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P90X Classic Vs. P90X Lean

P90X Classic Vs. P90X Lean
The P90X Classic and Lean programs use free weights to build muscle.

P90X is designed to “transform your body from regular to ripped in just 90 days,” according to the official P90X website. Whether you wish to build muscle and bulk up or lose weight and slim out, P90X has a routine for you. Before beginning this intense training routine, it is important to understand the differences of P90X Classic and P90X Lean.

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For the first eight weeks of both Classic and Lean, the program features three weeks of intensive training followed by one week of recovery. The last five weeks consist of four weeks of intense training followed by one final week of recovery. As explained by the Raise the Bar Fitness website, the P90X Classic program “focuses on a lot of resistance exercises to build up strength and conditioning.” With an emphasis on strength training, the program aims to add bulk by increasing muscle tone. On the other hand, the P90X Lean program “works to enhance your cardio, which is the best way to reduce your body fat quickly,” according to the Raise the Bar Fitness website. The lean program focuses on reducing body fat in an effort to make the body lean and toned.

Who It's For

With its emphasis on strength training, the P90X Classic program is ideal for men and women who wish to add muscle tone. Since muscle weighs more than fat, this program might not be ideal for people who want to see a lower number on the scale. However, with its focus on cardiovascular exercise, the lean program is deal for people who wish to lose weight or tone the body without adding too much muscle. According to the Extreme Body Workout website, “while both approaches are appropriate for both genders, we typically see women using P90X Lean more often.”

Upper Body Workouts

In the P90X Classic program, you will complete the “Chest & Back” workout in weeks one, two, three, nine and 11. During these same weeks, you will also complete the “Shoulders & Arms” workout. The arm workouts change slightly for weeks five, six, seven, 10 and 12. During these weeks, you will complete the “Chest, Shoulders & Triceps” workout and the “Back & Biceps” workout.

In the P90X Lean program, the arm workout for weeks one, two, three, nine and 11 is the “Shoulders & Arms” workout, while weeks five, six, seven, 10 and 12 use the “Chest, Shoulders & Triceps” workout.

Lower Body Workouts

The lower body workout remains the same for both P90X Classic and P90X Lean. Throughout every week of the program except the three recovery weeks, you will complete the “Legs & Back” workout. The nearly hour-long workout occurs once per week and features a variety of leg exercises and pull-up exercises. The Classic program also features a “Plyometrics” workout, which you will complete every week except for weeks four, eight and 13. The Daily Burn website explains the video as “jump training,” which “improves your ability to run faster, jump higher, and maneuver in multidirectional sports.”

Cardiovascular Workouts

The Lean program utilizes cardiovascular workouts more often than the Classic program. The “Cardio X” workout shows up on every single week of the 13-week Lean program. The video is complemented by the “Kenpo X” martial arts workout, which also is completed every single week. Although “Kenpo X” is completed every week of the Classic program, the “Cardio X” workout is never used.

Stretching & Abdominal Workouts

Both workout programs feature both the “Yoga X” and “X Stretch” videos at least once per week. During the recovery weeks, these videos are completed twice. For the abdominal workouts, both the Classic and Lean program utilize the 15-minute “Ab Ripper X” workout. Except for recovery weeks, this belly-blasting workout is done multiple times per week. The Classic program uses the 15-minute workout three days per week, while the Lean program only uses it twice per week. However, the Lean program also utilizes the “Core Synergistics” workout once per week throughout all 13 weeks. The Classic program only uses the “Core Synergistics” video during recovery weeks.

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