Are you almost done with 90 days of P90X and find yourself wondering, “What should I do after P90X?” Well if you do, you are not alone. When someone starts a program like P90X they are so excited to get going but often don’t give any thought to what they are going to do after P9oX. So let’s take a minute and go through some of your options.
The One Option That Is NOT An Option After P90X
First things first. Let’s clear the air and get one thing straight. There are many options to choose from after P90X but there is one option that is not an option, and that is stopping. Stopping your fitness routine is the one option that is not acceptable. You’ve come too far to go back to the “old” you so let’s figure out what’s the next plan.
How To Figure Out What To Do After P90X
After P90X you will want to evaluate where you are with your fitness goals.
- Have you reached your goals?
- Do you still have some ways to go?
The other thing that you will want to ask yourself is, “Did I enjoy P90X?” That is a very important question to ask yourself because, in my experience, if you don’t enjoy the workouts, you won’t stick with it for the long haul.
What Should I Do After P90X?
Once you’ve evaluated if you’ve hit your goals and if you enjoyed P90X, it’s time to figure out what to do. Here are some of the options people have chosen to do after P90X.
- Do another round of P90X. (I did 4 rounds of P90X before I moved onto another program)
- Do a different Beachbody program. (I did a round of P90X+ then went on to do Insanity and The Asylum)
- Do a hybrid of two Beachbody programs. (I have done a P90X/ Insanity hybrid and a P90X/ Asylum hybrid)
- Continue staying fit with alternative exercises like biking, hiking, swimming, etc.
Another Round of P90X
I think that doing a second round of P90X is a great choice for someone who just finished up their first round of P90X. After round 1 of P90X you now know all of the moves and can really “Bring It.” You will be amazed at the results you will get during your second round of 90 days of P90X. And if you’re really ambitious, you can even modify your next rounds of P90X by adding things like medicine balls for push-ups or a weighted vest to add resistance.
Different Beachbody Program
If you didn’t enjoy P90X (whether you didn’t like Tony’s jokes or just didn’t like the military style workouts) or you just want to change it up, you can always do a different Beachbody program. If you enjoy intense, hardcore workouts you can choose something like Insanity, Turbo Fire or Asylum or, if you enjoy lighter, funner or “dancier” programs you can choose a program like Hip Hop Abs, Turbo Jam or Brazil Butt Lift. The fact is that there are so many programs that Beachbody makes that it is virtually impossible NOT to find something that you like. Not sure which program is right for you after P90X? Check out my post on Choosing A Beachbody Program.
Hybrid of P90X and Another Beachbody Program
Personally, doing a hybrid of P90X with another Beachbody program is one of my favorite options. I enjoy keeping P90X as my “baseline” program because of the strength training but I enjoy mixing up the cardio workouts and mixing in different programs so that I don’t get bored. Variety is the spice of life.
Continuing Your Healthy Lifestyle with Alternative Exercise
Swimming, biking, hiking, running. These are all great ways to stay in shape and maintain your weight loss results from P90X but keep in mind that none of these exercises will help you build, or maintain, the muscle that you have developed from P90X. My personal opinion on this strategy is that it is not ideal for most people after P90X. The reason that most people have success with programs from Beachbody is that they offer structure. They tell us what to do and when to do it. Without it, people like me fall off the wagon. We need that structure in our lives to give us direction so that we can accomplish our goals.
Life After P90X – It’s Your Choice
Well there you have it. We’ve covered many options that people choose to do after P90X. But now the choice is yours. Regardless of which way you decide to go, I think that the most important thing is that you continue your fitness journey. P90X has been the catalyst to help many people get off the couch and press play every day so use it as just that. Continue striving towards your goals and striving to get better every single day, even after P90X.
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