This article is about P90X for women, and how this home workout program can reshape your body.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Diamond delts I mean. Repeat after me: Muscles are your best friends. Muscles will help you shed fat. Muscles make you stronger. Here’s the deal–not only do muscles raise your metabolism and help you burn more calories, they also keep you living stronger and more vigorous. And they look hot! Not only do sculpted shoulders and lean, tight legs carry clothes better, they also allow you to crush through everyday life with strength and stamina.
Here’s what I’ve discovered after losing 45 pounds—One of the absolute best things about being fit is not having to find the perfect cut. I can wear whatever I want now and it will look good because I’m not worried about trying to sculpt my body with clothes anymore. My body is already sculpted. How did I do this? P90X, baby. Read my article on P90X results for women here.
I’m a proud P90X graduate. I did three full rounds of P90X. Since then, I have done other programs such as P90X2 and Les Mills Pump, but P90X will always have a special place in this gal’s heart because it was the workout program that started me on my fitness journey over two years ago. Health and fitness has since become such an ingrained part of my lifestyle that I have become a Team Beachbody coach in order to help other people get the same results as me. I can vouch for P90X’s muscle-sculpting, fat-blasting, and body-shrinking powers because it delivered results for me.
I don’t consider myself athletic. In fact, I used to be a bit of a wimp when it comes to working out. My old friends from high school are simply shocked at the progress I have made. P90X has helped me get the body I want—lean, tight, and strong but not bulky. At 40 years old and after having three kids, I am in the best shape of my life. If I can do it, anyone can.
P90X for Women: How You Can Get the Best Results
If you’re wondering if P90X for women can get you the results you want, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Do your best and forget the rest. Tony says this a lot throughout P90X. It’s almost an in-joke among P90X grads. It’s not just a catchy phrase, because it’s sound advice. What it means is for you to lift as much weight and work out as hard as you can, and that’s it. If three pounds is heavy for you, then lift three. If thirty pounds taxes you, then that’s what you should be lifting. Remember that you’re not in competition with anyone. The women in the P90X videos are graduates. They were personally trained by Tony, so don’t compare yourself to them. If they’re lifting twenty and you can only do five pounds, no worries.Each time you push play, you’ll get stronger. Before you know it, you’ll be able increase the weights far beyond what you thought possible. Don’t be surprised if you find that you can do a few pull-ups at the end of 90 days. It happened to me, even though I never did a pullup my entire life. I wrote about my experience here.
- Watch your nutrition. I’m not just talking about eating enough or too many calories. I’m talking about getting the right ratio of macronutrients such as protein, carbs, and fat. You need all three to fuel your body right. With an intense workout program such as P90X, it’s critical to fill your body with enough healthy fuel to power through your workouts and help your muscles recover afterward. Follow the P90X nutrition guide and take your supplements such as Shakeology. They’re designed to help you get the best results. They work. The most common reason why a person did not get the best possible P90X results is because she did not follow the nutrition guide.
- Stay off the scale. It is a poor indicator of your fitness level. At the beginning of P90X or any new workout program, your body will go through a lot of metabolic changes. Your muscles may retain water as they adapt to the stress of the workouts and the recovery afterward. It’s natural for your weight to go up and your body to feel “bulky” for a short time (1-2 weeks) before your muscles stop retaining excess water. As you continue with P90X, you’ll be building muscle and shedding fat. Even though you’re burning fat, the scale might not move downward as much as you would like. Don’t get discouraged by this. Muscle weighs more than fat, so your body is shrinking even though your weight doesn’t change that much. I really knew P90X was working not from the scale, but from the fact that my clothes kept falling off me. I can now wear clothes that fit me from high school.
- You’re not going to get bulky. Check out the women in the P90X workouts. I love their bodies because they’re all lean, strong, and feminine. It’s impossible for women to get bulky from weight training because we don’t have enough testosterone to build massive amounts of muscle. I wrote about it here. You won’t get massive arms no matter how much you’re lifting, unless you’re taking steroids. When a woman complains about feeling bulky from doing P90X, it’s usually because she’s new to working out and her muscles are retaining water. If this happens to you, don’t get alarmed. Stick with your meal plan in the P90X nutrition guide and the workouts, and very soon the excess water weight will go away.
- You’re going to love your results. I don’t know anyone who has completed P90X, whether male or female, who doesn’t swear by the program. You may not love being sore from working out, but as you get stronger and leaner, you’re going to love how easy life will become. Everyday tasks such as lifting heavy objects, walking up and down stairs, or picking up your children will become easy as you develop the strength and endurance to handle everything that comes your way.
I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find yourself admiring your arms in the mirror or poking yourself in the belly to feel your tight abs. I do it all the time. It drives my husband crazy that I spend more time flexing in the mirror now that he does. P90X for women, baby.
Check Out My Other Articles Related to P90X
- Richard Neal lost over 200 pounds with P90X. Watch his amazing transformation video here.
- Jeremy went from morbidly obese to ripped. His motivational video is here.
- Tony Horton discusses why many people fail to get results.
- A video interview of Tony Horton, creator of P90X.
- Greg got his groove back after losing a bunch of weight with P90X.
- I write about Traci Morrow, one of my fitness idols, here. She epitomizes the saying P90X for women.
- I wonder if Tony Horton is a god. Read my musings in this post.
- Paul changed his body from chunky to ripped with P90X. Watch his amazing story in this video.
- I described my personal P90X for women results in this article.
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