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Paleus
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Posted On: 05/07/2014 at 08:42 PM

I sa a thread for P90X, so I thought I would start P90X3.  I did the original Power 90 back in the day but let life add more than I can in extra insulation - heck, I got frumpy!  I just bought P90X3, doing all the prep work, pictures and measurements Friday, fitness test on Saturday, with "Bring It or Go Home" Monday morning!  Anyone else up for some X3 action?  30 minutes period. No longer can I say time is an issue. :P

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Replied On: 05/09/2014 at 09:41 PM PDT
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I've got 2 weeks left of P90X3 :)   I't much better than the previous P90X.  30 minutes a day is totally doable.  You will enjoy it!  (1.5 hours/day was not realistic with the original workout).

For the first time in years, I can finally do a few pullups.  Welcome to the gun show!

I've been alternating between P90X3 and T25 (both programs offered by Beachbody).  

For anyone starting out, or wants to see rapid weight loss, do the T25 first.  It's mostly cardio with a little bit of weights.   P90X3 is opposite.  It's focuses on building muscle, mixed with a little bit of cardio and more yoga/pilates than i care to do :)   Since doing P90X3, I've actually gained weight.. but it's all muscle (I hope!).  

I look forward to going back to T25 in a few weeks, so I can drop more weight.  I try not to stay on any program for too long.  I think its better to mix it up often, or your body gets used to the workout and won't benefit as much.

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Replied On: 05/10/2014 at 08:32 PM PDT

Kickin!  Grats on your success!

I was actually considering after P90X3, doing T25, then back again.

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Replied On: 06/24/2014 at 07:28 AM PDT

Coming from a physical trainer background and minoring in kinesiology in college, I find that if you are a male, and are just starting a new exercise regimen, with the obvious goal to get in shape and drop "weight" ( I quoted it because the goal is never really weight. If it is you will fail so often. Shoot for size. Measure yourself, it is a much better testament to progress. The scale can be a dark mistress and discourages so many into giving up.)

So having said that you want to get into shape and look thinner/better, I find that its best to always start with a good weight training program. Something that focuses on strength building and muscle growth. A 4 to 5 day workout week with heavy weight training 3-4 days out of the 4-5 and 1 to 2 days of total body high intensity interval training.  

Try and never skip and find a schedule that works for you where you can best get those 4 to 5 days in row. On the HIIT days breaks should be 30 seconds max between exercises. On the heavy weight days never more than a minute to a minute and half between lifts. This depends on how much weight you are moving. Always try to superset one lift with another. For example 12 reps on bench press(barbell press , what ever is available) immediately followed by 12 reps of military press.

I find a lot of the beach body, especially the newer ones follow a very similar formula to this. 

Sorry for the text wall, all that to say that if you are choosing between t25 and p90x and you are a guy, I'd go with p90x3 first. You'll put on more muscle and it will actually help prepare you more for what T25 offers.

Again this is all based on assumptions since I dont know your current level of fitness.

Good luck with your workout I hope you get the results you work for.



» Edited on: 2014-06-24 07:30:30

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Replied On: 06/28/2014 at 07:12 PM PDT
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Gideon,

Thank you for the input.  I hear what you are saying, and agree completely.  I am interested to learn more from you about Kinesiology.  I don't know much about it, but it always has caught my interest.

I started with P90x, and saw the best results.  But after 2 rounds, I hit a plateau (in size loss and weight loss).  

At some point, I stopped working out completely since I could no longer afford the 1.5 hours/day that P90x demands.  Last year I switched to T25, and in a short period of time (and working out only 30 min/day), I experienced incredible size/weight loss. 

After starting to plateau with T25, I purchased P90x3, which is mostly weight lifting.  At this point, I was replacing fat with muscle, and noticed minimal size and weight change.  But, the weight lifting was a good feeling; especially being able to do pull ups for the first time in a long time.

While weights is a good start, I think its also good to 'mix it up'.  Switch between weight lifting, cardio, etc.   I am curious how effective a hybrid workout would be.  Maybe do weight lifting in the AM, and cardio in the PM.

If I had the time, I would do the 1.5 hours/day that P90x demands.  But I'm lucky to find 30 minutes/day to work out, and that's why I like P90x3 and T25.

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