P90X Ab Ripper X Gives Me Sore Hip Flexors

p90x-stretch-for-sore-hip-flexorsSo you started your P90X 90 day work out program and you are finding out that everything is sore.  Well what I want to talk about today is your sore hip flexors.  Is it normal for my hip flexors to be this sore while doing P90X?  Which exercise has caused my hip flexors to be so sore?

When I first started P90X my hip flexors were so sore that I could hardly lift my legs for a day or 2.  Keep in mind I was in pretty good shape before I started P90X from lifting weights and running 3-4 times a week.  I was pretty shocked when they got as sore as they did.  I figured with my running there was no way they could get that sore.  Well I guess I was very wrong.  Only exercises I could blame were P90X Ab Ripper X and maybe while doing swing kicks in P90X Plyometrics.  This is what had to cause my hip flexors to be so sore.  Doing the crunchy frog, in and outs and then those bicycles really worked my hip flexors. So if you are wondering if this is normal then my answer is yes. P90X Ab Ripper X will make your hip flexors sore and most likely your abs too.

They are just fine now and do not get sore any more but one thing that I did notice was my back was getting a little sore again. (If you have a sore back you might want to read P90X and Back Pain).  After researching the issue a little bit I decided I really needed to stretch my hip flexors more than I was.  They do get quite the stretch in P90X Yoga X but below are 2 additional stretches I do to help keep my hip flexors loose.  I try and do them daily.  In the first one she says to hold it for a good 10 seconds.  I really feel in order to get the proper benefits from any stretch you need to hold it for 20-30 seconds on each leg and do 3-5 reps. Hope this helps.

P90X and Back Pain! Can You Still do P90X?

p90x-back-pain I have had some questions from people asking me if they can still do P90X if they have back problems or if they have had surgery.  Well, that is a tricky question as I am not a doctor so I would never give medical advice but I can tell you my opinion from my own experience.  Back in 2002 I had back pain which turned into severe pain. It turns out that a piece of my disc had broken off and was obstructing my nerve.  If you want to talk about pain that was the worst I have ever felt. It hurt to do anything.  Immediately after surgery I felt relief. Walked out of the hospital the same day.  I wondered if this surgery would affect me in the future but I really had no choice since my back pain was so severe.  After 6 weeks I started doing some push ups again and a few weeks later I started lifting weights and running again. I still get sore from time to time but I think everyone does at some time or another.

So that is my background on my back and just like you I was wondering if P90X would be OK for me.  I decided to order it since it comes with a money back guarantee.  Started the program and I love it. There are a few moves that I completely skip just because it feels weird.  Might do them in the future but right now I will pass.  They are Plough and Shoulder Stand in P90X Yoga X and “The Dreya Roll” in P90X Core Synergistics.  Keep in mind there are 12 different DVD’s that come with P90X with 100’s of moves and there are only 3 that I don’t do.

I can honestly say that P90X has been awesome for my back. I definitely have seen huge results in my P90X results pictures. My entire core is stronger. My abs are stronger and my back is definitely stronger. Also the Yoga  X work out really helped me get some strength back in my right leg.  It was 6 yrs and my right leg was still weaker and smaller than the left because I was limping around for months.  Now they are pretty much equal again.  P90X will always be part of my work out routine in some way, shape or form for the rest of my life.

There are so many different types of back pain and I hope this helps you in some way.  My general rule of thumb is, if it hurts, don’t do it!  Your area of concern on your back could be very different than mine but I can tell you one thing.  You will strengthen a lot of core and ab muscles that will help you in the future.  So check with your Doctor to get the green light and start “Bringing It”.  If you have any specific questions feel free to send me an email.