Post # 1
I’ve been doing P90X for a few months now and have really been gratified with my performance, mainly with the resistance exercises. I can do more pushups now (still on my knees, but… :)) and see toning in my arms and legs. I’ve lost about 12 pounds doing that along with eating.
But. I still suck at cardio. I don’t know what the deal is, but I have not been able to finish a 40-minute cardio exercise – only about 20 minutes of which actually includes cardio exercise (the rest is warm up, warm up yoga, and cool-down) – in 3 months. I can get further than I could in the beginning, but halfway through I start feeling like I’m going to die. I start crying. It’s super embarrassing! And then this week, I started the classic routine (if you don’t know P90, classic is the basic “lose weight bulk up” program, and lean is the “lose weight build lean muscle” program, which is what I did for the first 3 months) and today was plyometrics – very high-impact “jump training” cardio. And I got like, 10 minutes in. I got a side cramp and was so out of breath and heart pounding, I just couldn’t finish.
Is this a real thing? I mean, are there people who seriously can’t handle cardio (who don’t have heart problems or other physical issues, because I think I’m healthy enough)? Is this just in my head? I’m pretty pissed at myself, and would love to finish a cardio routine without breaking down in tears like a freakin’ baby.
Post # 3
Basically I think what you’re experiencing is fatigue, and fatigue is brought on usually by exceeding your target heart rate. In other words, you’re working out too hard to last as long as you want. I would recommend buying/using a heart rate monitor. When your rate stays within the target zone, you will be able to sustain your activity level. There are calculators and things online you can use to determine, based on age and goals, what your heart rate should be while you do cardio.
Also, being hydrated helps. Drink throughout exercising. And for me, I find what fatigues me the most is heat! I get sooooo hot when I exercise that I will actually feel like I have to stop not because I’m tired but because I am so freaking hot. So I actually put a small fan on during cardio activity (this of course is not possible if youre working out oustide). And one more thing….I like to do cardio before any resistance training. After lifting weights or doing other strength training exercises, my muscles are tired and I can’t go as long.
Those are my tips. I know it’s frustrating but try to stick with it. Congrats on your results so far!
Post # 4
I don’t know what it is for you specifically but I know for myself I definitly have to get past the chatter in my head. I think I’m going to die, when in realty I can totally go farther. What I have done to keep going is put together a really good mix on my iPod. Then I focus on ONLY the music. It’s really hard to do at first but it has helped. When you are not thinking about the fact that you are going to break down, you can go even farther. As far as plyo goes, that is tough. The only way I made it through P90X is that I had a buddy I did it with. That’s my other suggestion, I love gym buddies.
Don’t get down on yourself. You can totally do this! 🙂
Post # 5
The side stitch is a symptom of being dehyrated. You can’t perform if you do not have enough water in your system.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies. The heart rate situation probably is accurate. I have a heart rate monitor but I tend to get within about 90% of my max heart rate when doing cardio, so perhaps I should back off a bit. 🙂
I don’t know how much more water I can drink without floating away (hehe). I go through about 5-6 16-ounce glasses a day at work (it gets super hot in my office), and I easily down a 16-ounce cup during the workout (when I get home from work). Sometimes I have to re-fill that 16-ouncer during the more high-impact stuff. I also find that when I drink too much during cardio and plyo, I start to get nauseous and can feel the water sloshing around.
I’m considering doing Jillian’s Banish Fat Boost Metabolism DVD (which I did before P90X and could finish much more easily than P90X’s cardio sessions) on my cardio days, and keeping the P90X resistance sessions on their respective scheduled days. I don’t know, the plyo stuff is just freakin’ killing me. It’s always after that part of the cardio session that I totally want to keel over.
Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and it’s good to hear others going through this as well!
Post # 7
If you enjoy the intensity of P90x, you might want to check out the Insanity workout. It’s all cardio, and not nearly as high impact on your joints. But be warned, it isn’t called Insanity because it’s a walk in the park.
ETA: Just offering a suggestion for an end goal cardio workout that isn’t high impact. While P90x is a good workout, I have joint issues and can’t do the high impact, so I settled for Insanity. I can’t finish a full workout, but I do my best and slow down when I need to and keep my target heart rate where it should be. I have goals though!
Post # 8
I teach an aerobics program and work full time. I drink 84 oz of water in the afternoon. Right before class I drink another 20 oz with an amino acid powder dissolved and then I drink another 20 oz after class.
I still think you need more water since you say your office is hot – esp. since you are getting side cramps.