When I became a Team Beachbody Coach, my main goal was the Business behind it. I was a good motivator and I thought that my support would be enough to do the Business.
But, then I started with the Beachbody programs to explore what they are and what kind of support and motivation my customers would need. When I saw what the Beachbody programs are and who they are intended for, I gained more clients and I was able to motivate my existing ones even better.
I hadn’t been into exercising before that, though a few years ago, I worked out at home with Jane Fonda & Denise Austin, as a kind of fad, at the time. So, I decided to start with some lighter Beachbody programs and with ones that are not so much time consuming, as I was very active with work and the animals on our small farm.
For that reason, I took Yoga Ballet and 10 minute Trainer and I started experiencing the real Beachbody. After that my plan was to start some of the “women’s” Beachbody programs.
After reading some reviews on combining Beachbody workouts with running I decided to do P90X, because I’m much into running.
P90X: workouts, trainer, nutrition and equipment?
It is a 90-day program that perfectly unites
- weight training workouts
- cardiovascular exercise
to help you build lean muscle both for men and women.
P90X’s workouts use the principle known as “muscle confusion”, a marketing term for “Sports periodization“. It means that: the more variety you put into your workouts, the better your results will be. It will keep you always moving forward with your health and fitness and not plateauing.
From the P90X fitness guide: “By presenting so many complex and challenging movements, P90X forces you to continually adapt, ensuring new muscle growth and strength gains.”
P90X workouts are done six times a week. In those workouts there are:
- Three days of weight training
- A plyometric workout
- Kenpo(kickboxing) workout
- Sweat inducing Yoga workout
The workouts are cycled in three week phases so you won’t get bored.
P90X consists of 3 training blocks that are each 4 weeks long. Every block has 3 phases:
- The Adaptive phase, when the body learns how to do the new set of exercises
- The Mastery phase, when the body responds to these exercises and experiences changes
- The Recovery phase, when muscular healing occurs and your body grows strong, ready to be “confused” again.
You can also choose one of the 3 different plans from the P90X program to follow:
- Classic – the “normal” or unmodified version of P90X
- Lean version contains slightly more cardio and less strength training than the Classic plan
- Doubles is the same thing as Classic with the addition of a cardio workout 3-4 times a week.
If you are a woman, the Classic plan would do the job, although the Lean plan sounds good (That’s why I started this one). And if your main goal is loosing fat, try for Doubles.
P90X is program designed and lead by Tony Horton. You’ve probably already seen him on TV.
The P90X nutrition plan is in 3 phases:
- Phase 1 of the P90X diet, also the Fat-Shredder phase, is a diet high in protein, low in fat, and low in carbohydrates. During this first phase, you may notice significant loss of energy from the lower carbohydrates, but also significant weight loss.
- Phase 2 of the P90X diet, the Energy Booster, is similar 40% carbs, 40% protein, and 20% fat.
- Phase 3 of the P90X diet, the Endurance Maximizer, is nicknamed an athletic diet for this reason: unless you have extremely low body-fat levels, you should avoid this phase of the diet entirely and stick to the Energy Booster phase or you’ll likely add unwanted body fat.
What is recommended in the beginning, to do P90X, is you have at least
- resistance bands and
- a yoga mat.
However, because Pull-ups and chin-up variations are major exercises in P90X, that means that you can find handy
- chin-up bar
- dumbbells up to thirty pounds
- push-up bars
- a yoga block
- and a heart rate monitor, which is always very handy to have.
The good thing is that the weights, the yoga mat and the heart rate monitor are things you will always be able to use down the road, so think of them as more of an investment in your health overall.
So, is P90X for women?
P90X is a strength training program. If you follow the program, you will see some serious changes in your body no matter whether you are a man or a woman. You will also see increases in cardiovascular health and flexibility through the plyometrics and yoga DVDs.
The P90X Nutrition plan will also fit well into woman’s eating schedule – three meals and two snacks a day, and is fairly easy to follow, especially once you figure out your portion sizes.
As a woman, I thought P90X was a male’s Beachbody Program. I started reading about it and every article I found, with detailed described P90X, was from men’s perspective mainly.
Nevertheless, I ordered P90X and started implementing it in my daily schedule.
It was then, when my real Beachbody journey began. I started working out with P90X. Not only did I have fun, but I also started toning up.
Taking workouts in the countryside, changed the scenery, and kept me pumped. The music, Tony’s jokes and the motivation to keep going, actually were enough to keep me going. Plus, I started drinking Shakeology, and soon had more energy than I’d ever experienced.
I already had running sessions and P90X perfectly fit in that schedule. As only two of the workouts are serious leg exercises, my legs got stronger and they weren’t constantly fatigued. I scheduled my runs on upper body days, and the workouts didn’t affect them.
So, if you are
- already a fit woman and your main goal is to tone up and define your muscles (not in the sense of a bodybuilder)
- if you like weight training, lots of pull-ups and push-ups
then P90X is definitely a great Beachbody fitness program for you.
However, no matter which program you choose, your will get adequate results to your level of effort.
Because healthy nutrition is essential for all your body well being, following the nutrition plan is a main component for getting good results. And, of course you have to do your best, push it hard and NEVER quit.
In Tony’s words: “BRING IT!”
If you need any other information I haven’t written about, please feel free to write your questions below in the comments.
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