Well on a p90x note

  • Artesin

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    Nov 09, 2010 6:01 AM GMT
    Maybe im just not cut out for p90x even though I was once an avid gym attendee and always in the pool and extremely flexible from gymnastics once up on a time. For the past 8 months or so I worked an extremely physical job on the weekends and didnt necessarily want to work out. Even though I had the time on some days, I couldnt find my motivation with college on top of hitting the clubs and after parties with friends for weeks at a time. Granted I worked out sporadically, focusing mainly on combo exercises with cables and dumb bells to try and gain size, basically cutting out my cardio to try and reach my goals.

    I have always been a hard gainer, thats why I picked up P90x as I thought it could get me right where I wanted to be, without the monotony of waiting in line at the gym. Also to get away from the mentality of using weights for everything.

    Well, Im now two weeks into the program and Im sure that I am doing something wrong. There are a few exercises that I cant do due to neglecting a certain muscle group or I lose balance/form on others due to knee pain or something feeling awkward.

    Opted for working out in my garage as it has much more space than my bed room so running into things wouldnt be an issue. As a trade off I can no longer use my pull up bar so I picked up some bands. The bands, despite using one at 80 lbs of tension, do not seem to be cutting it at all when it comes to back exercises. The pull up bar used to hit me hard, maxing out at around 13-15 pull ups on my first set yet with the bands I can continue to go, potentially past 40. Now my goal is size so this seems kind of counter productive and I am so afraid to back up any further as the bands would go right for my face with the current position.

    The bands used on workouts that call for dumb bells seem to work a bit better as the loop seems to create massive tension but still not as much as a barbell (my dumbbells have hexagon stars, so theyre very frustrating when trying to switch weight in and out quickly, like from lawn mowers to flys or flys to skull crushers). There doesnt always seem to be enough description either when it comes to using bands.

    At this point I really dont know what to do anymore. Ive hired trainers, hit the gym religiously, included cardio, cut out cardio, spent hours a day in pools at high intensity, tried isolation, tried combos, constructed my own plans, attempted focusing on a different set of muscles 6 days a week. Literally at my ropes end.

    I'm just confused why my work outs dont feel very liberating when theyre finished. Makes me feel like Ive thrown time away yet I really want this to work and see if through to the end.


    Also on a related note after a certain amount of push ups (i have the same problem with bench presses when Im trying to break a plateau) the bottom of my hand feels like it is going to slide straight into my wrist, as if a muscle or even a joint in my wrist just cant take it. My triceps will be perfectly fine and ready for more but my wrists want to stop right then and there.
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    Nov 09, 2010 1:00 PM GMT
    Hey buddy. I'm a few days of P90X and its kicking my ass...again. One of the big things to get over is that you may NEVER look like the guys in the video...but your results will be there. Somehow that muscle confusion works.
    I'm a hard gainer too, as you can see from my profile pic even at age 60 I don't have the extra weight around the middle most guys seem to pack on.

    As far as the wrists and push ups.. I use the perfect push up for that part of the exercise. Seems like the twist takes the pressure off my palms. You can't do as many, but my chest seemed to pop a bit anyway.

    Did you take good before and during pics? It's hard to see gains day by day..Right now I'm video blogging weekly on my second round of P90X..trying to keep the motivation up by putting it out there and also maybe show people that things aren't that easy or pretty, but you do get results in spite of it. My YouTube channel is DrNateMeansFitness in case you are interested.

    I found the pull up bar to be better than the bands. Is there any way you can do the doorway no-hardware one (i think its called perfect pull up) on the door to the garage? or suspend one from the ceiling?

    Good luck and be thankful that P90X is not a group effort..no one is watching


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    Nov 09, 2010 1:40 PM GMT
    i hate p90x. i hate any video exercises. boring.
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    Nov 09, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    Hey, P90X works every time. I have been off it and am about to go back on, so if you want an accountability partner....

    I found the best results actually happen if you do it with a training partner. It's really a hard system of consistency and that is what makes it work coupled with diet which it looks from your size and shape is not your issue. The hardest part is to actually do EVERY PART OF THE EXERCISES religiously including plyometrics, yoga, etc. I tend to just like weights, but if I don't skip AT ALL and I really push for the most, it works great.
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    Nov 09, 2010 2:14 PM GMT
    You're not doing anything wrong. I went through a lot of the same stuff you are describing my first time around with P90X. It's just a different way of doing stuff... don't get hung up on any of it. I'd rarely quote the goofball, but Tony Horton is right: "Do your best and forget the rest."

    Keep at it! I'm starting my third cycle of it too, so I am right there with you.
  • KinesiologyMa...

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    Nov 09, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    Well the problem with the bands is that they don't have the full weight that they say they are for until they are fully stretched out. In reality the bands are for people with physical disabilities. You can't cut out the pull-up bar. Those bands will never cut out the pull up bar. Now I am not sure what you want. Are you not getting the results you want? Or the feeling of satisfaction?

    For results you have to do the diet on the program. They tell you that the diet is the most important, and you wont get any physical change in your body. You need to stick with the program and you need to keep upping the weight.

    Now if you are not getting the fulfillment out of your workout.... well one are you using enough weight? If something is too easy than you will not get any fulfillment. However if that is your problem I think you might need a sport. The reason most people don't like the gym is because 1. Its indoors and 2, That there is no competition. If you want to get more fulfillment than maybe you need to start training for an event. Look for an adult swim team? Maybe you should train for a triathalon. Whatever it is it isn't the workout that is the problem with enjoyment it is you.

    PS. I have done P90X it does work, but you have to stick with it longer than 2 weeks and no bands
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    Nov 09, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    So where's the best place to purchase this program or is it sold at the same price all over. I would think there would be some that either don't use it or are completed and want to get rid of it cheaply, no?
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    Nov 09, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidSo where's the best place to purchase this program or is it sold at the same price all over. I would think there would be some that either don't use it or are completed and want to get rid of it cheaply, no?




    I got my copy on Amazon for $70.
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    Nov 10, 2010 12:05 AM GMT
    There's no way I would be able to listen to orders from a DVD. I just don't have it in me. If there was an actual human being there to hold me accountable, that would be another story.