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Why I Started P90x

Let's just say this... the whole P90X thing was not my idea.

It was my wife, Mary, who first saw the infamous P90X videos on TV shortly after the birth of our 4th child.  During those late nights up feeding the baby she would watch the infomercial over and over again.  As she watched people get ripped and their amazing P90X transformations she started to get excited thinking that this might finally be the way for her to loose weight and get back to her pre-pregnancy shape.

One day she came to me and asked me to watch the P90X videos with her.  I was initially very skeptical because in my mind, infomercials are always selling something that doesn't really work.  Does P90X really work?  Can a skinny guy build muscle and have the type of P90X transformation that they showed on TV?  Well, she kept after me and convinced me that it was my job as a husband to support her in her fitness goals, and that I should do that by starting P90X together with her.

The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of getting myself in shape and getting ripped.  As a perpetually skinny guy, I was attracted to the idea that just maybe I could build muscle mass and get some definition in my body.  The problem was, we didn't know where to start.  We began to do a little further research on P90X by reading a bunch of P90X reviews and watching the P90X videos online.  We were both a little scared that we were not fit enough to even make it through the first P90X workout, and several of the reviews that we read recommended something called Power 90.  Power 90 was another workout by trainer Tony Horton, but it was the precursor to P90X.  Sort of a P90X-lite.  We decided it would probably be best of we started out with Power 90 and work our way up to P90X.

Power 90 arrived and we got ourselves ready to start this new healthy lifestyle.  We took our before pictures, took measurements, reviewed the meal plan, and watched a couple of the DVD's.  Day 1 was pretty rough.  I really didn't realize how out of shape I was.  By the end of the first workout, I was really glad that we had not jumped right into P90X.  Day 2 I was so sore from Day 1 that I could hardly get out of bed.  Eventually the soreness faded.  I kept following the program and soon week 1 turned into week 3... 4.... 5.  After about 60 days of Power 90, we decided we were ready for P90X.  We ordered the program and anxiously waited for the box to arrive.

Finally it was time to start P90X.  Wow, this was definitely extreme compared to Power 90.  According to the Fit Test, I was ready to start P90X, but it was going to be a long hard road.  Here are my numbers from the original fit test.

  • Pull Ups: 4
  • Vertical Leap: 24''
  • Push Ups: 40
  • Toe Touch: -5.5''
  • Wall Squat: 75 sec.
  • Bicep Curls: 18 @20 lbs
  • In & Outs: 31

Day 1 of P90X - Chest and Back.  I don't think that I have ever sweat more in my life.  I got half way through the workout and Tony said '... ok Now its time to repeat everything we just did...', and I thought I was going to die.  By the time I was done with the workout, I could not lift my arms above my shoulders.  As I lie there on the ground in front of the TV, eyes closed, trying not to puke... I heard Tony say Ab Ripper X.  WHAT!  I'm still not done?!  Needless to say, I didn't do a very good job of keeping up with the kids on that first Ab Ripper.  Unfortunately, I also had not yet discovered the greatness of P90X Results and Recovery formula.

Day 2 Plyo - If I thought I sweat a lot during day 1, that was nothing compared to Plyo.  This would eventually become my favorite routine in P90X, but on this day I Bonked about half way through the workout.  I quickly realized that if I was going to be working out at this intensity level I was going to have to give my body the correct fuel to keep my energy going.  That is when I decided that I needed to make a commitment to the P90X Nutrition plan as well as the workouts (more on that later).

P90X builds muscle based on a principal of Muscle Confusion.  The idea is that your workout is constantly changing so that the muscles never have time to adapt to a specific routine and hit a plateau.  I love P90X because I don't get bored with it.  There are about 12 different routines so every day it is something different.  A little strength training, some cardio, some flexibility training... its all there.  And the best part for me is that I can work out in the convenience of my basement.  Before P90X it was so easy for me to say "I don't feel like driving to the gym", but now everything is right there so I have no excuses.

So here we are almost 2 years later and Mary has lost over 40 lbs, I have gone from skinny to ripped, and we are both much happier, healthier, and more confident.  Starting P90X was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am so thankful that Mary saw that late night infomercial.

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