Running is hard, and so is P90X. And it’s supposed to be hard if you want results.
But is it good for you to mix them into your fitness plan? Some will say that P90X doesn’t leave much time for running because it’s a full body program. Well that depends what your goals are.
If you are a runner, in addition to your training, P90X will increases your speed and endurance. Committing to work out every day is a big goal already, and combining running with P90X is a tough choice.
Also you will have to find time to work out for about two hours a day. And if you are new at running and new to P90X probably you couldn’t do both. The easiest way to mix running with P90X program is to follow the P90X Doubles version and to replace Cardio X for running.
There’s more than one way a runner can incorporate P90X into his training. In this combination you must consider several factors like your need for rest and about getting plateau effect. P90X fitness program is a combination of workouts and nutrition plan made only for this program. So if you decide to add running into this program you’ll have to make some changes on several levels.
Your diet plan: Change and modify your diet plan
If you are planning to incorporate running in your P90X fitness regime, the most important thing is to change and modify your diet plan, because if your eating habits stays the same, you will hit the plateau very quickly.
Since you will already be burning calories with the P90X workouts, it’s going to be very important to increase the amount of calories you take throughout the day by about 1,000 calories. You may be facing a problem in your diet if you already have low body fat percentage because if the body doesn’t have any carbs to burn, it will burn muscle and fat.
So, because you don’t want to lose muscle it’s crucial to increase the amount of complex carbs in your plate. So make sure to eat more on the days you are running add an extra fruit and extra snack on these days gave you fuel.
If you run marathons, P90X is your groundwork program for your running. If you incorporate P90X, first you will need a schedule.
So the question is: Do you have to run every day?
When combining running with P90X the most important thing is perform your running training in phases according to P90X phases. Periodized schedule is crucial for competitive runners because it allows proper recovery.
Also keep in mind that while exercising P90X you’ll need energy for running. So the best way is to find a model that suits specifically for you in order to get the most out of both training methods.
Trainers recommend not running in the first block of P90X exercises. Also, they also advice to run only on resistance days (Days 1, 3, and 5 are resistance days). The best way is to run early and then doing the P90X workout later in the day. That means 3 days running easy run and one long run. Sunday is rest day. If you have a difficulty organizing your schedule make sure to talk to a personal trainer who can help you plan your overall workout plan.
Benefits and results
Both running and P90X offer health benefits. P90X exercises like Chest and Back; Shoulders and Arms; Chest, Shoulder and Triceps, also Back and Biceps, at first glance, may seem to have little or no application to running. But they are for developing upper body strength and that means that they will minimizes fatigue and stiffness in the shoulders as well the arms.
Relaxed shoulders are very important for running so with these exercises you will run faster and with more efficiency. X- Stretch is an overall stretching workout that will help keep you flexible.
The variety of jumps, squats, leaps that are characteristic for Plyometrics are beneficial for developing leg strength and explosiveness. Don’t skip yoga workout because this training will keep your body injury free. Yoga is a great balance for runners so feel free to experiment with Yoga X and see if you like doing it before or after your long run.
You can also divide the strength training workouts and do them on different days. Whatever you do, never skip exercises, because with this schedule it’s crucial to have high discipline. Most of the P90X workouts are high heart-rate, which means that you will have good cardiovascular boost even as you gain strength. Also P90X is beneficial for some major weaknesses that many runners have like mobility and anaerobic endurance.
The fitness runner will benefit of P90X by being stronger and more efficient. Competitive runners using a modified P90X schedule will provide a strong foundation for better performance.
How contradictory it may sound you have to run less in order to run faster and be stronger later. If you want real results know that P90X will not turn you into bodybuilder in 90 days, but surely P90X will add strength to the muscles. So don’t discourage yourself because you’ll get slower before you get faster. At first, your speed will likely to decrease because your body is creating muscular breakdown in order to improve your capacity to run faster later on.
Sunday is rest day. The schedule laid out here is intense, as most doubles schedules are. And maybe less intense if you choose classic P90X with incorporating running instead of Cardio X. No matter what model you choose, you will assure that this combination will strengthen your core, engage your gluts and increase your overall strength. Always keep in mind that no schedule is worth overtraining for. Follow your own personal needs and preferences, make a solid plan and stick to it. Consult a doctor before starting this mix of workouts and running. Your doctor can tell you if you’re ready to exercise on a daily basis.