P90X vs. RealJock 12-week Muscle Building Workout


  • Jan 03, 2013 3:08 PM GMT
    It's a New Year!!! Following with tradition, "GET FIT" is at the top of my three page long list of resolutions.

    I'm looking at various workout regimes. Does anyone have any basis for comparison between these two workouts specifically? They both seem to be the most intense muscle-growth-centric workouts I've encountered thus far.

    Any suggestions?

    -Mikey
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    Jan 03, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
    I can't speak of P90X aside from what I've been told about it. From what I understand it tends to be a super active, little to no rest, circuit program that relies on mostly body weight exercises.

    I've done the RJ Muscle Building program... great workouts. It's about the opposite of P90X though. While intense, it's a bit slower of a workout, but you'll leave the gym not being able to move very well (especially on leg days... the program will have you do a full leg workout, then throw you on a stair machine for 30 minutes).

    I'd say give the Muscle Building program a shot first, since it's free. If you don't like it, try P90X.
  • PTNoge

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    Jan 03, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    If you goal is muscle-growth: realjock muscle program.
    if you goal is to lean down: P90x

    different types of exercises lead to different changes within the body. Without going into too much science to bore anyone: your body responds differently (hormone response, gene expression response, etc...) to differing stimuli/exercising.
  • calibro

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    Jan 03, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    well, rj's routine doesn't have tony horton talking... so that's huge
  • motivated

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    Jan 03, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    I've been debating the same thing. Thanks for jump starting the discussion. I have done both Body for Life and Insanity, but I am now looking for a program to get some nice gains. Leaning towards the Real Jock program.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 04, 2013 2:40 AM GMT
    PTNoge saidIf you goal is muscle-growth: realjock muscle program.
    if you goal is to lean down: P90x

    different types of exercises lead to different changes within the body. Without going into too much science to bore anyone: your body responds differently (hormone response, gene expression response, etc...) to differing stimuli/exercising.


    Look at the guy that posted this. I'm speachless. And in love.

  • Jan 04, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    calibro saidwell, rj's routine doesn't have tony horton talking... so that's huge


    That's true. Although he puts together a good workout he reminds me of Pastor Skip from the film Saved. I feel like at the end of a workout he's gonna be like " Alright all you awesome warriors of the ultimate Dude above, let's pray..."

    But he's making a shit ton more money than I am, so he's doing something right.
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    Jan 05, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    yeah, when i started p90x, i almost bailed because of tony hortons speaking, and general demeanor.... the way he constantly flatters himself etc..... ha. but i got used to it, and i just do his upper body workouts, and leave that kenpo garbage out.... also if im going to do yoga, i will go to a class, and not from a DVD......

  • Jan 08, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    I"m one week into the 12 Week Muscle Building workout.
    Long workouts, but they're thorough.
    I'm not as strong as I'd like to be, some of the exercises I can do well, with great form, from beginning to a great max-out at the end. Others I can only get about halfway through the set and then I'm totally pooped. I've checked my shame and my ego at the door, however, and I have no qualms lifting 15 lbs while the beefcake next to me in pumping 45 lbs.
    It's about patience and diligence, right?
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    Jan 09, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    You're exactly right. Pay no mind to the meathead lifting the huge weights beside you (more times than not, they are not lifting correctly anyways). You're right to focus on form and lightening the weight if you need to. Trust me, everyone didn't come out of the womb lifting 70 lb dumbbells.

    I'm focusing my workouts over the next six to eight weeks as well, so we'll have to compare results!!
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    letting muscles rest, and eating well, specifically for your muscles is just as important as how much weight you lift.... dont forget to hydrate!!