P90X Review for Skinny Guys | Nutrition Fit



A lot of people have been talking about P90X over these past few years, and one of the most popular questions I see is, “Can skinny guys build muscle with P90X?” Before I answer this question, you should know that I did P90X for 3 years. Over that period of time, I managed to put on about 30 pounds. Before you jump to conclusions though, pay close attention, because there is some important information that I need to discuss with you. Also, just so you know, this is a review of the program for skinny guys who are looking to bulk up. If this isn’t you, then this information may or may not be useful.

Today, I want to talk about the, “Big 3’s.” I want to talk about the 3 big reasons you can build muscle with P90X, and then the 3 major reasons why you cannot. If you’re a skinny guy who’s having trouble gaining weight, pay close attention to everything that I’m about to tell you. Even if you decide not to follow the P90X program, this information will still be useful to you.

#1. You will eat more food.

Naturally, when you begin an exercise program, your body is going to need more food. P90X is no different. When I first started training, I was eating 3,000 calories a day, and for the longest time, this worked. I gained about 30 pounds in 3 years, and I was happy with my results.

#2. You will lift weights.

For guys who are skinny, lifting anything will help them build muscle. It doesn’t matter if you’re shoveling dirt, lifting hay, or working out in your living room. Your training program doesn’t have to be perfect, and again, as long as you’re lifting something, your muscles will grow.

#3. You will be working out your whole body.

So many guys make the mistake of only working out their chest and biceps. With P90X, you’re getting the complete package. You’re working out your entire body, and this will help you build muscle quickly.

Those are the good reasons.

As you can see, there are 3 big reasons why you’re going to see progress with this program. On another note, there are also 3 big reasons why you’re not going to see progress, or you could see better progress with another program.

#1. You’re not doing compound exercises.

Aside from pull ups, you’re stuck with push ups, one legged deadlifts, and body weight squats. Unfortunately, these exercise are not going to help you put on a lot of mass. Will you see progress? You will see gains, but your gains will be minimal, and you will eventually plateau.

#2. Too much cardio.

If you do decide to follow the P90X program, think about removing one of the cardio workouts. In order to build muscle, your body needs to be in a calorie surplus. With all of the cardio in this program, that’s just not going to happen.

#3. You run out of weight.

What I mean by this is, your dumbbells can only get you so far. Even if you have dumbbells up to 100-pounds, what about bench press, squats, and deadlifts? As much as I hate to say it, and as much as I liked working out from home, nothing beats working out at a gym with a barbell loaded with weight. Just think about how many push ups you’re going to need to do to feel the burn in your chest, as opposed to doing a 8 to 12 repetitions on bench press.

Final Thoughts.

If you’re new to training, the P90X program is a great starting point. You will see some good gains early on, but as you grow into the program, which may even take a couple of years, you’re eventually going to want to switch to something more advanced.


Source by Taylor Thompson