P90X Steps to Success
If you want to be successful with P90X (or any other fitness program) there are four things you need to do. Here they are…according to my results.
1. Pick a program and stick to it.
I picked P90X. Admittantly, I was not fit enough to pass the fit test for P90X on day one. However, I kept on working. I kept on trying. I kept on failing…and eventually, I had success. I completed a round of P90X (with modifications). I completed another round. I complete P90X2. I did my own hybrid round. I kept on. I picked a nutrition plan…I failed. I tried again…I failed. I lost over 55 pounds. I gained muscle. I look totally different. I look muscular. I can do things I could never do before…and guess what? I am still working at it!
2. Determine what equipment you need.
With a program like P90X, you need very little equipment. With Insanity, you need little equipment. With P90X2 or Body Beast, you need to invest in some more equipment. The investment is up to you. What are your goals? What do you like? If you like body weight exercises, Insanity is for you. If you like body weight, with some weights, then P90X is for you. Want to gain muscle and use tons of iron, then get Body beast.
I prefer simple and effective, so I love P90X. It is amazing how hard you can work with a set of dumbbells and a pull up bar. I love P90X2 and working on your athletic performance. I have learned how to push hard with minimal equipment and how to engage the core to get strength. At 39 yrs old, I am stronger than ever.
It is up to you.
3. Write everything down.
When I first started, I laughed at this. After a few rounds, I have learned that writing your goals and results down is the key. Write down every rep…and do one more each time. Write down what you eat (or use myfitnesspal.com), so you know what you are doing. Knowledge is the key to success. If you don’t know where you are at, you will never know where you going to be.
4. Learn about nutrition.
This was something I knew nothing about two years ago. Read to nutrition guide! I love the P90X2 nutrition guide. Do the math. Find out your caloric needs and make some hard, deep looks at your diet and consumption. When I was younger, I could eat anything and stay slim. As I got older, the ramification of my choices became more obvious. This is simple math. You are what you eat. If you eat more than your burn, you get fat. If you run a caloric deficit, you will lose weight. To gain muscle, you need to consume 1-2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Read the guide and set your personal goals.
5. Get a coach and plug in.
Join a group of like-minded people. A few people can go on their own and do it. Most of us need support in our endeavors. Get support. That is what coaches do. My coach plugged me into a group of P90Xers and we encourage each other daily. We log our workouts, log our nutrition, we tell our success, and we share our failures. All or this makes up step up our game. The results? We get better results. When you make me your coach, I will plug you into a group of people who are doing the work to get the job done.
6. Know it will not be easy.
You will have physical and mental pain as you work toward achieving your fitness goals. IT GETS EASIER! The more you work, the easier it gets…but you have to pay a price up front. When I first started P90X, I did not think I could do it. I did it and so can you! Just check out my progress pics. Decide, commit, succeed!