Brian T asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

p90x + additional cardio?

I want to get more ripped, but I also want to really amp up my weight loss? I am done with week two, and thinking about adding some additional running for week three. I play ball two days a week, and thinking if I throw in a couple of miles of running I could really amp up fat loss. Is this too much on my body?

Update:

MTM, can you explain the doubles to me? Maybe I didn't read the book like I was supposed to :)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm starting P90X in two days and have opted to do the Doubles version for the additional cardio. I think that's the only cardio that I'd do because of the intense workouts that my body will go through during the program. Personally I wouldn't recommend anymore cardio than those additional blocks of exercise. You don't want to end up hurting yourself and not be able to complete your journey.

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    Update...

    Ok, so there are three different schedules- Classic, Doubles and Lean.

    Classic and Doubles have the same first 4 weeks, during week 5 and 13, you'll actually introduce cardio x into your workout three times a week. The benefit is more cardio in your workout. As for the Lean, cardio x is built in at the beginning and Plyometrics are not. Lean is for those that want to really reduce weight.

    Here's the actual schedule in DETAIL:

    P90X Doubles Workout Schedule

    Phase 1

    Weeks 1 – 3

    Day 1: Chest & Back (52:50), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 2: Plyometrics (58:36)

    Day 3: Shoulders & Arms (59:53), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 4: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 5: Legs & Back (58:56), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)

    Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

    Week 4

    Day 1: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 2: Core Synergistics (57:27)

    Day 3: Kenpo X (58:46)

    Day 4: X Stretch (57:32)

    Day 5: Core Synergistics (57:27)

    Day 6: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

    Phase 2

    Weeks 5 – 7

    Day 1: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM – Chest, Shoulders & Triceps (55:44), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 2: Plyometrics (58:36)

    Day 3: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM – Back & Biceps (51:36), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 4: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 5: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Legs & Back (58:56), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)

    Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

    Week 8

    Day 1: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 2: Core Synergistics (57:27)

    Day 3: Kenpo X (58:46)

    Day 4: X Stretch (57:32)

    Day 5: Core Synergistics (57:27)

    Day 6: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

    Phase 3

    Weeks 9 and 11

    Day 1: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Chest & Back (52:50), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 2: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Plyometrics (58:36)

    Day 3: Shoulders & Arms (59:53), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 4: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 5: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Legs & Back (58:56), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)

    Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

    Weeks 10 and 12

    Day 1: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Chest, Shoulders & Triceps (55:44), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 2: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Plyometrics (58:36)

    Day 3: Back & Biceps (51:36), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 4: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 5: AM – Cardio X (43:18); PM - Legs & Back (58:56), Ab Ripper X (16:07)

    Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)

    Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

    Week 13

    Day 1: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 2: Core Synergistics (57:27)

    Day 3: Kenpo X (58:46)

    Day 4: X Stretch (57:32)

    Day 5: Core Synergistics (57:27)

    Day 6: Yoga X (92:24)

    Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

    Hope this helps.

    Source(s): Soon to be P90Xer
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  • krzan
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    4 years ago

    P90x Cardio

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  • 1 decade ago

    Depends on what you want your end result to be.

    I'm in my recovery week for Phase 1, but I added an extra cardio workout each day. The doubles program adds in an extra "cardio" workout 3 x / week in Phase 2, but I still wanted more cardio-style exercise. That's a preference based on what level of fitness I know I can acheive. It can be done, but you need to be smart and make sure that your nutrition is good, etc. I felt great up until mid-this week (two days before my recovery week), which could be due to a number of factors and probably not related to overtraining. I plan on doing a very similar structure for the last two phases, as I've felt great and haven't felt my results are being hampered by the extra workouts.

    Add the workouts and see how you feel. I did "cardio" in the mornings (alternating between Cardio X, Plyo, Kenpo, Jillian Michaels Banish Fat) and then the scheduled workout in the evening. Now that the weather is a little more consistent, I'll probably switch a few of those for a 5-10K run.

    Go with what works. Just be aware that even to aid fat loss, you may need to amp up your protein or carbs. If you start t feel overtrained, back off for a day or two. There's no hard and fast rules for fitness - it all has to do with YOUR body and YOUR fitness.

    Good luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi brian.

    I do not recommend you to add some Cardio with P90X. The reason is that Cardio burns fat AND muscles. So you should not add Cardio beside the Cardio in the workout.

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