(Closed) Looking for P90x Experiences

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

To be honest, I did not like the P90X experience.  But when I started, my fitness level was very low.  I did it for ~2 months before giving up and hitting the gym.  To me, the biggest issue was P90X focuses a LOT on upper body strength, and I need to work my lower body (i.e. hips and ass) more than I need to do my arms and back.  For this reason, I get the impression that P90X is really meant more for guys.

I *maybe* lost ~5 lbs for the 2 months on P90X.  Once I started going to the gym (running on treadmill, stairmaster, and bike) I have been losing 1 – 2 lbs a week.

When I can’t get to the gym, I will still do the P90X cardio DVD – I really did like the guy that ran the sessions, but that is about it.  But I needed more cardio and I feel like P90X is more about weights than cardio.

I have never tried Jillian Michaels, but from what I have heard, I don’t plan to (I don’t want someone yelling at me as I am trying to work out – not my cup of tea).  I just make sure I get a min 45 – 60 min of cardio in 5 days a week and limit my calorie intake.

Edit – If you are stuck at home, have you thought about doing step aerobics?  I like Karen Voight – and you can usually buy a step for pretty cheap on craigslist or make one (like I did) out of a few 2×4’s.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ok so I have never done P90X, but I am doing it’s “sister” program Insanity. Tomorrow marks the last day of my first month (the program is 60 days, not 90) and I love it. LOVE IT.

I’ll answer your questions just in case you want to look into this instead of P90X.

What were your overall impressions? Like I said above, LOVE IT.

Did you do the whole 90 days? I’m currently only on month one but have not missed a workout yet and do not intend to.

What were the hardest parts about it? What was the easiest? Hardest: just pushing through. It’s SO much cardio. When I first started I couldn’t even make it through the warmups. Easiest: I actually LOOK FORWARD to doing my workout every day.

What type of shape were you in beforehand? About 30 lbs to lose but I could run about 3 miles a few times a week.

What type of shape were you in afterward? I can already feel the difference in my fitness, but I can’t really answer this question yet.

Did it take a lot of equipment? Absolutely NOTHING.

Were you able to sustain your results? (At least relatively?) Can’t really answer this one either, but I’m already planning on restarting once I’m through with the program, so I should have no problem with that!

Did you think it was cheesy? How would you compare it with, say a Jillian Michaels video? (Love Jillian’s podcasts and books, but I feel like she says really dumb things in the workout videos) Totally not cheesy. Sometimes Shawn T says some dumb things but it’s more because he’s out of breath and not thinking rather than saying cheesy motivational things,  haha.

Anything else you think I should know? As of the first month, I’ve lost 8 lbs. That’s 2 lbs a week! I feel great and I can see a TOTAL transformation happening to my body.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My college roommate and I did P90x and LOVED it.  It got us in great shape and was easy to do in the privacy of your own home at your convinience.  I recommed getting a buddy to do it with, as there will be days when you are tired and unmotivated.  Because we lived together and were doing p90x together we were able to push each other so that when one didn’t feel like doing it that day the other would push her.  By the time we finished we were in great shape.  I definetly recommed it!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I tried P90X. I kindda did it for 90 days. It was okay to find the hour for most of the days, but the 1.5 hour for yoga NEVER happened. I just don’t have that kind of time. I didn’t see that much/if any difference with my body. I switched to Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred after. It was MUCH better since I could carve 20 minutes out of my day without a problem and I saw serious results within a week.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  The first month they are all about 40 minutes, then I believe the second month they are all around an hour.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve heard insanity is really good, but as the title suggests, an INSANE work out. I’m way too chicken to try it. LOL

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What were your overall impressions?

I really like it so far. Insanity is still my favorite workout, but I enjoy a good weight-training program.

Did you do the whole 90 days? 

I’m on day 46, but I have no doubt I’ll complete the first round. Before I started, I committed to doing two rounds. It really does take a commitment, though. 

What were the hardest parts about it? What was the easiest?

Nutrition is hard, but it’s so important. You can do the P90X program, but if you don’t have good nutrition, you won’t see results. Eighty percent of your results come from the kitchen. Oddly, eating enough calories was actually a problem for me. It’s recommended you eat 1,800, which doesn’t sound bad, but when it’s coming from clean food, you realize how much that is. 

Pull-ups are also hard for me, but I got the pull-up assist band, and it’s helped. 

Oh, and yoga sucks. It’s not that I hate the moves; it’s just that it’s an hour and a half long. That’s a long time to focus on stretching. 

What type of shape were you in beforehand?

I was in pretty good shape. I like P90X and Insanity because following a program makes me more consistent.

What type of shape were you in afterward?

I haven’t finished, but I’m definitely improving and have lost some inches. 

Did it take a lot of equipment?

You can either get bands or weights and a pull-up bar. I suggest weights and a pull-up bar. 

Were you able to sustain your results? (At least relatively?)

As long as you commit to a lifestyle change, you can sustain. 

Did you think it was cheesy? How would you compare it with, say a Jillian Michaels video? (Love Jillian’s podcasts and books, but I feel like she says really dumb things in the workout videos)

Tony Horton is incredibly cheesy. 

Anything else you think I should know?

I agree that it wasn’t enough cardio for me, so I’m doing the doubles program. I run sometime before noon and then do P90X later in the day. I figure I might as well get more bang for my buck. 

I recommend checking out the Beachbody forums. Beachbody produces P90X and Insanity, and you can find a lot of feedback on both programs. Also, check out Insanity. If cheesy is a turn off, I don’t think you’ll like Tony Horton’s style, but Shaun T. of Insanity is great. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I did it and likes it. I was in pretty good shape before hand could run atleast 5 miles without stopping. P90x really toned me out especially my arms and butt. U get total yoga booty. The hardest part is the beginning 2 weeks bc u have to push ire self not to give up when ure feeling the burn. My advice is pause when u need to but finish each video. It really helps strengthen ure core which is hard to do at the gym unless u have a trainer or are educated well on fitness. Plus you strech a lot which ppl forget to do. It is cheesy, but I just make fun of Tony while working out. Do it with a partner to stay commited. I did all 90 days and have stayed pretty trim 🙂

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I totally believe in P90X.  I wasn’t in great shape before hand.  I only did it for about 45 days before “life happened” and I fell off the wagon, but I lost 15lbs over that time period.  Tony Horton is a ham, and he does say stupid things (ie., when doing these arm stretches where you bend at the waist and make a stirring motion with your arm, he goes through and asks the other people what kind of soup they have, chicken noodle, lobster bisque, etc.), but the idle chatter that they sometimes do gave me and my husband something to laugh at, and so I wouldn’t let that be a deterrant.  I heard some posters say it seemed more like muscle toning than weight loss, but I’d maintain that if you follow the whole program, it’ll do both.  The Cardio and Plyo DVDs are all cardio; the Legs and Back is all muscle building.

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