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Ab Ripper X

Ab Ripper X

Ab Ripper X

Ab Ripper X! This is the main ab workout in the super intense P90X workout that only crazies attempt. Just kidding! As of this writing I’ve been through multiple rounds of P90X and have been doing the program over the course of a few years now.

It’s an extreme program that gives extreme results IF you follow the program as it’s laid out. I get a ton of questions regarding “Ab Ripper X” so I want to answer some of the most common questions I get on this workout. If you’re doing P90X, make sure to read this post in it’s entirety, and at the end, leave me a comment and let me know how you’re doing with Ab Ripper X.

Ab Ripper X FAQ’s Answered

Do I HAVE To Do Ab Ripper X At The End Of The Main Workout?

This is probably the top question I get on Ab Ripper X. The simple answer to this question is no, you don’t have to do “P90X Ab Ripper X” at the end of your workout. You can do it before, or even at another point in the day. They put the Ab Ripper X workout at the end of the P90X workouts on the days you should be doing that workout out of convenience so you’re not having to switch DVD’s.

However, a lot of people find (including myself) that if you try doing Ab Ripper X after your main P90X workout for the day that you struggle through it because you’re super tired from your main workout. It is 100% ok to just do Ab Ripper X before your main workout. That is what I typically do, because if I try to do Ab Ripper X after, then I usually half a** it since I’m tired from the main workout.

Do whatever works for you, but just make sure you GET IT DONE on the days that you are supposed to do Ab Ripper X.

Why Are My Hips So Sore From Ab Ripper X?

P90X Ab Ripper X Seated Crunchy Frog

P90X Ab Ripper X Seated Crunchy Frog

I remember the first time I did Ab Ripper X I could barely walk from being so sore in my hips! This is common for a lot of people. Ab Ripper X works your hip flexors (it’s a small muscle that allows you to pull your knees upwards) pretty hard so it is very normal to be sore in your hip flexors during the first 1-4 weeks of doing Ab Ripper X. You may even be more sore in your hip flexors then your abs. Once you build up the strength in your hip flexors you’ll find that doing the exercises in Ab Ripper X gets a lot easier and you’ll be able to focus more on your abs.

What If I Can’t Get Through All Of Ab Ripper X?

I’m here to tell you that it’s OK if you can’t get through all of the exercises in Ab Ripper X! You should go through ALL 16 minutes of the workout, but just do the most of each exercise that you can do. As long as you stick with it, and you keep doing you best, before you know it you’ll be doing ALL of the reps in every single exercise. So just do the very best that you can and don’t worry about anything else!

What Are The Ab Ripper X Exercises?

Just in case your dog ate your P90X Fitness Guide or you are traveling, here are the different exercises that you’ll do in Ab Ripper X-

  1. In & Out
  2. Seated Bicycle
  3. Seated Crunchy Frog
  4. Crossed Leg/Wide Leg Sit-up
  5. Fifer Scissor
  6. Hip Rock ‘N Raise
  7. Pulse-Up (or Heels To Heaven)
  8. Roll-Up (or V-Up Combo)
  9. Oblique V-Up
  10. Leg Climb
  11. Mason Twist

Should I Do Ab Ripper X Every Day?

NO! Only do Ab Ripper X on the days you are supposed to do it based on the P90X workout schedule. As Tony Horton says, “You don’t work other body parts every single day and you shouldn’t do abs every single day either.” You’ll end up overworking your abs and seeing minimal results if you try to do Ab Ripper X every day, so don’t do it!

Will Ab Ripper X Give Me A Six Pack?

P90X Round 1 Results

P90X Round 1 Results

Doing P90X Ab Ripper X alone won’t give you a six pack. You must do ALL of the workouts in P90X as they are laid out (you need to follow the P90X workout schedule) and you need to commit to the nutrition side of things as well. Your nutrition is JUST as important as your workouts. You can workout 12 hours a day, but if your nutrition isn’t in line then you’ll see little if any results.

What Should I Do If Ab Ripper X Gets Easy?

You may be thinking to yourself…”Ab Rippper X, EASY? That will never happen!” Well, believe it or not, if you do P90X long enough, with time Ab Ripper X will very likely start getting somewhat easy for you. If you’re in that situation then you have a few options. First, try doing the Ab Ripper X workout TWICE in a row without a break. Do that on ALL the days that you are supposed to do Ab Ripper X. That should help step up the intensity for most people! :-)

If that’s not enough, then try doing Ab Ripper X twice, and add some weight to the equation. Hold a 10 to 15 pound dumbbell in your hands during all the exercises that it is possible to do that. Lastly, if none of that works, then it’s time for you to move up to P90X Plus or the P90X2 workouts. If Ab Ripper X is getting that easy for you, then it’s highly likely that the other P90X workouts are getting pretty easy too. If you want to continue seeing changes, then you’ll HAVE to switch things up.

P90X Ab Ripper X – Final Thoughts

Whatever you do…STICK with Ab Ripper X and the P90X workout NO MATTER WHAT! The fact of the matter is, you WILL struggle in the beginning, but with time, when you stick with it you WILL get stronger with all of the workouts. Always keep in mind why the heck you’re doing P90X in the first place (beyond trying to lose weight, get toned, to to get bulked up). If you have a good, solid deep seeded reason for doing the program then you’ll be UNSTOPPABLE! Keep pushing play my friend!

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