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P90X: Classic or Lean?

Tony 1One of the questions that I get all the time is “What version of P90X should I follow?” For those of you who don’t know, there are the 3 diffierent P90X versions: Lean, Classic, and Doubles. No, they’re not 3 separate programs, they’re 3 different ways to follow the P90X workouts. You just purchase P90X and then you can choose which version to follow once you get it. Below I’m going to take you through each version and explain what I like and don’t like about it.

P90X Lean. Most women like to take on the Lean version of P90X because it doesn’t involve much resistance training. The Lean involves mostly cardio workouts and some core training. For some reason, women are afraid that if they follow the Classic version that they will get big, disgusting, and look like a man! For all you women out there that are fearing this, and I know some of you reading this are, there is NO need to worry! Women actually have less testosterone than men (of course), which doesn’t allow them to develop as much muscle. So, the Lean version is a good version, especially if you’re a cardio junky.

P90X Classic. This is the version that I recommend the most to both men and women. Why? It involves a balance of cardio and resistance training, which allows you to both build muscle and burn fat. There are many reasons why building muscle is important, even for women, including the fact that it increases your metabolism. You all know that the quicker the metabolism, the more fat and weight you will lose. Both Melinda and I started off with the Classic version and got excellent results with it.

P90X Doubles. This is for you crazy people. During my first round of P90X, I went through the Classic version for the first two months, and then switched to Doubles for the last month. I wanted to lose more weight and body fat at a quicker rate, so I decided to do the Doubles version, which involves 2 workouts per day. Yeah, I know, it’s crazy! It involves doing a cardio in the morning (Cardio X) and then a resistance workout in the afternoon. However, I have to warn you that Doubles is TOUGH! You really have to be careful because you can easily over-train, which is something that you don’t want to experience. You will be wore out, tired, irritable, for a few days. Make sure you adjust your diet accordingly to compensate for the extra workout.

There are 3 different P90X versions, and which version you follow is completely up to you, but I recommend that you start off with the Classic version!

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  1. That is exactly what I found w/ doubles. I was too tired.. especially nearing the end of the week. Since then I have found substituting more intense workouts for the less intense ones work best for me. Instead of Kenpo I usually do another day of Plyo and so forth.

  2. Jackson Carroll /

    Hey I’m a college student living in the dorms. Sticking to the diet is a freaking nightmare eating off the dorm food, but I’m managing to do an okay job. Fitness is a hobby of mine, so I was in good shape before I started p90x, but holy cow, this is some good stuff. I just passed day 30, getting into phase two woohoo. You earned some awesome results, Josh.

  3. @Jackson. Thanks man! Just commit to the diet as best as you can. Also, have you made me your coach yet? If not, you can do so by going to this link:

  4. Brittney /

    I’ve nearly completed 2 months of program (month 1 Lean, month 2 Doubles). I intended to stick with Doubles for month 3, however I’m completely exhausted! I have a new baby, so sleep is limited and I have no option other than to deal. I’m 4 lbs from my pre-baby weight… but in reality I’m 9 lbs from where I’d actually like to be.

    Should I tough it out… or maybe switch over to the Classic version? I want the cardio for promotion of weight loss… but want the weight training for definition and tone.

    BTW: I haven’t started the Nutrition Plan yet, but intend to with the start of month 3.


  5. @Brittney. You’re doing Doubles with a new baby!? WHOA! I have to give you mad credit because I know how tough it is with a newborn. If I were you I would cut back a little and follow the Classic version. If you do that and follow the diet, you will lose the rest of that weight in no time! Let me know if you have other questions.

  6. Brittney /

    Hey again,
    Just wanted to let you know that as of 11/19 I met my first weight loss goal! I lost a total of 12 lbs, 3″ from my waist, 3″ from my hips, and 2.5″ from my thighs… completely unexpected and I’m thrilled!

    I’ve set a new goal of 6-9 lbs and will begin a new round of P90X this Sunday. I plan to jump right in with Doubles again and will commit to the nutrition plan. To be perfectly honest, I’m totally intimidated by the nutrition plan… so I’m going to make you my coach as I’m anticipating needing some serious support.

    Just wanted to let you know about my progress and thanks for the advice 🙂

  7. @Brittney. AWESOME! I bet you feel great about your progress! Don’t be intimidated by the Nutrition Guide because you can make adjustments to it. If you head over to the Q&A section, you will find out how exactly I followed the NG without eating the exact foods that were listed. Let me know when you have any questions!

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