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Your diet is equally as important as your training program.
Celebrity trainer Tony Horton probably didn't get his muscular, shredded physique from P90x alone. Even though it's a complete home-fitness system that addresses strength, endurance and flexibility, P90x is a little basic when it comes to weight training. That might be great for beginners, but bands and dumbbells can only do so much for you if you're serious about getting in shape with weight training. No problem; you can incorporate some additional weight training into your program to get the lean, muscular physique you long for.
Gain Mass With P90x
Steve Edwards from Beach Body says if you want to gain mass with the P90x program, you will need to constantly stimulate your muscles during each workout. He suggests having extra dumbbells and ankle weights, a weighted vest and additional bands available. Edwards says to push pause during each strength-training exercise and continue to do reps until you fail with whatever weight you are using. During the pause, you can also add additional sets or even other exercises. Realistically, you'll almost need a complete home gym to make P90x a serious weight-training program.
P90x and the Gym
If you like P90x but want to add in additional weight training, the gym is good option if you're comfortable with two workouts a day. This option isn't for everyone. For example, if it's chest, shoulders and triceps day on P90x, work those same muscles at the gym. ExRx says that weight training is most effective when you do heavy weights with low reps alternated with lighter weights and high reps. Do your heavy sets at the gym where you have the equipment available and save your light sets for your P90x workout.
If the daily double workout is too much, use your P90x as a tool to add variety to your weight training. Do your weight training workout at the gym for one week and then the next week perform your P90x program. This technique keeps your body from adapting to your workout. For maximum results, change up your gym exercises once a month and vary your rest time between sets. You can also alter your rep speed, change your exercise order and switch up the muscle groups that you work together.
Saying Injury Free
Check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for vigorous exercise before starting the P90x program or before adding to it. Watch for signs of overtraining. If you feel unusually fatigued, agitated, irritable or moody, you may need to modify your program. Overtraining can also cause a constant ache in your muscles and can predispose you to frequent illness. You may need to experiment with your program to find the combination that is just right for you.