A lot of people ask me the question, “can P90x make you bigger?” This is a valid question. Many people think that the P90x workout program is just for losing weight, but that is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, if you are overweight, P90x will make you lose weight, but you will also build muscle mass.
Will P90x Give Me Big Muscles?
P90x is a great program because it can be modified and adjusted to fit any individual’s fitness goals. For example, during the resistance moves, if you want to tone your muscles, you would use lighter weight and perform a higher number of repetitions, somewhere around 12-15 to be exact. Typically women will choose to use lighter weights and perform higher reps because they are afraid of “bulking up”. Although that theory makes sense, women don’t necessarily need to worry about “bulking up” (read here for more info on this).
On the flip-side, if you want to get bigger from P90x, you would use heavier weight, and perform a lower amount of repetitions, somewhere in the ballpark of 8-10 . Tony Horton, the trainer that leads the P90x workouts explains this in all of the works and constantly reminds you that if you want size, you need to be struggling on the sixth, seventh, and eighth rep.
Can P90x Make You Bigger? Yes, But…
So can P90x make you bigger? The answer is yes, but there a few things you can do to maximize your muscle gain. In my opinion, P90x doesn’t focus enough on the legs. Sure there is the Legs & Back routine, but that workout consists of higher rep exercises. I feel like the only thing P90x is missing is a heavy leg workout, like squats. One great way to overall better gains would be to incorporate a squat routine in the P90x schedule twice a week, on the same day as the resistance workouts like Chest & Back, and Shoulders & Arms. On those days, you could chose to do a squat sequence of 3 x10, 4 x 5, or 2 x 15. Squats take a lot of energy and just adding this one sequence will make your workouts much harder. I recommend doing squats immediately after the warm-up when you have a lot of energy, then move on to the normal workout.
I don’t know the exact specifics of how it all works, but research has shown that doing squats will boost your testosterone and growth hormones, which means you’ll get better results in your upper body as well. You can read more about this here http://www.livestrong.com/article/366650-squats-to-increase-testosterone/.
If don’t have access to a squat rack, don’t worry, you will still get great results with P90x. Squatting is just an add on that I think could give you even better results, but if you can’t do them, its not a big deal. Also, if you’ve never been trained on how to properly do squats, it might not be a good idea anyhow. Squats can be dangerous when not done correctly, so be careful.
Another important aspect to gaining muscle mass is eating properly. P90x can make you bigger, but you have to be sure you are following the P90x nutrition guide and getting enough protein (when training hard, you want to consume 1 gram/per day for every pound that you weigh, so a 170 pound man should shoot for 170 grams of protein per day). Usually not getting enough protein is the biggest mistake. It is important to supplement with Shakeology, and or the P90x Protein Bars if you need to. And Shakeology is not just recommended for the protein, it is full of all kinds of other things that are super healthy for you. To get the best results possible, I highly recommend drinking Shakeology.
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