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If I skip the warm ups and cool downs can I still get good results?
Working out one full hour to an hour and 15 minutes 6 days a week kind of bums me out. I want to modify just a bit by skipping the warm ups and cool downs and cut my workouts down to around 45 minutes per day. I do stretch for 5 minutes or so on my own while getting dressed and ready to work out. Mentally, if I know I only have only a 45 minute work out I feel like I can go harder and push myself a little more, so my actual exercises are more intense. Does anyone else skip these two sections and are you still getting good results?
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I dont think it is a good idea do skip cool downs and warm ups, they are part of the program for a reason, you risk injury by not doing these...its good that you are doing your own version, but are you doing it enough? People usually do extra...not less or none.
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I agree. I had a friend that didn't like warmups and he injured his back...REALLY BAD! He was out of comission for two months. Please...if anything...do the warmups and cool downs but modify the exercise...or get the ten minute version if you don't have time or the power 90 which is about 40 mins per sequence.
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Agree with the rest here...do NOT skip these...they are so important to get you ready for the workout and prevent injuries, as well as cooling you down and preventing blood from pooling...take these serious and it will benefit you...getting injured will really impact your progress...

--Mike
Team Engage
P90X Certified
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Listen to what everyone else has said! Don't skip these. If you could skip them, they wouldn't be on the video!

A one hour workout is only 4% of your day.

Ashley
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I agree with everyone else here that the warmup and cooldown are part of the program. When I was injured last year and couldn't do too much, the only thing I was able to do was the warmup and cooldown. They are there to allow a safe transition to avoid injury and prepare your body for what is coming or what it has just gone through.

I'm not sure what the time constraint in your mind is all about. Ask yourself what your goals are with doing the program. Lose weight? Gain muscle? Get healthy? Look good? None of the above? All of the above? Focus on your goals, and try not to obsess about 15 minutes. These programs have helped thousands of people because they followed the formula. If you want to alter the formula, good luck. You may or may not see the results you expect.

There are 3 rules that I follow:
1. Listen to your body. When your muscles are screaming stop, but the little voice in your head says to do a little "extra," listen to your body. I would rather do a little less today and be able to work out tomorrow, than do the extra and be on the DL for 3 weeks. This isn't saying don't try hard to stay with the program -- modify as you need to.
2. Motion is lotion. Do what you can each day. Some days are better than others. Just because you did 10 reps of something yesterday doesn't automatically mean you will be able to do 10 or 11 today. See rule 1.
3. Don't kill yourself. It's only a video.

Success,
Brian
P90X Certified
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The warm ups and cool downs are VERY important for your muscles and joints. You need to warm up the body to prevent injury and also, for better results in your workout.

Think about an athlete on a sports team. They have to warm up their muscles to start the blood flow to the muscles and lungs so that they can PERFORM. This is the same thing. You need to get your heart and body ready for the tasks that you are about to perform.
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Exactly what Collette said! A lot of cowboys out there enjoy ignoring the potential injury factor, but even if you do, a warm up helps you perform the exercises a deeper intensity - and when you do that, you get better results.

Same with cool down. A good cool down flushes the system and aids recovery -and when you recover faster, you can workout harder and that means--say it with me, kids--better results!
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Try Insanity instead of P90X for a while. The first month is only about 40 mins a day and the second month is only 60. You will have the feeling of accomplishmnet in the time that fits your needs and then your body will want more and the extra 20 minutes of P90X won't be a bummer, it will be an added challenge.
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