Shorter but Better P90X Workout

by on August 23, 2011

Dave_schmidt_p90xI blasted P90X Back & Biceps yesterday and kept my time down to 75 min as planned. Long workouts can temporarily lower testosterone which is bad for not only muscle gain, but muscle recovery.

Time has always been an issue with me when doing P90X because I require longer breaks now from all my heavier lifting. So that means making some necessary cuts to the program.

I had to skip some B&B exercises to keep my time down and this is what I did:

Skip Open Arm Curls

Skip Congdon Locomotive

Skip In & Out Hammer Curls

I should also point out that I stopped doing Corn Cobs and Towel pull ups a long time ago. I replace Corn cobs with Neutral Grip Pullups, which I love. This is a great pull up exercise that is not in the P90X program. Just grab the bars in the middle that come out towards you. This exercise is great for the back, triceps, biceps, AND especially forearms.

Instead of Towel Pullups, I do Mulit-Grip pull ups, another new move. Do a standard pull up with one arm as a chin up and the other as a pull up. Be careful not to cheat! This move takes some focus to not lean to heavily on one side.


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superdave October 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I’m glad you like my 5 Day Schedule. When you are already lean and trying to build muscle, you don’t want to overtrain.


Rod Silverman October 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

You really write good stuff man. This has helped me a ton!


John October 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I was working out too long too. thanks Coach.


John March 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Thanks in advance for your input.
I am also trying to shave 30 minutes from the p90x workouts by skipping
some exetcises and moving on while Tony chats.
I would really like to cut p90x to 5 days without eliminating a workout, any
The only possible thing might be to do the kenpox dvd after legs or even
better shorten yogax to 30 the do kenpox, what do you think?
I want to keep kenpo in the mix as it will help me maintain my kenpo
skills while following the 90 day program.
I’m already in pretty good shape(190, 5″8 solid)and got on it more
to have a structured at home workout plan and for the variety.
On chest/back days I do weighted chin/pull keeping reps at 8-10, and
And after sets of 25-50 on the pushups during round one, add resistance bands for
round two of pushups keeping reps at 8-10.
The bands provide about 200lbs. resistance to pushups.
Anyway, thanks again for any suggestions.


superdave March 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

Longer workouts are not good and can lead to overtaining. How many times have you done P90X? You could graduate to P90X2. It’s more intense, but only 5 days a week. For a shorter yoga workout, do the P90X One on One Fountain of Youth as it’s just like P90X YogaX, but only 45 min. In fact, you get that for free with the base set now because it’s so popular. I’m going to message you so we can talk more details and find the right solution for you.


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