A lot of people have been talking about P90X over the last few years, and one of the most popular questions I see is, “Can skinny guys build muscle on P90X?” Before answering this question, you should know that I did P90X for 3 years. During that period of time, I managed to gain about 30 pounds. However, before jumping to conclusions, please pay close attention, because there is important information that I need to discuss with you. Also, just so you know, this is a program review for skinny guys looking to bulk up. If this is not you, then this information may or may not be helpful.

Today, I want to talk about the “big 3”. I want to talk about the top 3 reasons you can build muscle with P90X, and then the top 3 reasons you can’t. If you are a skinny guy who has a hard time gaining weight, pay close attention to everything I am going to tell you. Even if you decide not to follow the P90X program, this information will be helpful to you.

#1. You will eat more food.

Naturally, when you begin an exercise program, your body will need more food. P90X is no different. When I started training, I ate 3,000 calories a day, and for a long time it worked. I gained about 30lbs in 3 years and was happy with my results.

#two. You will lift weights.

For skinny guys, lifting anything will help you build muscle. It doesn’t matter if you’re shoveling dirt, pulling hay, or working out in your living room. Your training program doesn’t have to be perfect, and again, as long as you’re lifting something, your muscles will grow.

#3. You will work your whole body.

Many men make the mistake of only exercising the chest and biceps. With P90X, you get the complete package. You are exercising your entire body and this will help you build muscle quickly.

Those are the good reasons.

As you can see there are 3 big reasons why you will see progress with this program. On another note, there are also 3 big reasons why you’re not going to see progress, or could see better progress with another program.

#1. You are not doing compound exercises.

Aside from pull-ups, you’re stuck with push-ups, single-leg deadlifts, and bodyweight squats. Unfortunately, these exercises will not help you gain much mass. Will you see progress? You will see gains, but your gains will be minimal and you will eventually plateau.

#two. Too much cardio.

If you decide to follow the P90X program, consider eliminating one of the cardio exercises. To build muscle, your body needs to have a surplus of calories. With all the cardio in this program, that’s just not going to happen.

#3. You lose weight.

What I mean by this is that your dumbbells can only take you so far. Even if you have dumbbells up to 100lbs, what about bench presses, squats and deadlifts? As much as I hate to say it, and as much as I’d love to work out from home, there’s nothing better than working out in a gym with a loaded barbell. Just think about how many push-ups you’ll need to do to feel the burn in your chest, versus doing 8-12 reps on the bench press.

Final thoughts.

If you’re new to training, the P90X program is a great starting point. You’ll see some nice gains early on, but as you grow in the program, which may even take a couple of years, you’ll eventually want to switch to something more advanced.

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