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Top 3 Things To Look Out For When Doing P90X and Insanity

P90X is a fully-rounded, holistic program… which is awesome. Strength training, cardio, yoga, plyometrics, etc. all work together in building you up to come out the other side of 90 days physically stronger and able to endure more real-world action than when you went in. Same goes for Insanity— for increased cardiovascular endurance and fat-melting performance, Shaun T. will get you READY.

Still, there’s a few things to keep in mind as you barrel through these programs. Skimping or taking shortcuts here will lead to, at best, frustration, and at worst, progress busting injury.

Proper Form

Both programs emphasize proper form– both in movement and in picking the right weight if doing resistance training….and for good reason. Bad form leads to injury, extra stress on the knees, ligaments, back and other more vulnerable and critical areas of the body. And if you’re just starting, these aren’t going to be all that strong to begin with.

If you’re just kicking off or are going full throttle and haven’t been paying attention, take the time to watch the workout DVD. Notice how the moves are performed, the location of arms under body, knees behind toes, how folks are landing or moving dumbbells up and down. As you perform the moves, be conscious of what you’re doing. Get your body in the right alignment, choose weight you can lift without losing form by “heaving” or “throwing” using your back or other body parts. That said, don’t be afraid to drop weight if you’re straining. You’ll still get results… and probably better.

Getting Rest

This is the toughest concept for people to wrap their minds around. Your body needs rest. Rest weeks are built into these programs for a reason– they’re INTENSE. They’re high impact. They work your body and put it through the wringer. Rest days allow your body to strengthen and bind up the “injury” you’ve dealt it over the week. Repetitive movement without rest leads to chronic injury. Shoulder pain. Tendonitis. Sore knees. Use your rest day. Embrace your rest week. It’s the time off that’ll really help those changes along and allow you to come back and crush it all the stronger.

Eating Right

Oh, you knew this was coming. Your results– major, eye popping results- will be defined in the kitchen and by your supplementation. So many tackle these programs and don’t see major visual change. When I’m asked why, it’s always the same thing– virtually 10 times out of 10 it’s because someone hasn’t committed to following the nutrition programs. Thing is, these programs are LOADED with delicious food– food designed to break junky eating and reform them into muscle building, fat-shredding, body fueling, energy boosting habits. They work. I’m living proof.

Don’t cut yourself short by investing in these programs and ignoring any one of these three critical points. Stay aware of them, follow them and you’ll be more successful than you thought possible.

In the mean time, if you’re looking for someone to help along the way, let’s get your journey started by making me your coach today

3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Karen says:

    right on! great advice for supreme results!

  2. Jim says:

    Dan any body that follows those tips will get results like you. It’s a simple formula,but some make it more complicated than it has to be. Thanks for breaking it down for us.

  3. Danv says:

    Thanks, Jim!

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