P90X: What I Learned in 13 Weeks – Recap & TipsBy
P90X as a Post Pregnancy workout
I started P90X about 3 months after I had my first baby. I was about 15 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight and still had a jelly belly. In hindsight, P90X probably wasn’t the best choice for a post-pregnancy workout. I did do some cardio workouts to prepare for it, so I was able to do the workouts fine. However, I didn’t quite lose the weight I was hoping for, I think I would have been better off to do a more cardio based workout to lose some of the baby weight, and then do P90X to get more buff.
- Working out in the afternoon worked out much better for me than working out in the morning. Also, drinking Accelerade during the cardio workouts helped tremendously when I was working out in the mornings. If I worked out in the afternoon after lunch, I was usually fine and then would eat a protein bar or drink chocolate milk for recovery.
- Chocolate milk as a recovery drink. I liked using chocolate milk because it was more natural than most of the energy drinks. There are some studies supporting and some discounting chocolate milk as a recovery drink, but it seemed to work well for me. I used skim milk and Nesquik to make my own.
- My Beachbody coach, John was a huge encouragement. Sign up on the Beachbody website, coaches are free.
What might have helped
- A mirror – it would have been nice for making sure my form was correct
- A heart-rate monitor – I really should get one for the cardio workouts so I can see how hard I am working
- A workout partner – I think a workout partner would have helped me push myself harder
Overall, I would definitely recommend P90X. It is a great mix of cardio and weight lifting. I really enjoyed the 13 weeks, it is a big commitment but it’s worth it. I am already looking to what I’m going to do next, I am planning to do a round of Insanity, which is another Beachbody series but it is more cardio based. I may then do another round of P90X when I am finished with it.