Can I do P90X if I can’t do pull ups or push ups?
Can I do P90X if I can’t do pull ups or push ups?Sep 22nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: P90X FAQ
P90X is a great program that has you push yourself to dramatically increase your muscle strength. And one of the chief ways it does that is to have you do a lot of pull ups and push ups. For those who are not in tip top shape, this may seem daunting. It may leave you thinking that P90X is not for you.
I won’t tell you that P90X is for everyone because it’s not. But just because you struggle with getting a proper push up out or are unable to pull up your body to clear a pull up bar, doesn’t mean you can’t do P90X. There are a couple things you should consider:
- Tony Horton will show you modifications to most exercises. This includes both push ups and pull ups.
- There is no shame in not being able to do a proper push up or pull up. When I started I struggled to get more than 1 or 2 full push ups done and was completely unable to pull my chin over the bar – I couldn’t even get half way there! But continued efforts over time has me now getting a couple of unassisted pull ups out now and I can do more than a handful of full push ups out before having to move to my knees to complete.
The thing I like about P90X is that if you just try – I mean really try – you will see amazing results. Now if you have serious injuries to your spine, hips or knees, P90X may not be for you. I have a spine injury where my neck meets my upper back and I do have to modify what I do to prevent injury. And I didn’t try P90X until I had rehabbed myself with traction and light exercise.
But if you are simply out of shape, P90X can transform you like nothing else. And compared to the cost of a fitness club with trainer (or a couple of classes) the P90X program looks cheap by comparison. So if you are on the fence, get off of it and get moving, you’ll be glad you did.Google+