Total workouts completed today

People in the gym at today's peak

People working out now

More statistics
Message Boards

90-Day Body Transformation for Everyone

Message Boards

Whether you're seeking expert advice or looking for peer support, you'll find helpful and knowledgeable friends on the Message Boards 24 hours a day. 

 

How to post photos in your Message Board threads:


Threads [ Previous | Next ]
obese and P90X - Doing it!
obese and P90X - Doing it!
1/18/10 7:09 AM
Okay, I've exhausted my self in searching for a resource that is the chubby sedatary folks taking P90x by the horns... So I figured I'd post.

I know P90x is for those who are fit and fab but for those of us who are lacking in those areas a bit are lacking assistance - other then the assistance that says..don't do it.


My partner and I started P90x 13 days ago and today will be our 13th workout. We are doing the lean program. We have watched Biggest loser and we figure that P90x still has to be less then they are putting those folks through.

Here's what we know so far:
1. Having extra weight is hard in the workouts - pace yourself and know your limits. I'm betting this is the case for everyone who starts. Especially if you are not used to working out.

2. Treat your workout like an appointment that you just can't miss.

3. I know the diet is important but lets face it if you are in our boat committing is hard but sticking with something is impossible -which is why we are obese to begin with. We are starting with the workout then adding in the diet. We all (obese folks) know the score. Bite off more then you can chew causes quitting.


I do have a few questions.
1. We feed as if we have been run over by a truck right after the workouts and the next day.. How long till the soreness subsides??

2. I know substitiutions are a no no BUT at our size would we benefit greater from the cardio workouts - should we substitute more kempo's for other things???

3. The water retention is awful. I'm not sure what to do about that - We have even tried over the counter water pills. Suggestions?
Report Post Report Post
?
RE: obese and P90X - Doing it!
1/18/10 8:01 AM as a reply to shiningstar77.
First off- congratulations on taking the plunge! I'm almost done with my first round of X and am not obese but figured I'd chime in anyway.

shiningstar77:
3. I know the diet is important but lets face it if you are in our boat committing is hard but sticking with something is impossible -which is why we are obese to begin with. We are starting with the workout then adding in the diet. We all (obese folks) know the score. Bite off more then you can chew causes quitting.

I agree completely, and this is the way I'm doing it. On Day 79, I'm down 9% bodyfat (from 24% to 15%) and although I've made some diet modifications (no carbs after 8pm, slowly backed off on portion sizes, lots of protein shakes which help a lot with appetite), I have not made any effort to follow the P90X diet plan. I'm sure I'd benefit from it, but I'm getting great results with exercise only.

shiningstar77:

I do have a few questions.
1. We feed as if we have been run over by a truck right after the workouts and the next day.. How long till the soreness subsides??

It'll get better every day as your conditioning improves. Are you taking a post-workout drink? Some good things to take include whey protein, high-GI carbs, glutamine and Branched-chain amino acids. They will all help speed recovery and are best taken immediately after your workout. My favorites are Scivation Xtend and Biotest Surge.

shiningstar77:

2. I know substitiutions are a no no BUT at our size would we benefit greater from the cardio workouts - should we substitute more kempo's for other things???

I don't think so - the strength workouts are key in this program. Building strength will make you more resistant to injury during the cardio sessions and will raise your resting metabolic rate. The raised metabolism means you are burning off fat even when you're not exercising. Over the long haul, this is how you'll get the most out of the program since you can only burn so many calories during so many cardio sessions.

Enjoy!
Report Post Report Post
?
RE: obese and P90X - Doing it!
1/18/10 8:48 AM as a reply to shiningstar77.
ShiningStar - good for you (and your partner) for deciding to do something about getting fit! That's the first step.

Here's what we know so far:
1. Having extra weight is hard in the workouts - pace yourself and know your limits. I'm betting this is the case for everyone who starts. Especially if you are not used to working out.

2. Treat your workout like an appointment that you just can't miss.

3. I know the diet is important but lets face it if you are in our boat committing is hard but sticking with something is impossible -which is why we are obese to begin with. We are starting with the workout then adding in the diet. We all (obese folks) know the score. Bite off more then you can chew causes quitting.


I do have a few questions.
1. We feed as if we have been run over by a truck right after the workouts and the next day.. How long till the soreness subsides??

2. I know substitiutions are a no no BUT at our size would we benefit greater from the cardio workouts - should we substitute more kempo's for other things???

3. The water retention is awful. I'm not sure what to do about that - We have even tried over the counter water pills. Suggestions?


Diet with this program is very important to your success. I promise you, you will not STARVE with that nutrition plan...in fact you'll be yelling that you can't eat all that food!! So check out the nutrition guide and figure out what "level" you should be eating at and then reduce that number by approx. 500 calories per day for weight loss. Your ratios (protein, carbs, fat) is important for each 30 day blocks so read up on that again.

1. Soreness is (regretfully) ongoing (but will lessen) as you get used to the workouts and your body gets stronger. Do your warmups/cooldowns to help stretch you out. Of course nice hot showers, and if necessary good ol' fashion (cheap) rubbing alcohol.

2. Instead of substitutions - modify where needed. There is always one person on the video doing the modified move. As the weeks go by and you get stronger, try that particular move un-modified.

3. Don't take those over the counter things for water retention...it could be dangerous. Stick with the program and the nutrition along with drinking water...the program works..you just have to follow it. emoticon

Note: keep realistic goals too...if you have alot of weight to loose, you may have to do a few rounds of the X...most folks do even if they don't have a lot to loose, because they have made fitness a new way of life for long term purposes.

So hang in there...it will come together...don't beat yourself up if you have trouble with something...we've ALL had trouble with something...and please get your nutrition in check with the guide. You can use the portion plan approach instead of making all those meals if you want. Figure out your numbers, and you can track it for FREE on something like myfitnesspal.com (after logging in go to goals / customize my goals / customize myself) to put in your calories and the proper ratios (protein, carbs, fat) for each 30 days.

GO GET IT!

Karen
Report Post Report Post
?
RE: obese and P90X - Doing it!
1/18/10 12:02 PM as a reply to shiningstar77.
Thanks everyone emoticon

We will be adding diet in soon I promise we have to make change slowly as I know we'll be quitters. We are struggling with the workout change already... It's really hard when you go from nothing to everything. We aren't worried about results yet just making one life change. I'm looking forward when we add diet into it. BUT I know we'd be overwhelmed at this point.

Those P90X moves with this frame is already a lot emoticon
Report Post Report Post
?
RE: obese and P90X - Doing it!
1/19/10 4:49 PM as a reply to shiningstar77.
Hey Shining,

Just wanted to chime in. I also am overweight and started the program to lose weight. I've been doing the lean program for 3 weeks now and it is getting easier each time. Keep up the good work and good luck on your journey.

Michelle
Report Post Report Post
?
RE: obese and P90X - Doing it!
2/17/11 11:22 AM as a reply to shiningstar77.
Thank you fo much for your post.

I started on 1/24 so im right behind you.
I am 5'4 209lbs, and hoping to get healthy and back in shape
I just turned 40 and thought its TIME!

Thanks to everyone for their motivation etc. I honestly have not followed the nutrition guide to a T, but have made much better choices for myself AND my family. My hubby is going to start as soon as he gets the OK from the DR. he is 323lbs and 6'1.

I weighed myself after week 1 and was down about 9lbs, but at the end of week 3 , i was back at my starting weight! Im trying to not get discouraged, because I know how much sweat is pouring off me. I do feel stronger and I am sleeping so much better.

Keep on posting , you all are helping me so much
Report Post Report Post
?
RE: obese and P90X - Doing it!
2/17/11 11:59 AM as a reply to shiningstar77.
Mom2kac-

I wouldn't go specifically by the scale to judge your progress. You have to take into account your size and body fat and how that has all changed. Not to mention how you feel about yourself. A lot of weight gain comes from sodium and retention of water. It happens. Just keep track of those foods that have a lot of sodium and stay away from them if you can or don't over indulge.

Most important thing though is to keep pressing play. Don't get discouraged. Also, most weight loss doesn't come until phase 2 or 3 so your not quite there yet! Give it time and the scale will show you your results.
Report Post Report Post
?