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Yoga X issues
6/13/11 11:30 AM
I am thinking this is more like I am just not in the greatest shape but figured I would inquire about it.

Yoga X just seems to kick my butt. I can push though some of the poses that I have trouble with but I have balance issues. I have never been able to finish the full hour and a hlaf of yoga on the dvd, which in itself is extremely frustrating. Not sure if stopping when I am wiped and starting up after a break would help or not either. I am not getting wiped in the sense I have no energy, just in the sense that my legs get shakey(the kind of shakey you get when you push your muscles).
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6/13/11 11:42 AM as a reply to CAngelillo.
Totally agree with this one too. Yoga is by far the toughest of them all in P90X for me too. But it does get better as long as you "listen" to your body as you do the poses, if you can watch yourself do the poses it would help (yeah I am not a huge fan of that either) because you can make sure what they are doing is what you are doing. But the burning and shaking I HATE IT! But I am still hoping I will love what it does for me.

HANG IN THERE!
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6/13/11 11:52 AM as a reply to CAngelillo.
For what it's worth I hate Yoga X. I don't do it nor do I plan to. I did it like three times and yes it really feels like it's working but it's a freaking hour and a half long. I'm in decent shape now and a lot more flexible than when I started so I figured I would give it a whirl in one of my Hybrid schedules and it was still very uncomfortable and felt impossible. I know that I should stick with it and just do it because the people that made the workouts forgot more than I will ever know about fitness. But the most common complaint I see on these message boards is Can I substitute Yoga X? I don't know what programs you own but I substitute Yoga X for Cardio Recovery from Insanity or now Relief from The Asylum. Plus those are only like 30 to 40 minutes tops. If you don't have either of those programs I guess maybe you could do Stretch-X?

Now to be clear I'm not telling you not to follow the P90x program cause it is amazing. That is just my personal viewpoint. It works for me. Hope it helps.
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6/13/11 11:55 AM as a reply to CAngelillo.
It's not uncommon. In fact, most people struggle with it.

You will get better the more you do it. I was absolutely awful at yoga, but now it's one of my favorite workouts.

Stick with it, do what you can, and try not to get frustrated. The only way to get better at it is to practice.
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6/13/11 12:09 PM as a reply to freeman1231.
This I why i got hip hop abs but I was sick last week so I havent started that yet in conjunction with P90X
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6/13/11 1:37 PM as a reply to WVUnoah.
WVUnoah:
For what it's worth I hate Yoga X. I don't do it nor do I plan to. I did it like three times and yes it really feels like it's working but it's a freaking hour and a half long. I'm in decent shape now and a lot more flexible than when I started so I figured I would give it a whirl in one of my Hybrid schedules and it was still very uncomfortable and felt impossible. I know that I should stick with it and just do it because the people that made the workouts forgot more than I will ever know about fitness. But the most common complaint I see on these message boards is Can I substitute Yoga X? I don't know what programs you own but I substitute Yoga X for Cardio Recovery from Insanity or now Relief from The Asylum. Plus those are only like 30 to 40 minutes tops. If you don't have either of those programs I guess maybe you could do Stretch-X?

Now to be clear I'm not telling you not to follow the P90x program cause it is amazing. That is just my personal viewpoint. It works for me. Hope it helps.


For what it's worth, it's only 15 minutes longer than Shoulders & Arms + Ab Ripper X...maybe you'll get back aroudn to it some time...
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6/13/11 1:51 PM as a reply to CAngelillo.
I was really frustrated with this workout in the beginning, but now I really love it. I struggled with YogaX and still do, especially with the Warrior 3 pose and the following sequences. I found if I modify, like straightening my leg a little, or putting a foot on the ground (during the warrior 3 segment), that I do better with it. I try and do a little less modification each time I do the workout and feel as though I am getting better each time I do it. With the YogaX, I also feel that the workout that I get is better than (although different from) the other workouts in the p90x package. Don't give up, do your best and forget the rest, and keep pushing play. You will get better with time!!!
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6/13/11 2:09 PM as a reply to CAngelillo.
Is there anything else I could do during the rest of the week to better prepare for the Yoga?

I just feel like I am not getting enough from it because I cant get through it.
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6/13/11 3:05 PM as a reply to CAngelillo.
even 45 minutes of yoga x is better than nothing.... but then again the last 45 minutes is much easier anyway. keep at it. do not substitute yoga x for something else. you will get better at it. when i first started p90x i HATED the yoga but now i look forward to it and i can do upward dogs (with knees up as opposed to cobra, knees down) and i do a push up before every downward dog which i couldn't do at all when i first started. your lack of balance is the exact reason why you need yoga x in your life. you can do it! emoticon
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6/13/11 3:52 PM as a reply to CAngelillo.
I havent been able to get though 45 mins yet emoticon
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6/13/11 3:58 PM as a reply to CAngelillo.
This might sound weird, but I used to do a lot of yoga at 24 Hour Fitness and at first it was really hard for me. My legs would shake a lot too with the warrior poses and even downward dog. The yoga instructor suggested that I try a prenatal yoga video (you can stream one on Netflix that's by Crunch) because it's not as intense and helps your body get used to some of the moves. It actually really helped me and from then on, the Group X yoga class and the Bikram (hot yoga) class that I took became easier and easier. You can also try not getting as deep into the pose or with downward dog, open your legs outside of your hips.
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6/13/11 4:04 PM as a reply to CAngelillo.
That might be a plan the repeated up down cobra, downward dog back up after a while works on my arms too.
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6/14/11 6:35 AM as a reply to CAngelillo.
lol, very true it is only 15 minutes longer than shoulders and arms and ab ripper x! you got me there. the difference is I love those workouts. i need to just keep trying it and embrace it. I feel like what Tony says before the disc starts, "I'm not doing no Yoga" But it obviously works
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6/14/11 10:54 AM as a reply to CAngelillo.
I have to admit I am always getting a bit disappointed when someone is saying they have issues with Yoga or that it is too hard and they don't want to go on with it because of this.

You can do it..you know why? Because I freaking can!
I am telling you this because whenever I am danger of dodging a workout I think of the Plyometric workout and the guy with the prosthetic leg. If he can do it I can - that is what I am telling myself.

So why am I mentioning myself? I have been diagnosed with MS 4 years ago and was in hospital off and on since then. I had troubles walking down stairs, troubles walking because my balance was so bad. Just imagine that I wasn't able to do more then 3 somewhat normal push-ups.

Is Yoga hard? Yes it is, it's probably the toughest workout and you know why? Because it obviously is challenging us in our weak areas. So, why are you guys working out? To improve, right? So why are people purposely choosing to not do the workouts that seem the hardest while the same time it's quite obvious that it would be the ones that are obviously targeting the areas that need it the most? emoticon

I still don't love Yoga - well I do AFTER I am done..but before and during..I hate it. I really do. Still, my legs have gotten the most out of this workout - not to mention my balance has been improved so much that I have hardly any balance issues any more.

I couldn't make it through many of the sun salutations and flow poses in the first part for quite a while. I just worked on upward dog and tried my best. I didn't even try Crane until the middle of the second month nor could I hold even a second in bound side angel pose (or whatever that thing is called emoticon). Believe me when I say, all of this changes if you stick with it. My current record for crane is 26 seconds and I can hold the bound pose on both sides for the full duration now. I am still struggling with the half moon poses but I can hold both of them for quite a while before I normally fall out emoticon If someone would have told me that I will be able to do crane I would have burst out laughing at them.

Not to mention - due to all the warrior poses my thighs have gotten much stronger to the point where I don't have knee issues any more (because the muscles in my legs were not only weak but also very unbalanced and pulled the knee cap out of it's natural alignment due to this). Holding poses for an extended period of time works on totally different areas then normal strength training and helps the joins to stay in their proper places.

As much as I am still hating Yoga in my second round of P90X, I know that nothing else in the program has given me so much gain in one evening workout such as Yoga X.

I don't mean to preach, since I don't mind if anyone really wants to substitute but it saddens me that people might give up for the wrong reasons emoticon
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6/14/11 10:54 AM as a reply to WVUnoah.
WVUnoah:
lol, very true it is only 15 minutes longer than shoulders and arms and ab ripper x! you got me there. the difference is I love those workouts. i need to just keep trying it and embrace it. I feel like what Tony says before the disc starts, "I'm not doing no Yoga" But it obviously works


LOL yeah man, I definitely felt the same way. I had the fortune/misfortune (depending on how you look at it) of having to do it along-side my fiancee, who is not only a yoga veteran, but hyper-flexible to boot. Anyone watching the 2 of us would think: "hey, there's a girl doing some seriously difficult yoga, and a guy doing an impression of blind, bow-legged newborne giraffe". And now? Now I can strike a wicked half-moon with no help from a yoga block. Of course, that's after 3-1/2 rounds of P90X...
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6/14/11 10:59 AM as a reply to TheBandit27.
TheBandit27:
]and a guy doing an impression of blind, bow-legged newborne giraffe".


LOL - now there is a pose I would like to try
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6/14/11 11:07 AM as a reply to CAngelillo.
Oh dont get the wrong Idea here. I by no means am saying its too hard and want to not do it. And yes Plyometerics gets me too but I can get farther with it then the Yoga.

I am looking for ways to improve and get through it, ways to get stronger or work on flexability on other days that will help improve my situation with the Yoga.

Because I cant get as far into the work out with Yoga as I can with Plyometerics, core, cardio, etc I dont feel like at this time I am getting enough from my yoga work out. I want to correct that. And I bought hip hop abs to do in conjunction with P90X for a few reasons: I have 60 pounds I would like to lose, I am unemployed at the moment so P90X swimming and the occasional walk in the park with the dog and boyfriend is about the only exercise I get. If I was working I would be getting more exercise then I am currently(some days I miss working in the foundries, now that was a work out on a daily basis).
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6/14/11 11:15 AM as a reply to CAngelillo.
When I first started yoga I couldn't stay in all of the lunges for even close to the full amount of time but now the only thing i struggle with is warrior 3. I can do crane and wheel now. Just stick with it the best you can I have seen the most improvement in yoga and pushups.
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6/14/11 12:30 PM as a reply to CAngelillo.
I hope I didn't come over as rude - I definitely didn't intend that emoticon

What I did was what Tony keeps preaching throughout: Try your best and forget the rest. I came out of the warrior poses (straightened my legs) and took breaks in between during the vinyasa flow at the beginning. I took breaks whenever I needed them. Yoga is not really about making it through without breaks, It's about the poses and holding them..going deeper and opening up your stretches. Every time you try your best you WILL see improvements emoticon

The first thing that happened to me was that I managed to reach for my toes, little improvements here and there..staying in a pose one second longer is already an achievement and improvement from last time. If something is hard for you start small and enjoy even the smallest steps. It's what kept me motivated initially emoticon

Also, don't look at Yoga as a burning calorie workout but trust the program to know what's best for you. If you strengthen your overall muscles, increase your flexibility and work on your balance you will be able to push harder during cardio and strength training with less risk of injuring yourself. We all want improvements as fast as possible but that often leads to injury or over-training. Sometimes it's a good thing to take a step back too.

As I mentioned, I would have never been able to make it through Insanity without having done P90X and specially Yoga, since it basically cured me of my knee problems emoticon
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6/14/11 12:51 PM as a reply to Sheilina.
Yoga X is hard. It is probably my hardest DVD but because I believe the P90X Classic program will work, I keep pushing play on the days I am suppose to.

I am in my Recovery week of Phase 1 so I have two Yoga X sessions this week. There are some moves I still cannot do but I have noticed that each time I do them, I get better.

Reading what others have to say, makes me feel better about continuing to push on. My flexibility has improved tremendously in just the three weeks I have been on the program, and I believe, the change of pace improves in my muscle recovery.

I do not like the pace of Yoga X, but if the results have been proven, I will continue to include it in the program as intended.

Further, I do find that I do have to back off of some of the moves because I may be experiencing some strain in my ligaments or soreness in my hamstring muscle.

Great topic and I am glad it is openly being discussed.

Regards,

-Chuy

PS Someone had mentioned the importance of nourishing your body properly and I believe this helps with Yoga X as well.
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