One of the latest crazes in the fitness world is P90X. It seems like literally everyone is doing it! Moms, dads, aunts, uncles – GOOD….middle and high school athletes – BAD. When it comes to program selection, one must question the “WHY” of the program and align that answer to your individual goals. The P90X program has delivered amazing results to thousands of people in the way of weight loss & improved body composition. The “muscle confusion” principle that Tony Horton espouses is an excellent way to keep individuals psychologically engaged long enough to affect the physical changes they desire! In fact, a large portion of our weight loss & adult fitness programming hinges upon similar principles.
However, just because it’s good for the goose doesn’t always mean it’s good for the gosling (or something like that). While P90X can strip bodyfat and chisel arms better than any other program on the market, can it make a young athlete faster? Doubt it. More agile? Probably Not. More powerful? Ehhhhhhh…..Don’t think so.
FACT– These are the company’s claims- “Whether you want to get lean, bulk up, or just plain get ripped, there’s an endless variety of ways to mix and match the routines to keep you motivated the full 90 days and beyond!”
So leaner, ripped, and more muscular????? What about improving speed, power, coordination, technical ability in sport, or just plain athleticism???? Shouldn’t these be our main goals when working with youth athletes? Improving these abilities takes teaching and repetition not confusion. So put down the remote, turn off the videos, and get em running, jumping, cutting, even PLAYING!
REMEMBER – Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s good.