Combining gym with home-based workouts (e.g. P90X) and a comment on P90X nutrition plan

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    Aug 05, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    I have schedule challenges probably similar to many. I really like going to the gym consistently, but work schedules often interfere, and going very early or very late added to the work day is too long away from pets who need to get out. So I purchased the P90X program because a number of friends, some in great shape, continue to use it and are enthusiastic about it. But doing everything at home and not going to the gym is not too appealing either.

    One possibility, which I discussed on a P90X forum, consists of doing some of the workouts at the gym, not using the video. Some there say they do that. Interested on any opinions or experience on doing this.

    An alternative is maintaining a traditional workout program, both at home and in the gym. I have several cardio machines and weights, so I can do this, but I thought with all the positive comments about P90X, I would give it a try.

    As far as their nutrition plan, I feel too constrained using their portion control system, only buying things listed. Also makes it difficult when eating out. What I'm planning to do gives me more flexibility, but is more work. I will buy emphasizing the kinds of foods in their portion control categories, but then log everything I eat. I log my foods in a web-based program that calculates the daily carb, protein, and fat grams consistent with their nutrition plan, then during the day, monitor my compliance to those goals. After a while, I should be pretty consistent, just in time to change to a different phase and have to readapt. Definitely more work, but I am not constrained by their list.
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    Aug 05, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    I recently finished a round of Insanity, an at home workout program by the some company that puts out P90X. I found that it helped me stay a LOT more consistent with my workout schedule then when working out solely at the gym! I still supplemented the at home Insanity workouts with workouts at the gym once or twice a week. So, I think you could do the same with P90X.

    I just recently ordered the P90X system and plan to start it soon. I'd love to know how doing some of the P90X strength workouts go for you -might give it a try myself.
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    Aug 06, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    http://myp90xnutritionplan.com/

    decent resource with good recipes
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    Aug 06, 2011 5:51 AM GMT
    On the strength workouts, just getting into it, but looks like it should have decent strength routines. For example, with the chin ups and pull ups, you can add weights to your belt and with the dumbbells, you can obviously go as heavy as you want keeping good form with the target number of reps.

    Thanks for the nutrition link. Looks good. For now I'm going to follow my plan with more flexibility and logging.