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Muscle Confusion At It’s Best!

I’ve been slacking in the making a post department for the last few days, but I do have a legitimate excuse! Wait, no I don’t, and I’m not going to make any excuse because I don’t believe in them. I have been busy lately, but again, it’s not an excuse. Anyways, enough rambling. Today I did the actual P90X Chest, Shoulders, and Tri’s workout, and the reason I say “actual” is because I have been putting together my own mix of workouts for the past 4-5 months. Sure, they consist of P90X, Insanity, P90X Plus, and One on One moves, but I’m not doing the actual P90X workouts move by move. But today I did, and it was tough! Apparently I had forgotten some of the moves and haven’t done them in a while, so there were a few of them that were pretty tough because it involved some muscle groups that I haven’t worked in a while. When the workout was finished, I felt drained, which is a good thing, and really felt I got in a good workout. On top of that, it reminded me the importance of muscle confusion.

Muscle confusion was something that I really didn’t know too much about before I started P90X. I was one of those guys who loved to work out at the gym, but I literally did the same thing over and over again week by week, working the same muscle group. Yes, I was a gym junkie, but what came out of it was that I got extremely big in the chest and shoulder areas, no abs because my diet was terrible, and no development in my legs or back because I hated working them, along with about zero flexibility. I had developed the major muscle groups, but what about the minor ones? Nope, didn’t work them at all. Luckily, I came across P90X back in March of 2008, thanks to my lack of commitment to a healthy diet and appearances at the gym. My job took over and I just stopped working out, plain and simple, and when you combine that with a terrible diet that consisted of fried foods and desserts, of course I was going to fall out of shape.

One of the things that attracted me to P90X was the muscle confusion that was advertised all over the TV on the P90X infomercials. It made sense to me and that’s why I decided to give it a try. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life, but during the whole 90 days I learned the importance of muscle confusion. When I first started the program I was extremely sore, and I mean so sore to the point where I waddled when I walked and even dreaded picking up a glass of water or even sitting on the toilet (yes, I just went there), and it was because I was working muscles that I never worked before. I was working every muscle in my core, my back for the first time ever, and even my flexibility with the P90X Yoga workout. However, 3 weeks into the program the soreness seemed to pretty much go away, but what’s great about P90X is that it switches up the workouts every 30 days, so that the soreness comes back because you’re working different muscles. I was again sore for another 3 weeks, but then come month 3 and there were a was a whole new set of workouts. What happened is that after 90 days, I literally had gotten into the best shape of my life, losing 25 lbs and about 10% body fat! Sure, the diet played a major role, but so did the muscle confusion.

That was about 3 and a half years ago, and since then my body has been craving more muscle confusion non-stop, wanting to get into better and better shape. I guess I have sort of become addicted to health and fitness! I guess I can’t say addicted, but it has become my passion, and I’m always up to trying to workouts, exercises, etc. Thankfully Beachbody keeps coming out with new programs that allow me to continue the muscle confusion, programs like P90X Plus, One on One, Turbofire, Insanity, Insanity Asylum, and the one that’s about to be released, P90X2. I can’t tell you how excited I am to do P90X2 because I know the effort Beachbody put into developing this program, making it more advanced, allowing us fitness junkies to keep moving our fitness level forward. P90X2 will literally be the most advanced home workout program ever released! In the meantime, I’m going to take a step back and start doing entire P90X and One on One workouts again, helping me continue the muscle confusion.

(P90X2 Pre-Order available now!)

I firmly believe that muscle confusion plays a MAJOR role in how great of shape that you get into, and in my personal opinion, I don’t think you’re going to find a better program out there than P90X! Like I said, it was the program that has changed my life and one that I will ALWAYS recommend to everyone I know and the people I coach. If you want to learn more about P90X, you can check out my P90X Review.


  1. It’s funny when you get back into the “Classic” P90X moves and remember just how much they kick your trash when you’ve been away a while. One more reason to love P90X.

  2. Josh,

    I just finished my second round of P90X, and I want to keep going. The thing is, I’m getting a little bored of the same old workouts. Without having to resort to buying other programs, what would you suggest I incorporate into my routine to make things fresh?


  3. @Dan. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you could think about going with a program like Asylum and come up with a P90X and Asylum hybrid. Other than a new program, there’s not a whole lot you can do.

  4. Michelle /

    Your story is exactly my husband. He’s not in terrible shape, but not the best diet and has been doing the same workout routine since I’ve known him – over 12 years. Any suggestions on how to convince him to do P90X with me when I start it again in January?!

  5. @Michelle. Is he looking to get better results? Or at least does he complain about hitting a plateau?

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