Tuesday, March 15, 2011

P90X - I'm On Board!

Well sorta...I'm going to start in on the P90X today. My goal isn't to get through the entire program from start to finish, I just want to use the different workouts to gain muscle mass and hopefully a little weight in the process. I don't belong to a gym and don't have a home gym or anything, so I figure this is a good way to get a great workout with minimal equipment.

I've done some of the individual workouts from the program before and I know they are TOUGH. I was sore for 5 days just from doing 2/3rd of ONE of the workouts. So this time I'm a bit more prepared, hopefully. My sister Jen and her husband David have been doing the program for several weeks and have been doing good. They have a few supplements that are supposed to help gain muscle, provide energy during your workout and help cut down on recovery time. I picked them up today as you can see in the picture above.

I did a bunch of research and took some tips from what Jen and David are using and here's what I came up with for myself...I'm taking the Size On for the during workout energy, for the muscle gain and also to aid in the recovery process. I read a bunch of reviews on the product and it is very highly rated. I was most interested in the muscle gain/bulking up part which is due mostly to a combination of different creatines. I was planning to get creatine separately, as that has worked for me in the past, but since it's already in here in good quality/quantity and form, no need.

Most of the flavors got great reviews for taste also, which was a key factor for me as well, I went with grape. It does not get chunky in water, so all you need is a good BPA free water bottle to go along with it. Jen said it will stain your container though, so be aware of that.

I was wanting to also do a weight gainer supplement, but most everything I found is loaded with sugars and most concerning was the large quantity of cholesterol. Since I'm already on cholesterol lowering drugs, that category of supplement was out for me. I'll have to instead attempt to consume additional food to increase my caloric intake.

In addition to the Size On, I also picked up a Whey Protein Isolate supplement. I was most interested in one that had very low cholesterol and hopefully good taste. The worker at GNC talked me in the GNC branded Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60. Serving size is 3 scoops, but she said just take one scoop, as that will have enough protein and it is supposedly the latest technology for proper protein uptake in the body through advanced space age blah blah blah...Whatever, it's a protein supplement and she said it's their top selling product and it tastes good, got the Vanilla flavor there. I went with the smaller bag version, to be sure it tastes good before buying a bunch.

Depending on how it goes with that protein supplement, I may go with Now 100% Pure Whey Protein that is 'all natural' and 100% pure Whey Protein. I was going to go with this one initially, but it seems to be sold only online and I wanted it today, but it's very highly rated for quality, purity, it's unflavored and inexpensive.

Since the protein supplements tend to be a bit thicker, I got one of the Blender Bottles also. It's a water bottle with a whisk type ball inside that mixes up your protein shake while you shake it. Also BPA free.

That's pretty much it, just the two supplements and I will drink additional water throughout the day. As far as equipment needed for the P90X, you can do it a few ways. You can use hand weights/dumbbells or go with resistance bands for the exercises which call for it. I have a few dumbbells and picked up some resistance bands, to have the option to use either. Other than that, I just have a chin up bar similar to this one. That's pretty much all you need.

Like I said I'm looking to add noticeable muscle mass and possibly put on a few pounds in the process. In addition I hope to have more energy, have better strength and endurance and feel better in the process.

Have you tried out the P90X or another workout program that is easy to do from home with minimal equipment? Would love to hear about your successes and tips/tricks for sticking with it. BEEFCAKE! :P


Mock family said...

James is also doing p90x in the desert and running 3 miles a day! crazy worker outers. I enjoy frequent walks, zumba, dance, or elliptical. My tip is, to get deployed so you have nothing else to do but work out 3 times a day :)

Jen said...

Goodluck! Let me know how you like all the supplements.

Chris said...

Will definitely report back. Will be preparing my first Size On drink and workout in about 30 minutes!

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