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**The Official P90X Thread**

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by NewYorkIslander, May 1, 2011.

  1. Bean Counter

    Bean Counter Well-Known Member

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    I'm on day 30 today (Plyo - damn!) and I'm loving it so far. After doing the shoulder/chest/tri workout yesterday I could barely use my arms. Today my tri's feel like they are going to explode through my shirt - haha. After 30 days I'm already noticing an improvement - especially my abs and arms.

    Overall, its a great variety of workouts that don't really get boring. Tony can be a bit annoying, but you can always turn down the volume and put your own music on...

    Hey - if I can knock out an hour a day during tax season (i'm an accountant), then anyone can squeeze in an hour a day - just make the commitment. Its only 90 days...
     
  2. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Here's a pro-tip: After you've been through the program a couple of times, you can start skipping the warmups/cooldowns which can cut up to 15 mins from the workouts.
     
  3. Texasmade

    Texasmade Senior member

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    There's not enough resistance work in Insanity for me.

    P90X is a more balanced program.


    I prefer Insanity over P90X mainly because I'm already big and don't really need to do that much resistance training. I'm more worried about keepin my cardio up.
     
  4. Knowledge is King

    Knowledge is King Senior member

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    I've got one of these because I had the same problem: http://trapezerigging.com/FreeStandi...ablePullupBar/ It's not as good as a rock solid pull up bar at a gym or anything, but it works pretty well. You could also get some bands to do pulldowns to replace the pull ups.
    How do you like it?
    I like it enough but I won't profess that it's perfect. It's solid and feels like it's well put together -- it's not a fisher price toy. If you need a pull up bar and can't do the doorway option, it's great. It's easy to take down/put up so if you live in a small place, that's a huge plus. It works well for the straight up and down movements, ie. pull ups, chin ups, close grip pull ups, etc. However it doesn't work that well for those two complex pull up variations where your weight isn't equally distributed across the bar (the variation where you push yourself away from the bar and the variation where you move yourself back & forth at the top of the pull up movement). Sometimes I'd prefer that the bar was thicker -- not because I think it's going to break, but because from a feel perspective I'd like it to be thicker. But if I really wanted to I could add some tape to make it thicker. Just to add to the discussion, these are some other home fitness products I'm very happy with: -- Powerblock U90 (Stage 1), goes up to 55 lbs (used for P90X) -- P90X PowerStands Push-Up Stands (used for P90X) -- Ultimate Body Press Dip Stand -- Bodylastics Strong Man Bands (used for p90x)
     
  5. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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  6. Knowledge is King

    Knowledge is King Senior member

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    How do you like it?
    Cool. I ordered it because the doorframe bar i currently use doesn't allow me to get really wide on pull ups. What happens when you do the corncob pullups? Does it rock a lot?
    It rocks/sways a little bit depending on how you transfer your weight. In a way it's good because it forces you to be very calm and smooth during the lateral movement. In general, it just requires a little more focus to not get too wild with your movements. Despite the shortcomings of the Trapeze Rigging bar though, it gives you the feeling that you're doing real pull ups on real bar and I like that. Edit: oh yeah and sometimes I use it to hang my shirts after I wash them.
     
  7. suited

    suited Senior member

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    I'm on day 30 today (Plyo - damn!) and I'm loving it so far. After doing the shoulder/chest/tri workout yesterday I could barely use my arms. Today my tri's feel like they are going to explode through my shirt - haha. After 30 days I'm already noticing an improvement - especially my abs and arms.

    Overall, its a great variety of workouts that don't really get boring. Tony can be a bit annoying, but you can always turn down the volume and put your own music on...

    Hey - if I can knock out an hour a day during tax season (i'm an accountant), then anyone can squeeze in an hour a day - just make the commitment. Its only 90 days...


    What do you plan on doing after the 90 days?
     
  8. gort

    gort Senior member

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    you're supposed to just keep going since the 90 days is just:

    30 days routine A
    30 days routine B
    30 days routine A

    if I recall correctly...
     
  9. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    you're supposed to just keep going since the 90 days is just:

    30 days routine A
    30 days routine B
    30 days routine A-B

    Rinse, repeat.

    if I recall correctly...


    FTFY
     
  10. Bean Counter

    Bean Counter Well-Known Member

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    you're supposed to just keep going since the 90 days is just:

    30 days routine A
    30 days routine B
    30 days routine A

    if I recall correctly...


    You can if you want to keep getting bigger or leaner i presume, but if you read through the P90X book, you can just go on the "maintenance" program, which is basically doing half the workouts and not 6 days a week. This should keep up your results from the initial 90 days.

    Basically, if its your only method of staying in shape, keep doing the discs at 50%, but if you also cycle, run, swim, play hoops, basically anything else that has a decent amount of cardio, just mix in half a p90x disc 2 or 3 times a week to keep your muscle mass... Just don't forget to continue to eat well or all those Double Downs and Big Macs will get ya - obviously.
     
  11. otc

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    I dont have a door that supports the pullup bar [​IMG] God damn....

    I have one where you screw brackets into the door frame and the bar hooks up to that (I live in a rental and am ok with patching the holes when I leave). The only problem is you can't get very wide.

    What sucks is that my apartment has a low section running through the ceiling in all the rooms. This unfortunately crosses every doorway except the front and back doors to outside and means that I have to bend my head to the side to do a full pullup without hitting my head.

    That issue aside, I have everything I need to start (videos, bands, bar) and was thinking about starting this week and hoping it doesn't interfere with my cycling routine (l*ong* weekend rides+ frequent commutes).

    I might wait though as I have a 3.5 mile run on the 26th that I was going to train for and it might be easier to start p90x afterwards.
     
  12. willpower

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    What do you plan on doing after the 90 days?
    The Insanity Asylum program includes a monthly schedule where you can alternate days of Insanity with P90X for when you've completed one program or the other. A neighbor let me borrow his Asylum "Strength" DVD and I was kaput before the warmup was even over. The focus of the workout and the presentation is very different from P90X - the instructor is more "Boot Camp" in delivery. And he saves the chin-ups until the end of the workout. Ouch. There's also the free LiveExercise.com which has daily sculpting and abs shows. It's very good, focused on resistance bands (and the accompanying door jam mount). They want you to buy their bands (which I must admit are the highest quality resistance bands I've seen), but a $15 three piece set is completely fine as well.
     
  13. otc

    otc Senior member

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    How should I plan my rest days--especially if I am getting a reasonable amount of out-of-program cardio?

    I was thinking about doing friday as a rest day since I am least likely to have time to do the program after work and usually do not commute by bike on fridays...my other option was to put the rest day on saturday but lately I have been doing 4-5 hour bike rides on saturdays.

    While having a long ride the same day as a normal program will make the p90x workout tough...wouldn't working so hard on a rest day defeat the purpose of a rest day?
     
  14. willpower

    willpower Senior member

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    How should I plan my rest days--especially if I am getting a reasonable amount of out-of-program cardio?

    I was thinking about doing friday as a rest day since I am least likely to have time to do the program after work and usually do not commute by bike on fridays...my other option was to put the rest day on saturday but lately I have been doing 4-5 hour bike rides on saturdays.

    While having a long ride the same day as a normal program will make the p90x workout tough...wouldn't working so hard on a rest day defeat the purpose of a rest day?


    http://sk8trnot.blogspot.com/2010/02...-schedule.html
     
  15. TRINI

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    It rocks/sways a little bit depending on how you transfer your weight. In a way it's good because it forces you to be very calm and smooth during the lateral movement. In general, it just requires a little more focus to not get too wild with your movements. Despite the shortcomings of the Trapeze Rigging bar though, it gives you the feeling that you're doing real pull ups on real bar and I like that.


    Edit: oh yeah and sometimes I use it to hang my shirts after I wash them.


    The setup came in last night and it's awesome!

    Can't wait for legs and back tomorrow.
     
  16. denning

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    I hyper-extended my left elbow over the weekend and haven't been able to do anything but Plyo and Kenpo as a result. Sucks.
     
  17. willpower

    willpower Senior member

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    I hyper-extended my left elbow over the weekend and haven't been able to do anything but Plyo and Kenpo as a result. Sucks.
    Bummer. When it's time you might want to start back using resistance tubes rather than weights - at least for the first few workouts. Injured Elbow Exercises - (of course, see your doctor first)
     
  18. TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES

    TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES Senior member

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    I'm waiting for my equipment for my p90x... but I've been doing insanity for the time being. ITS HELL, feel like throwing up every single time afterwards.
     
  19. embowafa

    embowafa Senior member

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    I'm waiting for my equipment for my p90x... but I've been doing insanity for the time being. ITS HELL, feel like throwing up every single time afterwards.

    Yup. If you do it right, you will ALWAYS feel beat after the workout...the cool thing is when you do the fit tests and realize how much more you're able to do in the same amount of time.

    I just started the 2nd month of Insanity. THAT shit will make you long for the days of month 1.
     
  20. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I decided to switch from lean to classic. The booklet made it sound like I wanted the lean program but reading things online (and looking more closely at the workouts) made me realize I just want to do the classic program with high reps. This should do what I want by the time cyclocross season rolls around.

    Since the second half of the week overlaps...I am only down a chest/back and a plyo workout which I am ok with.

    Not following the nutrition plan though...fuck that. Sure I suppose it would be nice to be totally ripped but I like my food too much and am mostly doing this to get some extra strength (cycling doesn't do much for your upper body) and be in shape to enjoy things rather than to show off at the beach.
     

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