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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:48 am 
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I am going into the p90x program, but i got problems with balancing... are they really important? and does it make a big difference if i skip em?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:13 am 
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It probably depends on your goals. For weight loss or strength gains, I'd imagine not. For overall fitness, flexibility and balance are never a bad thing to learn!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:17 am 
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i just wanna keep fit and look good... thats my goal...


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If general fitness is your goal, you should be prioritizing your weaknesses. Therefore it seems to me that if you're not good with flexibility and balance, you should be trying to do more of that type of training. Even if you can't do the activities like it's demonstrated, the benefits come from the attempt.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:11 pm 
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I'm pretty far from a P90X advocate, but I think you oughta go ahead and try all the modules. Have a little fun and try something new and work on a weakness.

I don't think there is some "magic" where cahnging the program will wreck some combination. You'll still get benefits if you choose to omit things, from the things you still do.

One benefit of doing the yoga and kenpo might be giving you something to occupy yourself on the days you're not getting burned out on pullups... :green:


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Being P90X ignorant, I googled it, and then read the Wikipedia entry about it. I learned a new word: "periodizationalized"! I also learned that P90X incorporates muscle confusion. I think the author of the article has more than muscles confused.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:37 am 
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P90X isn't bad for general fitness. It is just like Crossfit.


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Of the training stuff sold on TV it seems the most reasonable in terms of its plan and promises. I've seen bits of the infomercial and the guy's always talking about how hard you have to work to see results. (As opposed to the usual "easy", "no strain" gimmicks.)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:23 am 
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It's a general fitness program designed around several facets of fitness, marketed at those wanting to "shape up" and/or "look good nekkid". It's a pretty decent program for those goals. I've seen a LOT worse showing up on infomercials, and this one, as was the FIRM, is pretty credible. You could omit balancing without loosing too much, but as a previous poster pointed out, take some time and work on your weaknesses.
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Most of the testimonials I've seen were from overweight to semi-overweight people making weightloss happen (from a sedentary lifestyle). I don't see it as a program for building muscle though.

Some of my friends are currently doing it, and the balance and flexibility can be opted out for light cardio or another rest day. They skip it for some badminton.


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Badminton isn't light cardio. Badminton is WAR!


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