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P90x vs Charlene Extreme which 1is better for me?


Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Ok I need help choosing between these 2 Programs. I'm more of a beginner and I want to know which program is better for losing bodyfat and not bulking the body since I do want to be lean. the thing is that when I look at my body my measurements reveal that my lower body is bigger than my upper body but I think its cause of my lower tummy I do have big flabby arms and my shoulders are narrow. I got a big tummy with inner thigh fat so Im not sure what body type I have. lol 49 48 54 are my measurements when it comes to toning my arms and not wanting to bulk up should I use lighter weights with high reps?
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SHAPEANDMOLD 5/12/2010 6:56PM

    Hi! I just stopped by and skimmed your page and blog posts. It sounds like you're pretty serious about starting a workout program to lose weight. I'll put in my two cents.

A good workout plan along with a good food plan are the keys to success and one cannot substitute one for the other in losing weight overall.

Also, building muscle strength isn't the same as "bulking up." When you first work out, your body goes into shock because it's not used to the workouts. The muscles retain more water and increase mass to keep up the energy needed for your workouts. Once it understands what you're trying to do, the muscles will expel the excess water and lean out the muscles after a couple months. Your body needs some time to adjust to a new workout, it doesn't happen overnight.

As for leaner muscles with lighter weights and higher reps, it is true. But if you're first starting out, it's best to do the 8-10 reps and build strength first before increasing reps and "leaning out." Personally, I'm lifting 10 lb weights 8-10 reps and I don't have bulging biceps...and I want to be able to do 15 lbs at 15 reps eventually. But that's just me.

I prefer the strategy of getting down to a smaller shape first before fine-tuning the details. If you're thinking strictly from a weight loss perspective...strength-training is like a shovel taking away the fat. As you build muscle, it uses up more energy and "eats" away at the fat. When you are using your muscles, it burns more calories than fat even while resting. Cardio-based training is like a chisel that sculpts the details and fine tunes your muscle definition. Using both together is more effective than picking one over the other and the two workout programs you mentioned do both of those things.

I'm currently doing P90X with the Doubles schedule but I don't know much about Chalean extreme. Overall, I think they're both pretty similar at the core. Most workout programs have similar schedules and methods even if the specific exercises are different.

If you are a beginner, I suggest trying Power 90 (not P90X) because the workouts are shorter (30-40 mins each) and the moves are not as "extreme". It can be frustrating to do P90X if you need to modify the majority of the moves. For example, push-ups...I'm sticking with regular push-ups instead of all the crazy ones that are shown in the program because I don't have the upper body strength to do one-handed push-ups or dive-bombers properly. I know my limits and I know that modifications must be made. Honestly, I might need another round of P90X to get where I want to be and that's ok. It takes years to give way to flabbiness (3 yrs of non-exercise for me)...it's not going to take 90 days to get back into shape that I was at my fitness peak.

Anyways, if you do Power 90 first, you're building up your core strength and losing weight so it'll be easier to accomplish P90X or Chalean Extreme in the future. Good luck and I hope my comments were helpful!

Let me know what you choose! =)



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