I have finally decided and committed myself to starting the p90x program tomorrow i am glad i found this. you guys are super inspiring. especially your pics gt!! lol
question... in the opinion of people who have done the program (or are currently doing it)... shoudl i do the normal program, or the Lean? I am 23 years old, 141 pounds, and want to lose fat. i am thinking the lean program cause it says it is for maximum weight loss. but i don't want to sell myself short. i don't know what my BF% is... i got measured about 18 months ago and it was 30%, and i've been working out pretty consistently since then. so i'm guessing about 27%. someone mentioned an online BF calculator? lol i'll have to do a search. pretty weary...
anyways, i am looking forward to checking in on here for motivation and support. i'm going to do my "before" measurements and pics today. maybe i'll post them (maybe....)
The lean program is easier and has less weight and no plyo. I think you will get into better shape and see faster results with the classic, but if you are not conditioned, you might want to start with a couple weeks of the lean program.
Personally, my favorite video in P90X is the plyo. When I started, I hated it, but I saw the most improvement with that video and started to really enjoy the challenge. I think it alone really helped me prepare for Insanity. The warmup in Insanity is more intense than the plyo video!
Above all else, go at your own pace so you don't burn out.
thanks for the fast reply. yeah... i enjoy the plyo too. lol i have done it twice as a workout without doing the program. it kicks my ass, but i can do it. i did it yesterday actually. i was planning on subbing it in for some of the cardio x or kenpo days on occasion to amp it up a bit.
would i still see big weight loss with the classic program?? i am slightly worried about burnout, as you say. but i think i am conditioned enough to start the classic program. i could do all of the things in the fitness test. i am tempted to try to lean as a "practice" round one, and do the classic later if needed, but i really don't want to waste my time if my results could be just that much better with the classic. motivation is an issue... 6 days a week is a lot.
Oh crap. I wrote a big long reply and it didn't save it. Bugga!
Anyway, what I basically said is that you will have to see what works best for you. However, I don't recommend going into P90X with the mindset that it is a "90 day program", but rather, "90 days of training" which give you a lot of techniques to use on your workouts for the rest of your life. If you do P90X with those 90 days as a goal and stop, you are very likely to gain all the weight back unless you permanently change your diet or physical activity level.
In fact, this type of program can even be detrimental for people who don't maintain the activity level. If you increase your activity level this much, you need to eat more to keep your energy level up. You will be training your body to want more food for 90 days, and if at the end you stop the routine and keep your food intake the same, you will gain it all back and more.
I would do plyo and kenpo as those are the two highest intensity cardio routines. Those will increase your performance the most and burn the most fat. But the weight routines will help you keep the muscles.
Your weight loss will depend mostly on your diet, a little on genetics, and a little on your current condition, etc. Some people get quite lean lifting weights. I don't. I have to have very high intensity anaerobic cardio to see the weight come off. Lifting weights is actually very difficult for me on a reduced calories diet. I get the shakes very quickly if I try to do weight training when trying to lose fat at the same time. So, I am trying to get cut with Insanity, and then I will try and bilk up with P90X/Insanity Hybrid.
If motivation is an issue, try and find workout partners. Ideally, someone near the same shape as you.
I'm currently doing the lean program (and doing the doubles, so I do CardioX each morning, usually tacking on a short jog to bring my total workout time to about an hour). Then I do the regularly scheduled X workout after work in the early evening. I haven't seen a ton of weight loss, but I think I'm getting to the point where I might only have 5-10 pounds to really lose anyway, so it might not be fair expecting my body to shed a lot of pounds. I have continued to lose inches and fit into smaller clothes due to how toned my body has gotten, so don't discount how different you can look based on that.
I've also mixed up the lean program, adding the plyo where it says to do cardiox for the day's workout, etc. (not to mention all the extra running I like to do). Just do what feels good for you and if you feel a burnout coming on, eat a little more and get some rest. I can't tell you how amazing I feel during my first workout after taking a day off!
i started yesterday, decided on the Classic. i don't have a pull-up bar yet, so i had to do the shoulders/arms video, and did cardio x instead of plyo today because i just did plyo on saturday. hoping to get some equipment today or tomorrow (including a pull-up bar) so i can do this program right. i need a couple sets of weights that are a big heavier too (have up to 10lbs now). i'll keep you guys posted. thanks for the input and support. i will keep you posted.
You can do some pull ups exercises with any solid table. Just lay under the table, and hang on the end. Then pull yourself up. You can change grip width easily enough, and to change grip position from overhand to underhand, just flip yourself. Works great in hotels when traveling
I've got the beginnings of a great success story and I am focusing on being kind to myself. 5 1/2 weeks ago, I started with fitday and cutting calories. I've gone from 187 to 175, 12 lbs! Anyway, I started p90x a couple of days ago, and I've noticed that this past week in general, I've pretty much stayed in the same spot weight-wise. I haven't been losing steadily the way I typically am. Yeah, I know you're supposed to do a weekly weigh in and not daily, but I have been doing daily the whole way through, and I'm just wondering if the reason I am not losing is because I am replacing fat with muscle. Just wondering.
Eli, I struggle with the same issue. Since starting the X (on week 10 right now), I actually gained 5 pounds. As my pants are still very loose, I know I haven't really gained fat and have probably just been building muscle very rapidly, but I completly understand the psychological battle that starts to weigh in once the scale stops moving. I did, however, commit myself to doing the program and have seen tremendous gains in my fitness and overall athletic ability.
My advice: commit to the program, see where you're at once you've finished, and then go from there. You might also want to keep track of your body fat percentage, which will be a good indicator of whether you are indeed replacing fat with muscle. You might also want to be taking measurements of your body (biceps, waist, hips, thighs, etc.), which will be another indicator of how your body is changing, despite the fact that the scale isn't moving.