P90X Review – Legs and Back

What workout would you do if you wanted to target your largest muscles groups?  How about P90X Legs and Back!  It has been shown that your body burns more calories when you work large muscles groups.  P90X Legs and Back does just that, it alternates lower body movements with back movements to burn calories and create an effective burn of 2 major muscle groups in one workout – awesome!

Variety is definitely the spice of life, and variety in your workout can bring excitement, motor learning, increased muscle recruitment, and improved performance.  This routines provides lots of variety to target your leg and back muscles from many different angles.

Here is the rundown of exercises:  2 leg exercises followed by pull-ups

  1. Cardio Warm-up and Stretch
  2. Balance Lunge, Calf Raise Squat, Reverse Grip Chin-Up, Super Skater, Wall Squat, Wide Fron Pull-up, Step Back Lunge, Alternating Side Lunge, Close Grip Overhand Pull-up, Single Leg Wall Squat, Deadlift Squat, Switch Grip Pull-up. 
  3. 60 Second Break and Ballistic Stretch
  4. 3-Way Lunge, Sneaky Lunge, Reverse Grip Chin-up, Chair Salutations, Toe-Roll Iso Lunge, Wide Front Pull-up, Grouch Walk, 3 Position Calf Raises, Close Grip Overhand Pull-up, 80/20 Siebers-Speed Squat, Switch Grip Pull-up.
  5. Cool Down and Stretch

My Favorite Exercises in Legs and Back: Legs: Single Leg Wall Squat – this gets the legs burning and Calf Raises – is a burner as well especially using the right weight.  Back: Wide Front Pull-ups – I feel like my back is really isolated when my hands are wide and doing them clean is a challenge!

Like I have said before, one of the real benefits of following along in the video is that you move from exercise to exercise which helps to keep your heart rate up and burn more calories. By the end of P90X: Legs and Back you have worked 2 large muscle group in succession and you are definitely going to burn some calories. 

Note for Beginners: Really focus on form – use a chair or bands on the pullups until you can perform your pullups cleanly. Don’t get hung up on the numbers. Don’t add weight to the exercises the first go around – your legs will get a good workout without the weight.  Finally, take Tony’s advice, “Do your best, and Forget the rest”!

Note for P90X Grads and Superfit: If you are cycling back through the program for the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time and the routine is getting easier try doing your leg exercises with a BOSU trainer, or add more weight to increase the workload.  Give it a try!

Good luck on your journey!

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2 Responses to P90X Review – Legs and Back

  1. Wall squats? Are you serious? I hate ’em…but I love ’em!

    • HawkPT at #

      Single leg wall squats even better 🙂

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