P90X Workout Schedule – Lean

This is the last of three posts about the various P90X workout schedules. The P90X program comes with three workout schedules: P90X Standard, P90X Doubles and P90X Lean. I’m posting these schedules to help you decide if you should buy P90X. The more you know about the product, the easier it is to make your decision. P90X is a very intense program, but there is an option that tones it down a little. The P90X Lean workout schedule is for those who want to focus more on cardio than on resistance training. As I did for the Standard and Doubles workout schedules, I will give you the name of the DVD(s) that you will use each day of the Lean schedule as well as the duration of each workout in the form of (minutes:seconds).

The P90X Lean workout schedule is in the same format as the other two schedules. It is divided into three phases, but you will notice that within the phases there is less emphasis on resistance training as compared to the other schedules.

P90X Lean Workout Schedule

Phase 1

Weeks 1 – 3

Day 1: Core Synergistics (57:27)
Day 2: Cardio X (43:18)
Day 3: Shoulders & Arms (59:53), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 4: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 5: Legs & Back (58:56), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)
Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

Week 4

Day 1: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 2: Core Synergistics (57:27)
Day 3: Kenpo X (58:46)
Day 4: X Stretch (57:32)
Day 5: Cardio X (43:18)
Day 6: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

Phase 2

Weeks 5 – 7

Day 1: Core Synergistics (57:27)
Day 2: Cardio X (43:18)
Day 3: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps (55:44), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 4: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 5: Legs & Back (58:56), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)
Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

Week 8

Day 1: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 2: Core Synergistics (57:27)
Day 3: Kenpo X (58:46)
Day 4: X Stretch (57:32)
Day 5: Cardio X (43:18)
Day 6: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

Phase 3

Weeks 9 and 11

Day 1: Chest & Back (52:50), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 2: Cardio X (43:18)
Day 3: Shoulders & Arms (59:53), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 4: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 5: Core Synergistics (57:27)
Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)
Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

Weeks 10 and 12

Day 1: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps (55:44), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 2: Cardio X (43:18)
Day 3: Back & Biceps (51:36), Ab Ripper X (16:07)
Day 4: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 5: Core Synergistics (57:27)
Day 6: Kenpo X (58:46)
Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

Week 13

Day 1: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 2: Core Synergistics (57:27)
Day 3: Kenpo X (58:46)
Day 4: X Stretch (57:32)
Day 5: Cardio X (43:18)
Day 6: Yoga X (92:24)
Day 7: Rest or X Stretch (57:32)

The P90X manual says that this workout schedule will help you build more lean body mass than the other two schedules, but it comes at the price of less strength and speed. When I went through the P90X program, I used the Standard schedule so I can’t really comment on the results you should expect from the Lean schedule. If you have already tried the Lean workout schedule, leave a comment and let us know your experience with it. If you’ve already finished the P90X program and you are looking for something more intense, give Insanity a try.


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