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Half workout?
Half workout?
2/24/13 4:47 PM
Hi! I am currently doing p90X Lean six days a week and following the diet plan. My husband wants to start, but he has three days that he works 12 hours and is completely wiped out during those days. We would like to do our workouts together without interfering with my schedule.

1) Should his workout schedule be different than mine or could he just follow along with me?

2) Should he follow the p90X diet plan even if he only works out 3-4 a week?

He said that later he might try to do it 6 days a week, but right now he doesn't feel like that is a possibility.

Thank you so much!
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RE: Half workout?
2/24/13 4:55 PM as a reply to SmuffandFluff.
A lot depends on which days he'd be missing if he followed along with the same schedule as you. It wouldn't benefit him to, for example, miss all the days having to do with upper body or all the days having to do with lower body.

For the meal plan, it would be great idea for him to follow the plan. It's a very healthy meal plan in general. He may want to lower his calorie intake a little bit to account for the missing workouts (not by too much though), but other than that he should be fine following the plan.
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RE: Half workout?
2/25/13 7:38 AM as a reply to SmuffandFluff.
What are his goals? Those will determine what he should do. If he is really looking to lose a lot of weight and get super lean in a hurry, then he will need to follow the schedule and the nutrition plan very closely. The program is designed for maximum results in 90 days.

If he doesn't care some much about maximum gains in 90 days and is most interested in just "getting off the couch" and getting himself into better shape, then doing the workouts with you when he can will still be better than not working out at all, but my opinion would be that maybe P90X isn't the best choice (probably Insanity or something that is more total body each workout). I say this because he will need to be a careful that he works through all the resistance training days in equal numbers and doesn't just work one body part more than others. He'll want to make sure he doesn't just do the same resistance workouts each time and that he gets a balance (ie he does chest/back every week but never does a shoulder/arms workout). Doing the same cardio each week won't matter as much.

He should still follow the nutrition plan even if he is only going to work out 3 days a week, but he may want to back off the overall calories per day just a little because he won't be working out each day.
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RE: Half workout?
2/25/13 8:13 AM as a reply to SmuffandFluff.
SmuffandFluff:
Hi! I am currently doing p90X Lean six days a week and following the diet plan. My husband wants to start, but he has three days that he works 12 hours and is completely wiped out during those days. We would like to do our workouts together without interfering with my schedule.

1) Should his workout schedule be different than mine or could he just follow along with me?

2) Should he follow the p90X diet plan even if he only works out 3-4 a week?

He said that later he might try to do it 6 days a week, but right now he doesn't feel like that is a possibility.

Thank you so much!


Hello SmuffandFluff,

Your husbands workout schedule should be based on his goals. Yes, he should follow the nutrition plan, more than likely stay in the fat shredder phase until he gets to 6 days a week. Also, make sure that both of you are basing your daily calories in your ideal/goal weight and not current weight.

Make sure that you stick to your plan and he'll workout on the days that he can. As he sees you getting results and into the program, he will follow suit. Also, working out 3-4 days a week is better than not working out at all. Just encourage him and hold each other accountable with nutrition. As he gains more energy and feels good about himself, he'll move to 6 days a week.

If you need more specific help, feel free to reach out to me.

We have a Private Facebook group made up of many Beachbody members participating in various workout programs. These members are getting amazing results, because they are recieving the accountability, motivation, and workout & nutrition advice that they need. If you are interested in joining, contact me for more information and requirments to join.

In Health,

Coach Jeff Morgan
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RE: Half workout?
3/11/13 10:34 AM as a reply to mcartt11.
Sorry it took so long to respond. I convinced him to actually start his own schedule. We end up working out at the same time but in different rooms. I actually think it's better this way because we don't get in each others way or end up laughing so hard at each other that half the workout is gone.

He hasn't been doing the workout plan to a T. There are things he's not ready to give up, but he has been getting worn down in the middle of the workout, so I think he'll be ready to switch over to a more strict diet plan.

Thank you SO SO Much for your help!
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RE: Half workout?
3/11/13 10:38 AM as a reply to CoachJeffMorgan.
As I said to mcartt11, The hubby is doing the 3-4 day workouts and rest on his 12 hour workdays but he hasn't been doing the diet and I do think he is starting to feel it. Hopefully he'll be more open to giving up some foods for his diet soon and I am hoping that will boost his energy through the workout routine. Thank you so so so so much for your advice and I will be waiting to see how it works out with the husband!
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