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P90X - Starting February 11-18



Hey there! Welcome to the group! P90X was my follow up to Power 90, which introduced me to Beachbody so I'm excited to be able to help you with your journey. If this is your first program, 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 not have the time to do it. 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 just 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.
  • Watch the How To Bring It DVD and prepare yourself for the program.


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 CardioX workout a few days before you start to get your body accustomed to working out.

Abs - Like Power 90, 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 ripped, 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! If you're not using the meal planner or portion approach to eating, 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 from my coach, 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! Be sure to read through the P90X Nutrition Information in it's entirety.

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! 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: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/3/13 5:21 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Can't wait to start!
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/4/13 6:43 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I'm in! I had great success doing Power 90 with Coach Z these last three months, and now I can't wait to bring it with P90X.

I plan on starting with the Fat Shredder Phase at 1800 Calories until I get lean enough, probably for two or three weeks, and then I'll switch to the Energy Booster Phase at 2400 Calories and see if that's enough for me to bulk up a bit.

I'm totally excited to get started but I have a wrist injury that is still bothering me, so I may end up having to push my start date back another week. I'll see how it feels on the 11th.

-Chris
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/4/13 12:51 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I'm in, was planning to start it then anyway.

I'll fill out my profile this week. I'm focused more on losing body fat %; right now I'm about 165 lbs at 24% bf. I want to get to 12% or so, I don't really care if I lose or gain mass along the way.

In Atlanta, 39 years old.

-David
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/7/13 8:14 AM as a reply to eraisedtoipi.
Hey dfcl and Chris - glad you'll be joining in!

@david - Welcome! I think you'll definitely gain some mass with P90X, glad to have you here!
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/7/13 11:05 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I'm just started my first workout today- I made it through half the video, however I plan to make it through an entire video tomorrow. You guys are an inspiration and I want to stick with it!

Thanks,
Tina , age 29
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/10/13 1:25 PM as a reply to TinaMarieDeCarlo.
The fit test is complete. I'm now off to take my before photos. 90 days to a new me!
-Illinois, age 35
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/10/13 5:52 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Starting all over, this should've been my 5 week but I've missed to many workouts. I feel the need for a new beginning...ready or not here I go!
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/10/13 7:22 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I'm in too. Power90 then a round of P90x, lots of success then a horrible rotator cuff injury and surgery. That was 2010 and I am ready to get back into it big time. Down 25 lbs since Jan 1 and ready to lose more.


Rock on!
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/10/13 9:41 PM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I was looking for a group to join for my start of P90x tomorrow (2/11) and I found you guys. I am really looking for motivation and accountability during these next 90 days. I started this program 2 years ago and never stuck with it, I can't do that this time, I have got to BRING IT!!!! My brother is getting married in June and I am a bridesmaid and I am grossly overweight and there is no way I am going to stand up there representing my family looking like this. That's my motivation for now, but my overall motivation is to feel better about myself and provide a good role-model for my 2 beautiful daughters. I am excited to start again and stay with it entirely until my goals are met and then stay with a regular exercise regimen for life! Thanks for opening up this group and hopefully we all can achieve what we came here to do! Good luck guys and let's BRING IT on Monday!!!!!!!
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/11/13 8:18 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Well, I just finished the first work out. I am doing the P90x lean. Core synergistics left me soaking with sweat and a bit sore. My push-ups from power 90 were wimpy compared to the push-ups on this one.
EnchantedE: Welcome! I am totally on board with you. I am working out to be a better me for my daughter. I don't want to be a fat mommy that sits on the sidelines. I want to be with her exploring and discovering life.

Day 1 down...89 left to go!
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/11/13 8:23 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I am very glad to see this thread! I just finished day 1 and it is an exciting glimpse into what the next 3 months have in store for me.

I hope to gain definition and lose about 15 pounds. I feel confident and excited!
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Just started yesterday!
2/11/13 10:08 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I'm so happy I found this post! I just started yesterday w/ the first workout and my abs are already killing me! lol I love it though... lets me know it's working!

I'm really excited about pushing myself and seeing progress! emoticon
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/12/13 1:05 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Finished up day one (even though I am posting on day 2) I decided to try the Classic version this time. When I attempted P90X 2 years ago I tried the Lean version. But this time I really feel like I will lose inches and weight better with the Classic. Anyone have opinions on this? I have about 80lbs to lose, but I carry a big frame, so even when I have a small waist I still weigh more than average. I have a VERY muscular build, so I am a little timid with trying the classic vs. lean. But after yesterday's workout I realized that my muscles need some serious toning. Sadly, I couldn't do 3/4 of AB Ripper X.....I felt extremely defeated!! I did have a c-section with my baby who is almost a year old, so I know my core is totally out of shape. But I wonder if I should keep trying the ab ripper as it is or is there a modified way I could do it and get more out of it? I just didn't feel like I worked out very much, and for ab work I felt it WAY more in my legs than I did in the core. It makes me wonder if I need to throw core synergistic's in sometime during the week. I actually have a ton more questions, so if anyone here is seasoned and feels like answering some of them please feel free to send a message to me.

OK, so enough of that!!! Tuesday is Plyo day, I hope everyone can BRING IT and I look forward to hearing about everyone's workout!!

dfcl99- I totally understand where you're coming from and I am happy to share the same motivation with someone here!!! Good luck today and I am glad you're here, Momma!!!!emoticon
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/12/13 4:01 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
I started yesterday on my P90X journey. I want results so I am working on the Doubles program (I know it starts out the same as Classic).

I had attempted Classic a couple of months back but I had to have colon surgery and as a result it put me back a bit. But not looking back now only moving forward.

Have a disadvantage that I am going on holiday to Disneyworld next week but plan to do P90X the whole time. Will take my bands and have put the DVDs onto my iPad so I can work out with Tony from the hotel room plus I am doing a 5K run with my wife whilst we are there.

Sorry to put a bum note on this but something I had yesterday which was first for me, after working out with Chest and Back and then Ab Ripper X, I felt tremendously nauseated so much that I ended up puking. I presume this is normal as the workout is pretty intense and maybe on previous occassions I hadn't pushed as hard as I did yesterday. It's probably just that I drank a bit more water than I should have and it's sat on my stomach. Was a little unnerving though.

Still looking forward to Plyometrics today and can't wait for Kenpo X at the end of the week.
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/12/13 5:37 AM as a reply to merlinmagic.
Hi everyone. Well I'm in. Wim starting today. I was in phase three in december. I had slipped at work and sprained my knee. So i had to stop. Im been biking but thats it. Unfortunately i did gain back 8 lbs. feeling sorry for myself and being a chef spelled disaster . So ill chime in today after c&b& arx.
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/12/13 6:43 AM as a reply to Dio666.
I was planning on starting yesterday but my wrist is still bothering me, so hopefully I'll be able to start next Monday. This is really discouraging because I spent three months doing Power 90 in order to get in shape for this, and now I can't.

I did do the Ab Ripper X yesterday morning and didn't get near the burn that I get from the Ab Ripper 200, but I'm sure that will change as my form improves. And maybe I'll try the Plyo disc tomorrow morning.
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/12/13 7:40 AM as a reply to Dio666.
Hey everyone! Welcome to the group! Be sure to run through my Successlist in the first post and get ready to have some fun!

@Tina - That first day with Chest/Back can be rough, it does get better/easier though. Keep at it, you'll get it!

@AletheaD - Glad to have you here! How did things go the first couple of weeks? What struggles did you have?

@JGig - Rotator cuff injuries can be a bear! I haven't had one myself, but my mom had one that really put her out of commission with her workouts for a while, so I can sympathize with you on that one. Glad to have you back in the swing of things!

@EnchantedE - Welcome to the group! You definitely have some great motivation, I'm positive we can help you stick with it this time around. Check in every day and let us know how you're doing, what you're struggling with and what you're succeeding with - that in itself is a great motivator to push play. See my notes on the Ab Ripper below.

@Ctlasley - Welcome to the group! You have some great goals that I think are very achievable. Stick with it!

@AudraCruz - Welcome! The first day after the first ab workout is always killer. That's good though, it let's you know it's working!

@merlinmagic - Welcome to the group! Great job on prepping for Disney to take P90X with you. One of the things I love about that program is the ability to take it just about anywhere... no excuses! Don't feel too bad about puking after Chest/Back - you're definitely not the first. It's a really intense workout when you haven't worked out in a while. Try to spread the water out more throughout the workout and make sure you haven't had a heavy meal or snack right before working out. I prefer to workout on an almost empty stomach for just this reason.

@tkid1221 - Welcome! My sister's a chef, so I know exactly what you mean, haha. Glad you're back in the swing of things.

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On the Ab Ripper - make sure to try and keep your back as straight as possible and your chest up. It may mean you do less reps, but they'll be quality reps. Quality trumps quantity every time! And don't try to out pace Tony and the others, keeping pace will also lead to better quality and a better burn.

A little about myself too - I'm currently nearing the end of Les Mills Combat (day 44 of 60) and will soon be moving back to Body Beast; I miss my lifting. I had put on some extra fat last year with Body Beast and when Combat came out, decided to give it a whirl. Between controlling my diet, drinking Shakeology every day and putting just about every ounce of energy I have into the workouts, I've manage to trim off all of the fat I added, plus a little more. I'm anxious for day 60 to see the overall results.
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2/12/13 7:41 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
@Chris - Ice packs and motrin - ice for 20min on, 20min off, as long as you can. That should help with any pain/swelling. Also do some light wrist stretches as well to keep the joints/muscles moving.
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RE: P90X Starting February 11-18
2/12/13 8:37 AM as a reply to CoachZuba.
Thanks for the reply CoachZuba, it's really nice to know that you are as engaged in this as we are.

I have a question around sleep. Now I really struggle in the sleep area. Last night I was tired after Chest and Back and being sick so had a shower and was in bed for 9:30pm. I set my alarm for 5:30am this morning so I could do Plyometrics before work.

To be honest just couldn't do it. It was 8am before I could finally get up as I was just so wiped. I suppose that it is a new shock to the system but 10 hours of sleep seems a bit excessive. Also the sleep was not that restful lots of waking and going back to sleep. I tend to find as soon as I start exercising hard that my sleep cycles get worse (judging on previous experience I have had).

What I am wondering is how much sleep should I be getting to allow my body to recover and how do I make it more restful?

Any help you can provide on this one would be great.
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