So P90X...what are your thoughts?

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    Jan 05, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    I've only gotten through the first month of the thing through 2 tries, both times I quit due to a busy schedule and personal problems, but I have the time now, and am finally getting up to the second month, which I hear has the most muscle gain, which is what I need. I lost a LOT of weight through that first time and the repeat of the first month, and I definetly am where I want to be weight wise. I also packed on a little bit of muscle and some good definition, without really changing my diet much (I eat pretty healthy already).

    Is the program good if you are trying to pack on muscle? I know that's not the main goal of it but I like the endurance aspects of it as well. Does there come a point where you should switch to pure strength training? I'm not trying to get super bulky, and it seems to be doing a good job, as I am actually gaining some mass. What's your personal experience with the program?
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    Jan 06, 2013 12:27 AM GMT
    I've found that everyone who shares their experiences with P90X, Crossfit and other programs of that ilk positively rhapsodize about them. Hopefully you'll get more objective feedback.

    For you it's fine - light birdlike people make exceptional runners and do very well at calisthenic bootcamp non-bodyweight movements. It should rip you up so your existing muscular development is emphasized but without adding much size.

    But this is just a prediction because I don't have any personal experience with the program because I think it's a bad idea for people like me with knee and joint problems, and a terrible one for the morbidly obese - I literally cringe during "The Biggest Loser" when all those contestants do jumping lunges to exhaustion. I'll never be a convert to that type of high impact, high intensity training. I experienced a runner's high sprinting HIIT on a flexdeck treadmill but within a week my knees and back started hurting and a long-healed torn foot ligament started acting up.
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    Jan 06, 2013 1:23 AM GMT
    From what I hear it all depends on how you use the program. If you want to maximize your muscle growth you could always increase your weights on the 2nd round. Also get a weight vest or backpack with weights in it to bulk up. A great deal of your results will depend on your diet. If you just want to remain thin and cut I would go on a caloric deficit. To get more muscle go on a caloric surplus.

    Here are some videos to illustrate what P90X can do for you:

    This guy above was fat and did 1 round of P90X. Then he started a P90X/Insanity Hybrid, which consisted of mainly doing P90X and suplimenting P90X's cardio days with Insanity's workout. As you can see this guy gained a substantial amount of muscle.

    A lot of people doing P90X get a free coach for support. This guy is one of the best. Just ask him to be your coach and he will. He always answers back and will be a much better resource than anyone on here. Here is his website.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    Look up CrossFit. It's like P90X but with more and better movements, a coach who will improve your technique and keep you safe (look for someone with >3 years experience and don't settle for less), and, the most important, CrossFit is a community of people. That community makes the grind of a workout into a fun break from the rest of your day. Seriously, trust me on that.

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    Jan 08, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    hi dan, im just finishing my first month of p90x, still getting used to tony, but i am noticing some bulking up, and i have learned a lot about my body!.. i need more weights for month 2, and i agree with the above stmt, eat more to bulk.
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
    basically, i have cherry picked apart p90x... i do the upper body workouts, and the abripper X ....

    not interested in the yoga or the kenpo crap... the leg workouts seem like too much for me, since i get legs done in other ways,,,

    i combine these with insanity workouts,,,,

    at the end of the day, im cooked.