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04-18-2008, 12:04 AM
Hi everyone!
I know this is the place for this question, especially all you hardcore exercisers who do all the scary exercises!

I need to kick up my routine, as I have hit some sort of plateau. I'm not sure if it's just my motivation that needs kicking up but I've decided to add P90X to my routine. I figure I could add that to my daily workouts, whether it's a karate class day or just my usual going to the gym day. I talked with my neighbor who is health and fitness buff (he was also thinking of working at Bally's as a trainer, so he is pretty knowledgable). He said he'd heard good things about P90X and if I was going to try it, even if it's only doing what I can and building up to the maximum level I can, that I could probably do it seeing as I have already started building lean mass.

Now my question is, does this sound reasonable to you? In your opinions, how hard is it and do you think I could do it after going to the gym diligently for several months now and losing 50 pounds and then adding karate classes on top of that (classes are two nights a week with an hour of sparring on Saturdays)? I guess I am mostly asking if I am not fooling myself into thinking I could work 20-30 min. of P90X into my routine without it being so hard it would discourage me. I am really looking into getting lean and really toned and to possibly keep my skin from sagging, which it already has started doing. I would like to get into a bathing suit this year (for the first time in 20+ years!) and not looking horrible and having people wish I would wear a cover up! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

Thanks for ANY information and/or opinions!


04-18-2008, 12:28 PM
Hi Donna!

There is a post around here somewhere from when I started P90X last year. (I actually cried the first day! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif) I will try to find it and bump it up for you later on, but in the meantime....

I have no doubt if you've been working out consistently and have lost all that weight (congrats, btw!), that you could do P90X. There is a fitness test they suggest you take before even starting P90X, so be sure and do that.

Having said that - speaking from experience, P90X is INTENSE. Seriously intense. And actually, I would repeatedly get sick from overtraining. I would do the program for 5 or 6 weeks, and come down with a cold or a sinus infection/ear infection, some type of infection. I would recuperate, start the program again and get sick 5 to 6 weeks into it. This happened 4 times, I believe. I was following the program exactly and I passed the pre fitness test with flying colors because I was active, and doing cardio and weights usually 5 days a week for a whilebefore I started ittoo.

IMO, it IS an excellent program. However, I would not "add" it to an already existing workout regimen. There isn't a DVD in the set that is shorter than 48 minutes, and to follow the program to the letter, it's 6 days a week working out. I think I would at least lighten up on going to the gym, maybe, while doing P90X.

When you go to the gym are you using weights or are you justdoing some type of cardio?

P90X includes a kickbutt cardio workout called Plyometrics - LOVED IT and it is a mega calorie burn. So I guess if you're already weight training, you could add that on days you lift at the gym.

The only thing I guess you could do is get it and try it. Just make sure you're eating really good (and enough calories because you're body is gonna need it! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif), get enough rest, and see what happens.

Obviously not everybody's body reacted the same as mine because there are tons of people who really shaped up with the program. I intend to try it again, but probably not until next month when I amreally sure that I'm ready.


04-18-2008, 01:12 PM
Jennifer, Thank you SOOOO much for your input! I remembered seeing your post before and looked for it before posting my message but I couldn't find it. If you can find your original post sometime, I would love to read it. I want to be as prepared as possible before trying this thing!

When I go to the gym on the days I also have karate, it's only for extra cardio because I still have 25-30 pounds more I would like to lose. With this extra weight left to go, do you think I will still be able to do the P90X? On alternate days, I do strength training as well as some cardio, but I think I am doing too much of the same thing, which is why I thought I should kick up my routine. I should get P90X in the mail by next week - I got a free upgrade for express mailing so it should be hereby ThursdayI hope.

Also, I don't have a pull up bar and I don't have dumbbells heavier than 5 pounds (and the program wasn't cheap so I am hesitant to spend any more money - haha!) so do you think I could do the exercises that use those things at the gym and use their equipment?

Thank you for ALL the info I did not know - like the Plyometrics and the fitness test beforehand. I think I will take your advice and lighten up somewhat on the gym while doing this program. Also, do you think this program will help the sagging skin as I tone?

I'm sorry you kept getting sick while doing this. You seem like you're in REALLY terrific shape already, though! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gifSince you cried on the first day and you're in such good shape, I'm a little scared to try it, but I am determined to keep going. How did you get yourself to keep going, though? Did you just psych yourself up each day? And when did you first start seeing results?

Sorry for all the questions - I just don't know anyone else who has tried this. I have never done so well with fitness EVER in my life (even when I was 23 and weighed 123 lbs.) and losing this weight and getting strong is motivating me more than ever. In your opinion, once I finish the program, do you think the best idea is to continue at the gym to maintain or does the program come with some sort of maintenance program?

Thank you SOOOO much again. I really appreciate your help. And sorry for all the extra questions!


04-18-2008, 01:36 PM
Oh, don't be scared! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif I just wanted you to know upfront what to expect, which is something I was not even prepared for. Just do the best you can, take as many breaks as you need because it's hardcore!

As soon as I post this, I will definitely find that other post from me because I had AWESOME results in a very short period of time.

Yep, 25 to 30 lbs. I really don't see being a problem. The first time I started it, my husband also started and he had about 30 lbs. to lose. He used to bodybuild, but then stopped and hadn't done ANY sort of workout for 2 years when he started P90X. He did really well, but when I got sick the first time, he stopped too http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley19.gif But he's been doing some cardio for the past few weeks and I asked him the other day if he was going to start with the weights again soon (I LOVE working out with my DH!), and he said yes, so I'm hoping he'll start P90X with me again.

I think the fitness test is also somewhere on the MDB site, so you might be able to find it and get it out of the way this weekend. I'm not exactly sure where it's at, but I remember seeing it somewhere.

I'll tell you what kept me going is something shifted in my mind. I honestly believe it made my mind stronger, if that make sense? I don't know how to explain it. Plus, seeing results as quickly as we both did, I think, was a big motivator for me as well.

As far as the sagging skin - I read or heard somewhere that drinking lots of water helps with that, and of course losing weight slowly. I know that FVMom at one time had a post here about what to do for that as well.

And actually, there is a P90X Plus or something because I had wondered the same thing - like what should people do after completing the program?But I haven't tried it. Of course,if I ever make it through P90X without getting sick, I will try it. http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

Oh, about the weights - do you have resistance bands? They show you how to do the moves without the use of a pull-up bar. And the weights - there are moves where you will need more than 5 lbs. You will get a book with the DVDs that describes the moves for you, so I guess you could watch thevideoto see how it's done and then take the book with you to the gym?

Let me see if I can find that thread.

04-18-2008, 01:45 PM
Okay, here is the first one:

We "Brought It" and I've been traumatized! (http://www.wahm.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=391580&KW=) http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

Here is the next one:

Update on DH and I (http://www.wahm.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=396808&KW=)

I hope these help!

All this talk of P90X makes me want to break out my DVDs and "Bring It"! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley3.gif

http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gifEdited by: jnmurra

04-19-2008, 09:44 AM
I cannot thank you enough for ALL the information!! I really wanted to know what to expect and you sure helped with that! I got in really late last night but I had to stay up and read your original posts!http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gifIt's so motivational that you saw and felt results in such a short amount of time! I think it's so cute that you and your husband work out together!

I am positive this program will help my back and give me the added strength I need for my karate class. As far back as I could remember, I had always wanted to be a black belt but when I saw my sensei and hisassistant grappling on the floor and what I'm going to need to do to achieve this myself, I knew it was time to do something drastic. I will keep you posted on my progress! I can't wait for next week to get here - I'll be checking the mail every day!

Thank you, too, for taking the time to find your original posts. Now that I have them, I'm going to keep going back and reading them for inspiration!

04-21-2008, 10:44 AM
me me me and my hubby, we love it!!!!!! And now I'm going to school to be a personal trainer because of it!!Edited by: Shannasw

04-21-2008, 04:13 PM
Hey everybody, I'm new around here and enjoyed everything you said. I had never heard of the P90X workout before today, but it sounds intense. I'm going to do some research and see if it is something I can do. I need to lose about 20lbs and still cannot find a decent way to do it. I will let you know what happens.

04-22-2008, 12:38 AM
Shanna - how many rounds of it have you done? Did you get ripped after finishing the program? How hard was it for you and did you ever want to give up? Sorry for so many questions, but I really want to know how other people have handled it, haha!

Cali Star - I've lost like 53 pounds (on my own with better nutrition and working out like a fiend at the gym) and would like to lose 25 more and I heard P90X is intense!! Jennifer has tried it too - there are links on this thread of her original posts. REALLY interesting to read, lots of info! One thing I heard is that you really need to stick with their nutrition program as you do it - I was told it was 90% of the program. I guess they tell youwhen to each certain things (like carbs) and how much. Also, to have 5-6 small meals a day (I was eating 3-4) and make sure there is protein in EACH one, including snacks. I'll know more once I start. http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif

SOOOOOOO.......counting the days until my package arrives so I can finally "BRING IT!!!!!"

04-22-2008, 07:11 PM
Hi Craftgrrl and everyone!

P90X is fantastic. I've done it a couple of times and truly think it is a world class program (disclaimer- I am biased because I am a distributor(Beachbody coach), but I used the program for a year and a half BEFORE I decided to coach and I decided to coach because of my belief in the program).

It sounds like you already like a variety in your exercise, so I think you'll do fine! Don't be intimidated, all the moves are adaptable to your fitness level- and since you've lost over 50 pounds (Congrats!!!!) and are already very active, it will be no problem for you.

If you are running short on time, just do half a DVD instead of the whole thing. If you aren't feeling a lot of energy, just do what you can. A crummy workout is a zillion times better than no workout. Consistency is the key.

I know a lot of women who have gotten terrific results with the X. One of my friends, Jodi, is featured on my p90x squidoo page. PM me if you want that website.

You can definitely do the program with resistance bands instead of dumbells if you like. Many people attach a band to the top of a door or a high hinge and do pull-downs with the bands instead.

I've also heard of people taking their laptop or portable DVD player to the gym so they could use the gym equipment and do the X there. That might be a good solution for you.

Good luck. If you do your best to stick with it, you won't believe the results! Keep us posted!


04-23-2008, 08:35 PM

Thank you so much! (I did PM you - thanks for the link for your Squidoo page!) All the info you put on here was SO helpful.This sounds like a great program - if YOU'RE excited about it, too! I agree that a crummy workout is better than none at all - but I'm going to do my best to be sure most of my workouts are my best!

I can just picture myself taking my portable DVD player to Bally's, into the weight room! But you know, I may just be so motivated, I'd do the same thing! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gifI got the email with my tracking number today (darn it, I thought I was going to get that sooner!) so it'll be herein a few days- but not soon enough for me!

05-27-2008, 02:39 PM
Craftgrrl, how has the workout been going? Did everything work out like planned? How much weight have you lost so far?

05-27-2008, 11:26 PM
Hi Cali Star,
I haven't yet lost a whole bunch of weight, but then I haven't done the fat shredder nutrition like I should. I think I lost 6 pounds so far - still have like 20 to go. But I lost INCHES. Woo-hoo! Going down a size. I am more flexible and strong, which was the whole reason for this. I am still in the 4th week - I had to redo one week because I only had 3 workouts that week due to a problem with the plumbing and waiting for the plumber and fighting with the insurance and having to stay at a friend's house when we had no water.

This program is awesome and I plan on doing another round. I have 9 weeks left and I plan to bring it harder than ever. http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

FV Mom
05-28-2008, 05:05 AM
You are sooooo making me want to do P90X again!smileys/smiley36.gif Unfortunately it won't fit into my schedule anywhere thoughhttp://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley19.gifHey maybe since they already have p90X+, they'll come out with a P90X Lite! You know, like 20 minute p90X workouts....well I guess they already have that with the new 10 minute trainer.I plan to order it after I have my baby. I'm going to add 10 minute trainer alongside Fit Yummy Mummy to get into killer shape after I have this boy! As it stands I have about 80-85lbs to losehttp://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley9.gif(baby weight, plus a little extra I had prepregnancy). I know I'll lose quite a bit of it after I have him (I think he's another 9 pounder like his sister!) so that number is tentative, but I am soooo ready to get back on track!

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