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    Is P90X for athletes?

    Of course this depends on the sport and when the athlete is using p90x. Remember it's a full 90 days of training so one might not want to do it during their season but rather in the off season.
    However sport training involves sport specific workouts, so would p90x still fit into an athletes training program?
    Curious to see what everyone's thoughts are on the subject, so tell me your sport and if you think P90X is suitable or not.




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    P90X is an all around workout just like any other workout in the workout section of these forums. It is put into a nice workout/diet/cardio program with quality instruction and videos. It is used just like any other program, and thus get's people into shape like most programs.

    Is it for athletes? Combined the program with sport specific training and sure I'd say yes it could be.
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    you could use it for a "phase" or particular portion of ur performance training, but unless ur a novice or beginner in athletics then this program will not improve ur performance very much!
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    It's designed more for the average weekend warrior who wants to look good than for the average athlete who wants to improve his/her performance.
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    It is primarily cardio, and pretty much the kind of cardio you shouldn't be doing no matter what sport you train for(generally high impact very long duration). If you are trying to lose weight for a sport I would recommend lighter crossfit WODs with some kind of linear progression and progressive overload. If you are trying to gain muscle mass for a sport I would recommend playing your sport for conditioning or light cardio that doesn't stress the primary muscles of your sport.
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    P90X is designed for shedding pounds and fat. If you are extremely overweight and an athlete it could have its place but sports like baseball, football ect. have workouts based on power and strength .... not having barbell squats in there won't be the best usage of your time.
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    any serious athlete I know who actually gave it a try did it in the off season(if they had one).
    Do you think they'res a bunch of muscle fibers that are lazy watching TV and eating Doritos and say "nah I'm not going unless good ol' CNS lights itself on fire from overload, then I'll help out." -Khryz :D
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    i think most of the people who are replying have not tried p90x. thats the way it seems to go on these boards. i think it would be a great way to train for sports, but not just doing the program starting from scratch. i would say doing a traditional program geared more towards sports (5x5, ws4sb) and THEN doing p90x would be great. put on some strength and size and then gain a ton of muscular endurance and shed the fat. i have been training for years and played college sports and p90x is kicking my ass. the core and ab routines are amazing and i am already noticing the carryover into sports. hope that helps.
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    Originally Posted by tjohnsonr10 View Post
    i think most of the people who are replying have not tried p90x. thats the way it seems to go on these boards. i think it would be a great way to train for sports, but not just doing the program starting from scratch. i would say doing a traditional program geared more towards sports (5x5, ws4sb) and THEN doing p90x would be great. put on some strength and size and then gain a ton of muscular endurance and shed the fat. i have been training for years and played college sports and p90x is kicking my ass. the core and ab routines are amazing and i am already noticing the carryover into sports. hope that helps.
    No one is bashing P90x. We are simply saying that for athletes it just doesn't compare to good ol fashioned heavy lifting and sport specific training.
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    Originally Posted by scoops1515 View Post
    Of course this depends on the sport and when the athlete is using p90x. Remember it's a full 90 days of training so one might not want to do it during their season but rather in the off season.
    However sport training involves sport specific workouts, so would p90x still fit into an athletes training program?
    Curious to see what everyone's thoughts are on the subject, so tell me your sport and if you think P90X is suitable or not.




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    Originally Posted by ven33 View Post
    No one is bashing P90x. We are simply saying that for athletes it just doesn't compare to good ol fashioned heavy lifting and sport specific training.
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    Originally Posted by tjohnsonr10 View Post
    i think most of the people who are replying have not tried p90x. thats the way it seems to go on these boards. i think it would be a great way to train for sports, but not just doing the program starting from scratch. i would say doing a traditional program geared more towards sports (5x5, ws4sb) and THEN doing p90x would be great. put on some strength and size and then gain a ton of muscular endurance and shed the fat. i have been training for years and played college sports and p90x is kicking my ass. the core and ab routines are amazing and i am already noticing the carryover into sports. hope that helps.
    The problem with that is, if you gain and then shed, you will lose strength/muscle. Another thing is you can achieve stamina (not everybody needs 'endurance') by better means. So if you were to ever do it as an athlete, it would be immediately after the season ends and then start weight lifting ... but it is just not made for athletes .... it's made for people working out in their home for health.
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    personally i think p90x is great for conditionaing..... mabe, but if youv been working hard all year and call yourself relitively athletic, than you should be doing something else, personally alot of free weights and barbell excersises
    ie squat, bench, and dead + push press, front squat, cleans = profit
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    I did a cycle of P90X as my training before a 5k obstacle/mud run up a mountain and it definately worked for that.

    As far as sports training there are definately some key exercises it misses that are beneficial, squats and deadlifts being standouts. The program is limited to anything you can do with dumbells or a pull up bar by design. So keep that in mind and substitute barbell exercises in if you have that available to you. I know I modify the workouts as I see fit and usually add in deadlifts and rows etc.

    The plyometrics workout is probably one of the better ones to work into a sports training routine but with that high impact training comes a risk of injury so be careful and use good form.
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