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ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE NEXT CHALLENGE?

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A TEAM THAT WILL MOTIVATE YOU?

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A COACH THAT WILL BE RESPONSIVE?

If YES, THEN YOU HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT THREAD. COME JOIN US!



Welcome to Team Engage! Hi, I’m Mike, a TeamBeachBody coach and I’m here to help you with your fitness journey and I know that together we can do this! Regardless of the program you are doing (P90X, P90X2, Insanity, etc) or whether you are newbie or a returning veteran, everyone is welcome to join our team thread. We are all here for the same reason: To get fit, be challenged, and above all engage each other to succeed!

Are you ready to join me? Reply to the thread and post to introduce yourself today. Also add me as a buddy, and I'll give you more information on the challenge and to help you with your journey.

Let’s do it together!!!
Coach Mike (MikeMJM)
P90X Certified
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Nutrition
• If you want to see great results, you have to focus on your nutrition as much as the workouts. Nutrition plays a key role in how you will reach your goals and attain the new and better you! Be prepared by getting a solid nutrition plan in place prior to starting. You can do this week-to-week or even plan out your entire month. Over time you will learn new eating habits that you can carry with you for the rest of your life.

Shakeology is a great way to meet all of your nutritional needs! As a meal or a snack it fuels your body with everything it needs in order to BRING IT everyday!

Track your progress
Where are you now? Where do you want to be? Have Goals!

• Nothing is more important or motivating than to see where you started and how you are progressing along the way! It is so CRUCIAL that you do the following BEFORE you begin:

• Take your Measurements
• Take your before & after pictures
• Take the fit test

I can’t tell you how many people told us that they were so mad at themselves for not doing this before they started.

Write down everything including your reps, your weight and your food intake. Utilize the Excel Workbook to track your workout progress. P90X Excel Workbook P90X Excel Worksheets

Also utilize the tools that TBB provides. Complete your profile, and track your measurements and weight online. I use MyFitnessPal online to track my food diary as well as my calories burned each day. I would highly recommend signing up and add me as a buddy. My id is mmiele. MFP also has apps for iPhone, Andriod, and Blackberry.

Pre-Workout

• These workouts are intense! The right fuel will help your body “Bring It!” with the intensity you need! If you eat a pre-workout meal, is very important to wait about an hour before you work out. Eat too soon and you could end up losing the meal instead of bringing the intensity!

• If you workout first thing in the morning like I do you might want to skip eating and take a pre-fuel 15 minutes prior to working out. I drink about 1/3 of my recovery drink prior to working out. It gives me all the energy I need to complete the toughest workouts.

Post-Workout

Keep in mind the first week is exceptionally rough! Expect to be sore and tired: Do not give up! Your body will adapt quickly and in no time you will start seeing some crazy results. You may want to do a few non-P90X workouts prior to starting just to get your body & mind ready.

Recovery: After an intense P90X workout, it is vital to recover the right way. I cannot stress enough how important this is. 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, depression, etc. The P90X Recovery Drink will replenish your muscles with glycogen, you will not only avoid muscle breakdown, but you will promote muscle growth and keep your energy levels up. The P90X Recovery Drink is a great product and I highly recommend it.

Accountability: Post your accountability DAILY on the message boards! This is the key to staying motivated. Here is an interesting statistic I’ve noticed over the past couple of threads I’ve been in. Out of all the people who join the thread and commit to the workouts, less than 20% will complete the full 90 day program! But what I found is, of those of post every day they are 90% likely to complete the program and transform their lives.

The message boards and forums are a great way to meet others that are going through exactly what you are and it helps stay accountable and motivated! Your forum 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!

So ready to get started? First step, post your commitment to join the team, and second, add me as a buddy and I'll give you more important information. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing the new you!

DIG DEEPER!!!
Coach Mike (MikeMJM)
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Hello everyone! I didn't post last night because I knew we were getting the new thread so I figured I would update when it started.

Yesterday morning I woke up and was out of it after having a horrible night's sleep, so I didn't do Yoga X. My plan had been to work out after going to a see a friend's child's performance, which would have had me working out at about 8. I knew that if I said it aloud, I would have had a better chance of going through with it. I reminded myself all day that no matter what, I was working out when I got home. I was even threatened with a little tough love from CoachMike. lol I ended up getting home closer to 8:30 but I stuck by my word and did Yoga X. A surprising thing happened when I was half-way through it. I actually started to enjoy it! I NEVER expected that to happen. My wrists are still sore and my shoulders hurt a bit but other than that, I'm good. Last time I made it 35 minutes during the first part but this time I made it 40. The last few minutes Tony says are advanced and I believe him, but in a few weeks I should be able to get into doing the advanced stuff too (at around 40 minutes). I do pretty well at the balance postures and the stretching except, again, until it become too advance, although yesterday I was finally able to get myself up into the shoulder move where your feet go straight into the air. Anyway, with more practice, I know I will be able to get further. I'm really proud of myself for not completely giving up on Yoga X and coming back to it again when I felt stronger.

Today I was too sore when I woke up to do legs and back but I was already expecting that. I'm going to work out tonight and then finish up strong for the week with Kenpo tomorrow. At the end of this week, I'll be done with week 9 and I'm already looking forward to what my next round will be. And to that end, I have a question.

I am not Insanity ready. I still can't do a legitimate push up and I know that Insanity has a lot of jumping and I'm a little concerned about my knees. I think that being overweight isn't helping them but I need to get in some more cardio. I was thinking of adding turbo jam next go round. I was looking at turbo fire but I understand that is a lot of jumping around too. How would one go about making a hybrid program with P90x and Turbo Jam? Does anyone have any ideas? I would like to do insanity but not until we get closer to next summer when I think I will be more fit and will have dropped some more pounds.

Thanks for any advice. Have a great day all!

Michele
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Hi Everyone!

MikeK61, Bob4785, wwemetalchick, remy12, and Jmdax thank you for the warm welcome and confirmation after my lurking ;-)

Jmdax - a shout out to Allentown - some great place to bike ride and hike in the Leigh Valley

CoachMikeMJM:
- Thanks for all those tips and again for the old and this new Thread.
- I expect soreness to move in for a couple of weeks. But that's just the fat crying,
right?
- Regarding weight, I don't plan to look at the scale until day 29/57/91 (the day after
the phase ends)...I'll do measurements then as well. It is great to know that some of
the non loss in body composition/weight/look may be due to swelling...now my excuse for
retaining water may actually be valid ;)
- Probably the only good thing to come from the "couch time" is that I know where the
pause button is on the remote because I'm sure I'll be using it a lot over the first few
weeks. I have no shame in using that button. Heck, if I could keep up at the start
then there wouldn't be a challenge to it.
- As mentioned by you and by my time lurking, this is the first phase of the change I need
to make in my lifestyle including the diet which will be cleaned up slowly over the 1st
phase. I know I need to clean it up to get the results and will be doing it with the
help of my wonderful wife and our boys.

Thanks again and I'll post again this evening after I complete Plyo (red eye last night so nap this afternoon will be required).

Have a great Day!
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Hi All,
Hmm... well the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I got up at 6, and I attempted Yoga X.
I hated it. I did it for 15 minutes and went back to bed.
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SO.... That was a bit of a fail.

However I'm going away this weekend and I've packed up everything so I can carry on tomorrow.
Best,
-Remy
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I'm Alan. I have completed Power 90, gone through 2/3 of P90X 3 times, gone through the first month of Insanity 3 or 4 times, mixed in X+ and 1 on 1 workouts, and done almost all of Asylum. Real life always seems to get in the way (illness, school, work, moving, etc) and I think my biggest problem is I have very little accountability. I have not posted much on the boards here, but I think if I have a group that I report in to everyday and check in with, I will be able to keep my motivation snowball rolling enough to get the results I want.

A year and a half ago I was 5'9" and 273 lbs. I cut out soda and started P90, and dropped to 260. I then went to P90X and got down to 242, then hurt my neck pretty bad doing yoga and had to take a break for a few weeks. I tried to venture into X2 but my body told me "absolutely not!" I was breaking my body down too much with the X2 workouts to benefit myself, so I got into Insanity. At the end of the first month, I was sick as a dog for 2 weeks and could not work out. This wasn't just sniffle sniffle cough cough, I kept getting fevers every couple of days and had a terrible sore throat that wouldn't get better. During this time I was trying to go to school, work a late swing shift an hour from home, and keep up on my workouts. I wasn't getting proper nutrition, and 4 days a week I would average 3-4 hours of sleep; my body didn't have the ability to recover.

I am now comfortable in a new job, closer to home and a shorter work week, and have my school scheduled a little better to allow me some downtime (except Mondays). I haven't quite made up my mind which program I want to do (P90X, Insanity, Body Beast), but I know I am starting bright and early Tuesday morning, 8/21. I am primarily leaning towards X because my best results have been with this program. I am back up to 262 right now, though in much better health than the last time I was up to this weight. I knocked out Speed & Agility today (my all-around favorite workout) and it didn't leave me dying like it did 8 months ago.

My stats:
5'9"
262 lbs
46" chest
44" waist
about 34% bf

My goal (this round):
230 lbs
44" chest
38" waist
20-25% bf

Overall goals (1 year):
190 lbs
36" waist
10% bf
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Remy:

Don't give up on Yoga X. I am only on week 9 of P90x and just started it in June. This is my first time. I hated Yoga X, too. I mean really hated it. I bent over that first day for downward dog and thought I was going to die. My arms were killing me and my head, oh my poor head. I was beat red and all the blood was rushing to my head. I felt horrible. It was horrible! I tried it 2 times and then said forget about it. I gave myself those days off. Last week, my second recovery week (end of Phase 2), I tried it again. Let me tell you, it was no walk in the park but it was so much easier. My wrists hurt a little bit but after some ice, they felt better. I learned to modify moves to make it easier for me. Yesterday I did it for the second time since starting it up again and I was able to go a little longer than I was even able to go last week. I was even able to stretch a bit further too. You'll get into it - maybe not right away but eventually.

Michele
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Hi Coach Mike. I found the thread! You know I am in. Got all my stuff together and am set to kick off Insanity on Sunday.

Let's kick this thing off!

To any out there peeking in looking for a good thread and support group, this is the place to be. I was on Coach Mike's last thread and the people are great and will support you all the way through.

Welcome to all.

Bob
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Alan,

Welcome aboard! Given you have made it as far as you have in the past on P90X and Insanity, I have no doubt you will be able to knock this one out of the park. If the only thing you need now is accountability, you are in the right place. Like Coach Mike says, post everyday. Not just to post your own results but because you will see where we are all at and the struggles we face. Let's you know you are not alone and that all of us have our rough spots.

Bob
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Thanks Bob. I know we all have those struggles, it's mainly learning how to deal with them and finish strong. My main goal is to bust out an entire program and break my plateau. I was stuck at 242 and 29% bf for months, no matter what I did with my diet, exercise, or sleep patterns, because it would all end up sabotaged. I want to break both of those numbers and get down into the "healthy" range. And I want to be able to knock out a set of 20 pull ups, that would be gnarly!
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remy12:
I got up at 6, and I attempted Yoga X. I hated it. I did it for 15 minutes and went back to bed.


15 minutes is better than nothing. And if you were lying on your back when you went to bed, you can add some more time to that for doing the "corpse pose." emoticon

Yoga is an acquired taste. I happen to enjoy it and like the added flexibility I'm getting from it. Plus it is a heck of a workout as I sweat just as much from the moving options in the first 50 minutes as I do from any other P90X workout. But that's me. If you're really dead set against it, try the CardioX workout in its place. It's a combination of exercises from different P90X workouts including about 10 minutes or so of yoga in the very beginning. Maybe eventually you'll give YogaX another try and make it through 16 minutes, and then 17, and then...

Today was day-54 Core Synergistics for me. May be my fave P90X workout. Only thing is those damn supermans always mess with my heart rate monitor. Guess the position of my chest moves the HRM away from making contact. Always have to spend a few minutes screwing with it to get it to register my heart beats again. But that's a good point in the workout for a little extra breather so I won't complain too much.
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Afternoon all! Fantastic to see everyone has found the new thread and is welcoming our new folks...awesome team we have here!

Michele - Congrats on your Yoga success!! When you are ready I will share a tip on how best to do crane:-) As far as your next program I would agree that Insanity is not a good fit...probably not X2 as well. I have not done Turbojam but will find out for you...stay tuned!!!

Paul - LOL at your pause button comment...love it!

Remy - What was your main issue with it? As Joe said you may want to swap CardioX for that as it has some Yoga in there with a mix of others...it is a great idea for those really struggling with YogaX. But don't give up (I know you won't) as Remy and others know it will come in time...it is the one routine that gets the most negative feedback...but as Tony says..shut up and just do it:-) It really is good for you as many of us have greater flexibility from it.

Alan -- welcome to the team! You found the right place...I sent you a buddy request and once you accept it I will send you some more info. As Bob has said, post daily as it will help...you certainly can do this given all of your attempts...learn from them and adjust accordingly...this time we will help do what we can to get you over that hurdle...

Will post after my workout today...

--Mike
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Hi Mike,
I am a newbie and would to follow along.
I have already started p90x and am 6 days in.
Can I do it all, no, but I sure am giving my best!
Need to focus now on the diet.
Looking forward to see how others progress as well.

Brian~
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Welcome Brian! Always great to see new members join. I sent you a buddy request and as soon you accept it I will send you more info. Please post actively as we all want to know how you are doing and use this board to share experiences and ask questions....we are in this together.

-Mike
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Legs and back done. Oooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww.

That is all.

Kenpo tomorrow, seems like months since I did Kenpo, it's one of my favourites.

KPP peeps.

Sweet dreams.
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I know tonight I was right, the couch practice helped...thank god for the pause button. I stayed with em until about the 21 minute mark then the knee was screaming but I could work through that..the HR was MAXED..good calorie burn but in the 170's it was time to pause. I only paused for about a minute then started up again and did slower movements thru the rest of the program. So my goal for next week's Plyo is to get to the 23 minute mark with my HR below 173 ;-)

Even walking through it wow! And I feel great, oh sure, sweating...like dripping sweaty (sorry for the graphic), 2nd practice of 2-a-days in 100 degree heat sweaty, but man DO I FEEL GREAT! Seriously, that was awesome, bad knee and all by the end of the program I should be at the 50 minute mark in keeping up with them based on a 2 min gain each week and if I get there man will I be in good shape, awesome shape. Sorry, I have serious case of the "Happy's"...must be the rush/high and everyone in my house is asleep. Note to self make sure to do this one early AM or after a frustrating Conference Call.

Have a great night everyone.
Paul
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Welcome Alan, Paul, and TenTon.

I'm starting on week 5 tomorrow. Yes, Yoga is horrible. I still can't do most of it. But 2 more days and I'm at day 30, which I really didn't think I'd stick to as well as I have.

I did xstretch instead of yoga for the first couple weeks. I just wasn't getting anything out of yoga cause I'd watch them instead of doing anything.. I think it helped me get a little better at some of the moves.

Well I've been up for about 19 hours, work is still crazy. Going to bed. did xstretch tonight on my x or rest day.

Not sure how I subscribe to this thread.. but I guess I'll figure it out tomorrow
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paulkiely:
I know tonight I was right, the couch practice helped...thank god for the pause button. I stayed with em until about the 21 minute mark then the knee was screaming but I could work through that..the HR was MAXED..good calorie burn but in the 170's it was time to pause. I only paused for about a minute then started up again and did slower movements thru the rest of the program. So my goal for next week's Plyo is to get to the 23 minute mark with my HR below 173 ;-)



Great job Paul. Believe me, it is all about trying to just push a little farther each time through, be it farther into the video, more push-ups/pull-ups, etc.

And no worries about the pause button. I just finished P90X 2 weeks ago and there were a couple of the videos where I still had pause spots all the way up to the end. Less, but still had them. Best gauge is the HR which you mentioned above. Work it hard even if it means pausing. Pause when HR is up and then jump back in. Plus, if you watch really closely, you will see some editing in the videos. Quite sure there are points where back row people needed a quick breath and that is edited out. emoticon

Bob
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EdwardCoffey:
Welcome Alan, Paul, and TenTon.

I'm starting on week 5 tomorrow. Yes, Yoga is horrible. I still can't do most of it. But 2 more days and I'm at day 30, which I really didn't think I'd stick to as well as I have.

I did xstretch instead of yoga for the first couple weeks. I just wasn't getting anything out of yoga cause I'd watch them instead of doing anything.. I think it helped me get a little better at some of the moves.

Well I've been up for about 19 hours, work is still crazy. Going to bed. did xstretch tonight on my x or rest day.

Not sure how I subscribe to this thread.. but I guess I'll figure it out tomorrow


Edward -- once you make a posting, scroll up and you will see the SUBSCRIBE button...click on that and say YES to getting emails...then you are in...you can only do this right after posting for some reason
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