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Hey there! Welcome to the group! Power 90 was the very first program that introduced me to Beachbody so I'm excited to be able to help you with your journey. If this is your first program as well, congrats on taking the first step to making a better you and getting in the best shape of your life!

Successlist - Checklist To Success
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Getting started in the right direction is the best way to success and I'm committed to helping you to be as successful as possible. In order to help me out, I have a few requirements that I ask anyone who wants to join the group follow. My own prior experiences show that these steps will help lead to the best success for you. As we get started, I'll be touching base with everyone to follow up on these.
  • Complete Your Profile - If you haven't done so already, complete the Basic Information page, Overall Goal and Fitness Story and your starting (or current) Body Measurements on the Progress And Goals page, add this program to your Programs page and at a minimum, the Before (or if you already have one, a Current) picture on the Photos page. Take a look at Beach Body's Photo Taking Tips for excellent info on how to take your pictures!
  • Setup an auto schedule in the Super Gym for this program. Also create a bookmark in your browser (press Control-D on your keyboard on the page you want to bookmark) for the Super Gym. You'll need to go here to log your workouts every day. You can even post straight to Facebook and Twitter from the Super Gym to let your friends and family know what you're up to. It's a great motivator!
  • Bookmark this support topic in your browser as well (Control-D on your keyboard). You'll want to come here and let us know how you're doing. While I like everyone to post their accountability daily, I understand that sometimes people may be rushed after a workout and not have time. Please post here at least a couple times a week to let us know how you're doing.
  • Subscribe to this support topic. I'll be posting daily tips, advice, hints, tricks and nutrition information that is key to your success. Subscribing to the topic will send you email alerts when new posts are created. Once you create your first post in this topic, a 'Subscribe' button will appear near the top of the message list on this page next to the 'Post New Thread' link.
  • Write down three reasons you're making this commitment. They don't have to be things you want to get out of this program; they can be long term or short term goals. They can be as silly or serious as you want. Make a copy of them and put them on the refridgerator, bathroom mirror, in the commode; somewhere you will see them every day.
  • Send me a buddy request; click the 'Add as a Buddy' button on my profile.


The Program
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Your First Week Is Tough! - As with any new program you start, your body will be in pain due to all of the new muscle fibers you're tearing and rebuilding. Even after repeating a program, you'll still be sore as your body has to re-adapt to the routines again. DON'T GIVE UP!!! If you can make it past the first week, you can finish the program! And I'll be here every step of the way to help. If you're able to, do the Cardio 1-2 workout a few days before you start to get your body accustomed to working out.

Abs - When I originally did this program, I skimped a bit on Abs. I felt it was hard and sometimes I just didn't feel good doing it. This was a huge mistake. If there is one thing you SHOULD do in this program, it's the ab routine. A good core is essential to anything else you do when working out. Without a strong core, you're more apt to have poor form or hurt yourself.

Nutrition Is Key - If you want to lose weight and get toned, you need to eat enough that your body doesn't go into starvation mode, yet not quite enough to maintain your weight. The only way to lose weight is to put your caloric intake into a deficit mode, so your body is forced to use fat for energy. You've already dropped the cash on this program and workout equipment, don't skimp on food and supplements. They're the most important part! Sign up with MyFitnessPal and track your calories daily. Plan your meals so you don't get caught off guard. Buy a food scale to measure food with.

Nutrition
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Water, Water, Water - Drink plenty of water. It helps remove toxins from your body and keeps you from feeling hungry as your diet may be adjusting.

Calorie Goals - Make sure your daily calorie goal meets your overall fitness goals. A lot of people miss this key point (I did when I first started with Beachbody Programs too!). With a little help, I was able to nail down my goals and eat right. If you're unsure or need help, I'm more than happy. My goal is to make you succeed, whatever it takes! The Power 90 book doesn't really go into much detail about macronutrient ratios, and these can be tailored on an individual basis. Be sure to add me as a buddy so I can work with you one on one to make sure you're eating the right kind of foods for the best possible results.

Shakeology - I can't say enough about this product. I drink this stuff daily (Chocolate is my favorite, mixed with a tad of Almond Butter), even when bulking with Body Beast. When trying to change your body, you want to have all of the available nutrients you can so your body can respond how you want it to. Getting on Shakeology Home Direct is an easy way to make sure you always have your drink available (not to mention free shipping). If you want more information about this, let me know!

Preworkout Fuel - If you consume a large meal before working out, you risk failure on your workouts, or worse, bent over the porcelain princess. Your body needs the energy that is being used for digestion to fuel your workout. If you must have a snack prior to working out, make it a light one (half a banana or a handful of raisins, for example). Beachbody's Energy and Endurance supplement is also great for preworkout. My wife and I love it!

Postworkout Fuel - Recovery after the workout is a must! While this is Power 90, the P90X Recovery Drink is a great post workout shake. Soreness will eventually go away on its own as the body adapts to the routines, but your recovery drink will speed up the process. This drink will help replenish your glycogen (energy) levels immediately after your workout; a vital part of intense training.

Your body has energy reserves that are depleted during the workouts, and while your body can fill them back up over time, the recovery drink kick starts this process and aides in recovery. Depending on your food intake, your body could actually break down muscle to help refill those stores, rather than use the carbs you're taking in; something you definitely do not want!

Are You Ready!?
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I'd love to help along in your adventure of getting in the best shape of your life! So if you're ready to get started, reply to this topic, introduce yourself to the team and get started on the "Successlist". Don't forget to add me as a buddy and I'll work with you one on one and help you succeed. Let's do it!

-- Matt "Coach Z" Zuba
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/29/12 1:34 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Even though I'm about to start week 3 can I still join you?
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/29/12 8:37 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Heck yeah man, most definitely! Run through my 'Successlist' above and get all of those things taken care of and you'll have a head start on the group.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/30/12 2:40 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I am interested in joining a group to do Power 90. However, I started the program today, Dec 30. I don't think that an extra 2 weeks of to start up will hurt. do you?
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/31/12 10:17 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Not at all, you're more than welcome to join! Like I mentioned to punchdrunk, run through the 'Successlist' above and shoot me a buddy request. Looks like you've got most of the profile stuff done already, great work!
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/31/12 2:36 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Thanks. I added you as a buddy on this. I am trying to figure out how to subscribe to this topic.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/31/12 2:39 PM as a reply to Whtrbt.
I just figured it out. I think that I have everything completed in your list; so I am ready to get started. emoticon
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
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12/31/12 3:05 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I'm signing up! The start date range looks to be perfect. So glad I came across this post! emoticon
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/31/12 3:28 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
buddy request sent. I just finished running through the success list. When I started Power 90 I didn't take any measurements all I took was some before pictures.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/31/12 4:52 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
@punchdrunk - Go ahead and take some now if you can. I guarantee you won't regret it! Haha.

@TexasBelliott - Welcome aboard!

@Whtrbt - Awesome - yeah, sometimes that subscribe button shows up right after your first post, and other times it takes a day or two... not sure why. Glad you found it. For others looking for it, go to the very first post of the topic and look for the 'Reply With Quote' button. Then look a couple inches above that.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/31/12 9:16 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
For the first few weeks should we be losing weight at all or is the weight that I lost from fat being replaced by muscle?
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
12/31/12 9:44 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
It can really depend on where you started with your weight and what your diet looks like. Power 90 doesn't really concentrate on hypertrophy and mass building like something akin to Body Beast does, so you'll be a bit limited in the muscle you'll be able to build. Power 90 is great in the fact that the cardio really gets you going, and the sculpt portion is great for forming a base to start building some solid muscle on with programs like P90X and Body Beast.

I'll shoot you a message so we can look at your specific situation and see where you're at.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
1/2/13 6:57 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Punch - I definitely second the taking of the measurements. If you're like most of us, I don't see it in my pictures or in the mirror (friends do), or even on the scale with most of my weekly weigh-ins, but I see the tape measure moving! Like weigh-ins, try to do measurements at around the same time of day. I gain an inch or two throughout the day (especially if I eat anything with Gluten in it), so if you choose AM measurements, stick with AM.

I know the first several weeks when I started, for every 2 lbs of fat I lost, I gained 1 in muscle... but I was pretty out of shape when I started. Desk jobs will kill ya, believe it or not.

Lydia
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
1/2/13 9:05 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I am really happy to join this group. I will be starting on Jan. 14th. I want to take some time to get a good nutrition plan in place so I can tackle both at once.

I originally bought the Power 90 program nearly 10 years ago (Got you beat by 2 years CoachZuba), and got through the first section but then had an injury and family problems and didn't finish. Since then I've let myself get out of shape and want to start over.

I still have my original DVD's, resistance bands (got new ones a few years ago) and the Transformation Tracker and Program Guide. I wish I could find the meal plan and nutrition information that came with the program as well as I think there was some sort of jump start program. If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it. I also want to say thank you ahead of time for any help that you all will give me throughout the 90 days and beyond.

Good Luck and Happy New Year.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
1/2/13 9:53 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
@Tazdev - Welcome to the group! The information that comes with Power 90 has changed a bit over 10 years, that's for sure. Most of the Jump Start / Fat Shredder type plans have you start with a lower caloric intake, high protein intake. The combo of low calories + high protein jump starts the metabolism, helping you shed excess water weight, some fat, and gets your body into the groove of using fat for energy. Like punchdrunk, I'll send you a message so we can look at your body stats and get you lined up with the right nutrition plan.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
1/2/13 11:39 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
This is a great group and Coach Zuba definitively knows his stuff. If want excellent advice and Coaching on Power90 and beyond, he is you man. Anybody super ripped like him is someone to listen to!
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
1/3/13 6:33 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Just got my P90 kit and trying to plan the best way to get started. In addition to the Power 90 boot camp and food plan, it came with 6 day fat burning express dvd and food plan. What's the best to start with?
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1/3/13 9:30 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Hey W0rdSmith, welcome to the group! The Fat Burning express is optional, some people do it, others don't; it's really up to you. As I mentioned to TazDev above, it's purpose is to get your metabolism burning and your body into a fat burning mode fairly quickly because of the reduced calorie. high protein diet.

I'm somewhat indifferent to these types of jump starts; on one hand, they're a great booster for helping you shed some weight quickly (some of which is fat, a lot of which is water) and getting the metabolism going. On the other hand, I've seen folks start on this, love the quick results they got, stuck with the low calorie intake, then they got burned out quickly or the weight loss stopped because they weren't feeding their body enough, then they stopped the program. If you're going to do it, it's very important not to exceed the 6 days of the low calorie intake and to bump back up to a reasonable amount based on your needs.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
1/4/13 5:19 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Looking forward to this program and appreciate any advice that you may have. My one question...I am training for a half marathon in May. Would that training, combined with P90 be too much? My long runs would currently fall on my rest day.
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RE: Power 90 Starting Jan 14 - 21
1/4/13 5:29 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Coach Z: I am not going to do the fat burning express. As I said earlier, I already started Power 90, but will join up with this group on the 14th. I think that i will do the fat burning express after I do one round of Power 90 as a "break".

CoachZuba:
Hey W0rdSmith, welcome to the group! The Fat Burning express is optional, some people do it, others don't; it's really up to you. As I mentioned to TazDev above, it's purpose is to get your metabolism burning and your body into a fat burning mode fairly quickly because of the reduced calorie. high protein diet.

I'm somewhat indifferent to these types of jump starts; on one hand, they're a great booster for helping you shed some weight quickly (some of which is fat, a lot of which is water) and getting the metabolism going. On the other hand, I've seen folks start on this, love the quick results they got, stuck with the low calorie intake, then they got burned out quickly or the weight loss stopped because they weren't feeding their body enough, then they stopped the program. If you're going to do it, it's very important not to exceed the 6 days of the low calorie intake and to bump back up to a reasonable amount based on your needs.
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