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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Nice guys! Everyone else, where you at?
@emily, Yep, both workouts! I like ab ripper though, because it doesn’t take very long before you see results in the the amount of reps you can do, and the size of your abs. I started off doing about 15 of those scissor kicks, but now I knock out all 25 each time.
@mikedvs15, Your second week workouts will be MUCH better now that you know how to pace yourself, what weight to use on each exercise, etc… As long as your sore though you probably got a good workout in.
@mikedvs15, I got all of the way into the round (round 3) and then started going to a gym with my friends and better technique, focusing on strength and compound movements and eating, not size. How about you? How are you feeling?
@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.
@alexmayle, i strained something in my groin doing the ab ripper lol. I took a day or two off, just finished chest and arms today, but couldn’t follow up on ab-ripper, it makes me feel nauseous… but I shall press onward!
Feels good though, for sure.
@mikedvs15, @deej, The fact that you guys kept going with these has made me so happy right now. I too, stuck with it for 2 months and then I hit the gym once I decided I really wanted size a priority.
Once people stopped posting I figured it went south and I too, stopped posting. But really guys that awesome! How’s the results been? Got any pics or numbers? I actually kept a spreadsheet going.
Here are mine… (All sets are 6-8 reps)
Curls: Started at 22.5, now I’m at 35!
Military Press: Started at 25, now I’m at 45!
Wide grip pull ups: Started at 0, now I’m at 11!!
Push Ups: Started at about 17 reps, now I’ve been stalled at 33 for 2 months.
Skull Crushers: Started at 15, now I’m at 27.5
I won’t be able to do tonights excercise, shoulders/arms/ab ripper. I have school for 12 hours today, until 9 pm. MAYBE I’ll have the energy tonight, but I doubt it.
P.S. I don’t feel a burn often with this workout – my body simply stops being able to do anything, zero energy left. I’m kinda sore, but I expected it to be more sore, think its just cause I don’t have enough calories? Too skinny? (I’m a stick)
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.
@ijesuschrist, Hey dude I’ve done P90X in the past (never finished it), and the first two weeks always made me feel like barfing and I would even lay on the floor because I would feel real bad during the video and wake up somewhere in the middle of ab ripper… hah.
Just keep pushing at it man its a really fricken good way to learn consciousness over your body and you’ll constantly learn about yourself physically and mentally. I love it!
@alexmayle, I like keeping up with a team, I think I’ll actually finish the full program this time.
Legs and back day always kicks my butt… Especially those one legged wall squats…
@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?
@deej, @alexmayle, Feeling good looking better, i’m down ten pounds, eating healthier, and sticking to the program, I too would like to start hitting p the gym when i finish. I ve been keeping a calender log but have not been marking down what I did after each set. but i started out doing 6 chin ups now i’m at 11/12. other then that i mostly keeping track of the stuff in my head but have noticed great improvements. I am thinking maybe about trying to expand on my yoga.
Hey I’m gonna join in with you guys if thats alright, I would have earlier but I didn’t have the free time or the P90X dvds until just now. I did the first day today and it was pretty rough but satisfying! I will be keeping track by taking pictures and measurements.
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.
@mikedvs15, Isn’t is awesome to be able to do things that were physically impossible a couple weeks ago? I that doesn’t sound that cool, but being able to pick up a weight and toss it around, knowing that you couldn’t do this weeks ago, is a pretty awesome feeling.
I’m thinking about doing yoga as well. I’ll have to post if I find a good app or video or something.
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…
Oh my bad guys, I didn’t see a lot of you’re posts last time I was on.
@ijesuschrist, No problem. The scheduled off day is Sunday, but there’s nothing wrong with moving it around. How many reps are you using doing? What exercise?
Shoulders, Bi’s, Tri’s tonight!
My advice, don’t worry if you have to stop the video more than usual to pick the right weight for most exercises. You’ll end up getting a better work out. 5 pounds can be a big difference on certain exercises – especially triceps!
@mikedvs15, I’m using the P90X powder that I buy from online. Its really the best thing I’ve ever used for post workout and tastes really good. But I’m not sure if it is optimal to drink supplements, it works great for me for now!
But this thread should be more help to you
I’m glad at least some of you got really good results! I was wondering if there was anyone on here who wanted to start a group with me, and go through the p90x program. Maybe if there was anyone who bailed and wanted to try again, or anyone who wanted to do the doubles program or something. If so, I would love to start a group!