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Old 08-25-2010, 06:37 PM
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This is fairly common I think. If using weights are a big part of your workout, the scale is not a good indicator of success. If you look better in the mirror, your pants are falling off of you, and your chest/shoulders/etc are becoming more defined, then who cares what the scale says. BF% or simply using a tape measure is a better indicator when building muscle.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:22 PM
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Hey guys,

I have been following Atkins for a little over four months now and I have had wonderful weight loss results. My only exercise has been swimming and walking, and I am starting to think it might be time to incorporate something a little more intense. I used to study American Kenpo and I remember what an intense total body workout I would get just using my own body weight. The only Kenpo school here in the town where I now live is on the other side of town, it's a Parker school (my experience has been with Tracy system), they have very limited open workout and group workout times, and I really don't want to pay the inflated monthly membership dues. I discovered today that a Kenpo workout has been incorporated into the P90X system. I am seriously considering the investment in the P90X system, and I have a few questions:

1. Most important question...do I have to follow the nutrition plan and use the recovery drinks? As I mentioned before, Atkins is working very well for me and I don't want to change my nutrition plan.

2. What is the structure of the system? I know there are several DVD's and that it goes in phases. What are the phases?

3. What equipment is necessary? Is it possible to do an altered version of the program without investing in any equipment?

4. (related to #3) Is there anyone out there that picks and chooses which workouts to follow rather than the recommended structure? As I mentioned, my biggest interest is in the Kenpo workout but I might be open to doing other portions as well. I would rather avoid cluttering up my room with workout equipment if I can avoid it though.

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 08-26-2010, 01:14 AM
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Dave,
Congrats on the weight loss and for moving forward with getting fit. To answer a couple of your questions:

1. By no means do you have to follow their nutrition plan, nor do you have to get all their supplements and recovery drinks and things. Just eat healthy. I might wonder if the Atkins diet would leave you feeling hungry and burned out at some point while doing P90X, but at the same time, it's a diet you've been on, so maybe the low carb wouldn't affect you as much. Just listen to your body.

2. Phases: There are 3 phases, each lasting 4 weeks, with one additonal 'recovery week' at the end (13 weeks total). Weeks 1-3 you do various cardio and strength building routines and week four is just cardio/yoga and no weight lifting to give your muslces a break. Phase two repeats this concept of 3 weeks with strength training and one week off. Phase 3 is four weeks with strength training and then one week off for recovery.

3. Equipment: you will at least need to have free weights or resistance bands or all the resistance workouts are useless. You'll need some other things, like a chair from your dining room table or stool of some sort for other moves. The only other thing would be a pull up bar, but you could possibly do without that if you can simulate the move with bands (loop the band over something sturdy and high up, kneel on the floor, and pull downward to work the back muscles).

4. Kenpo: There's only one kenpo workout, lasts about an hour. The X program is really more about getting fit via building muscle. Even the cardio routines have a lot of core and lower body involvement. If you're looking for a kenpo program, this might not be your best bet. By all means, you can always alter a workout program, but I'd always suggest trying to do it at least once as prescribed, and then do later rounds in an altered way.

Ultimately, the program will get you more fit, if you decide to put in the effort. Perhaps other people here will have more advice for you. Best of luck!
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by wannabefitgrl View Post
Dave,
Congrats on the weight loss and for moving forward with getting fit. To answer a couple of your questions:

1. By no means do you have to follow their nutrition plan, nor do you have to get all their supplements and recovery drinks and things. Just eat healthy. I might wonder if the Atkins diet would leave you feeling hungry and burned out at some point while doing P90X, but at the same time, it's a diet you've been on, so maybe the low carb wouldn't affect you as much. Just listen to your body.

2. Phases: There are 3 phases, each lasting 4 weeks, with one additonal 'recovery week' at the end (13 weeks total). Weeks 1-3 you do various cardio and strength building routines and week four is just cardio/yoga and no weight lifting to give your muslces a break. Phase two repeats this concept of 3 weeks with strength training and one week off. Phase 3 is four weeks with strength training and then one week off for recovery.

3. Equipment: you will at least need to have free weights or resistance bands or all the resistance workouts are useless. You'll need some other things, like a chair from your dining room table or stool of some sort for other moves. The only other thing would be a pull up bar, but you could possibly do without that if you can simulate the move with bands (loop the band over something sturdy and high up, kneel on the floor, and pull downward to work the back muscles).

4. Kenpo: There's only one kenpo workout, lasts about an hour. The X program is really more about getting fit via building muscle. Even the cardio routines have a lot of core and lower body involvement. If you're looking for a kenpo program, this might not be your best bet. By all means, you can always alter a workout program, but I'd always suggest trying to do it at least once as prescribed, and then do later rounds in an altered way.

Ultimately, the program will get you more fit, if you decide to put in the effort. Perhaps other people here will have more advice for you. Best of luck!
This is all great advice! Thanks.

I must confess that I have also wondered how I would fare in a heavy workout routine while still following Atkins induction phase. If for some reason I have trouble with energy level, I might just move on to the next phase of Atkins or make a greater effort at getting through Lyle McDonald's book. I'll have to see how it works out.

When I got home last night I talked to my roommate about it and it turns out he already has the DVD's. He did the program for a couple weeks to get into the routine of working out but ultimately figured out his own routine and stopped using P90X. He is going to let me use his DVD's, so I think after I get back from my honeymoon I am going to pick up some resistance bands and a yoga mat to give this program a shot. If it turns out that I don't like all the workouts I could certainly make a custom program using the ones that I like.

Thanks again!
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:32 PM
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So I just finished week 10 and still going strong! I had slipped a little in the 'eating healthy' department. The X gets me fit, but never seems to help me lose weight, and I was getting discouraged at not shedding any pounds. That probably led to my week-long binge. But I'm back and better than ever, and the scale seems to be more agreeable now too!

I pulled a muscle in my back doing those dive bomber pushups, judging from how sore it was the next day (and has been since). I do love doing those though!

Guess that's all for now, except that I'm making plans for my second round. I'll be starting grad school in a few weeks, about the time I finish up my first round, so I might have to work out how to keep doing the X and school plus work. Not worried though...if you want it bad enough, you make it happen!

Best of luck to everyone else!
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:26 PM
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For women who are scale and weight conscious, Id recommend measuring your waist on day 1 and then again on days 30, 60, and 90. My wife and I just finished our week 13 and she has said she has never gotten so many compliments about her figure and yet after 90 days she only lost 7 pounds. She fluxuated the entire time between a 5 and 11 pound weight loss throughout the program. She is very weight conscious but after finishing p90x, she now doesnt care at all what the scale says and she is the one motivating me to do round 2 which we are starting this coming Saturday. With p90x, its all about how you look, not what the scale says. You just have to rewire your brain for that...

...and hell, its only 3 months of your life. Try it and see.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:39 PM
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What is this workout? Sounds interesting....
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:34 PM
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lilly, I'd suggest jumping on youtube or something and searching for the P90X infomercial. That gives you a good idea of what it's about. Plus there are tons of people who have posted their own videos of the results they got from the program. There's always beachbody.com too, which is the company that puts out the program. Hope that helps!
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Old 08-30-2010, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by wannabefitgrl View Post
lilly, I'd suggest jumping on youtube or something and searching for the P90X infomercial. That gives you a good idea of what it's about. Plus there are tons of people who have posted their own videos of the results they got from the program. There's always beachbody.com too, which is the company that puts out the program. Hope that helps!
yep, you'll probably see some of my videos. lol
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:20 AM
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simon, just curious as to where your wife started and finished (either weight, dress size, body fat percentage, anything really). If she woulnd't mind you sharing that of course! I'm just curious because I am also sitting in a five pound range that I never seem to break no matter how hard I work out, nor do I gain any more than that, regardless how crappy I might eat for a week. So yea, just curious!
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