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Best Home Workout to Get Ripped

Benefits of Yoga and Stretching


That is what I often hear when I talk to my friends and other coaches who are doing P90X.  YogaX is always a hot topic.  Many guys who are doing P90X to get ripped and build muscle don't feel like they need to do the Yoga.  "Yoga is for girls" is something that I often hear.  However, nothing is further from the truth.  In fact most men are much less flexible than women making it that much more important to stretch to maintain and improve flexibility.

Personally, I feel like I am one of the least flexible people in the entire world.  When I try to touch my toes with straight legs, I am lucky to reach my ankles.  Because of this lack of flexibility, doing Yoga is a major challenge to me.  I have to modify many of the moves and feel very awkward and uncomfortable doing yoga.  I used to make every excuse in the book to to skip the Yoga because I just hated to do it.  I felt like it was a waste of time and something that I really did not enjoy.  I thought my workout time would be better spent with resistance training, building up my strength and muscle.



P90X2 is Coming!

If you have done several rounds of P90X and you are ready for another challenge, then you are in Luck.  P90X2 was unveiled at the Team Beachbody Coaches Summit last week and it is going to get you RIPPED!  Tony Horton has been studying sports science with Dr. Marcus Elliott at P3 Action Sports in Santa Barbara, California.  Dr. Elliott is an internationally renowned leader in the field of sports science and P3 trains some of the worlds top athletes.  P90X2 will allow you to tap into some of the Functional Fitness training techniques used by elite athletes to build muscle, improve flexibility and mobility, and prevent injuries.


Power90 Review

Go from Skinny to Ripped with Power90

It seems that everyone has heard of P90X, but did you know the Tony Horton actually got his start with an at home workout program called Power90?  Power90 is the precursor to P90X ( P90X stands for Power90 Extreme).  If your read my article Why I Started P90X, you know the I started out with Power90 when I was a skinny guy who didn't know anything about working out.  Power90 was my first real exposure to working out and it provided me with the fundamentals that I needed to begin transforming my body.  Doing Power90 for 90 days, along with Shakeology, helped me to build the strength and confidence that I needed to take the next step in my fitness.

A lot of people are intimidated by P90X or don't feel like they are fit enough to start P90X. Power 90 is the perfect solution for those people.

Power90 is an at home workout program that combines resistance training with cardio to provide a full body workout.  This is an excellent program for people who are skinny or out of shape and need a stepping stone to move to P90X.  Power90 uses many of the same moves as P90X but does them at a more beginner level.  The moves in Power90 are easy to learn and Tony Horton presents the workout in a way that is fun and encouraging.


What Equipment Do I Need for P90X

One of the great things about the P90X at home fitness program is that you can get started with very little equipment.  All of the exercises in the P90X program can be done with a simple set of resistance bands.  Resistance bands can be purchases through Beachbody, or at any of your local sporting goods stores.  The nice thing about the resistance bands is that they are inexpensive, don't take a lot of room, and they travel well so that you can take your routine with you on the road.  Bands come in different thicknesses.  The thicker the band, the more the resistance.  Make sure you get a band with the appropriate resistance for your level.

Of course, once you start building muscle and really get into P90X, you will probably want to buy some additional gear so that you can get the most out of your workout.  Here are a few items that I use and recommend.


Building Muscle with Pull-Ups

I believe that one of the best exercises that you can do to build muscle fast in your upper body is pull-ups.  In fact, I would choose pull-ups and push-ups and the two most important upper body exercises that you can do to get ripped.  Both of these moves engage many muscles in the upper body, including arms, shoulders, chest, abs, and back.  Unfortunately, most people can't do a decent pull-up.  I should know, when I started P90X, I could only do about 2-3 pull-ups.  I attempted to use the chair for assistance, like Tony suggested in the videos, but I really did not feel like it was helping me to work up to unassisted pull-ups.  I felt like I was missing out on the fast results that pull-ups provide to build muscle.  I started a phased approach that helped me to workup to doing more reps of unassisted pull ups.


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