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P90X Doubles

Most of you already know that when I went through the first round of P90X, I did the Classic version for 2 months and then switched to Doubles during the last month. I did that so I could burn fat quicker and reach all my goals by the time my day 90 rolled around. When it was all said and done, I had reached my goal of 7% body fat and ended up losing 25 lbs. Many people are always asking me whether or not they should do the Doubles version of P90X, and I tell them it all depends on their goals and ability to push themselves.

The P90X Doubles version is very demanding on the body. It involves doing a cardio workout (Cardio X) after each resistance workout, and you can do that workout directly following the resistance workout, or wait until later in the day. However, it’s VERY important that you make sure you do the resistance workout first, which is when you need the most energy to get in a good lift. If you do the cardio first, you are more and likely going to have a lack of energy and therefore not be able to push yourself. The most important thing to remember when doing Doubles is that you focus on proper pre and post workout nutrition and supplements. Remember, you’re burning twice as many calories per day by doing the Doubles version, and you need to make sure you make the necessary adjustments to your diet to compensate for the extra cals burned. That means increasing the calories slightly, but you still want to make sure you don’t increase it too much to where you don’t have a caloric deficit at the end of the day. The reason you’re doing Doubles in the first place is to lose weight/fat quicker, so it’s important that you still have a deficit. Also, make sure you take the P90X Recovery Formula after each workout. The Recovery Formula replenishes the body of the carbs lost and also aids in muscle recovery, so it is a must. It’s also important that you take whey protein throughout the day so that you are repairing the muscles properly. If you’re not taking the Recovery Formula, then take whey directly following the workout, along with 30-40g of simple carbs, like natural fruit juice. Also, it’s important to take whey protein in the morning as well.

Remember, Doubles is not for everyone, but for the people who have the ability to really push themselves and are determined to get amazing results. Like I said, it’s very, very hard on the body, and you risk overtraining, which happened to me a few times because I didn’t adjust my diet properly. Believe me, you don’t want to overtrain because it sucks, bad. It knocked me out of commission for a good 3 days. If you think you can handle two workouts a day and are the type of person like I am, very motivated and determined, then Doubles is a great option for you. If you have other questions about doing the P90X Doubles version, contact me or leave a comment.

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149 comments

  1. U know how abb ripper x is every other day could I do abb riper x plus insanitys cardio abbs every other day to get better results

  2. Josh /

    @Alberto. That’s up to you man, but I don’t see an issue with it.

  3. Can I replace yoga with plyometrix I hate. Yoga

  4. Josh /

    @Alberto. Yoga is one of the most beneficial workouts in the program.

  5. i just started p90x phase 2 i did day 1 2 and 3 but yesterday icouldnt do day4 and i cant do it today either should i do day 4 tomorow or start phase 2 week 1 all over 2morrow

  6. Josh /

    @Eduardo. Just do day 4 tomorrow.

  7. Ireland /

    Hey, Josh. Question.
    You said to take the recovery formula after each workout, which will be 2 x a day.
    Do I take the full serving each time (2scoops per cup?
    And also, I noticed you said do resistance training first before the cardio. But I’m looking at my schedule that came with P90X and it says.. Example: Day_1 AM Cardio X; PM Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, ab ripper X”A
    Are you sure I should do resistance? Haha, I certainly don’t want to do anything wrong!

  8. Ireland /

    Are you sure I should do resistance FIRST*

  9. Josh /

    @Ireland. No, take one scoop after each workout. Also, follow the schedule when it comes to the schedule. That’s just the way I prefer it.

  10. Jason /

    Josh,

    I was reading through some of the Q&A’s and I believe you had said you were taking in between 1900 and 2000 calories a day during your first round. You had great results by the way, congrats, and I wanted to kinda follow what you had done. We’re about the same weight, 170, and I was wondering if you stuck in that calorie range during your doubles round, or if you added more to compensate for the extra calories burned? I’m also following the percentages recommended by the nutrition plan, just at a lower calorie count per day.

  11. Jason /

    Per my previous comment, I’m in phase three and looking to burn some abdominal fat that I just can’t get rid of. Thanks for any input! :)

  12. Josh /

    @Jason. I added just a few hundred more calories when I was doing Doubles. If you’re following the diet very closely and having a hard time losing that last bit of fat, there could be a couple of issues: (1) You’re not eating enough. Sometimes people need to boost the cals in order to get out of that plateau, or (2) You’re eating too many carbs. Personally, I have a hard time losing that last bit of body fat if my carbs are high like they are in Phase 3 of the Nutrition Guide.

    Also, have you made me your coach yet? If not, you can do so by going to this link, and I’ll be here to help you through the program: https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free/47458

  13. I got the flue and wasn’t able to do p90x my six pack doesn’t look so good so OS it ok to do the schedule but instead of doing abb ripper x one time every other day could I do it 2 or 3 times every other day

  14. Josh /

    @Alberto. You want to follow the schedule bro. Doing AB Ripper X more than you should is not going to help. The key to getting abs is in the diet.

  15. You know how in the doubles schedule it says AM:cardio x and PM: whatever but it just says plyometrix does that mean I could do plyometrix any time of the day

  16. Josh /

    @Alberto. I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about. Just follow the schedule!

  17. Meds /

    Hey Josh,

    This is phase three for me and for the last 2 weeks i tried the doubles approach..but for some reason i have this feeling like its eating away at my muscles..

    I didnt up the calories cause i thought i have 5 more kilos to go so why not maximise results..i only started creatine along with the process..but i don’t know if im right..but something isn’t the same in the mirror..

    I had my arm workout yesterday and i don’t have the same pump i usually get from it..

    Do you think i should get back to the classic routine? or should i keep this up?

    btw im still using the phase 1 diet plan i didn’t move on to phase 2 till now..I’m only 5 kilos away and all so i thought if im full..

  18. Josh /

    @Meds. Since you’re doing Doubles you’re going to want to increase the calories, maybe even 300-400 per day. Also, am I your coach? If not, make sure you do so by going to this link: https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free/47458

  19. Meds /

    Don’t i wish my man, but apprently i’m only allowed a coach if I’m living in the US. but thanks for the reply anyway, appreciated.

    Now i can increase my calories up to 1800 while breathing easy, just being hesitant about it kept me up for the last 48 hours lol.

  20. Josh,

    I noticed that my arms are not getting bigger and almost seem to have gotten smaller. what could that be from; I do the doubles routine and am in last 30 days. could i be doing to much cardio? I mean I am loosing weight where I need also, but concerned my biceps are not going to be where I want them.

  21. @Todd. Yeah, you might be burning too many calories doing Doubles. Did you adjust your diet accordingly?

  22. Great post.
    I know ill be interested in doubles as I’m still in the first phase. My concern is the
    over training. Did you did you notice any signs of overtraining? What’s a sure way for me to prevent overtraining?

  23. @Josh
    Yes I did so I thought; I have not completely lost the weight I had hoped for in my mid section. So I kept going with the same amount of calories so that I can burn the excess. Could this have caused the my arms to suffer in the process.

  24. @Todd. Yeah, it easily could have because you’re body will target muscle for energy if you don’t take in enough calories.

  25. @Mike. Yeah, I did actually. I found out I wasn’t taking in nearly enough calories, and hit a wall at one point. Signs of overtraining include exhaustion, mood will be affected, and just a feeling of weakness.

  26. @Todd, Ok! so then if I increase my lean protein intake with things such as shakes and bars will that help. or should i include some simple carbs also?

    Alternatively I may need to increase my portions, and make sure I have all the required meals. See i work overnight and it’s hard to keep up with the meal and sleep plan.

  27. @Todd. You have to remind me what the conversation was about because I get a ton of comments on this site a day.

  28. My original post: this was the original convo

    Josh,
    I noticed that my arms are not getting bigger and almost seem to have gotten smaller. what could that be from; I do the doubles routine and am in last 30 days. could i be doing to much cardio? I mean I am loosing weight where I need also, but concerned my biceps are not going to be where I want them.

    @Josh
    Yes I did so I thought; I have not completely lost the weight I had hoped for in my mid section. So I kept going with the same amount of calories so that I can burn the excess. Could this have caused the my arms to suffer in the process.

    Your reply:

    @Todd. Yeah, you might be burning too many calories doing Doubles. Did you adjust your diet accordingly?

    @Todd. Yeah, it easily could have because you’re body will target muscle for energy if you don’t take in enough calories.

  29. @Todd. Yeah, it’s time to start increasing the calories so that you can start building some mass.

  30. Anthony /

    Josh,

    when you did the doubles, did you do them back to back or split the workouts throughout the day, in AM and then PM?

  31. @Anthony. I usually did them back to back to get them out of the way.

  32. dude u said do cardio x after the weights, however the fitness guide says do cardio x in the morning with an empty stomach im thinking of doing doubles in my phase 3 of my p90x im about to finish phase 2 but im confused right now when to do cardio x

  33. @John. I’m just telling you when I did it, and that’s after the workout so that I could get in all my workouts at once. If you want to follow the guide, then follow the guide.

  34. I began phase 2 on wednesday and I am also doing doubles. I follow the guide that SAYS do cardio x in the am of days 1, 3, and 5. Back to back may be very demanding for some people. I like to do cardio x in the AM because i know that i got the “extra” out of the way and it forces me to get the “bulk” workout (the real important one) done at night and im left with no choice. if you tried to reverse them, it might be easier to say, oh im beat, i think ill skip cardio x.

    nooo way.

    Also, im doing insanity’s core cardio and balance in the AM of days 2, 4 and 6.

    Definitely increase your caloric intake. Need a large amount of protein, and a bit more carbohydrates to provide the extra energy for 2 workouts daily.

  35. @Carly. It’s completely up to you when you want to do Cardio X. Some people like doing it before the resistance workouts, some after, it’s all about choice.

  36. Anthony /

    sup josh about to start doubles in a few days. just asking if this is going to get me in the best possible shape i can get in

  37. @Anthony. If you follow the diet and the workouts 100% you should get results! I did. Also, am I your coach?

  38. Josh! I am almost done with my first phase of p90x and I want to do doubles for the last two. I have been doing level 1 of the diet (1800 calories/day). You said to increase caloric intake for doubles, so I was wondering if moving to level 2 of the diet (2400 calories/day) for my next phase would be too much. My muscle gain so far has been good, I’m just looking to burn extra fat. Thanks in advance!

  39. @Brent. Yeah, that should be just about right! Also, have you been taking before and after pictures? And I’m your coach right? Make sure you follow me over on Facebook (www.facebook.com/joshspencerfitness/) and message me over there if you need help with anything!

  40. Stephen /

    Aye Josh! I’m doing P90X Doubles and I’m about to start the second phase (when the “doubles” part kicks into gear). I know I need to increase calories, but how do I go about it? I’ve been doing level 1 of the fat shredder which is around 1800 calories, and if I follow it like it’s laid out, I’d move to level 2 energy booster, still 1800. But I know I need to increase calories, so by how much should I increase? And what food groups should I aim to increase (proteins, carbs, fruits, veggies, or all of them?) to maximize results? Thanks bud! You’re my inspiration!

  41. Thanks man! Also can I ask maybe an approximate number of calories to increase? I am 17 years old, about 5’9 and I weigh 146 pounds. And where should I increase the calories (proteins, veggies, fruits, carbs, or all of them)? I just kinda want a plan on where/by how much I’ll be increasing calories.

  42. @Stephen. Hey brother! I would increase about 400-500 per day since you’re doing Doubles, and keep a balance of fat/carbs/protein so that it doesn’t throw off your ratios. Also, have you made me your coach yet? If not, here’s the link to do so. https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free/47458

  43. @Brent. If you’re doing doubles, increase about 400-500 per day. Also, have you made me your coach yet?

  44. I dont think so, but I’d love to! Where can I do that?

  45. @Brent. Do you already have a Team Beachbody account? If not, just click on this link! https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free/47458

    If you do, let me know.

  46. Chris /

    I’m 17 lbs down through day thirty but my target weight is still 44 lbs away. Is that achievable in 60 days with the doubles addition?

  47. Josh /

    @Chris. Congrats on the 17 lbs loss! I think it’s achievable, but you will have to PUSH HARD and stay committed to the diet and workouts. Also, am I your coach? And make sure you “like” my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/JoshSpencerFitness/

  48. elder /

    Hey Josh could I do abs/core+ and arx

  49. You could if you want!

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