How to modify P90X
The key to success with P90X is modification. If you cannot perform certain exercises you must modify. In the videos, Tony always has a person doing modifiers. Usually it is a female. Am I really going to do girl pull-ups? Hell, yes! I hate to admit it, but when I first started P90X I could do zero pull-ups and had to struggle to get 20 push-ups. I had to modify. I could do zero dive bomber push-ups. In fact, I got so mad doing shoulders and arms that I threw my dumbbells into my garage floor and bent the bar.
I say this to encourage you. Put your ego aside. I got super fat and super out of shape. I couldn’t believe the things I once could do where now impossible. Modification is your key to success. If you struggle, that is just a signal to where improvement is needed. Last week, on “legs & back” I did 138 pull-ups. My max push-ups on “chest and back” is 286. Not bad for starting with girl push-ups. Go to the knees, use a chair, do what is necessary to get progress.
Press Pause-take a breather. You will be able to do more latter.
Mid-set breaks: I do them all the time. So what that you can’t do 400 push-ups in a row? Do 10. Stop and do 10 more. Your body does not know the difference.
Pull-ups: Use a chair (like Maren) or the pull-up assist or Pike press or reverse push-up. The bottom line is that you work at your max (whatever YOUR max is), that way you get stronger.
Do extra sets: Believe it or not, you may be able to do more on some exercises than the folks in the videos (especially after a round or two). If you get to the point where you are not totally zonked by the end, then do another bonus set. My cardio has gotten so good that after Plyometrics, I will add 10 additional minutes of cardio. You may need to do a few extra curls or squats. If you need to do more pull-ups then you are just freakishly strong.
Injuries: Work around them. Don’t quit. Just workout another body part. No excuses.
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