Hi, I just stumbled upon your site while …
Hi, I just stumbled upon your site whileOct 2nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category:
Comment posted If I want to lose weight, should I do the ‘Classic’ or ‘Lean’ P90X routines? by TJ.
Hi, I just stumbled upon your site while researching which P90X program I should follow.
I am a woman, 5’4″ and started my weight loss journey a little over 3 months ago at 275lbs.
I am now down to 245lbs after just completing 3 months of the Chalean Extreme program. In the 3rd month I started adding cardio on the weight days (getting on the treadmill with an audio program named Cardio Coach)
I was going to re-do Chalean Extreme again even though my husband purchased P90X because I thought I wasn’t ready. But after reading some of the info on it I have completely gotten pumped up to wanting to do it with my husband now.
I am going to do do P90X Classic like you recommend but I am planning on hopping on the treadmill after the resistance days for extra cardio, just because I want to lose a lot of weight still (but want to keep with with strength training as well)
For the first month of Chalean Extreme, I started by eating 2300-2500 calories a day (because of my high weight of 275lbs). For the 2nd month, I ate between 2100-2300 calories a day. And for the last month I have been eating 2000-2100 calories a day.
How many calories a day do you recommend I start P90X with?
TJ also commented
- Hi Nancy,
Oh yes, although I complained about not feeling it in my abs when I modified for ARX, the next day my abs were SORE SORE SORE! So it is working Unfortunately, the pillow trick won’t work for my tail bone as it fractured before and I won’t even begin to try putting weight on it until I am way under 200lbs.
I completed week one eating 1800 calories a day and I lost 4lbs already! yay! I know I can’t expect that big of a weight loss every week though, but that is a great motivator to keep going on.
Unfortunately, I went against my intuition and did the plyometrics workout (LOTS of modifications) on day 2 and I now have an injured left knee. It only hurts when I am putting weight on it while trying to straighten it from a bent position (but it doesn’t hurt every time I do it) or when I kneel and put weight on it. I knew it is too hard of a workout for me at 245lbs but… I tried it anyways.
So for this week I will just do some treadmill walking on the cardio days (possibly a couple of weeks) and once my knee is healed I am going to mix the moves from the cardio days from Chalean Extreme to make a 1 hour cardio workout.
- Hi Nancy,
thank you so much for your advice
I will be going no higher than 1800 calories a day… hmmm I wonder if I should have done that while doing Chalean Extreme… I could have lost a lot more weight!! oh well, at least I did lose 30lbs!
Today I did day one of P90X Classic.. unfortunately the resistance bands we had weren’t quite heavy enough for the pull-downs. My husband had brought home extra resistance bands to add to oursafter I had finished my workout (he didn’t tell me he went to get some)
I did go as hard as I could on the push-ups (though most push-ups ended up on my knees LOL) and made the pull-downs as hard as I could for the resistance I had. I loved it but my husband did the workout after me with the added resistance to the bands and he was definitely waaaaaaaay more tired than I was by the end, so next time I really have to bring it!
Unfortunately for Ab Ripper X, I have an old tail bone injury that prevents me from sitting in a 45-degree angle to do many of the moves at the beginning…. I tried to modify but my modifications weren’t targeting my abs all that much. I was breathing quite heavy though LOL so I got a bit of cardio from it LOL. I am most likely going to end up doing the ab workouts from Chalean Extreme in its place.
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