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Trying for a more customized hybrid workout, please help!
So, I might be a bit different from the average poster since I have so much weight to lose. I started my being healthy venture at 372 lbs (I am 6'2"). In 2012 I did P90 then got through 75 days of P90X before work travel and insane hours really hampered my progress. I've pretty much stayed the same weight since October (322, lost 50lbs already!) but gained a few pounds over the Holidays. Well... new year, new goals, new motivation, and I really don't want to see that number go up any more and want it to fall again.

There are a few things I don't really like about P90X because they are so frustrating when you still have such a large gut to contend with, and I want to get down to a slimmer weight first to where I can lose the extra weight then I REALLY want to do the full P90X hardcore and then P90X2.

So enough about my complaining and rationalization... what I want to do is invent a hybrid P90X program for me that is enjoyable and is able to incorporate more cardio and walking/running to lose the lbs and continue my journey, but I could use some advice.

First: In my first go of all of this I tended to approach this like a physics problem. I viewed it as calories in needed to be less than calories out. Subsequently if I ever did do running at a hotel or something in place of being able to do a P90X workout I would try to keep my heart rate higher to burn more calories. I focused on running for roughly an hour (would do about 4 miles total, so combination running/walking). I've read though that keeping your heart rate up may not be as good for fat burning, and that really a brisk walk may be better and instead of running/walking (I usually run between 6 and 8 mph and walk around 3 to 3.5 mph) that I should focus on keeping a walking pace of about 4 mph to keep my heart rate around 140. Is this true or should I have my running portion of my workout be more like a couch to 5k program?

Second: which P90X videos to use. I find Yoga very very frustrating, I have a good Yoga mat and Yoga blocks, but between the gut getting in the way sweaty hands making me slip on the mat, it is just not enjoyable and I find myself dreading Yoga days. I LOVE the upper body workouts. Chest/Back, Shoulders/Arms, Chest/Shoulders/Triceps, and Back/Biceps are my favorite workouts, I love doing them and I'm starting to get muscle tone in my arms for the first time in my life, I love it and I want to keep doing these.

So my thought is: Either Run, Do PlyoX, Cardio X, or Kenpo X 3 days a week, and do upper body workouts 2 or 3 days a week. I've found that trying to run and do legs and back made my legs hate me. Maybe I pushed it to hard, but it wasn't fun. I also found legs & back to be a great workout, but my legs were turning into tree trunks instead of becoming more lean/running type legs. I tried to do the lower weight 15 reps kinda stuff, but I'm thinking maybe I'll pick this back up once I'm closer to my target weight (which is 240, by the way).

Anyways, help and advice would be greatly appreciated, I started over again yesterday with Back & Biceps and plan on doing Plyo X today. I have a diet plan tracked out and am counting calories on Lose It! So hopefully I should have the eating under control. Although sometimes it feels like I don't quite have the proper calorie to workout ratio done. Sometimes I think I eat too little? I've been trying to shoot for around 2,200 - 2,400 calories a day (my calculated BMR is around 3,300, so this is about a 30% cut).

Thanks again, or if this should be in a different forum, please let me know.

Oh and btw, I do have access to all the standard gym equipment at my work for running on treadmills and such.

-Tyler

Edit: TL;DR: What's the best way for a big man to do more cardio, is my calorie goal accurate, is my exercise plan reasonable?
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RE: Trying for a more customized hybrid workout, please help!
1/15/13 3:50 PM as a reply to Aggathon.
You can do the lean routine and replace yoga with Chest&Back or CST or Back&Biceps. There's also the P90X/Insanity hybrid that would work for you. Beachbody has plenty of good workouts to offer for weight loss. Is there a reason why you want to do P90X?

Let me know I'd love to help you out
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