Chances are 99.9% that part of your goal in doing P90X is to lose weight. While muscle toning, flexibility and balance are all important parts of the P90X workout program, nothing burns fat away like cardio. Today, we’ll be discussing the ninth P90x workout which is the cardio-focussed workout: Cardio X
Cardio X is actually considered an optional workout in the P90X series. You can add it to the mix once, twice or three times a week. However, some people find that adding Cardio X to the mix is just too much for them. We recommend that you include some type of cardio program with your P90X workouts, whether it’s Cardio X or not. The reasons that you’ll want to include a cardio element are:
Calorie Burning: A cardio element means that you will, ultimately, burn more calories. Burning more calories means that you’ll lose weight faster. Losing weight faster means that you’ll start getting ripped faster. These are all things that you want, so a cardio element is an important element for you to add.
Improved Workouts: Adding a cardio element means that you’ll improve your overall cardiovascular fitness, and that means that you’ll be able to workout even harder during the P90X workouts.
Whether you use the Cardio X workout or another way to get your cardio is up to you, but there are benefits to using the Cardio X workout. Firstly, it’s designed to enhance the program. Many of the moves that you’ll do during Cardio X are moves that you’ve been exposed to in the other P90X workouts (particularly the Kenpo X and Yoga X workouts). They’re set to a faster pace in order to get a cardio burn, but you get the benefit of getting extra practice at some of the moves. Secondly, with Cardio X, you know you’ll be getting the motivational leadership of Tony Horton. Just going off and doing cardio on your own may not pump you up mentally in the same way!
If you’re looking for a different cardio workout to do, you may want to consider Turbo Jam Live or Rockin Body instead. Both of those workouts combine cardio and muscle toning to high energy, upbeat music with a dance emphasis. If you think you need a break from Tony Horton, or you just want to mix up your cardio elements, consider those or other workouts that feature dance music.
Get out, get running, do some Cardio X and improve your cardiovascular fitness today. If you do, it will improve your fitness overall.