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Old 08-22-08, 11:19 PM
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P90x anyone?

Alright, yea, its an infomercial deal but dang, have you seen the results of not people on his show but do a youtube search of p90x.

I ride hard, I love it but it keeps me in shape cardiowise. I am not ripped and Id like to be. I dont want to bulk up from lifting but I want to get stronger.

P90x is dirt cheap on Ebay.

Please reply if you have tried it, good or bad.

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Old 08-23-08, 02:15 PM
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I've plateau'd out from cycling and running so I will be doing P90X. There are several people I work with that have done the program and the results seem amazing. From a brief overview with them, I can see why this program would work well. It's constantly shocking your body with new exercises. Sorry I can't answer your question but I'm really looking forward to starting.
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Its called smoke and mirrors! Their "before" pic is taken in a resting state. Their "after" pic is taken when they have a "pump" and most have lost the body hair.....BOTH make you look more cut. I do agree the with the workout idea of muscle confusion, but i wouldnt expect those results.

You could do the same thing without paying all that money....
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Old 08-24-08, 07:04 AM
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Check out Crossfit and their workout of the day.
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Originally Posted by J.W. View Post
Its called smoke and mirrors! Their "before" pic is taken in a resting state. Their "after" pic is taken when they have a "pump" and most have lost the body hair.....BOTH make you look more cut. I do agree the with the workout idea of muscle confusion, but i wouldnt expect those results.

You could do the same thing without paying all that money....
+1. I'm sure it's a good program but most of the people they show in the pictures:

1. Were in shape at one point before then took advantage of muscle memory to get back in shape faster the 2nd time around.
2. Were posed to look soft initially like JW said.
3. Did far more than the minimum level of work to become what you see

You could achieve the same results doing bodyweight exercises like pushups, pullups, crunches and eating right.
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Old 08-25-08, 01:01 PM
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I have the P90x cds, and while I'm going to wait until winter when race season is over, I have cherry picked some of the elements of the program and done them. For instance, the ab workout is the hardest ab workout I've done, and I've been working out for 20 years. I've never been so sore. Sure, you could do all of this on your own, but do you know how? There are also some other benefits to the program...there is a big emphasis on stretching, yoga, plyometrics, etc...which certainly isn't a bad thing. And of course one of the main components of the program is the nutritional plan. So when you combine all of that it is a good program. It's not "smoke and mirrors". Sure, people are going to try to make themselves look better in the photos, but perhaps they have shaved body hair or tanned because they feel more confident from their results. Regardless, the program doesn't say anything about how to pose or anything...in fact it says to use the same pose everytime so you can see the true results. In short, seems like a decent program, but I suppose I'd have a better answer in about January.
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it is one of the hardest workouts ever, if you want to get ripped but not big than p90x is the best
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Originally Posted by J.W. View Post
Its called smoke and mirrors! Their "before" pic is taken in a resting state. Their "after" pic is taken when they have a "pump" and most have lost the body hair.....BOTH make you look more cut. I do agree the with the workout idea of muscle confusion, but i wouldnt expect those results.

You could do the same thing without paying all that money....
i dont know if you have ever done p90x but it is a workout and they promise you to be ripped in 90 days and if you dont get ripped in 90 days then you are not doing it right
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I saw the infomercial & tried it; I've been working out in 1 form or another for ~36 years, & can say that it is by far the best workout program I've ever been on, including well-known personal trainers, doing it myself, etc etc. it works, & I didn't even do the diet. the yoga & stretching are especially helpful. I snuck in 1 of the workouts today. but yeah, you could do it all yourself, if you could figure it out on your own.
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Old 08-25-08, 08:38 PM
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i dont know if you have ever done p90x but it is a workout and they promise you to be ripped in 90 days and if you dont get ripped in 90 days then you are not doing it right
oh i'm sure they do.
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Anyone have any recomendations regarding where to buy, how much it costs, what "extras" are necessary?
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Old 01-08-09, 09:10 AM
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My wife (age 46) bought the program from the website http://beachbody.com

Purchased a chin-up bar, 8, 10, and 12 pound dumbells, and about 16 square feet of pad to cover an area to workout in our basement.

She couldn't do a single chin-up when she started. Four weeks into it she can do six. (Must note that she was in fairly good shape when she started.) On the program she was beginning to bulk up a bit and developing that ripped look. People noticed she was developing shoulders. I think some male friends were a bit intimidated! I thought she looked good, but she didn't like it. Has switched over to their "lean" program. More cardio I guess.

She would give it a ringing endorsement. I would too observing her results.
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I just started my second 90 day round. On the first round, I went from 218 down to 193 and had to buy a bunch of new clothes. I did the Lean version and am doing Classic this time around. I bout all of my stuff right from the P90X website. I spent about $165 for the program and the chin up bar. You can check E-bay and you might save a few bucks. As far as the program, it's the real deal. I am working on losing another 25 pounds this round.
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Old 01-12-09, 02:23 AM
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Originally Posted by rsyb View Post
My wife (age 46) bought the program from the website http://beachbody.com

Purchased a chin-up bar, 8, 10, and 12 pound dumbells, and about 16 square feet of pad to cover an area to workout in our basement.

She couldn't do a single chin-up when she started. Four weeks into it she can do six. (Must note that she was in fairly good shape when she started.) On the program she was beginning to bulk up a bit and developing that ripped look. People noticed she was developing shoulders. I think some male friends were a bit intimidated! I thought she looked good, but she didn't like it. Has switched over to their "lean" program. More cardio I guess.

She would give it a ringing endorsement. I would too observing her results.
That is very positive news! Can you tell me what her weight changes were with the program?
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That is very positive news! Can you tell me what her weight changes were with the program?
As I mentioned she was in fairly good shape before she started.

She is a Lifetime Member in Weight Watchers after dropping about 40 lbs. in their program.

I kid her alot about being a workout addict. I think she gets high on the adrenaline rush. That said, she was still having trouble keeping within 2 to 4 pounds of her goal weight despite all of the stairstepping, basketball, and yoga she was doing. I haven't heard her complain about that problem since she started the program.

P90X has given her a lot of strength, toning, and shaping. I'm sure combining this with a sensible diet plan would shed weight quickly. Wish I could do it, but I have arthritis and can't manage some of the routines. It is a demanding workout.

Although it is an infomercial, I've seen it work with my own eyes.
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I've not tried it, but I will comment on what I know ...
First, there is no such thing as "muscle confusion."
Second, adhering to any "cutting" program will give you the same results.

Now what I don't know ... is it true that this program comes with a supplement, a lot like hydroxycut?
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I've not tried it, but I will comment on what I know ...
First, there is no such thing as "muscle confusion."
Second, adhering to any "cutting" program will give you the same results.

Now what I don't know ... is it true that this program comes with a supplement, a lot like hydroxycut?
No supplements are included with the P90X program. Beach Body does sell things like their Recovery Drink, Creatine, Protein Bars, and other supplements, but they are not required to do this program and see results. Regarding Muscle Confsion, there are many fitness experts who do believe in it. Whether or not it truly exists, is not that important to me. I can tell you from experience that the variety in the P90X program does a great job at keeping a person motivated. There isn't enough time to get bored before the workouts change. As far as nutrition, the program does come with an excellent nutrition guide that actually allows you to eat a lot of food! It's just clean food. Anyway, for a price of $120, it's a lot cheaper than a long term gym membership.
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Originally Posted by etothepii View Post
First, there is no such thing as "muscle confusion."
I agree. But, she does do something different every day. Maybe "muscle confusion" is really just infomercial speak for "don't get bored"!

Originally Posted by etothepii View Post
Second, adhering to any "cutting" program will give you the same results.
Also agree with that. The videos do a good job of demonstrating and keeping you active in the workout.

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Now what I don't know ... is it true that this program comes with a supplement, a lot like hydroxycut?
Of course, it is marketing! They all try to upsell some kind of crap! That's where the real money is. My wife doesn't use any of that though.
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I sacrificed myself last night for those interested in this workout program.

I took my bike into the shop for a tune up, so no indoor trainer. Tried the P90X arm and leg workout with my wife.

This workout is made up of a variety of chin ups, squats, lunges, and calf raises for about 50 minutes.

It is a hell of a workout. My average heart rate was 85% of my average maximum (measured when riding). Had to do some modified versions of some of the exercises to allow for my creaky joints and lack of flexibility. While I wasn't exhausted at the end I was tired; today I can feel the effects. Sore thighs from some killer squats. Stiff back and arm muscles that I don't use on the recumbent.

I'm a wimp though. My wife went on for another 20 minutes of "Ab Ripper" crunches.

Yeah it's an infomercial, but it is a real workout. Not hip-hop or latin dancing. Not a 10-20 minute a day magic bullet.

For those turned off by the fact that they market equipment and supplements, don't use them. In fact, I only heard their recovery drink mentioned once. Even then it was something like, "Drink plenty of water or P90X recovery formula". Otherwise, it was water. Good diet is stressed.

I may try doing the routine from last night a couple of times a week for off bike days. I give it a !
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Originally Posted by rsyb View Post
I sacrificed myself last night for those interested in this workout program.

I took my bike into the shop for a tune up, so no indoor trainer. Tried the P90X arm and leg workout with my wife.

This workout is made up of a variety of chin ups, squats, lunges, and calf raises for about 50 minutes.

It is a hell of a workout. My average heart rate was 85% of my average maximum (measured when riding). Had to do some modified versions of some of the exercises to allow for my creaky joints and lack of flexibility. While I wasn't exhausted at the end I was tired; today I can feel the effects. Sore thighs from some killer squats. Stiff back and arm muscles that I don't use on the recumbent.

I'm a wimp though. My wife went on for another 20 minutes of "Ab Ripper" crunches.

Yeah it's an infomercial, but it is a real workout. Not hip-hop or latin dancing. Not a 10-20 minute a day magic bullet.

For those turned off by the fact that they market equipment and supplements, don't use them. In fact, I only heard their recovery drink mentioned once. Even then it was something like, "Drink plenty of water or P90X recovery formula". Otherwise, it was water. Good diet is stressed.

I may try doing the routine from last night a couple of times a week for off bike days. I give it a !
Good for you for getting in there with your wife. My wife and I work out together everyday doing P90X. It is a real workout and it's amazing how effective it is with only using light weights, resistance bands, and the pull up bar. As far as the recovery drink is concerned, my wife and I do us it. It's not priced to bad when you compare to other products at GNC and other places. Plus we buy a two month supply and get a discount. The important thing for us is that it tastes good and it is easy to mix up real quick. Yes, I know we could make our own, and sometimes we drink a protein/carb shake instead, but some people are very busy and need something that's fast and easy.

BTW, if you want to really help your riding, try the Core Synergistics workout. It's really good and will strengthen your core pretty quickly. The other thig that's nice, is that once you hit your ideal weight or reach your goal, these workouts can be used in different combinations for maintenance. They integrate really nicely into a cycling program.
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I started this thread so Ill chime in as well. I did order the program off Ebay for $99. Alot of whats in this thread is true, some is not but this program works. You must dedicate yourself to 6 days per week with one rest day. You must eat 95% with the program or the results will be minimal. The Diet is comprised of 40/30/30 protein carb fat I believe. I started and did phase 1 (30 days) and used the fat shredder program for my meals (thats the lowest carb,lowest fat, highest protein) and went from about 205 to 185 in just 30 days. I gained a ton of strength and was getting kinda ripped in some places.

Bottom line, it works if you do it by the book. It has too. Its relentless. I stopped at day 30 because I have 3 kids, I sell for a living and that was falling behind. I need a house to live in and food on the table before tight abs.

I still have the DVD's but I have not used them in a while. I did however buy me a new Trek Top Fuel to ride in the woods.

If you want them, buy them on Ebay, save alot of $$$

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Just following up.

My butt is now killing me! Sitting at my desk most of the day and lactic acid must have caught up to me.

Ouch!
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Originally Posted by etothepii View Post
I've not tried it, but I will comment on what I know ...
First, there is no such thing as "muscle confusion."
Second, adhering to any "cutting" program will give you the same results.

Now what I don't know ... is it true that this program comes with a supplement, a lot like hydroxycut?
Yea, the muscle confusion notion is silly. You can't confuse muscle - you can have compound exercises, and whole body work outs, etc. in various routine designs, but slapping a misleading name on it doesn't make it any different.

As for the supplements, a fellow employee ordered P90X and it came with B12 supplements in extremely high dosages (odd), a creatine mix, and maybe more.

For everyone, I think if a cyclists type (lanky as desired) is going to be taking creatine, and completing P90X correctly, they're going to bulk up a lot. Especially males. This won't help bike speeds because you'll just get heavier. Why not just try a program that simply tones without adding all the muscle? I'd say that's the best bet. Unless you don't actually care about your biking, in which case I'm not sure why you're on this forum, heh.
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Maybe the B12 was to keep your behind from aching after squats!!
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