It’s interesting that I will occasionally get the question “P90X or the Gym?” because the people who ask are the people who have seen my P90X transformation video! However, I have to be easy on them because what they might not know is my story about how I eventually came across P90X and why I chose it over the gym, so I thought that now would be a good time to talk about just that.
I grew up in the gym. When I was 12 years old my dad bought a weight machine and I would always lift down in the basement of our old house. I remember going down to that big metal machine a few times a week, bustin’ out some bench presses, doing some chest flys, maybe a lateral pull-down or two, and then ending up with one or 2 sets of leg raises. That was a great workout to me! I guess I didn’t know better at that age, but I thought that hey, I was getting in some sort of lifting, and that was good enough. At first I got some results and got stronger because I was this puny little guy who hadn’t even hit puberty yet, but after a while of doing the same thing over and over again, the results seemed to slow and then eventually stopped. What’s funny is that even though I wasn’t getting results, I still continued doing the same thing over and over again, thinking that one of these times something was going to change! It was going to change, right? LOL of course not! If something doesn’t work, then you have to change it up.
You would think that I would learn my lesson while I was young, but apparently I didn’t. When I got into high school and college, I did the same thing. I didn’t really focus too much on lifting in high school, but when I got into college I started getting real heavy into it. I’ll never forget the first day of conditioning for baseball, where we all went to the gym at 5:30 AM and lifted, and how embarrassing it was for me because I literally was the weakest kid on the team. Coach paired me up with the biggest, strongest dude for bench press, and he was laying there busting out 12-15 reps of 90 lbs dumbbells, and I couldn’t even get 8 reps of 50 pounders! At that point, I knew I needed to change something up, so I started going to the gym every day, hoping to someday be able to catch up with him. I focused on the same routines week in and week out for 4 years, and there was no doubt I got stronger, I mean much stronger, but I never got the definition I’d always wanted. It got so frustrating because I literally was working out more than anyone on the team, hoping to get that shredded athletic look, but no matter how hard I tried, those great results never came.
After I graduated college, I fell out of shape, so much that I had to start purchasing fat man jeans because my old ones got a little too tight! It came to a point where I knew I needed a change because my increase in weight not only caused my self confidence to suffer, but it affected my relationships and my career. I started doing more and more research, trying to figure out what would finally help me reach my fitness goals, and even though I spent all that time looking things up, I never came across a routine that put it all together. One night by accident I came across the P90X infomercial, and that’s when my life began to change.
After going online and checking out some P90x results pictures, I decided to order it. What really caught my attention about the program, though, wasn’t so much the transformation pictures, which you see everywhere on TV, but rather the amount of work that was involved with the program. For the first time ever, a fitness program was advertised to be hard instead of easy, and I like a challenge, so I felt it was a great fit for me. After committing myself 90 days to both the diet and the workouts, I literally got into the best shape of my life, losing 25 lbs and 10% body fat. At that point, I knew I could never go back to being a gym rat, and have since been doing nothing but Beachbody fitness programs, confusing the heck out of my muscles, and seeing more and more results as I travel along my fitness journey.
When people tell me that they aren’t sure whether they should do P90X or the gym, I ask them how long do they want to stay in the plateau their in now. For over 4 years in college I lifted in the gym every single day and never saw the progress that I expected. P90X is a program that incorporates muscle confusion, a healthy diet, and tough workouts that allow you to continue to see results week after week, eventually allowing you to get into the best shape of your life. I know it works because I have personally gotten results with it, and I know it can work for you as well!
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