P90X modified for tennis season (my round 2)

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by tennis34, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. tennis34

    tennis34 New User

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    50
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Panda,

    yes, Tweeter, wikipedia and blogs are the most reliable source of information....not!

    I'm not saying that P90X is a magic program. I'm just saying that to me, as a beginner, it's worth $80 to have everything at one place (and have at least some authority standing behind the program), rather than spend 200 hours reading 50 different blogs to figure out the same thing at the end.

    I'm not taking working out too seriously like you do. For me, it's a fun thing to do, and I do it to stay healthy and improve my tennis game a bit.
     
    #51
  2. goober

    goober Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    8,491
    I have done all 10 dvds, however I am not really following their 90 day plan. I took days off when I went on vacation and other days off when I played tennis. I like Tom Holland a little more than Horton who is a little too goofy for me. I didn't buy p90x so he may have been different on that vid series.

    The workouts are not easy, but they are shorter- 30-45 minutes. You can adjust the difficulty by using lighter weights or modified moves. I think it is a great deal compared to the retail price of p90x. Some of the workouts left me really sore. It is true that all these maneuvers and workouts you can learn just from reading different sites on the internet. But for your average Joe it is is much easier having someone motivate you and tell you what to do than just try to workout by yourself with self motivation. You can do it the expensive way with a personal trainer or you can do it the cheaper way with a personal trainer on a dvd.

    So basically this is a great deal at $2/dvd and probably worth getting even if you have done P90x. Most of the reviews have said the workouts are very different. The only thing to note is there is no yoga or stretching dvd. Also the cardio workout is basically using lighter weights at a faster pace.
     
    #52
  3. PandaKing

    PandaKing New User

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2011
    Messages:
    49
    Or, you could have just asked where to go. Where people who are top competitors in the world post videos where I used to go. 80 dollars on a video is just too much. Buy a new racket with that money >.>. So if your interested just hit me a pm and ill give you the links.
     
    #53
  4. maggmaster

    maggmaster Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,750
    The most important part of any fitness routine is consistency. If P90 is something that you will do consistently then it is totally worth 90 or 300 dollars.
     
    #54
  5. OldButGame

    OldButGame Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,579
    Location:
    To the Court,At The Court, Going home from The Cou
    ^^^^ Excellent Point !!!!!!![​IMG][​IMG]
     
    #55
  6. tennis34

    tennis34 New User

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    50
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    A quick update:
    I finished Week 9 of my second round. This week will be challenging because I am going to vacation for 4 days out of town, but hopefully they will have a decent gym in the hotel.
    I'm down to 184 pounds. My goal is to get to 180.
     
    #56
  7. JGads

    JGads Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    4,343
    I finished Insanity and have to say that for anyone to say that these workout programs are a waste of money, that's just not the case. It's all about what's worth it to each individual, what makes it easy for someone to stick to a program. For me, I got Insanity because my girlfriend and I were always laughing at the cheesy infomercial, but then the more I looked at the workouts, the more they looked like very good modifications on a series of workouts I did with a personal trainer a year or so ago that involved no weights or anything. I loved the idea of that simplicity, so I went searching and found someone local selling the DVD set for just 50 bucks.

    After completing the nine-week program, I recommend it wholeheartedly. I loved the simplicity of just doing something at home when I had a spare hour rather than having to go out to the gym for the usual wait-for-the-open-machine routine, and having a calendar regimen/workout schedule to stick to kept me far more disciplined than going to the gym usually does. The end result: lost weight, added muscle (especially in my legs) and a far improved overall fitness level that has given me a quicker first step and much greater endurance. By no coincidence, my tennis also dramatically improved and I even just won my first league title.

    Insanity is fantastic for tennis, because it truly works the leg muscles more so than anything else and also puts an emphasis on body control and balance, which are two key bases for tennis and areas of my fitness I'd neglected before.

    Now, working in tennis WHILE doing Insanity simultaneously was tricky. There were times when I felt absolutely taxed in a third set (if I'd worked out the same day) but I remained careful -- making sure I had good shoes and, most importantly, was extremely careful about nutrition and giving myself plenty of healthy calories to fuel myself. (once I started concentrating on nutrition, my energy level spiked upward to match the craziness)

    Anyway, just some thoughts on Insanity. Full-on recommendation here. It's all about finding what workout program works for you. Insanity may not be for everyone, but for me it was great. I'll probably start another modified round of it soon.
     
    #57
  8. scotus

    scotus Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2005
    Messages:
    7,634
    Thanks, goober, for the excellent review.

    I like to mix up workouts, as I am taking a break from P90X and Insanity to try out Kettleworx.

    Maybe I will get these DVDs and try the RushFit as well.
     
    #58
  9. r2473

    r2473 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    7,033
    If you buy all 4 you get a free shake weight.
     
    #59
  10. OldButGame

    OldButGame Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,579
    Location:
    To the Court,At The Court, Going home from The Cou
    ( I heard they give a shake-weight to your WIFE,...:wink: )
     
    #60
  11. r2473

    r2473 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    7,033
    It goes to the mistress :)

    The wife would only use it for a doorstop.
     
    #61
  12. goober

    goober Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    8,491
    Shake weight? pffttt... step up to the thigh master!
     
    #62
  13. OldButGame

    OldButGame Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,579
    Location:
    To the Court,At The Court, Going home from The Cou
    [​IMG]
    :shock:
     
    #63
  14. tennis34

    tennis34 New User

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    50
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Another quick update: I was away for vacation for 4 days, and I wasn't able to do three of my workouts last week. So, I'm repeating week 10. This works out just fine, because this way I will be done with the second round of P90X just a day before I go to my trip to Jamaica on 9/20 :)
     
    #64
  15. OldButGame

    OldButGame Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,579
    Location:
    To the Court,At The Court, Going home from The Cou
    "Ability to Be Flexible' is key to consistency and success in staying in shape and regular working out,....You've got it down !!![​IMG]
     
    #65
  16. madmanfool

    madmanfool Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2006
    Messages:
    569
    I downloaded the insanity workout a few days ago after I stumbled upon it quite by accident. Even though I'm still not sure if I really want to get started with this program, I did the fitness test two days ago and just today did the first workout.

    Basically as I get a little older (25 now) I really want to get my tennis up a level. And I'm absolutely convinced that in order to that the best thing to do is get my fitness level up a notch. It started more or less in feb 2012, when I started jogging. At first I struggled to finish a 4 km course, but soon I was running 7-8 km courses at good pace. But after the summer I stopped improving as I hit a plateau (hope that's correct English, sorry if not). And now around oct 2012 I started doing interval running instead. That was an eye opener. Basically I sprint for 200m all out and then I jog 200m and repeat it for as long as I can. Man, started doing that did wonders for my fitness and tennis. I started doing those because I read Federer does a lot of interval sprinting (and is very good at it, no surprise there). At first I thought it was going to be too hard. It is hard as basically you're out of breath the entire time. When you catch your breath, then you're off sprinting again. I love this now. I'm seriously addicted to this. It really has helped to build fast muscle fiber.

    As I said I just started the insanity workout. I'm not sure what to do with my interval running. I don't really want to give that up. So I'm not sure if I want to follow the program to the letter. However it's going to be though to incorporate interval running in it.

    For some reason I don't understand (maybe it's an early midlife crisis :) ) I really want to get ultra fit. Train like a pro if you will. That thought has sort of grown over me over the year now. And it get's more intense as time passes by. The insanity looks good. No equipment, lot's of cardio, stretching. Everything looks good. I thought the first workout was doable although I'm not at the level of the people in the DVD's. I would say I'm about at 80-90% of their level. It got though to keep up with them at the last 10 minutes. It just day 1 for me, so I'm assuming it's only going to get thougher from here.

    My biggest fear is going to combine these workouts with my daily work. I know I'm going to hate doing these workouts after a long day of work and it's though not missing a workout when there is overtime or something else at work. At the weekend or at the holidays it's fine, I will definitely be motivated but I know I'm not going to like it after work. I guess I will be needing my sleep to stay fresh. I'm horrible at getting out of bed in the morning as I snooze way too long. Maybe this can help me getting out of bed a little easier in the morning.

    It's the perfect time to do this for me. Competition doesn't start till May for me, so there is plenty of time. I play tennis 2 times a week now during the winter, but it's ok if my tennis suffers a bit in the moment due to fatigue of the program. The idea is that it'll be worth it in the future. My time at my 8 km course or how long I'll last in my interval running will also be good barameters to see if there's improvement in my fitness. It certainly looks like a good program for me. I'm not looking to bulk up or anything, just get in the best possible shape I can be. Hopefully this will push me to do so. Let me know if there is anybody interested in my progress, then I'll keep you all up to date.

    Cheers for reading
    thx
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2012
    #66
  17. JGads

    JGads Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    4,343
    Insanity is great. Loved it. Did it about a year, year and a half ago and it got me in top shape, and my tennis improved dramatically along with it. In fact I won a league title when I was at the tail end of my two-month program. Would love to do it again but am now living in an upstairs apartment and don't feel right about all the jumping that's involved with people down below.

    The running program will be tough to keep up. Maybe just do it once a week? The Insanity workout is really grinding on the body if you stick with it and go all out with the workouts. I mean, it's six days a week of stressing the body a lot, so adding on top of that is tough. I only did tennis outside of Insanity but had to really space out my court time to not overtax myself. But the fitness level completely translated to a better court performance. Good luck, good man.
     
    #67
  18. tennis34

    tennis34 New User

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    50
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I can't believe it's been 18 months since I posted this first!

    Since then, I almost completed round 2 of P90X, but started having my shoulder/arm muscles pulled since I increased weight, so I figured I should switch to something else....

    And I did! I did about 3 weeks worth of Insanity last fall, then moved to a new place and never finished it due to a busy schedule (and a lot of tennis I played in the fall/winter last year!)

    However, things have slowed down, and I started doing GPS Rushfit, and I completed it this weekend! It was awesome! I will post a separate, more detailed write up about it soon. I decided not to take any breaks, and I'm doing TapOut XT next. I did the first video, and it was really tough, but really really fun! I will write something about Tapout too once I'm a couple weeks into it.
     
    #68
  19. colowhisper

    colowhisper Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Messages:
    531
    Thanks for bumping this up,I just read the whole thread with great interest and am going to try a modified p90x in spring. My goal at the end of last season was to train hard all winter for better fitness and injury prevention in 2013. I stumbled on a book called "Testosterone Advantage Plan" that I used to design a routine. It is basically a middle aged man's guide to eating and weight training written by Men's Health magazine that I found on Amazon used. I supplement the weight training with once a week casual tennis and twice a week hot yoga, the yoga has been an epiphany, wow. I have experienced dramatic results in just two months and it has motivated me to maintain a high level of fitness with new goals. I am anticipating a great tournament season in 2013, all good stuff for us old guys (I am 45 this week, wonder what the average age is here?)
     
    #69
  20. Nojoke

    Nojoke Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    Messages:
    271
    If you are into Men's Health magazine they released a program recently called Speed Shred. It kind of mimics some of the spartan workouts they publish. Most workouts are only 30 minutes long. It is not as expensive as p90x and it was a lot of fun. Very functional exercises that utilize hips, core, and shoulders, as opposed to standing around doing curls. The guy who runs the video is pretty funny too.
     
    #70
  21. colowhisper

    colowhisper Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Messages:
    531
    I watched the demo video, looks great, thanks for the info. Did you complete the whole program? Is it too intense to do during tennis season? My plan now is to back way off of the weight lifting for summer based on my reading of periodization training but keep up the cardio and yoga.
     
    #71
  22. Nojoke

    Nojoke Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    Messages:
    271
    most of it. The way it is broken up is there are three "lift days" that are total body focused workouts. Some use weights others are bodyweight only. Then there are three "heat workouts". You can definitely play tennis on those days. Two are cardio style and one heat workout is isometrics. They are good workouts but won't kill your legs for tennis. I really think you could play tennis with any of the workouts because although you get a good workout in and your heartrate up, the workouts are short enough that they won't kill you for a day, a la P90x chest and back.

    There are also a number of other workouts included in addition to the "program". It really is a lot of stuff for the money. Highly recommended.
     
    #72
  23. Sumo

    Sumo Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Messages:
    613
    Location:
    Chapel Hill
    I just finished the day one of month two workouts.
    I feel the same way. Adding the hr long max workout on top of the fit test is a cruel joke. I was watching him do some of the new moves and just laughed....but was able to push thru and do some of all of them.

    Another very positive endorsement for the program.
    I'm loving it, and my fitness has gone up an incredible amount.
     
    #73

Share This Page