P90X Mass Building? Can It Really Be Done?

P90X mass

This is NOT the Kind of Mass I Want! 🙂

Whenever I talk about P90X with someone, typically, most people think that P90X is used to lose weight. And you can absolutely lose weight and get ripped with P90X. But today, I’m going to show you how to gain Mass with P90X. We call it P90X Mass (kind of like Christmas). 🙂

Why Gain P90X Mass?

For a lot of people who may be overweight, talking about gaining P90X Mass is crazy talk to them. They want to LOSE weight, not gain! But for skinny guys like me, gaining P90X mass is exactly what we want! We’ve been thin all of our lives. We’ve actually been made fun of for being too skinny. And while I have not idea how it feels to be called fat, I’m pretty sure it feels very similar to being called scrawny.

How To Gain P90X Mass

One of the reasons that most people think P90X only helps people lose weight is because it’s HARD to gain P90X mass! A lot harder than you may think! In order to gain P90X mass you are going to need to make a couple of adjustments to your P90X nutrition guide and P90X fitness guide.

Adjustments To Make To Nutrition For P90X Mass

One of the biggest things you will need to do to gain P90X mass is UP you calories! And as a skinny guy myself, I know how hard that can be! Depending on your weight, if you want to gain some serious P90X mass you will need to be consuming 3,500- 4,000 calories per day to reach your goals! That’s a lot of food!

So what can you do if you just can’t physically stomach that much food? Add in a weight gainer shake. These shakes are loaded with calories but also loaded with quality proteins, carbs and fats to help you pack on the pounds.

Adjustments To Make To Fitness For P90X Mass

P90X mass dumbbellsWhen it comes to the exercises in P90X, in order to gain P90X mass you will need to change a few things up. For starters, you will need to UP your weight! Now this can get a little pricey if you’re buying new equipment. I would recommend checking out Craigslist for used dumbbells. I was able to purchase a set of hexagon dumbbells, with a range of 5-70lbs plus a custom rack, for less than $500! That came out to less than $.50 per pound NOT including the rack! That’s a pretty good deal.

As far as the exercise routines in P90X, to gain P90X mass in addition to upping your weight, you will also need to lower your rep count. Where traditionally you would be doing 8-10 reps for an exercise, I try to lower that number even more, somewhere around the 6-8 rep range. And lowering the rep count is going to be for exercises where the dumbbells are used (shoulders, biceps, triceps, legs). Unless you go out and but a weighted vest like I did, you can’t really lower your push-up or pull-up count to 6-8 without stopping short.

Additional Adjustment You Can Make For P90X Mass

Now, this last adjustment may be a little tougher for some of you because you strictly workout at home in a home gym. But, for those of you who have access to a gym or a community rec center that has free weights, one additional adjustment that you can make, and that I am making on my latest round of P90X, is incorporating barbell squats and bench press. These two moves utilize some of the biggest muscles in your body and are shown to pack on the pounds when incorporated into a workout routine.

Here’s how I am scheduling my latest routine to gain P90X mass. I’m not skipping out on the plyometrics or yoga because I want my cardiovascular endurance to remain strong and I want to remain flexible. And as you notice, I am taking OFF Saturday and Sunday as rest days. I will be doing either Stretch X or Recovery & Mobility (P90X2) on those days.

P90X Mass Schedule

Monday – Chest & Back, ARX

Tuesday – Plyometrics

Wednesday – Shoulders & Arms, ARX

Thursday – Yoga (don’t skip the yoga!)

Friday – 5×5 Barbell Squat, 5×5 Bench Press, Legs & Back

Is this P90X Mass Building Thing For You?

My goal over the next 90 days is to put on 20lbs of P90X Mass. I know it’s going to be tough but I think I can do it. It comes down to disciplined eating, consistent workouts and really Bringing It!

If you need help staying on track or finding the motivation to get started, sign up for your free Team Beachbody account so I can be your Free coach and then let’s connect on Facebook!


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3 Responses to P90X Mass Building? Can It Really Be Done?

  1. Colin October 3, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Hey Mark, How did your mass gaining end up?

    • Mark October 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      I gained 15lbs in my first round of P90X. I maintained that weight for a long time until recently when I put on 17lbs with Body Beast!

      Are you doing P90X now?

  2. russell May 31, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Mark, did you do Body Beast on its own or did you combine it with P90x? How does Body Beast compare to your P90x mass gaining schedule?

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