didn’t know how they’d ever get to the point of completing a full workout.
Then they’d get into the actual workouts and it wasn’t any better. They left the workouts feeling beat down and were so sore that they could barely start the next day’s workout.
This scenario would continue day in and day out. While the soreness would eventually subside, the daily training intensity required of them was extreme.
Anyone that’s trained for any length of time knows that there are some days when you just don’t have it. By “it” I mean the motivation to put forth 100% effort and intensity into your training.
Weight training at least gives you some flexibility by allowing you to rest longer in between sets on days when you just aren’t feeling up to going at it full force.
The problem this poses is that it causes those using P90X to skip workouts with greater regularity. Instead of doing a toned down workout, they skip their training altogether.
Besides, you don’t need to kill yourself for a full hour 6 days a week to get ripped.
You need to make smarter nutrition choices and implement a system of progressive overload and fat burning cardio to reduce your body fat while building and developing your muscles.
You also don’t need to be doing a bunch of awkward jumps and pushup/pullup variations.
There’s already enough injury risk associated with weight lifting and resistance training.
There’s no reason to compound that risk with high impact plyometric exercises and other movements that place additional strain on your joints and force them out of their natural ranges of motion.
There’s nothing that P90X offers in terms of getting ripped that can’t be achieved with good ole fashion weight lifting, cardio and proper nutrition implements.
Reason #2: P90X is Too Time Consuming
Time is a valuable resource. It’s a resource that has no acceptable substitute and it’s one that we can never get back.
The time commitment required to transform the composition of the body is the biggest reservation people have before deciding to commit to following a bodybuilding or fitness program.
If followed to the letter, P90X requires roughly six days of one-hour workouts each week. That’s a commitment of six hours per week and only one day completely off from training.
You don’t need to work that hard and long to get ripped. I know because I’ve done it twice.
Four one-hour workouts per week with the right nutrition plan is sufficient for transforming the body. Why spend more time than you have to for the same end result?
Reason #3: P90X is Not a Long-Term Fitness Solution
The average person wanting to get fit and healthy simply isn’t willing to put themselves through six grueling hours of training each week for very long – even if the results are there.
Even if they stick it out for 90 days and get the fantastic results P90X promises, it isn’t feasible to expect anyone to be able to maintain the high level of motivation and dedication required to continue with it for much longer than that.
This is a huge problem!
Nobody wants to improve their physique only to lose their hard-earned results a few weeks or months down the road.
As I spend several pages explaining in my book, Ripped Out, being fit and having a body you can be proud of shouldn’t be some temporary endeavor, but a lifelong commitment.
P90X may be a solid temporary solution for transforming the body, but it isn’t a system that can be relied upon over the long-term.
As a said in the introduction to this article, I’ve never used P90X, but I’ve done my best to give it a fair assessment based on what I’ve gathered during a number of conversations with those who have used it.
If you feel that I’ve misrepresented this system in any way, or have other problems with P90X that you’d like to add, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to leave me a comment below.
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