In the order of importance with the P90X program, you have: (1) Commitment to the diet. As I tell all the people that I coach over and over again, the diet makes up 80% of your results. If you can’t commit to the diet, forget about getting ripped. (2) Commitment to the workouts. The P90X system requires you to workout 6 days a week, and the workouts aren’t easy either. There is no going around it, you have to complete the workouts to build muscle and burn fat. (3) Mental toughness. This is what seperates the people who get great results from the people who get absoutely stunning results, and is what I’m going to focus on in this post.
Everything about P90X is mental, whether it’s with the diet or workouts, but mental toughness is one thing that most people don’t have or quite understand. Why have I been so successful with P90X and the P90X coaching business? The word “can’t” isn’t in my vocabulary. Let’s start with the diet. When I first started the program, do you think I wanted to completely change the way I ate, eliminating ALL junk food? Heck no, but I did. I knew that I had to in order to get amazing results! There were countless times during my first round (and something I still face to this day) that people have either made fun of the way I ate or tempted me to eat something that wasn’t good for me, but instead of giving in, I stayed mentally strong and committed. The problem is that most people are weak and can’t commit to the diet. This is why the majority of the people fail to get great results. If you want to succeed with P90X, stay mentally strong with the diet.
The workouts are very tough, and there will be many times that you just don’t feel like working out, but if you’re out looking for extreme results, it takes extreme dedication. You have to be mentally strong to be able to complete every single workout for the entire 90 days. I can’t tell you how many times that I got home late from work, completely exhausted, but still managed to fit in the workout. Did I want to workout? No. I even remember a few times that I wasn’t able to work out until about midnight or later. Along with completing all the workouts, there is another side of mental toughness that is involved during the workouts, and that’s the ability to push yourself. Most people don’t understand how to push themselves, and stop the exercise way before they should. There is this little voice in the head that says “I can’t,” but in reality you can. This is something that I have learned from my parents growing up, and something I stress to everyone that I coach. Never quit or give up too early. Nothing comes easy, and the workouts definitely aren’t easy, but if you put in hard work and dedication, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will notice greater and faster results than if you just did everything “average.” Never settle for less than your best!
If you struggle staying mentally strong, then talk to me about it, and I can help you out. I will be very straight forward with you, but will tell you exactly what you need to hear. Mental toughness is one of the most important parts of the P90X program, and if you can stay mentally strong, watch out, because you are going to see someone ripped looking back at you in the mirror after 90 days!