Not too long ago I made a post called P90X VS the Gym, but now I want to talk a little bit about how the two can coincide. So yes, it is indeed possible to do P90X and the gym at the same time.
Two Sundays ago, a few buddies of mine decided that we were going to go to the gym just to mix up our workouts a bit. Now remember, I used to lift in the gym every single day while I was in college, and I’m very familiar with the traditional gym exercises that gym rats do. The only problem with doing the same exercises every day is that you easily hit a plateau, and you won’t get beyond it until you switch up either your diet or workouts, or both. That’s the reason I decided to do P90X, because I hit a plateau and had no idea what to do to get out of it. I saw P90X on an infomercial one day, and they talked about the plateau effect, and they mentioned a little something called “muscle confusion.” Muscle confusion does exactly that, confuses the muscles, helping them continue to grow. After P90X changed my life, I knew that muscle confusion worked.
We decided to go to the gym a few weeks ago because I wanted to continue the muscle confusion. I’ve been doing P90X workouts for 3 years now, and even though I still see some results, it’s not nearly as drastic as it used to be because my body has adjusted. Since I haven’t been to the gym and done any real heavy resistance exercises lately, I knew that going to the gym would allow me to get out of this small plateau I’ve been experiencing because it would confuse the heck out of my muscles. That’s exactly what happened. We did a chest and back routine, but it wasn’t P90X Chest & Back, it was a heavy resistance workout that involved exercises such as bench press and dumbbell flys. We focused on heavier weights and did 3 sets of 8-10. After being so sore from the workout, we made a deal that we would work out in the gym once a week every Sunday. We went again yesterday, and my chest and triceps haven’t been this sore in a long time!
So can P90X and the gym work together? Of course, but it’s not something that you should do if you’re just starting P90X. Go through the program exactly how it’s set up to be followed, which includes the diet, and then once you finish the first or second rounds and see the results you want, then you can think about heading back to the gym to start adding in some additional resistance training.
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