At the beginning of 2011 I hadn’t been posting on this site much at all, and I was at an all time high weight for me, over 270 pounds. At 6’4″, I’m a big guy, so the 270 lbs didn’t really look that bad, but I knew something had to change. I wasn’t feeling healthy and I was beginning to feel the strain that the weight was putting on my body.
In January of this year I joined Weight Watchers as a support system to my wife. Over the next few months we both lost weight, and by July/August I had dropped around 30 pounds off of my starting weight. I was ecstatic.
But then reality started to set in. I started getting bored with the program, life started getting stressful and I started to let myself slip into old bad habits. On top of that I hadn’t really stepped up my exercise routine while on Weight Watchers, and I knew I needed to get back on that.
Weight Roller Coaster
This past week I realized that over the past few months I was starting to gain back a bunch of the weight I had lost this year. Frustrating. I know why I’ve gained it back, my eating habits have quickly deteriorated. I haven’t been exercising. I know I need to get back on some sort of healthy eating and exercise regimen.
I’m now at around 255 lbs – still down from my high of 270, but nowhere near my goal of 200 pounds.
I need to get back into something that I can enjoy doing and that will get me moving.
P90X Sounds Intense, But Maybe What It’s What I Need
A few months ago I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn, and he was talking about how he was on a fitness kick. He was doing P90X, an intense 90 day workout from Beach Body, that promises to kick your butt and whip you into shape in no time. At the end of his 90 days, he shared his P90X results. They were impressive to say the least.
…just getting started is the hardest part. At the beginning, it was tough. I could barely do half of the workouts on the DVDs and would constantly drop out in the middle of routines just to rest. One of the mantras of P90X is “Push Play Everyday”, and that’s exactly what I did, and after a while I began to notice that what was once hard was getting easier and easier everyday.Also, I learned that nutrition is more important than anything. What you eat makes up 85% of your results and the workouts and training is only 15%. It sounds crazy, but it’s soooo true.
When I read his results I thought – “Hey, I should try that”! But then I put it on the back shelf in my brain and didn’t think about it again until this past week.
This past week was when I finally realized I was sabotaging all the results I had seen earlier in the year, losing 30 lbs, and slowly getting into better shape. I needed to stop my downward slide and get back into it.
So now I’m once again considering jumping onto the P90X bandwagon, and giving it a shot.
I first heard of P90X years ago when it first came out after seeing it on TV. At the time I wasn’t that interested in it as I was doing another fitness regime called “Body for Life”. While I still think that program is good, I think I need something a little different now.
So what is P90X all about? Here are some basic facts and screenshots from the P90X website:
P90X® is a revolutionary system of 12 sweat-inducing, muscle-pumping workouts, designed to transform your body from regular to ripped in just 90 days. You’ll also receive a comprehensive 3-phase nutrition plan, specially designed supplement options, a detailed fitness guide, a calendar to track your progress, online peer support, and much more. Your personal trainer, Tony Horton, will keep you engaged every step of the way, and you won’t believe your results!
Why is P90X so effective?
The secret behind the P90X system is an advanced training technique called Muscle Confusion™, which accelerates the results process by constantly introducing new moves and routines so your body never plateaus, and you never get bored! Whether you want to get lean, bulk up, or just plain get ripped, there’s an endless variety of ways to mix and match the routines to keep you motivated the full 90 days and beyond!
So when you buy the package, you’ll get a 12 workouts on DVD, a nutrition plan, a fitness guide and an overview video to get you started.
The workouts run the gamut from cardio, to weights to yoga.
When you sign up you also will get access to a variety of online support tools, community support and more.
So I’m seriously thinking about jumping in and giving it a shot.
I’d love to get some feedback from others who have tried the program. How did it work for you? Did you get the results you were hoping for? Was it hard to complete? Would you do it again? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.
ken allen says
Hey Peter, I have been using beachbody products for about 2 years now and started with their SUPER BASIC program, called P90 and it’s super basic. I had to do that for a summer to get me in decent shape as I wasn’t in any shape to do P90X….well, I graduated to that program did it for 90 days and it is AWESOME….I went from that to their Insanity program, which is AWESOME in itself, but a tad different and more cardio based with strength training integrated. Now I’m doing a hybrid which is great for a kind of maintenance program….I’ve been able to keep my weight off and the program has really gotten me in the best shape I’ve ever been outside of my highschool athletic days, which I may be able to get to…not sure…I’m getting old! Anyways, now that I’ve done these programs, I plan to still do them periodically for maintenance and I may commit to a 90 day program (hybrid or straight P90X) once a year during the holidays or so to keep me in shape for the rest of my life. I truly, truly enjoy these programs and have a WONDERFUL support staff in their beachbody coaches that I’ve personally become very good friends with to help me stay motivated and answer any questions I might have regarding anything, related or not! Hope this helps. Email me if you want more information or would like to meet my coach who’s a wonderful individual himself!
I love p90x, don’t do it so much these days mostly due to the fact that it’s easier to whack on an insanity video (no equipment) for the workouts I do outside of running…. Much recommended though.