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.