A Girl's Guide to P90X
By Whitney Provost
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Muscles are a girl's best friend. Not only
do they raise your metabolism and help you burn more calories, they also keep
you living strong. And they look beautiful. Well-sculpted shoulders and lean,
tight legs carry clothes better and allow you to power through everyday
activities with strength and stamina. How do you get a body like that? A
will do the trick.
I know this because I'm a P90X graduate. I
can vouch for its muscle-sculpting, fat-blasting, and body-shrinking powers.
Before I ever started working for Beachbody®, I finished two rounds of P90X
Plus into my fitness routine. I still do P90X regularly, and Plyometrics is
consistently in my cardio rotations.
I'm not a world-class athlete. I'm just a
regular at-home fitness junkie. P90X has been helping me get the body I
wantlean, tight, and strong but not bulkyand it makes me feel good.
Not sure if you're ready to tackle the X?
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Do your best and forget
the rest. You'll hear Tony say this a lot throughout P90X,
and it's important advice. All you have to do is lift as much weight as you
can, and that's it. You're not in competition with anyone else. Don't worry if
you can only lift 5 pounds while the women in the workouts are hoisting 15.
Every time you Push Play, you'll get stronger, and before you know it, you'll
be able to lift heavier than you ever have before. And don't be surprised if
you find that you can do a few pull-ups at the end of 90
Eat enough. A
common mistake many active women make is undereating. With a program as intense
as P90X, it's important to fill your body with enough healthy fuel to power
through your workouts and help your muscles recover afterward. If you don't eat
enough, your metabolism will slow down and your body will burn muscle for
energy. Follow the P90X nutrition plan and
your supplements. They're designed to help you get the best
Don't be a slave to the scale.
During a program like P90X, your body will go through a
lot of metabolic changes. At first, your muscles may retain water as they react
to the shock of the workouts and the recovery afterward. You may notice your
weight going up for a short time before your muscles shed the excess water. As
you continue with the program, you'll be building muscle and shedding fat, but
the scale might not move downward as much as you want it to. Don't let that
deter you. A pound of muscle is denser than a pound of fat, so your body may
shrink even if your weight doesn't change that much. Keep in mind that muscle
is a metabolism booster, so the more you have the more calories and fat you'll
burn all day long.
You're not going to get bulky.
Look at the women in the P90X workouts. They're all lean,
strong, and feminine. Because women don't have enough testosterone to build
massive amounts of muscle, it's nearly impossible for them to bulk up by
lifting heavy weights. When women complain about feeling bulky, it's usually
because they're new to a fitness program and their muscles are retaining water.
If this happens to you, don't give up. Stick with your meal plan and workouts,
and soon the extra bulk will go away.
You're going to
love the way you feel. OK, maybe not when you're sore from
working out, but as you get stronger and leaner, you're going to love how easy
everyday tasks become, like lifting heavy objects, walking up and down stairs,
or picking up children. And I can pretty much guarantee that you'll find
yourself admiring your shoulders in the mirror or poking yourself in the belly
to feel your tight abs. I do it all the time.