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Q: What is P90X?

A: P90X is a 90 day home fitness program that will get you into excellent shape if you commit to both the diet and workouts! It’s the program that I have been using since March of 2008 that has gotten me into the best shape of my life! Check out my P90X Review.

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. If you’re looking to maintain your mass, I recommend a P90X Insanity Hybrid.

Q: What programs have you used?

A: I’ve used P90X, Insanity, Insanity Asylum, One on One, Brazil Butt Lift, Turbofire, and P90X Plus.

Q: I don’t really enjoy the Yoga workout. 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.

QIs 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.

QI 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: I used to get shin splints in the past when I played baseball, and usually it was because I didn’t have good 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 inflammation. 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 and lose body fat. This version is very popular among the men, but many women enjoy it as well. The Lean version focuses mostly on cardio, and is popular among the women. Doubles is for all the crazy people who can’t get enough exercise! It involves doing an extra cardio workout on resistance days. I did doubles during the last phase of my first round in order to burn that last bit of body fat.

Q: Should I do Doubles?

A: I followed the Classic version for the first two months and then switched to Doubles for the last month. Doubles is very demanding on the body, and it’s very important that you take in the proper pre and post workout nutrition.

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 have coached many women through the P90X Classic version who have gotten great results. My fiance is one of them.

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. Also, make sure you read the positive thinking posts in the “Motivation” section.

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: Read this post: “Should I Work Out When I’m Sick?