Anyone use P90x? Some Feedback please

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    Aug 28, 2011 8:02 AM GMT
    I know a guy who's recently commenced P90x and seems to be struggling with it - he's not obese and wants to use it to increase his fitness and strength, as well as put a little muscle on.

    I'm familiar with the types of exercises within P90x - I'm just a little confused at where they seem to be pitching the program.

    Do you guys who have it or have used it know how well the exercises are introduced for novices?

    Are concepts about technique or form over speed and reps covered at all?

    The yoga / stretching seems to also push a little harder than I would expect a novice to be able to achieve?

    I'm just concerned that feedback from P90x users so far indicates that users are prone to injury due to not being shown correct ways to perform the exercises..

    Fellas? What are your thoughts?
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    Aug 28, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    I've used p90X and it does work. The big thing to know is that for a few weeks it is clumsy, difficult and really seems to be impossible to master. Then at the 3-4 week mark you suddenly find those stabilizing muscles and BAM! it starts to work.

    Keep pushing play as they say

    Go to Youtube and see the before and afters mine is up there and its real

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    after

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    Aug 28, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    Your questions appear to focus on the appropriateness of the program to novices so it may be useful to note that P90X is not designed for novices.

    This is made clear in the book. As a result it assumes certain knowledge and fitness levels. Injury prevention is also discussed.

    You may want to direct your mate to 'Power90' which is designed to precede P90X if he's struggling. He can come back to P90X once he's made it through that program.

    I can understand why it would appeal to novices ('get ripped in 90 days') but common sense should prevail - there's no way to get 'ripped' in 3 months if you're not already well on the way when you start.

    Hope that helps!
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    Aug 28, 2011 2:20 PM GMT

    yeah I would say if he is not athlectic then it is going to be a tough start..
    also, have him only do half.
    I didn't do the full seven days it was toooo much
    diet is going to be the big winner... cut out alochol and unnecessary sugars
    and if something doesn't feel right don't do it
    use the bans and the chair for the pull ups

    once he has done the 90 days give a break for a week or two and do it again but this time try and do the seven days or add on something
    fitness is a life style not a fad..
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    Aug 29, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    76coopers saidYour questions appear to focus on the appropriateness of the program to novices so it may be useful to note that P90X is not designed for novices.

    This is made clear in the book. As a result it assumes certain knowledge and fitness levels. Injury prevention is also discussed.

    You may want to direct your mate to 'Power90' which is designed to precede P90X if he's struggling. He can come back to P90X once he's made it through that program.

    I can understand why it would appeal to novices ('get ripped in 90 days') but common sense should prevail - there's no way to get 'ripped' in 3 months if you're not already well on the way when you start.

    Hope that helps!


    Thanks - Exactly what I was thinking - it did seem to be way too advanced for the novice.

    Realy appreciate the advice.
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    Aug 29, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidI've used p90X and it does work. The big thing to know is that for a few weeks it is clumsy, difficult and really seems to be impossible to master. Then at the 3-4 week mark you suddenly find those stabilizing muscles and BAM! it starts to work.

    Keep pushing play as they say

    Go to Youtube and see the before and afters mine is up there and its real



    Many thanks - I'm sure it works for many people - but I'm concerned that without a solid foundation in use of weights and good form the risk of injury is quite high.
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    Aug 29, 2011 12:54 PM GMT
    tomjack said
    yeah I would say if he is not athlectic then it is going to be a tough start..
    also, have him only do half.
    I didn't do the full seven days it was toooo much
    diet is going to be the big winner... cut out alochol and unnecessary sugars
    and if something doesn't feel right don't do it
    use the bans and the chair for the pull ups

    once he has done the 90 days give a break for a week or two and do it again but this time try and do the seven days or add on something
    fitness is a life style not a fad..
    icon_smile.gif


    Great - Thanks nice to have another perspective on it - and as Coopers suggested, the Power90 is probably similar to what you did.