I actually got a comment the other day about how there was no information for women going through the P90X program. I have also gotten a lot of questions in the past about whether or not this program is good for women. I figured that this would be a good time to address those questions and concerns. So is P90X for women?
First of all, P90X is just as good for women as it is for men. Even though the majority of the people I coach are men, there are still many women, and most of them have gotten great results! To the left are P90X before and after pictures of a woman that I coached named Jenn. As you can see, she lost a ton of body fat around the midesection, and beyond popular belief, she did not bulk up! For some reason, many women are hesitant to begin P90X because of the fear of “getting too manly.” Well, I can put all your minds at ease because I have not coached one woman who turned into a man after P90X! Jenn toned up her whole body and reached all her goals from doing P90X.
What version of P90X should women follow? As you all know, there are 3 versions of P90X: Classic, Lean, and Doubles. Most men tackle the Classic version head on, and most women lean towards the Lean version (no pun intended), again, because of the fear of bulking up. The Lean version is mainly cardio workouts. So what do I recommend for women? The Classic version. Why? Well, first of all, I am a big believer in a complete balance of cardio and resistance workouts. Resistance workouts speed up your metabolism for 48 hours after you work out, helping you burn more calories throughout the day, therefore leading to weight and fat loss. Is there proof that P90X Classic works for women? Of course! Just look at the photos above! Also, my fiance went through the Classic version and lost 16 lbs and close to 7% body fat.
What are some key tips for women going through P90X? The first tip is to focus on higher reps (12-15) with lower weights during the resistance workouts. Higher reps are more for toning, while lower reps are more for bulking. Again, most men use higher weights and do lower reps to add on some mass. Women want to tone that bum bum, arms, and midsection, so it’s important to focus on higher reps. If you don’t have access to small weights (my fiance used 2 lbs to 20 lbs), then I highly recommend the resistance bands. You don’t need the complete set, just the P90X Bands for Women.
Tip #2: Don’t try to do too much! This is a little misleading, so I have to clarify. This DOES NOT mean to not push yourself, because it’s very important that you push yourself beyond your comfort zone, or the point where you think the exercise is getting too hard to continue. What I mean is that most women initially struggle with pull-ups and push-ups, so instead of only getting in 1-2 reps the normal way, do the modified versions of the exercise so that you can do more reps. My fiance had to do the modified versions for both push-ups and pull-ups for about the first 2 months into P90X.
Tip #3: Focus on a healthy diet! As I tell all the people that I coach, if you want results you have to follow a healthy diet plan, and the Nutrition Guide is a good place to look. The first phase in the Nutrition Guide focuses on fat loss by lowering the carbs. My fiance actually followed the Fat Shredder Phase during the majority of her 90 days. She felt comfortable with the amount of carbs that she was taking in, so I advised her to stay on it until she felt she was getting low on energy, which didn’t happen until the last few weeks.
So is P90X for women? Yes! If you stay committed to the diet and focus on the other tips that I gave above, you will see results!