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P90X is Hard!


P90X is Hard – It’s totally Impossible!!!

One-Arm Pushups? YOGA X? Oh and…Crunchy Frog from Ab Ripper X….are you KIDDING ME? I can’t do P90X, it has to be for the super-fit and athletic people, right?? P90X is Hard!

P90X is HardWell, I encourage you to read on if this sounds like you….it sure sounded like me when I first started P90X. I remember my very first day I popped in Cardio X as a preview, and thought it was pretty good. Then, I officially started the program, and stared in disbelief of some of the crazy moves with P90X….

But I found a way to get the most out of the P90X program and in result lost 65 pounds and have never felt better. I’m going to pass along the key tips and tricks to work towards changing the saying of “P90X is HARD!” to “P90X is AWESOME!”

So if you ever said to yourself that “P90X is HARD” then read on to learn my 5 steps of how to succeed with your P90X journey:

P90X is Hard: Tip #1: MODIFY

I hear from a lot of team members in our SharpeFit community that after they take the time to modify, they get better results. Not only that, P90X becomes a LOT more enjoyable!!

So how the heck do you modify, Bob? Well, I’m glad you asked!!! Here is the best modification tips along with some tips that I used when I first started P90X

  • P90X Plyometrics: follow “pam the blam” for the moves. Don’t worry about going as deep into the squats and lunges if you can’t. Your MAIN GOAL: feel it! As long as you’re sweating and feeling like you are making a difference, you will improve! Remember that even though you aren’t doing what Tony is doing, you surely are performing better everyone who has given up on P90X!
  • Push-Ups: do these on your knees! Keep a focus that you should always “feel” like your doing hard work. What I mean by that is go deep on your knees. If you’re not feeling it in your chest, go deeper! This will build your foundation so that someday you will be able to do full push-ups (YES you can do this!!! :-))
  • Pull-Ups: if your like me, the thought of pull-ups makes you want to grit your teeth, bite your nails, and run away into a corner to hide! 😀 Even when I was younger, I struggled big time with pull-ups. But, there are tricks to this trade that I didn’t realize that has helped improve pull-ups.You can always start off with bands or using a chair as mentioned by Tony. Just put most of your efforts and body weight into pulling yourself up versus using the chair for all of your support.You can also work toward building up your foundation with pull-ups. To do this, pull yourself to the top, hold your position isolated for as long as you can. Then, slowly lower yourself to the bottom, and then repeat!

P90X is Hard: Tip #2: Maximize your Heart Rate for your Best Target

For any cardiovascular exercise, I always recommend checking your heart rate to make sure you are maximizing your efforts. That way you’ll know you are getting results while changing your attitude from: “P90X is Hard” to “P90X is awesome!”

P90X is HardHow do you know your optimum heart rate? This is important based on factors such as your age and current fitness level. Checkout the awesome heart rate calculator and tool offered on Team Beachbody by clicking here. Keep in mind you need to be part of Team Beachbody to see that site, but it’s completely FREE, so if you don’t already have your account, CLICK HERE to get started (you’ll also get me, Bob Sharpe, as your personal coach for free!).

P90X is Hard: Tip #3: Don’t get Discouraged. EVER! Even if you miss a day of P90X

No one is perfect. A lot of times when people tell me that P90X is Hard, its because they missed a day. That may happen! It happened to me a lot!! Don’t let it get you discouraged. Hate working out? Sometimes I do, sometimes even Tony Horton hates to exercise (it’s true!! Read his book “Bring It!” to hear it for yourself). The point is, remember to stay focused on the reason WHY you started working out. That doesn’t just mean “to lose weight” – dig deeper than that. What will you accomplish if you lose weight? What will happen if you don’t lose weight and continue to live life like you are? That is your WHY. The underlying, actual REASON why you are doing this crazy routine!! :-) So, if you miss a day….do you quit and start over? NO WAY!

Instead, focus on picking up where you left off and push forward. I always recommend adjusting your schedule to never miss a strength training day (the days that include ab ripper).

Its also always important to have support and accountability too to avoid discouragement. I explain that information below.

P90X is Hard: Tip #4: Give yourself the proper Nutrition Support

Shameless sales promotion here? Absolutely not :-) I’m just going to tell you from my own experience….not giving yourself nutrition is why P90X is hard!!!

P90X is HardFirst and foremost, use your P90X Nutrition Guide for as much advice and information as possible. I hit a plateau during my 2nd Round of P90X where I wasn’t burning off the last bit of belly fat that would reveal my abs. I found out it was because I wasn’t eating enough food! P90X is hard, but its also extreme, which means the reason it could be hard is because you don’t have enough fuel!

The information within the P90X Nutrition Guide has the tools you need to do the job. From understanding the important functions of the program to the protein/carb balance. If you are just eating whatever you want (even if you are “watching your calories”), you aren’t following the program appropriately. Don’t leave out this important step.

But the nutrition guide isn’t all, you also need to supplement! I know, I know…you hear it all over the P90X DVDs “Make sure you drink your recovery drink”, “Don’t forget that recovery drink”, “recovery drink”, “blah, blah, blah”, right?…..wrong. And again, I’ll use myself and the sacrificial failure :-) I wanted to save money on those crazy things. Who needs them? That is what I thought all along. Then finally I gave in (primarily because I became a coach and got a 25% discount :-)). Of course, as you probably can imagine, the supplements helped me get faster results. My abs started coming in, my biceps got bigger, and I was more regular and felt really healthy!

I don’t use a lot of supplements, only three primary supplements:

You can learn more about my supplements by viewing my earlier blog post (click here).

P90X is Hard: Tip #5: Join a Motivated and Winning Team

The big issue that stops people dead in their P90X journey is not having someone to pick them back up! That’s what I’m here for as your Coach! Not only that, you join our Team SharpeFit community both here on and also on our Facebook group (assuming you have a facebook of course :-)).

By joining our team, you get free access to my experience, along with over 50 other people who are motivated great people looking to live healthier, more fulfilling lives, just like YOU!

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In order to join our motivated and winning team, just CLICK HERE and grab your free account. You can also e-mail me anytime:

Of course, if you are a motivated leader or someone looking to make a huge difference in your life, both physically and financially, consider becoming a Coach on my team. We are growing strong and I would love to have you on the ground floor of this incredible opportunity with me. I don’t work with everyone, but if you are a motivated individual with huge dreams and big goals, e-mail me today ( and let’s get started on your physical and financial transformation!

SO HOW ARE YOU DOING? Let me know by leaving a comment below!! Are you doing P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, or another fitness workout? Let’s hear all about it!! If you have any questions also, post them below in the comments!!

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Yours in Success,

Coach Bob Sharpe

In 2010, Bob Sharpe was 70 pounds overweight and struggling with Acid Reflux. After getting his life in shape, he dedicated himself to a healthier lifestyle. Now, after losing 70 pounds and being in the best shape of his life, his goal is to help others do the same through his Beachbody coaching and assistance here on Bob Sharpe on Google + | Leaders Only – Click Here
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  2. Amy May says:

    Thanks so much for this enouragement!! I’m on week 3 and feeling like I can finally bring it! The first two weeks were brutal and I could only get through about half of each exercise with a total of 5 workout days each week. Now that I’m feeling stronger, I’m wondering if I shoud consider the first 2 weeks “practice” and start over? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    • There is nothing wrong with considering the first 2 weeks as a warm-up if you’d like to! That way by the time you are done with the first phase, you’ll have 5 weeks under your belt before recovery week. I don’t recommend sticking with 1 phase for more than 6 total weeks to avoid any unnecessary plateau.

      Make sense? Keep Bringing it Amy!


  3. Amy May says:

    Thanks Bob! I actually decided to keep pushing forward, lol. I took my measurements and weighed-in, and to my surprise, I lost a total of 6-1/2 inches and 5 lbs!!! Looks like I was working harder than I thought! I’m enjoying this little “break” although the Yoga X is still a killer. Is there any harm in mixing up the days that I do the exercises on recovery week since Yoga takes so much time? By the way, I’m a working single mother of a 14 year old boy… and 48 years old myself!! If I can do this – anyone can!! Just keep pushing play!!

    • AWESOME!!! Congratulations Amy – and keep up the good work. You are right too, anyone can do this! Keep us all posted on your results – Bring It!!

    • John Wells says:

      Wow that is great. Good job Amy. Keep up the great work!


  4. Amy May says:

    Thanks so much for your support guys! Beginning Week 6 and down another pound and another inch! I’m just beginning to see the faint outline of my shoulders and biceps and I’m starting to get excited! Oh and lets not forget the 2-pack lol!!

  5. Amy May says:

    Hey Bob – it’s been a while since I’ve checked in. I’ve just started week 12 and in the home stretch of my first round of P90X. I’m happy to say I’ve lost 15 pounds and 17-3/4″!! On the other hand… when I look in the mirror, I’m not entirely thrilled with what I see. Of course, I’m leaner, but I was hoping for ripped! Are these typical results?

    • Hi Amy,

      CONGRATS on your first round of P90X and achieving some great weight loss. You should be extremely proud!! As far as getting ripped, I must say that diet it the little niche behind that gem. It has taken me a while to get it right myself (my first round of P90X was all about weight loss).

      What type of diet plan do you use? A lot of team members in our SharpeFit community use the tool (free) and the Team Beachbody meal planner tool to track some of the carbs/calories/etc when working to get ripped.

  6. Amy May says:

    Wow – what an eye opener… used the myfitnesspal tool and realized I was eating too FEW calories! My diet consists of lean proteins, no red meat, low carbs, whole grains and tons of salads. But get this – I went to listen to Thomas Tadlock speak about belly fat and got inspired to start juicing. I’ve added fresh “green” juice drinks for less than a week and have already lost 2lbs! That’s huge for me since I’ve been consistantly losing 1lb per week. I’ve also added a dose of L-Carnitine just prior to my workouts and daily Fish Oil for Omega 3’s. Thank you so much for recommending that I examine my diet!! Even though I was eating lean I wasn’t giving my body what it needed!! Woo Hoo Round Two!!

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