Doing P90X at My Local Gym

  • aroydee

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    Feb 27, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    Hey guys... I just "got" a copy of the P90X routine and it looks amazing to me...

    Just wondering here... it would be a lot more comfortable for me to try to transform the workout into something I can do at my gym... I have a free membership to the University gym, it is like a five minute walk from home, and I am there practically every day!

    So any advice from people who have done something similar? We have a weight assisted pull up machine (I am not strong or bold enough yet to do the pull ups unassisted, hehe), all the free weights anyone could need.... mats, etc., etc.

    Just in consideration of my downstairs neighbors, I am thinking it might work better there for all concerned...

    Any advice or cautions would be HUGELY appreciated... ohh, as for me: 55 years old, 5'10, 155 lbs., 31" waist, have NO idea of my body fat % number....
  • calibro

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    Feb 27, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    I actually recommend watching the videos because they demonstrate form, so unless you're planning to bring your laptop or dvd player with you, just writing down the routines won't work until you know them. Also, you have to use a lot of different equipment so there we'll be a lot of pausing and going back and forth. I think it might be best to practice it a few times on your own then just take that work out to the gym.
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    Feb 27, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    The gym can slow down your pace when you have to look for equipment or wait for the use of pull-up bars. Still, I have seen people do it. Kinda funny to see people get funny looks during plyo.
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    interesting... if you do go through with it, let me know how it goes... I'm finishing up phase 2 and have been working at home. It might be interesting to try it at the gym.

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    Feb 27, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    I'm midway through phase 2 and love it.. I dunno how easy it'd be to do it at my local gym though. I have stuff at home to accomplish what I need.
  • aroydee

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    Feb 28, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    These are all super helpful comments.... I like going out to the gym, so I was hoping to get the both of best,..... the P90 plus the social environment.

    If I do decide to try doing it all at home, can someone tell me what they have found to be essential pieces of equipment to purchase?

    Many thanks again from snowy New York City!
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    Feb 28, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    do the workout at home for 90 days. you really don't need alot weight if your a newbie. (20lbs max)

    then you can do the weight training(m wends friday) portion at your gym. put audio on an ipod or mp3 player that will keep your tempo going like at home.
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    Mar 01, 2010 7:08 AM GMT
    I got a pair of adjustable dumbbells that go from 5 to 45 lbs. It was a smart purchase for me because I easily go up to 45 lbs on exercises like lawnmowers. Also, a pull-up bar is pretty crucial.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 02, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Yeah .... you can do the weighted parts with just a set of adjustable dumbells
    Really that's all you need
  • calibro

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    Mar 02, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    aroydee saidThese are all super helpful comments.... I like going out to the gym, so I was hoping to get the both of best,..... the P90 plus the social environment.

    If I do decide to try doing it all at home, can someone tell me what they have found to be essential pieces of equipment to purchase?

    Many thanks again from snowy New York City!


    Must haves:

    1. Various free weights or several resistance bands of different strength
    2. Pull-up bar or a door know to slip your resistance bands through
    3. Yoga or thickly-padded exercise mat.

    Optional:
    Yoga block

    I do mine with a pull-up bar, resistance bands, and a pair of 15 pound dumbells (if you can't afford to buy several weight classes, try just buying one at a weight you can do a lot of exercises with, probably 15-25 pounds. Small weights, i.e., 1-10 pounds can be useful too)

    Here's where I got my equipment: http://cgi.ebay.com/5-NEW-Resistance-Bands-and-Pull-up-Bar-P90x-Bar-LMY_W0QQitemZ280467163618QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item414d2549e2

    Forty bucks will get you the bar, bands, and door knot.
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    Mar 04, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    I do some of the workouts at the gym. As stated above, it does slow you down and you tend to rest more between exercises. But going to the gym does motivate me to work harder. I have developed many friendships at the gym and I do get interrupted with conversations. I like doing the plyo in front of mirrors to check my form. I, too, can't do an unassisted pullup so it is good to have that piece of equipment. It is good to have the option of working out at home or going to the gym.
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    Mar 04, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    You guys are braver than me - I would be way too embarrassed to do plyo at the gym.
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    Mar 05, 2010 2:56 PM GMT
    I bring my P90X along with my travel dvd player during slow hours at the gym. Be prepared for questions and some may even join you especially the abs routine.
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    May 29, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    About three weeks ago I saw a guy doing the P90X workout. When I caught his eye, I crossed my arms as Tony does and the guy smiled. I do plyo at the gym but usually in the studio when nobody is there.
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    May 29, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    i started off doing the videos at home just to get form. Then I brought it to the gym, especially for the plyo days. I hated using my shoes on my wood floors!
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    May 29, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    Start doing the workouts at home, because if you don't really know what you're doing you need to watch the videos as you are doing the workouts.