It’s been almost a month since I have purchased my 40 lbs P90X weighted vest to start using during my workouts, and I have incorporating it into many of the P90X workouts, such as Legs & Back, Back & Biceps, and Chest & Back. I have also been using it for the Brazil Butt Lift workouts, and to say that I have experienced soreness is really an understatement! This weighted vest has really amplified my workouts, and I’m starting to see the results from it. If you’re looking to gain mass with P90X, this is the way to go.
The first time I used the vest was for P90X Chest & Back. With the way the vest is designed, I’m able to take out and put in weights as I please. However, the first workout I decided that I was going to go all out and keep all 40 lbs in the vest, and it really wasn’t the smartest idea. At first I was able to get in quite a few push-ups and pull-ups, but after the first half I had nothing left. I could still rep out some push-ups, but was really limited on the amount of pull-ups I could get. After that workout, I decided that it would be smart to start off with a lower weight and work my way up, so I dropped down to 20 lbs. Right now with the 20 lbs I’ve been getting about 14-16 reps with all the pull-up exercises.
The other day was the first time that I have used the weighted vest for the P90X Legs & Back workout. 3 days later, I can still barely walk! My inner thighs, bum, quads, and calves are still very sore. I had been using extra hand-held weights for some of the workouts before, but the vest really takes the workout to a new level. Some of the exercises that I really felt it with are the Groucho Walks, wall-squats, calf raises, and a few others. With the calf raises, I decided that I was going to wear the 20 lbs vest, but also hold 45 lbs dumbbells in each hand. Talk about a burn! No wonder my calves hurt so bad today.
I thought that Brazil Butt Lift was tough to begin with, but then I tried the “Bum Bum” workout with the weighted vest. Oh man. Not only did it burn the heck out of my legs, but my heart was beating so fast during the workout that I had trouble catching my breath!
If you have hit a plateau and are wondering how to get beyond it, go out and purchase a vest to start using with your workouts. The weighted vest is a great tool to take your P90X workouts to the next level. I have noticed a drastic improvement in all the muscle groups since I have started using the vest, especially the legs, chest, and back. Yesterday I decided to take off the vest and do pull-ups and couldn’t believe how easy it was! It felt like I had gotten much lighter. I guess that’s almost like baseball players using a weighted doughnut for warm-ups before they go to bat, right?
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