Most of you who already know me know that I played baseball back in high school and college, and unfortunately, P90X wasn’t available at the time. It wasn’t until the end of my college baseball career that I discovered P90X and got into the best shape of my life. If you’re an athlete, you know that core strength, leg strength, agility, balance, flexibility, quickness, and speed are all very important for any sport. If you want to excel in your sport, it’s important that you increase each of these qualities, or you won’t be able to stand out against the rest. Now, after going through P90X for 2 years, I am probably the most athletic I have ever been, and I don’t even play a sport anymore. I can run faster, jump higher, am much more flexible, and am stronger than I was when I played college baseball, and know how much better I would have been if I would have known about the program back then. So is P90X good for sports? A profound YES! Why? Let’s break down some of the workouts and how they increase your athletic ability.
Plyometrics. When I first started college baseball, part of our conditioning consisted of plyometrics or jump training. Back then I hated it, and literally dreaded every time we had to do this workout. My legs would be on fire and I couldn’t catch my breath all the time, so it made for an undesireable workout. It wasn’t until P90X that I realized the true importance of Plyometrics. After going through my first round of P90X, I noticed that my agility, speed, quickness, and vertical leap all increased, and that had to do with Plyometrics. Plyometrics, or Plyos for short, is about a 50 minute long workout, in which you jump pretty much the entire time. Because of all the jumping around, you increase leg strength as well as cardiovascular endurance, which are both very important when playing sports. I remember finishing up the first round of P90X and going to the gym to run for the first time since I started. I couldn’t believe that I was able to run 5 miles without getting tired once. If you’re a college coach looking to get your players into shape, you might want to consider P90X just for Plyos alone. However, Plyos isn’t the only workout that will help your players.
Yoga. As much as every guy hates Yoga, this workout is crucial, especially if you play a sport. Yoga increases balance, flexibility, and core strength, all essential to becoming an elite athlete. P90X Yoga is an hour and a half long workout, yes, you heard it right, that will test even the manly mans who have worked out for years. I just did Yoga X yesterday, and there was a pile of sweat on my mat after I finished. If you’re an athlete doing P90X, don’t take Yoga lightly because it can give you an edge on others.
Shoulders & Arms. When I injured my shoulder my freshman year in college, I was put through a rehabilitation program to get it back to normal again. When I did Shoulders & Arms for the first time, I couldn’t believe the resemblance it had to the rehabilitation training. I even feel it was better than the rehabilitation! After my first round, my shoulders were more developed than they have ever been before, which would have helped tremendously with my throwing arm back when I played. If you’re a pitcher looking to develop your throwing arm, you aren’t going to find many better exercises that what you would with Shoulders & Arms.
Legs & Back. Talk about a brutal workout! Every athlete knows that the legs are the most important body part in sports. Before P90X, I never spent time developing my legs. Why? Honestly, I have no idea. I guess I spent too much time focusing on developing the chest more than anything. However, I knew that if I wanted to become an all around fit guy, I needed to focus on every muscle group, and that included the legs. Think about this for a minute. Legs & Back is the only workout that I am sore for 3-4 days afterwards, and I’ve been doing this for 2 years! I now have veins that go through my calves and quads just like I do my biceps and chest. Since I’ve started P90X, my calves and quads have both grown 2 inches. You aren’t going to find many legs workouts that will be more effective than Legs & Back!
I could go on and on about how the other workouts increase your athletic ability, but I don’t want to write a book! Just understand that if you’re a coach looking to get your athletes in shape for the upcoming season, or if you’re an individual looking to increase your athletic ability, you aren’t going to find a better all around program than P90X. There is a reason that professional sports teams are using this program to get into shape!