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new equipment question
new equipment question
12/6/12 1:09 AM
Hey, sorry if this has already been addressed...I didn't see it in the "sticky" posts or faqs, or the quick search I did.

I may be doing P90x soon and wanted to get an idea what I should have for dumbells. I will probably get the resistance bands for travel, but I really like dumbells. Right now I only have a pair of 20 or 25 lb, and they are way too light for me, so I'll have to pick up more. My ideal would be a pair of those modular adjustable dumbells, with 50 lbs each. But that will run into 300$ easily. What kind of light dumbells will I need, and how much variation between weights do I need at the heavy end? Maybe just grab some 45's to go with my 35's? Do you ever use just one dumbell for both triceps (in which case I'd need more than 50 for sure)? Should I bother to have light weights (20, 15, etc)?

Part of what's holding me back on the p90X is my uncertainty about being appropriately equipped. I have a pullup bar that hangs on the doorway (not in teh same room as TV, but I might be able to hear from there), I have "perfect pushup" spinny pushup stands, a jumprope, etc.

I started with Insanity partially b/c I didn't need to get any equipment, and I'm finishing that. Up until Inanity, I worked out at a gym with tons of equipment, so my own fitness collection is kind of spottty and random. But, left to my own devices at the gym, I bulk up and lift heavy weights, which seems to be pretty easy for me, but getting lean is hard, hence I find myself here on the BB forums.

Thanks in advance for any response.
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RE: new equipment question
12/6/12 5:55 AM as a reply to Lucretius6.
Lucretius6:
Hey, sorry if this has already been addressed...I didn't see it in the "sticky" posts or faqs, or the quick search I did.

I may be doing P90x soon and wanted to get an idea what I should have for dumbells. I will probably get the resistance bands for travel, but I really like dumbells. Right now I only have a pair of 20 or 25 lb, and they are way too light for me, so I'll have to pick up more. My ideal would be a pair of those modular adjustable dumbells, with 50 lbs each. But that will run into 300$ easily. What kind of light dumbells will I need, and how much variation between weights do I need at the heavy end? Maybe just grab some 45's to go with my 35's? Do you ever use just one dumbell for both triceps (in which case I'd need more than 50 for sure)? Should I bother to have light weights (20, 15, etc)?

Part of what's holding me back on the p90X is my uncertainty about being appropriately equipped. I have a pullup bar that hangs on the doorway (not in teh same room as TV, but I might be able to hear from there), I have "perfect pushup" spinny pushup stands, a jumprope, etc.

I started with Insanity partially b/c I didn't need to get any equipment, and I'm finishing that. Up until Inanity, I worked out at a gym with tons of equipment, so my own fitness collection is kind of spottty and random. But, left to my own devices at the gym, I bulk up and lift heavy weights, which seems to be pretty easy for me, but getting lean is hard, hence I find myself here on the BB forums.

Thanks in advance for any response.


Hi! How is Insanity going? What makes you interested in P90X?

I do think you need lighter weights especially for triceps. There are moves that you need two dumbbells. Exercises that target your smaller, weaker bicep and tricep muscles will be completed with lighter dumbbells, ranging from 5 to 20-lbs. There are exercises that target even smaller muscles, such as throw the bomb, slow-mo throws and two-angle shoulder flys, that you're likely to need 2.5 to 5-lb. dumbbells for. I use about 7.5-12.5 for these so I would say you may want to invest in 10 and 15 weights. For some of the leg workouts, I use up to 30 so you would liked need heavier- the 45's you talk about. Really, the best way to tell is to do some of the workouts. Do you have access to a gym? I can gve you an idea of some of the moves and maybe you can try out weights there.

One cheap alternative is to get bands. There is one person so just uses the bands throughout the workouts. I use them as well as dumbells. I have the bowflex ones and they are worth it if you can afford it. They have lasted for for over 4 years and moving etc. They are having some sales now. You cna try a second hand store or like a play it again sports etc. The pullup bar you have should be good.

Do you have a good mat for plyometrics?

Happy to help!

Cheers,
Christina
P90X Certified Trainer
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RE: new equipment question
12/7/12 9:53 PM as a reply to CoachCBove.
Dear Christina,
Thanks for the input. I was thinking a pair of 45s for bicep curls...at teh gym I tend to do sets of 7-10 with that amount (after workign the biceps with big muscle groups in pullups, pulldowns, and rows), but if it's curling for a minute at a time, then those sets will be too short. I imagine agin with the triceps depending on the length of the exercise I might be able to manage pretty heavy weights, as I am 200 lbs and do sets of 20ish dips on the bars (feet up, not on something) normally. I guess I'm interested in how many reps I am expected to do for things so I can manage to pick up the proper weights.

Good point about the plyo mat. I'm almost finished with insanity on a ahrdwood floor, and would have loved having that, lol...it might also make it easier to mop up the giant pools of sweat after that kind of workout, without using cleaning products that make the floor slippery. Right now I have a yoga mat that is pretty nice but too narrow for me to do plyo on.
Thanks!
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RE: new equipment question
12/6/12 2:50 PM as a reply to Lucretius6.
Hey Lucretius6,

I'm a dedicated P90xer so I figuered I'd chime in.

As far as what to expect for reps:
- 12 to 15 if you're looking to tone
- 8 to 10 if you're looking to build mass
You typically would up the weight a bit for the 8-10 rep range.

I'd say a guy like you could get by with a pair of dumbbells in the the following ranges:
- 10 to 15 lbs for many of the shoulder exercises
- 25 to 35 lbs for "general use"
- 45 to 65 lbs for some of the heavier exercises (e.g. bent over rows a.k.a. lawnmowers)

I ended up getting the SelectTech dumbbells, which were expensice... but I think they're worth every penny. They go from 5 to 52.5 lbs and take up very little space. But you def. need to weigh out the cost/benefit.

Hope this helps. Best of luck to you!!
Post any more questions, love to help!
Bill
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RE: new equipment question
12/6/12 5:58 PM as a reply to Lucretius6.
Thanks, Bill!
That sounds like a plan!
I want to look into the adjustables, I'm jsut concerned how my wife will feel about the amount I'm investing with getting p90x around the same time.
Cheers!
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