I am just starting out in my body makeover journey and I know that adding a stretching routine is critical to improve my flexibility and prevent injury. Stretching and increasing flexibility is one aspect of most workouts that is completely overlooked and underrated. I thought the best way to start is to jump in with both feet and try out one of the most popular and intense workouts: P90X Stretch.
The program is advertised to transform your body in 90 days and consists of 12 super-charged, super-intense workouts. It is designed to take you from a beginner level to an advanced level of overall body fitness. Many people have had fabulous results with the P90X program, so I thought the P90X Stretch was a great place to start.
First of all, it is about a 60 minute stretching routine, but worth every minute. P90X Stretch is a comprehensive stretching routine designed to hit every muscle from neck to ankle. The video takes you through very simple and step-by-step instructions with a heavy emphasis on breathing. Breathing is a major part in all yoga routines and it is not skipped here either.
“Stretching is the one thing that will help you achieve a higher level of athleticism over a longer period of time. The X Stretch routine is an integral part of the program that will help prevent injuries and avoid plateaus. The extensive full-body stretches that make up this routine use disciplines from Kenpo karate, hatha yoga, and various sports to ensure that your body is fully prepared to meet all P90X challenges head-on.”
Tony Horton, P90X creator.
P90X Stretching Routine
Although this is the “easiest” of the 12 workout programs in the P90X set, it is far from a walk in the park. Tony takes you through each stretch with a calm voice and he invokes a peaceful state of mind throughout the stretching routine. At the end of the DVD I felt great; I was relaxed and invigorated.
The P90X program is intense to say the least. According to Tony, X in P90X stands for extreme. There are modifications throughout the entire workout to accommodate the beginners like me as well as the advanced students with phenomenal flexibility. This is a handy component of the program so that you can use these modifications when you are just starting out and then gradually work into the variations as you become more flexible.
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