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New round starting. P90X, X2, Insanity. Who wants to join me?
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8/15/12 4:37 PM
Welcome fellow teambeachbody members!


Are you ready to take a 60 or 90 day life changing challenge?


Do you want a coach that will motivate you and be responsive?


Then join this thread and let's do this together!


If you are new to teambeachbody, sign up for a free account--> Free TeamBeachBody Account

Hi, I'm Coach Kenny and I want to help you with your fitness journey. Whether you are a new member or have been through numerous rounds, you're all welcome here. If you are doing P90X, P90X2, Insanity, BBL, or one of the other beachbody programs - please join in.

New members please read my following tips and suggestions:

1.Take your “before” photo’s and measurements. You probably don't want to take them, but you’ll need to so you can see how far you’ve progressed. Also, take the highest quality photo's you can and don't crop or resize your originals(you never know when beachbody may ask for these). Make a copy of your original photo's and resize or crop them if you want to post them to the message boards. It will also help you stay motivated when you see where you were at before. After 90 days, you’ll be glad to show off your “before” and “after” pictures and just how many inches and pounds you have lost. I messed up and didn’t take my day 1 photo’s for P90X and now I regret not taking them.

2.Get your equipment ready. If you are going to use dumbbells, make sure you have the proper weights for the various exercises. The same thing with the resistance bands. Make sure you have the proper bands for all of the exercises. Have your pull up bar set up and secured if using one. Give yourself plenty of space so you don’t injure yourself or damage anything.

3.Get rid of unhealthy food. If you are going to spend several hours a week doing the exercises, don’t hamper your results be chowing down on something unhealthy. Your body will perform better and won’t be sluggish. Plus you’ll be cursing at yourself for giving in to temptation. You’ve bought the program and it comes with a wonderful nutrition guide. So follow it! Have healthy snacks available if you get a craving. The people that have the best results did so because they followed the nutrition program. I believe it accounts for 75% of your results. Like the saying goes - "Abs are made in the kitchen!"

4.Start slowly. If you haven’t done any exercising lately, take a practice week or take it easy the first week. You don’t want to be so sore after the first workout that you can barely move your arms and end up quitting. I went full bore the first day and paid for it the next 3 days, but I didn’t quit.

5.Fuel your body. Try to eat 5 to 6 times a day. I know it sounds like a lot, but you’ll get used to it quickly. I try to eat something about every 3 hours. Breakfast, snack, Lunch, snack, Supper, snack. These exercises burn a lot of calories so be sure you fuel up your body properly. I like to drink a protein shake an hour or two before I workout. I then drink a recovery drink afterword to replenish my glycogen levels and help reduce soreness the next day.

6.Support. When starting a new workout program you’re going to have a few questions you’ll want answered and that’s where I can help you out. If you have questions about nutrition or exercises, I'm here to assist you. Feel free to also post questions for the workout group to answer. Post your accountability DAILY on the message boards! This is the key to staying motivated. Here is an unfortunate statistic I’ve seen over the past couple of threads I’ve been in - out of all the people who join the threads, less than 25% will complete the full 60 or 90 day program! The message boards are a great way to meet others that are going through exactly what you are and it helps to stay accountable and motivated! Your message board buddies will have tips and information that has helped them and could help you as well. You will be doing the same in no time!

7.Track what you eat. This is very important for maximum results. I used a free program at fatsecret.com to track everything I ate and drank. When you first start it takes a little bit to get used to and set up, but it’s pretty easy and straightforward. There is also free programs like myfitnesspal.com and tapandtrack.com that a lot of people use.

8.Track all of your workouts. I printed out extra workout sheets from here--> Beachbody workout sheets so I could keep track of all my reps and weights used. You'll want to see how you are progressing each week.

9.Use the pause button if you have to. Don’t be afraid to pause the DVD so you can catch your breath if you have to. When I first started doing Ab ripper X, I kept the remote very close. I would do as many reps as I could-hit the pause button-and then jumped back in after a quick break. I never did get through all of Ab ripper X the first 90 days without using the pause button and I think I had pretty good Ab results even with that.

10.Modify if you have to. If you have a bad leg or elbow, you may want to modify certain exercises so you don’t injure yourself. They show you modified moves on the DVD’s you can use if need be.

So, are you ready to get started? 1st, post your commitment to join the team, and 2nd, add me as a buddy. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing you progress through your fitness journey!

Now let's get this fun started!!!

Bring it!

Coach Kenny
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You know I'm in Kenny! Your previous thread was incredibly motivating and chock full of good advice & information! Looking forward to round 2! I will probably be starting a week or 2 later tho.... emoticon

Andrea
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I'm in! Would like to start over--my vacation at the end of June really messed up my motivation...
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I'm in! I just received my equipment and planned on starting tomorrow anyway. This will be my first round of P90X and I can't wait to be able to keep up with my 4 year old again.
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Andrea - Welcome to the new thread. Thanks for joining along for another round.

Cindy - Welcome back! How have you been? Glad to see you back and joining for a new round. Will you be doing P90X or another program?

Matt - Welcome and thank you for joining this thread. Please be sure to read through all the tips and suggestion I posted in my beginning post. I'll also be adding some more tips as we progress. What are some of the goals you'd like to achieve for the next 90 days?

Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest!

Kenny
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Good morning everyone. I hope everyone is doing well.
Here is a nutrition tip on fueling your body.

Pre-Workout
These workouts are intense! The right fuel will help you “Bring It!” with the intensity you need! If you have a pre-workout meal, it is very important to wait about an hour before you work out. If you eat too close to your workout, you could end up losing the meal instead of bringing the intensity! I like to drink a protein shake about 60 to 90 minutes before my workout. I add a banana and natural peanut butter to it so it has more carbs to help fuel me up.

If you workout first thing in the morning, then you might want to skip eating and drink a pre-workout drink or sip a little bit of recovery drink a few minutes before working out. If you feel you do need to eat something, then I would go with eating a half a banana.

Post-Workout
The first week is exceptionally rough if you haven't been working out prior! Expect to be sore and tired, but do not give up! Your body will adapt quickly and in no time you will start seeing some great results.
Recovery: After an intense P90X, P90X2, or Insanity workout, it is vital to recover the right way. This is very important. By adding a recovery drink immediately after your workout, you will significantly decrease the amount of soreness you will experience while your body recovers. Intense exercise will burn off glycogen stores in the muscles which leaves the body without its primary source of energy. The longer you are in this state, the greater the chances your body will panic and may actually breakdown your existing muscle to create more glycogen—the exact opposite of what we are working for! Plus low blood sugar levels in the brain will lead to fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration, etc. The P90X Recovery Drink will help to replenish your muscles with glycogen. This will not only avoid muscle breakdown, but will promote muscle growth and keep your energy levels up. The P90X Recovery Drink is an excellent product.
I only take a full serving(2 scoops of P90X recovery formula) when I'm wiped out after a workout (feel like I've depleted my glycogen levels). If I have a hard workout, but feel like I'm not wiped out, I'll only mix in 1 scoop with water. I also don't take it when I do Yoga, Stretch, or on recovery days. Each person pushes themselves during workouts at different levels, so use the amount you feel is appropriate for the intensity level you put out. When starting P90X or Insanity for the first time, you may need the full serving for the first few weeks.

Kenny
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Did my fit test and XStretch this morning just to get my body ready for the workouts. I guess that means my first real workout will be tomorrow morning. My basic goals for all of this are to drop weight and rebuild my muscle mass. I spent 4 years in the Marines and was in great shape. When I met my wife I started to let myself go because I didn't need to impress anyone again, but now I would like to impress her like I used to. She is currently pregnant with our second son (due any day now) and a few weeks after he is born she will be starting the workout to lose some of the baby weight. In the end, my main goal is to be healthy again. Hopefully I can make that happen.
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Hi Kenny,

I am starting P90X for the first time on the 29th of July. Would like to join your team. Will add you as a buddy as instructed. Will be taking the fit test and getting measurements and pics soon. Currently 6 feet, 145 lbs, looking to gain muscle mass, strength, endurance, more energy and overall feel better. Workout now 3 times per week, just average exercise plan, nothing fancy. Need some help with the nutrition piece. Job is demanding and work alot, cooking is a challenge in our home... Meal planning is a drag to date, but hope to turn that around. Really need some help in the nutrition area. I have looked at the nutrition guide for P90X, but find that the "every meal planned out" menu has way to much cooking/prep time for my pref. Typically like to stick with just whole foods and things that are simple, (no complex recipes). Agree that your diet is paramount, so I really want to find something that will work for me and P90X.

Interested in this Shakolog as well, what are your thoughts on that?

Look forward to getting started soon and hearing what you have to say. Hope to get this nutrition piece worked out before beginning P90X on the 29th.

John
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Matt - How did the fit test go this morning? Have you figured out what your nutritional daily intake will be yet? Congrats to you and your wife on the expectancy of your son. As long as you keep pushing play and do really well with your nutrition, I guarantee that you will be much healthier in 90 days.

John - Welcome and thanks for joing this thread. The nutrition aspect of any beachbody program is the hardest part(at least for me). I also like simple meals. I always buy a big package of chicken breasts, cook them on the grill, and then vacuum seal them for later. I take a bunch of these to work for my lunches. Then I'll just reheat them in the microwave and add a little honey mustard to them. I'll also buy yams and microwave them for lunch. If you have a costco, BJ's, or Sam's club nearby, try to buy frozen vegetables there in bulk. I like a few of the green giant brand vegetables like the antioxident blend. They're low in calories and carbs. I also get frozen fish(Haddock) in bulk that you can steam in the microwave.
Shakeology is a fantastic product. I was surprised how much it and exercise helped reduce my cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL during my first round of P90X. It's extremely healthy. I use shakeology for my breakfast. I usually add a half a banana and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter to my chocolate shakeology(with ice and water).

I'll be posting some healthy snack options also.

Kenny
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Hi I'm Dan-

Started last night! Been working out with bands and trying out the ab ripper X DVD the past couple weeks while getting used to my new diet.

I'm 26, 6 foot 165 pounds.

Currently my diet looks like:

Morning: Oatmeal Yogurt
Snack: Mixed nut packs, string cheese
Lunch: Turkey or ham sandwich on whole wheat.
Snack: Protein bar, i usually make a veggie/apple juice with a couple stalks of celery or a cucumber
Wait an hour> Take C4 Pre-workout
Wait half an hour> Workout, been alternating upper body and abs/legs
Right after workout> take 1 scoop of whey, which has 30 grams of protein per scoop 135 calories mix with milk
Wait an hour> Eat a lean cuisine, one of those bags you steam in the microwave, or a fillet of fish

For a vitamin I started taking one of the GNC Vitapak programs.

Feel free to make a suggestion if I’m making any mistakes in my diet.
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Welcome SirCaterpillar(let us know your first name). You're fairly lean already at 6' 165 lbs. Are you trying to tone up or gain some lean muscle?
On your nutrition, I prefer to have a recovery drink after my workout with something that has 3:1 or 4:1 carbs to protein ratio. I want to make sure I'm replenishing any glycogen that I used during my workout. Here's a good article on recovery drinks. You may want to switch out a whole apple instead of the apple juice. It has good fiber and a lot less sugar. Other than that, your nutrition looks pretty good. Have you ever figured out how many calories all of that is? I posted some good nutrition calculators in the top post if you are interested. I posted some other good tips there, so be sure to read throught that.

Kenny
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3 days left on first round of P90X amd will be starting 2 round immediately after, I need to clean up the diet a bit, but I'm ready to get jacked! My name is Brian, I jumped head first into P90X almost 90 days ago and bought the dvd's used from amazon so I did not get any calendar or nutrition guide. I was 5'10" 188 prior and I will weigh myself in 3 days and update the post with results. This time around I will be taking before after pictures and try out the nutrition plan while adding whey protein as I have yet to do that
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Got two more weeks to finish my current round but count me in!
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RE: New round starting 7-14 to 8-5. P90X, X2, Insanity. Who wants to join m
p90x nutrition guide
7/15/12 6:15 AM as a reply to brila5.
Good morning all - Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

Brian - Welcome and thanks for joining us. Glad to hear you've almost completed 1 round. Here is a link to the P90X nutrition guide--> Nutrition Guide pdf

Ant - Thanks for jumping in to the new thread.

Here's an article from Tony Horton on "Quick and Dirty Tips for Clean Eating".

Let's start with the real-deal truth. There's no better grocery than Mother Nature's Market -- this planet. Whole, natural foods are simply unbeatable staples in any healthy diet. If it doesn't come from the good earth or from a tree, then it's not worth dropping in your shopping cart. In fact, don't even put it on your shopping list.

While we're on the topic of whole foods, here's a good rule of thumb. Select foods that contain one ingredient. Next time you're in the frozen food section, grab a pack of frozen peas. It may state something like this on the back, "Ingredients: Peas." Now that may seem like a no-brainer, but it's exactly the kind of food that we should be buying for ourselves and our families. Keep it simple. Apple, spinach, avocado, etc. One ingredient.

Make it a point to prepare as many meals as you possibly can. This will help you curb the temptation to run out and hit up the nearby fast food joint -- the purveyors of the quick, easy, and "lazy food" that's so prevalent in American culture. Making your meals also allows you to do the next point...

Know what's in your food to control what you put into your body. You wouldn't put window cleaner in the fuel tank of a high-end sports car and expect it to perform at its top level, right? That wouldn't make any sense. That product has no business being in that car. The same applies to the human body. That chemical ingredient you can't pronounce in that junk food in your hand doesn't belong in your body, either. Respect your body. If you see a mysterious ingredient, and an image of guys in white lab coats holding beakers comes to mind, you should probably steer clear of it and not volunteer yourself as a guinea pig.

Some of us see cooking as a chore. A bore. Tedious labor. Well, it doesn't have to be that way. Spice things up in the kitchen. Or take it outside. Have an outdoor feast or a picnic. Invite a neighbor or friend over for dinner. I'm still amazed at the number of people who believe that healthy food can't be tasty food. Know someone like that? Cook something for them and prove them wrong. Whatever you decide to do, make it fun.

For the times you find yourself eating out, stick to the basics. Lean proteins, leafy greens, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and oils, etc. Don't be afraid to tell your waiter how you want your food prepared. And be polite. After all, they're working to make sure your dining experience is great. Waiters and waitresses love generous tips, and if you play your cards right, they'll be willing to move mountains for you. Explore your menu options. If you don't ask for what you want, you won't get it.

Eating clean is also about drinking clean. Clean water, that is. Drink plenty of it. Like it's going out of style, especially if you're working out hard. The elixir of life. It works wonders.

High fructose corn syrup? C'mon, people. You know the answer to that one. Don't touch the stuff. It's hard, though. I know. It's in just about everything these days, but if you're diligent, you'll find the right foods and send HFCS packing. Evicted from your diet. If you're drinking soda of any kind, stop. Period. End of discussion.

And don't forget to treat yourself every so often. You're working out. You're making wise dietary choices. Pat yourself on the back once a week or so. Throw some fruit and yogurt in the mix, instead of artificially flavored (and extremely sweetened) desserts. Keep it natural and whole, and the rest will take care of itself.


Kenny
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I did my first real workout today (chest and back). I pushed as hard as I could. As I am writing this, I can barely move. I love that feeling. Can't wait until tomorrow's workout! On a side note, the orange flavored recovery drink is pretty good.
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Hi all. I'd like to join your group. I did a round of P90X last year and the message board made a huge impact on my success. I also logged my workouts in WOWY and won $350!! I am about two weeks into Round 2. Today was Day 16: Cardio X. Lots of sweat. I am doing the Lean cycle. Hoping to tone up, get back into shape and shed about 8 lbs. I'm a big fan of Recovery Drink, Shakeology and the Optimum Gold Standard Whey protein. Also came to love a late night cottage cheese snack for some casein right before bed. I have a friend doing this round of P90X with me this time and she wants to add in Brazil Butt Lift so we have been adding some of those workouts as doubles. Good luck to us all. Ann
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MattC - If you can barely move now, I'm worried how you will feel the next 2 days. The first time I did chest and back, I was sore for 3 days. It hurt to scratch my nose and wash my hair. Just be careful the first week so you're not in too much DOMS pain. Yeah, the recovery drink is yummy!

Ann - Welcome and thanks for joining this thread. You sound like my twin with your supplement and food choices. That's fantastic that you won the daily prize in WOWY. I keep trying with every workout.

Kenny
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RE: New round starting 7-14 to 8-5. P90X, X2, Insanity. Who wants to join m
ab ripper tips
7/16/12 3:26 AM as a reply to KennyA.
Good morning everyone - I hope you had a nice weekend.

For the new members on here, I would like to give some tips and suggestions for Ab-ripper. During my first round of P90X one of the areas I struggled the most with was doing the Ab Ripper X workout. Here's a list of tips you can try.

Ab Ripper X tips that make it a little less hard.
1. Take your shoes off before doing ab ripper. This helped me a lot.

2. On fifer scissors, place your hands under your rear. This causes your pelvis to tilt forward and takes some pressure off of your lower back. I also did this when doing the pulse-ups.

3. On Mason twists, if you have a hard time keeping your feet in the air - place them on the ground with your knees still tucked or on a small ball(like a small medicine ball).

4. Go at your own pace and take breaks if you need them. There's nothing wrong with hitting the pause button to catch your breath for a few seconds and then jump back in.

5. You can always do Ab ripper first before doing your strength workout. I preferred doing it first.

6. On the side oblique sit ups, you can leave one leg on the ground and just raise the top leg.

Hope these help.

Kenny
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Started my last X2 PAP week of this round(my 6th 90 day round)with PAP lower. The half angels that I grunted through 2 weeks ago have been a lot easier the last couple times. They are still difficult, but I feel I could go a little longer if need be. Added extra jumps and skaters. My towel was pretty soaked by the end. Now time for a little recovery drink.

Kenny
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Hi I am Erika I would like to join along as well. I started Day 1 today with P90X and BBL. This would be my second time doing P90X. I had great success before with it. Being a military family we recently moved and were uprooted for a few months. Now I am hoping to get back into shape and make a few changes in my life to really get some achievements. And I know I can do it as long as I have some motivation and support. Thanks and here's to working up a good sweat and burning some calories.
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