P90X + P90X2 + Mass Hybrid

P90X + P90X2With less than 90 days until the 4th of July, I decided last week to start a new hybrid workout routine.  This is still experimental, but its goal is to improve both strength and size, so that I’ll look my very best for all the big summer parties this year 🙂

I completed my first round of P90X2 in late March. While the program is fantastic with a lot of emphasis on balance, stability, sports performance and core, I believe that the program is more appropriate for someone who wants to improve for better athletic performance, core strength, flexibility. I can definitely say that my performance and form have gotten much better and cleaner from completing X2.

However, at the same time I do feel that my overall strength has dropped a bit. By the end of the round, I could not curl or shoulder press as much as I did 4 months ago when I was still doing the regular P90X. Don’t get me wrong.  X2 is a hardcore workout that will have you doing your bicep curls while holding a plank on a Swiss ball, or doing shoulder presses while balancing one one foot and sweating profusely while doing it.

But you should gear your workout to what you want to achieve. For me, as usual, I want strength and size and I have to admit that I enjoy lifting heavy.  That’s how I work and I’m going to work and motivate myself around it. There are some routines on X2,which I really love, and there are some routines in the P90X that I really love and feel like a badass after doing them.  So for me, combining P90X and P90X2 into one workout routine should give me the best of both worlds   🙂

Week 1-2 (X2 Foundation)

Day 1 : X2 Core
Day 2 : Plyocide or [ 4×10 Back Squat / 4×10 calf raise / 40 min of Muay Thai ] Day 3 : X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 4 : X2 Total Body & X2 Ab Ripper
Day 5 : X2 Yoga or any Yoga
Day 6 : X2 Balance + Power or [ Beach Workout ] Day 7 : REST

Week 3-5 (Strength 1)

Day 1 : X2 Chest + Back + Balance + X2 Ab Ripper
Day 2 : Plyocide or [ 4×10 Back Squat / 4×10 calf raise / 40 min of Muay Thai ] Day 3 : X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 4 : P90X Shoulder & Arms + X2 Ab Ripper
Day 5 : X2 Yoga or any Yoga
Day 6 : 4×8 Bench Press + 1/2 [Base + Back & X2 Ab Ripper] or [Beach Workout]
Day 7 : REST

Week 6 (X2 Recovery Week)

Day 1 : X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 2 : X2 Yoga or any Yoga
Day 3 :  Extreme Abs Workout
Day 4 : X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 5 : X2 Yoga or any Yoga
Day 6 : X2 Recovery + Mobility or/and [Beach Workout] Day 7 : REST

Week 7-9 (Strength 2)

Day 1 : P90X Chest, Shoulder & Tricep + X2 Ab Ripper
Day 2 : Plyocide or [ 4×10 Back Squat / 4×10 calf raise / 40 min of Muay Thai ] Day 3 : X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 4 : P90X Back & Bi + X2 Ab Ripper <— Use pullup movements from X2 like V pullup, Crunchy Lever Pullup, X pullup etc
Day 5 : X2 Yoga or any Yoga
Day 6 : 4×8 Bench Press + 1/2 [Base + Back & X2 Ab Ripper] or [Beach Workout] Day 7 : REST

Week 10-11 (X2 Performance)

Day 1 : PAP Lower
Day 2 : PAP Upper
Day 3 : Yoga
Day 4 : X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 5 : PAP Lower
Day 6 : PAP Upper
Day 7 : REST

Week 12 (SIZE & STRENGTH?)

Day 1 : 5×5 (Bench Press/ Back Squat/ T-Row / Shoulder Press / Barbell Curl / SkullCrusher)
Day 2 : Extreme Abs Workout
Day 3 : Yoga
Day 4:  5×5 (Bench Press/ Back Squat/ T-Row / Shoulder Press / Barbell Curl / SkullCrusher)
Day 5:  Extreme Abs Workout
Day 6 : Yoga
Day 7 : Rest

Week 12 is still undecided as everything depends on how I feel at that time. For all I know, I might just repeat X2 Recovery Week again or do the 5×5 routine. Either way, I will “listen to my body”, and so should you 😉

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