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Patience is a Virtue

When people watch my YouTube video, they are very surprised as to how quickly I got results by following P90X and the P90X Diet Plan. However, they don’t understand that my results are one of the fastest I’ve seen, and I’ve been coaching for a year and a half. So why did I get such quick results? For one, I used to lift every day back in college and muscle memory played a HUGE role with my quick transformation. My muscles “remembered” what it was like to be put through that much stress, and developed very quickly. However, muscle memory isn’t the only reason for my quick results. I completely changed the way I ate by following the P90X Nutrition Guide, and also completed all the workouts, even when I was sore to the point where I could barely move. Most people aren’t going to get results as fast as mine, and they have to understand that they have to be patient. Patience is a virtue with P90X!

A friend of mine, who I am going to Chicago with next week for the Beachbody Game Plan event, started the program VERY overweight a few years back. He didn’t instantly lose all the weight. Instead, it took him 5, yes 5 rounds, of P90X to get where he wanted to be. He knew that if he stuck with the program he could reach his goals. Today, over 110lbs later, he is in the best shape of his life and is completely ripped! He had to be patient with his results or he would never be where he is today.

The reason I’m posting this is because I occasionally get emails about how people aren’t seeing results quick enough. You have to understand that P90X is a complete lifestyle change and lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle, not just a 90 day program. For some people, it may take 2-3 rounds to reach their goals, and others it might take just one round. If you don’t see quick results like I did, there is no need to get discouraged. It just means that it’s going to take you longer to get ripped, which is just fine! So if you aren’t happy because you aren’t completely ripped 2 weeks into the program, understand that great changes take time. If you don’t have patience, you better learn it or else you will fail and quickly fall out of shape again.

9 comments

  1. Thanks for the encouragement Josh.

    I started P90X on the first of the year. I was supposed to start the last week of the first 30 days of the program today ( a cardio heavy week) but I decided to extend the routines for an additional week because, while I am seeing results, I think I can do better.

    I decided that the first week was really an intro to the P90X program week. It took me a week and go through one cycle of the basics of P90X first, concentrate on good form, and figure out how much weight I needed to get into the 8-10 rep range.

    I have been keeping good records of how many reps and the weight that I use so I can definitely see the progress that I am making that way. Like you said in another post, pull-ups are still pretty hard. I can usually do about 2-3 of them before I need to use the chair, but by having everything written down, I can see the improvements on paper.

    Also, I started using the FitDay website. Awesome. Really great. Thanks for that too.

  2. Glad I can help! Let me know when you have any questions.

  3. Collin /

    Hey man, first of all, i started p90x 40 days ago and i have used your video on youtube as my motivation and so far, it has helped me a lot, so i wanted to say thanks. Second of all, when i saw this article, it really relieved me knowing that you got your results quick because I’m not as ripped as i would like to be by now. I was just wondering a couple things. Which workout (other than ab ripper) do you think helped you the most with your six pack so i can make sure to work even harder on that one. My second question is I am only getting about 8 wide grip pull ups right now and i haven’t managed to get that number up at all. Do you have any tips?

  4. @ Greg

    I was going to do that same exact thing….extend the routines one more week! Like you said, I know I can do better….

  5. Glad to hear that my video inspired you to begin the program. You have to realize that ARX (Ab Ripper) is the workout that helped develope my abs, but the diet was the key to lose the fat for the abs to show. Focus on a healthy diet, positive mind set, and complete the workouts and you will continue to see results. Also, for your pull-ups I recommend reading this post: http://www.iwanttogetripped.com/2009/im-struggling-with-pull-ups-help/

  6. Marcos /

    Hi,
    I just bought that program P90X the basic. I am 175LBS, but im wondering should I take like some sort of protein to pump my muscles? Also, I have a gym memebership, should I go to the gym to gain muscle, or would I gain muscle through out the program?

    Thank you

  7. You can find the supplements that I take in the “Q&A” section. Also, I just started lifting some heavy weights again, but haven’t been to the gym in about a year and a half.

  8. Jordan /

    i dont know how much patience one really needs haha. i saw results quicker than i could have ever hoped for. since i was in decent shape before i didnt think that i was going to gain mass or definition very quickly, i was wrong haha, if you press play everyday you will get results faster than you think. 50 days to go!

  9. Most people don’t get results as quick as you and I did, and it’s important that they remain patient.

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