I’m trying to get a bit bigger in the chest. For that, I need some heavy weights. You know the rule: To get lean, do a lot of reps with lower weight. To get big, do less reps with more weight. Well the same thing applies to chest workout and this is an area that P90X doesn’t help much with.
Sure, you’re doing a pushups. A LOT of pushups. But that’s about the extent of what you’re doing for you chest. You’re lifting part of body weight each time and I’m now doing around 40 per set. That’s a lot of reps, not a lot of weight. I am getting some definition in the chest with just P90X, but not the kind of gains I could have from the gym. Most of it is coming from losing body fat and exposing the muscles that are already there. What is there is quite hard, though.
I’ve decided to add an additional workout to my week either on Thursday or Friday that involves lifting heavy weights at the gym. Hell, I’m still paying for the membership! That way I can get in there and do some straight up bench presses and max out at 8 reps. Doing it on Thursday or Friday works out for me because any soreness from Monday’s Chest and Back or Chest, Shoulders, and Arms is gone and I still have time to recover before the next week.
This week consisted of the following
Bench Press – 3 sets at 185
Inclined Machine Press – 3 Sets at 145
Machine Flies – 2 Sets at (woops, don’t remember)
It was a pretty light workout. I don’t want to do anything to hurt myself like the last time I did a gym/P90X hybrid workout. No spotter and a busy gym kept me mostly in the machine area.
Of course, I also did the normal legs and back workout. Here are those results.