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Fitness icon Tony Horton provides guidance through the P90X videos.
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The P90X home fitness program is a challenging 90-day series of workouts. The program includes cardio workouts based on martial arts and plyometrics, resistance training routines and even a yoga workout. Depending on your fitness level you may find the program to be much of a challenge -- or, if you're especially athletic, you may crave more of a challenge. In either case you can modify the program to fit your needs.1.
Add additional workouts to the P90X "classic" schedule if you're looking for more of a challenge. You can follow the "doubles" schedule which adds additional P90X workouts or you can add your own exercises. If you're adding resistance exercises just be sure to schedule a day of rest between workouts targeting the same muscles.2.
Follow the modified "light" schedule if you're looking for less resistance training. The "light" schedule has the same number of weekly workouts as the "classic" schedule but some of the resistance routines are replaced with cardio workouts.3.
Perform the modified moves demonstrated in the P90X videos if you struggle with the exercises. For instance, in the videos the P90X cast members demonstrate how to perform pushups from your knees and how to do chair-assisted pullups if you don't have the upper body strength to perform the regular versions of these exercises.4.
Add the bonus rounds of the workouts to your routine in you're looking for more of a challenge. Some of the routines, like "Plyometrics" and "Chest & Back" have an optional bonus round of exercises at the end of the workout. Follow this portion of the videos if you have energy at the end of the session but skip it if you're already exhausted by the regular workout.5.
Substitute the "Cardio X" video in place of the "Plyometrics" video if you find it too difficult. In the "Plyometrics" video host tony Horton suggests doing this if you're not ready for such a high-intensity workout.
- P90X DVDs
- Always consult your healthcare provider before starting a fitness program.