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P90X exercises are notoriously challenging.
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P90X is a DVD-based fitness system that has rapidly increased in popularity. According to Forbes, the program yielded $700 million in annual sales in 2013. The system includes diet recommendations as well as an exercise routine that pairs intense cardiovascular exercise with challenging strength-training. Its creators recommend taking a fitness test before beginning P90X because of the program's intensity. Doing the program multiple times a day, then, can be too much for your body and subject you to an increased risk of injuries.
Recommended Additional Workouts
P90X offers supplemental workouts such as "Ab Ripper X." This routine adds between 15 and 20 minutes to your workout routine. Adding in these supplemental workouts to your routine won't typically harm you, but they can still be exhausting. If you have injuries or health conditions, you should talk to your doctor before adding additional workouts. Otherwise, there's no issue with adding supplements the recommended by the program.
Risks of Overtraining
Most P90X routines take between 60 and 90 minutes. If you do a full program twice a day, this could mean between two and three hours of exercise each day. According to Rice University, an exercise program that pairs intense, lengthy workouts with little or no rest puts athletes at risk of overtraining syndrome. P90X encourages practitioners to exercise six to seven days per week, which is already a highly intense routine. When you add in an additional routine during the day, you're eliminating time your body can use to repair itself. Overtraining syndrome can cause muscle weakness, fatigue, trouble sleeping and mood swings.
Nutritional Imbalances and Dehydration
Any intense workout, including P90X, places intense demands on your body. As you sweat, your body loses water. If you don't replenish this water, you can become dehydrated. With two intense routines a day, it can become more challenging to get sufficient water. Also, unless you increase your food intake you can burn too many calories and become malnourished. You may also find that you lose weight at an unhealthy rate. Healthy weight-loss should be in the area of one to two pounds per week.
Injuries and Muscle Fatigue
P90X relies heavily on resistance routines such as pullups and weightlifting. If you lift weights to excess by doing two weightlifting routines each day, your muscles can begin to fatigue. When your muscles get tired, you're more likely to fall, use improper form or develop overuse injuries that can cause pain and tension in a single muscle or throughout your body. You can also develop injuries such as strains and sprains that will make it dangerous for you to exercise at all.
Striking a Balance
There's nothing wrong with dividing a single P90X routine in half so that you do it twice a day, and this can be a good strategy for beginners who struggle to do all of the exercises at once. If you feel like you're not getting enough out of P90X, though, talk to your doctor or consult a personal trainer who can advise you about the right workout routine for your needs.