Most of the people who begin P90X are doing it because they are overweight and need to lose that excess fat, but then there are those who are skinny and want to gain weight and muscle. The diets and workouts between the two are going to be very different, and in this entry I am going to explain how all you skinny people can become jacked!
High Weight, Low Reps
The first tip I can give you is to use high weights, and do lower reps. For example, let’s say that when doing bicep curls, you can get 15 reps with 30 lbs. You are going to want to increase the weight, maybe to 40 lbs, so that you can only do 6-8 reps.
Eat, Eat, Eat!
Let’s take me, for example. When I first began P90X, I had a goal to lose the fat first and then gain muscle, so I stuck with Phase 1, which is a low carb and high protein diet. I was taking in about 1700 cals/day. For all you skinny people, you are going to want to take in a lot more carbs and a lot more calories! If I was starting out skinny, I would have eaten around 4-5 servings of carbs and taken in about 2600 cals/day. Why? Because the body needs them to build muscle!
Eat LOTS of Protein!
It is important that you take in a lot of protein so the body can repair and rebuild muscle after working out. Taking a whey protein supplement would be very beneficial, and I would recommend taking it 2-3 times a day: once in the morning, once after your workout, and once before bed. Some protein foods are beef jerky, cottage cheese, meats, and beans.
Creatine is an excellent supplement for someone looking to gain a lot of mass! I recommend a loading phase of 10-15 g per day for 7 days, and then level off to 5 g per day for about 3 months. After 3 months, you are going to want to take 1 month off, and then start back up again. I have taken creatine in the past and know it works! For more information on creatine, see my past entries on creatine.
Watch Doing A Lot of Cardio!
Since you are looking to gain mass instead of lose fat, you will have to limit the amount of cardio workouts that you do. It would be good for you to do maybe 2 cardios per week.
If you have any other questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org