The P90X Chest and Back routine is, in my opinion, the “mother” of all P90X workouts (even though Tony says it’s plyometrics). Every time I have done this routine I have gotten to the point of either passing out or throwing up. When you first start of with P90X you may not be able to to the entire routine. You may need to modify moves. That’s okay. As long as you keep pressing play.
Modifying P90X Chest and Back – Less Intensity
Many beginners need to modify the P90X Chest and Back routine. Whether it’s doing push-ups on their knees, doing pull-ups with a chair under them to give them some assistance or even using the bands to do a simulated pull-up (it’s actually a pull-down). Whichever stage of the program your at doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re showing up.
Modifying P90X Chest and Back – More Intensity
As you advance through P90X (or maybe your fit from day 1) you will find that the P90X Chest and Back routine, as well as others, become easier. So what do you do? Modify the moves! Modifying moves doesn’t mean only making them easier. You can make them harder too! Add push-up stands or medicine balls to push-ups, keep strict form in your pull-ups (no kipping), etc. There are many ways to modify the program. One of my favorite ways to modify the P90X Chest and Back routine is to throw on a weighted vest. Talk about adding some intensity!
P90X Chest and Back with Weighted Vest
By adding a weighted vest to your P90X Chest and Back routine you will be dramatically increasing the intensity of the program as well as decreasing the number of reps you can do. I added a weighted vest to my routine when I was able to do 25 pull-ups in a row. At that point, I figured it was time to increase the intensity.
Modifying P90X Chest and Back – Final Thoughts
There are many ways to modify the P90X Chest and Back routine to make it easier or harder. In my opinion, adding a weighted vest is the absolute best way to increase the intensity of the program. The weighted vest that I have comes with little sand bags that are 4lbs each and you can add as many, or as few, as you want. If you get yourself a solid weighted vest (the one I have goes up to 50lbs) you can increase the weight of the vest gradually as you get stronger. It’s all about getting better and this is definitely one way to do that.
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