The wedding date was fast approaching and my fiancé and I wanted to get into the best shape possible for the big day.
We both work out and stay active and decided to try P90X.
At home programs have become very popular in more recent years and friends had completed P90X successfully and enjoyed it. Not to mention, cutting the $30 a month for our gym membership justified the price of the program.
With my exercise background not only as a physical therapist but a certified strength and conditioning specialist, none of the exercises were completely “new” for me, but my fiance was surprised by how challenging some of these “new” exercises were. Despite the disclaimers and the cues from the video instructor about quality over quantity and good technique over increased resistance he was always trying to push.
While he did not injure himself, he did have aches and pains (beyond muscular) that he had not had before. With a little knowledge from his in-home PT and corrections to his form and technique, he did quite well.
We both felt we got great results from the program and found it fun and challenging. The best part was that it definitely kept our interest. Going to the gym is one thing but if you don’t have the discipline to push yourself, like me, you don’t see the results and often times lose interest.
What we learned.
- With an at home workout program you have to listen to your body and a mirror is a must. This program really pushes your limits with the strengthening and you will have muscle soreness, but this should only last 2-3 days and if you begin to have joint pain, really take a look at how you are moving, maybe lessen the weight or reps, if it continues, consider seeing a physical therapist about it.
- You need to schedule your workouts like you are leaving your house. If you do not set a time to exercise it becomes so easy to make excuses.
- Consider the commitment carefully. At home programs are less expensive then gym memberships but still, they are not cheap. P90X workouts are 1 to 1.5 hours, 6 days a week, so this is a commitment. All great things are. If there was anything I did not like about the program it was that. With a program like P90X, Insanity, or T25, you need a certain level of basic strength to perform the exercises. There are many program out there that can help build this base strength and I would not recommend jumping right into a high intensity program.
The biggest thing is to do what you enjoy, stay active to keep your body (and mind) happy and healthy!
Diane McCann is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at the Tidewater Physical Therapy Denbigh Clinic.