Guest Post: P90X from a Guy’s Perspective

20 Jun

After an awesome guest post from Lyndsay, engagement pictures, and vacation – could this week get any more exciting??  The good news – it sure can.  The second and final guest blogger of the week: Adam!  Yep Lucy, you were right!  He’s going to share a couple thoughts on completing P90X as a guy – adding a little different perspective!  Enjoy :)

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Hello races, reps, and ramblers, and happy almost Friday!  Kelly and I are still on vacation with my family, but before we head back to the real world, I’m making my first foray into my fiancée’s blog.  Since we just finished P90X about a month ago, I’ve decided to give you some thoughts on the program from the perspective of a guy trying to gain weight.  I’ll do a quick recap of my results before discussing a couple points I feel are important to guys trying to pick or progress through a training program: P90X vs. the gym, and how to handle a nutrition plan (especially if you’re looking to gain weight).  I ask only two things of you as readers: 1) if you love this post, make some comments about how awesome of a guest I am; 2) if you hate this post, make some comments about how awesome of a guest I am.  Should work out well.

Results Recap

Overall, I was very pleased with my results from P90X.  I gained a ton of strength (increased the number of pull-ups I could do by about a billion percent), and I saw a lot of physical change as well.  By the numbers, I gained some inches in my chest and lost some in my waist (always nice), but I didn’t gain any inches in my arms.  I also lost weight throughout the program, which was not intentional (I’m a pretty slim dude to begin with).  You can check out this post for full results.

Adam Back Oct-May

The Battle Royale: P90X vs. the gym

Round 1: The Time

Performing an intense workout regimen takes a ton of time and dedication, whether that’s at home or at the gym.  While P90X is rather lengthy for a DVD based workout (averages >1hr/day for 6 days a week), it carries a lot of benefits over traditional gym-going. (Random side-note: who decided that Yoga X needed to be an hour and a half?!  Someone needs to have a talk Beachbody.)  With P90X, your workout time is not constrained by the hours of the gym, you eliminate travel time to and from the gym, and perhaps best of all, you don’t have to plan workout/work clothes and materials in advance (I find this last one to be a huge time saver).  P90X takes Round 1!

Round 2: The Iron

Working out at a gym has long been the standard for weightlifting and building mass for the average guy.  P90X claims to be able to get you nice and jacked from the comfort of your own living room, without all those big machines and huge weight racks.  Well… can it?!  Yes and no.  P90X can definitely be as effective as lifting at a gym; however, you need a broad range of dumbbell weights to do so.  With most dumbbells costing about $1/pound, it can get very expensive to accumulate the appropriate weights.  One option to get around this would be buying adjustable dumbbells.  I don’t particularly like them (they can be awkward to lift with and usually only go up to about 50 lbs anyway).  Also, you could use the bands that they suggest in the videos to avoid buying dumbbells.  I’ve tried the bands, however, and while convenient for traveling, I don’t think they’re intended for maximum bulk gain.  In the end, if you’re planning on slowly building your way to a home gym (as I am), investing in the weights for P90X makes sense.  If you don’t see that in your future, then you might be happier spending your money on gym fees.  Tough call, but I’ve gotta give Round 2 to the gym.

Round 3: The Accountability

One of the best ways to succeed in a workout program is by doing it with a partner.  The added accountability does wonders for your workout motivation wherever you may be training.  So what does P90X have over the gym in this regard?  Well, most of the moves in P90X can be done simultaneously with your partner.  Whether it’s camaraderie or competition you’re looking for, it’s just a little more fun if your partner is doing the same move at the same time.  It’s easier to shout at your wimpy roommate for not doing enough pushups if you’re in the privacy of your own home, too.  In the gym, however, a partner can still motivate effectively and provide accountability.  Also, if you’re not significant others, roommates, or neighbors, a gym can often be a convenient place to meet up with a partner for a workout.  Round 3 ends in a draw.

The Skinny Guy’s Nutrition Plan

I have always been on the thinner side, so you might imagine the horror when I realized I was losing weight (10 pounds off at first weigh in) during P90X.  I was following the nutrition plan to a T, and I couldn’t figure out why I was losing so much weight.  I did end up gaining a pound of that back before finishing, but I was still disappointed that I wasn’t able to gain weight during the program.  A few weeks later, we read through the Insanity program to get Kelly started on it, and it suggested eating an extra 300 calories per day if weight gain was the goal.  Whether this was omitted form the P90X nutrition guide or I just missed it I can’t say.  But I can tell you I wasn’t eating an extra 300 calories per day.  That would have added up to 2100 calories per week, and maybe then I would have been gaining weight!  In the end, I learned that as a skinny guy with a high metabolism, I probably need to be eating even more than the guide’s suggest to actually gain weight.

To clarify, this doesn’t mean I can have an extra Snicker’s bar or two.  You still need to eat healthy foods that are within the realm of whatever plan you’re on, but you just need to eat a lot more :)  For some guys, even sticking to a specific nutrition plan can be tough.  When eating out with friends, it can be socially embarasssing to order a salad, or perhaps veggies instead of fries.  If anyone gives you crap about it, I say forget ‘em; just say, “I’m trying to be a little healthier, and every bit counts.”  And if the still give you crap, just take solace in the fact that your six-pack will be laughing at their beer gut in about 3 months.

Final Thoughts

So in conclusion, I think P90X is an excellent at home workout plan for guys, especially if you are thinking of working towards a home gym in the future anyway.  It gives you an excuse to start building your army of dumbbells!  With that said, the variety of weights and machines available at a gym may still be more attractive to the most hardcore of lifters.  Secondly, if you’re looking to gain weight, it may be a good idea to eat an extra 300-500 calories per day above your nutrition plan (depending on your metabolism).

Before I sign off, I just want to take a minute to thank my amazing fiancée.  I’m so proud of her for achieving a dream of hers in starting this blog and putting her ideas out there to help others in a similar situation.  Thank you so much for being a part of her readership and helping me support her in her goals.  It means the world!  Have a good weekend, everyone!

-Adam

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12 Responses to “Guest Post: P90X from a Guy’s Perspective”

  1. Becoming the Best Me June 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Almost all of the people I know in “real life” that do p90x are men. I didn’t realize a lot of woman do it as well until I started blogging. I haven’t try any beachbody workouts before. I have been debating on trying either turbofire or insanity. Which would you suggest and why? (I am currently 251 pounds). Thanks for the great post

    • cyclimus June 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Having completed P90X twice now, it is an intense workout program, especially the cardio portions of it such as plyo, core, Ab Ripper, etc, but even then the weight resistance portions are extremely taxing and will have your heart rate soaring pretty often (this is essentially non-stop circuit training). There is a fitness test that you should take prior to starting P90X in order to determine if you are personally ready to attempt it.

      This program is on par with the workouts I did with my ROTC battalion in college so keep that in mind when deciding.

  2. megbek June 21, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    First off, YAY ADAM for writing a post! I was so curious when Kelly talked about this guest post… LOL I never would have guessed who it was! I’m also not terribly smart, so there’s that. I’m with ya on the cost of weights. I’ve tried to buy them before not knowing that they are so costly (WHY???) and been so disappointed! Anyway, p90X is great, my roomie did it for a while and loved it and I have a co worker who is in love with it. He brings his bands when he travels and it’s so funny, people are always wondering what they are!
    Thank you for guest posting! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!! :) :)

    • amnagy June 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      I really enjoyed writing the post! Thanks for the comment. I have no idea why weights are so darn expensive, but it just makes it very cost prohibitive to quickly attaining a whole set of them when you get ramped up to start a program like P90X. Bands are a great option for some, and you can do a decent amount with a limited selection of dumbbells. To really maximize results, however, requires quite a large range of weights. Really the biggest P90X dilemma I could find for those without a ton of money floating around. And thank you, the vacation was amazing!!!

      –Adam

  3. hkzwart June 22, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    I love your review, Adam! A very accurate assessment of the program. On the accountability piece… AMEN! Accountability is huge. That’s why I run Challenge Groups. People work out to the program of their choice (P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, etc) and we connect on a private FB group for motivation, encouragement and support. It’s a HUGE piece of the reason the challengers have such great results! And on nutrition… AMEN! Each program has it’s uniquely established nutrition guide. And I LOVE that you eat salads when you eat out. That’s awesome! I think you’d love Focus T25 (25 minutes, 5 days a week) or if you REALLY want to gain mass and weight, there’s always BodyBeast! :)

    • amnagy June 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      I totally agree! It’s way easier to get up in the morning (or make it to the gym after work) if there’s someone expecting you to be there. I’ve actually thought about looking into BodyBeast. Who knows, maybe I’ll give it a go! Thanks for the comment!

      –Adam

  4. Steve Rabon June 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Great work on completing P90X and great read, thanks!

    • amnagy June 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Thanks Steve! I appreciate it!

      –Adam

  5. Lucy @ Lucy On The Lookout June 26, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Yay I’m so happy to have a) guessed right and b) read a post by Adam! You guys are too cute :) Plus awesome results on the P90x (yes there may have been weight loss but also great muscle definition!), good to know about the extra calories though… Loved the engagement pics and hope you’ve been having a lovely holiday!

  6. Chelsea July 9, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    Great tips you got there. This proves that everything is achievable through perseverance.
    But do you think you still need to opt for sports massages once in a while?
    http://bioathletic.com.au

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