Here’s a library of info for those looking to use the P90X system (1, 2, and 3) for specific purposes like sports, weight loss, or muscle gain or how to mix it with other workout programs. There’s a lot of info here for anyone hoping to tailor the X system for individual goals beyond just getting in shape. It’s also a reference post for some upcoming articles on P90X3 that will be out soon. You can get those by entering your email in the “newsletter” box in the upper right of this page.
The X System
If you’ve done more than one of the P90X series of workouts, you’ve noticed similarities. It’s based on a periodizational training system, using micro and macro cycles that change at regular intervals. The aim is to keep your results curve pointed skyward and have you reach a physiological peak at the end of each 12-week training cycle.
The system is interchangeable, meaning you can plug various workouts from the different series’ together seamlessly. Each program is broken down into: weight training, interval “cardio” work, full body “synergistic” work, core work, and mobility/flexibility work.
The schedules that come with X: Classic, Lean, and Doubles are repeated in X3. X2’s slightly more holistic schedule (adds a foundation phase in the first block, 90X Classic as the second block, and a Performance block at the end) is also presented possible with X3 if you purchase the fourth training block, featuring the Complex workouts. X3 also offers a Mass protocol, which debuted in the series of articles below.
These are posted in chronological order. Most were written for X, some for X2, and you can pretty much substitute X3 into the theme and never be lost. If you’re confused skipping ahead, chances are your questions were answered earlier. If not, post a question on the Team Beachbody Message Boards and it will get to me.