P90X Cardio X is amazing optional workout program which you can combine with more advanced level P90X Doubles program or choose it as permanent or occasional substitute for Plyometrics.
P90X is a home fitness program designed to transform your body in only 90 days. Toni Horton, the trainer and its creator, designed the workout in such manner you will never lack variety, and regardless of whether you are in the beginner, intermediate or more advanced level, you will easily find your way of fitting in the P90X system.
Each of the system’s kits contains 12 intensive workouts that use resistance and body-weight training, cardio, plyometrics, ab work, martial arts and yoga, followed by a nutrition plan, fitness guide and workout calendar.
P90X Cardio X is optional workout available within P90X program in two manners
- to be used as a replacement workout instead of Plyometrics or
- as additional cardio for the P90X Doubles program.
The 43-minute workout is in fact a blend of the P90X Plyometrics, Kenpo X, Yoga X and Core Synergistics exercises. Even if you have already done all the workouts, Cardio X is versatile and precisely this mixture is what it makes it so engaging.
P90X Cardio X
Five minutes of warm-up is a typical for any P90X workout, therefore get ready for some jogging in place, rope jumping and jumping jacks, following the mild stretching. Once you’re all warmed up, the next phase is all about Yoga X moves. Starting with basic sun salutations and after that gradually moving onto more challenging versions like runner’s pose, warrior one, warrior two and the reverse warrior – all together for around 9 minutes.
upcoming 10 minutes
The upcoming 10 minutes include yet another moves combination but this time from Kenpo X. First in line are ball kicks, proceeding with hook, uppercut and sidekicks and moving to knuckle bash with a ball and back kick, several kinds of punches, ending with three direction kicks. Naturally, in regards of repetitions, all the moves are fewer than in the Kenpo X, although according to users’ feedback, Tony did include the best Kenpo X moves in Cardio X.
next 7 minutes
Although the Cardio X can be done instead of Plyometrics, there’s no way to avoid it completely, since the next 7 minutes are precisely from there. The good news is that your joints will be stress free, because all of the chosen Plyometrics are the lowest impact. That being said, prepare for two rounds of airborne heismans, swing kicks, jump shots, tires and wacky jacks. For those of you who never tried wacky jack, doing them at first may feel funny, but they are regular jumping jacks’ modifications that help better working your sides.
The last part of Cardio X contains moves from Core Synergistics, which is a bit more challenging to perform due to set of more complicating cardio and core training exercises.
You will start the following 7 minutes of the program with squat cross x press exercise which is a body weight wide squat, where it’s important to keep your chest and head up, while lifting your hands over your head. From there you will move onto core-busting steam engines, which may seem much easier than it actually is since you need to do it fast.
The Dreya roll is what comes next and it is a great exercise because it is a functional move you basically use every day – squat down, roll backwards and roll back to the squatting position. And while in that position, stay like that and prepare for doing some squat run, followed by superman/banana rolls where you will have to be fast when switching poses. If you want the best results, while doing this last set of exercises it is important to really pull through your core.
At the end there is a mandatory cooldown and some stretching as well, and with that you have completed the Cardio X.
Cardio X is great program for anyone who enjoys variety, since it has so many different and not so hard to do exercise combinations.
For those of you who are less coordinated, the only challenging part is the one taken from the Kenpo X series.
You can opt for Cardio X on days when you perhaps do not feel as energized to be doing Plyometrics, and even though it is less challenging it is still great workout that will get your heart rate up during almost 90 percent of the time. Half an hour on elliptical bike does similar for you, with the exception Cardio X is also providing much needed core work together with the stretching.
Cardio X is most of all fun
To summarize, Cardio X can be full or average intensity workout, depending on your shape as well as a desired goal. If you want more strength and muscle tone in your legs, in that case doing just Cardio X won’t be enough. For more effective results you must include Plyometrics. On the other hand, Cardio X is most of all fun, and even though it is basically a combo of other P90X programs, similarity would not feel dull but rather interesting considering the types’ changing intensity.
Cardio X is recommended to anyone who cannot do Plyometrics due to injury or illness and of course to all who prefer variety in their workout. For those who want more challenging program, doing the P90X Doubles in combination with Cardio X right afterwards or later the same day will provide amazing results while at the same time it will help avoiding over exhaustion.
If you want better results, provided you do not fall into the group of people with injuries which prevent you from doing Plyometrics, the suggestion is to include it in your regular routine. Plyometrics work better your lower body and if your only problem with it is that you perceive it as too hard to perform, if you want well-round overall results, it may seem like a good choice to turn to Cardio X as its substitute every once in a while when you feel you need to take it a bit easier.