P90X is a high-intense, 90 day work-out routine that has created a new and creative fitness craze in colleges across the country. As a way to develop a more lean and strong physique, many college men are using P90X to improve their outward appearance. For men who experience psychological complications, especially that involving distorted views of body image, the use of P90X may only exacerbate mental health issues.
A psychological complication commonly found in men, of intense fitness, is a condition known as muscle dysmorphia – a disturbed perception of body image. For men who suffer from muscle dysmorphia, there is a greater tendency to be overly concerned with weight, muscle mass, and some men even experience an obsession with gaining weight that does not include gaining fat. While this type of body image perception can be healthy for many men, for men who suffer from muscle dysmorphia, the fitness behaviors can often be unhealthy and, in some cases, even life threatening.
If your loved one is considering the purchase of the P90X, 90 day work out, fitness program it is important to ask a few questions before making the purchase. While P90X is a healthy option for most individuals who desire trim and lean physiques, if the body is already trim and fit, the use of P90X may not be necessary. If, however, your loved one is insistent upon purchasing the P90X program, this may be an indicator of muscle dysmorphia disorder.
Heart failure, kidney complications, addiction to supplements, and even anxiety and depression are all common in men who suffer from muscle dysmorphia. So, before purchasing the P90X program, you may want to ask that your loved one be examined by a healthcare professional to ensure that not only the program is appropriate from a physical standpoint but also from a psychological standpoint. In the long term, the use of the fitness program may be damaging to health rather than improving it – especially for men who are overly concerned about their physique.
P90X has become the craze in fitness in recent months. For college students, P90X offers a great program in which to exercise in the comfort of home and reducing the costs for gyms and other fitness equipment. For college men who are overly concerned about body mass index and muscle appearance, the use of P90X may not be appropriate as it may only further support, and enhance, the presence of muscle dysmorphia.
Sources: Sociology of Sport Journal, 18, 163-178.