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Need Help/Reccomendation - Done 3 weeks of P90X
Just wrapping up my 3rd week of P90X, but not seeing any results in Weight, or Fat measurements. Diet is also under control - High protein & very low carb - mostly from Fruits/vegetables and a limited whole wheat grains. I have been tracking my diet using Lose it app. Last weeks lost 2 days (Sandy - Power failure & Halloween, excuses, excuses,... I know) and had to change the days (missed Yoga X) making up Core Synergistics on the Rest/stretch day (Good idea??)

In the past I have lost a lot of weight (~2Lbs/week) by controlling my Diet and running (including some form of HIIT).

A little lost/discouraged with the lack of progress with the P90X. Should I continue or add some running to the mix, which days would be good? Any other reccomendations?

If there is a different progress graph I should be expecting?
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RE: Need Help/Reccomendation - Done 3 weeks of P90X
11/4/12 8:09 AM as a reply to SunDevil90x.
Hello Sundevil,

After 3 weeks of P90x, you should have seen a few lbs lost, and some inches. If you are not getting results it's because your workout intensity is not high enough or consistent ( 6 days/wk), or your nutrition is not right or you are not following the correct plan that P90x recommend. You could have too much sodium in diet. I would look at all areas and see where you might be missing the mark. If you need some help we do have a P90X Accountability group here that you are welcome to join

http://www.teambeachbody.com/connect/message-boards/-/message_boards/message/229067514

In Health,

Coach Jeff
CPT, PES
motivFIT
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RE: Need Help/Reccomendation - Done 3 weeks of P90X
11/4/12 5:52 PM as a reply to SunDevil90x.
Hi SunDevil90X

I have to disagree with Jeff on this one. Everyone is different, so by automatically labelling you as 'not working out hard enough' sounds a bit like he is generalizing your situation. Especially considering that exercise on a whole does not really burn as many calories as you (or many people) think it does.

Exercise causes a stressed state to the body, which in turn can cause water retention (weight gain). Also, by doing resistance training (like in P90X) you could actually be GAINING muscle, which in turn also causes a bit of weight gain. To be honest though, there could be many different factors going on that is causing a delay in any results yet, but really, in the grand scheme of things, you are only 3 weeks into this round. Some folks go more weeks than that before their weight starts to fall.

I would like to discuss things with you further if you would like. You can reach me at t.robbins.fitness(at)gmail(dot)com

It is hard to completely try and diagnose your situation by just this message board alone, so speaking with you more by e-mail I can learn more about you and try and point you in the right direction. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

-Tyler Robbins Fitness
B.Sc., CSCS
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RE: Need Help/Reccomendation - Done 3 weeks of P90X
11/5/12 9:54 AM as a reply to SunDevil90x.
Feel free to disagree. No one is labeling here, Tyler. I'm pointing out factors that Sundevil should look into. As an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist, I can tell you that in my experience of helping over 1000 people with their fitness goals ( though our fitness company not beachbody )that 99% of the time it comes down to exercise intensity and nutrition. If you understand EPOC, then you would know that High-Intensity Training is by far the best form of training for weight loss. It maximizes metabolism throughout the day, because of O2 during workout. Yes, exercise does burn calories. It will very depending on type of exercise, however, the most important factor is putting the body in a state that maximizes caloric burn throughout the rest of the day.

You are correct on the water gain and possible muscle gain, however the water gain is not going to last....it's only temporary after a workout that fatigues the muscles. Again, high sodium could retain the water for a longer period of time.

Again, these are things that you should look at Sundevil and see if your workout intensity can be greater or if your nutrition plan is not on track or consistent. If you are 100% on both, then there is definitely an issue somewhere else.

Tyler, on a side note....you are violating Beachbody rules by asking Sundevil to email you and take conversation away from message boards. You need to send him a buddy request and if he accepts, you now have his permission to take it offline. I have no plans of reporting this, but I wanted to let you know because they are cracking down on this and would hate to see you get penalized.

In Health,

Coach Jeff
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RE: Need Help/Reccomendation - Done 3 weeks of P90X
11/5/12 11:10 AM as a reply to SunDevil90x.
I just wanted to add input regarding your question of making up Core Synergistics on your rest day. It depends on how your body feels. Personally, I almost always do Plyometrics on my rest day, but this is more a straight up cardio workout that isn't as taxing on specific muscle groups (well, maybe legs). Core Synergistics really focuses on some muscle groups, like the chest for example. You want to make sure you give those muscles a chance to recover. It MIGHT be better to shift your workouts a day so that you stay in order, and then throw in some cardio on your rest day if you have to. We are all individuals and what works best for some doesn't mean it will work best for you.

Adding in more cardio with something like running is not a bad idea per se, just make sure you aren't burning so much that you go below your Base Metabolic Rate (BMR). Your body needs those calories to function. Again, most important, listen to how you feel. If your energy is good through your workouts and you aren't feeling overly fatigued, you are probably doing all right there.

Work out hard keeping your heart rate in a good zone and watch that food! Good luck with your fitness! If your calories out are more than your calories in, you'll lose weight.
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RE: Need Help/Reccomendation - Done 3 weeks of P90X
11/5/12 4:13 PM as a reply to CoachNorthman.
Thank you all for the suggestions & recommendations.

BTW - I am doing the P90X Lean routine.

Couple of points - Unlike running (I am very used to) and can measure my intensity very accurately (using Run keeper App on iPhone), it is somewhat of a challenge to measure the intensity during the P90X for me. Maybe an area for some clarification. If I am doing Kenpo X or CardioX I am seeing my HR in the 150+ range and goes up to 160+ occasionally. I may be taking longer breaks between the sets.

The other exercises Core, Yoga & the Back (pull ups) are hard for me to do correctly & @ high wght/reps. Switched over to using the Bands for the back exercise. Doing the best I can and will improve over time.

I have switched some of the workouts around as I am trying to do the Yoga on the weekend.

In terms of the Diet, took a harder look and cooked up a vegetable soup as dinner for the rest of the week for additional control. Using Whey powder & egg whites for protein.

Will add running to this week.

Thanks for the recommendations. Will keep posted on progress!!!


Will be pressing plan in the next 15 mins.
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