If you are checking your schedule and trying to find the answer to “How long are P90X workouts?”, in order to see if you can incorporate P90X into your life style, read on.
P90X fitness program has 12 DVDs with different workouts and the length of each one of them is different. All 12 DVDs add up to 664 minutes of workouts. And that means serious commitment.
In P90X, 90 stands for days, that means that total program has 90 days of many different workouts with exercises for:
- Chest & Back with total amount of 52:50 minutes;
- Plyometrics – 58:36;
- Shoulders & Arms – 59:53;
- Yoga X – 92:24;
- Legs & Back – 58:56;
- Kenpo X – 58:46;
- X Stretch – 57:32;
- Core Synergistics – 57:27;
- Chest, Shoulders & Triceps – 55:44;
- Back & Biceps – 51:36;
- Cardio X – 43:18;
- Ab Ripper X – 16:07.
Why do they all have different length?
The answer lays in the basic P90X training principle known as “muscle confusion“.
Muscle confusion is when you constantly change the way you are exercising. Also when performing different movements, you change workout order, and you change workout length. This constant changing will never allow the body to stop adapting, and this is the main feature of P90X fitness program and the key to delivering best results.
Rotate days of resistance and cardio workouts
P90X includes numerous different workouts and the workouts rotate days of resistance training and cardio. Each resistance day also includes the Ab workout. That means you do extra 15 minutes muscle workout on those days. The best solution, for these days, is to do your Ab program in the morning and save the resistance program for later in the afternoon.
The dynamic is built with workouts like Chest and Back, Biceps and triceps, etc. Also, there is one day a week that has Yoga.
During the P90X fitness routine there is also planned time for recovery, because if you don’t allow your body to reboot after exercise, it can affect future workout performance as well.
Yoga X – stretch and strengthen your muscles
Yoga X is planned to both stretch and strengthen your muscles. It is very important because many of the exercises in other workouts are based on yoga. So, when you get better at yoga you’ll be able to perform the other workouts with greater strength.
That explains why it is 90 minutes long: because of the importance of being flexible and for minimizing potential injuries and soreness from doing other workouts.
Different options in P90X
Working out 6 or 7 times per week
With P90X you’ll be working out 6 or 7 times per week. It depends on whether you take the 7th day as a Rest or “X Stretch” day. On the seventh day there’s an optional stretching routine.
Three days of the week you’ll be doing two kinds workouts. As mentioned above they are strength-training routine followed by the short “Ab Ripper X” routine.
If you want more cardio into your routine, the best solution is to follow the “doubles” schedule. That means you’ll be doing up to three workouts per day:
- a strength training routine that takes about an hour,
- 16 minutes of “Ab Ripper X” and
- the 43-minute-long “Cardio X” routine.
So, if you follow this intense schedule, you’ll need to commit for up to two hours a day to working out. That means that you have to be prepared and highly motivated to exercise every day for hour and a half or two.
Repairing and relaxing
But as we can see not all days are with high intensity, Yoga and Stretching are for repairing and relaxing. The DVDs keep you moving from exercise to exercise, like circuit training. This high-intensity interval training workout challenges your muscles and heart to make them stronger.
P90X is a well-structured exercise program that you can easily adapt for most fitness levels. But it is very demanding, taking 60-90 minutes of exercise 6 days a week.
It may not work for you if you have a busy schedule or if you haven’t been active in a while. So, get a feel for how much time you’ll spend working out on average before jumping into the program.
P90X workouts are on average longer than Insanity workouts. The workouts in Insanity are about 45 minutes in length, for the first month, and then in the second month they last about an hour.
Be sure to stick to the P90X nutrition guide and following the workouts the way they are presented in the fitness guide. Whether you are doing the P90X classic version, P90X lean version or P90X doubles, stick to the plan.
According to Tony Horton, creator of P90X, it’s alright to miss a day or two. In fact, according to Horton your body may benefit from the extra rest. After that just continue working out according to your schedule. Most important thing is to decide that you are going to complete this 90 days or approximately three months with P90X.
You have to commit to it in order to get the best results.
So, how far are you with P90X? Can you commit to an hour of workout daily? Do you need support and motivation? If yes, contact me!