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Strength Training - JELF vs. Fire Rescue Fitness vs. P90X/P90X2 vs. TacFit

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Help! I need help! I don't know which strength training program to go with!

Should I restart JELF.
Do Fire Rescue Fitness which does whole body Strength Training sessions, instead of specific muscle days like JELF, but it does moves specific to Firefighting.
Stick with TacFit Firefighter for ST but it only does very little if any weights involved, for for ST.
P90X - obvious what P90X is, because I could jump straight into P90X2 after finishing P90X.
Or ... should I do Supreme 90 Day? I really want to work on chin ups and pull ups so maybe P90X is the obvious choice.

I am trying to weigh and decide what I should do because my body is seeing the results of not lifting now for about two months. I was seeing lots of gains when I was doing my ST with Supreme 90 Day and TacFit (for cardio/body weight ST).

Ah so many decisions!!! I would love to get more TacFit programs eventually. Let me hear your opinions people, what would you choose?

I want to decrease Body Fat, but gain muscle (and for some reason, my body has a easy time doing that usually). Insanity is for my cardio, but I want to work on hypertrophy my muscles and gaining power and strength for Firefighting on top of what I will gain from Insanity.

And .... before anyone says adding ST hybrid on top of Insanity, Fire Athletes we have a different kind of fitness level. So I am doing what needs to be done to keep me fit and also increase my fitness/cardiovascular/strengt
h/power/agility/speed etc.

I hope some of you guys have good advice on which program to do. Since I've only done S90D about 66 out of the 90 days before I got injured so that's all I have to go off, and I loved it but wish I could have lifted heavier --- which I think I might be able to do with P90X so those of you who have done P90X ... let me know your opinions!
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FIREFLY4407 4/13/2013 5:07AM

    Too funny - I've been contemplating the same myself! I have 10 more pound to go to hit my goal weight, and have been on a plateau for ~ 6 weeks. Some of that is diet (good food choices, but maybe too much? Don't worry, the calories are high enough to cover the fitness). Inches & body fat are still improving.

So I haven't done insanity, but from what I understand of the program, this would cover your cardio, and I agree you'll need something else for the ST. My running (5k 2x week plus 1 day 5k speed intervals) covers this for me (as well as stairs work), but I know running isn't your favorite.

I love TacFit firefighter, but it really focuses on some muscles (shoulders, quads), that I feel so much is being neglected. I did Les Mills body pump years ago and was later using Jari Love DVDs (very similar), but I found my body responded better to Jillian Michael's Body Revolution. I just started Supreme90, and like that so far - will give that a try for a while. I have P90x - I didn't get to far with it at the time I bought it - I don't think I was ready and I recall the workouts taking a lot of time. I'm in much better shape now and plan to do this again after Supreme90.

I don't know the right answer other than to say keep challenging yourself. Just straight lifting may work for you. I know I need the videos to keep things moving along. I find straight lifting somewhat boring and don't tend to stick with it. And I'd rather do functional multi-muscle moves than muscle isolating ones.

I am find though I'm not getting sore after workouts much anymore, and I'm not sure what to make of that - I feel like I'm still mixing it up and pushing myself, but I miss that confirming soreness the next day.

Keep us posted on what you decide!

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CHEMCHIC2006 4/12/2013 9:32AM

    Have you thought of maybe Crossfit? Never done it myself (I have no time to squeeze in another fitness activity lol) but I've heard a lot of great things about it.. kinda works in a little HIIT, some intervals, weight lifting, as well as functional/bodyweight training.

I get my ST though HIIT workouts (formerly Bodyrock- now called the daily HIIT) and I take Les Mills Bodypump through my gym once a week. I also do yoga, which helps get the smaller muscles. I found that once I started incorporating HIIT workouts last year, that I gained a lot of strength.. more than I ever did just lifting weight. Just my personal experience though. I've never done Insanity or P90x.. but completed S90D 1.5 times. I feel stronger now (through HIIT workouts) than after S90D.

The fire fighter program sounds good.. a great combination of fitness and job specific training- though sounds like you want something a little more intense? I've never taken anything like that, so I couldn't compare.

Good luck!

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