It doesn’t matter how many times I talk about it, there are still many people out there who don’t believe they can go about gaining mass with P90X. After gaining 15 lbs myself over a 3-4 month span following my first round of P90X, I know that it is indeed possible. It just takes some tremendous dedication and some adjustments to both the workouts and the diet. Also, for the past 40 days, I have been helping a buddy of mine gain some mass, and by following my advice and committing himself 100%, he has gained about 7 lbs! He is one of those guys who has always been skinny with a super fast metabolism, and it didn’t matter how hard he tried, nothing could help him gain mass. That is until I started helping him (click here to make me your coach for free). So what do I have him doing?
(1) Cut back on the cardio. When your goal is to strictly gain mass, a lot cardio is your worst enemy. Why? If you’re looking to put on weight and mass, how are you going to do so if you’re doing intense cardio workouts and burning a ton of calories 3-4 times per week? It’s close to impossible. Your goal when gaining mass is to have a caloric surplus, not deficit. What I have him doing right now is about 1 cardio workout per week, and the others are all P90X resistance workouts.
(2) Get to the gym. If you don’t have your own weight room at home, get to the gym once a week. Every Sunday I get a group of guys together and head to the gym to do a heavy resistance training workout. When you’re trying to gain some mass, you need more than body weight resistance workouts. When we head to the gym, we focus on 8-10 reps for exercises such as barbell bench press, dumbbell bench press, dumbbell flys on a balance ball, skull crushers, shoulder press, leg press, etc. We only do this once a week, though, so that we can continue the muscle confusion, which is a crucial part in seeing continuous progress from week to week. The more you mix things up, the more results you will see.
(3) Eat, eat, and eat some more! Like I mentioned about, if you’re trying to go about gaining mass with p90x, you have to take in a ton of calories and have a caloric surplus every day. Right now I have Mike taking in about 4,000 calories per day, and sticking with a fat/carb/protein ratio of 20/60/20. He’s actually following something very similar to Phase 3, Level 3 in the P90X Nutrition Guide. Also, when trying to gain mass with p90x, carbs are your friend. Your body needs fuel all throughout the day so that it won’t burn muscle for energy, and complex carbs are the answer. Last, a common misconception that people have when trying to gain mass is that they can eat whatever they want. This is far from the truth, and it’s very important that you take in healthy foods such as fruits, veggies, complex carbs, and lean proteins. What I have Mike doing is logging what he eats every day into a site called My Fitness Pal, so that he knows he’s on track.
(4) Take in the proper supplements. Supplements play a major role in your results if you’re looking to gain mass with p90x. I have Mike taking the P90X Recovery Drink, creatine monohydrate, a weight gainer, and whey protein every single day. He’s also about to start using Shakeology as a snack to get in the proper vitamins and nutrients. He’s taking a whey protein shake 1-2 times per day: once in the morning and once directly following the workout with his weight gainer (ON Serious Mass). He is mixing his weight gainer with natural apple juice and his creatine as well. Some days he will switch out the whey protein post workout and take the P90X Recovery Drink, which is what I take after every workout.
It is very possible to go about gaining mass with P90X, just as long as you make the proper adjustments that I mentioned above. Remember, though, it takes some serious dedication to both the diet and workouts in order to gain mass. In fact, it’s much harder to gain mass than it is to lose weight.
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