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Maximize P90X Chest Results | Mission Blog

By Ev Eric

One of the complaints that some men have had about P90X was the lack of strenuous chest exercises. The program does use weights for some things, but it doesn't have exercises like Bench Press which would give you maximum chest results. I can only speculate that this was done at the time to minimize the recommended equipment requirements of the program, which includes dumbbells, resistance bands, and pull up bar, but no bench or bar weights and plates. Now that BeachBody LLC has exploded onto the fitness scene as a result of their success with P90X, Insanity, and TurboFire, you see that newer programs are requiring more equipment such as Body Beast, Les Mills Pump, or P90X2.

Bench Press Push Up
I too wasn't completely satisfied with my chest results after a few rounds of P90X, Insanity, and P90X2. But now I hope to fill in this gap with the apparatus pictured. It is the Bench Press Push Up from Men's Health Magazine. It is basically resistance bands attached to a hand wrap and to a back brace that allows you to get greater resistance from your push ups. It comes with a medium (red) and heavy (black) set of bands that you can use individually or use both at the same time. Currently, I am using the black band, and doing so has knocked my P90X pushup numbers down to their pre-P90X levels! This means, I now have a metric to measure how far I want to go with new goals.

Weighted Vest:
Another more versatile, albeit more expensive, option that you have if you want to increase your chest resistance training is a weighted vest. As opposed to resistance bands, this will give you a constant resistance on, not only your pushups, but any other resistance exercise that relies on body weight. A weighted vest will make nearly everything heavier: pushups, pull ups, lunges, squats, &c!

So, if you've bought into P90X and want more out of the Chest workouts (Chest & Back, Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps) you do have options!

Now, hopefully, my chest can catch up to my Biceps and Triceps!

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