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What to Expect from P90X

by David Samra

This is one of the questions I am asked the most from people just starting P90X – “what should I expect from P90x?” While waiting for P90X to arrive on their doorstep people are excited, anxious, even a little nervous not knowing what they are in for when it finally arrives.  Here is one of the best explanations I’ve ever seen and I want to share it with you.

What To Expect During Your 90 Days (courtesy of the great Mike French – a P90X rockstar!)

DAY 1 – 30 (PHASE 1 – APPROXIMATELY)
1.) This is the adjustment period. Your body is getting into the schedule and tempo of your workouts. It is adjusting to your new nutrition habits. Expect some differences, perhaps not the drastic visual differences you crave, but your clothes, and maybe even your skin, will become baggier.

2.) Stay the course during this period. I have had a lot of people say to me “Something is not right, I’m not getting as lean as I should be.” This is normal; during Phase 1 you are priming the body and stoking your metabolic fire. Remember, your body will not ‘spot reduce fat’. Your body will take body fat off in “sheets”. What I mean is that it will reduce your overall body fat evenly. Where we hold the largest amount of body fat largely depends on genetics and gender. Women tend to hold their body fat in their behind, leg, & hip region. Men generally hold their body fat in their waistlines. This is what to watch for in this Phase: loosening of your clothes. Stay off of the scale and above all, remain patient and continue to work hard.

DAYS 31-60 (PHASE 2 – APPROXIMATELY)
1.) This phase is where your body kicks into high gear. You are getting stronger and leaner. Expect dramatic results during this Phase as long as you remain disciplined and workout hard.
2.) You will start to see that your outer extremities, (Forearms, calves, upper back, shoulders) generally where people hold the least amount of fat, will start to get leaner.
3.) Where you hold the most fat will improve but not to your impatient satisfaction. Why? Because as your body removes the fat in “sheets” naturally the leaner sections of your body will show definition the quickest. 4.) REMAIN PATIENT AND STAY THE COURSE!

DAYS 61 – 90 (PHASE 3 – APPROXIMATELY)
1.) This is the Phase to let it all hang out. It’s an all out assault on body fat. Your metabolism is in high gear, you have noticed a drastic improvement in definition throughout your entire body and your most stubborn pockets of fat are carving away.
2.) This is the time to do some extra workout sessions. Walk after dinner, take an extra bike ride. Skip rope, box, and do something extra to burn more calories and more fat.
3.) At the end of this Phase you want to be standing tall on Day 90, proudly take your after pictures and be able to say, “I worked as hard as I possibly could have during the past 90 days, I BROUGHT IT!”

So there it is, what to expect during a Phase of P90X.

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