Ab Ripper X Routine

ab ripper x routineAb Ripper X, I hate it…but I love it.  That’s one of Tony’s opening lines of the P90X Ab Ripper X routine, which I’m sure you’re familiar with if you’ve been doing the program.  The schedule calls for you to do it 3 days a week in addition to the other workouts and it’s no joke. Since you do it so often, I wanted to give you some tips on how I approach the Ab Ripper X routine.

Making The Ab Ripper X Routine Easier

When you first do the Ab Ripper X routine I’m sure you struggle with it a little bit.  I know I definitely did.  After doing many of Beachbody’s programs, I still think it’s one of the best and hardest ab workouts they have.  One big reason for me is that the Ab Ripper X routine really works not just your abs, but your entire core and especially your hip flexors.  I have somewhat weak hip flexors and heavy legs, which is a rough combination when you’re doing the Ab Ripper X routine.  But there are a couple things I do to help make the Ab Ripper X routine a little easier.

1) Take off your shoes

This might seem weird, but it really works.  They might not seem like they weigh a ton, but your shoes will absolutely make the Ab Ripper X routine harder.  For many moves you have your feet off the ground, and that puts extra strain on your hip flexors if you have your shoes on.  So a super simple way to make it easier is to take off your shoes.

2) Do the Ab Ripper X routine before your workout

I know it seems more natural to do it at the end of your workout, and that’s the order on the DVD’s, but you can change it up and do the Ab Ripper X routine first.  That way your legs and core aren’t already tired out from the workout so you’ll be able to do more.  Plus, it can serve as a nice warm-up for the other routine as well.

3) Take breaks!

Tony says it all the time during the Ab Ripper X routine, but seriously, if you need to, take breaks.  It takes a long time for most people to be able to make it through the whole routine, so it’s natural to have to take breaks.  It’s a tough workout, but you’ll improve over time.

Making The Ab Ripper X Routine Harder

Making the Ab Ripper X routine harder??  What?  I know, sounds weird, right?  Not too many people are looking for ways to actually make it harder right away, but eventually you might get there.  If you’re at the point where you can make it all the way through the Ab Ripper X routine, completing all the reps, you might be looking for ways to keep challenging yourself.  So there are a couple things that you can try.

1) Use ankle weights

Unlike my first piece of advice on how to make it easier, if you want to make the Ab Ripper X routine harder, you can actually add weight to your ankles.  Keep your shoes on and strap on some ankle weights.  If you haven’t tried it before, you’ll find that it makes it much more challenging.  But it’s a super simple way to make the Ab Ripper X routine harder.

2) Grab a medicine ball/dumbbell

Another way to make the Ab Ripper X routine harder is to hold a medicine ball or dumbbell during some of the moves.  There are plenty of moves where you have your hands off the ground, and in those cases if you are moving through the motion holding extra weight, it will challenge your core muscles more.  For example, with mason twists, you could hold a medicine ball the whole time and that move would be much harder.

Don’t Skip The Ab Ripper X Routine

I know it comes after a long workout, but if you want to strengthen your core or get a 6 pack, then you don’t want to skip the Ab Ripper X routine.  Abs are definitely made in the kitchen, but it’s important that you work them out too.

I hope this article was helpful if you were looking for ways to modify the Ab Ripper X routine.  If you have other ideas or comments feel free to post them here!

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