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    I have had some clients and students ask me what I think about the program. I've done some of the workouts and glanced through the meal plan but I have not done enough research to develop a real opinion on the program as a whole. I will say that surviving this winter in Boston has warmed me to the workouts. The trek to the gym in 3 feet of snow is enough of a workout itself plus the adding and removing layers upon departure and arrival. I think they were pretty fun and intense enough for someone trying to tone up and lose weight. I think the plyo might not be great for someone overweight to do often (just for joint stress) but a lot of people have done really well with it. Unfortunately, I think it would be hard to maintain over the long term just because it would get boring.

    What does everyone else think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heidispins View Post
    I have had some clients and students ask me what I think about the program. I've done some of the workouts and glanced through the meal plan but I have not done enough research to develop a real opinion on the program as a whole. I will say that surviving this winter in Boston has warmed me to the workouts. The trek to the gym in 3 feet of snow is enough of a workout itself plus the adding and removing layers upon departure and arrival. I think they were pretty fun and intense enough for someone trying to tone up and lose weight. I think the plyo might not be great for someone overweight to do often (just for joint stress) but a lot of people have done really well with it. Unfortunately, I think it would be hard to maintain over the long term just because it would get boring.

    What does everyone else think?
    I haven't tried P90X.....but have seen folk who have

    No negative comments from anyone, and the guys who I tracked at the gym definitely got measurable results. However.....it's tough and it's time consuming so I think it tends to be the sort of thing that normal folk might be able to stick to for the 90 days, but then back off just from the time commitment and strenuousness (strenuosity?) rather than boredom. I prefer to incorporate stuff into my life that I think I can stick with.

    This is one I have tried
    https://www.supreme90dayworkoutdvds.com/?mid=1121187

    It's modeled on the p90X but is a bit less strenuous and the first month has 30 minute workouts rather than the full hour of P90X......even so, it's almost too much for me. My daughter's current boyfriend ordered one (or so he thought). He inadvertantly ordered 2 copies, found it was almost as expensive to mail the extra back as the purchase price so gave it to me.

    They're both doing the w/o together and my already fit daughter has gotten even more ripped and her not-so-fot bf is now getting close to rivalling her.

    I think for the price difference, you might consider this.

    Having said that, there are heaps of w/o DVDs on the market now, so don't limit your search


    Vivienne (the DVD/infomercial Queen)
    Last edited by Vivienne; 05-31-2011 at 12:51 PM.

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    I've been through the P90x program twice, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I will do a third round after marathon season is over in the winter. I have to say it isn't for everybody though. I've recommended it to people and it ends up sitting collecting dust. It works if you do it and stick with it. I didn't follow the diet and still got great results.

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    My brother passed on the DVDs to me to check out so I have enjoyed playing around with them. I'm a certified personal trainer and I teach spinning 4 times a week so I have my own workouts that I alter based on my fitness goals at the moment. I've been thinking about committing to P90x just so I can talk more knowledgeably to my clients. As it has increased in popularity, everyone is curious about it.

    Plus it's summer and I could use some toning and it's nice not to have to think. Someone else can tell me what to do and I just do it!

    I've heard lots of praise and definitely seen the results of those who have done it but I run across people who are very much against it. That's why I asked! I have yet to run into anything that goes against my training and years of experience in this field but maybe someone else has.

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    I meant to say thank you for responding at the beginning of that! Oops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heidispins View Post
    I've heard lots of praise and definitely seen the results of those who have done it but I run across people who are very much against it. That's why I asked! I have yet to run into anything that goes against my training and years of experience in this field but maybe someone else has.
    First off, I think a person needs to be in reasonable shape in the first place to be able to get the best from it.

    Also, some folk just don't have the spatial IQ, nouse, gumption......call it what you like.....to follow a DVD without making consistent errors in form etc. Just like a group exercise class has its share of folk who don't/can't/won't get it. That's the only real criticism I could imagine.....unless folk want some sort of sport specific w/o. That's why such a time commitment wouldn't work for me.

    Vivienne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivienne View Post
    First off, I think a person needs to be in reasonable shape in the first place to be able to get the best from it.
    I TOTALLY agree with that. If they aren't in shape (at least somewhat) form is going to suffer and injury would be very easy. That was one of the only concerns I came up with. Specifically I can see where someone who is overweight could run into problems with the plyometrics. A lot of jumping around isn't really good for joints already under stress.

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    Great workout, but not the best for beginners. Even an experienced person can benefit from having a workout partner who will call her/him out on bad form or working with a trainer who is familiar with the program.

    Positive feedback - I have a student who lost ~75 lbs in 9 months by following the P90X program. Once he lost the weight he started coming to the gym and has lost another 40 lbs over the past 8 months.

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    I think that the best thing about P90X is that it teaches people that you have to do some combination of strength and/or cardio training most days of the week. It is time consuming, but I know people that have shortened the workout times and still had success. It is better to do something, even if it is only for a short time, than to do nothing at all.

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    I haven't tried it but my friend did it - the weight flew off of him - he got lots of muscle tone - definitely hard core but good!

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    The results can be great but beginners should start slowly; many of the exercises are more advanced. It's a great addition to a cross training program; especially if you spend most of your time on a bike.

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