Workout FAQs

Q: What is P90X?

A: P90X is a 90 day home fitness program that will get you into excellent shape if you commit to both the diet and workouts! It’s the program that took me from a flabby 255 to a totally ripped 215 in just 90 days! You can learn more about P90X by clicking here.

Q: Should I do Insanity before P90X?

A: Insanity is a very intense program and is usually taken on by people who have already completed P90X and looking to lose that last bit of fat. Insanity only involves body weight for resistance, and is mostly cardio based.  I love Insanity as a way to add variety to the P90X program, but I don’t want to go a whole 63 days without doing resistance workouts.  I am currently using 2-3 Insanity days per week in my Hybrid workout schedules, but not doing Insanity all by itself.

Q: What programs have you used?

A: I’ve used P90X, Insanity, P90X2, Asylum, Tony Horton 1-on-1, and P90X Plus, among others.  Read about these and the other great Beachbody programs available in the “Workout Programs” tab.

Q: I don’t really enjoy the Yoga workout. Can I substitute it with something else?

A: Yoga is very beneficial, and I recommend that you complete the workout. It increases balance, core strength, and flexibility. It’s an important workout if you’re looking to take your fitness to the next level.  If, however, you just really can’t stand it, substitute Core Synergistics.  I hate yoga and often sub Core Synergistics myself, but I still try to make myself do the yoga at least a couple times per month on the recovery week to keep myself honest LOL.

QIs it OK to do Ab Ripper X later in the evening instead of right after my workout?

A: Yes, you can do the Ab Ripper X anytime as long as you do it the same day.  You can do it before, immediately after, or at an entirely different time of day.  The key is getting it done!

Q: I’m struggling with Ab Ripper X. Do you have any tips?

A: With ARX, it’s important that you make sure you are using proper form for all the exercises.  Most (inlcuding myself) find it impossible to keep up at first … or even for the first couple months.  That’s fine.  Just do your best.  Maybe that means you do 15 reps while they do 25, and each week you try to add one more rep to it.  Pick a plan that will help you improve each week as your core gets stronger.

Q: I just finished P90X, now what should I do?

A: You have many options: (1) You could do another round of P90X. (2) You can move to the next level by purchasing P90X2 or Insanity. (3) You can combine P90X Classic with other programs like P90X Plus, One on One, or Insanity.  See my Hybrid Schedules for ideas!  Get creative.  Keep it fresh.  And keep it fun!!

QI just finished Round 1 of P90X. How long should I wait before jumping into Round 2?

A: Many will say to wait a week before going into the next round.  I tried this after my first round and it didn’t work well for me.  I felt I was losing momentum and rhythm.  Since the final week of every round is a recovery week, that’s enough for me.  I’ve always gone right back to the next round with no break.  But if you feel your body needs a break for a few days, or even a week, that’s fine.  Then get back at it!

Q: Should I take pictures of my progress?

A: Yes! It’s important that you take all the necessary photos, preferably on Day 1, Day 30, Day 60, and Day 90. Here are the proper poses: front with hands down, front with hands on hips, front flex, back with hands down, back with hands on hips, back flex, side with hands down.  By looking back at those pics, which seem embarrassing at the time, you’ll see the pay off for all the hard work!

Q: What version of P90X should I do?

A: There are 3 versions: Classic, Lean, and Doubles. I recommend the Classic version for anyone who is looking to put on some muscle and strength and lose body fat. This version is very popular among the men, but many women enjoy it as well. The Lean version focuses mostly on cardio, and is popular among the women. Doubles is for all the crazy people who can’t get enough exercise! It involves doing an extra cardio workout on resistance days.

Q: Should I do Doubles?

A: Doubles is very demanding on the body, and it’s very important that you take in the proper pre and post workout nutrition.  If you feel like your body can handle the extra workload, and you are wanting to shed a bit more body fat, give it a try.  Or, you can do what I did – substitute Insanity cardio routines for the P90X cardio, which will definitely up the intensity factor!

Q: I’m a woman, will I gain mass with P90X?

A: This is a common worry that most women have. There is no need to worry because men develop muscle much easier than women. Women  who go through the P90X Classic version get toned, lose body fat, and get great results.

Q: I’m having a hard time staying motivated. Can you help?

A: Motivation is critical to sticking with the program.  You need to plug in, hold yourself accountable, and connect with others.  That’s why I have so many groups available to you.  Be sure you check that out in the “Getting Started Right!” tab, and PLUG IN!!  Also, keep checking in here to be inspired by all the amazing Hall of Fame results, videos, and pics of our teamRIPPED success stories!

Q: How many reps should I do?

A: If you’re looking to get toned, then focus on 12-15 reps, and if you’re looking to gain mass, 8-10 or 6-8 reps is best.

282 comments
duffeymt
duffeymt

I am going to start a hybrid, but was wondering what would be better - the P90X/Insanity or the Body Beast/T25 combo?


I have done both Insanity and T25, but never P90X or Body Beast.  My goals are to get stronger and drop the fat.  I am skinny fat, so fat loss isn't the main goal, I'd say muscle building and fat loss are equally important if can be balanced through a hybrid, which one would better accomplish this?  

Shantrob
Shantrob

Hi Wayne,

I read that you've used the Body Beast workout program. Before I decide to get it, I wanted to know if this program will get me body builder huge? Being that big is not what i'm looking for. I think your physique is what I'm striving for instead. Currently i am working out in the mornings with Insanity and will eventually include P90X in the evenings. My height is 6'3 and my current weight is 255 lbs from 268 lbs. I will like to drop down to about 200 to 210 lbs with% body fat. Also, what equipment will I need for the Body Beast workout program? I'm assuming a good heavy bench and assorted weights. Thanks in advance.

gav10
gav10

Hi coach, I was just wondering if you knew how to save the workouts into your computer because I do not want my disks to continue scratching and I thought it would be more convenient when I'm on the road.

Brian89
Brian89

Hey Wayne, I hate the Yoga that comes with P90X because it's an hour-and-a-half long, but I found out there is another Yoga dvd that Tony does in the One-On-One series. I tried it last night, and it's so much better for the reason that it's 40 minutes.

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@Brian89 Yes, that is Fountain of Youth! A much shorter workout. 

Gwoziewicz
Gwoziewicz

During P90X, Tony stresses not to do more than 8-10 reps if you are looking to build size. However, during back and legs, all the leg sets are 20-25 reps. Should I do this many reps if I want size or should I increase with weights and do less reps?

rene_vc
rene_vc

Hi coach, this is my last week of my first round of P90X and I would like to do a second round because I just incorporated the pull up bar for phase 3 and loved it. (was using bands for the other 2 phases). My question is, should I start next week with with phase 1? or should I do a recovery week before I do round 2? since i´m seeing results in definition, mass and strength, do u recomend a second round of P90X or a hybrid with P90x and 1 on 1, or something else?

Thanks for you time and greetings from Mexico.

Matt Zillmer
Matt Zillmer

Coach, I had one simple question on what you did on your P90x days of Legs & Back. I'm wondering if after you did a few rounds of the X did you up your leg weights and focus on 8-10 reps even if that specific workout Tony does 15,20,24...etc? Or did you specifically stick to the reps that Tony did. Just trying to see how you modified the workouts, if at all, to help you gain size for legs. Thanks in advance and have a Merry Christmas!

Chris Bane
Chris Bane

Hey Coach, First off, sorry if you have answered this before. I am about to finish p90x2 and would like to know what you would recommend I do next? I own p90x, Insanity & p90x2. I am tempted to do p90x2 again. What would you recommend based on your experience?

Michael
Michael

Hey coach, Two weeks ago I tore my ACL in my left knee playing basketball in my league.. and I saw a doctor and will have surgery in a month, and will be out of action for 4-6 months following surgery... Is there anyway to maintain the muscle mass i built the last year or so doing p90x, or will it fade away?

Larry
Larry

Here's a question that has been bugging me, I'm following myfitnesspal and tracking all my fuel/food. As long as I hit my budgets for the day before I go to bed/last meal, do I HAVE to be at 50/30/20 for EACH meal, or as long as by the end of the day/last meal I'm at 50/30/20 is that ok? For example: My first meal is 60/20/20. Is that unacceptable? By the end of the day I'm almost always within a percent of 50/30/20. Thanks!!

dan milani
dan milani

Hi Coach! When doing p90x workout first thing in the morning, did you eat or take anything? i just usually take E&E before and Intrabolic during to get my BCAA's to not lose alot of my muscle gain. Is this a good idea for burning fat? thanks a million!

Jon C
Jon C

Hi Coach - I have a couple of quick questions as I'm now looking at doing P90X for a second time around. Firstly, what rep range did you do on the first and so on rounds of P90X for all the weight exercises? Now that I am stronger and can list more weight, I have been doing 8-10 reps. Secondly, did you do any other kind of cardio exercise outsidfe of P90X during each round? Thanks for the help, Jon C - England UK.

John
John

10-4 Thanks Coach.

John
John

Well I was going good and then had surgery today. I had a pre Pre Cancerous mole on my stomach that had to be removed. It wasn't too big. I was told to stay of any strenuous activity until I get the stiches out witch will be the 10th of september. The good news is that next week is my recovery week, so I'll be able to so light yoga and the recovery and mobility dvd. My questions is since I will not be doing any hard cardio or resistance what should I do about eating. I was thinking about going to fat shredder for a week and then starting to move back up to energy booster to finish out X2. What are your thought? Thanks Coach and Bring It!!!

Ryan
Ryan

hey coach, I had a question about chest and back and reps..I can do around 30 push ups the first time around but the second round I only get about 15..should I bring my first round reps down to about 20 so I can get closer to that on my second round?

Michael
Michael

I dont get this, Im on month 4 now. Down to 175 from 197 pounds, and i can pretty much see my 6 pack almost in mirror, but still doing fat shreddar diet of 1900 calories a day, but today during plyo it felt like i had no energy, even though the past 2-3 weeks plyo was great for me, had lots of energy. Is this because my body fat is becoming lower and thus less fat available for energy or something? If so, does that mean i should be leaving fat shreddar mode?

Michael
Michael

Hey coach, Just a quick question. I usually wake up and eat a p90x protein bar right away, then workout around 1.5 hours after that. I know that would help preserve muscle vs not eating anything before working out, but in terms of burning fat in plyo and kenpo, would it halter that? Or would it still burn fat a good pace?

Terrell
Terrell

Hey Coach, I have a tricky question. I have been doing fairly well with maintaining my nutrition...I cook (mostly) everything I eat. However, college just ended for the summer and I will be working at summer camp until school starts up again. They serve us food 3x + a day..but it's what they serve. Is there any way I can look out for certain foods so I don't start eating the wrong things?

Michael
Michael

Hey coach, You know you said how you can change yoga on day 4, to plyo. Is it ok to do plyo day 2, plyo day 4, legs and back day 5? Thats what the schedule would look like, but isn't that over working the leg muscles? Thanks!

Enrique
Enrique

Searched the Site and did not see an answer. On your first round of P90x, were you a 8-10 rep guy or 12-15? I started doing creatine as recommended on phase 2-3 and now working out using 8-10 reps. My goal of losing weight while getting stronger has not changed. Comments?

Michael
Michael

Or would core syn be a better replacement?

Michael
Michael

hey coach, Is it alright to replace yoga x with plyo x and do plyo twice a week?

Roar Elias
Roar Elias

How would you suggest I combine P90X with other exercise? I enjoy going for long runs for about an hour or two, and I don't want to give this up. I'm also considering going back to mma (just for fun), and the sessions can be quite intense.

malorite
malorite

Thanks a lot for such a fast response!! Then, I'll check how I'm feeling through this week, and maybe change some "sweat" exercise with insanity LOL. This is a little take on my progress so far http://imgur.com/qd6E7

malorite
malorite

Hello Wayne. Greetings from Spain. I have already lost 44 pounds (from +275 pounds to 231), but I still have, at least, 22 more to lose :( I've done it in 8 months, because my lifestyle is a bit chaotic, to say the least. I have done P90, P90 Master Series and Insanity. I'm now starting my 2nd round of P90, because I'm on a tight budget at this time and I can't afford buying more equipment right now. I've to say I've done this with NO supplements at all and I'm definitely going to give whey protein and creatine a shot (you know, equipment or supplements....) and your transformation was one of my examples and motivations. Now, I have a couple of questions: 1-As an endomorph, Is it ok to ad fat burner express as a workout on my rest day? 2-Could I do a hybrid between P90 and Insanity? I love the Insanity's intensity, but I miss weightlifting and my muscles are weaker now than 2 months ago.... Thanks for paying attenttion!

Lindsay
Lindsay

I know this may be a premature question, but I want to make sure I have everything tuned in. I just completed my first week of P90X (absolutely love it!). I know it's early, but for fun I weighed myself and measured my mid-section. In only a week, I've gained a lb and 1 inch on my stomach. Is this normal? I've heard random comments about water gain, etc. I feel like my nutrition is pretty on track. What's up? Am I being impatient?

garrett macdonald
garrett macdonald

hey coach i like doing yoga but i have bad back and i find that its very hard to do that workout, i remember reading an article you posted and it said that you did not like yoga so you replaced it with core synergistics. My question to you is that during the recovery week, when there is two yoga workouts, can i replace these with core synergistics. I don't know if that is too many days doing core synergistics or not, what did you do when replaceing yoga (if thats what you actually did) or what can i do to replace it with a workout that wont cause me to injure my lower back?

Ryan
Ryan

also I had a question about yoga..is it ok to split it.? as a full time student and a part time worker I'm kind of stretched for time..

Ryan
Ryan

hey coach Wayne, I usually do my plyo at the park with a laptop in order to avoid complaints from my downstairs neighbors..but it's sprinkling today would it be ok to switch my plyo day for my yoga day this week only.?

Albert
Albert

Hey Coach, if I was on vacation and I forgot my P90X guide and I decide to just do my own thing in the hotel gym, how many sets do you think is good enough to maintain my current physique? I can see that some of the workouts are like 20-30 sets from P90X. But do you think 15-20 sets would be good enough? Thanks !

Albert
Albert

Hey coach Wayne, I'm about to start another round of P90x and I want to actually focus on gaining strength, and since I can do 20 plus pull ups and a lot of push ups already, I was thinking on putting on some weights when I do those exercises but I wont go on a bulking diet because I'm not trying to yet. Do you think that's a good idea? Or will it be a complete waste of time? Thanks.

Paul
Paul

Hey Wayne, I read some where that you get up at 4:30 am for your workouts? I have been trying to do this too but find it very hard to get up in the morning. How much sleep are you getting? Do you eat anything before hand or workout on an empty stomach? I would appreciate any suggestions and I am sorry if you have already address this subject, I have been looking on your site but have not found any similar post? Thanks so much. Paul

Allen
Allen

Hello coach, im a fan of your hardwork. Im kinda confused with gaining mass, i have read on this page that i should do 8-10 reps for mass, i was doing 8-10 reps of all kinds of pushups in p90x, my question is how will I put weights on my pushups?

Mike
Mike

Hey Coach Wayne, I am getting back on the bandwagon again for 2012. This will be my third (non sequential) series with P90X and I am hopping to see better results than the past two times. I DID finish the whole 90 days each time but truthfully could have done better with my workout consistency and eating habits. I went from a high weight of 213 pounds down to 183 so it was effective in helping to shed some of the fat. However, I obviously did not "bring it" to the point of seeing the dramatic results that you and others have seen. I am hoping to change that this year. A couple of questions: 1) I have the P90X resistance bands and free weights that are used in conjunction during the workouts. I try to use weights for everything except the pull-ups (which is what I use the bands for). So here is the question: do you think I am sabotaging myself by using the bands instead of an actual pull-up bar? I DO use the heavy (45# and 50#) bands usually and feel like they are working out my arms but was curious about your thoughts on this. 2) How far in advance to you plan out your meals and purchase food to make them? It seems like unless you have this thought out well ahead of time, the possibilities for slipping go up dramatically in a moment of weakness when no "good" food is available. Thanks for your insight!

Scott
Scott

Coach, you are the man! Congrats on being in the P90X2 video. Hardwork does pay off. I have some wicked arthritis in my left hip, and it's killing my mobility. I'm frustrated because I can't do all the yoga moves. Do you have any suggestions, or alternate stretching moves?

Tim
Tim

Dear coach, Re: yesterdays question: What if I take a few hours off in between? Then my body would stay in anabolic mode correct? Or would this have the same adverse effects of doing back-to-back days of the same muscle group?

Tim
Tim

Hey Coach, If I want to see more results, can I do Ab Ripper two or three times in a workout? I'm doing P90X+ right now and I want to add Ab Ripper X and/or Ab Ripper X2 to my Abs Core Plus workouts. But what is the time limit for the most effective workout? Same question for strength training: if I do more pullups after completing my upper body plus dvd, will this add or take away from my results?

Scott
Scott

Hey Wayne - I have a quick question around pull-ups. During my first round of P90X I did pull-ups with bands and then transitioned to the pull-up bar (as I was not strong enough). In round two, I'm using just the bar but can only do 6-8 reps per each type of pull-up. Should I use a chair or Chin-Up Max assist to help get a few more reps or just shoot for a goal of 1-2 more reps per type of pull-up each time with no assistance? Hop this makes sense.

Patrick
Patrick

Wayne i just bought insanity and it is the first at home work out system i have owned...im 13 and i weigh 240 im trying to lose weight but some of the work outs are to intense do you have any tips on how i can modify the work outs to my level thanks

Mike
Mike

Hey Coach, I decided to go with the P90X2, cant wait it should be here about the same time I finish with Insanity. My question is, I ordered it but it never asked me who my coach was, I just want to make sure you get credit for it. Also I want to tell you the reason I joined your team it is not for the reason that most join, I mean sure I want to look like you but more important to me was your open faith to god. I just want to take the time to thank you for that. Thanks Mike

Mike
Mike

Coach, I am about to finish Insanity in a few weeks and I want to start P90x. I am woundering if I should just go ahead and order the P90x2 instead of the P90x. Thanks Mike

PCPMarine
PCPMarine

Unfortunately I cannot start anything till 11/28 due to international travel commitments. I know, I know that it can be done on the road and my normal travel i will not use as an excuse but the international is multiple locations in the next few weeks so not wise to start till 11/28. That being said that is only one month before the x2 start. Still the same advice?

PCPMarine
PCPMarine

Question for you with your knowing the differences between X and X2. I received p90x from my brother who wimped out and was looking at starting it which brought me to your site and having read through pretty much ALL of it (great btw) wondering the difference between the two programs. Since I was planning on buying X but got it for free but am very intrigued by the challenge type accountability and my question is would going ahead and getting X2 and starting with you guys 1/1 be ideal or to do X first. Fitness level is not greatest as pulls - 3, push-20 but have been doing various circuit workouts for on/off 2 months. 28%bf Thankfully $ isn't an issue and since i still have to buy stuff to get ready i.e. shakeology, chinup bar etc ... Do I do X or X2 with you guys? what would the difference be and your recommendation?

Andrew
Andrew

Thanks for the advice coach! I think I am going to preorder P90X2 for Christmas now, haha! And then next year, I might go back and forth between p90x and p90x2. That should do a good job : ) Also, I got the bodylastic bands with the chiseled dvd workouts a few weeks ago. Do you know if this is a good workout and will provide good results. It is a month long so I thought about throwing that in next year too. I didn't have enough money for dumbbells, but the bands are working great!

Andrew
Andrew

Hey Coach Wayne, Just wondering...now that you have done all these programs, what do you think the best one is for the second round? I should finish my first round right before Christmas and want to get another program if you recommend it. I know P90X2 is coming out soon so what do you recommend the most for me to get? I am super pumped right now with the results I have already seen and felt and want to continue that in to the upcoming year!

ERNIE
ERNIE

Hey coach ive been doing the workouts for 2 weeks now and also the diet but i dont seem to be getting rid of the belly fat, how long before i should start seeing pos results? I have been getting stronger so thats good butjust wanted to know when you saw results? witch week or month. thanks

ERNIE
ERNIE

its low fat chocolate milk, what would be better to add the creatin to? dont have the funds for anything expensive since getting p90x.Thanks

ERNIE
ERNIE

I have read that i can use chocolate milk and creatin as a recovery drink, is this so cause its all i got right now.thanks. You motivate me to bring it bro