The P90X ‘After’ Solution

March 24, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

For those of you who are not aware of what P90X is, it is an exercise program that will shock your body and promise meaningful results, all within the space of 90 days… as long as you stick to it. From what I have learnt thus far, those I know who have stuck it out for the 90 days have praised the program and recommended it without question. This is a good thing, because the program preaches to the unconverted the importance of shocking the body into change, something which I do weekly in some way or another, more evidently so in shock body exercises.

But here is a question that I repeat back to myself on a regular basis.

‘Ok, I shock my body; get great results, and then what? Keep doing the whole thing over and over and over again?’

I say… Naaaaah!

You see, personally, P90X is nothing new to individuals like myself. Although there are some great methods and routines in there (We don’t know it all), It preaches what I have known from the start of my muscle building endeavors.

The only way to train is to train INSANE!

And if your goal is to look good for the long haul (That’s most of us) then training insane really can get boring. This is especially the case if you have a low metabolism, because weight loss is just the first part of the goal. Keeping the weight off is a whole new ball game.

The P90X After Solution

So we can agree that P90X does a good job of what it claims it can do, although some may or may not warm to Tony Horton’s training antics. But P90X fails where I think this post can begin to succeed.

TO MAKE WORKING OUT FUN FOR THE LONG TERM

As you may have read in my bio, I have built muscle on and off over the years and every time I get back into the swing of things, I don’t find it too much of a challenge to start packing on the pounds of muscle. If I’ve been completely out of circulation then I know it will take me just a few months to start seeing ‘HUGE’ improvements (Another case of ‘I succeeded in ‘X’ amount of time). But then I would get to that special point and ask myself,

‘Can I really keep up with this level of intensity? Even more so… do I want to?

I mean, I like working out and all, and the passion I have for this game probably will never die, even when I begin to reach the 50+ decline years. But too much of any one thing is bad for you, and I personally don’t like to be entirely consumed by any one thing for too long. I like to ‘LIVE’

So the real P90X solution is how do we make this game fun while enduring this grueling pain?

Well, before I start to unveil some of these methods and get the party started, we have to all agree that hard work is a must. There really is no escaping that. So whatever weightlifting routines or exercises you have been following on or off of Stay-Fit Bug, make sure you stick to them.

Map and Goal

But what we will begin to do is ease the fun into our daily activities… Killing two birds with one stone at times, and getting away from the very thing that is killing our motivation levels…

Your Average Gym


Which consists of….

  • Eye-watering body odors
  • Sweaty people frowning in concentration and rarely talking to each other
  • Mundane workout routines, blisters, callisters and clunky heavy machinery
  • Bad music assaulting your ear drums.

That does not sound like a fun place to me. (However, my local gym is nothing like that :). But I bet yours is.)

We all have different interests and will take up varying activities between us all. But below is a list of things you can do to start breaking up those workout days and make your time in working out ‘FUN’!

On Your Workout Days

Change Your Gym… Join A Jungle Gym

A jungle gym is basically a gym designed for kids (Usually within the actual gym). There you will see kids jumping around, throwing balls, chasing each other and swinging, all without realizing they are actually working out. This will be a reminder to you that working out is all about being ‘active’ and seeing the kids exercise every time you go to the gym will be highly enlightened and remind you what really is important. TO HAVE FUN!

In fact, if you look at the way the world is designed in regards to pushing people how to grow up, it’s actually working backwards and brainwashing the masses. Is it a society that teaches us to be more complicated? Maybe. Either way, enter the jungle gym and follow suit like these kids, and have so much fun that you forget you are even there to exercise. Hail to hidden health.

Embrace The Great Outdoors

This is an golden oldie, but it’s worthy of a mention in today’s fitness world. This is because most people have become consumed by the digital age we now live in and these activities are being taken up less and less. But there really is nothing like the airy ambience that the outdoors give when taking up any of the following activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Rollerblading
  • Mountain Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Biking
  • Skiing
  • Waterskiing
  • Rafting
  • Walking
  • Climbing
  • Jogging
  • Backpacking
  • Walking the dog

The feeling you get at the end of these sessions is priceless. You will feel worked out yes. But there is always this magical element of fun when you are out and on your feet. Kind of like an adventure.

Bodyweight Exercises On Vacation

Talking of adventures, travel in itself is one big adventure every time you venture out. When I first used to travel out, my thought’s used to be,

‘Oh no, how will I maintain, what if there isn’t a gym near by’

That has now changed. I now view travel as an opportunity to explore and discover new ways to workout out. This element of exploration and discovery is what makes working out fun. You can push the intensity without having that feeling of repetitive boredom. Besides, you’ll have that special travel bug on your brain, so boredom would be far from an issue.

P.S That ebook right there will guide you in the right direction >>>

Protein Supplement Cocktail Contests

Taking supplements can sometime seem like a chore within itself, and may sometimes feel like you are on some kind of medication. But if you want real results or live a very busy lifestyle, then taking some kind of supplement is probably going to be mandatory. Whey Protein is one of the most popular, and rightfully so. But what you can do is spice things up and have some contents with your buddies.

‘Who Can Make The Best Cocktail’

It might not provide any real value to your body, but it sure will make things fun and will no doubt create some interesting memories or even classic youtube.com moments.

To kick start your ideas: 10 Great Protein Shake Recipes For Your Weightlifting Workouts

On Your Days Off

Embrace The Great Outdoors

‘Heeey, you’ve mentioned this already’

I sure did, but when you embrace the great outdoors, with any of the activities listed above you will be killing two birds with one stone either way you look at it. If you take up the activities for fun, you’ll get a good moderate to high intensity cardio workout. If you plan any of the above activities for your cardio workouts, you can have fun with it. Win, win situation.

Play Rockband and Guitar Hero


This is still, hands down one of the most fun ways to have fun and stay fit at the same time. Some say that the music game genre is dying out and has been milked to death. But I don’t agree. I think it’s just maturing into the next phase, what ever that will be. Besides, these games will be timeless as they contain classic music from some of the best music released in the past 50 years.

Anyhow, whether you have or have not jumped onto the music game bandwagon, you will be happy to know that ‘Rocking out’ using fake instruments is not only fun, but also succeeds at being a great workout without having to go to the gym. Playing the guitar will keep you active on your feet, while playing the drums will provide a great upper body workout. Playing both instruments will act as a great compound (and functional) exercise.

Nintendo Wii – Wii Fit

We all know how popular the Wii is. The Wii Fit is a game that will actually keep you fit. But it is still a game, and we all play games to have fun. It seems as if the world is agreeing with me, understanding that we need to make fitness a lot more fun.

How will this all help?

Adding these activities to your daily schedules will help you stay motivated and engaged in fitness, making it feel less like a chore all without even realizing it. Again…

Hail to hidden health.

This is just a start and I’ll probably throw new ideas in the comments section below over time. Nevertheless, working out incorporating these methods into your routines will make things a lot more interesting and FUN.

See you in the comments.

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