The Official HighExistence P90X Challenge Group
We have officially coordinated the HighExistence P90X Challenge Group!
If you’re NOT on this list, or haven’t received any of my emails please PRIVATE MESSAGE me your email. THANK YOU!
As it stands now – Starting Monday, November, 12th.
Not ready yet? No worries. You got about a week to get the program and head on up to the store to get some weights or resistance bands.
I recommend dumbbells that allow you to put different weight plates on them. Get 2 or 3 pairs. That or resistance bands are the most cost effective.
To get the program, I would recommend buying it – but we all know not everyone isn’t going to do that. So, fire up uTorrent, go to your favorite site like The Pirate Bay and search for P90X.
It seems like the best way to communicate is going to be on HighExistence. It’s easy to have a full on convo with all of us on here, rather than email. At least that’s what I’m picking up at the moment. We will communicate through this thread, and maybe start a new one every 30 days. Maybe not.
Take BEFORE PICTURES and then pics every 30 days afterword. If you don’t want to share with us that is perfectly fine. You can take multiple angles, flexing / non-flexing, after workout / before workout, anything. Just make sure they are consistent throughout the 90 days. (ie every 30 days use the same circumstances) I’ll be sharing mine.
Nutrition is just as important if not MORE important that training when it comes to losing weight and gaining muscle. Whatever your goal is, you should do some research or ask me / another Hethen for some advice. As a general guide, if your trying to lose weight you should be eating about 1700 calories a day (male). If you are trying to gain muscle without putting on fat 2100 calories is a good start. I would suggest that you increase it slightly as time goes on to stimulate hypertrophy. (Muscle Size Increase) If you are really trying to put on mass I wouldn’t really recommend P90X, but if you’re still interested check out this article and follow the relevant links. http://www.extremely-fit.com/fitness-tips/2010/03/gain-muscle-mass-p90x/
I KNOW some of you will ignore nutrition. Those same people will be the ones that don’t see results. PLEASE eating healthy can be fun and you’ll love the results.
I can help with any questions, and I’m sure other can too. After all this is what the group is about!
Alright guys, hopefully in a week we will be discussing how our first workout went and helping each other stick with it and get FIT!
Thanks, and remember to have fun!
**Edit from Jordan: I have a friend who bought P90X and all of the equipment from Walmart and then returned it all without issue 3 months later. Consider that an option if money is an issue!**
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okie dokie… will download it asap.
I think in order to get 2100 calories I need to eat a big breakfast but I’m never hungry – anyone have thoughts?
I get sick of eggs and they aren’t all that healthy – eat 1 a day and you increase risk of heart failure substantially…I usually just do vitamin D milk and a whopping bowl of some good granola cereal (low sugar). But any other advice on b-fast options would be great. Bagels and cream cheese are common too…
@ijesuschrist, actually that has been more than debunked as myth in modern science about eggs. The cholesterol in eggs isn’t the type of cholesterol that gets absorbed by the body. Eggs are still one of the leading ways to get protein recommended by doctors. If you’re trying to cut down on fat, a different issue, the whites of two eggs equals the same amount of protein as one whole egg and about half the fat.
Nutrition is the most important factor in this whole regime, especially if you want the best results possible. You’re only slowly yourself down by eating like crap. Studies have shown that a healthy diet paired with muscle gain is imperatively linked to the amount of unsaturated fats, saturated fats, and sugar you consume. Muscle gain is much easier when it’s backed by things like fiber and other healthy nutrients to assist the body. Complex carbs will be much better for you to consume than empty ones, like bagels and cream cheese, @ijesuschrist.
For breakfast, a personal favorite for me is I pour myself a bowl of plain rolled oats (very cheap), add some milk/honey/cinnamon/vanilla extract, microwave it for like 2.5mins, then cut up an apple and put it in. Fiber and other nutrients in both the oatmeal and apple to make it satisfying and filling. A little goes a long way. Other favorites to add is craisins, frozen blueberries, peanut butter, nutella, etc.
Another favorite is “breakfast quesadillas.” Buy tortillas, frozen hash browns, sprinkle cheese, salsa, cut up meat patties. Grill it and you’re done! Not too shabby.
@alexmayle, Just finished my last box of cookies, ready to get back to eating whole-plant based foods again. I have a leg injury which kind of sucks, so I can’t do much cardio, so I’ll just have to push harder during the rest ;)
I’ve done p90 some before, so I should be all set on equipment. I really suggest everyone gets a door-hung pull up bar.
RECOMMENDATION: For pull ups, if you don’t want a door hung pull up bar, check out these resistance band alternatives. This is what I use. http://www.teambeachbody.com/connect/message-boards/-/message_boards/message/19585591
@akbarshabaz, ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION: For nutrition, check out SparkPeople. It lets you track the calories you eat. Just enter the food you ate and it will keep track of your nutritional info. This is what I use and I consistently stay within 100 calories of 2100. There is also a very lean, simple iPhone / Droid app.
@beardlike, Those are some very creative suggestions. I’m a fan.
@ijesuschrist, Studies show that you get full based off of the volume of food, rather than the caloric content. That means if you don’t have a big appetite, you need small volume food with a lot of calories. Black beans, pasta, good protein powder, whole grain bread, brown rice, and ZONE bars are all things I eat when I’m trying to get up to 2100 calories before the end of the day. Also it’s a shame that the egg myth wasn’t debunked. I really enjoy eggs, but you’re right, the cholesterol content is a bit ridiculous. I still eat them, maybe once a week.
@jaredwards, yeah I’m on board… but ok, so I have all of the p90x videos – what is the like calendar for this?
Where is the directions, I only have the videos so I don’t know what order to do them in, or when I should or what.. anyone have like a checklist for this??
@jaredwards, I’m in. the only problem is I don’t have all the equipment. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment and don’t exactly have the space nor the flooring (I have hardwood floors) for weights. I have access to a workout facility in my building, but not sure if that will work the same?
It’s that time!
We should all be doing Chest and Back today. For those of you who have already done it earlier today, share your thoughts; for those of you who haven’t done it today, press play, knock it out, and hurry on back to tell us the good news!
Remember to get good nutrition too guys! If you’d like to see muscle growth you should be eating 1g of protein for every pound you weigh. 2000 calories is a good goal to have for the end of the day, and if you’re trying to lose weight 1700 calories is a good goal. Nutrition isn’t as complicated as most people make it out to be, you just have to stick with it.