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Started P90X strong but fizzled...
Started P90X strong but fizzled...
p90x beginners
11/9/12 11:09 AM
I bought P90X years ago and found it was impossible at the fitness level I was at. So I did cardio for a year or more and then recently tried it again with the encouragement of a new boyfriend - a P90X graduate with a STELLAR body. He's an amazing advocate for P90X and Insanity and to have him helping me with the eating plan, etc, was very helpful.

I started really strong, although only being able to get through about 2/3 of each of the hard workout days. I completed about 3 weeks of workouts, only missing one or two and sticking to the eating plan religiously. It takes a gargantuan effort as a single mom with two kids and full time employment to fit in my workouts. But I was working really hard on it and started seeing nice results too.

But after the third week, things got stressful, life got in the way and I only managed to get in two workouts, then a shin splint injury reared its ugly head and I've had trouble with jumping exercises (no plyo!) and now it's been three weeks with barely any workouts.

I have a few issues, I think, that are making it difficult to get these workouts in.

No Time!! I have no time on either end of my day. If the workday gets busy or something comes up, and I can't go to the gym during lunch, then I don't get my workout in. I have weights at home but the pullup bar I bought does not fit my doorframes so I can't do pullups. I also live on the second floor and worry about making too much noise for my downstairs neighbors so I hold back a bit when I really would rather go all out.

My question is this: if I am only getting in part of the workout, and skipping days, is this doing anything for me? Should I modify the eating plan on days that I don't workout? Is there another plan that's easier for people with NO time? On days when I can't get a P90X video in, is a cardio (elliptical, bike or treadmill or brisk outdoor walk) a good idea or why bother? I feel really frustrated.
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RE: Started P90X strong but fizzled...
11/9/12 11:18 AM as a reply to tracyaxelson.
First off all sounds like you have a lot going on so cudos on keeping up the way you have. I will tell you this, the only bad workout is the one that is not done so if you miss a day don't beat yourself up just keep going. You have some options with that you can do the workout you missed and just extend the program. It isn't written in stone that it has to be done in 90 Days, you can sub other cardio for plyo if you are worried about the people under you. Or you can take a look at 10 minute trainer, at the very least you only do 10 minutes a day and at the most 30, plus no real jumping. My wife did two rounds of it and lost like three inches off her waist and a good amount of pounds.

Justin
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RE: Started P90X strong but fizzled...
11/9/12 11:30 AM as a reply to tracyaxelson.
First I want to congratulate you for reaching out to the message board, this is showing me that you have the desire to change and that by far is the most important tool in your arsenal.

Programs like P90x and Insanity are great programs but they do require more time than some people have, as we try to make changes the biggest factor we all face is trying to change too many things all at once, what happens is as we change things and before they become habits if we face any challenge our tendency will be to revert to those patterns and behaviors that are comfortable, that are our habits.

There is a program called 10 minute trainer which is from Tony Horton, this is a hidden gem to many people, the concept it uses is stacking workouts, so you can workout anywhere from 10, 20 or 30 minutes a day, they don't have to be consecutive workouts, so it is easier to adapt them through the day and work around your family responsibilities.

To answer your questions about will 10 minutes or 20 minutes of P90x do anything for you .... YES, I know you are not asking if you will get the same results you would get if you did the program as prescribed. But yes, the most important thing is to make a decision and commit to certain level of exercise. That is why I recommend the program above.

Depending on your level of fitness and level of exercise you do I would say yes, you need to modify your nutrition to account for your body's needs.
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RE: Started P90X strong but fizzled...
11/9/12 11:35 AM as a reply to tracyaxelson.
Hi Tracy,

Well the first thing I noticed is that it sounds like you have some great support with your boyfriend already having done the program. I do however understand when life gets in the way. Life happens - and "happens" to everyone.

I work out at 4:30 am for a few reasons. I've found I have the energy and the time at this point in my day. I tend not to skip or miss workouts due to "things coming up" and later in the day when I'm tired or ready to just chill I know I've already done my workout for the day. It's not the best time for everyone, however, you need to find a time and make it a priority for you. Put it in your calendar, your phone, into the BB site calendar etc. It's your YOU time. I am a 46 yo wife, mother of two girls and work full time as well as volunteer.

Next, missed workouts. they happen to everyone too. But you need to keep them to a minimum. Sometimes you get sick, the kids get sick, etc. (right now I'm battling a sinus cold and have missed 2 workouts this week)

If you cant get in a P90X workout - sure do an elliptical or go for a run. Have you looked into 10 minute trainer. Dont let the name fool you - you will get a workout from it.

Motivation and accountability are what I think you could use to help keep you going.. Our message boards, your coach or BB friends are all good for this.

Feel free to buddy request me - I'd love to help you stick to your plan and together we can motivate each other! Mom's are busy people , but we need to take care of ourselves to be healthy and happy. Dont get frustrated you can do this!!

Donna
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RE: Started P90X strong but fizzled...
11/9/12 1:44 PM as a reply to CoachDonna12.
Hahaha, wow, a LOT of Coach lurkers here on the 1on1 boards. It used to just be a small group of us...

New post, and within 30mins you have 3 replies.
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RE: Started P90X strong but fizzled...
11/21/12 6:52 AM as a reply to TRobbinsFitness.
Thank you all for your replies. It is a great resource to be able to post here. When I feel my resolve lagging, I go to the P90X page and watch a few of the success story videos. They're so motivating. I was sick as a dog for about 5 days but feeling great now and it seems that also my shin splint is responding to the ultrasound treatment so I'm feeling ready to get going again. I am going to buy myself an early Christmas present and get 10 minute trainer. I think my plan is going to be to get up earlier every day, do at least a ten minute trainer workout, and then when I can get the P90X sessions in at work, I'll do those. But I need something every single day or else I start to fall back into my old lethargic patterns.

Thanks so much for your advice!!
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RE: Started P90X strong but fizzled...
11/24/12 11:32 AM as a reply to tracyaxelson.
For some ideas how to use TMT, and other express wo programs, incorperated into the P90X schedule, check out the Thread "TMT Doubles, Mini-P90X" on the TMT forum.

KPP!
Kurt
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