Any good tips when undergoing the P90X regimine?

  • Nw2wrkgout

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    Mar 20, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    I've been trying to faithfully start P90X for the past 2 years(yes I know-I'm a loser) but now I'm going to do it and didn't know if anyone had any good tips-from what to eat-what not to eat as well as any other suggestions to get the best out of the system in the next 90 days. Going on a cruise in May and I would like to be comfortable taking off my shirt icon_biggrin.gif.
  • Phosphor

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    Mar 20, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    I started p90x last summer but, when I got busy, I stopped. The next time I do it I'm going to change my approach.

    First, I already do kickboxing, spinning, running, some swimming so I'm not going to do any of the p90x cardio this time around. I might do plyo but kickboxing does some of that.

    So, I guess I recommend making room for p90x in your current routine rather than adding an additional 7 or so hours of working out to a week where you might already have some hours logged. Focus on finding a sustainable pace.

    Also, I wouldn't pause as many times as Tony Horton tells you you can take a break. The first time, I would do the entire video and max out reps and it stretched the workout to twice as long sometimes which becomes really inconvenient and something I'm way less likely to follow through with. Do what you can in the hour the DVD plays for and work your way up.

    They also have you doing ab ripper at the end of the resistance workouts. What worked better for me, since resistance training is the thing that's missing from my workout, it is the hardest part, anyway, what worked better for me was stopping the DVD, and my player remembers where I stopped, and coming back the next day and doing ab ripper when I got home after cardio.

    It really works though. I felt much stronger and could see definition after the first month, and, like, the middle ab ridge. Also, I had to keep tightening my belt and, I do yoga already, but I could feel better posture as my core and back got stronger.

    Find a way to stick with it and have a plan for what you're going to do afterwards, whether thats another round of p90x or something else. The changes you are looking for will be beneficial for all your life, not just for the next 90 days.

    And if you eat well already, you might read what they recommend and keep it in mind but, if you're anything like me, gradual changes will last longer than adding all this stuff at once.
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    Mar 20, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    If you're incredibly out of shape or your muscles are prone to injury, before starting the p90x routine think of adding on an extra 2 or 3 weeks to the first month's schedule of exercises, where you only do a few of the routines. Think of it as warming up to the intensity of the workouts. Maybe pick and choose 1 or 2 muscle training and 1 or 2 cardio exercises.
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    Mar 20, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    I finished one round of P90X and am thinking about starting my 2nd round. I didn't follow the diet plan. Even though I didn't get the results I've always dreamed of, I learned a lot about basics. I really liked the program. My advice would be to just start and be fully, 100% dedicated.
  • Peteyboy583

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    Mar 20, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    I've never done p90x, but my brother did and it worked great. You have to follow the meal plan though, I think that it was the primary reason he got really great results.
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    Mar 21, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    Yea the meal plan is at least 50% of it. If you aren't gonna fallow both strictly then it's probably a waste of money. It means planning your meals well, shopping efficiently, and undertanding why you're eating what you're eating, including portions (in many cases, eating more than what you think you should).

    For the workouts, Tony means it when he says to "bring it." You have to bring the entensity to every workout from yoga to plyo to pullups. You'll only get out of it what you bring.

    But if you commit to both, it works.

  • umphreak

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    Mar 30, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    Follow the meal plan. I'd suggest logging your calories with or and keep the percentages where they say.

    I also did the ab ripper before the resistance part--I never felt like doing abs after a tough hour of working out.

    Don't skip the stretching and yoga (do at least half if you don't like it) it will help prevent injuries.