P90X Lean Calendar – Review of the workout schedule

The p90x lean calendar is one of the three workout schedules of the p90x calendars. This phase of the workout really focuses more towards cardio than strength building, but is really for people that do not want to go full steam with the classic or doubles calendars. The lean schedule is actually an “easier” version of p90x and does focus a little more on the yoga and cardio DVD’s in the set. If you are just starting p90x for the first time I would strongly recommend starting with this calendar.

What is different about the p90x lean calendar?

The biggest difference is you will do more of the cardio-based workouts during this workout. There is no Plyometrics in this routine of the program, which is reserved for the classic and doubles workouts. While you will, use most of the DVD’s in the set that one will sit out until you are ready for a different challenge. Another note is that while most of the workouts are cardio focused, there is resistance workouts added to the program. Muscle building is not the focus of this calendar, helping you get use to the program and the diet are the main goals. This workout is very popular with women in the beginning, but it is really for anyone that wants to start using p90x.

Phase 1: Week 1 – 3:

  • Day 1: Core Synergies
  • Day 2: Cardio X
  • Day 3: Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X
  • Day 4: Yoga X
  • Day 5: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
  • Day 6: Kenpo X
  • Day 7: Rest or X Stretch


Rest Week 4:

  • Day 1: Yoga X
  • Day 2: Core Synergies
  • Day 3: Kenpo X
  • Day 4: X Stretch
  • Day 5: Cardio X
  • Day 6: Yoga X
  • Day 7: Rest or X Stretch

Phase 2: Week 5 – 7:

  • Day 1: Core Synergies
  • Day 2: Cardio X
  • Day 3: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps & Ab Ripper x
  • Day 4: Yoga X
  • Day 5: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
  • Day 6: Kenpo X
  • Day 7: Rest or X Stretch


Rest Week 8:

  • Day 1: Yoga X
  • Day 2: Core Synergies
  • Day 3: Kenpo X
  • Day 4: X Stretch
  • Day 5: Cardio X
  • Day 6: Yoga X
  • Day 7: Rest or X Stretch

Phase 3: Week 9 and 11:

  • Day 1: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X
  • Day 2: Cardio X
  • Day 3: Shoulders & Arms. Ab Ripper x
  • Day 4: Yoga X
  • Day 5: Core Synergistics
  • Day 6: Kenpo X
  • Day 7: Rest or X Stretch
Phase 3: Week 10 and 13:
  • Day 1: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
  • Day 2: Cardio X
  • Day 3: Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper x
  • Day 4: Yoga X
  • Day 5: Core Synergistics
  • Day 6: Kenpo X
  • Day 7: Rest or X Stretch
 Rest Week 13:
  • Day 1: Yoga X
  • Day 2: Core Synergies
  • Day 3: Kenpo X
  • Day 4: X Stretch
  • Day 5: Cardio X
  • Day 6: Yoga X
  • Day 7: Rest or X Stretch



As you can see above, the workouts appear to be a little easier than the traditional p90x program. You will even do yoga x twice in a week, hope you like yoga. I would recommend taking advantage of the rest days and at least do some of the stretch X. It will definitely help you in two areas, the first being it will help stretch out your sore muscles. The second is it keeps you in the workout zone, this is critical because it keeps in the mindset of working out every day. You will notice the “muscle confusion” changing of the workouts; this is the focus on the workout program. Changing the workouts every couple of weeks to keep you on your toes, is the definition of muscle confusion. This is just a taste of what p90x has in store for you. Are you ready for the next challenge?

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