Ken’s P90X Journey

Background: I travel on business almost every week for 3-4 nights, which makes it tough to workout.   I am now 48 years old and in my best shape since I was around 20 years old.  I want to share my story how P90X helped me get to where I am today.

I have always considered myself an athlete.  I grew up with two older brothers and we all played numerous sports as kids, throughout high school and for me, one year of college football.  Like all former team athletes, I always wondered why I couldn’t be in shape and look like I did during my athletic days.  I still worked out occasionally, played racquetball occasionally, played golf and always walked the course when allowed to but to no avail, I was not looking like or in the shape like I was during my younger team sport years.

Getting Back into Shape – Attempt #1:  In 2010, I started working out (yes, occasionally) with my wife (Suzann) who was doing a DVD-based program called ChaLEAN Extreme.  I really enjoyed this program as it has lots of weight training coupled with some aerobic activity (just so you know my wife says I am “Aerobically Challenged”) and I began to see some results.  In the later part of the year, I started playing racquetball again to add more aerobic workouts and things were going great until late February 2011 when I ruptured my right calf during a racquetball game.  My doctor told me no sports or working out for 12 weeks!  He also told me I was lucky because most people my age rupture their Achilles which would have meant surgery and 6 – 9 months of not working out and rehab.  So for 3 months, I did very little working out, travelled constantly and while I tried to watch what I ate, I still was putting on weight.  To make matters worse, by the time my 12 weeks were up, my family and I were travelling to London for 1 week (I was working for a few of those weeks while they were sightseeing) and Madrid for 2 weeks to visit our “Spanish daughter,” who was a former exchange student who lived with us for a year, and her/our family.  During those 3 weeks, we ate and drank and had a great time and when we returned we somewhat continued those same ways for the remainder of the summer.  After Labor day last year, I got on the scale and was horrified to see I weighed more than any other time in my life, 207lbs!  Right about that same time, picture books my wife had made of our trip to Europe arrive and I looked at some of the pictures of me and could see my stomach sticking out…not pretty! I needed to do something, something that motivated me and something that provided me with a meal plan so that I/we didn’t get into the “what do you want for dinner tonight?”  ‘I don’t know what do you want?’  and then decide to go out or order pizza, etc.

Introduction to P90X:  Just so happened that my wife and I were invited to and decided to attend a free fitness class where they were going to be doing a P90X routine called Kenpo X.  About a year prior to this time, my wife had bought me P90X and I had yet to open it.  Afterwards I told Suzann, I loved it and that’s when I started this P90X journey!

Starting P90X:  Suzann and I started P90X on September 19th, 2011 so that we’d be done by Christmas (actually December 17th) and all I can say is thank God Tony Horton drills into your head to “do your best, forget the rest” as I could barely complete many /most of the exercises.  I was dismayed to see how few push-ups I could do and that I could barely eke out 1 pull-up and Plyometrics and YogaX kicked my ass!  I had never really done yoga before and I am not very flexible but what a workout!  I was sweating bullets.

When we started we also started using Beachbody’s online Gym WOWY and the meal planner.  I set mine up to help me “lose weight gradually” and put in my goal weight of 184lbs.  The meal planner suggested I consume a diet of 2200 calories/day while doing P90X to meet my weight goal.  We also added Beachbody’s Shakeology (Chocolate) to the mix and I found that because of all the vitimins, minerals and supplements in Shakeology, I was able to eliminate all the daily vitamins I had been taking.  After the first few weeks of the meal plan, I found I couldn’t eat all the food they suggested on a daily basis and cut my daily calorie intake to 1900 per day.

Back to P90X…After the first week I was sore but found that I really liked the workouts and how easy it was to take the DVDs with me on the road.  I also started losing about 1 – 1.5lbs/week or more.  After the first 30 days, I was doing multiple push-ups and pull-ups and by the end of 60 days, I was doing every chaturanga in YogaX.  By this time, I had already lost 18lbs, 3 inches off my waist, had increased the weights I was using and starting to see some definition again.  By the end of the 90 days, I lost a total of 20lbs, 4.5 inches off my waist and I could see stomach muscles!!  Over the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Suzann and I did a hybrid of Chalene Johnson workouts (ChaLEAN Extreme, Turbo Fire and P90X) and I had order P90X2 which arrived around Christmas and I was planning on starting it just after New Year’s.

I started P90X2 in early January and after a few weeks, went back P90X as I felt X2 was too ‘gimmicky’ for me with the need to use all of the extra equipment.  So I started a new round of P90X using heavier weights, pushing myself harder to “do my best and forget the rest”, and to make it even easier to do on the road I downloaded the P90X app to my iPhone.  I now track all of my workouts, sets, weight used, etc. right on my phone.  I finished these 90 days in March and immediately started my 3rd go round.  I’m now in my 5th week of this round of P90X and still loving it!  I am actually looking forward to wearing a bathing suit this summer!  Depending on the day, my weight is between 184lbs – 186lbs and my waist is now a 33!  I am pounding out more than 150 push-ups and pull-ups in many of the workouts and feeling great!

Best proof of where P90X has brought me was a few weeks ago when our 17 year-old son saw me without a shirt on and said “man you look good dad!”

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