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Modify P90X

modify p90xThere are quite a few people who begin P90X very out of shape, and the one thing that they worry about is that the program is going to be too intense for their current fitness level. They might go through the first workout, P90X Chest and Back, and only make it half way through, or maybe can’t even do half of the reps for Ab Ripper X. The one thing that you have to understand is that there are many ways to modify P90X, and in fact, I encourage you to do so. Nobody can start off P90X keeping up with Mr. Tony Horton, and if you can, kudos to you.

You’d probably be excited to hear that even I had to modify P90X when I was going through my first round. During the first week, there was no way I was going to be able to keep up with Tony or do nearly the amount of reps as him. I even remember the first time going through Plyometrics, which was absolute hell! I had to pause it many times to catch my breath. I was so exhausted towards the end of the workout that my form fell apart, and I had to modify to get through the rest.

There are a few key points you have to remember regarding how to modify P90X.

(1) Make sure you use listen to and watch Tony regarding the proper form to use for the modifications. It’s OK to modify, but if you don’t do it properly, you won’t make the progress you want.

(2) Always complete each rep, even if you have to pause it 20 times. If it takes you 30 minutes to complete Ab Ripper X, then so be it.

(3) Always push yourself and attempt to the do the regular versions every time you do a workout. If you’re doing the modified versions for the pull-ups with a chair, make sure you attempt the unassisted version before you move to the modified during each workout.

(4) Be patient! It’s going to take you some time to move away from the modified versions, so make sure you stay patient.

Remember, there is nothing wrong if you have to modify P90X. Just make sure you’re doing it properly! Don’t be embarrassed because practically everyone has to modify in some way or another when going through their first round. Make sure you check out my P90X Review.


  1. Anthony /

    Man, this article is the truth. First time I did Yoga I had to modify my Vinyasa for a majority of the routine. My arms and chest chest were soooo gassed from the first few workouts. I did Cobra instead of Upward Dog, glad I did because there’s no way I would have made it that entire hour and a half. Towards the end of the first half I had to do my Vinyasa from my knees to keep a good form.

    Today was Legs and Back, and I already feel myself doing Ab Ripper X at a higher level than the first day.

  2. This is a very helpful article because I just started with P90X. Its so difficult to keep up with my weight. Do you recommend me to modify P90X or lose some weight first before working with P90X? My weight 208 and I am a 5.5 Feet.

  3. @Asad. Modify.

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