P90x is made up of 12 different workouts. One of the workouts is Ab Ripper X. The Ab Ripper X workout focuses the abs and core and is a tough workout. The thing that makes Ab Ripper X so tough is that it is done immediately after another workout. For example, you’ll complete the P90x Chest and Back workout, which is about 53 minutes long, then go on to the Ab Ripper X workout, which is about 15 minutes long.
In the first couple of weeks of the P90x exercise program, you will be pretty exhausted after the workouts, so when it comes time for Ab Ripper X, it can be pretty challenging. The key is to not get discouraged and to take Tony Horton’s advice, “Do your best, and forget the rest.”
Ab Ripper X is made up of 13 different exercise moves, 25 reps each. In the beginning most people will find that 25 reps is just too hard, so I would recommend starting out with a lower number of reps, even as low as 5 -10 and work your way up. When I first started out doing Ab Ripper X, I only did 10 reps while Tony Horton and the others on the video did 25. This also gave me a little more rest time in between sets. When 10 reps got to be easy I moved up to 12 reps, then 15, reps, and eventually I was able to complete Ab Ripper X doing the complete 25 reps and keeps up with Tony in the video. On day one I thought there was no way I would ever be able to complete Ab Ripper X doing all the moves, I was able to do it in about 60 days.
So, unless you are already in great shape, Ab Ripper X will be tough workout to keep up on. Just do your best and you’ll be surprised at ow much you improve over time. You will be surprised at what persistent hard work can achieve over time.