I started P90X this week. I bought the 12 DVD package Used-Like New from the Amazon Marketplace for less than $100. I researched this a lot before finally biting the bullet and buying it. I am familiar with a lot of the exercises because the personal trainer I had for almost 2 years borrowed HEAVILY from it. I decided I wanted to get the DVDs to at least supplement my workouts and cardio, for some variety. I love the Kenpo (kickboxing) workout.
But when the box came, and I read through it, I am going to do the 90 day thing and follow the program. I did the fit test and passed many of the baselines, a couple I fell just short of. That creates a baseline on your measurements, flexibility, strength, endurance and recovery rate. Then you retake the test at 30/60/90 days. It requires at least 60 - 75 minutes per day (Yoga is 90 minutes). And it is pretty intense. I am just working through the sore.
I did Kenpo on Saturday (for fun). Then on Sunday I did the fit test/baseline info, then did Chest and Back, except I don't have a chin up bar yet. I'm shopping on e-bay for that. So I basically did chest, no back. The whole DVD is pushups and chin ups in multiple variations. I did a LOT of pushups. that is followed by a 16 minute Ab routine that is killer.
Monday, I did Plyometrics. Hard if you have any knee issues. High impact. Again, I recognized almost all the moves from stuff my trainer had introduced. There were a couple of the sets I couldn't do (like hop on one foot - hurt my foot and ankle to do that one) and many that I couldn't do the entire 30 seconds (I was stopping around 20 seconds). But it's a good start.
Today was Shoulder and Arms, which is all dumbbells, and the same exercises I was doing on my own (again, from my trainer). I still need to squeeze in (pun intended) the Ab Ripper 16 minutes after work.
I'm not following the P90X nutrition plan per se. It is the old Deal-a-Meal, old pre-points Weight Watchers (5 proteins, 3 dairy, x carbs, etc.) I am continuing to track via SparkPeople. I am not convinced the low carb start to P90X is right for me, and while I was very successful on WW in my 20s with the portion plan (lost over 50 lbs before I got pregnant with my first), I like the more detailed tracking on SP.
So, we will see!! I'll try to continue to post on my progress for those that are interested in P90X. It's not for beginners, but it's got a great message. Do your best and forget the rest! and... Keep pushing play!
Has anyone else had experience with P90X?