Quite often I have people email me and tell me that some of the P90X exercises are just too easy. This is pretty funny to me because when I first started the program, every single workout kicked my rear, and I had to pause it many, many times just to complete it! However, as I finished my first round and even towards the end of the first round I noticed that some of the workouts became pretty easy for me, such as Plyometrics, Kenpo, and Cardio X. I knew that if I wanted to continue to “confuse” the muscles and see results, I need to make some adjustments to spice up my P90X routine! Below are some things that you can do to add in more intensity with P90X.
(1) Create a P90X/Insanity Hybrid program. The workouts that became too easy for me were the cardio workouts, and I knew that I needed to add in something that would increase the intensity and allow me to push myself. That’s when I decided to purchase Insanity and mix in those workouts with P90X. I wanted to make sure that I still had a balance of resistance and cardio workouts, so I just replaced all the regular P90X cardio workouts with the Insanity workouts. I actually created a P90X/Insanity Hybrid program, and just click here to see it.
(2) Add in a weighted vest. Now this is a little more advanced and you really have to be in good shape to be able to get through the workouts with a weighted vest. A few months back I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods and purchased a 40 lbs adjustable weighted vest to incorporate into my P90X routine. I liked this one because I could take weights out and put them back in if I desired. This vest has helped me add on some mass to my chest, back, and legs.
(3) Move at a faster pace than Tony and the crew. In Kenpo, for example, I feel that there is a lot of “down time” where you’re not really doing much. Plus, the pace that they move at isn’t lightning speed! What I did towards the end of my first round to increase the intensity was do the moves around 1.5-2 times the speed that Tony was. This increased my heart rate allowing me to burn more calories.
(4) Add in ankle weights to Ab Ripper X. You all know that in order to increase the size of your muscles, you must do resistance training, and the same thing goes for your abs. If Ab Ripper X has become too easy for you, then add in 2.5-5 lbs ankle weights into the routine. You will find that you will be sore once again!
Now you all know some ways to increase the intensity with P90X. If you haven’t tried P90X yet, and are interested in learning more about it, click below!